Life hack for school

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It can be hard to adjust to the university environment when things are so different from home; you may not be used to living with so many, very different, people; you might be really struggling to find a functional work-life balance; and it can generally be hard to get by on the notoriously tight student budget.

No need to panic – we’re here to help! Take a few deep breaths, and remember these useful tricks that they definitely won’t teach you in lecture…

1. Take your lecture notes using different coloured pens…

There really are a tonne of benefits to using coloured pens for your notes. The use of multiple colours helps map your thought pattern, allowing you to think deeper into the topic. The use of colour helps fire up your visual memory, giving you a greater chance of actually being able to remember what you’ve written. Colour also improves recall time on graphs and charts, and can be a really effective performance booster when it’s not overdone.

You’re not in school any more guys, and there’s a whole palette of colours out there just begging to be used! Ditch the dull black and the boring royal blue – it’s time to technicolour your world-class education!

2. Are you really hungry, but feeling way too lazy to handle the thought of dishes? Got a spare tortilla wrap in the cupboard?

Tortilla wraps don’t have a long shelf life, so why not save yourself some time and effort and use them as a plate or bowl? You can even eat it afterwards, I mean, what could be better than that?!

3. Buy yourself a laptop lock

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The majority of people you meet will be super nice and genuine, but as with any situation or environment, there will also be bad people. There may be times when you’re studying that you have to get up and leave your stuff unaccompanied – why risk losing all your work- and your really expensive laptop – when you could invest in this nifty gadget? If you like to work in the public library or any other public space, this is definitely a good idea.

It might also be worth looking into student insurance policies to get all your gadgets covered. You might not think it will happen to you, but if it did, you’d be pretty screwed…

4. Make the most of the space in your wardrobe with this simple, handy trick…

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If you have a lot of clothes, an excessive amount of empty cans (you’re a student – you definitely do, so there’s no point denying it) and a severe lack of wardrobe space, this little hack is literally a dream! You no longer have an excuse for using the floor to store your clothes, and have absolutely no reason to wear creased clothes ever again – you can thank me later.

5. Trick those pesky, no-good pen thieves by replacing the ink cartridge of a red pen with a blue or black one.

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It’s true! Have you ever stolen a red pen?!

It’s such an inky injustice – how do they sleep at night?! Seriously though, we all hate it when our favourite pen mysteriously goes missing, so remember this little trick and you can guarantee it won’t happen again.

6. If the temperature is rising and you’re burning up in your room, hang a damp towel in front of an open window and it’ll cool down in no time

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It’s hard to be productive in a room that’s like a sauna. Your brain is an organ after all, it needs energy to function and make sound decisions. The body’s main energy source is glucose; the substance that fuels us through any activity, including maintaining a healthy internal body temperature. Warm temperatures result in the faster depletion of our bodily resources, which therefore makes it harder for your brain to function normally. Well, now there’s no need for you to sweat it out- use this hack and get your head right back in the game.

7. If you’re in the mood for spontaneous grooves, blast tunes from your iPhone with these makeshift speakers

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It’s cheap, easy, and it really works!

8. If every morning is a struggle to get out of bed, pop your phone into an empty pint glass before you go to sleep and leave it beside your bed

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It may not look great, but you really can’t knock it because it actually works! Dropping your phone into a pint glass creates an Echo Chamber Effect, boosting the sound by a few decibels. Soon, you won’t be able to miss that dreaded morning alarm and you’ll never be late again!

9. Here’s a neat trick that allows you to heat two bowls in the microwave at the same time

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Now you and your buddy can reheat yesterday’s leftovers and even sit down to eat at the same time. Amazing!

10. So, you really want to drink a beer but there was no room in the fridge, and now they’re all warm and unpleasant

Problem solved – no one wants a warm beer!

11. When giving a class presentation, tell a friend to ask a particular question before you head to class

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That way you’ll already know the answer and it will look like you’ve done some pretty thorough research. Of course, it’s always a good idea that you actually do the research…

12. Another useful presentation tip: use ‘meme’ font when writing text on a bold background…

This is a really great tip – if you’re sure that all text can be read, no one will miss anything and that way, your grade will truly reflect the content of your presentation.

13. When reheating pizza in the microwave, stick a small glass of water in along with it

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Because we all know that chewy pizza crusts are definitely not the one!

14. Are your power cables constantly getting tangled?

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It can be really annoying having to unwind your cables before you sit down to do work. Paperclips are cheap and really easy to get hold of (you should totally have some anyway to keep all those assignments in order!) so hook up all your cables and live a tangle-free life.

15. 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 get your hands on lecture PowerPoints completely for free.

16. Did you forget your textbook?

Don’t worry; just type the name of the textbook + filetype:pdf to scan the web for online copies. Simples!

