Ahhh college. The best four years of your life. You make new friends, educate your future, live on your own, struggle with classes, and feel like ripping your hair out every once in a while. Okay…maybe it isn’t the best four years of life for everyone, BUT there’s certainly ways to make life a little easier! Check out our 20 college hacks and watch your life be forever changed!
1. Smelly dorms
Stick a dryer sheet on the back of a fan while it’s on. This gets rid of bad smells in your dorm!
2. Get wrinkles out of shirts
For those who don’t have time to iron their clothes, hang a shirt somewhere in your bathroom while you shower. The steam from the shower gets the wrinkles out.
3. Binder Clips
Sticking binder clips to you desk helps keep your cords organized and prevents them from tangling up.
4. Cleaning your keyboard
Use a Post-It note to clean your keyboard. The sticky side of the note collects all the gunk that was stuck underneath!
5. Class schedule
During your first few weeks of class, screenshotting your schedule and making it your lock screen helps you memorize it. You’ll never forget your schedule again!
6. Note organization
Leave a few pages in the front of your notebook blank for a table of contents. This way you’ll know where everything is when it comes time for the big test!
7. Late night homework
If you’re up late doing homework, listen to movie scores. There’s no distracting lyrics and it keeps you motivated!
8. Syllabus week
At the beginning of each semester, highlight important dates and put them into your calendar for the best class preparation.
9. Writing Papers
After writing a paper, copy and paste it into Google Translate. This allows you to check for any misspells or grammatical errors!
10. Color code your notes
Color coding notes with pens is a great way to stay organized. The correlation between the colors and theme makes it easier to remember. Just make sure you don’t use too many colors on a subject. This could lead to you being overwhelmed!
11. Textbook reading motivation
We’ve all been through the struggle of reading the textbook and attempting to retain its information. A good incentive to stay on track is to put pieces of candy on each paragraph of the assigned reading. Every time you reach a paragraph, you get to eat the candy. How’s that for motivation?
12. Gum Hack
Studies have shown that chewing a piece of gum while studying for exams and then chewing the same flavor during the test helps you recall the material better.
13. Makeshift utensils
Have you ever forgotten to bring a fork with your packed lunch? No problem! Just bend some paper clips, tape them together to a writing utensil, and you’ll be good to go!
14. Cooking in a coffee pot
You can save time cooking simple foods such as pasta, hot dogs, and oatmeal in a coffee pot. Just add water and you’re good to go!
15. Use a Keurig for your instant ramen
Keurigs can have more than one use. Try using it to get a hot cup of instant ramen noodles!
16. Instant Iced Coffee
For those of you who are in a rush to get to class but need your coffee fix, there’s a way to get it in just two minutes! All you need is instant coffee, water, ice, and creamer! View how to do it here.
17. Fruit juice ice cubes
Fill up an ice tray with your favorite fruit juices and freeze them for 3-4 hours. Add the cubes and a slice of fruit to some seltzer water and you’ll have a nice refreshing drink!
18. Scrambled eggs in a mug
You don’t need a stove to get your morning eggs! If you have a microwave, you’re all set! View how to make them here.
19. Get a bottled drink cold in 15 minutes
Wrap your bottled drink in a damp paper towel and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. Your drink will be nice and cold!
20. Bottle opening tricks
There are many tricks to opening a bottle when no bottle opener is around. Try out these 9 tricks!