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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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                          Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                          Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                          Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                          Do you like making mistakes?

                          I certainly don’t.

                          Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

                          Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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                          Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

                          Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

                          • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
                          • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
                          • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
                          • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

                          We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

                          If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

                          Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

                          Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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                          When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

                          Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

                          We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

                          It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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                          Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

                          Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

                          Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

                          1. Point us to something we did not know.
                          2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
                          3. Deepen our knowledge.
                          4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
                          5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
                          6. Inform us more about our values.
                          7. Teach us more about others.
                          8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
                          9. Show us when someone else has changed.
                          10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
                          11. Remind us of our humanity.
                          12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
                          13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
                          14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
                          15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
                          16. Invite us to better choices.
                          17. Can teach us how to experiment.
                          18. Can reveal a new insight.
                          19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
                          20. Can serve as a warning.
                          21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
                          22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
                          23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
                          24. Remind us how we are like others.
                          25. Make us more humble.
                          26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
                          27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
                          28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
                          29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
                          30. Expose our true feelings.
                          31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
                          32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
                          33. Point us in a more creative direction.
                          34. Show us when we are not listening.
                          35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
                          36. Can create distance with someone else.
                          37. Slow us down when we need to.
                          38. Can hasten change.
                          39. Reveal our blind spots.
                          40. Are the invisible made visible.

                          Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

                          The secret to handling mistakes is to:

                          • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
                          • Have an experimental mindset.
                          • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

                          When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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                          When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

                          It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

                          When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

                          Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

                          Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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