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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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                                            Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                            25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                            25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                            Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                            Or even better:

                                            What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                            You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                            Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                            How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                            The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                            In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                            • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                            • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                            • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                            As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                            Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                            Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                            But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                            his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                            5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                            Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                            But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                            1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                            2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                            3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                            4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                            5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                            Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                            There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                            • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                            • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                            • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                            • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                            Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                            With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                            25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                            Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                            1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                            If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                            2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                            If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                            If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                            3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                            Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                            =sum(

                                            …and then press F3.

                                            When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                            4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                            Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                            =match(

                                            …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                            When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                            But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                            5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                            If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                            • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                            • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                            • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                            • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                            • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                            6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                            By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                            The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                            For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                            A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                            7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                            When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                            8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                            When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                            9. Use filtering

                                            Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                            It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                            To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                            10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                            Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                            Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                            To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                            11. See formula results with F9

                                            If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                            Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                            12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                            If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                            13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                            Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                            =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                            =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                            14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                            Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                            =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                            =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                            15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                            TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                            16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                            In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                            17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                            When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                            And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                            18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                            If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                            19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                            Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                            You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                            20. Use data validation

                                            This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                            • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                            • Create drop-down lists;
                                            • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                            21. Use conditional formatting

                                            It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                            22. Use formula auditing

                                            This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                            The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                            23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                            Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                            It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                            24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                            INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                            25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                            OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                            The bottom line

                                            As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                            That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                            If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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