Hey guys, today I thought I would make a list of 20
different useful websites that I think every
student should know about. This list will
include websites on how to find deals on textbooks, solve math problems, and
lots of other things. It’s by no means
an exhaustive list. We’ll definitely
cover other websites on this channel in the
future, but it’s a good start. So, let’s dive right in. Stack Exchange is a
gigantic collection of question and
answer communities. If you need help on
any particular subject, there’s probably a
community for you there. If you need a resource
for your math homework, WolframAlpha is, oh,
what should I call it? A computational knowledge engine that can actually
show you step by step how to solve math problems. Some of the features
require a Pro subscription which costs about
$3.75 a month though, so if you’re looking
for a free option while it’s a little
less convenient, gamma.sympy.org will do many
of the same things for free. StudentRate is a website
that can help you find student discounts
on all sorts of things including travel, tech,
school clothes, and textbooks. Chegg is a website where you
can rent or buy textbooks which can save you
hundreds of dollars off the bookstore prices and they also have electronic
versions that you can use while you’re waiting
for your books to ship. In addition, they also have
apps with homework answers, and a community of tutors
if you need extra help. My friends and I saved a ton
of money in college using Chegg so they’re definitely
one of my favorite student focused websites. Sleepyti.me, and I guess
that’s how you pronounce it, is a website that can
help you calculate when you should go to bed if you’re looking to get
up at a certain time. It uses the science
of REM cycles to calculate when you
should go to sleep and also factors in the
average amount of time it takes a person to fall asleep once they actually get into bed. If you want to build strong
habits, or break bad ones, then Habitica is probably my
favorite tool for doing so. It used to be called HabitRPG, and I have an entire
review of it on my channel. They just changed
their name recently but they’re just as
good as they used to be and they keep getting better. There are a lot of
to-do managers out there but Todoist is
probably my favorite just because it has a very
clean, simple interface and syncs between all my apps. As with to-do managers, there are also tons of
calendar apps out there. For me, Google Calendar
has been the mainstay since I started college
and I still use it today. Their smartphone apps have
gotten really, really good, it’s still absolutely
free, and it syncs between every single system you
could possibly have. Dropbox is a service
that keeps all your files synced and updated across
all your different platforms. They’re accessible
from the browser and from your mobile apps. Gone are the days of
using a flash drive to transfer files from
one computer to the other. I honestly think you
should use some sort of cloud service to make sure
your files are backed up. If it’s not Dropbox
it can be Google Drive or something else, but use one. If you want to learn new skills, especially computer skills or
a specific computer software, Lynda.com is an
amazing resource. They offer courses on
every programming language, computer software
you can think of, and lots of other things. It’s possible your school
already subscribes to it, so see if it does and you
might have free access. If you want to
track your spending, set budgets, and basically
have an overall picture of your financial situation, then Mint.com is my favorite
resource for doing that. Rate My Professors is
an awesome resource you should probably
hit up any time you’re signing up for classes. While I definitely
wouldn’t advise taking every word written
there as the golden truth, it has steered me towards
amazing professors in the past. Coggle is an awesome
mind-mapping tool that lives in your browser
and is completely free. If you don’t want to use paper, but you need to make a mind map, which I’ve done in the
past, it’s a cool option. Trello is, in my opinion, one of the best apps out there for managing group projects. It utilizes a Japanese
project management technique called
Kanban, and basically, it allows you to manage
things between lists and different boards super easy. You can add people
in, collaborate, assign people to
tasks, add due dates, and I could probably gush
about this site for hours. You might not have
expected this one, but your university
website is one of the most useful websites you’ll
use as a student. I’m using my school’s
website as an example here, but your website probably
has class catalogues with descriptions
of all the classes, a financial aid website with
potential scholarship listings, a semester calendar with
all the important dates that you should put
on your calendar, university events, and
potentially even a job board where you can find
part-time jobs, internship opportunities,
or freelance opportunities. WrittenKitten is an awesome tool my friend Gretchen told me about which can help you write
when you have writer’s block. For every hundred
words you write, you’ll get a new cat
picture, and I challenge you to name anything more
motivating than cat pictures. It can’t be done. Cheatography is a website
that aggregates cheat sheets from around the web on
pretty much any subject. If you’re learning,
say, Calculus, then you can search
that on the website and you’ll probably
find a cheet sheet that condenses a lot of the
most important information. You can use that to help
make your own study guides. BibMe is a website that can
help you generate citations for basically any source you
use in a research project. it can save you a ton of time
in creating a bibliography and the nice thing about
this one in particular is they have a databse full of
sources you can search through. If you find the source
you’re looking for, it can actually automatically
fill out the citation for you instead of making you
fill it all in manually. AnkiWeb is the web
companion to Anki, which is a space
repetition software that can help you study
things more efficiently than you can on regular
paper flashcards. Lastly, if you
want to do any sort of DIY projects in
your apartment or dorm, then Instructables.com
is an amazing resource. In fact, if you want
to build a hanging desk or hanging loft bed, I have put
tutorials of my own up there and there’s lots of
more practical things
up there as well. All right, so that is my list. Hopefully you find at least one of the websites on
this list useful, and if you found
this video useful, leaving a “like” can definitely
support this channel. If you want to find even
more useful websites, and also apps and tools, then check out the resources
page on College Info Geek which I’m always adding to. You can find it by
clicking the card right now or going down to the link
in the description below. Also, if you know of
websites I didn’t mention in this list that
would be useful, let us know about them
down in the comments. You should probably use
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