17. Maximise your productivity by listening to a soundtrack of natural sounds or calming classical music

Listening to natural, earthy sounds or chilled out classical music isn’t just a good way to send you off to sleep – it has actually been shown to help us focus and boost our productivity, as well as our overall mood. If the sweet sound of birdsong, ocean waves or even classical music really don’t do it for you, try listening to your favourite album while you work – it will make you feel chipper and help you get more done.

What’s that you say? Where am I supposed to get a CD of the sounds of the ocean? Fear not – YouTube literally has hundreds for your natural listening pleasure. Some of them last a whole 11 hours, like this:

See? You can listen to the Earth all day, every day, from the comfort of your desk…

18. Use the Pomodoro Technique and become super productive

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It can be really hard to focus in the midst of so many modern distractions – Facebook newsfeed, Twitter updates and Angry Birds are just some of the 21st century interferences students have to deal with. Coined the ‘Pomodoro Technique’, after the tomato shaped kitchen timer, this helpful method is specially-designed to help you stay on task. Shedule your work into four, distraction-free blocks interspersed with regular breaks, and smash that assignment right out of the park!

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

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Google Scholar is an online, freely-accessible search engine that lets you scan both physical and digital copies of articles. It searches a variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities and preprint depositories. It’s a really useful database that will be invaluable when it comes to assignment writing.

20. Use Wikipedia to find useful sources

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…but definitely don’t use it for answers. Wikipedia is not a reputable source and is a generalised overview of information, which is why it’s not good to cite it in an academic situation. It is, however, an excellent way of finding primary sources relevant to your topic.

21. Use Google Docs when writing an assignment and eliminate the risk of losing your work

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Google Docs is an online wordprocessing, spreadsheet and presentation app. It allows you to share documents, edit documents while offline, and upload just about anything. Plus, as I’ve already mentioned, it saves your work automatically! Boom!

22. But if you do need to use Word, remember this handy shortcut to make you vocabulary colourful and engaging:

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Shift+F7 is a quick way to access Word’s Thesaurus tool – good to know!

22. Make your sentences cleaner and more precise by cutting unnecessary words

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As William Shrunk Jr once said: “A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”

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

That’s right – stretch those weary legs! Get the blood flowing and get that energy pumping. Open a window to let some fresh air in and boost your cognitive function. Don’t stress, just remember these tips – they really do work!

24. Mix up your working environment

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If you work and study in the same place every time it can really dampen your productivity, as well as your creativity. If you’re a bedroom cretin who doesn’t study anywhere other than your own desk, try having a study session in the library and see how that works out. If you love to work in the library, take your laptop to the coffee shop and see how things work there. A change of scenery might give your motivation a kick and make it much easier to focus – just remember to take some headphones so you can block out any unnecessary distractions.

25. Try writing your first draft by hand

Writing things by hand is like a ‘train of thought’; you might come up with new ideas and concepts as you write and can scribble them in after. Don’t be afraid to get messy – cross things out, draw diagrams and note down any afterthoughts. Writing by hand is a really great way to pull information to the forefront of your mind, and once it’s down, all you have to do is type it up later. You could even kill two birds with one stone and edit as you type.

26. Think you’ve finished your final draft? Copy & Paste the text into google translate and click the button to hear it read aloud

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It’s a really good idea to read all your work out loud so you can hear exactly how it sounds. It’s hard to spot mistakes when you’ve been working so closely on something, so using Google Translate to hear your work out loud is an ideal way to hear the flow of the text and highlight any mistakes.

So, there you have it; 26 simple tips that will make your student life a hell of a lot more convenient. When it comes to tips for getting assignments done, if you find you’re still struggling whatever you do, DON’T PANIC. Just take a break and clear your head – there’s really no point in flogging a dead horse! Make sure you’ve had plenty of sleep, eaten properly, and drunk plenty of fluid so you’re brain is on top form – but most importantly DON’T LEAVE THINGS TOO LATE! Leaving work until the very last minute will just leave you feeling ,and is a surefire way to ensure you underperform. If the magic still isn’t happening, get some help from your university advisors – they can provide useful study tips and skills, or may even be able to get you an extension.

Happy Hacking!

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19 Life Hacks You Should Teach Your Kids

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Parenting is hard. It takes a great deal of effort to be even a decent parent. My husband and I are raising our three children ages 6, 6, and 7.

Yes, I have my hands full. Twin six-year-old boys and a seven-year-old girl keep me on my parenting toes, so to speak. It is not easy, but I do my best to be a good parent. Having a PhD in psychology is helpful, but I still devour plenty of parenting books and research articles to continually try to do better. I am still a work in progress just like all parents.

It would be great if we knew exactly what to do and how to do it with our kids. But not all kids are the same and they are not born with a manual that provides us with instructions on how to raise them right. However, we do have research on parenting and psychology that can help us out and point us in the right direction.

Below I have five tips on how to improve your parenting skills starting today! These tips are backed by research. The first step toward being a great parent is knowing how. It is difficult to be a good parent without knowing first and foremost the how and why.

