and Site Map
Table of Contents
provided the links on these pages to help you not only in my courses
also throughout your college career.
If you don't see what you need, ask. Chances are others are looking
the same thing. If I can find it, I'll post it!
How to Study for Tests
Building Your Note-Taking and Study Skills: A Guide for Students
Become a More Efficient and Effective Reader
Four Steps to Reading a Textbook Quickly and Effectively
Reading Myths and Skimming
The Reading Environment
What’s Your Reading Rate
Critical Reading Strategies
The Cornell Method of Note-Taking
Becoming a Critical Thinker
Assessment of Effective Study Time: Use the How to Study link at the top
of this page.
Motivating Yourself to Do Well in College: Use the Motivation link at the
top of this page.
Learning to Learn
UT Austin Online Resources: Use the Study Strategies link.
Virginia Tech Study Skills
UNSW Learning Center
Learning Assistance Center
Evaluate Information: A.S.A.P.
Evaluate Websites: W5 for W3
Sites to Promote Academic Success: a long, long list of tools, sites and all
sorts of things
Tools for Improving Your Memory
Study Skills Guides for College Students
Education Corner's Study Skills for Students
Note Taking Strategies
How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work, Entrepreneur
10 Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills, Lifehack.org
Time management: Study Guides and Strategies
Managing a Busy Schedule for College Students
Wired Study Tips from TAMU
made things more complicated. If you don't have iTunes,
download it for free. When you use this link, you’ll get a not
available message on your iTunes player. In the search box on the
upper right of the player, type wired study tips. You’ll get a list of
podcasts. When you mouse over a title, you’ll get a blue arrow on the left.
Click the arrow to play.) You might also try Blair’s blog at
Study Guides and Strategies
If you study best using flash cards, try any of the following.
Flash Card Machine
Online Flash Cards
Cal Newport’s site explains how to “do less, do better, and know why”
... more of
a methodology or philosophy towards college than a collection of hacks
Secrets of the Most Successful College Students
How to Increase Productivity
Study Skills to Learn Effectively
Top Tips for Study Success
Open Colleges Blog
Student Study Skills Guide
Notes from Lectures, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Note Taking, College of St. Benedict / St. John's University
(Some very good advice at this site.)
Lecture and Class Notes, Dartmouth College
(Downloadable MS Word documents with detailed advice on methods of note taking.)
7 Note-Taking Skills Every College Student Should Have
Reading Improvement video
Reading Improvement video with captions
Classic Method for Studying Texts: SQ3R,
Active Reading Strategies,
Guide to Reading Primary Sources,
University of Pennsylvania
How to Take Study Notes: 5 Effective Note Taking Methods and Essential Tips
Final Exams 2018: 25 Essential Resources
10 Best Looking Class Notes of 2018
http://academic.hhpublishing.com/thea/start/ and click the Register
When prompted, use 38979 for the School Number and ucvfe for the School
Click the Search button.
When prompted, type in your email address, your first name and your last name.
Click the Submit button.
On the next page, you will be given a password. Write it down.
Whenever you visit the site, use your email address for your username and use the
password given to you.
Once registered, you'll find lots of useful tools on the site. You will be able
to take sample tests, learn strategies for taking the THEA and learn ways to reduce
test anxiety. I think you'll find it a very useful site.
sites might also be useful.
Test Preparation Quick Reference
THEA Online Course
West Texas A&M THEA and ACCUPLACER (Math)
West Texas A&M Math Help for the THEA or ACCUPLACER Test
Online Student Demographics
Anatomy of an Online Course
Writing Sensible Email Messages
What Are Your Expectations of Online Learning?
Top Five Online Learning Myths
Staying the (Online) Course
How to Succeed in Distance Learning Courses
The Distance Learner's Guide
E-Tips for A Grades
Online Reference For Test Preparation (From Brittany
and her kids
Skills for Online Learning
How Students Develop Online Learning Skills
Tips for Developing Online Learning Skills
Top Tools for Online Learners
Online Time Management Training from MindTools.com
How to Use Google
How to Choose a Search Tool
Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need
Selecting a Search Tool
Internet Search Resources
Best Tool for the Job
Web Search 101
The Animated Internet: Click on the Get Started link.
Short and Easy Search Engine Tutorial
From Google: Better Search Results
Learn How to Do Boolean Searches in One Minute Flat
Five-Step Search Strategy
Sharpen Your Search Skills
Search Engine Resources
Recommended Search Engines
What Makes a Search Engine Good?
