How to Google (and actually get the results you want)

I have to admit, I use Google. A lot. All day, everyday.…

I have to admit, I use Google. A lot. All day, everyday. For everything from figuring out the name of that song I heard on the radio to researching sources for my graduate level papers. The point is, how you use Google, and how helpful your search results actually are matters. So today I’ll give you my quick tips for getting the results you actually want.

Studying and Living Abroad: Banking & Money

A lot of things are stressful when moving abroad to work or…

A lot of things are stressful when moving abroad to work or study, but figuring out the complexities of international banking and credit cards shouldn’t be one of them. In this second part of my series, Studying and Living Abroad, I’m sharing my experiences and tips for making the financial move overseas easy and as stress free as possible.  Want to check out the whole series? Click here.

The Researcher’s Workflow

This workflow can used for any type of research based work, from…

This workflow can used for any type of research based work, from upper level high school research papers to doctoral theses. It’s especially helpful in keeping your ideas and sources organized and help you to avoid any issues with plagiarism. This is the setup I used for my graduate school dissertation, and it worked exceedingly well. I hope it helps you in your research too! It requires computer access, free Mendeley, Dropbox, and Evernote accounts, a copy of Microsoft Word, and and optional iPad or Android tablet with the iAnnotate PDF app. 

Secret (and Free!) Tool of Choice for Research: Mendeley

The post is part of the Researcher’s Workflow; if you haven’t seen that…

The post is part of the Researcher’s Workflow; if you haven’t seen that post, check it out! Mendeley is an amazing tool when used to its full potential and is completely customizable to your research needs. At its barest, Mendeley serves an important tool to keep your sources organized and avoid any mistakes that may lead to plagiarism. At its full potential, it serves a crucial part of the research, development, and composing process! How do I use Mendeley? See the steps below.

How to Create a Desk Organizer from an iPhone Box! (And Bonus Coupon/Receipt Organizer)

I thought today I’d post a quick, simple and green tutorial for…

I thought today I’d post a quick, simple and green tutorial for creating a desk organizer from an old iPhone box. My family upgraded our iPhones recently, leaving several of these boxes laying around. They are such nice boxes that I had to come up with some clever way to reuse them! So here it is – desktop organizers that serve as a one stop place for pens, sticky notes, and more, but also have a built-in shelf and can close for easy transport (homework stations and college dorms anyone?).

Studying and Living Abroad: Mobile Phones, Apps, & Keeping in Touch

Welcome to Part I of my series, Studying and Living Abroad, where…

Welcome to Part I of my series, Studying and Living Abroad, where I’ll be highlighting all of my tips and tricks that my experience living (and studying) overseas has taught me. Check out the whole series here.


Moving abroad is a big step, only made harder if you can’t keep in touch with friends, family, and businesses back home. Not only should you call your mom from time to time – but it’s critical to be able to reach your bank back home in an emergency. So here are my tips and tricks for keeping in touch.

Top 5 Tips on How to Study in College

 Congrats! You got into a great school and are ready to hit…

 Congrats! You got into a great school and are ready to hit the books. I know you knew how to study in high school (you got into college didn’t you?), but studying in college is a bit different. You have a lot more independence, and with that independence comes great academic responsibility. So here are my quick tips to help you make the grade:

How I graduated early from college and saved two years and over $30,000!

Yes, you read that correctly. I did graduate with my undergraduate degree…

Yes, you read that correctly. I did graduate with my undergraduate degree in two years. While I always thought of it as an accomplishment, its real significance was lost on me – until I started talking about it. Not everyone can get a big scholarship, but everyone can do what I did and save a lot of time and money. Parents of students are usually more than a little surprised, and often confused. And then it dawns on them: you mean you paid half the amount of tuition of a normal student, without including scholarships or aid? Yes. For me, at an in-state public university (usually considered a bargain) that’s over $20,000 in tuition fees and books – and much more than $30,000 if you are including room and board, or $70,000 at a private university. So, how did I do it?

How to organize your planner to get things done

Balancing school work, deadlines, and life can be difficult, and if you…

Balancing school work, deadlines, and life can be difficult, and if you are unorganized it’s all the harder. I thought today I’d share how I organize my planner/calendar. The trick is not to think in terms of assignments, but in terms of deadlines. (And to use my two-column method.) Whether you use a physical planner, an online calendar, or an app, it’s up to you – this method will work in any format.