18 Study and Life Hacks You Can't Live Without

August 11, 2017

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1.Snack Incentive
Add a lolly or treat to what you’re reading as an incentive. When you get to a certain point in your studies, treat yourself.. Keep sufficient gaps between treats though..

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2.Write notes in different colour pens.
This will help create a visual reminder of the knowledge you’re trying to absorb. It also looks pretty and will help make studying more pleasurable.

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3.When giving a class presentation get a friend to ask a specific question
Make it a question you already know the answer to. It will make you look smart, and make your friend look like they're paying attention. Win- win.

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4. Cables in a  tangle
Use cheap and easy bulldog clips to keep your under the desk cable nest in order. 

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5. Keep your cool.

Need to chill your drink down super quickly on a hot build up day. Wrap a damp paper towel around it and place it in the freezer for 5 mins.

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6.Understand difficult concepts quickly
Do you need to get your head around a really difficult concept but have very little time to do so? Type the subject matter & filetype:ppt into google and access powerpoint presentation that help you understand and simplify the concept.

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7.Boost productivity through sound
Maximise your productivity by listening to a soundtrack of natural sounds or calming classical music. Listening to natural, earthy sounds has been proven to help us focus, boost productivity and improve overall mood. There’s plenty to find on your favourite streaming service or youtube.
 
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8.Use the Pomodoro Technique
The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are what makes this process work. As tasks or “pomodoros” are completed, they are recorded, creating a sense of achievement. It also helps to reduce the impact of internal and external interruptions and promotes focus and flow.

 
9.Google Scholar.
Use Google Scholar to find useful published papers & create alerts for new papers in your field.

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10.Save Your Work.
Use Google Docs when writing an assignment and eliminate the risk of losing your work. Also great for group assignments – you can see who has edited and worked on your assignment and any changes they’ve made.


11.Shift F7
If you do need to use Word, remember this handy shortcut to make you vocabulary colourful and engaging.


12.Keep your writing tight
Use a tool such as Grammarly to make your sentences cleaner and more precise by cutting unnecessary words.


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13.Tidy Up you’re Final Draft 
Think you’ve finished your final draft? Copy & Paste the text into google translate and click the button to hear it read aloud


14.Move around 
When working on an assignment, stop often for a short break where you can get up and move around.

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15.Change font to help proof reading
Change your font to a different size or colour to make proof reading easier and help mistakes to standout more. 

16.Stop Procrastinating
SelfControl(for Mac) and ColdTurkey (for Windows) are apps that will stop your procrastination when on your computer in its tracks by blocking certain websites. No more distractions.

wikipedia17.Wikipedia it
Use Wikipedia as a start for research to get your head around the basics of an unfamiliar subject matter. But don’t cite it or copy directly from it in your work of course.

18.RefMe
Once you've found some sources, RefMe is an awesome app for collecting and creating references. You search by book or journal article title, DOI, ISBN, ISSN or URL to automatically create a reference in over 6,500 different styles from Harvard to IEEE. A must when essay writing.




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