Invisible or Deep Web: What It Is, How to Find It and Its Inherent Ambiguity
Recommended Subject Directories
It's easy to find cheap used copies of textbooks online if you have ISBN numbers
for the texts you need. It's almost impossible to find the correct texts if you
don't have the ISBN numbers. (The ISBN is the 10-digit or 13-digit number listed
above the bar code on the back of every book printed in the last couple of decades.)
Since texts bought online have to be mailed, don't wait until classes start to order
them. Most of your profs won't have the ISBNs handy anyway. Instead go to your college
bookstore, find the text you need, write down the ISBN on the back of the text and
leave the bookstore. You're not required to purchase a text just for going to the
bookstore and you're not prohibited from writing down information.
Many publishers sell texts directly to students, including special online versions
at greatly reduced prices. To see if that applies to a specific text, visit the
publisher's website. The following sites have texts in varying conditions and at
varying prices from multiple publishers. Always use the ISBN to make sure you're
getting the text you want ... don't rely on descriptions or pictures. Too, always
check a site's shipping policy for cost and
speed before you buy. These sites are for your use at your own risk ... inclusion
on the list is by no means an endorsement.
Get Textbooks: I recommend you always start with this site.
Input a textbook author/title, or an ISBN # and it searches a dozen online bookstores
for the lowest price.
Barnes and Noble
Amazon: Use the general site or find the New and Used Textbooks section.
Course Smart: Mainly electronic versions of texts but you might like them
if you try them.
If you sell your texts at the end of the semester, check this site for the current
amount being offered by various book sites. You might find one or more that offer
more than your local bookstore.
Web Math: Solves most math problems. Type in your problem and you get not
only an answer but also an explanation.
Martindale's Reference: Calculators On-line: Links to thousands of calculators
for hundreds of purposes ... truly mindboggling
Adobe Download Support
Varsity Tutor: Free practice tests, flashcards and classroom management resources
... Visitors have the option of creating a free account that allows them to create
practice questions/tests, save their results and keep track of progress over time.
Tutoring One: Tutoring One’s mathematics support services will customize an
educational option for you at every level of math, with services starting @ $9.99/yr.
They offer a menu of services to meet the needs of young adults and adults in colleges
and universities, community colleges
or GED programs. They are a 24/7 online tutoring service and can be accessed anywhere.
Viewers: Perhaps you're not a regular computer user. Or perhaps you use
a different brand of software than Office. Or maybe you have certain Office programs,
like Word or PowerPoint, but not some of the others such as Visio or Excel. Whatever
the problem, if there are things on this site that you can't access, there is a
solution. You can install a free program viewer so that you can look at the file
in question. There are, however, some restrictions: You can view files in a viewer,
but you can't edit them and you can't create new files. To download the viewer you
need, click on the links below.
Word Viewer lets you open Word documents and documents created with all
previous versions of Word for Windows and Word for Macintosh.
Excel Viewer allows you to open, view, and print Excel workbooks, even if
you don't have Excel installed. You can also copy data from Excel Viewer to
another program. However, you cannot edit data, save a workbook, or create a
new workbook. This download is a replacement for all previous Excel Viewer versions.
PowerPoint Viewer lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint
97 and later versions. This viewer also supports opening password-protected
Downloading and Using Viewers for MS Office Documents
Notetaker is a hierarchical outlining tool that allows students to organize
up to five levels of information for reading
and writing activities. During or after
reading, the Notetaker can be used to compile
and organize reading notes, and research
related ideas. During the writing process, students can use the tool to organize
their information, plan texts in the prewriting stage and review
and structure their ideas during writing
and revision. Students can choose the format that the outline will use (e.g., bullets,
Roman numerals, letters, etc) as well as enter up to five levels of information.
The Notetaker includes a tutorial, which demonstrates how to use the tool, as well
as a Notes area where students can track information that does not fit into the
outline. The Notetaker creates HTML files of students’ outlines, which can be printed
or saved and edited later in any HTML
BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Easy Worksheet Math
Graphing Calculator Tutorials and Lessons
Professor Freedman's Math Help
Mathematics Tutorials and Problems
Quantum Science Tutors
The Math Forum
GraphCalc Calculator Download: free advanced calculator
helps you remember everything. The web app, desktop apps for Windows and Mac OS,
mobile apps for iPhone and iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, and even
Web OS mean that Evernote can help you take notes, save them, tag them with a location,
create and organize notebooks, and share them anywhere you are and on any device
you happen to have on you. Evernote is great for taking notes and organizing them,
but it’s just as good at letting you capture, scan, and save objects in real life,
clip web pages you browse, and share them.