1. Practice Loving without Conditions

Loving unconditionally seems like a given that we all assume we are doing as a parent. However, we may have behaviors or words spoken that undermine our ability for our children to feel unconditionally loved.

For example, asking our child if he wants another mom when he is acting out is not practicing unconditional love. The message that is being sent to the child is that if they act out or misbehave, they are at risk of losing you as a mother, since you ask “do you want another mom” or “do you want to live somewhere else?”

If you have ever made these statements, it doesn’t mean you are a terrible parent. However, if we want our child to feel loved unconditionally, then we need to stop saying things that make the child feel like the relationship could ever be severed because of their behavior.

Another way to look at these threats is comparing them to threatening divorce. If you have ever been married, or lived in a home with married parents, then you know that when one person threatens divorce, it cuts to the core.

Threatening divorce damages the relationship, because trust is lost. The other person begins to feel that that their relationship may not be forever, and that the relationship can be ended because their spouse is threatening divorce. Even if the person threatening doesn’t really mean what they are saying and they truly love their spouse, the words are damaging none the less.

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The same principles go for parent and child relationships. If a child has been threatened with loss of their current home life, the parent leaving them, or being placed in foster care, then that child does not feel loved unconditionally. They will believe that love from their parent is contingent on their behavior. It is conditional love which means that they are only loved under certain conditions.

My son Charlie has recently gotten into the habit of saying “I love you Mom” every time that he gets in trouble. He kicked the dog the other day. Not hard, but nevertheless he kicked our family dog. I was fuming. I yelled at him and he was sent to his room for a long time out (I know the yelling was not a good thing to do). I couldn’t even think of a consequence in the heat of the moment so I said “go to your room, I don’t want to see you right now, I will think about your consequence later.”

He cried, and as he was running up the stairs and he was saying “I love you Mommy, I love you Mommy, I love you Mommy.” Why was he saying that? Because in his six-year-old mind, he is worried that I will stop loving him if he has bad behavior.

Kids don’t know that we love them unconditionally. They are learning though and we must teach them that we do. My response in this situation and always is to say “I love you too.” I then usually follow it up with “I don’t like your behavior right now, but I will always love you.”

Kids need to be told that they are loved regardless of their behavior. It needs to be ingrained that they are loved even if they act out, break the rules, or misbehave.

An article by Elite Daily examined several research studies on unconditional love. The findings from these studies showed that children become more well-adjusted, emotionally healthy, and physically healthy adults when they experience unconditional love in childhood. When children are exposed to conditional love in their parent-child relationship, the research showed that, children have higher levels of anxiety which in turn negatively affects their long-range health, such as heart health.

Loving unconditionally means loving without conditions. Unconditional love is loving someone just the way that they are, flaws and all. Tell your children that you love them, even when they break the rules, misbehave, or they tell you that they hate you (most kids say this to their parents at some point in time).

You must always respond with “I love you regardless of your behavior.” It doesn’t mean that you are accepting or allowing the bad behavior. There should always be reasonable consequences to match the behavior. However, they shouldn’t ever be made to feel that the love of their parent can be revoked because of bad behaviors.

2. Develop a Bond That Will Last a Lifetime by Creating Memories

You need to spend time with your kids in order to create a bond. Quality time matters, but so does quantity time.

Kids want to be with their parents. Spend time together as a family. For example, make it a point to have dinner at the kitchen or dining room table at least a few nights a week. Make a rule that no technology is allowed at the table during that time, so that you can talk and spend time together.

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Before you know it, that child will be grown and out of your home. Take the time to spend meal times together, talking and truly getting to know your child before they leave your home as an adult.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree looked at research on how to create happy memories that last a lifetime. Some of the things discovered in the research included:

  • Memories are made when our senses and emotions are elevated.
  • If we are pulling out the camera phone, it is likely an elevated experience that you want to remember.
  • Celebrating milestones and praiseworthy moments (graduations, winning seasons, etc.) helps to create positive lasting memories.
  • Struggling together creates a bond. If you have worked through conflict in your relationship and made it better in the process then you have created a bond. Fraternities haze, soldier fight together, and families overcome struggles together. These all make for lasting bonds. When you struggle together as a family, celebrate the success at the end of your victory, once you have overcome the challenge together.

Take the time to make memories with your children. They are only little once. Go on those vacations, hike to the top of a mountain together, sail across an ocean, go camping, or teach them to ice-skate.

Do anything and everything that will help create memories, bonds, and experiences that will last a lifetime in their memory. Those memories are what will carry them into old age with happiness in their heart.

3. Stop the Yelling

Yelling at our kids is not good parenting. Yet it is still happening on regular basis in most homes. I admit, I am still continually working on this one. I think this quote summarizes the situation.

However, I know I need to continually work to not yell or raise my voice, as I would prefer a household with zero voices ever raised.

Yelling causes our children to become anxious. It also affects them emotionally and mentally in a negative manner. If you have ever been yelled at by a boss or superior, you probably remember it and it is not a fond memory. It made you feel bad. It is hard enough to be reprimanded in a calm voice.

