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While prepping about going back to college may have you feeling that you are embarking into uncharted territory, that's not the case. There are hundreds of campuses across the country, but some things remain the same regardless of location or name.
Keep in mind most people reflect on college as the best four years of their life! Since back to school season is upon us, here’s 11 Back to School Hacks to help you out this school year.
1. Use a Mirror as a Whiteboard | Limited on space in your bedroom? You probably stare at yourself every morning anyway to make sure that your hair is behaving, so you might as well use your mirror to leave yourself helpful reminders, class notes, inspirational quotes, and test dates.
2. Never Forget Your Schedule | Set the home screen on your phone as a picture of your schedule. I think you’ll be surprised how often you look at your phone in typical day.Once you memorize your schedule you can switch it.
3. Set Your Alarm Across the Room | You don’t want to oversleep on the first day of school, so if you’re prone to hitting the snooze button without missing a beat in your awesome dream about how it’s actually still the middle of summer, put your alarm across the room.
4. Rent your textbooks | The textbook industry is beyond overpriced. Don’t pay full price for a textbook you’ll realistically only use before a test or only a few pages in the entire book during the course of the class. Visit a site like and rent your textbooks by the week!
5. Keep Your Room Smelling Fresh | Your mom would be proud! Keep your room constantly smelling great and tape a dryer sheet in front of the fan or AC unit.
6. Snack Goals | If you have a bunch of chapters you need to get done and can’t seem to muster the strength to just sit down and do it, try this hack. Place a treat at the end of each chapter (or each paragraph) that you get to eat once you finish that section.
7. Chewing Gum Memory | Chew a memorable flavor of gum while you’re studying and then chew that same flavor as you’re about to take the test. It will help trigger your memory.
8. Add Color to Your Notes | Surveys have shown that when we write things in different colors, it helps the brain to remember some of these notes better than others. In other words, keep the most important notes in colors you tend to like so you can memorize them better.
9. The Tortilla Plate | Use tortillas as a plate when you don't feel like doing dishes. They're cheap, and they work. Throw it away or eat it, whatever you want!
10. Just Chill | If your room comes without air conditioning it may get pretty hot, especially during the first few weeks. By hanging a damp towel in front of your window, you can quickly cool down your room and keep the hot air out. You can also put a frozen water bottle in front of a fan to help spread cool air on the really warm days.
11. Speed It Up | Bring a recorder to your lectures. When crunched for time, listen to recorded lectures at double the speed.