Top 5 Online Tools for Students
Five great online tools to make job of being a student a little bit easier, to make completing those tough assignments every semester a little easier.
by Louise Baker
Being a student isn't exactly easy. It takes a lot of hard work. Most students are probably desperate to find ways to make completing all those tough assignments every semester a little easier. Here are five great online tools to make the job of being a student a little bit easier.
Some of the worst hidden costs of a college education are the prices of books. These prices can fluctuate greatly. The books for some classes may be relatively cheap. Others, however, may cost hundreds of dollars at the campus book store.
You may be wondering if there is a way to get the books you need and also make sure you are paying the cheapest prices possible. With Book Finder, you can do just that. It allows you to compare the prices of over 120 million books. It also makes price comparisons between nearly 4,000 different merchants. Chances are you will be able to find the book you need at the cheapest price possible.
Often, finding the correct sources for a paper can be quite a headache. Your school's library may not have the books or journals you need, and you have no idea where else to look. WorldCat is such a great website because it gives you access to thousands upon thousands of library catalogues across the United States and the world. Chances are you will be able to find the book you need and be able to request it via an interlibrary loan.
This is one of the greatest tools available to English second language students. This tool helps you build up your English vocabulary and shows you the correct pronunciation for each word. What's even better is that this is a program that actually learns. It will keep track your progress with the study sessions and pinpoint areas that need more work.
Zotero is a helpful Firefox add-on great for composing papers. It works with both Open Office and Microsoft Word. What it does is help you create your works cited page. It will keep track of all your references as you find the books, journal articles, or websites you need. It will then help you compose all that information into a very neat looking works cited page.
This online tool available from Google is fantastic for group writing projects. To implement GoogleDocs, everyone from the group may be at home or in different dorm rooms. The conversations on what to do with the paper can be performed over an instant messaging program. Using the editing ability of GoogleDocs, the different team members can then edit a document together in real time.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key academic terms by going to our College Success Glossary.
Louise Baker writes about online degrees for Zen College Life. She has recently also wrote about the best schools online.