College is a very stressful time for most. It’s your first real taste of independence. But the freedom of your own budget, complete control of your timetable, and generally navigating the world on your own can get a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry – there is help! The world is full of all different types of students going through the same thing and people who have made it out on the other side. Many of these people have put together websites to help students in almost every sphere of their lives. Here are some good ones to try:
You may need this one before you even start college. FastWeb is a database of over 1.5 million scholarships and financial aid opportunities. More than that, it helps you to find an opportunity individualized to you. All you need to do is create a profile and answer a few questions and the website will display which scholarships are best for you. It’s a great way to start college: knowing that you’ve minimized your student loans.
Once you’re in college, you have to stay on top of your studies. StudyBlue helps you do just that. StudyBlue has a set of tools to help you create flashcards, study guides, and generally take notes. It’s a great way to save money and the environment by cutting down on the amount of paper you would use. Not to mention, it’s all backed up to the cloud. StudyBlue helps you to prepare for tests by organizing your notes so that you aren’t paging through them the night before a test.
Another great site for flashcards, Quizlet has a database of commonly asked topics from biology to economics to humanities. Oftentimes, the flashcards on Quizlet are the exact questions from the textbooks published by the big publishers. These questions are the same ones posted in the online quizzes and assignments, so you get word for word answers. Just be careful, there is no use in copying the answers word-for-word, as you won’t learn anything, but this resource can help with those really difficult questions where you just don’t know where to start.
Ice Cream Apps
Ice Cream Apps is a suite of apps that most college students will need at some point in their college life. These apps include a slideshow maker, PDF merger, and screen recorder. Unfortunately, not all of these apps are free, but they are sold as a package, which works out much cheaper than buying them individually. Occasionally, Ice Cream Apps also offers specials on lifetime licenses at very reduced prices.
It’s even in the name! College Ruled is a site that gives you an easy way to create a color-coded, time-stratified, college schedule, store contacts, and work on group assignments.
Every professor’s nightmare: the kid that quotes from Wikipedia! While it is true that you should NEVER use Wikipedia as an academic reference, the pages do have references of their own. So if you don’t know where to start, look at the Wikipedia page, then read the references given there. It gives you a good overview of a topic.
Mint is a budgeting website. Though not specifically designed for college-goers, it is a must, because if you don’t keep track of your finances, you’ll end up wondering where they went at the end of the month…