College life can be difficult to transition to. It can be much simpler if there are quick and easy tips and tricks for study motivation. I compiled a list of the best school hacks I could think of.
These school hacks got me through my many years of college successfully and graduating with honors. Try them out and if you have any suggestions, comment below.
If you need any help with studying, I wrote a study motivation article and many more college related topics can be found down below!
I used audible a lot! This handy app will allow you to listen to your textbook via audio anywhere you want.
Sometimes I just felt like the text book was so boring and I didn’t have time to read and re-read the information.
When looking for school hacks, this will change the game for you. I listened to a ton of books on here while I was in the car (I had a long drive), cooking, or even exercising.
This is useful for topics that you may not need to see visually, like novels in English or psychology in some cases.
This app is also great if you want to get through books in life that aren’t related to school.
This is a great tool for making virtual flashcards rather than writing on paper. This way you can access your flashcards when you’re on the go or about to go to sleep for the night.
It’s quick and easy to make flashcards using this site, as well as, many other students make flashcards on here.
The benefit to other students flashcards is that they may have taken a similar class as you and could have some really helpful cards already made.
I use to have the same questions word for word as many of the students on quizlet. This was perfect for me because I didn’t have to spend as long searching the book for my homework answers.
So if you don’t know about this yet, its one of the school hacks I love the most for students.
Basically, if you’re on Microsoft word, or your mobile device, you can find the dictate button and talk to your computer.
I have written 14 page essays this way and it was AWESOME!
It took half the time and allowed me to be efficient and have time for other things. Trust me when I say you need dictation in your life! It will make writing anything take half the time.
It also kind of helps you study because you are verbally repeating your thoughts which is a great study hack for auditory learners.
Recording Professor On Audio
If you don’t record audios of your professor, what is stopping you?!
If you are like me and have these difficult science courses, you can’t remember everything the teacher said! Sometimes taking courses like genetics, biochemistry, anatomy, then ecology can mixes you up (happened to me).
Also, the textbooks are too similar sometimes and notes can get scattered.
I even had a teacher say he wouldn’t be quizzing us the following week and then he tried to pull a fast one and I had him recorded heh heh heh.
You may not have time to listen to the entire audio over again, but having an audio of the teacher is great to reconfirm things.
Sometimes it can be too difficult to write down everything the teacher has said. This is why it is very useful to go back and listen.
This is a good way to cross reference what you thought you might’ve heard.
Searching The Ebook Using CTRL F
Many students use eBooks now, which is great! A great way to find what you’re looking for in the eBook quickly, is to open the eBook and hit ctrl f on the computer.
I know you may already know HOW to do this but if you are a person who is hung up on getting physical paper copy books, just remember when you need to find anything in the book in a certain chapter, ctrl f is going to help you the quickest.
And sometimes we just really need to get that homework done. I would say this school hack is a must if your teacher gives a lot of homework.
Bonus Tip: You can highlight anywhere in an ebook which makes it a great investment.
Many teachers now use power point as a means to provide you the material. Well something helpful to note about PowerPoint is that there is a section in editing mode under the power point where you can add notes.
Though you may have your own system for taking notes, this keeps your notes concise and organized with the current slide you’re on.
Also, you can do ctrl F to find the relevant information in the PowerPoint. It’s just a good school hack for any student wanting to stay organized.
I have also seen my teachers have notes in that hidden section, which I used to study for the exam. So, definitely check that out.
Last, but certainly not least, we have YouTube. I know that so many people use YouTube nowadays but just for those of you who don’t or aren’t convinced, this is crucial!
Some of us end up with professors that don’t really mesh with our learning style.
While you must work hard no matter the professor, I definitely needed YouTube videos. A great channel on YouTube is Khan Academy.
Khan Academy is especially good with math and science classes. They are thorough and cover a vast array of topics.
It has helped me understand different concepts with many different examples.
Sometimes even the professor will record their own lectures and post them on YouTube.
Getting through college successfully doesn’t have to be difficult. Every student should use study hacks to get them through some of their more difficult classes.
Without these school hacks I do not think I would’ve survived!
If you need motivation for online learning due to the world going almost completely digital from covid, check out my article on how to study for online classes!
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