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25 Most Useful Websites And Apps For College Students That Will Make You Smarter And More Productive

25 Most Useful Websites And Apps For College Students That Will Make You Smarter And More Productive

Many people say that today’s college students have it easy. All information they need is at their fingertips, so they can easily complete all academic projects after browsing the Internet for a few hours. However, that’s not what happens in reality. The curriculums have become more rigorous than ever, so college students have to think of different ways of increasing their productivity and motivation.

Luckily, there are many apps and websites that will improve their skills of time management, planning, brainstorming, writing, socializing, and many other aspects of student life. In this article you will find a list of 25 websites, apps and tools that will immediately turn you into a smarter student.

1. StudentRate

Student Rate

    Among all the new responsibilities as a college student, budgeting may be the toughest one. StudentRate.com is a website where you can find great discounts and steal deals that range from textbooks, to travel, to technology.

    2. NinjaEssays

    NinjaEssays

      With the help of this website, you can always get your papers and assignments ready for submission. The company will assign your projects to real experts, so you can be sure that the results will be excellent.

      3. Koofers

      Koofers

        Koofers enables you to access flashcards and prepare for exams more easily. In addition, students use Koofers to get information about job and internship openings and to get hired in adequate positions.

        4. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

        Alarmy

          Missing important classes is out of the question if you want to be a successful college student. Let’s see if you can sleep through this alarm! It’s annoying, but will get you out of bed for sure.

          5. OpenStudy

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          OpenStudy

            When you need to study hard for exams, you can access OpenStudy and become part of study groups for history, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and other courses you take.

            6. Sworkit

            Sworkit

              When you forget about the importance of exercising, this app will remind you that there is always time for investing in your health and fitness.

              7. Help.PlagTracker

              Help.Plagtracker

                When you write a paper, you have to make sure it’s perfect in all aspects before turning it in. At this website, you can easily hire a professional editor to smooth out the content and start getting better grades on your academic assignments.

                8. Audible

                Audible

                  When you’re too tired to read the book for your literature class, listening to an audiobook will help a lot. Now you can spend your time productively when waiting in line or taking long walks.

                  9. Half

                  Half

                    You can save a small fortune by buying and selling your textbooks online. There are other websites with a similar purpose, but Half is the easiest one to use.

                    10. Mint

                    Mint

                      Gaining budgeting wisdom takes time and effort, but everything will go much more smoothly with the help of Mint – a free app that will categorize and organize the expenses for you.

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                      11. InstaGrok

                      InstaGrok

                        At this website, you can research the topic of your interest and get a customizable concept map that will help you make the studying materials cooler. You will easily remember important information thanks to the interactive visual interface.

                        12. Studious

                        Studious

                          Sometimes you forget to turn your phone off during classes, and that’s exactly when your parents decide to call you. This Android app will help you avoid interrupting the class and getting on the professor’s nerves.

                          13. StudyBlue

                          StudyBlue

                            No matter how much you dislike taking notes and making flashcards, those learning strategies are important if you want to make your studying easier. StudyBlue enables you to make fun flashcards and take notes anywhere, anytime.

                            14. SelfControl

                            SelfControl

                              It is very important to stay away from distractions during studying time. This free Mac app will help you avoid Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other distracting websites.

                              15. Rate My Professor

                              Ratemyprof

                                When you are about to create your class schedule, you can check the reputation of different professors at this website.

                                16. iStudiez Pro

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                                Istudies

                                  This awesome planner will help you organize your life throughout college. You can use it on your iPhone, Mac or iPad to enter a smart summary of all planned events for the day.

                                  17. TED

                                  Ted

                                    The speeches featured at this website are not only motivational, but informative as well. TED is a reliable resource you can use to get ideas and resources for your projects.

                                    18. Dragon Dictation

                                    Dragon

                                      Instead of typing like a maniac, you can become more productive by dictating. Dragon Dictation will instantly transform your words into text.

                                      19. SugarSync

                                      SugarSync

                                        Your files and folders hold important information that needs to be protected from loss. SugarSync will make you feel safe, but will also make your work easier because it will sync the files on multiple devices.

                                        20. Quizlet

                                        Quizlet

                                          Quizlet enables you to study vocabulary, languages, and many other things for free. It supports effective study tools that will help you see learning as a fun activity.

                                          21. Dictionary.com Mobile

                                          Dictionary

                                            When you don’t understand what your eloquent professor is saying, you can access this smartphone app and translate his expressions into simple words.

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                                            22. Wolfram Alpha

                                            Wolf

                                              Wikipedia is really overestimated, and your professors don’t appreciate it. Thanks to this app, you can access expert knowledge and trustworthy information whenever you need it and wherever you are.

                                              23. Notella

                                              Notells

                                                When your professors drop important information unexpectedly, this app will prevent you from missing it. This is a super fast note-taker that will save you when you least expect it.

