University life can be hard. For that reason, you really want to make sure you’re using every resource at your disposal. Now, obviously, the internet is full of great sites that you can use. The question is finding the right ones between the junk that are out there. After all, if you don’t know where to look you’ll probably lose more than you’d gain from actually finding a half decent site!
Fortunately, we’re here to help. We’ve collected together a whole host of sites that you can look at. All are certain to make your life more useful and your life as a student that bit easier, more fun and more productive. What’s not to love about that?
Okay, enough pre-amble. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
Libraries are finally starting to catch up to the 21st century. One way that they’re doing so is through Overdrive. Here you can find out if your local libraries have digital versions of the important books that you’ve got to (or want to) read.
Then you don’t even have to go to the library. Instead, they’ll upload it straight to your iPad and you can read it. In that way, it will be far easier to find a book that can change your life. Even better, it’s free. In that way, instead of forking over serious money for a book, you’ll have that money to buy shoes.
And who doesn’t need another pair of shoes?
Travel a lot and don’t have the data plan to live-stream all your podcast, audio files or TED talks? Or do you go to places where the internet is spotty and the connection keeps getting interrupted? Then why not turn them into MP3s so that you can take them with you on the go with Flvto?
In that way, you’ll always have them on hand, can easily scroll back and forward and never have to wait for things to download. That means you can now go shopping and still get through your study material.
Now that’s just awesome! Multi-tasking baby!
Rate My Professor
A course is only ever as good as the professor that teaches it. For that reason, you want to make sure that you actually find the best professors out there. But how do you do that? With Rate My Professor of course! Here students reflect on what professors were like, how much work they demanded from you and other vital factors.
In this way, you can maneuver the minefield of crappy educators
and actually get the value that you’re paying good money for.
The same idea as Rate My Professor but then about employers where you might want to intern is Glass Door. Here actual employees write up reviews about companies so that you get an idea of what a place is like before you throw yourself into the middle of it.
That’s good to know. We all prefer not throwing ourselves off the deep end without first checking the water’s temperature, right?
Often when you write an essay you’ll rely heavily on sources to make your argument. And that’s fine. That’s even applauded by your professors. And yet, the line between using sources to bolster your argument and repeating your source’s arguments verbatim (without letting people know where you got it from) is a thin one. Former good. Latter bad.
Not sure where you are on that line? Then throw your texts through Copyscape to see how much of your text is actually original. In that way, you’ll know if you’ve got to re-write sections to not get accused of plagiarism.
Don’t want to put in the effort to do all that? Well, I’m sure your professor will gladly do it for you. Though in that case, you won’t get a chance to edit. You’ll just get an F. Hurrah! Less work! Of course, if you don’t enjoy the editing then you can get a writing site to help. You’ll want to check out the college essay writing service to make sure you’ve got a good one.
As a student, you’re probably not rolling in the cash (those of you with a silver spoon in your mouth can stop reading). For that reason, you really want to make sure that you’ve got your finances sorted out so that when an opportunity comes along to go on a trip, have a great meal, or go sky diving you’ll actually have the budget available to do.
That’s why you should get Mint. This will help you track your finances, understand where you’re overspending and give you a better insight into how to make your dollar stretch that bit faster. That will mean you’ll sail through the university that bit easier and learn financial discipline for the rest of your life.
Not bad for a webpage, right?
Suffering shared is suffering halved. For that reason, why not find people who have similar interests to yourself to study with? In the past you’d need to go through the trouble of going out of your room, talking to people and actually socializing. Yuck.
Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue with OpenStudy. Here you can find like-minded people to study with so that you can help each other out, keep each other going and make life better.
Unfortunately, they haven’t yet made virtual avatars that can sit beside you on the couch, so you’ll still have to meet up if you want to hang out, but hey – you can’t have everything.
One of the coolest opportunities you’ve got when you’re in university is to go on exchange to some foreign beautiful place where the people are sexy, the prices are half what you’re used to and the culture is rich.
The problem, of course, is how to find these exchange opportunities without having to spend a thousand hours looking for the right program. To the solution comes Go Abroad. This aptly named site will help you find the best exchange program for you and let you live the dream without having to go through the nightmare of setting it all up.
University can be heaven or it can be hell. It depends on the people you know, how interested you are and the tools that you use. I can’t help you in regard to the first two, but this list should certainly help you in the last regard.
Check out the websites. They are a godsend that will make your life that bit easier, more interesting and fun. Now, I don’t know about you, but that has to be the point of life at least a little bit, right? So go and get ‘em, tiger!