Simplenote is easy to use, free and has a robust user and developer community
behind it creating apps and utilities that plug into the service to make it even
easier to use. Simplenote lets you easily jot down your thoughts and organize them
to find what you need again later, search through revision history for your notes,
share them with others and access them on any web-enabled device. Simplenote does
have premium accounts, but all of the service’s basic functions are free. There
are Simplenote apps for the web and iOS, but developers have built dozens of note-taking
apps that work in conjunction with Simplenote for Windows and Mac OS.
Zotero: a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite and
share your research sources
Periodic Table And Chemical Solutions Calculator download
is only a small part of learning, but it in many circumstances it is unavoidable.
There is an ideal moment to practice what you want to memorize. Practice too soon
and you waste your time. Practice too late and you’ve forgotten the material and
have to relearn it. The right time to practice is just at the moment you’re about
to forget. If you are using a computer to practice, a spaced repetition program
can predict when you are likely to forget an item and schedule it on the right day.
(Gary Wolf) Two spaced repetition software tools:
Anki: Widely used and in active development. Open source. Desktop and Android versions
Mnemosyne: Also open source; runs on Windows/Mac OS, with card review possible on Android
and Blackberry mobiles. All versions are free.
Many college textbook publishers provide free online tutoring on their websites
for students who have purchased one of their texts. Check your text or check with
your professor to see if that applies to a specific textbook. Too, ALL institutions
of higher education are required to offer to distance students services that are
comparable to those offered to on campus students. Check with your college/university.
Internet Detective Tutorial: Using the Internet for Research
The Elements of Style
Journal Citation Reports Tutorial
RapidCite.com: citations made simple
Harvard Writing Center
Moving from Assignment to Topic
Writing with Internet Sources
Making the Most of College Writing
Shaped by Writing video (14:40)
Across the Drafts: Students and Teachers Talk about Feedback video (18:51)
Capital Center Community College's Guide to Grammar and Writing
Dartmouth University's Writing Center
What is an Academic Paper?
Coming Up with Your Topic
Researching Your Topic
Developing Your Thesis
Considering Structure and Organization
Attending to Grammar
Revision: Cultivating a Critical Eye
Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online
The Prentice Hall Writing Guide
UT's UWC Handouts
MLA Citation Basics
Plagiarism vs. Paraphrasing
UToronto Student Writing Resources: Choose from links on left.
UToronto Student Online Writing Seminars: Also look for links on the left
to the Citation Guide and the
Using and Citing Sources
ECC Writing Skills Handouts
Online Writing Assistant
Rensselaer Online Resources
A+ Research and Writing
Writing Annotated Bibliographies
Constructing Your Research Paper
How to Distinguish Between Popular and Scholarly Periodicals
Guide to Grammar and Writing
OWLS at TTU
The OWL at Purdue
UW-Eau Claire's Research Guides
UW-Eau Claire's Getting Started with Research
How to Find...
Guide to Grammar and Writing
36 Common Grammar Mistakes Everyone Makes
How to Spell.net
Resources for the Essay Writer
Best Free Resource for Outstanding Essay and
Paper Topics, Thesis Statements and Important Quotes
How Do You Learn to Edit?
Son of Citation Machine
Conjugate a Verb
105 Indispensable Resources for Online Academic Research
The Graphic Recorder
Database How To's: set up for this college but the information is applicable to other colleges
Mobile Apps and Sites: set up for this college but the information is applicable to other colleges
Discrimination / Harassment Prevention
Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Quiz
End Note Reference Organizer
Academic Integrity Video
The Ethical Researcher
Free Text Reader for Disabled Students
Section 508 Checklist
Video: There's a Way Where There's a Will (10 minutes)
Video: Keeping Web Accessibility in Mind (11.5 minutes)
Video: Experiences of Students with Disabilities (2 minutes)
Quick Reference: Web Accessibility Principles (for use with the above 2 videos)
(5-35 minutes): a link to the Do-It series page with links
and descriptions for 37 videos
Video: Listening to Learn (7 minutes)
Video: Introduction to the Screen Reader (6 minutes)
Video: Screen Magnification and the Web (10 minutes)
Video: Screen Readers and the Web (15 minutes)
Web Tutorial: Web Accessibility Design
Web Tutorial: Dare to Care: Requires you to log in but it's free.
LBCC also has some excellent
Resources on this site.
Web Tutorial: Web Accessibility
Web Tutorial: Online Accessibility:
sort of technical AND easy to understand
Screen Reader Simulation
Low Vision Simulation
The following have more technical content.
