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Use Google Docs to Collaborate on Class Note Taking

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 9:07 PM

By Shep McAllister of HackCollege

As college students, we survive by collaborating. We work together on group projects, form study groups, and share advice about the toughest professors. Despite all this, it occurred to me that nobody really works together to take notes. I'm not talking about sharing...

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Hacking College Is a Shortcut to Learning

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 10:27 AM

HackCollege readers use a variety of productivity tips, called life hacks, to get their projects done faster. College hackers don't worry about losing work from an unsaved paper, and love to make their class notes searchable and organized. Yes, the...

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How To Fix Your Sleep Cycle for a Smooth Semester

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 9:55 AM

By Emily Chapman from

School's back in session, and if you're anything like most people, your sleep schedule is out of whack from a winter break spent with family and friends. However, getting back in the sleepy swing of things will help you readjust to school, quit...

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HackCollege's CES Student Gadget Roundup

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 10:47 AM

Shep and Luke from took over the NBC Universal stage to take a look at their favorite gadgets for students from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Check out the video below for the roundup, and don't miss the links below for complete student-centric CES coverage.

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How Should We Deal With Computers in Classrooms?

(10) Comments | Posted January 2, 2011 | 5:06 PM

By Shep McAllister of

It seems like every year I've been in school, more and more laptops have found their way onto desks during class, and I've always been all for it. Yes, I've occasionally ventured onto Facebook or Google Reader during a lecture's duller moments, but...

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My Laptop Died During Finals Week, And I Didn't Care

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2010 | 5:08 PM

By Shep McAllister from

Tonight, my MacBook Pro became unresponsive, and would not boot up after a hard reset. It's happened once before, and the fix was as easy as reinstalling the OS and restoring from an old time machine backup. Still though, it took time, and...

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How To Keep Your Body From Falling Apart During Finals

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 7:21 AM

By Emily Chapman of HackCollege

Finals are approaching, and for many students that means hours of studying supported only by coffee and occasional sugar-filled study breaks. Not surprisingly, this wrecks your health, lowers your concentration and makes you a dead person by the end of...

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How To Survive Your Finals

(2) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 10:22 AM

By Laura Schluckebier of HackCollege

The week after Thanksgiving break can always be pretty overwhelming. As I pointed out a few weeks ago, if you haven't started preparing for your final projects, papers, or exams yet, you might be feeling if you're drowning. And sometimes, even...

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Home for the Holidays: Explaining Your Major to Friends and Family

(9) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 10:50 AM

By Emily Chapman of HackCollege

Students are gearing up to head home for Thanksgiving and winter breaks, and that means getting back into the swing of life with family -- including explaining what you're doing at school to your parents' friends and your extended family. For some people...

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How To Conquer Your Group Project

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 7:01 AM

By Laura Schluckebier of HackCollege

As I begin to work on an end-of-the-semester group project for one of my classes with fellow Trinity student and HackCollege writer Shep, I decided it would be prudent to write out a few guidelines to make group projects as painless as possible. Love...

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Curate Your College Address Book

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 4:24 PM

Authored by Sean Quinn from

I guess I'm getting a reputation around HackCollege as the "phone guy." Ironically, my cell phone is probably the least important piece of my technical repertoire. I was a bit amazed as I was nearing my cell phone's limit of 600 contacts...

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Dr. Janitor: Paradox Or Reality?

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2010 | 6:34 PM

By Laura Schluckebier from HackCollege

Gizmodo posted an interesting article earlier this week that says that at least 5,000 janitors working in America have PhDs. Whoa.

The article goes on to essentially say that the amount of effort and money that students put into their...

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How To Keep Your Dorm Room Organized

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 7:22 AM

By Laura Schluckebier from

I'm not sure if y'all can tell by now, but I dislike living in dorm rooms. I've given tips about how to make living in dorms bearable, such as the best ways to clean your room, ways to get...

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Microsoft's CEO Talks Education And Windows Phone 7

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 8:11 AM

By Emily Chapman of

FTC Disclosure: Microsoft paid for my trip to New York, my hotel and my food. Blogging is awesome!

It's a weird thing to sit down with a man who's worth $13.1 billion, but on Monday I did just that. As part...

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Students Can Build Empires Between Classes -- Don't Miss Your Chance

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 5:28 PM

By Shep McAllister of

PBS MediaShift just came out with an inspiring article about students who have created successful blogs, websites, and businesses before graduating, and it just happens to have a healthy dose of HackCollege praise.

The reason I write this though isn't to...

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Make Life Easier: Ask a Librarian

(4) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 12:26 PM

Librarians are superheroes
Librarians: they're like superheroes in that they save you during finals and have secret lairs. Image courtesy of Flickr user Monika Bargmann. Licensed under CC 2.0 BY-NC-ND

The school library (or, if you're at a big school, libraries) are part...

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How To Wrangle Your Dorm Room Cords

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2010 | 12:00 PM

By Laura Schluckebier from HackCollege

Cords can be a mess

I have many pet peeves about dorms. This is actually turns out to be a good thing since I figure out ways to solve my them and write posts about them...

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How to Digitize Your Textbooks

(35) Comments | Posted September 19, 2010 | 5:22 PM

By Luke Turcotte, from HackCollege.

eBook readers are quickly becoming the go-to method to read print media. Perhaps the most exciting advantage is the ability to carry thousands of books on a thin device. Yes students, this means you could condense a semesters worth of heavy textbooks into...

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