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How to be a Tech Savvy Student

Tech Talker offers some of his best tips for getting ready for college, so that you can hit the ground running.

By
Eric Escobar,
August 21, 2014
Episode #137

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In this week’s episode, I’ll be covering some of my best tech-related tips for getting ready for college, so that you can hit the ground running. Many of these tips are based on topics I’ve done complete episodes on, so if you’re curious about any one of them, check out the links to related episodes that I've posted in the show notes.

Here are 6 tech-y things to think about to help the school year go smoothly:

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What’s the Best Laptop?

If you’re going into a field heavy in graphics or photo editing, definitely think hard about going the route of an Apple product. They have some awesome software that will make your life much much easier, compared to Windows computers. Furthermore, if you’re someone who’s had a Windows computer their entire life, Apple computers allow you to run a virtual machine of Windows! This way, you can easily switch between the two, or use them side by side.

The only downside to Apple products, though, is that they are very expensive compared to a Windows computer with the same specifications. So if you’re going into a field that doesn’t generally require heavy graphics usage, and would like to keep costs down, I would recommend a Windows computer. I personally own an HP Envy 15, and love it. It’s powerful enough to replace a desktop, and it pretty rugged.

Now, I won’t cover this too much in this episode, as I’ve done a full episode on it before. So for more information, check the show notes, where I’ve posted a link to that episode.

RateMyProfessors.com

As a college student, I often needed to take a specific class that was offered at different times, with different professors. I obviously wanted to avoid the harder professors as much as possible, but aside from word of mouth, there wasn’t much way to tell the professors apart. Then along came RateMyProfessors.com.

This website is exactly what it sounds like--a huge database of colleges and professors, with reviews of them! Now, obviously, you’ll have to take these reviews with a grain of salt, but overall, they can really help you avoid a horrible professor. Just a couple minutes of research could potentially save you a semester of hardship and all-nighters!

Evernote

I’ve done a full episode on using Evernote to keep all of your stuff organized. However, I'll say it again: if you’re not a super-organized person, this app is just for you!

You can just toss all of your random thoughts, pictures, audio clips, video clips, and pretty much anything else you can think of into their desktop app, or the mobile app. From there, Evernote will do its best to keep things organized. It also has a ton of different search tools built into it, to help you find whatever it is you need.

I think of it as a big box that I can toss a ton of random stuff into, that is then automatically organized for me with minimal effort on my part. Evernote is pretty flexible, and can be used in a ton of different ways.

Again, I’ve done a full episode on using Evernote, so if you’re interested, check the link to that episode.

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