                                                24. RealCalc

                                                Realcalc

                                                  With the help of this scientific calculator, you may actually start enjoying calculating. You don’t have to invest in an expensive calculator to use in class when you have this brilliant software at your disposal.

                                                  25. BenchPrep

                                                  BenchPrep

                                                    This extensive library of interactive test prep courses will help locate all exam study material you need. BenchPrep also provides an impressive base of flashcards, practice questions and study lessons.

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                                                    Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                                    Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

                                                    The end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

                                                    It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. Sometimes you no longer know what you truly want to achieve next year – and what’s just imposed by society.

                                                    To help you out, we’ve made this article about the things you should remove from your new year’s resolution list – instead of adding to it – to make your daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

                                                    So just make sure you cross these off your New Year’s to-do list – your body, mind and soul will be thankful.

                                                    1. Stop Buying Meaningless Gifts

                                                    We all know the sense of obligation – when we have to buy a gift for an event or celebration that’s already tomorrow, but we still have no idea of what to give.

                                                    Take these tips close to heart for all upcoming holidays, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.:

                                                    Stop focusing on the material objects

                                                    Instead of focusing on what material object to give, think about the emotion you want to evoke[1] in the gift recipient, and then pick a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion. For example, you can gift coziness by presenting a “comfort set” with warm socks, tea, candles, etc. Or give motivation by presenting a beautiful planner or notebook.

                                                    Plan gifts in advance

                                                    We know this is easier said than done. But if you try to plan which gifts you’ll need in the upcoming months (try making a list three or four times a year), ideas will more likely come to mind and you’ll avoid that last-minute shopping. Not to mention, you’ll be able to keep an eye on sales to get the best prices.

                                                    Suggest a better way

                                                    If you’re tired of exchanging gifts for birthdays and holidays, initiate a different approach. For example, draw names among family members and agree that each one only buys a present to that one person they got. Alternatively, you can agree not to share gifts among adults, and only give presents to kids of the family. Or, ask friends to donate to charity instead of buying a gift for you.

                                                    Go for common experiences instead of exchanging gifts

                                                    You can agree (with your partner or the extended family) to go on a common trip, dinner or another activity, instead of spending money on gifts.

                                                    Sometimes you’ll have to be the one who initiates breaking the rules that have been accepted in the family for years. But if you suspect that you’re not the only one in the group who’s tired of gift-hunting, you’ll surely find support for your suggestions.

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                                                    2. Don’t Exaggerate with Diets and Fitness Resolutions

                                                    It’s no secret that TV shows, article headlines, and ads (not to mention our healthy diet-obsessed friends) make us feel like we need to look better, slimmer and younger than we actually are. But going on yet another diet or starting a fitness plan with the wrong motivation rarely leads to great results.

                                                    If you are like many people, you have probably signed up for an annual gym membership at least once in your life – only to drop it one month later.

                                                    How do you balance a good resolution for a healthier life without pushing yourself into commitments that won’t last?

                                                    Here’s what you can do:

                                                    Set a healthier pattern

                                                    For example, do meat-free Mondays or reduce meat consumption to three days per week (less saturated fat for you and better for the environment). Or choose to eat only healthy food at least three days a week or only on weekdays (e.g. make sure your meals contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and protein). This way you’ll already have a healthier diet while still being able to treat yourself with a snack on weekends or parties.

                                                    Get a fitness watch

                                                    Fitness watches like Fitbit or MiBand are tiny accessories that will count your steps, calories burnt and will serve as an excellent motivator to move – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

                                                    Find a physical activity that you enjoy

                                                    Even if you are not that fond of doing sports, you can definitely find an activity that you’d do with pleasure. Think about what you’d like – from taking up Nordic walking to pilates or even exercising at home.

                                                    Try intermittent fasting

                                                    This is an alternating cycles of fasting and eating. For example, stop eating at 8 pm and restart not sooner than 12 hours later. This approach has been proven to have numerous health benefits, in addition to weight loss.

                                                    Skip cabs or driving to work and opt for cycling or walking instead

                                                    You’ll burn calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money – win-win!

                                                    3. Put a Cap on Your Daily To-Do List

                                                    In today’s busy world, planning your day in a stress-free way is actually an art in itself. It’s natural to want to be a loving parent, a diligent employee, an active member of the local community and probably several other individual roles.

                                                    But playing all these roles requires energy and meticulous planning. How not to lose yourself amidst all the appointments and responsibilities? And – most importantly – how to still find time for relaxing and recharging yourself?

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                                                    These daily planning tips will help you have more stress-free days:

                                                    Leave bigger intervals between meetings

                                                    If you schedule too many appointments or chores in a day, you’ll probably end up late at some point, and as a result – more stressed. There are many different reasons why people are late, but poor planning is a major factor too.

                                                    Plan time to relax

                                                    As weird as it may sound, you should try and schedule your resting time. For example, if you only have one free evening this week, and a friend tries to squeeze in a meeting, feel free to say no. Don’t feel obliged to specify the reason for your refusal, just say that you are busy.

