15 Useful Websites For College Students

15 Useful Websites For College Students

Important websites for any college student
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Recently college students have become more and more reliant on the web. However, because of the abundance of websites we have access to, we often find it hard to find the information we are looking for. But, if you look in the right places you can find very useful information on the web. Here are some useful sites for college students:

1. Rate My Professors

This is the best website for students who are registering for classes. The site provides ratings for more than one million teachers and professors around the world. Over 6.8 million students ranked their professors with details.

2. Text Swap

Most students can't afford to buy brand new textbooks for each class every semester. Text Swap is the perfect alternative! Text Swap is a free textbook exchange service for students who want to be able to trade their used textbooks online for other ones.

3. Study Hacks

Study Hacks is dedicated to "demystifying student success." This college blog is one of the best places on the internet to get study advice and their strategies actually work!

4. Student Loan Calculator

Student Loan Calculator was made by the College Board to make it easier for college students to stay on top for their student loan payments.

5. RefDesk

Most of us English 120 students are working on research papers and one of the things we're finding hard to do is find legitimate resources! But, fear not! RefDesk is an award-winning site which provides a great platform to find and check facts. It has an enormous collection of reference materials, searchable databases, and other great resources that you probably can't find anywhere else.

6. Encylcopedia.com

This is another great website for research. This website allows students to cite reputable sources. Encyclopedia.com pulls search results from over 100 reputable dictionaries and encyclopedias, including sources like the Oxford University press.

7. ChaCha

Although ChaCha isn't a citable website, it is the perfect place to start research. This website has over 15,000 guides who help answer any questions students may have.

8. Essay Punch

Essay Punch provides an interactive online essay-writing tutorial. It helps students organize thoughts and improve their essay skills, as well as brainstorm and read sample essays.

9. The Owl

The Owl is named after the Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, which is another great resource for student writers who want to learn more about writing mechanics, formatting, outline development, and avoiding plagiarism.

10. Wridea

Wridea is another free online idea management service that hopes to help writers brainstorm, organize, and improve their ideas.

11. Bib Me

Bib Me is a lifesaver! This site includes a bibliography generator that automatically fills in a works cited page using MLA, APA, and other formats.

12. The Online Books Page

The Online Books page is a website made by the University of Pennsylvania, it has over 30,000 books that anyone can read for free online. Users can search books by their titles or their author.

13. Open Book Project

The Open Book Project was made specifically for the academic community. Students and teachers can find free textbooks and other open-source education materials.

14. SparkNotes

Last but not the least, how can we forget SparkNotes? Whether in terms of when you need to catch up on a reading you could complete, or would like to understand your readings in more detail, SparkNotes is the best place to go. This site offers summaries of several books as well as provides essay help, timelines, and much more.

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Getting Straight A's In College Is Not Worth Failing Your Mental Health

A's are nice, but you are more than a letter.

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The idea of getting an A on every paper, every exam, every assignment, seems great. It can be known as a reassurance of our hard work and dedication to our 4+ classes we attend every single day.

Losing sleep, skipping meals, forgetting to drink water, skipping out on time with friends and family; these are the things that can occur when your letter of an A is what you are living for.

You are worth more than the grade letter, or the GPA number on your transcript.

Listen, don't get me wrong, getting A's and B's definitely is something to feel accomplished for. It is the approval that you did it, you completed your class, and your hard work paid off.

But honey, get some sleep.

Don't lose yourself, don't forget who you are. Grades are important, but the true measurement of self-worth and accomplishment is that you tried your best.

Trying your best, and working hard for your goals is something that is A-worthy.

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Host Families Are The Best When Going Abroad

Host families will get you closer to language, culture, food and fun!

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Have you ever thought about going abroad? Or maybe you've already decided to go and are dealing with all the paperwork right now? There are so many options to explore a different culture and various perspectives on life. You can go abroad and study at a foreign university. If you're not interested in studying, you can apply for a job and gain first working experience abroad. Also, you can do an internship in a different country, or work as a volunteer in a help organization. So many options. But they have one thing in common: A host family.

A host family is a family who takes in young people, who left their country to work or study abroad, for a certain time. Obviously, a host family is not a must. If you don't feel it, you can rent an apartment and that's totally fine. However, I would like to tell you today why I think a host family is one of the best things while going abroad.

First of all, you learn the foreign language a lot better. I mean, that's one of the reasons for going abroad, right? You want to improve that language you've been studying at home. And there is no better way than to speak it every day with native speakers. And that's what your host family offers you. Living together, communication is a necessity, and thus the best motivation to improve your language skills!

Second, when living with a host family you get to try the traditional dishes of the country. In my opinion, the cuisine is a very important part of a country's culture. It's thus a huge difference if you go abroad and keep on cooking your stuff from home, or whether you experience a new culture through their nutrition. Take the chance and get to know new recipes, new spices, and new dishes. It's so exciting!

Third, a host family is the best place to get to know the culture of a foreign country. You'll learn all about their holidays, celebrations and traditions not simply by listening about them but by living them! Your host parents will make you part of the preparations and you get to ask questions throughout the whole experience. There is no better option to get to learn about a culture!

Forth, and probably the most important one, a host family is a trusted friend in a foreign world. When you're leaving home you expect everything in the new country to work as easy and usual as you know it from back home. But that is often not the case. And very often you're ending up in a chaos of opening bank accounts, applying for new phone numbers, looking for apartments, figuring out a hundred things for your studies, … all by your own. A host family is there for you if you need help and assists you during your first days, weeks, sometimes even months of your stay abroad.

If you want to apply for a semester or internship abroad and didn't consider a host family at all, do it now. Those of you who already have been through the experience of going abroad and living with a host family know what I'm talking about. I definitely can say that my host families became friends for life and I'm infinitely grateful for the help and warmth they offered me.

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