When someone, whether adult or child, is yelled at while being reprimanded it causes anxiety, stress, and negative emotions to abound. When the yelling involves name calling or insults it becomes emotional abuse.

Heathline Parenthood examined research on the topic of yelling and found that parents who yell at their kids end up with children who are more aggressive verbally and physically. Children learn from their parents’ example. If yelling is a regular occurrence in your household, then your child is learning that when dealing with behavior or situations that they don’t like, it is appropriate to yell. None of us want to teach that to our children, so we must take action to stop the yelling.

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Healthline provides some tips on how to stop yelling:

  • Know what triggers the yelling. What are the behaviors occurring or situations where you find yourself yelling at your children?
  • When you feel that you are going to yell, give yourself a time out or count to ten.
  • Practice responding in a calm, even tone. Practice makes the action a habit.
  • If you do yell, then admit the mistake and apologize to your child. They will then learn that it is not an acceptable behavior and that they too should apologize if they make a mistake and end up yelling. (Yes, I apologized to Charlie for yelling and he had to apologize to our dog Max.)

My article about yelling less at your kids less is also helpful: The Only Effective Way to Talk With Children When They Are Acting Out. This article outlines the steps to use the “one-ask” parenting approach. This approach is used to help parents follow up with consequences more quickly so that situations don’t escalate to worse behavior by the children and yelling from the parents. Some tips from this article on talking to your children without yelling include the following.

  • Get on their level, talking face to face in a calm voice.
  • Don’t make repeated threats about a consequence that is coming to them and wait for the situation to become more heated.
  • Follow through with the consequence (i.e. loss of playtime or time-out) immediately after they violate your warning. Don’t wait for them to repeat the bad behavior several more times. One warning is all that is needed. Then, if they break the rule or don’t obey, the consequence should be immediately implemented.

If you find that your yelling is so entrenched in your daily behaviors that you have a hard time kicking the habit and you need more support, then buy, or find at your local library, the book Triggers by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake. Their tips were even featured on the Focus on the Family national radio program and were rated as a number one show for 2019. Their gentle parenting methods simply work.

A quote from the book:

“Peacemaking moms produce peacemaking kids.”

Wendy and Amber also have a Facebook group that is free to join. It is Gentle Parenting with Amber and Wendy. In this group, you will find thousands of other parents looking for support to yell less in their homes. Check out the group if you want more connected support to stop yelling at your kids. I am a member of this group too. Nobody is perfect, but we can do better as parents by yelling less starting today.

4. Provide Experiences Over Toys

Toys are fun. But our kids don’t need an excess of overcomplicated, electronic, and expensive toys in order to be happy or develop in a healthy manner. Focusing on experiences over toys is a way to improve as a parent now.

The next holiday or birthday that comes up, think about gifting your child an experience, for example, a year membership to the children’s museum or zoo. Another experience is a trip to someplace interesting such as a National Park. These experiences help to create memories. They also help to make your child a more well rounded individual as they are out in the world experiencing activities rather than sitting in their room playing the newest video game.

Motherly posted a recent article that delved into the science that experiences are better for our kids than toys. Here is a quote from that article that is worth noting.

And if we need one more reason to cool it on the toy giving, researchers have discovered that gratitude and generosity increase when experiences are given instead of objects. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University, conducted many studies over many decades and found that happiness is derived from experiences, not things. Bottom line: The happiness derived from a childhood experience is far more significant than the fleeting excitement of toys under the Christmas tree. Giving experiences that involve spending time together instead of gifting toys brings greater and longer-lasting joy. Don’t stress about the number of toys, mama. Focus on making memories.

Creating family experiences and making memories go hand-in-hand. Our money and resources get more bang for their buck when they are used on experiences for the family instead of things. The research from the Motherly article shows that families are happier overall when they have more experiences together and less toys.

5. Let Them Play and Be a Child

Play and childhood development go hand-in-hand. However, the amount of playtime our children are getting has been diminishing in recent decades.

We are so intent on our children learning, that we take away from their playtime. Play is learning. We need to get our children back to basic playtime so they can develop and learn in a natural way.

Increase their playtime and limit the electronics. Research by Very Well Family found that too much technology is damaging to our children. When children get too much time on electronic devices, their research found that children have sleep issues, obesity, behavior problems, academic problems, and emotional issues. Limit your children’s time on technology.

According to We Can, we need to aim for less than two of screen time per day for our school aged children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends far less time for children under the age of five. We Can offers a free screen time chart so you can track your child’s time on digital devices.

The goal is to get children playing and off the technology. Playing will help them developmentally. In my book Let Them Play, I explain the importance of play and provide 100 child developmental play activities. Some great play activities that promote development and learning that are listed in the book including Play Doh, magnet blocks, Legos, puppet shows, and hopscotch.

