School has started or will very soon so what would be better to do than to gather some great resources for a better school year?
- Evernote - keep your research at one place
- Khan Academy - over 4,200 educational videos
- Mathaway - helps you solve almost every math problem
- Cliffnotes - read and prep for school work
- Studious - great way to keep track of schedule
- iFormulas - references for mathematical formulas
- Pocket - save studies and articles much easier
- Science glossary - for those hard science words
- Studyblue - online flashcards for your next test
- Any.do - daily planner
- Dropbox - don’t rely on your computer alone, make sure your notes and papers are safely uploaded online, just in case.
- Feed.ly - gather all your fav websites for research or whatever in one place - I love this myself!
- Scribd - online library
- Self Control - we all know self control during work or school isn’t always around
- TED - lots of good presentation by interesting people
- Chegg - don’t have all the money for new text books? Chegg lets you rent many text books for much less than it costs to buy
- Duolingo - learning a new language? Then I’ll recommend this one
- Mint.com - make sure you’ve got your money straight
- Alarmy - hard to get up in the morning? Well, this alarm makes you take a picture of your sink to turn it off!
- Sworkit - don’t forget that exercise will make it easier to concentrate!
Don’t forget to look at my 27 websites for a new year - where you can find lots of other resources for health, fitness, school/work and div when starting a new year(school year too)
I’ve also got a post called 53 posts for students which contains nutrition and fitness posts especially for students!
This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more.
But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.
I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for?
It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.
Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.
Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson.
The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.
And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!
Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.
Okay, what else?
Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.
Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.
You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.
And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE.
If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!
Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.
I think there’s enough people my age on Tumblr that would benefit from some of these.
- tips for writing a resume
- skills to include on your resume
- more skills to include on a resume (PDF)
- resume samples
- resume writing, samples, and builders
- cover letter samples
- cover letter templates
Graduations are coming up! Better start applying for things now! Even if it’s just as a barista so that you have money while you look for something more career oriented.
This is so important!
I never know what to ask and end up looking like a fool cause I don’t have a question prepared.
Don’t be me.
Oh, especially that last one.
If you need Plan B, here’s a printable $10 off coupon.
It doesn’t expire either! It’s a continual offer
It makes me so happy to know that whenever I share these links on free education, books and resources online, people not only learn a lot from it but are often generous enough to share it with their friends and other folks online. It goes positively viral. That’s the beauty of learning: Passing it on. So let’s see what I have this week on more book-sy, academic stuff.
We all know that a student’s budget doesn’t allow extravagant book-shopping. This is why the internet is here to help. I’ve compiled a short list of websites that offer free textbooks in PDF and other forms. This summer, don’t let your tight budget ruin your chance to gain more knowledge. Here are some places to go to for help.
Happy learning, folks!
I sure do love free
So, today a friend and I made DELICIOUS and SINFULLY good pizza. This one may not be good for your waistline but excellent for your soul. Again, this is a vegetarian recipe.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Just a few spoonfuls to coat the crust)
Pre-made Pizza Crust
8 ounces Garlic and Herb Feta Cheese
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large tomato
Fresh Spinach (as much or little as you want)
5-6 tbsp of pesto
1. Slice your tomato
2. Rub the olive oil into the crust
3. Add spices as desired
4. Spread the pesto on the crust
5. Place the tomatoes evenly on the pizza
6. Cover the whole pizza with spinach
7. Top with the cheeses
8. Follow instructions for the pizza crust
9. Cut and serve!
I recently had someone ask me what sources were good for becoming more informed about news and current events. I noticed in the response that a number of people would have preferred a rebloggable post on the subject. So, here, reformatted, is my media consumption starter kit.
If you want to keep with the news…
- My top two news sources are Al Jazeera English/Arabic and the Guardian. Al Jazeera is also available on Livestation.
- I also recommend Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: has news from a different geographic angle than is usually presented.
- There are the classic US Newspapers: LA Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post
- The Af-Pak region is important to keep up with. For that, there are Pajhwok, Dawn, Newsline and the Af-Pak Channel.
- For an Asian focus, try the Diplomat.
- For business news: Financial Times and Bloomberg Businessweek.
- For a European angle: European Voice, EU Observer, FT’s Brussels blog.
- Reuters is a classic.
- BBC News and BBC World Service Radio.
- NPR and NPR radio.
- Tumblr’s News Tag
- Tweeters like Andy Carvin.
- The magazines I read in print are: the New York Review of Books,Mother Jones, The Economist, Newsweek, the Atlantic, the New Yorker.
- Other magazines that I don’t get in print but read a lot of online: The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, London Review of Books, Harper’s, the Nation.