Top 10 Applying to college tips

My Study Life

Enter your upcoming tests and assignments into My Study Life, and the app will send you reminder messages. The app has a calendar so you can keep track of your class schedule. It can even notify you when it’s time to go to class.

Turn Off Netflix

If song lyrics are distracting, just imagine what an attention sucker the television can be! Serious studying requires that you turn off the TV. The same goes for listening to radio deejays. Hearing voices in the background takes your brainpower off of your studies.

Exam Countdown Lite

You should start studying for tests at least a week in advance. Input the dates for your exams and assignments into Exam Countdown Lite so you’ll have a visual reminder of when you should begin your test prep. The app can send you notifications as well.

Use Background Sounds

Turning off the television, talk radio and your favorite pop song doesn’t mean that you have to study in total silence. Soft background sounds are a great alternative. Some people enjoy listening to nature sounds, such as ocean waves or cracks of thunder. Others prefer the whir of a fan.

Know When to Call It a Day

Yes, you really can get too much of a good thing. Although your studies are important, they shouldn’t be the only thing in your life. It’s also important to have a social life, get plenty of exercise, and take care of your non-school responsibilities. Studies show that too much time with your nose in the books can elevate your stress level, which can have a negative effect on your school performance and your personal relationships. Too much studying may also keep you from getting enough exercise. This could lower your bone density or increase your percentage of body fat.

Use Press’n Seal Wrap to keep jewelry from tangling.

Biggest pain ever? When you so tediously pack your necklaces and they STILL tangle. To avoid this, wrap them in Press’n Seal so they don’t budge.

Take Regular Breaks

Study sessions will be more productive if you allow yourself to take planned breaks. Consider a schedule of 50 minutes spent working followed by a 10-minute break. Your downtime provides a good chance to stand up and stretch your legs. You can also use this as an opportunity to check your phone or respond to emails. When your 10 minutes are up, however, it’s time to get back to work. At the end of a long study session, try to allow yourself a longer break — half an hour, perhaps — before you move on to other responsibilities.


With Chegg’s Flashcards+, you can make your own digital flashcards or use ones designed by others. Because you can add images to your cards, you can quiz yourself on the names of famous artworks, important historical artifacts or parts of a scientific diagram.


Organize information into categories by creating a visual mind map on XMind. This can help you classify facts and figures so you see how they relate to one another. This visual representation can also help you recall the information later.

Pack cleaning supplies on top

Along with your bedding, be sure to pack cleaning supplies where you can grab them. You’ll want to wipe down the desk, vents and closet before moving all of your stuff in.