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How to Prepare For College Final Exams Using the Internet

How to Prepare For College Final Exams Using the Internet

It’s no surprise that the Internet has had a profound impact on the way we study and prepare for exams. Rather than spending hours in a library looking for relevant content, we can just fire up Google to find anything we want.

But the Internet isn’t just a great resource for information; it also has a huge selection of websites specifically designed to help you prepare for exams. You can get everything from study guides and flash cards to videos and blogs that will help you prepare. And some websites even feature free practice tests. Here are 12 websites that can help you prepare for your college final exams.

1. Rescue Me

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    How much time do you think you spend wandering around Facebook, Twitter, and other time-sucking social media websites? If you think it’s cutting into your study time, you can download Rescue Me. It will run in the background of your computer and keep track of where you spend your time so you can get a handle on it. If you find that you’re wasting way too much time, Rescue Me can temporarily block all of those websites.

    2. Duolingo

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      Duolingo is a free app that lets you learn a new language (almost) effortlessly. If you have a final in a foreign language, you can use Duolingo to brush up on your language skills while waiting for a bus, standing on line at the store, or as an official study session. And if you’re not taking a language final, it can be a fun way to keep your brain engaged while still taking a break from actual studying.

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      3. Booktrack

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        Do you have to read a novel as part of your study plan? Booktrack will give that novel a soundtrack! Reading has never been so exciting!

        4. Study Blue

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          Study Blue is the largest online library of flashcards, notes, and study guides for almost any topic you can imagine. You can use the existing tools or create your own to add to the database.

          5. Trello

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            Professional businesses rely on Trello to manage their schedules, documents, team members, and strategies. It only makes sense that you could use the app to manage your finals calendar and all of the relevant study materials, documents, and deadlines.

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            6. Study Buddy

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              If you find that your study time is disjointed, poorly organized, and all consuming, then study buddy might provide a better way to manage your time and resources. Study Buddy lets you set alarms on your study time and reminds you when you should take a break. You can also use the app to track how much time you spend studying and how much you spend on other time-draining apps (like Facebook and Twitter).

              7. 4tests

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                4tests is a free website that provides access to practice exams. You can take a practice GED, TOEFL, SAT, or ACT among others.

                8. FetchNotes

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                  FetchNotes is a genius way to store and organize your notes for easier studying. As you go through the semester, add notes to FetchNotes, and label them with a hashtag. Then, you can study one set of hashtagged notes at a time. It’s a brilliant way to take and store notes on the go.

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                  9. Study.com

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                    You’ll have to register as a member, but once you sign up, you’ll have unlimited access to a huge selection of videos on various subjects to help you study. The videos are all submitted by professionals in the field and teachers.

                    10. Cam Scanner

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                      You probably have to take notes on paper. But you don’t have to keep all that paper with you to study. Scan it into your phone with Cam Scanner so you can easily study on the go.

                      11. Get Revising

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                        Get Revising provides over 183,000 resources (tests, study guides, flashcards, etc.) collected by other students and teachers. Search for the topic you want to study, and then get to browsing.

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                        12. Unstuck

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                          Unstuck is a digital coach that can help you get “unstuck” when you’re experiencing writer’s block or suffering from a general lack of motivation. The app asks you a series of questions to learn why you are stuck and then offers advice to help you move forward.

                          The Internet is an invaluable resource. It can completely change the way you study and prepare for final exams. But it won’t magically provide you with the roadmap to success. You’ll need to use the right tools for you, and you’ll have to put in the time. With these 12 tools, you’ll be able to have more focused study time so you can be as prepared as possible for that final test.

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                          Published on June 19, 2019

                          Your Beliefs About Success May Be Holding You Back

                          Your Beliefs About Success May Be Holding You Back
                          Pause for a moment and think about how you would describe success.

                          If your description is dominated by money or status, then your image of success is faulty.

                          For example, there are countless people who have these assets but don’t feel successful. Some of these people have enormous amounts of disposable income, but work so many hours during the day that they have no life beyond their work.

                          Would you regard these people as successful?

                          At first glance, I likely wouldn’t.

