There are numerous online academic resources that students should be utilizing when preparing and studying for courses. Some of these resources are:
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
The CK-12 Foundation is a California-based non-profit organization whose stated mission is to reduce the cost of, and increase access to, K-12 education in the United States and worldwide. CK-12 provides free and fully customizable K-12 open educational resources aligned to state curriculum standards and tailored to meet student and teacher needs. The foundation's tools are used by 38,000 schools in the US, and additional international schools.
ThoughCo. provides a wide variety of articles in science, history, math and religion that help students become well-informed and confident in their school work on in applying that information into their everyday lives.
Purdue OWL describes their website as follows: "The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. The Purdue Writing Lab serves the Purdue, West Lafayette, campus and coordinates with local literacy initiatives. The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services (Purdue OWL Website)".
For software and apps that focus on learning retention, particularly the construction and use of flashcards, check out the following:
- Anki: A free and open-sourced flashcard program that uses spaced-repetition in its algorithm.
- Quizlet: A study application that incorporates flash cards, as well as other learning tools and games.
- Tiny Cards: An app that incorporates user-friendly flash card construction and utilization.
For software and apps that focus on organization, time management, and productivity, check out the apps below. The majority of these apps are for your phone and can be found in the iTunes store or Google Play.:
- Evernote: A cross-platform app designed for note-taking, organizing, and archiving information.
- Google Calendar: Google's free, online calendar that is geared towards time-management, productivity, and scheduling.
- RescueTime: An app that helps provide you perspective on how you spend your time. It allows you to set goals, block distracting websites and provides daily highlights on how you spend your day.
- PomoDone: This app utilizes the Pomodoro technique to help you track your time and stay focused on tasks.
- Beeminder: An app that tracks your goals and your progress on those goals. If you stay on track, Beeminder remains free to use. However, if you veer off your goals, Beeminder will begin charging you money.
- Forest: This app allows you to plant a seed on your phone and if you stay away from your phone that seed will grow into a tree. If you pick up and use your phone, your tree will die.
- Habitica: A free, online role-playing game that uses your habits, daily tasks and to-do list as a way to build experience or deal damage to you. This game works in helping stay on track and motivated towards goals, while at the same time providing you a social network for support.