Posts published on December 7, 2015

9 Websites College Students Should Know This Holiday Season

By Jane Hurst

Whether you are trying to get through the last few weeks of classes before the holiday break, or you are trying to get ready for the holiday season, chances are that you are going to be a bit rushed and flustered. After all, not only do you have to get through your exams, you also have to make plans to travel home for the holidays, buy gifts, and a whole lot more. Luckily, there are loads of great websites out there that can help you get organized, and stay organized. Here are our top picks.

  1. Wolfram Alpha– When you need to calculate a math problem, or get data on any number of things, this is the site to check out. You will find step-by-step answers to all math problems. The only downfall is that this site is no longer free to use. If you don’t want to spend any money, check out SymPy Gamma.
  2. StudentRate– Visit this site to find the best deals on everything from clothing to travel to electronics to textbooks and a whole lot more. This is a good site to use when buying holiday gifts and planning your trip home.
  3. Lynda– Here you will find a massive library that is loaded with video courses that will help you to learn loads of skills. The majority of these courses are based around media production and computing, and they are perfect for those who want to learn everything about computer software.
  4. Citation Machine– This tool will help you to create bibliographies and source citations automatically. You can use this tool to search for a variety of sources, and if your search is recognized, it often fills in the citation fields for you.
  5. Happy to Survive– If you are looking for a last minute gift for the prepper on your list this is an awesome site that is loaded with great gift ideas. Be sure to take some time to read a lot of the helpful articles yourself. You never know when you are going to need this information. In fact, some articles can help you to become more organized in your daily life, which is going to help you with your studies.
  6. Google Calendar– This site has awesome smartphone apps, and it is a tool you need for organizing your life. It has been around for many years, and it hasn’t changed much. After all, if it isn’t broken, why fix it? You can use Google Calendar from any browser.
  7. Stack Exchange– This is a great site to use when you have questions about any of the subjects you are studying. You can find a terrific collection of communities where there are loads of questions and answers, and you will likely get what you need right here. This is a great tool when you are confused about content just before an exam.
  8. Dropbox– This is a god app for syncing all of your files and keeping them updated and backed up across all of your devices. The browser interface has recently improved, and you can even preview most types of files right in your browser with no need to download anything.
  9. Mint– This tool lets you look at all of your banking information, credit cards, and other financial accounts in one location. You can track your spending, create budgets, and much more.


Jane Hurst has been working in education for over 5 years as a teacher. She loves sharing her knowledge with students, is fascinated about edtech and loves reading, a lot. Follow Jane on Twitter!