Best Tools to Aid in Learning
With so many sites on the internet there are many opportunities and resources for learning if you know where to look.
Whether you want to learn another language or prepare for medical school chances are that there will be a resource online for you. Any resource that is free and good is an added bonus to students since tuition can take a chunk out of more budgets. Here are some of the best websites and apps to aid learning.
OpenCourseWare: This site features class materials likes reading lists, lecture notes, syllabuses and other resources that were are some time used in a classroom. These notes are now available to the public for free so you can make good use of them. In case you’re wondering about the quality of these notes they come from reputable universities like MIT and Harvard.
Questions and answer websites: Yahoo Answers, Answerology, Ask.com and others sites like these are great places to post your questions when you have them. Users on the site will respond to your questions and provide some surprisingly good answers.
Online Writing Labs: Add an extra bit of WOW to your term papers by visiting online writing labs (OWL) and getting tips from the community there.
Google Scholar: Google is more than just a search engine. Use Google Scholar, Google Books and Google News to get everything you’ll ever need to write even the most complicated research papers.
Literature guides: So you didn’t have to time read the entire book before your next scheduled class, just look up online lit guides which will provide you with the main highlights.
Online classes: No matter your field of study there is a free online class, video or tutorial to give you the information you need. Some of these classes even give you access to professionals in the field who are willing to answer your questions.
Ask a Librarian Service: This tip is a bit different from the rest. Check to see if there is an Ask a Librarian Service in your area and you will be able to ask the librarian questions over chat right from the comfort of your home. Some states even give access to librarians 24/7 so you can get some help when you’re working late on your paper.
Online book archives: Did you know that there are older versions of many textbooks available online for free? Check the Internet Public Library or Bartleby for links to hundreds of textbooks, ebooks and other resources free of charge. Read them online or download them to your desktop for free.
Scholarship search engines: Students, both traditional and distance learning always have concerns about paying their tuition. Use scholarship search engines to see what options are available and cut your costs for earning that degree.
Some other Miscellaneous Sites
Merriam-Webster Online: Improve your English communication skills with this online dictionary and thesaurus.
Academic Earth: This is the place that leading universities post online degree resources and video courses.
About.com Videos: A vast resource with how to videos that covers almost any subject matter.
Scitable: Science buffs should make good use of this free science library and tool for learning. Specific areas covered are genetics, variation, living organisms, evolutions and more.
iTunes U: This is the place where hundreds of universities like Stanford, Yale, MIT and others distribute their lectures, course files, PDF notes, presentations, audio books and other tools. The Science and Engineering sections alone feature pages and pages of resources. You can find full course notes for chemistry, physics, astronomy, engineering science, ecology, geography and much, much more.
BBC Languages: Use this site you teach yourself a new language online.
Khan Academy: With more than 1200 videos that cover everything from math to physics, chemistry and physic this site has tons of educational materials to enhance your learning.
Some Apps for Learning
iTranslate Ultimate: iTranslate is an iPhone app that lets you translate words from English to Spanish, German, French or Italian and then have the words repeated in the language of your choosing. This is a great aid when learning another language.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics app from Exambusters: Each app has over 400 questions to help students build their knowledge in these fields.
MedCards: A handy resource for med students and practicing doctors with this app they won’t need to walk around with the laminated cards. The app provides and instant medical reference for EKG values, Mental Status Exam guide and much more.
What are some of your best resources for learning?
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