The Online Toolbox for College Students

Online tools for college students

If you’re a current or prospective college student, the new chapter in your life can be exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. You’ll come face-to-face with new challenges, whether it has to do with your studies, your social life, or your personal life.

Fortunately, the web has provided a solution for most of those problems.

That’s why we’ve made up a list of 105 of the best resources from around the web that can make your college life a whole lot easier. If you’re looking to manage your time, money and resources wisely, you’ll find a handful of sites from which you can benefit.

In order for your college experience to go smoothly, there are a few essentials that you’ll need first. Here, we concentrate on the essentials that have to do with planning your educational career (financing, online educational options) and starting out on that first day (computer hardware, textbooks, and software).

 

Financial Aid

Financial Aid for College Students

1) Upromise

If you need financing for your college education then Upromise can help. The idea revolves around utilizing the purchasing power of your parents, relatives, and other students to make it easier for you to pay your education.

2) Fast Web

The site covers almost everything a college student needs with regards to financing. It includes sections for scholarships, financial aid, colleges, as well as some discussions about college life.

3) FinAid

With its tagline “SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid”, you can definitely expect a lot of things from this directory. Browsing the database can yield good results.

4) International Student

Mainly focusing on the needs of international students, this site helps college students find scholarships that will suit their specific needs.

5) International Scholarships

As its name implies, International Scholarship features financial aid, international scholarship resources, and college scholarships. Get a comprehensive list of loan programs, grants, and scholarships for studying abroad.

6) Young Money

Young Money helps college student stay out of debt with its comprehensive list of tips and guidance.

7) The Simple Dollar

This popular blog talks about money issues for young people, college life, and other things related to students and their education.

8) FAFSA

This is the official website to visit if you need Federal student aid. Visit the site and determine your eligibility for this financing option.

9) Sallie Mae®

Sallie Mae is one of the most credible providers when it comes to student loans. In addition to loans, Sallie Mae also handles various types of college savings plans.

10) Wells Fargo

This particular bank is noted for its student-friendly loans. Wells Fargo lends out educational loans for parents, undergraduates, and graduate students.

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Online Education

11) Open Culture

Online Education

The world is increasingly becoming globalized. Open Culture lets you explore other philosophies, lifestyles, and cultures around the world using educational media such as videos, online courses, and podcasts.

12) Top 10 Tools for a free online Education

There are so many things you can learn on the internet from being a programmer to a guitarist. This particular article just gives you a glimpse of its possibilities.

13) World Wide Learn

Online colleges and universities that will help you get a degree program on the internet. It contains more than 16,700 degrees that can be earned online.

14) OnlineEducation.net

A comprehensive listing of campus-based and online colleges. The site is particularly useful for international students as it provides information about each US state as well.

15) Guide To Online Schools

Essentially, this is an educational directory that focuses on distance learning, online degrees, and internet-based schools.

16) Top Online Schools and Colleges

Has articles, insights, tips, and advice about getting an online degree. The site also aims to assist you with enrolling in the top online programs out there.

17) Top 10 Universities With Free Courses Online

You may still be uncomfortable with the thought of getting a degree from an internet-based institution. Well, this list addresses that concern — it features campus-based institutions which give free courses online.

18) Peterson’s

Connects schools, students, and corporations through its websites, online products, popular books, and admission services.

19) The Open University

From its name alone, it is easy to conclude that the Open University provides high-quality university education to all — and it does.

20) Accredited Online Colleges Directory

This site lets you search through numerous accredited online schools based on various criteria and find the accredited college that  best suits you.

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Textbook ResourcesTextbook Resources

21) Alibris

Alibris is an online marketplace for independent book sellers. Here you can find a number of new and used books.

22) Project Gutenberg

If you need convenience, check out Project Gutenberg. This site catalogues nearly over 100,000 titles — free, online and downloadable. You can read your book right from the desktop or on the go.

23) CampusBooks

The best thing about this site is that you get to compare prices on over 8 million new and used college textbooks with a few clicks for the best deal.

24) Direct Textbook

Just fill in the search fields on this site to find textbooks and even sell your own while you’re at it.