Web Tutorial: Section 508 Tutorial: The sections are listed in the column
on the right.
Accessibility Center: A super collection of How To articles from Ohio
Accessible Classroom Technologies Wiki
Guidelines for Creating Web Content Accessible to All
Bookshare: An initiative of the nonprofit organization Benetech, Bookshare
is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates
under an exception to US copyright law that allows copyrighted digital books to
be made available to people with disabilities. Bookshare members can download books,
textbooks and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file, then read the material
using adaptive technology. Through an award from the federal Education Department,
Bookshare offers free memberships to US schools and qualifying US students.
A-Prompt: Web accessibility verifier
Accessibility Checker: Toronto's newest version
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA online)
Fastweb: Scholarship searching
College Board: Scholarship searching
College Scholarships.com: Includes comprehensive information on traditional
and online colleges, post-secondary
career schools, scholarships, financial aid, colleges for women, Christian colleges,
scholarship matching data bases, colleges with programs for students with learning
disabilities, historically black colleges, an easy GPA calculator
and much more.
College Without Debt: tackles how to get a high-quality education without
crippling student loans ... includes a primer to grants and scholarships as well
as alternative forms of financial aid
Everything You Need To Know About Winning Scholarships:
guide for college and high school
students interested in finding scholarships to pay for college ... covers
various aspects of scholarships, including different scholarship types,
searching for scholarships, writing a scholarship essay, getting a letter of
recommendation and avoiding scholarship scams
The Career Key: John Holland's Theory of Career Choice
Texas Workforce Commission
ACRN Career Services
College Board Resources
Find A College
Major and Career Profiles
Apply to College
Pay for College
Step by Step Career Worksheet
Resume Writing 101
What Can I Do with My Major?
Job Seeker's Bookmarks
Employment / Career
College Entrance Exams
Masters of Psychology: A resource for students to find in-depth
and unbiased information about a Masters in
Psychology degree. Lists every accredited psychology school on the web.
Masters in Psychology
10-Part Guide to the MBA
A Guide to MBA Programs in Texas
AAS Degree: A resource for students to find in-depth and unbiased information
about an AAS degree. Lists many accredited AAS schools on the web.
Lavamind Study Center Download: Whether you're already taking a prep course
for the SAT I, SAT II, PSAT, or ACT exams or studying on your own, this program
will help you to improve your score and test-taking
skills. The Study Center is packed with tutorials and
A Student Site for ACT Test Takers. Sign up to receive the latest news about
The ACT, including registration reminders and other helpful information to prepare
students for college and career success.
The aim of ReadyJob.org is to give
young people vital skills in the
complicated 21st-century job market.
ZipRecruiter different from traditional job boards is advanced job search technology.
It’s so effective that some of the top Job Boards in the US have started to use
ZipRecruiter to power their Job Alert programs.
Guide to Finding Accredited Online Degrees:
for students who need flexibility and
other benefits offered by e-learning ... an intro to the subject breadth of
online education options today and how to find a good program
Guide for Developing Healthy Habits for a Work-Life Balance
Going Back to School: Working Adults
Going Back to School: Military
Going Back to School: Moms
Online Degree Guide
"No matter who
you are, making informed decisions about what you do with your money will help build
a more stable financial future for you and your family." ~Alan Greenspan
Smart About Money
Building Wealth: A Beginner's Guide to Securing Your Financial Future
There's a Lot to Learn About Money
Safe Internet Banking
Is Online Banking Safe?
The Life of a Check
The Life of a Dollar Bill
Tips for Safe Banking on the Internet
Frauds and Scams: Protect Yourself and Your Money
Plastic Fraud: Getting a Handle on Debit and Credit Cards
Consumer Handbook to Adjustable Rate Mortgages
Shopping for A Mortgage
Interest Rates: An Introduction
Credit and Charge Cards -- What Consumers Should Know about the Cost and Terms of
How to Establish, Use and Protect Your Credit
Credit Reports and Credit
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
IRS: Higher Education Student Page
Fed Bank of Dallas: Consumer Information
Financial Security in Later Life
Practical Money Skills for Life
Introduction to Interest
Consumer's Guide to Mortgage Settlement Costs
What's My Score?
The Best Social Security Calculator There Is
Payment Calculator for Credit Cards and Other Revolving Credit Loans
Payment Calculator for Mortgages, Car Loans and Other Term Loans
Debt Free U
Personal Finance Worksheets
How Much of Your Income Should You Save?
