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36 Life Hacks Every College Student Should Know

Time to get some life skills you won't acquire in a lecture hall.

1. Use the snack incentive while studying.

2. Save time studying by listening to recorded lectures at twice the speed.

3. Take notes using different colored pens.

4. Build up your GPA in the beginning semesters when classes are easier.

5. Learn how to make coffee without a coffee maker.

6. For an easy breakfast, make scrambled eggs in the microwave using a coffee mug.

7. A binder clip keeps beverages neatly stacked in a tiny mini-fridge.

8. When you're too lazy to do dishes, use a tortilla as a plate or bowl.

9. Living off campus with a few friends? Get a better Wi-Fi signal from your router with this beer can trick.

10. Invest in a laptop lock.

11. Save space in your tiny closet by hanging multiple garments with soda pop tabs.

12. File your clothes to save space.

13. Stop rampant pen hijacking by stealthily hiding a blue ink cartridge in a red pen.

14. Hang your photos and dorm posters with washi tape.

15. Use Visa gift cards to get free trials online.

16. When it's hot out, hang a damp towel hung over an open window to cool down a stuffy dorm room.

17. Construct-a-Straw makes for the easiest cocktail ever.

18. Post-it notes will keep Cheeto-dust buildup on a grimy keyboard at bay.

19. For impromptu dance parties, fit an iPhone into an empty plastic soda bottle.

20. If you're a heavy sleeper, putting your phone into a glass will amplify the sound.

21. Heat two bowls at once in the microwave with this handy trick.

22. Turn your laptop bag into a backpack.

23. Wrap a warm beer in a damp paper towel and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.

24. Keep your dorm room or apartment smelling fresh and clean with a dryer sheet.

25. When giving a presentation, set up a friend to ask you a question that you already know the answer to.

26. Use "meme font" for presentations.

27. Make a simple meal with a coffeemaker.

28. Get the Wi-Fi password to most establishments by checking the comments on Foursquare.

29. Drink in public the smart way.

30. Sneak liquor into any festival or outdoor event in a hollowed-out baguette.

31. Snack like a boss.

32. Reheat pizza in a microwave with a glass of water.

33. Use 3M hooks to mount a tablet wherever you want.

34. Have short charger cords? Need a power strip near your bed? Tape it to your nightstand.

35. If your laptop is overheating on your lap, flip one of these over and set the laptop on top.

36. And finally, become the master of Maruchan gourmet.

The book based on this post, Amazing Food Hacks: 75 Incredibly Easy Tips, Tricks And Recipes To Amp Up Flavor by Peggy Wang, is out August 19, 2014 on Clarkson Potter.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's.

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