Parents can teach their children different play activities while they actively play with their children. Fifteen or twenty minutes of playtime together can help to create bonding time between parent and child. Then the parent can allow their children to continue playing the activity on their own. This play time is crucial to the child’s healthy social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

They are only little once. Let them be a child when they are little. Two-year-old children aren’t meant to sit at desks for hours completing school work. They were made to play, explore, and be active physically. This is how they learn and develop best.

Final Thoughts

These are not the only ways to improve as a parent. However, these are five ways that you can begin improving as a parent starting today.

Nobody is a perfect parent, which means we all have room for improvement. Look at your own parenting methods objectively and decide where you can improve. Then do something about it.

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Featured photo credit: Jonathan Daniels via unsplash.com

Reference

^ Elite Daily: The Psychology Behind Unconditional Love, According To Science
^ Barking Up the Wrong Tree: This Is How To Create Happy Memories That Will Last A Lifetime: 3 Secrets From Research
^ Healthline: The Long-Lasting Effects of Yelling at Your Kids
^ Motherly: It’s science: Giving experiences instead of toys boosts your kid’s intelligence + happiness
^ Very Well Family: The Harmful Effects of Too Much Screen Time for Kids

School- Didn’t it sound horrible to all of us as kids? Sunday nights were no less than a nightmare when our parents used to say, “Get to bed. You have to wake up early for school tomorrow”. We hated it. There were days when we did not want to go to school at any cost. But our parents just didn’t understand. We felt devastated and left out when our parents did not seem to understand the pain we went through. Toughest were the winter days for those who had morning school. Getting up from the bed was like the harshest of punishments invented for mankind. Many of us would agree that the first thing we did after getting up was to wreck our brains and find out an excuse suitable enough to stay away from school. Kids nowadays are way more intelligent than what we were in our childhood. My little sister comes up with such excuses every single day, which keeps me updated about the weird things these little brains can think of. Here are ten excuses which children come up with to stay away from school.

10. Incomplete Homework

Statutory warning : This won’t work for everybody. Results will vary from person to person.

Though this is not a very effective method. But it is sure to work wonders for over caring parents. The kind of parents, or even mothers will do, who get hyper at every little thing in school. They want their little innocent babies to be ab all rounder. Studies come first, of course. So no compromises in that field. Try telling your mother in the morning that you did not complete your homework the previous day and wait for instant results. For some extra drama, you may add that it was going to be assessed for some important examination. Okay, you might get scolded or even thrashed (hyper moms, remember?). But no pains, no gains. You get to stay away from those boring teachers in school whose only aim in life is to make Einsteins and Newtons out of you. And then its your day! Do anything you want or fulfill the reason for which you wanted to stay home. If there was no reason at all, then just stay back and watch your favourite shows or go out to play. But remember, in the course of the day, do take out time to complete that unfinished homework or assignment which saved you earlier that day.

9. School has Declared a Holiday

This again is for all those kids blessed with COOL parents. Think of a reason strong enough for which your school can declare a surprise holiday. Say that a friend or a teacher met with an accident in front of school. Teacher would be more believable. Set up a friend who you know will be called up by your mother for cross checking. Extra brownie points for you if that friend too decides to drop school and stay at home. Later in the day you two can just go out and have fun. When I was in school, I particularly took advantage of the infamously pathetic monsoons of Kolkata. I used to tell my mother that there’s huge standing water in front of school.And bingo! It meant a two day leave from school. Try this one too.

8. Our Class Teacher will be Absent today

This again works wonders. Parents are those people on earth who, unlike us, think that school is only meant for getting educated. So when the teacher himself is absent from school, they find it pointless to send their wards to school. They find it better to keep children at home and utilize the day by studying at home. And studying at home is the last thing kids do. Right? A little lie can turn out into an entire day of fun. But be careful not to get caught. If your mother knows the teacher personally, or the teacher happens to be a family friend of yours, then stay away from such dangerous stunts.

7. Hiding Books

How many of us did this? And still do in fact? And doesn’t this trick work wonderfully? You just hide your books or copies needed in school that day and start panicking (mock panic) that you cant find them? Minutes later your parents join the drama and you just sit back and watch the show. It ultimately turns out to be a leave from school and a day well spent. The advantage with this excuse is that you can hide in the books in a very safe and secret place for more than one day. But make sure you don’t hide it for too long. Else your parents might end up buying another book for you. Enjoy these little guilty pleasures in life without an overdose of it.

6. Being Intentionally Late in the Morning

I had tried this on various occasions. The level of lethargy is the highest in the morning after getting up from a good sleep. You just get up and work extra slow on days you want to skip school. You know your school timings and the exact time when the school gate closes. So you take an extra minute in brushing your teeth, few extra minutes in the bathroom, you eat slowly, take time to wear the uniform and you are late.

5. Missing the School Bus

This is quite similar to point 6. You intentionally get late and miss the school bus. But wait, this is not the end. Your father might still drag you to school in his car. So make sure you take ample amount of time in getting late so that even when your father drops you to school, you reach to find the gate closed and come back home, ready to spend the unexpected holiday.