Calculate Your Money Saving Goals: Compound Interest Savings Calculator
Simple Steps to Manage Your Money
How to Grow Your 401k at Any Age
5 Tax Reasons to Start a 401k
The Simple Dollar’s Debt Payoff Guide
The Spending Challenge
Your financial future starts today. No matter where
you’re headed, a little financial loving care can get you there. What you don’t
know, you can learn at
The Mint Grad.
What Kind of Spender are You? Quiz
I Paid How Much? Quiz
Credit Card IQ Quiz
Check Your Habits and Attitudes
Financial Future Challenge
Money Smart curriculum: The Money Smart Computer-Based
Instruction (CBI): This website presents
the computer-based Money Smart curriculum -- a comprehensive financial education
curriculum designed to help individuals outside the financial mainstream develop
financial skills and positive banking relationships. The Money Smart Computer-Based
Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10
modules of the Money Smart curriculum
Benefits.gov Website: The official benefits website of the U.S. government informs citizens of benefits
they may be eligible for and provides information on how to apply for assistance.
Find more than 1,000 Federal and state benefits including housing, food/nutrition,
education, grants/loans, disaster relief and Medicare/Medicaid.
What Every ___ Should Know About Social Security
Be early. Arrive at class, and find a seat from which
you can see and be seen. Get your equipment (pens, pencils, notebook) out. Quickly
review your notes from the last session and be ready to ask questions if you have
Greetings. Smile at the instructor (it makes him/her feel wanted) and
at your fellow students (you may need their brains).
Dress and Demeanor. Research has demonstrated that neat
attire and attitude go a long way.
Prepare. Read the material before the lecture. You will find you will
need to take fewer notes and be able to listen more carefully (see next). If a tape
recording would help, ask permission. Continue to take notes and remember to listen
to the recording as soon as possible after class; listen with your notes at hand.
If there is work to be handed in, have it ready. Word processing allows you to have
fewer errors. Name, class, assignment number or name, and date to go in the upper
right-hand corner, with multiple pages numbered and stapled, unless instructed otherwise.
Read, Read and Read. Bookstores and libraries
are really lovely places. Find “quick guides,” and go through them within the first
two weeks of a class. They will give you the context of the material (it all can’t
be taught at once). Read purposely. Try and relate the material to both a personal
and global context. Each field has its own dictionary and encyclopedia; find them
and refer to them throughout the course. Read a daily and weekly newspaper and magazine.
Ask the instructor (nicely) for the names of other texts, journals and reference
Write, Write and Write. Rewrite your notes so
you know what they mean. If there are gaps, ask someone who knows (see next). Make
flash cards and create mnemonic devices for terms and concepts. Work on “hooks.”
Draw relationship charts. Keep a journal.
Study with Someone Who Cares. Find people
in the class who are really interested in learning. Work with them before, after
and between classes.
Coffee, Etc. Many of us need a cup of coffee. Bring a covered
mug that is less likely to spill. Be careful with your soda and always remember
to recycle. Eating, cleaning out your purse, doing your nails and doing homework
from this or other classes are real turnoffs.
Absences. Avoid them at all costs. If you have been absent, go to the
instructor’s office to explain; do not make your explanation in or before class.
If there is work or material you missed, try to get it from a classmate. If you
cannot, explain that to the instructor.
Appear Teachable. It is amazing how much nicer a teacher can
be when you look like and act the role of a student. This does not mean asking any
and all questions to get attention. In fact, if you formulate the question and write
it down, sometimes it will answer itself or the teacher will get to it. If not,
you can ask it at an appropriate time. You can and should write out the answer you
If only for the fun of it, why don't you take a couple of online tests and identify
your personal learning style? While learning style theory is not universally accepted
-- nor are the tests that "diagnose" an individual's learning style -- you'll be
surprised at how much you learn about yourself! If you take the tests and the analyses
seriously, you can greatly improve your ability to succeed in your courses. Try
any or all of the following links. (A couple of them charge a dollar or two but
most are free. I put in the former since they are fun to take despite the aggravation
Index of Learning Styles Questionnaires
Learning Styles Test
Applying What We Know: Student Learning Styles
The DVC Learning Style Survey for College
The Jung Typology Test
The Risk Attitudes Profiler
The Role Model Profiler
Gardiner's Multiple Intelligences
Hemispheric Dominance Inventory
Keirsey Temperament Sorter II
Discover Your Learning Style
Basic Library Research
Here is a quick four-step process for doing library research, taken from the text
by Clabaugh and Rozycki,
Analyzing Controversy: An Introductory Guide (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 1997).