                          And, then there are the endless celebrities who go from fame to failure (think bankruptcy, addictions and worse).

                          Are they successful?

                          Probably not.

                          In truth, success is about happiness and fulfillment in life.

                          But, there is more than one definition of success. Just look at the above example of the person who worked too hard to spend their money. If they’re happy with their life, then we shouldn’t criticize their version of success.

                          So how about you? Do you have a clear definition of what success looks like for you?

                          If you don’t, you’ll be constantly chasing someone else’s idea of success, and could find yourself totally unfulfilled and miserable.

                          The good news is that over the next few minutes, I’m going to give you the tools you need to build a crystal clear picture of YOUR SUCCESS.

                          Positive Thinking

                          With the right attitude, anything can seem possible.

                          For instance, if you’re fed up with your job, but do nothing to change it, then you’ll likely be stuck there for years to come. But, if you see the job as a stepping stone to something bigger and better, then not only will you enjoy your work more, but you’ll have something positive to aim towards (e.g., a promotion or new job).

                          The example above demonstrates a little-known factor of success… suffering!

                          Yes, suffering may be a negative thing that most people go out of their way to avoid; but successful people use suffering as a springboard to big achievements. Mindset really does separate the losers from the winners.

                          Another thing you can do, is to gradually build up your positivity and confidence by tracking your progress towards your goals. And, each time you accomplish something – however small – be sure to celebrate it!

                          This is a great way to propel you towards success.

                          The Purpose of a Purpose

                          What is your purpose in life?

                          These are questions I suggest you spend some time thinking about. To help you find the answers, consider the following:

                          If you just seek a career, all you will find is a career.

                          But, if you seek a purpose, you’ll find something much more than a career – you’ll find your calling. And when you’ve found this, and you begin following it, you’ll be firmly in the middle of the happiness, satisfaction and success zone.

                          This is backed by science, with research showing that people who have a purpose and meaning in life have an increase in:[1]
                          • Overall well-being
                          • Mental and physical health
                          • Resiliency
                          • Self-esteem

                          But, don’t mistake seeking happiness and success as your purpose. These things are a natural result of following your purpose – but shouldn’t be your focal point.

                          Austrian Neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said it well:

                          “It is the very pursuit of happiness, that thwarts happiness.”

                          What about YOUR purpose?

                          If you’re struggling to identify it, look for the things in your life that you’re good at, enthuse you, and provide a benefit to the world.

                          Becoming a Better You

                          Are your beliefs holding you back?

                          If yes, here are three things you can do RIGHT NOW to break out of your mind trap:

                          1. Boost Your Confidence: you can do this by overcoming challenges that come your way. For example, if you have a fear of public speaking, face this challenge head-on by agreeing to do regular presentations for your company, or by joining a public speaking organization like Toastmasters International. Speak in public often enough, and your fear of it will plunge like a river going over a waterfall.
                          2. Develop Healthy Habits: I’m talking about positive habits that will serve you day in, day out. Habits such as lifelong learning, eating well, and waking up early. When these things are automatic for you, you’ll reap incredible benefits from them. Take eating well, for example. You’ll feel better. You’ll look better. And you’ll have way more energy to make things happen in your life.
                          3. Invoke the Magic of Goal Setting: Without goals, you’ll drift through life like a plastic bottle in the sea. But with goals, you’ll be like a 100m sprinter running towards the finishing line. Goals really are powerful tools. They’ll direct your focus and energy, and will allow you to track your progress in life. I recommend the SMART goal-setting method (find out about this here).

                          And, always remember… don’t compare yourself to others; only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

                          Each step you take forward is making you a better version of you.

                          Success Is Self-Love

                          I encourage you to take the tips I’ve shared in this article and put them into action in your life. Ideally, starting right now!

                          Firstly, transform your mindset by facing up to challenges and overcoming them. Then spend time to discover your purpose. And, once you’ve found it – start following it.

                          Becoming a better version of you will take some time, but will be worth the wait. Not only will you reach into untapped potential in your life, but you’ll also develop respect and love for yourself along the way.

                          So don’t let your beliefs hold you back anymore. BREAK FREE from them and start enjoying a happy, healthy and successful life.

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