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4 Lifehacks to Make School Easier – Geek Insider FYI

by Pamela McMillan

You’ve checked out our four lifehacks for general internet use, but let’s get specific and help the students out there in internet land. School is hard enough. Geek Insider knows that, so we found four lifehacks that can help you out.

Research Online Faster and Easier

Google is awesome but can sometimes be clogged with less than reputable links. On top of that, some teachers or professors don’t consider Wikipedia as a legitimate source. What’s a student to do? It’s simple. Use tools like ProPapers and  scholar.google.com . It will get you more relevant resources faster.

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Here’s an example. If you were researching the history of video games, Google would give you this;

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First off is Wikipedia, which is just general information and often not approved by certain professors. However, Scholar Google gives you;

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As you can see, there are books to chose from to cite as your sources. You also have the options to narrow the search to articles or case laws. You can also limit the time periods your sources are from, as seen on the right.

Citations Don’t Have To Make Your Brain Bleed

Now that you have your legitimate sources, it’s time to cite them. That’s when things can get a little tedious. Let Geek Insider make it easier for you. Just go to bibme.org. Start your citation by clicking on the appropriate category; book, magazine, newspaper, website, journal, film, or other.

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You can use the auto-fill mode or manual entry. For auto-fill, just enter the book’s title.

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Choose from the list it provides. Once you do, it will provide new options with some general information already filled out. Choose what you’re citing, from the entire book or just a chapter, and whether or not you’re using a specific edition.

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If you’re using just a chapter, fill in the chapter name and page number.

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Once you fill out all the information and click on ADD TO MY BIBLIOGRAPHY, you’ll see this on the right hand side;

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Now you have some options as to what style to use; MLA, APA, Chicago, even Turabian. Choose your style and just copy and paste, you’re done!

 

PowerPoint like a Pro

We’ve all seen it on the projector. The professor opens up their PowerPoint program, clicks on saved files. We see them search around for the file they need as the students sit in awkward silence. Once they find the file, only some remember where the appropriate button is for starting the slide show, most don’t. This next, very simple step, can help students, professors, and even employees that need to do a presentation seem more professional and cut the time for set-up.

Start at the beginning by going to save your presentation. If your program is up-to-date, all you need to do is select POWERPOINT SHOW.

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It even says in the description of the save option: Save as a presentation that always opens in slide show view.

If you don’t have this button, follow these easy steps. Click on OTHER FORMATS in your SAVE AS options.

You’ll get a series of options. Click on POWERPOINT 97-2003 SHOW (*.pps). This will save it to open always in slide show view.

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Boost Your Brain With Free Courses

University courses are expensive, plain and simple. Whether you’re a student now or have already graduated and just want to learn a certain topic for a job or just personal interest, you don’t have to drop a lot of cash for great free courses. Just visit MIT’s Open Courseware website.

These courses are completely free, come in a range of topics, and are taught by some of the best professors around. Just click on COURSES to start. You can search by topic, MIT course number, and even department.

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It’s set up so you can choose a topic and sub-topic to narrow your search. Topics include Fine Arts, Health and Medicine, Social Science, and Education.

After selecting your topic and sub-topic, you get a list of courses available for free download that match your needs.

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Your education doesn’t have to be stunted by the state of your income. Nor does researching and writing up a bibliography have to make you want to scream. These simple lifehacks will make everything so much easier.

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