25) bigwords.com

You might also want to check out this site as it boasts the cheapest prices online.

26) BookFinder.com

On BookFinder.com, you can find not only used and new books, but rare, out of print and international books as well.

27) AbeBooks

“Cheap, Fast, Easy” — the first words that stand out on this online marketplace for books. In addition to great deals, this site is set up like a community and even lists top ten sellers in case you need a book for that off-time, leisure read!

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Free SoftwareFree Software

28) eNotes

Very useful for students. This educational resource is also used by teachers and contains thousands of literature study guides, lesson plans, literary criticism, and a vibrant community.

29) MyNoteit

MyNoteit lets you take, edit, search and share notes online. You can easily keep track of your to-do list and manage tasks like homework or quizzes. Another neat features include advanced calendar and ability to post questions to your peers on the message boards.

30) NoteMesh

Aids in collaborations with classmates. Essentially, it lets you create a unified set of notes for the class in wiki style. Post up and edit lectures notes which everyone can benefit from.

31) Zoho

If you haven’t heard, Zoho is a popular online suite of applications you can use for creating documents, projects, spreadsheets and much, much more. Check it out.

32) OpenOffice.org

Looking for a free desktop suite? Try OpenOffice.org. It’s the number one free alternative to proprietary software like Microsoft Office.

33) Acrobat.com

There’s a high probability that you’ve used Adobe Acrobat before. Well, its online version allows users to create, store and share documents and PDF files.

34) WriteOnline

WritOnline offers unique writing support tools like word prediction, writing analysis and voice review.

35) ShareNotes.com

As its name implies, Sharenotes.com is a note sharing service provider that lets you connect with classmates easily.

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Cheap Computer Hardware SitesCheap Computer Hardware Sites

36) TigerDirect

TigerDirect is great site for getting deals on computers, computer parts, computer components, netbooks, electronics and more.

37) ResellerRatings.com

Want to shop around first? This site allows you to compare prices and read store reviews by existing customers. Compare similar products and get the best deal possible.

38) Shop Frys.com

Contains the most common items every college student needs including computer parts & accessories, software, games, televisions, and cameras.

39) Geeks.com

Geeks.com offers great deals for everyone. Excess inventory, closeouts, rare computer components, and manufacturer closeouts can all be found here.

40) Newegg.com

Newegg.com is a popular site that helps every college student when it comes to computers, computer parts, software, PC games and more.

41) BestBuy

BestBuy is one of the leading consumer electronic sellers in the country. Browsing the site will yield a lot of good finds for students from all levels.

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When you get into the swing of things at school, papers and assignments will soon weigh you down. These tools can make your learning experience go much smoother and with less stress.

 

studying toolsLearning Sites, Academic Materials and Studying Tools

42) Cramster

Cramster is one of the best places that can help you with your math, science, engineering and business homework. They provide handy lecture notes, formula sheets and course outlines.

43) BartelBy

Described as a preeminent publisher of literature on the internet, BartelBy lives up to its name with its thorough list of materials.

44) World Lecture Hall

If you’re looking for course materials from a popular university from another country, then World Lecture Hall is the right place for you. It gives free online course materials from around the world.

45) Study Guides and Strategies

Provides a complete resource of study guides, strategies, skills, tips and habits for learners and students in 30 languages.

46) Merlot

Looking for more? Here’s a collection of selected higher education, online learning material accessible from Merlot. Get free access to a number of learning aids to help you get the grades.

47) Study Hacks

Blog written by author of the book “How to Win at College”. Cal Newport seeks to challenge your thinking and help you achieve your deepest aspirations. Tune in here for unconventional wisdom.

48) Howtostudy.org

Contains various helpful study skills resources for students.

49) AcademicInfo

Founded in 1998, AcademicInfo is a resource center that contains extensive topics and online learning information. Free and unbiased data can be sourced here.

 

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Reference Sources and Materials for College StudentsReference Sources and Materials

50) Biology Online

You probably already gathered that Biology Online deals with everything Biology. But one thing that makes it unique is that it utilizes a Wiki concept wherein everyone can make a contribution.