Critical Thinking Tools
Critical thinking skills are some of the most important skills you can develop during
your college career. The links offered here connect you to tips on how to improve
your critical thinking acumen with logic puzzles, online articles, flow charts and
How to Best Use the Web
The World Wide Web is growing at a tremendous pace. Navigating the Web and getting
the most from your surfing can be a daunting task to say the least. Follow this
link to a six step method to learning which sites are the best or worst for which
tasks, what search engines do and which ones to use, and how to interpret the vast
array of Web pages available.
How to Learn in Class
De Sellers, Southwest Texas State University, gives you some straightforward counsel
on how to best utilize class time.
How to Manage Your Time
Why should you learn to manage your time? And how can you do it? Here are some succinct
How to Perform Better on Tests
Tests are the bane of a student's life. Here is some good advice for making them,
if not downright enjoyable, at least much less threatening.
How to Study
Here, De Sellers answers one of the questions most frequently raised by freshmen:
"What is the best way to go about studying?"
How to Write Term Papers
John T. Rourke, University of Connecticut, provides tips on writing term papers
that should meet most instructors' expectations.
Problem Solving Techniques
Bill W. Tillery, Arizona State University, The activity we call "problem solving"
is an attempt to find a solution to an uncertain or difficult situation.
TBR Mobile App Rubric
Join Me: A free screen sharing tool for sharing your computer
desktop with others. The free version of the app accommodates
up to 10 meeting participants and includes screen sharing, Internet
calling, chat and other features.
Find My Phone is one app
you’ll definitely appreciate if you’re unfortunate enough to
need it. Using your smart phone’s locator services, this app
can locate your phone if it’s ever lost or stolen, ping a sound
to help you find it, and allow you to remotely wipe data from
a connected device. Give yourself some peace of mind (and save
on the replacement phone fees) by syncing this app to your other
Outlines Outloud converts study outlines to spoken audio.
Flexible playback controls let you vary speech rate; jump forward
and backward, skip rows or whole sections, loop—and more. Save
the finished outline into your Dropbox folder. Using Dropbox
means new outlines and subsequent edits sync instantly to your
iPhone. Launch Outlines Outloud on your iPhone. New files from
your Dropbox folder will sync automatically. Set any outline-specific
preferences. In the Settings pane, select the speech rate, text
colors for display, and whether you’d like to hear prefixes
before all, some, or none of the rows.
Mobile Banking apps, available from most major banks (including
Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo),
let you access your accounts, transfer funds, and pay bills
with the swipe of a finger. You can even snap a photo of a check
on your smart phone and virtually deposit it into your account.
So there’s no more worrying about making it to the bank before
it closes to deposit that check your grandparents mailed you
last week. For iOS and Android. Check with your local
iStart Spanish! is one in a series that also includes iStart
Japanese! and iStart Chinese! The apps feature quizzes, flashcards,
and rewards for beginners. Lessons include alphabets, pronunciation,
and syllables, as well as a tutor that uses text message-like
prompts to ask users to translate phrases.
iTranslate is a free tool for Apple products in a wide variety
of languages, including English, Arabic, French, German, Korean,
Spanish, and more. Users can translate written languages, and
some languages offer text-to-speech abilities. The app features
purchase options such as voice recognition.
Studious, beyond simply allowing for better planning around
homework and exam schedules, also lets students automatically
silence their phones while in class. Students can load campus
maps into their Studious apps for quick perusing while becoming
familiar with the school’s layout.
My Homework Student Planner
seamlessly tracks your homework and class schedules. Its calendar
feature supports time, block and period-based schedules, while
the homework setting lets you schedule a due date and reminders
under a particular class. If your professor uses
teachers.io, you can even sync your syllabus and resource
materials with the app. For
Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a mobile dictionary that’s
as good as its Web counterpart. It lets you save favorites,
track your look-up history, and refer to an integrated thesaurus.
Brush up on your vocabulary skills by using this app’s Word
of the Day feature. On those days when your brain is a little
foggy, you can simply pronounce a word to look it up without
having to spell it. For iOS and Android.
Dictionary.com has stepped
into the social media age by adding a trends list. You can see
what words are trending, including those in your neck of the
woods. This could come in handy to help you learn the local
lingo if you’re attending college in a different state. It also
has a Word of the Day feature and thesaurus tool.
If This Then That (IFTTT): A student can tell this app
to send her a text message if it’s raining the following morning,
reminding her to leave early for class. The IFTTT app syncs
with 69 mobile apps, meaning a student can tell the program
to send a text when they’re tagged in a Facebook photo or mentioned
in a tweet. For iOS and Android.
