Ten Tech Tricks for the Modern College Student

Tech Tricks for the Modern College Student

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In this review, we are going to show you ten tech tricks that every college student should know.  These tips are absolutely vital to surviving in college and making sure you can get your work done as quickly and easily as possible.

Accessibility Features

Just about every computer and every technological device has some sort of accessibility feature.  For example, there are features that can read your screen for you, have closed captions automatically generated, color schemes for those that are color blind, and so much more.  

Readability Features

Just about every phone has a way to increase text size, the text style, as well as your backgrounds and whether or not you want to use “dark mode”.  Each of these relate to readability and how constant amounts of white space with dark text can actually tire your eyes out more.  Generally, readability is going to be in text settings options of our phone or computer.

Student Discounts

Take advantage of these anytime that you can!  The best discount is probably the Amazon Student discount.  You can get Amazon Prime for free if you sign-up with your school email or prove that you are a college student.  Microsoft often has student discounts and so do other software companies like Adobe.

Online Resources

If you have trouble with grammar and you want some help with your writing, there are two great applications that you can use straight in your browser: Grammarly and Hemmingway.  Both work to help elevate your writing to new levels and you can also use Purdue Owl to write out your citations (don’t use Citation Machine as it hasn’t been updated to the current editions of citation manuals).  Finally, don’t be afraid to use Chegg and other sites that can help explain complex topics (Khan Academy is a great resource too!).

Master the Keyboard

While it may be obvious that you’ll have to use a keyboard, very few people actually let on just how much you are going to have to type.  It’s pretty much a daily activity.  Take your time to learn how to use a computer keyboard and how to effectively type or you will find yourself having a very hard time with all of the computer work that you will have to do.

Wi-Fi Faux Pas

This is something that is extremely important to protect your information: never connect to an open wi-fi network unless you are aware of the risks that you can encounter.  People can hack into your computer if you don’t have firewalls in place, viruses can be transferred if you don’t have the right virus protection, and so much more.  Yes, there is the free internet that most colleges have, but you want to make sure that your computer is ready to protect itself.

Save Habits

Save, save, save, save!  If you didn’t see it the first time, save!  From personal experience, losing a 22 page document for your end-of-semester project is never fun.  While a lot of students don’t follow the suggestion, it is important to save your projects at the different stages that you write them in.  Save the outline, the first draft, the second draft, and the final draft.  That way, if you lose one file, you still have the others so that way you aren’t completely and totally at a loss.

Be Familiar with Most Word and Number Processors

Microsoft Word and Excel are two of the most popular word and number processors respectively.  In college, you are going to have to use these two programs more than you ever thought you had to.  Go through the introduction and help videos that Microsoft provides for Word and Excel in order to prepare yourself.  Keep in mind that once you learn these two, you’re going to find that every other word and number processor is pretty much the same.

Professor Google

While we may use Google for questions like “can my dog eat grapes” or “why is the sky blue”, something that is often forgotten is that you can quite literally ask google any question.  Having trouble with a specific homework question? Type the question into google.  More than likely, you will find someone that had a similar question!  On top of that, try out Google Scholar if you are looking for peer reviewed work …

Cloud Storage and Hard Drives

Beyond just saving your work, it is also a good idea to have your work saved in multiple locations.  One great trick is that anything that is on your computer, needs to be backed up to a cloud or to an external harddrive.  Most universities and colleges have cloud services available, or you can purchase a terabyte external harddrive.  

Conclusion

These tips have saved many students and they are going to help you as you go on your college journey.  Get ready to dive into success as you master these tech tips!

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