51) Merriam-Webster

The paper edition of the Merriam Webster dictionary is used throughout the world. Well, there’s no need to turn those pages anymore because the info you need can be accessed in a click of a mouse.

52) The Free Dictionary

One of the most comprehensive free dictionaries in the world. You can find here English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, Polish,  Norwegian, Turkish, Greek, Medical, Legal and Financial Dictionaries, as well as Thesaurus,  Acronyms, Abbreviations, Encyclopedia, Idioms, a Literature Reference Library and a search engine. It is truly an all in one solution!

53) Dictionary.com

Known as the largest free online dictionary and audio pronunciation, you can literally know everything from this site.

54) YourDictionary

This is a free online dictionary and much more. Conducting a search gives you definitions, thesaurus entries, spelling, pronunciation, and etymology results.

55) OttoBib

References and bibliographies are a must in creating research papers. Students who struggle with this will no longer find it a problem when they use OttoBib.

56) Virtual Learning Resources Center

Here’s a great resource. The VLRC directory indexes thousands of the best up to date academic information websites you can find.

57) Encyclopedia.com

Do you need to access encyclopedic information? Then Encyclopedia.com is the site for you. Find information on a wide range of topics.

 

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tech tips and tricks for studentsTech Tips and Tricks

58) Tech Tips for the Basic Computer User

If you’re looking for savvy tech tips, then this article is a resource to check out. It’ll provide you with all the information tips you need to get by.

59) Windows Vista Tips & Tricks

Windows Vista still remains as one of the most popular operating systems. This page containing tips and tricks helps users make the most of the system.

60) MalekTips

This is a very comprehensive computer tips website geared for average users. The site contains over 3,820 neat tips that’ll help you become more productive in using computers, digital cameras, and everything tech-related.

61) CNET Tips & Tricks

CNET is one of the top sites when it comes to technology. Composed of die-hard techies, the website provides how-to’s, tips, tricks, and techniques on every tech topic imaginable.

62) Online Education Database

Specifically geared towards college and graduate students, this database contains 27 applications, resources, and tools that can help any student become more productive.

63) Websites For Students: 10 Online Learning Tools

Are you still looking for a website that’ll help you access learning tools easily? Well, this page contains a list of online tools you might find useful in your studies.

 

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Career GuidanceCareer Guidance

At one point or another, the number one question on every college student’s mind is, what am I going to do once I’ve graduated? It can be daunting to find yourself out of school without a prospective career, let alone employment opportunities. That’s why we’ve included this category.

64) Carrer Know How

Helps you find a job in today’s competitive workplace by giving you the right information and know-how for the application process.

65) Career Consulting Corner

Still confused about the career you should pursue? The Career Consulting Corner is a popular source of workforce publications including career educational training materials among others.

66) Career Pro News

Contains career-related news, conferences, online resources, organizations that will help you stay updated about the current job market.

67) The Riley Guide

This is a directory of job, employment and career information resources available on the Internet. They curate the best online resources and list them as pointers to visitors. At this time, there are pointers to over 1600 useful websites.

68) CareerPath

Specifically designed to help its visitors learn which type of job will suit them, their interests and their personality.

69) Intern Match

As its name implies, Intern Match helps you to find the perfect internship no matter where you are in the country and what type of career you are looking to break into.

70) Careermag.com

Has a lot of valuable information about the job trends, available careers, and the market in general in the United States.

 

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Employment ResourcesEmployment Resources

71) JobShark

After your college experience, the next step is usually finding a job. JobShark is an online recruiting site that fits your qualifications with the appropriate job opening.

72) LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a renowned social networking site for professionals. What most people don’t know is that it can also be used as a tool to network with companies and find a job.

73) Zumeo

This is a relatively popular college career network that matches students with internships and job opportunities around the country.

74) Employment Guide

In essence, the material found here offers thorough guidelines in helping you find employment opportunities after college.

75) Jobboom

Jobboom is an online recruiting service for the Canadian job market.

76) WorkopolisCampus.com

Specifically catering to fresh grads, this online service gives access to 200+ participating Colleges and Universities across Canada, with over 1,000,000 registered job seekers.

