Tips on how to save at college

Processing and summarizing

No matter what is the real source of the phenomenon I noticed, I suppose this strategy is something really useful for college students. It provides a deeper insight into a problem when you need to process a giant piece of complex information. Obviously, it would not do the whole work instead of you. Your unconscious attention will not memorize things while you are thinking about something else and slightly looking through the Physics book.

You have to devote your time and effort to processing information, step by step, full of attention and concentration. Once you have done a piece, make a step back and summarize what you have learned. The process may seem to be exhausting and frustrating, but if you are attentive enough, you’ll be surprised

Tips on How to Save Greatly at College

Nothing good in life comes cheap (except of the love of your family, of course). There is a price tag attached to everything. College, just like all other good things, is a costly endeavor while also being probably the best few years of your life. How can you have both – good time and money to pay for it? The answer is simple. You have to be money-savvy. No, it doesn’t mean you have to find ways in the legally gray zone to get cash. What you have to do is understand where you can save and how to afford things that you can’t really afford. Here are a few quick tips that might help.

1. Get second-hand books and get them early! Most college students know that buying new books is way too expensive, so they line up at second-hand book stores only to find out that all used copies have already been taken. The answer? Think ahead (maybe you have older friends who could sell you their books?) and use special apps like eCampus, Chegg and CollegeBook Renter.

2. Make a budget. It is boring and dull, but you do need to understand where your money goes
and how not to end up broke in the middle of the month. How much do you spend on board, college supplies, commuting (if any)? When you figure it out, you will understand how much you can spend a month on entertainment. It brings us to the next point.

3. Look for entertainment opportunities on campus. The whopping tuition your parents are covering is not only for your education itself but also for opportunities provided on campus: cinemas, sports clubs, movie rentals, etc. Chances are, you don’t know about a half of them. Research!

4. Rent things rather than buy them. Do you need a mini fridge? What are the chances you will be using it after college? Almost none. Why don’t you just rent it for a couple of years then? Most colleges provide opportunities for cheap rent of amenities. All you need is just ask.

5. Plan the time you spend at college. Sadly, only about a third of all undergraduate students leave colleges with a degree in four years. Others stay longer. Do you really want to spend two more years scraping for living? Then plan how many credits you need to get every year to graduate on time. By cramping some of them into your summer break, you can even finish in three years. Yes, it won’t be easy, but will ultimately cut the cost of your education by almost a quarter.

Managing student finances is rather tough unless your parents agreed to cover all of the expenses. But it is also a great experience and training that gets you ready for real life difficulties. Once you realize that dealing with your money requires some effort, the half of the job is done!