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21 Most Useful Websites Every College Student Needs To Know

21 Most Useful Websites Every College Student Needs To Know

Around 2004, I sat in on a meeting of reporters at the Akron Beacon Journal, wherein one of them asked a college student what were the hot new websites that younger people liked at the moment. “We’re all on this thing called Facebook,” she said, and it was the first time I remember hearing about the website, which – at that point in time – you needed an EDU email address to enter. Alas, college students are generally good at spotting web trends. It’s also important for them to know how to use the web effectively and to their advantage, especially as a college student who might need to ace an exam and perfect their study habits in order to gain passing grades for expensive courses. Therefore, give these 21 websites that are either growing in popularity or already well known and highly useful a try:

1. Ice Cream Apps

The Internet-based world we live in means that common web-based homework tasks need easy and fast solutions. Ice Cream Apps fills the bill by providing students the software to take care of tasks like capturing screenshots, converting video formats, making slideshows and all kinds of stuff that college students’ coursework can require.

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    2. Flvto

    With Flvto, students are afforded an easy way to listen to video presentations on the go, even when they don’t have Wi-Fi access or their data plans are hitting 90% and they need to lay off all that streaming because Mom and Dad are getting Verizon Wireless warnings.  If you need to write an essay about the

    “Color blind or color brave?” TED talk, for example, just plop the URL into Flvto and listen on the go. flvto

      3. Photius

      Photius is a weird little website with a throwback homepage look from the 1990s, but the best part is the fact that college students can save money on shopping by getting 20% off with a Nordstrom coupon, for example.

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        4. Slack

        Slack is a website that helps not only business people improve their communication efforts, but students as well. It integrates with DropBox, always keeps your place when you jump around various applications and it connects teams, so it can be used by study groups and project partners with open, efficient communication.

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          5. Pocket

          With Pocket, college students can save articles they come across for later reading. If you’re writing a paper about “voodoo economics” for instance, it even lets you save the articles into a folder under the same name for easy reference later.

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            6. Rate My Professors

            Want to know which teachers to avoid and which professors’ classes to take? Using the website Rate My Professors, you can find real-life reviews from real college students about their real experiences with real teachers – good, bad and ugly.

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              7. Glass Door

              Want to know the straight dope about what it takes to gain an internship or a permanent job position with a certain company after graduation? Check out Glass Door, wherein actual employees have left reviews about specific firms and have spilled the beans about the true corporate culture.

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                8. Mint

                During college, it’s especially important to know where you’re spending your cash, and Mint helps you do that for free and get supremely organized financially.

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                  9. Study Blue

                  With Study Blue, college students can use the convenient service to make flashcards that help them create notes online without wasting paper. It represents a supremely portable way to create formal study guides and freshen up prior to tests without going through piles of text.

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                    10. Study Hall

                    Study Hall helps students find jobs and start-ups get access to the top “hackers, hustlers and social media influencers” on college campuses.

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                      11. EssayTyper

                      EssayTyper is one of those confusing yet funny websites that claims it uses a combination of Wikipedia and magic to help students craft their essays fast – but also warns not to use it legitimately. If anything, the site can help spark imaginations that need to be rewritten – heavily – to likely get a passing grade. (Don’t forget, teachers have access to Copyscape, too.)

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                        12. Copyscape

                        Speaking of Copyscape, it’s a great website that college students can use to check out the plagiarism level of the papers they construct. Use their premium services to copy and paste the things you’ve rewritten and essays constructed from multiple sources to ensure that it’ll fly with your teachers. There’s a nominal fee of five cents per search conducted.

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                          13. Overdrive

                          Who wants to pay for books when they don’t have to spend anything to read them? Thanks to Overdrive, when you discover, for example, the 10 bucks that Amazon is charging for the Kindle version of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, use Overdrive and your local library account to have it sent to your iPad or other devices to read for free in its entirety.

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                            14. OpenStudy

                            If you’re the type that doesn’t do well studying alone, use OpenStudy to meet other likeminded college students to study along with based on a variety of topics.

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                              15. CollegeRuled

                              Students are using CollegeRuled to make class schedules online and find their classmates in order to launch study groups and get the answers to pressing questions.

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                                16. PostYourBook

                                Using PostYourBook, college students can make back some of that cash shelled out for expensive textbooks by selling them to other students, who can save money by getting discounted books.

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                                  17. Go Abroad

                                  Using Go Abroad, students can learn the ins and outs of becoming an exchange student.

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                                    18. The College Investor

                                    If you hate incurring student loan debt and want other financial tips that are helpful to college students, give the College Investor website a gander.

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                                      19. College Tips

                                      College Tips calls itself a college survival guide for students.

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                                        20. Hack College

                                        Using the website called Hack College, students can discover the articles written specifically from the paradigm of their campus-life plights.

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                                          21. Unigo

                                          Unigo helps students discover which colleges they should attend by providing a plethora of reviews for more than 7,000 schools, along with plenty of other helpful information.

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                                            10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                            10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                            The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                            Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                            Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                            In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                            1. Cal Calendar

                                              Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                              The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                              Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                              Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                              What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                              Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                              Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                              Available for iOS and Android

                                              2. Google Calendar

                                                Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                Available for iOS and Android

                                                3. Jorte Calendar

                                                  Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                                  The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                                  Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                                  For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                                  A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                                  Available for iOS and Android

                                                  4. Business Calendar

                                                    Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                    The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                    You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                    The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                    Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                                    Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                                    Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                    A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                    Available for Android

                                                    5. Calendar

                                                      Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                      A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                      Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                      Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                                      6. aCalendar

                                                        aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                        Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                        Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                        When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                        Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                        The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                        The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                        Available for Android

                                                        7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                          DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                          With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                          Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                          The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                          Available for Android

                                                          8. SolCalendar

                                                            SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                            The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                            Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                            Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                            Available for Android

                                                            9. Today Calendar

                                                              Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                              The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                              If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                              Available for Android

                                                              10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                                Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                                Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                                The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                                This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                                If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                                At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                                Available for Android

                                                                Our Verdict

                                                                Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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