4. Wake up in the middle of the Night

You must be thinking how can waking up in the middle of the night help you to stay away from school? Well it’s easy. If you plan to give school a miss the next day, then get up in the middle of the night and walk up to you parents’ room. Wake them up and fake a very painful voice. Tell them that you are suffering from something very serious. Parents won’t be able to gauge the naughtiness of their young, innocent (!) offspring and they will easily fall into the trap. But make sure you fake something serious. Minor issues like stomachache or headache tend to get well overnight and next morning you might be sent to school. Rub your eyes till they are bloodshot. Tell your parents that you are having eyesight problems and they will believe you.

3. Visit the Washroom every 15 minute

This needs a little investment of time. Try this if you plan to drop school on a Monday. We all develop Monday morning blues. You have the weekend to develop this idea in to a full fledged one. Throughout the weekend, visit the restroom very frequently, holding your stomach. Take your cellphone or i-pod with you. Tune in to your favourite songs and keep listening to them. But outside your parents will be worried about you. They will give you medicines for loose motion or acidity. Don’t have them as the side effect might really cause you some danger. On Monday when you will still be going to the washroom, you will be asked by your parents with full dignity to stay back. You can continue this for the entire week and have a short vacation.

2. Return Home from School Halfway

Go out for school as you do every morning. Get ready, take your tiffin and start walking towards your school. Do not show any unusual sign. After going a few kilometers, take an about turn and start walking towards home. When your parents ask why you are back, you can come up with anything. That you were not feeling well, or you saw an accident which made you feel dizzy. You can even say that after reaching school you learnt that the school had declared a holiday because some delegates were to pay a visit to your school. Say anything and your parents will buy it.

1. “I am not feeling very well today”

This had to be leading the list. This age old excuse has worked for ages, right from our grandparents’ time. If backed by powerful acting skills, parents still fall into this trap and we end up spending a day at home.

back to school hacks

It seems like only yesterday that you were marking days off the calendar until summer vacation — and all the splish-splashing, sand, and sun that came with it. Now, the back-to-school countdown is on — and you’re busy stocking up on all the gear to make your child’s backpack and lunch box the coolest around.

There are things that are givens — they’ll need plenty of new No 2s, cool locker decorations, and a rockin’ lunch box — but it’s easy to forget those more obscure items on the checklist like cold packs for lunches or ways to make their notebooks distinct from one another. With all the tasks to keep track of before the first bell rings, December isn’t the only time you’ll need to make your list and check it twice!

But as you wander the aisles of inspiration at H-E-B, you won’t have to wonder what you can do to leave your personal mark on their supplies or packed lunches. These easy back-to-school tips can help your student shine like a star, while giving you a whole new outlook for when those SOS moments strike. Don’t have an icepack to keep lunch cool? Don’t sweat it — freeze yogurt ahead of time or a pop a sponge in the freezer.

Here, we’ve laid out our favorite DIY back-to-school life hacks to make the transition from lazy hours spent in the sun to school days as easy as possible. Look for supplies around your neighborhood H-E-B to make this your kiddo’s best year yet!

It’s that time of year again … back to school! While it can be exciting looking forward to a new school year, it can be a bit overwhelming too when it comes to getting organized. Hopefully by now you have all the supplies that were on your list, but either way, you know that it can be an uphill battle to keep everything sorted over the months ahead.

Here’s the thing though … you have to stay organized if you want to be successful in school. It is the key to getting everything done on time and not having to expend any extra effort in doing so. That way you can earn higher marks and still get some free time to yourself every weekend.

Ready to go back to school SMARTER? I have an awesome video for you:

In case you can’t watch the video or just want an easy list to reference, I have typed out some of these tips and tricks out for you. Check out these 35 genius hacks that will make your student life easy and stress-free!

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1. Erase highlighter marks the easy way.

Have a textbook which is riddled with distracting highlighter marks? You can magically remove them by dabbing a little lemon juice on a q-tip.

2. Erase pencil marks using your lunch.

Here’s a seriously bizarre one … say your pencil eraser runs out, and you really need to remove some pencil marks. Yeah, you could just ask the guy sitting in the desk next to yours to loan you one, but why do that when you can do something more creative? Tear a little bread off the sandwich in your lunch sack and use it to erase your pencil marks. Apparently bread was used to erase graphite before the rubber eraser was invented.

3. Attach your papers together without a stapler.

I can’t count how many times I found myself needing to hand in a pile of papers without a stapler anywhere in sight. Well, you don’t need one with this handy trick. Grab a sharp knife or a pair of scissors and cut a small slot through the corner of your stack of papers (it needs to go through all of them). Then fold the corner of the stack over and through the slot. It is not the most secure solution, but it sure is better than just folding over the corner and hoping it holds.

