Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to School: Study Resources

The Internet is a great place to find information you need fast. It can also be a place filled with distractions and cat videos. To help those who are now in full swing of school, we have complied some helpful sites that you can use a resource for studying. These are in no way a substitute for attending class or taking notes, but they are definitely helpful resources to check out.

Study Blue: Study Blue is a great site for studying for a specific class. Classmates are able to share notes and study guides for a specific class or exam. There are various ways to study as well, from flashcards to personalized practice exams. It is a great site and I recommend checking it out. In my experience with Study Blue, I have yet to run into a pay wall and have been able to use all of the features free.

Khan Academy: Khan Academy provides free world-class education for everyone. The site has been around since 2006 and has millions of users from across the globe. Once signing in you can customize your own personalized learning dashboard, take practice quizzes, and watch micro lectures over thousands of subjects.

Crash Course Videos: YouTube can be both distracting and helpful, so be careful how you use it. There are some very helpful channels such as Crash Course, which gives 10-15 minute lectures over various topics. There are also other helpful channels, like asapSCIENCE, Vsauce, and more, which has helpful information in short, and entertaining videos.

Like previously stated, just be careful when on YouTube. You are just one suggested video away from wasting 2 hours of your life and somehow ending up on cat videos (it always ends like this).

Lynda: Lynda offers thousands of video tutorials and courses for software, creative, and business skills. Industry experts teach the videos, so it is a helpful and reliable source. The site offers both free and paid services, although in my experience, the free version has been just fine.

Evernote: Evernote is used mainly for note taking and archiving. Notes can be made via text, voice memos, photos, or handwritten and shared across different computers and phones. This is helpful for keeping track of your notes and having them available on more than just a notebook. The site offers free and premium services as well, but once again the free has worked just fine for me.

Try them out and see which one works for you. Maybe it’s none of these; maybe reviewing your own notes is what works best. Just do what works best for you and helps you retain the most. Like everything else you wish to be good at, doing well in a class takes time and effort. Keep studying and best of luck this school year!

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