Get a Headstart with These 15 Back-to-School Hacks

Seriously, where have these been all my life?
by Melanie Santiago   |  May 7, 2016
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  1. Get up early.

Make a school day something to look forward to, steps like planning an exciting breakfast or placing your alarm across the room are some ways to help you rise on time.

  1. Listen to your essay for mistakes.

After finishing a paper, copy and paste it to Google Translate and press the audio button to hear your work. It's way easier to find typos and check grammar.

  1. Set up a Table of Contents for your notes.

At the beginning of the quarter or sem, leave a few pages in front of your notebook for a space to write an outline of your lessons. This will guide you when studying for specific or final exams.

  1. Set up a work station

Create your own homework caddy using different sized cereal boxes for books and toilet paper tubes to organize your pens. Having your school necessities in one place will help you attend to an assignment quicker.

  1. Pack easy-to-make delicious lunches.

Skip fast food and with some effort you can create any of these healthy dishes. Food is your main source of energy, make it count.

  1. Declutter your computer.

Organizing your files, deleting unnecessary ones and creating a folder system are essential steps to bringing back order to your laptop, plus, scheduling an annual reset is like getting a new one.

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  1. Recover an unsaved document in Word.

Forgot to save a document when your compute crashed? Thankfully, it can still be recovered when you follow these simple steps.

  1. Color code your notebooks.

Highlight the top corner or edge of your notebook with different hues, so once you open your backpack you can easily identify which one belongs to which subject.

  1. Speak in colors.

When preparing for a speech, color code each paragraph so you’ll find it easier to communicate and memorize.

  1. DIY a wall calendar.

With a wall calendar, you can see your activities planned out for a whole month. Viewing the bigger picture helps you assess how busy you’ll be and how you can prepare for it.

  1. Decorate your locker.

Find cute ways you can personalize your locker while keeping things organized.

  1. How to beat procrastination.

If you find an urge to suddenly clean or organize your room right before an important task, consider yourself a procrastinator. Don't hold off what you can do today, here are some helpful tips to keep you focused.

  1. Fast hair hacks.

For mornings when you just can't even, these clever hair tricks will save your day. It only takes about 5 minutes and still look put together.

  1. How to stay organized.

Whether it's in your room, desk or online, to planning, working and everything in between, this guide will come in handy for each one.

  1. How to take notes better.

It's not necessary to write down everything your prof says, remember to work smarter not harder. Learn the useful tips to follow before, during and after class to optimize note taking.

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Melanie Santiago
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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by and share the stories she comes across.
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