Hack it off: When life seems more annoying than necessary

Tory Foulk

Life hacks, a phrase popularized by various social media users during the last decade, refer to efficient strategies used to solve everyday problems. The following list of life hacks pertain to a college-aged audience:

Testing Tips:
1) Chewing intensely flavored gum while studying – and then again while taking a test – is suggested as a method to jog the tester’s memory about the studied material.

2) Researchers at Montclair State University in New Jersey suggest that memory recall can be improved by simply clenching a fist. For right-handed individuals, memory recall can be boosted by clenching the right fist before studying information, and later clenching the left fist to recall the information. The inverse applies to left-handed individuals.

Everyday Tips:
1) An easy way to clean between laptop keys is to use the sticky section of a Post-It Note to grab dust or other debris.

2) Beverages can be quickly chilled if wrapped in a damp paper towel and placed in the freezer for 15 minutes.

3) This issue of University News can be recycled effectively if placed in the bottom of an empty trash bag – a newspaper will absorb any liquids thrown into the trash.

4) Soak a sponge in water and seal it in an air-tight Ziploc bag before placing it in the freezer to make an icepack that won’t drip as it melts.

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