Any.Do dutifully reminds you to take a moment to plan
your day, every morning. For every task, you can share it
with a contact, add sub-notes, or set a reminder. Sync it to
your computer for greater control. Keep a lookout for Mail
and Memo (Any.Do’s version of e-mail and notes apps), all
slated to be available for download “soon,” according to its
website. For iOS and Android.
Quick Voice Recorder is the app you’ll need when you have
trouble paying attention during a long lecture. When you’re
finished recording, you can e-mail the recording to yourself,
set a voice reminder that will play at a selected time and date,
or even save it as a ringtone. The best part is you can even
multitask (check email or browse Facebook) while Quick Voice
Recorder is recording in the background.
Smart voice recorder: For the college student who loathes
taking notes with pen and paper, or even their laptop, this
app automatically pauses during extended silences. That means
a student won’t have to skip through their lecture recording
to skip lulls in a professor’s daily lesson.
Study Blue is the app
that’ll help you ace your next multiple-choice test. You can
create digital flashcards and upload study materials to review
on the computer or your smart phone. This app can even filter
out the flashcards you know by heart to ensure you learn the
hard ones as well. Import your notes from Evernote for a stronger
study session. For
can help translate that passage from your Spanish textbook,
your handwritten Chinese characters, or that Italian phrase
the waiter said Saturday night. So you can quickly type, write,
say or photograph whatever you need translated between over
70 languages. For
Evernote is the app that
saves everything you need—literally. You can type a note, take
a photo, record audio or attach a file in this app that syncs
to all your connected devices. The more you use it, the more
uses you’ll find for it. (For starters, it’s great for group
projects and term paper research.) For
Pocket: Stop stuffing
your e-mail inbox with articles or videos you want to read or
view later. Instead, save, sync and view them here with any
connected device. So that series of news articles you need to
read before your political science class can be right at your
has a Symptom Checker that can help you determine if you have
the flu or simply had too much fun Friday night. It also has
local health listings to help you find a nearby physician, hospital,
or pharmacy. For iOS
Lose It! is the app you need to help keep the Freshman 15
at bay. You can easily track your meals and calories burned
with this app. Even the calorie total for that bag of chips
you devoured last night is in here: Just scan the barcode or
search for the item and it’s automatically added to your daily
food log. And that hour of pool you played last night? It counts
as exercise! Just select “billiards” and you’ve already burned
107 calories. For iOS and Android.
Reminders is the default productivity app for Apple iOS.
A great feature is the ability to set task reminders not only
on a particular day and time, but even at a particular location.
So if you need to remember to drop off the rent check when you
get home, this app can connect to your location services so
it can remind you as soon as you pull into the driveway.
Busuu offers free and paid iPhone and Android versions of
its language learning app, which can be synched with busuu.com,
an online language learning community. Features include key
words and phrases, different topics that use day-to-day situations,
and full language learning units.
TripIt Travel Organizer is the go-to app for organizing
your holiday travel plans. When you book a flight online and
get an e-mail confirmation, it automatically scans your e-mail
and imports all of the information into the app. It can even
give you directions from the airport to the hotel and sync your
flight schedule to your smart phone’s calendar. You can also
share your itinerary with a friend.
For iOS and Android.
Find my car! Free and My Car Locator
Free are helpful for those who attend big universities with
parking lots the size of football stadiums. They detect when
and where you've parked and give you walking directions to find
your vehicle again (aided by Google Maps). Find my car! Free
also has a timer to remind you when your metered parking is
going to expire. For
Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com: This app, which also
works offline, is a modernized thesaurus that allows users to
sort synonyms with new filters such as relevance, complexity,
length and more.
Where’s My Droid: Help locating your android and protection
iFormulas (Free): A quick and easy way to access often-used
Mathemagics: Easy Algebra Fast ($1.99) helps students learn
to think differently about algebraic equations. It offers an
animated step-by-step look in each lesson.
Shake-a-Phrase ($1.99): Students can use this language app to help them practice
parts of speech, build vocabulary, and more.
Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and
navigation app. For iOS and Android.
Slice: Know what you bought, where you bought it and when
it will arrive without ever having to check your email.
For iOS and
Dashlane: password manager and digital wallet.
For iOS and Android.
Wallet makes it easy to pay -- in stores, online or to anyone
in the US with a GMail address. It works with any debit or credit
card, on every mobile carrier. For iOS and Android.
Symbaloo EDU is a free
educational tool that allows teachers and students to save their
online resources in the cloud with access from any device.
