20 Websites Every College Student Needs In Their Life

20 Websites Every College Student Needs In Their Life

From budgeting to homework motivation, you need these websites in your life.
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So maybe last semester didn't go exactly as you had planned. You came back from break with fresh motivation and all the best intentions. This was going to be the year, you said. You were going to focus on classes and get that GPA up to something Mom would be proud of. Unfortunately, good intentions only go so far. But no matter how your last semester went, a whole new semester is now upon us, which means you still have a chance to turn this school year around. But don't worry, you won't have to do it alone. Check out these websites with shortcuts, tools, and motivational tricks to help you be on top of your game this year. (Pro tip: most of these websites are also mobile apps!)

1. Mint

Can't figure out where that 50 dollars in your checking account went? There's an app for that! Mint helps you track your spending, make budgets, and even check your credit. It tracks all your transactions, so you won't blow your monthly allowance at Starbucks.

2. Grammarly

If you have trouble remembering where to put commas or which verb tense to use with your noun, then you need Grammarly. It's a free Chrome extension that will catch all of your potentially embarrassing spelling and grammar errors on all of your written work, from papers for professors to emails to colleagues. If you're working on the Internet, it will check your work as you go- if you're working offline, like in Microsoft Word, all you have to do is upload your work on Grammarly's site and it will check it over.

3. The Skimm

We're getting to that point in our lives where we're expected to know what's going on in the world, but it can be overwhelming to try to surf all of the articles on news sites. The Skimm is a free daily email that summarizes all the top news stories for you with a bit of sassy humor. They also have an app called SkimmAhead that will sync important events, like the return of your favorite Netflix show or a presidential speech, with your iPhone calendar (Androids, they're working on yours!).

4. Google Scholar

So much easier than trying to navigate all the confusing databases your school's library provides. It's just like regular Google, but it has credible sources you can use in your papers.

5. Roger Hub

Around final exam time, Roger will be your new best friend. This site can calculate what score you need on your final exam to get the grade you want in the class for whatever scoring system your professors uses. It can even help you figure out what you'll get in the class after your lowest grade is dropped.

6.Keep Me Out

Don't have the willpower to stay off your favorite social media sites while doing your homework? There's a website for that. No really, this site will prevent you from accessing your favorite sites for a length of time that you set.

7. Quizlet

This website saves my life weekly. They even have a mobile app now that I may or may not have on my phone. Quizlet fulfills all of your studying needs -- it has flashcards, quizzes you on terms, offers practice tests, and even has fun games to help you learn the material.

8. Student Rate

This site is your shopping BFF. It literally gives you discounts on everything from clothing to textbooks, just for being a student.

9. Alarmy

You might be able to get away with hitting snooze and skipping your lecture hall, but your future boss isn't going to appreciate you "sleeping past your alarm." If getting out of your bed isn't your thing, then this is the app for you.

10. Rate My Professor

THIS WEBSITE WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. If you don't already use it, you're not doing college right. This site has all the details on all your future professors so you can dodge the crazies and sign up for the classes that give A's.

11. RealCalc

These days, you need a new calculator for every math class you take. Skip the expensive ones and download this app -- it does it all for you for free.

12. Wolfram-Alpha

This website has saved my ass on a multitude of occasions. It basically answers all of your homework questions for you, or will point you towards helpful resources than can help. It can even help solve your math problems, which is great if you don't remember anything from your high school math classes.

13. Written Kitten

If you ever find yourself lacking motivation to write that term paper, this website will be your savior. You set a word count, and whenever you've typed that many words, you're rewarded with a new picture of a kitten. Who says writing papers can't be fun?

14. Bibme

Seems like professors always want different citations and bibliographies for their assignments, but they never actually show you how to do them. Whether it's APA, MLA, or anything in between, Bibme helps you compile your sources in the proper format.

15. Flipp

#MakeCouponClippingCoolAgain!! But seriously, this app will save you tons of money on your weekly groceries (or on your weekly snack food binges). It keeps track of daily and weekly deals at all of your favorite area stores and will save coupons for you to use based on your shopping list. Flipp even lets you sync shopping lists with other users, so you can coordinate groceries with your roommates.

16. Groupon


In college, every dollar counts! If you and your friends are looking to try out a new restaurant, or if you're looking for some alternative Friday night plans, make sure you check Groupon first. Groupon offers deals on everything from dining out to shopping products based on your location.

17. Glassdoor

Sooner or later, we're actually going to have to leave college and get real, adult jobs. Glassdoor will not only help you find jobs, but it will help you learn a little more about the industry you're heading into so that you can take charge of your career. It will give you information about companies, average salaries for the job or area, and tips on crushing your interview.

18. Amazon Student

With a student email, you get six months of Amazon Prime for free! Which means free two-day shipping, cheap textbook rentals, and discounts on anything from electronics to clothing. You can also earn $5 for each friend you refer, and they'll get $5 credit as well.

19. TED.com

Ted Talks are awesome. You can watch them to procrastinate, to get ideas for your next paper, or even to use as a reference source. They cover a wide range of topics, and explain complicated topics in a way that's easy for anyone to understand.

20. Chegg

Just like Amazon Student, Chegg has rental prices that will definitely beat the prices at your campus bookstore. They'll also give you online access to a digital version of the textbook you order until the real thing comes in. As an added bonus, you can pay a little extra to get the answers to all of the problems in your book!

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Remember To Live In The Present, There's No Reason To Be Concerned About The Past

Constantly thinking about the future will cause you to neglect the present.

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Everyone pretty much does this. During a moment when you're bored and you suddenly start daydreaming about the glamorous life you'll have in maybe five to ten years is not a problem in my eyes. It's normal to think about the type of life you want in the future. However, if thinking about the future causes you to ignore and miss out on what is happening at the moment then that kind of is a problem. Even though I know that constantly thinking about or worrying about the future is not good, I still seem to do it. It's a habit that is hard for me to break.

I have read many blog posts and watched many videos about how living in the present will make you happier. I've always been the type of person to constantly think about the future; whether it's about something as important as my career or something not as important like which set of pajamas I'm going to wear to bed. I've caught myself multiple times missing out on something due to zoning out and most of the time thinking about something that doesn't matter until later to come. I'll never forget the time I went to see pop and r&b; singer, Yuna, perform during my sophomore year of college. I remember I couldn't wait for her to perform my favorite song of hers. When she finally did I unintentionally started thinking about which classes I was going to take in the spring semester! As if that even mattered at the moment! I realized that I was missing the song and brought myself back to earth before it was over.

There have also been many times where I would lose some sleep because I would think about the future, and at times the past as well.

It has never been to the point of me not being able to sleep for so many nights in a row, but I know constantly thinking about the future or past, especially if there is stress added to it, could cause sleepless nights to occur. To me living in the moment is the way to live. Thinking about the future and preparing for it is not at all a bad thing. Even bringing up the past, as long as it is positive or it will be used for teaching is okay too! I believe that it's bad when thinking about the future and past stops you from enjoying what is happening at the moment. I am definitely going to try harder to be more in the present and to enjoy the moment myself.

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