The new school year is just around the corner and getting prepared doesn’t only mean having enough supplies to stock a small office; you’ll also want to make sure you have these top ten websites bookmarked on your computer to get your year started off on the right foot.
1. One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll have a great semester is to have some organization in your life. There are several ways to get organized but I’ve found that one of the best online sites is Evernote. Evernote makes your life easier by organizing ideas, designing and managing projects, saving pictures and creating notes for upcoming appointments. The program is available on all PCs and Macs, several smartphone and tablet devices, and syncs up with most products. Evernote is free to use, but can be upgraded.
2. If you have a Gmail account you likely already know about all the great things Google has to offer. Google Docs is one of my favorite programs to use. Not only can users create several different types of documents for personal use (document, presentation, spreadsheet, drawing, table, etc.) but documents can also be shared with several users (think group projects and presentations) who can also contribute to, edit, or just view from anywhere there is an Internet connection.
3. For different options on renting, buying, or purchasing an eBook you’ll want to check out CengageBrain. The site, a division of Cengage Learning, not only offers textbooks at significantly discounted rates, it also features quizzes, flashcards and glossaries to enhance your learning.
4. Questia has now made the research paper process even easier by expanding their library, creating a simpler interface to search for books and articles, plus tons of new research tools including citation, dictionary and thesaurus help. To celebrate the launch of their new and improved site, they’re giving away week-long access codes to the first thousand people to like them on Facebook.
5. If this is your first year in college or you’ve been out of school for a while, you’re probably going to need a little bit of help with learning how to study. CollegeAtlas.org offers several ways of “studying smarter, not harder,” and can be an excellent website to save for future reference.
6. College literature courses expect more out of students than merely surface reading; you’ll have to dive deep into the work and understand themes and character motives. CliffsNotes will allow you to explore these main ideas and characters, as well as take practice quizzes to test knowledge. Users can brush up on foreign languages, sciences, and math materials as well.
7. Before you begin shopping for the school year, you’ll want to check out FastWeb’s list of “Back to School Scholarships to Apply to Now.” Deadlines aren’t until mid-October for most of those listed, but you’ll want to apply before the semester gets rolling!
Stay in the loop
8. If it can be found circulating the Internet, chances are it got its start on Reddit. If you want to stay in the know, join the millions of users, otherwise know as Redditors, who post everything from stories, pictures, videos, etc., and vote the hottest posts up higher.
9. LinkedIn may seem like it’s reserved for career people only, but it’s a great way to start networking when it comes to finding internships or your first job out of college. Check out our posts on resume advice or visit your on-campus career center once you go back to school for tips to make your profile really stand out.
Just for fun
10. Because not everything you do has to be centered around academics, you’ll want to check out Project Free TV. Project Free TV is a site where users can stream their favorite TV episodes and movies to watch instantly, or to download for later viewing. The site allows users who have legal copyright ownership to upload and share various types of media content for others to enjoy.
From textbooks and research to staying in the loop, these top ten websites for back to school prep will help you get ready and raring to go for the start of another school year!
Do you have any other suggestions to add to our list?