RedLaser: Easily access current deals at local stores
or scan to discover if a better price is close by. Keeps your
loyalty cards in one convenient place.
For iOS and Android.
Gas Buddy: Find the cheapest gas on the go. Locate
gas stations near you and see their current gas prices.
For iOS and
Retail Me Not gives you easy access to your favorite coupons
anytime, anywhere. Just show the coupon on your phone when you
check out. For
iOS and Android.
24/7 Tutor offers free language learning help for Spanish,
French, Russian, German and Italian. It provides a set of the
most common and useful words and phrases, organized by topic
and category. An audio recording by a native speaker is available
for each element.
Google Keep makes it easy to capture a thought or list for
yourself and share it. Quickly capture what’s on your mind and
get a reminder later at the right place or time. Speak a voice
memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Grab a
photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily find it later
in search. For
Grocery IQ is an intuitive shopping list that allows you
to build new lists quickly with features like predictive search
and barcode scanning. Customize the arrangement of categories
within your list so you can check off items in an orderly fashion
as you navigate the store. For iOS and Android.
Duolingo, Free: Students can use this app to learn Spanish,
French, German, Portuguese, Italian or English.
Clear: A gesture-based organization app
iMovie enables users to browse and share videos and clips
they have created.
Key Ring puts all your loyalty cards on your phone, so they’re
there when you need them. Scan and store grocery cards, gym
cards, library cards, gift cards... you name it. Loyalty cards
scan straight from your phone at the checkout counter, saving
you money instantly. For iOS and Android.
Card Star eliminates wallet and keychain overload by consolidating
your membership and rewards cards with a single free app.
For iOS and
Test Precision (iTunes;
Google Play) is an eLearning platform for college admission
test (SAT and ACT) preparation. Rather than spitting out a series
of questions, the technology platform assesses the student’s
individual strengths and weaknesses to create highly personalized
curriculum that actually focuses on improving their scores.
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NY Times Learning Network
Pentagon Official News
Social Psychology Network
Study Boost offers a quick review in the form of flashcards,
or quick quizzes via text message.
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The 30 Second Candidate
US News and World Report
Truth or Fiction
Understanding Foreign Policy Debates
World Lingo Translations
The World and I
a fact-based world view
How Stuff Works
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Marketplace is public radio's economic news program.
Calculators and Charts
Fact Monster: A number of academic topics are covered
on this help site, including a homework center, an almanac,
a collection of facts, and games and quizzes. The site also
features polls, daily history facts, birthday, and analogies,
that its web-based
Office 365 for Education now is available free of charge
to college faculty and students. The cloud-based software
suite includes Office applications such as Word, Excel,
PowerPoint and OneNote, as well as Exchange Online for email, SharePoint Online for collaborating, and Lync Online
for audio, video and web conferencing.
Books that are required
reading are not always available or students may misplace
their copy. Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks.
Choose among free epub books or kindle books, Download them
or read them online. No fee or registration is required.
You can search by title and author or browse the collection
of classic works, many of which are available in audio editions
SocialFolders.me: Calling itself a “dropbox for social,”
this free tool helps students manage their content across
various social networks. The app connects to the user’s
favorite social sites and allows him or her to manage, back-up
and sync photos, videos, docs and other items in a centralized
Slug Books, launched in 2008 at the University of California
(UC) Santa Cruz has helped even the textbook playing field
in recent years. A quick Slug Books search will show a student
where they can get the best price, even if it’s at their
BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper site connects students
with online resources for many school subjects, including
foreign languages, current events, science, math, and computer
science and programming.
Diffen users can compare anything through compare/contrast,
identifying similarities and differences, and more. The
tool gives users pictures and text to reinforce their understanding.
The Financial Aid
Toolkit, available at
FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov, is intended to be a “one-stop
shop” that consolidates financial aid resources into a searchable
Hippo Campus: Looking for help on a variety of subjects?
This free site organizes homework help by subject, and then
breaks those subjects into narrower fields. Students can
create free accounts to access help and resources.
Shmoop: Seeking help on literature, civics, economics,
digital literacy, math, poetry, or more? Shmoop gives students
help and explanations. Access to some materials is fee-based,
but much of the site is free.
Cosmeo: This $9.95-a-month homework help service,
which offers a free trial, includes educational videos,
tutorials, biographies, and reference materials. also have
access to multimedia, such as games.
Math Forum at Drexel University offers college-level
resources for math students.
Get A Five is focused on helping students excel and
get the most out of the AP program.
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HackCollege), a web-based service designed to train
you to read faster
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The Full Wiki seeks to make Wikipedia more useful for