10 Great Online Tools and Resources for College Students

The internet has changed the way that we learn. Whether you are taking online or classroom college courses, these resources can help. Check out a few today. Happy studying!

1. Grammar Girl – Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/)
When do I need to use a comma? Should I use its or it’s in this sentence? Whatever your question, Grammar Girl has answers. This website will help you to make sure that your papers are teacher ready.

2. Flashcard Machine (http://www.flashcardmachine.com/)
College means studying and Flashcard Machine can help. You can use this free tool to create and share flashcards with others. Studying has never been easier.

3. Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org/)
Open Office is an open source productivity source perfect for students. You can download and use this program to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. Plus, you can open and save files in Microsoft Office compatible formats.  If you don’t want to spend a fortune on a productivity suite, Open Office is a free solution.

4. Open Library (http://openlibrary.org/)
You don’t have to run to your campus or local library every time you need a book. Open library offers more than 1 million free ebook titles available for checkout. You can also find catalog information and other records. Their goal is to provide a webpage for every book ever published.

5. FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)
FAFSA helps you to find the money you need to pay for school. You can use this site to submit an application for federal student aid or to learn more about federal programs available to help you pay for school. If you want to attend school, but aren’t sure that you can afford classes, head over to FAFSA and explore your possibilities.

6. Webmath (http://www.webmath.com/)
The next time you get stuck on a tricky math problem, head on over to Webmath. This site is a math help site that generates answers to math problems and helps you understand how to reach a solution.

7. Citation Machine (http://citationmachine.net/index2.php?start=#)
Figuring out how to properly format citations can be one of the worst parts of a research paper or project. The Citation Machine allows you to input information into simple forms and then creates a properly formatted MLA or APA citation for you. With this helpful tool, you won’t have to struggle with citations any more.

8. Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com/)
Teachers tend to frown on students that use Wikipedia and other non-academic sources. Google Scholar is a search engine that will help you find acceptable academic sources for your papers, projects and more.

9. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (http://free.ed.gov/index.cfm)
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence is a comprehensive site offering more than 1,500 resources from several federal agencies. You will find top quality resources in many areas including art, U.S. history, math, science and more.

10. Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/)
Forget the dictionary on your bookshelf. Dictionary.com is dictionary, thesaurus and online research tool in one. You can use it to find definitions and learn new words. They also offer specialized dictionaries like a medical dictionary and a Spanish dictionary.

The internet is filled with great study resources and tools for both online and traditional students. Try a few of these today; your grades (and teachers) will thank you.