4. Use a mirror as a whiteboard.

This is a great hack or your college dorm room. Why on earth did I buy a whiteboard when I could have just used my mirror? You probably stare at yourself every morning anyway to make sure that your hair is behaving, so you might as well also use your mirror to leave yourself helpful reminders, class notes, inspirational quotes, or so on. The only downside is that when you get a good look at your own face as you review your formulas before your calc exam, you may get a great view of just how freaked out you are about your test.

5. Bring a hot dog to school in your thermos.

The title here is pretty self-explanatory. If you want to bring a hot dog to school for your lunch, a thermos is just the right size and shape container to use.

6. So much better than flashcards.

Okay, this may be one of the smartest ideas I have ever seen for teaching basic arithmetic. All you need are a few Styrofoam or paper cups. Put numbers around the rims of three of them, and operations on the others, and you can practice equations endlessly. No need for flashcards!

7. Make grilled cheese on parchment paper.

Before you cook up a grilled cheese sandwich after school (because let’s face it—school lunches are deeply unsatisfying), line your frying pan with parchment paper and then cook on the lowest setting. Why? No dishes to clean up, and you can get right back to your homework.

… And that’s just the beginning! Check out the video to learn more about these back-to-school hacks along with a whole bunch more—35 in total!

Conclusion: With These Awesome School Hacks On Your Side, You Are Ready for a Stress-Free Year

Okay, so maybe there is no such thing as a school year which is totally stress-free. But the less stress you have, the better, right? These back-to-school hacks will save you time and money, and help you get more out of the supplies you’ve purchased. Be sure to share this post with your friends so they can also use these hacks to enjoy a smoother, more carefree school year, and good luck with this year’s academic adventure!

25 Life Hacks For School Students

The feeling of getting things done quickly and efficiently is great, isn’t it? Being organised is one of the key traits of leading a successful school life. Not only do children have to finish all their assignments and homework on time, but they also have to perform well in assessments, take part in extra-curricular activities, and maintain healthy relationships with their friends and families.
So, here is a great guide on how children can get more organised!
The key to achieving an organised life is not investing extra time and effort than required to complete a task but to do everyday things in a simple way yet smart way that will help you get the most of your day and enhance your productivity! This guide to Life Hacks For School Students will surely make things easier for you.
Here are 25 Hacks that will save you time, money and really get things done without breaking into a sweat.

  • 1) Have a bunch of notebooks that all look the same? Colour the page ends of each book with a different coloured sketch pen. This will help you easily recognize the different subject books in your bag or on the shelf and will also bring a great pop of colour to your study space!
  • 2) The key to combatting smelly shoes is… tea bags! After playing your favourite sport or walking all day, the best (and most eco-friendly) way to fix your smelly shoes is to take two tea bags and put them in your shoes before you put your shoes away. You can also put small bags of potpourri or a handful of aromatic flowers and spices. Your bag, locker, or shoe cabinet will never reek again! This is one of the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 3) Making presentations can be nerve-racking especially if it counts to your final score. If you are using notecards while presenting, use a different coloured pen for each point or line. This will help you remember your points better and read with ease, without fumbling, thus, allowing you to seamlessly transition from one point to another.
  • 4) Math can be fun! For students who want to revise their tables and other math operations, all you need are a few Styrofoam cups! Check out this handy GIF:
  • 5) Lost your eraser again? Try using a small piece of bread as an eraser. Back before erasers were invented, people used bread as an eraser! If you haven’t got any bread, find a rubber band and tie that at the end of your pencil to use as an eraser. Or, if your eraser is attached to the end of your pencil, and it’s “over”, you can sharpen the end and it will reveal some more of the eraser!
  • 6) Take notes using different coloured pens. Not only will it nicely organise your notes and make them look attractive, it will also help you recall the content easily. However, if you’re not into coloured pens and prefer writing in one colour only, studies show that notes in blue ink are easier to remember than those in black ink! This is one of the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 7) Use ‘scholar.google.com’ for essays or research instead of google.com. You’ll find more reliable and relevant resources there other than general blogs from people.
  • 8) Drawing tables and diagrams in your notes increase the mind’s recall capacity!
  • 9) Keep some mint handy in your pencil case. It helps to reduce headaches and boost your concentration! This is one the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 10) Use a dry erase marker at home without a whiteboard! Mirrors, frames, glass, are all perfect substitutes for a whiteboard and you can use such surfaces to note down quick to-dos, last minute formulas, and so on! To remove the marks, just use a cloth or a piece of damp paper!
  • 11) If you’re feeling low and just want to curl up into a ball and take a nap, write some positive affirmations to motivate yourself! Use colourful pens and be as creative as you want…it will really lift up your spirits and drive you through the rest of the day. This is one of the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 12) When starting a new notebook, leave the first few pages blank. You can then create a handy table of contents to find notes easily during exam time!
  • 13) After writing your essay, copy-paste it onto Google translate and listen to it. Listening makes it easier to find mistakes. This is one of the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 14) Stick some post-it notes in an empty tray or chalkboard and use that as a great to-do list organiser! When you’re done with the tasks, simply discard the paper. You can also take one off when you need it and stick it anywhere!
  • 15) Keep all your stationery organised and in one place using this fun D.I.Y. Take a few old plastic jars and glue them together as shown in the picture. Once the glue dries, fill them all up with stationery! This is one of the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 16) Keepmeout is a great website and app that helps you beat distractions! If you’re working on the desktop, this website will keep you out of sites such as facebook.com, youtube.com, etc. And on the phone, this app will lock your phone for any number of minutes specified!
  • 17) You can also use the “flight mode” on your phone to beat distractions or just restart your phone in “safe mode”.
  • 18) If your pen is not working because the ink is dry, you can try putting some heat on it using a hand dryer or a hair dryer! Pretty soon, your pen will work as good as new!
  • 19) A friend asks for a pencil but you only have one? Break your pencil into two and sharpen the other one!
  • 20) Every second counts when you’re getting ready for school. Make a playlist of upbeat songs that take exactly the same amount of time as you do to get ready and leave the house for school! Pretty soon, your morning schedule will work according to specific songs and you will know when you’re running a little late! Getting ready for school just got more enjoyable, don’t you think? This is one of the best Life Hacks For School Students.
  • 21) If you have highlighted something by mistake or simply want to remove some highlighted text from your book, simply take a Q-tip and soak the bud with lime juice. Then, swipe the bud over the highlighted text. This hack really works like magic – no highlight and the text stays perfectly intact!
  • 22) If you want to remember the digits of pi, just memorise the sentence – “May I have a large container of coffee?” Count the number of alphabets in each word, and you have it – 3.1415926!
  • 23) Always getting confused between “affect” and “effect”? Here’s a trick to remember – “Affect” is an Action. Both the words start with an A. Hence, affect is a verb. “Effect” is a thing. Hence, effect is a noun. If you can’t remember this, just use the word “impact” and you will never go wrong!
  • 24) Had enough sleep but still feeling super tired when you wake up? You’re just dehydrated, drink a glass of water!
  • 25) Need to draw a circle but don’t have a compass? Just take two pencils and tie them with a string. Use one pencil as the centre of the circle and the other to draw. Alternatively, you can use some paperclips as shown below!

