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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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                          16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                          16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

                          The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

                          How about a unique spin on things?

                          These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives.

                          Learn from these highly successful people’s personal development skills, turn these skills into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

                          1. Empty your mind

                          It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

                          Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

                          Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

                          Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

                          How to Increase Brain Power, Boost Memory and Become 10X Smarter

                          2. Keep certain days clear

                          Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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                          This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

                          3. Prioritize your work

                          Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

                          Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

                          Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

                          How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                          4. Chop up your time

                          Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

                          5. Have a thinking position

                          Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

                          What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

                          6. Pick three to five things you must do that day

                          To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

                          Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

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                          7. Don’t try to do too much

                          OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew.

                          Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

                          8. Have a daily action plan

                          Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

                          Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

                          9. Do your most dreaded project first

                          Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else.

                          This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

                          10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule”

                          The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then.

                          Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

                          11. Have a place devoted to work

                          If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

                          But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

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                          Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

                          Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

                          12. Find your golden hour

                          You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

                          Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

                          Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

                          Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

                          13. Pretend you’re on an airplane

                          It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

                          By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

                          Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

                          If you find yourself easily distracted and can’t focus, this method will help you overcome distractions.

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                          14. Never stop

                          Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

                          Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

                          There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

                          15. Be in tune with your body

                          Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it.

                          Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

                          16. Try different methods

                          Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

                          It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

                          Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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