20 Helpful Back to School Life Hacks

August 25, 2017

1.     If you need to meet a page length for an essay, change all the periods in the essay to a larger size (for example: 12 -> 14). You can do this by using the replace tool on Microsoft Word.

2.     Whenever you finish writing an essay, use the speech function on your computer to read the essay out loud. This will give you a break and help you check for errors.

3.     You retain information better with blue ink than with black ink.

4.     According to university researchers, peer tutoring is the best way to learn from another for high school students.

5.     If you find yourself using the same word over and over again in an essay, use WordHippo (https://www.wordhippo.com/) to find similar words.

6.     Instead of using the word effect or affect, use the word impact.

7.     You remember things better when you say them out loud. Make sure to do this next time you study!

8.     Whenever you are studying, turn your phone on airplane mode. This will eliminate most distractions and temptations.

9.     Use Ctrl+Backspace to delete words at a time. Try it out!

10.  Make sure to keep an agenda/calendar to remind you of upcoming assignments and exams!

11.  If your essay is too long, you can add white dashes between words to reduce the word count. Try this at your own risk!

12.  If you don’t know how to solve a math equation, use WolframAlpha (https://www.wolframalpha.com/)!

13.  Carry a small first aid kit in your backpack at all times.

14.  At the beginning of the year, set your agenda as your lock screen picture on your phone. This will help you learn your agenda much faster!

15.  If your zip on your backpack breaks, you can use a paperclip to replace it.

16.  When highlighting important information to study, alternate the colors of highlighters. This will help you learn the material efficiently.

17.  If you are in desperate need of some white out (and have none around), you can use toothpaste. It doesn’t work as well, but it still works!

18.  Whenever you are struggling to read, convince your brain that you are very interested in the subject matter! By questioning (like “I wonder why that is”) while reading, you can force yourself to be engaged in the subject matter.

19.  If you’re nervous for a test, make sure to breathe! Inhale through your nose deeply and slowly, and exhale through your mouth.

20.  Every morning, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a compliment! While this may seem silly, it will help you subconsciously with happiness and positivity.



Giovanni Zinzi