Productivity Hacks for College Students

  Productivity is something I struggle with, especially after a hectic day at work. I head to the library with my backpack and the best of intentions to get my homework done, but then I get distracted by my phone, or the internet. A five-minute break turns into a thirty-minute CandyCrush session. Before I know it, three hours have gone by and I’ve done half as much as I planned. I know that this is a problem for many college students, including me … I either try to get it all done at once or I’m starting/finishing at the last minute. Productivity, if we could just figure it out, would help us get better grades, find more free time, and feel less stress. But, it’s so difficult to master, because maybe the pull of our ringing cell phones is just too much, or you need to wind down after a hectic day. To improve my own productivity and hopefully help you with yours, I’ve searched for productivity hacks for college students, that have been shared. Here are some hacks that I found most helpful for my own productivity. Track Your Time It’s difficult to plan your personal time if you don’t know how you’re spending it. Tracking your hours is an important step toward better time management. Start by breaking down a major project into manageable individual tasks. For your classes, you may need to complete an academic review, draft essay or answer a series of questions. Each activity should take a set time that allows for edits and research. Allocate time blocks to each assignment and take note...

7 Tips to Become a More Productive Student

Becoming A More Productive Student Prepare a schedule – Preparing a schedule and following it is essential to your well-being and success as a student. A schedule can assist you by making you stay on task with your work and studies. Therefore, following a schedule will allow you, the student, to develop a weekly habit on completing your work. Fit breaks into your studies – As a student, it is crucial to keep a balance between academics and your social life. Often times, this balance is very difficult to achieve, but fitting in breaks into your study time may help you dramatically. The break can be as long or as short as you’d like it to be, and often, the longer you study, the longer your breaks should be; therefore, maintaining the correct balance.+ Do your research – Conducting your own research is crucial to being a productive and successful student in higher education. Research not only helps you learn about various new topics, but it can also help you develop a much more concrete understanding of a topic in which you have previous knowledge on. For example, a professor may explain a concept that is unclear in class, but becomes much more apparent once you have done your own research. Utilize resources – In a college environment, there is an abundance of resources available to the students, and many, unfortunately, do not take full advantage of this. Resources such as software, computer labs, and tutoring services are readily available, and often times even free! Do your homework – This is a major component of productivity and success as...

7 Productivity Plugins for Gmail

  Gmail Productivity Plugins   Many of us already spend hours a day sitting in front of a computer ranging from our phones, tablets, or laptops. Many of us are using that time to get actual work done that needs to be done. Unfortunately sitting in front, a computer for hours on end is not healthy and takes away time from that we could be using to do or accomplish other things. Almost all of us use email for school and work. Here are some useful plugins for Gmail users that boost productivity.   Bananatag This is a very useful plugin to allow you to see if people are reading your emails. While this can be used for both personal and business emails it is especially important when it comes to business. You don’t want to be wasting your time doing follow up emails in which you are not likely to get a response. With Bananatag you can pick out specific emails that you want to track, and it will allow you to see information on if people are opening the emails or clicking on anything of the links inside the email. Bananatag will give you notifications when certain actions are taken with the email that you picked out. The data gathered will be presented to you in a detailed graph in a easy and free package.     Unroll.me We have all had that messy email inbox where we are constantly being bombarded with different advertisement emails from all sort of things. Throughout the day and overtime we end up clicking on who knows what and end of...

The Latest in iPhone

The latest in iPhone: The latest with iPhone is the newly released iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. The iPhone 8 and 8 plus are very similar in look and act a lot like last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 plus. The biggest improvements between the iPhone 7 and 8 models are big upgrades to the camera, wireless charging, and longer battery life. The biggest reason to upgrade to an iPhone 8 from an older model is the new and greatly improved camera. They are the first smartphones to capture 4k ultra HD video at 60 frames per second. The older iPhone 7 model captured video at 30 frames per second. This difference especially noticeable when it comes to shooting video when things are moving quickly like at a sports games. The iPhone 8 also captures slow motion at 240 frames per second which is double the rate of the iPhone 7. Slow motion is capped to 1080p and isn’t offered in 4k ultra HD. Battery life is an important thing for many consumers when it comes to their smartphones. The iPhone does offer longer battery life than the older iPhone 7 models but not by a huge margin. The iPhone 7 battery lasts about 18.5 hours and the plus model lasts about 21. The iPhone 8 battery on average lasts for 19 hours while the 8plus lasted 21 hours. Picture showing the size difference between the iPhone 8 and 8 plus.   Apple also released the iPhone X. Some of the iPhone X’s features are a 5.8-inch screen. It also comes with a super retina display and adopts...

Most Important Tools Required for Smartphone or Tablet Repair

Soldering Iron: This tool is used to solder small components like resistors, capacitors, speakers, or microphones. A 50-watt soldering iron should be good enough for most mobile phone repair jobs. For mobile phone repair the soldering iron must be ESD safe because most parts in mobile phones are very sensitive and will get damaged due to static charge. You can get a 50-watt ESD safe soldering iron on Amazon for around 16 dollars. Link on the basics of using a soldering iron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxeDkcAa4Fs Precision Screwdrivers: A precision screwdriver is used to tighten and remove screws while taking apart or putting back together a mobile phone. Precisions screwdrivers of sizes T4, T5, T6 will be good enough for most mobile phone repair jobs. You can get a small precision screwdriver set off Amazon for around 5-10 dollars. Multimeter: This tool is used to check faults in a device. It is an electronic measuring instrument that combines several measurement functions into one unit. It can measure voltage, current, resistance. The multimeter can be used to test components of a smart phone such as the battery. You can buy a multimeter for as little as 8 dollars on Amazon. Video link on the basics of using a multimeter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdUK6RPdIrA Suction Cup: Not a whole lot is done with this and usually comes part of a mobile phone repair kit, but the suction cup is used to help separate the screen from the phone during the disassembly process. Suction cups can be bought on amazon for around 3 dollars for a set of 6.  Anti-Static Tweezers: Another basic tool that most likely will...