Online study tools for students

There is no doubt the Internet has revolutionized education. Here are some useful online resources that will prepare you for the upcoming school year.

Rate My Professors

This site has been many college students’ lifeline. Find out which class to take and which teachers to avoid. Use this site to read reviews from real college students and their first-hand experiences with certain classes and professors. Offer insight on your personal experiences with a course such as “required” textbooks, exam difficulty and grade received.


We all know how effective flashcards can be but also how time-consuming they are to create. Quizlet is a free flashcard generator that makes studying simple and fun. The site offers crowdsourced study materials and other learning tools, completely free. A Quizlet app is also available so you can study your digital flashcards on the go.


Social media has made communication convenient and accessible. So why not apply this to academics? Check to see if your class or major has an affiliated Facebook group. From here you can communicate with other students to arrange study groups, exchange notes and answer classmates’ questions.

TED Talks

Many professors are including TED talks in their curriculum due to their engaging content and untraditional medium. With over 2,000 influential talks from expert speakers, you are bound to find a topic of interest. Consider listening to a talk on your next study break or as a refreshing addition to your research paper.

Campus library VPN

A portion of your tuition dollars go to the university’s subscription to multidisciplinary academic catalogs and databases. As a college student, you likely have access to the campus’ VPN and therefore millions of articles, peer-reviewed journals and other archives. Simply search the catalog by subject and you’ll find loads of scholarly resources. Check with your college’s main library for details.


Before you turn in your research papers, make sure you’ve correctly cited all sources. EasyBib allows you to format your bibliography efficiently and accurately. The free citation generator offers MLA, APA and Chicago styles.

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