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13 Useful Websites That Every College Student Should Not Miss

13 Useful Websites That Every College Student Should Not Miss

We’ve all been there. A seemingly endless number of lessons, textbook readings, homework assignments, essays, research papers, and those dreaded final exams. Most times, you have the willpower, and possibly, the motivation to get it all done and make a decent grade. But you lack that one tool that could help you find the information you need to give your assignment that extra punch. Well, worry no more. Your school semester can get off to a great start with these helpful free resources.

1. Roger Hub

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    When it comes to final exam time, you’ll want to know what you need to get in order to have a certain grade point average. Roger Hub is your answer. Whether your professor uses points, weighting, or percentages, you can figure out what your final grade will be beforehand.

    2. Bibme

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      Professors seem to always want writing assignments in certain formats and different citations and bibliographies for certain types of papers. If you’re taking multiple classes at once, it can be difficult to keep up with which format goes where. Whatever format it is, BibMe helps to put your sources in the right format.

      3. Grammarly

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        It’s annoying when you have a great paper, but your grammar is sub par. Improve your writing — spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and tense usage — with Grammarly. With their app, you can check your paper from your browser or from Microsoft Word. Be confident when you submit your work that it is error-free.

        4. Tutor.com

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          Need a tutor? Tutor.com offers 24/7 tutoring in over 40 different subjects. Get a tutor — day or night — in math, science, computer science, social studies, and English subjects. Additionally, tutors are available to help SAT test prep and advanced courses. Tutors go through an extended interview process and are fully equipped to help students in specific subjects. (Personal note: I passed college algebra with the help of one of their amazing tutors.)

          5. InternMatch

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            Ten million students launched their careers on InternMatch. You could too. InternMatch allows you to find internships and entry-level jobs that match up with your interests, location, skill set, and availability. One thing I would suggest adding to this site however is a listing for remote or online jobs.

            6. Rate My Professor

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              This is a college professor rating and review website. All ratings and reviews are done by students so feel free to praise your good ones and critique your bad ones. Additionally, you can find out about future professors you may have before you even get to their class.

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              7. Quizlet

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                Quizlet is a flashcard/study guide website. Anyone can create flashcards for any subject, but generally, you will find flashcards for nearly every subject you’ll ever take. (Personal note: I passed a class with the help of their flashcards.) You can also take practice tests and play games to make learning more interactive and be able to retain more of what you learn.

                8. Student Rate

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                  This site literally gives you discounts and cash back deals on everything from clothes to dorm room supplies to travel to food just for being a student.

                  9. Khan Academy

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                    This is an excellent, free resource through which you can learn about many different subjects including: math, history, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, and finance, among many others. Khan produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos. This site helps you to understand tough subjects that you may not understand as well in a traditional classroom setting.

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                    10. Wolfram-Alpha

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                      Thought Google knew the answer to everything? Think again. Wolfram Alpha is a practical know-it-all engine. Essentially, it will answer your homework assignment questions for you or guide you to resources to get your questions answered. If you ask me, it’s a lifesaver.

                      11. Mint

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                        Want to keep up with your spending but don’t have a whole lot of time to sort things out? Well, there’s an app for that. Mint is an Intuit based program that helps you track your spending, make budgets, track your transactions, and even check your credit.

                        12. TED.com

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                          Ted.com is one of the most awesome sites around. Whether you’re looking for ideas for a paper, need some inspiration, or are simply constructive procrastinating, there are many valuable lessons to learn from world-class, intelligent, and successful people.

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                          13. Google Scholar

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                            Google Scholar is the best thing since, well, Google. It indexes scholarly, peer-reviewed, scholarly sources across a variety of formats and disciplines that you can use in your papers and research. It’s estimated to contain over 160 million documents so you’re bound to find what you need.

                            Bonus

                            #20 is a bonus, but, oh, so needed. Students come up with the darndest recipes.

                            StudentRecipes.com

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                              This site offers over 5000 recipes created by students for students. If you’re a foodie and a student, then you’ll love this site.

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                              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                              7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

                              7 Signs That You’re Way Too Busy

                              “Busy” used to be a fair description of the typical schedule. More and more, though, “busy” simply doesn’t cut it.

                              “Busy” has been replaced with “too busy”, “far too busy”, or “absolutely buried.” It’s true that being productive often means being busy…but it’s only true up to a point.

                              As you likely know from personal experience, you can become so busy that you reach a tipping point…a point where your life tips over and falls apart because you can no longer withstand the weight of your commitments.

                              Once you’ve reached that point, it becomes fairly obvious that you’ve over-committed yourself.

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                              The trick, though, is to recognize the signs of “too busy” before you reach that tipping point. A little self-assessment and some proactive schedule-thinning can prevent you from having that meltdown.

                              To help you in that self-assessment, here are 7 signs that you’re way too busy:

                              1. You Can’t Remember the Last Time You Took a Day Off

                              Occasional periods of rest are not unproductive, they are essential to productivity. Extended periods of non-stop activity result in fatigue, and fatigue results in lower-quality output. As Sydney J. Harris once said,

                              “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

                              2. Those Closest to You Have Stopped Asking for Your Time

                              Why? They simply know that you have no time to give them. Your loved ones will be persistent for a long time, but once you reach the point where they’ve stopped asking, you’ve reached a dangerous level of busy.

                              3. Activities like Eating Are Always Done in Tandem with Other Tasks

                              If you constantly find yourself using meal times, car rides, etc. as times to catch up on emails, phone calls, or calendar readjustments, it’s time to lighten the load.

                              It’s one thing to use your time efficiently. It’s a whole different ballgame, though, when you have so little time that you can’t even focus on feeding yourself.

                              4. You’re Consistently More Tired When You Get up in the Morning Than You Are When You Go to Bed

                              One of the surest signs of an overloaded schedule is morning fatigue. This is a good indication that you’ve not rested well during the night, which is a good sign that you’ve got way too much on your mind.

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                              If you’ve got so much to do that you can’t even shut your mind down when you’re laying in bed, you’re too busy.

                              5. The Most Exercise You Get Is Sprinting from One Commitment to the Next

                              It’s proven that exercise promotes healthy lives. If you don’t care about that, that’s one thing. If you’d like to exercise, though, but you just don’t have time for it, you’re too busy.

                              If the closest thing you get to exercise is running from your office to your car because you’re late for your ninth appointment of the day, it’s time to slow down.

                              Try these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                              6. You Dread Getting up in the Morning

                              If your days are so crammed full that you literally dread even starting them, you’re too busy. A new day should hold at least a small level of refreshment and excitement. Scale back until you find that place again.

                              7. “Survival Mode” Is Your Only Mode

                              If you can’t remember what it feels like to be ahead of schedule, or at least “caught up”, you’re too busy.

                              So, How To Get out of Busyness?

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