77) Ecademy

Ecademy is a networking site for entrepreneurs and business owners. It enables its members to connect, support and transact with one another.

 

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Human ResourcesHuman Resources

78) Worksmart

Certain applicants maybe qualified but don’t get hired because they flunk the interview. Worksmart gives tips and techniques that lets them ace that interview.

79) Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you everything you need to know about the jobs you’re getting into. Find out the training and education you need, your potential earnings and the working conditions of a job you’re interested in.

80) Job Interview Tips

As you’re probably expecting, this page provides job interview tips for fresh graduates who have no previous interview experience. Those who are having a hard time getting hired can benefit from it as well.

81) Geek Interview

Don’t waste your chance to impress your potential employer. Be sure to come prepared during the interview or your efforts just might come down to nothing.

82) Resume Edge

If you’re still looking for a way to get that desired interview, Resume Edge might be the solution to your concerns.

83) Resume and CV Resources for Job-Seekers

This site provides free resume-writing and resume-strategy resources for job-seekers in both the work and academic fields.

84) WorkBloom.com

Has comprehensive resume writing resources that let your curricular vitae stand out from the rest.

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Let’s face it. College life isn’t all about studying. It’s also a lifestyle. And in honour of that, here are some popular websites and resources that’ll help make your college experience a fun one.

 

EntertainmentEntertainment

85) StudentCity

For some, traveling is an important part of education. StudentCity helps students celebrate their college years through travel.

86) IGN.com

This is a complete entertainment solution for everyone whether they are college students or professionals. IGN is a popular site that provides news and information about the latest in movies, games, and entertainment.

87) CampusNut.com

Contains full-fledged entertainment materials for a bored college student. Some of the things you can expect include personality tests, jokes, polls, columns, urban myths, and comic strips.

88) YouTube

What could be a better source of entertainment than YouTube?

89) JimmyR

This site compiles all the popular news from all over the web. Find the latest in news, videos, pictures, science, technology and more.

90) Facebook

Facebook needs no introduction. It is the leading social site on the internet today. Everyone uses it to connect with old friends, meet new people, share photos and whatnot.

91) WAYN

WAYN has a narrower focus as it essentially caters to people interested in lifestyle and travel.

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Popular Social Sites for College StudentsPopular Social Sites for College Students

92) Twitter

Works around a unique concept of “following” people around whether they’re celebrities, classmates, acquaintances, or complete strangers.

93) Alumni Online

Socialize with your school’s alumni for insight, words of wisdom or just plain networking.

94) PerfSpot.com

This is a free, public, international social network offering custom privacy tools, photo sharing, blog publishing, interest groups, messaging and chat.

95) Multiply.com

Lets users create, share and discuss blogs, photos, videos and music with others. They can even post reviews of movies, books, and share their calendar of events.

96) Flixster.com

Focuses on sharing user multimedia experiences. You can rate movie reviews and share them with friends. Get access to actor photos and movie lists as well.

97) StuTalk

Stutalk connects you with other students, helps you find fun events, check out competitions, special offers for students, post your photos, videos, join or start discussions, get the dream job.

98) Classmates.com

This site lets you find a friend or high school alumni from its database of over 40 million people.

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Student Tips and Related ArticlesStudent Tips and Related Articles

99) Campus Grotto

Covers a wide range of college related topics including study tips, college admission, college rankings, student financing, and general college life. A popular college news site in the United States.

100) ZenCollegeLife

ZenCollegeLife offers information and references on online education, colleges and degrees. They provide up-to- date reviews of online colleges, so if you consider online education, check out this site.

101) College Tips

Basically described as a survival guide, it contains resources that will help students not only survive, but excel during their college years as well.

102) Studenthacks.org

This is another blog that deals with college life. Personal experiences are minimal, but it contains a lot of tips.

103) Gradspot

Most of the guides available on this site is for graduating students looking for help with apartment hunting, tax filing, resume writing and more. It’s a site geared towards that transition period between student life and real life.

104) Gearfire

Described as a student productivity and organization blog, Gearfire has a large resource of fun articles contributed by other students on how to do well in school.

105) CollegeBoard

This is a not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to provide students and graduates the opportunities to attain success.

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