                                                    Try to be a little pessimistic

                                                    We’re often packed with plans or running late for errands because we tend to be overly optimistic – about the traffic, the time it takes to do things, etc. Instead, try an opposite tactic — assume you’ll hit traffic or the meeting will take longer.

                                                    Try waking up earlier

                                                    Sometimes even waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you the much-needed head start for several errands of the day. But remember to get enough sleep every night, even if it means going to bed earlier.

                                                    Plan your day the day before

                                                    Chances are your day will be much better organized if you pack a lunch and lay out an outfit before going to bed.

                                                    Designate a time for checking emails and social messages

                                                    If you start checking your messages between appointments, you risk getting lost in a sea of messages that need replies. Designate a time for this activity or do it in case you arrived early to a meeting.

                                                    4. Let Go of Unhealthy and Time-Consuming Habits

                                                    If there’s one thing we should get rid of in the new year, it’s the habits that steal our time, provide instant gratification but don’t offer any value in the long term. Or even worse, leave a negative impact on our health.

                                                    Here are some common (and pointless) habits along with tips on how to get rid of them:

                                                    Binge-watching TV series

                                                    Even if most online television platforms offer you lists of “Best TV Shows to Binge Watch”, being addicted to series is a major time-waster.

                                                    You can manage this addiction in several ways, for example, watch one episode per day (or a few per week) as a reward, only after you’ve finished an assignment or done a house chore. Or try replacing this habit with exercise or reading a book – this will be hard at first but should stick after a few weeks. You can also try to track how much time you spend on TV or movies – seeing how much of your life you are wasting might urge you to do something about it.

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                                                    Running on coffee

                                                    Being a coffee addict is kind of a stylish addiction nowadays, but it’s not that innocent as it may initially seem. Besides addiction being a problem in itself, drinking too much coffee (more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day) may lead to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tremors.[2]

                                                    As a solution, try switching to tea or edible coffee – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. For example, Coffee Pixels are solid coffee bars that generate a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

                                                    Procrastination

                                                    Fighting procrastination requires some serious willpower. If it is a problem in your daily life or work, try ”eating the frog” in the morning – get over your biggest or hardest tasks first, then tackle everything else.

                                                    Alternatively, use time tracking software to monitor exactly how much time you waste on unproductive actions, websites or apps. Once you know exactly how much time you’re spending unproductively, try to limit your time on social media, for example to just 20 minutes per day.

                                                    If nothing else works, try bribing yourself — promise yourself to do something fun or pleasant when you finish your assignment.

                                                    Whichever habit you want to give up, consider using some habits building tools to make a contract with yourself and reward yourself for milestones achieved.

                                                    5. Stop over-consuming

                                                    We live in the age of consumerism – huge manufacturers with their promise of a comfortable life on the one hand, and growing environmental threats – that are the direct result of our modern lifestyle – on the other hand. There’s only one solution – try to consume less whenever and wherever you can.

                                                    Before making additional purchases, ask yourself these questions:

                                                    • Do I really need it? Did I need it yesterday?
                                                    • Can’t I buy it used or borrow it from friends?
                                                    • Can I rent it?
                                                    • Can I make it myself?
                                                    • Am I buying the most sustainable version of this product?

                                                    For example, check if the brand you chose is conscious about the environment, for example, are the products they manufacture energy efficient? Do they try to use less packaging?

                                                    Also, if you often find yourself buying too many groceries, promise to buy only the amount that fits in one shopping bag (that you bring along). If you often forget to take your shopping bag with you, get yourself a 2-in-1 wallet with a built-in shopping bag for more eco-friendly shopping.

                                                    6. Learn to Unplug from Your Phone

                                                    Today’s world is crammed with information, and many people struggle to keep focus on what’s truly important. There’s just too much going on in the world – too much to read, to watch, to know, too many conversations to participate in.

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                                                    But how to refuse the temptation to check the phone and start using social media in a controlled, not a compulsive way?

                                                    Some tips for managing your phone-dependency:

                                                    Spend only a limited amount of battery per day

                                                    For example, start your day with 50% battery life, and manage your phone usage so that you’ll make it till the evening.

                                                    Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer

                                                    Choose one-hour, two-hour or longer blocking sessions and enjoy the positive impact this will have on your mood and productivity.[3]

                                                    Set your phone on flight mode

                                                    When you start doing an important task that requires full focus, set your phone on flight mode so that nobody can disturb you.

                                                    Leave your phone at home or in the office when you go for lunch

                                                    You’ll see that the feeling of being unreachable for a moment is actually very liberating.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    As a new year begins, we’re all excitedly looking forward to what adventures await ahead of us.

                                                    But this year, promise yourself this:

                                                    Instead of having a never-ending list of tasks and commitments, focus on the truly meaningful ones. And cross-out all the rest without feeling guilty.

                                                    Less is more. Make this year count. We’re all rooting for you.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Brooke Lark via unsplash.com

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