Back To School Hacks

It’s September, so that means a new school year is about to start or has started. Whether you’re dreading that classes have begun or you’re excited for this new school year, we all have set expectations of how we want the year to go – and they may or may not happen. However, regardless of this, I wanted to share some back to school hacks to make your year easier and cheaper!

1. Make Your Own Planner

Having a planner keeps you organized (for those of us who still like to use pen and paper), but they can get expensive. Why not make your own? That way it will be customized (which motivates you to actually use it) and you will save money (always a great thing). I found some tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube.

2. Rent e-textbooks

Textbooks are a necessary evil – necessary to pass class, but evil with the prices. However, renting e-textbooks are usually a cheaper option because the publisher doesn’t have to pay to get the books printed. I use services like Chegg and Amazon.

3. Go to Events on Campus for Free Food

At Mizzou we have Fall Welcome Week which is where we welcome all the new students to campus through free on-campus events. A majority of these events have free food so if your cabinets are bare, go to one! You might also make some new friends.

4. Use Khan Academy for Free Tutoring

If your school doesn’t offer free tutoring services, no worries. Khan Academy is a website that provides helpful videos on STEM topics. You even have the option of asking a specific question and having it answered by a knowledgeable source. Don’t forget about Sparknotes for English!

5. Use Online Flashcards to Study For Tests

Sometimes, we have to use the tried and true method of using flashcards to study for a test. Luckily, the Internet has streamlined things and online flashcards are now available. For my study needs, I use Quizlet. You can find flashcards for some classes already made and review those alongside the ones you’ve created and they can be accessed on you cell phone if you have the app!

What are you looking forward to this semester? Comment below.

Tia James

Tia James is a personal branding consultant and student at University of Missouri. You can find her on her website at or on twitter @tiatamjam.

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