We hope that you try out these fun and easy D.I.Y. school hacks. Do let us know in the comments section below, which hack you found most useful!
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If you’re a mom, you are most likely busy without a lot of free time to spare. If your kids are in school or they will be attending school shortly, then things are probably even more complicated. In any of the aforementioned cases, you should definitely take a look at these effective and time-saving DIY back to school life hacks. They will make your life a lot easier, especially now that school is about to start.

1: Stock Up on Tax-Free Supplies

You don’t necessarily have to break the bank with brand new clothes and school supplies for your little ones. This is something to consider especially because kids grow up fast and spending a lot of money in purchasing new clothing items is simply not a logical or pragmatic decision.

When you have kids, you are well-aware that every bit of savings counts. Some states offer parents the possibility to buy tax-free school supplies and clothes during the so-called Back to School Tax-Free Weekends. So, go ahead and do a brief online research to find more about this opportunity and take advantage of it.

2: Label Everything

Kids often forget where they put their things such as jackets, glasses, and toys. They misplace notebooks and manuals. Therefore, it is important for you to label all these items. For example, if your kid forgets his coat at school, this clothing item will probably end up in the Lost and Found room. If it is already labeled, it will be much easier for you to get it back.

3: Keep All Your Kids’ School Paperwork in One Place

Keeping up with papers that come from your children’s school such as PTA meeting fliers, art projects, field trip forms, and more requires a lot of work. Creating a special place to keep all these dozens of papers will help you organize your activities better. I, for one, use a special basket and put there all the school papers that my little fellow brings home from school.

This way, you will soon get rid of papers piling up on your kitchen table. This is probably one of the most useful and practical advice on DIY back to school life hacks.

4: Start Your Mornings Properly

Moms all around the world know exactly how stressful a morning can be when you have to prepare breakfast and then get your kids ready for school in time so that they don’t miss the bus. However, if you develop the right morning routine, you will be able to start your day off on a more than good note.

First of all, find out how much time your family members need to get ready. Then, add an extra 20-30 minutes to that time to avoid any unpredictable situations such as your kid having a hard time finding his/her shoes or books. Also, make sure to choose their outfits the night before to save some time in the morning for other activities.

5: Create a Special Area for Your Kids to Do Their Homework

This is an important strategy to consider. Find a place with enough natural light and that is away from distractions such as TVs and computers. Fill the area with all the needed school supplies like notebooks and pencils. This way, homework time will become easier for you and your children.

Bottom Line

If you want to be better prepared when your kids start school, you should definitely apply the DIY back to school life hacks presented above. Let us know which one is your favorite or if you have other effective tips you’d like to share with us.

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