There are so many great hacks out there for students, here are just a few that I have discovered and make use of!
1. Folding Clothes
Stuck for clothes space in student accommodation? Try folding clothes the other way around, not only does it give you way more room but it also means you can see all of you stuff without having to rifle through piles of clothes.
2. Freshers Week Food
So many universities all over the country get some great deals on food during Fresher’s week, for my uni it’s all about Dominos, you can get a free personal sized pizza with the vouchers that we get inundated with, or pay £1 to get a small, my friends and I did this multiple time over Freshers’ week and then put a load of them in the freezer to last further into the semester!
3. Record Your Lectures
When it’s 9am on a Monday morning it’s fair to say that you might not be fully engaged in what your lecturer is saying, however, if you audio record the lecture with either your phone or laptop you can then go back through it with the presentation slides when you are a bit more awake.
4. Re-Heating Pasta
When you’re re-heating pasta in the microwave, make a hole in the centre so it heats the whole way through.
5. Cleaning the Microwave
After one of your flatmates (or you) has left something so long it explodes in the microwave someone will have to clean it up, an easy trick is putting a bowl of water and lemon juice in and microwaving for 30 seconds, then wipe the food mess away with a cloth and it should be left smelling lemony fresh. If you don’t have fresh lemons, lemon juice will work the same.
6. Student Discounts
A huge benefit of being a student is all the discounts we have access to so make the most of them! Sign up to Unidays and watch out for the best deals.
7. Loyalty Rewards
Lots of food places have great loyalty schemes that get you free food for practically nothing! I use the Greggs rewards app, Friends of Krispy Kreme and Nando’s but there will be loads more out there.
8. Cleaning Your Blender
If you’re a fan of a fruit smoothie you will know the pain of trying to clean the blender and blades, so one super easy way to get it clean: rinse the bottle, mix in warm water and washing up liquid, then briefly run it on the blender to make sure that any leftover fruit is dislodged. Then rinse again.
9. Use The Freezer
The freezer is a students best friend, whether its fresh fruit and veg about to go out of date or leftovers that you don’t know what to do with, the freezer is great for helping you to avoid throwing away things unnecessarily. For me, I started chopping and freezing onions and pepper before they went out of date because on my own I could never get through all of them before they went bad, however, I now buy bags of pre-chopped vegetables that go straight in the freezer, it works out cheaper and saves time with food prep, I would definitely recommend this to any student!
10. Use Your Phone
To stay organised use your lock screen and home screen to display useful reminders such as your student timetable or your coursework/assignments, this way you will see them every time you open your phone.
11. Get Ahead
If you have access to your lecture slides before the day make your notes ahead of time and then add to them with your lecturer’s comments or correct any misunderstandings, this way your notes will be more thorough and you won’t be writing as frantically during the lecture so you can actually listen.
12. Back To School
Depending on your course at university you may have touched on certain subjects at secondary school, for example, while studying Event Management I have also done modules on business management and finance etc. Sometimes the university text books aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and I actually found that my A-Level and even GCSE textbooks from school had really relevant information but written in a far more understandable way, rather than the pages and pages of black and white text that are common with university text books.
13. Online Resources
As well as text books there are also a considerable number of online resource which make topics very easy to understand, all you have to do is google them and you will soon establish the sites you prefer.
Let me know if you guys have any other hacks you use!