Strive for those A's with new online study tools Photo: Dean Papastrat
Strive for those A’s with new online study tools
Photo: Dean Papastrat

In recent years, online study tools have populated the web, making students’ lives easier. However, there are a vast amount of resources, and it can be hard to find some of the hidden gems in the sea of websites. Here are some of our favorites that you may not have heard of:

1. ProProfs

For students who enjoy practice tests, ProProfs creates the perfect study tool. Students can make and take their own practice tests and quizzes, all free of charge. Research shows that exposure to course content in a variety of ways helps people absorb the most information, and creating tests may be one of the best ways to do that. Forming multiple choice questions forces students to not only think about the correct answer, but also incorrect answers, which actually increases their knowledge of both; writing open-ended questions helps with identifying key ideas in the material.

2. Grammarly

Grammarly is the best computerized English editor available to students. It surpasses the traditional spell check by analyzing grammar flaws that are typically difficult to find, comparing your work against a massive database of websites and books to check for plagiarism, and it even suggests style edits to improve diction, clarify meaning or enhance flow. Though it’s pretty expensive for monthly use, the free trial gives students a good opportunity to try it out and see how they like it.

3. Zotero

Many students find it difficult to keep track of their sources when writing papers, but Zotero makes it extremely easy. Not only does it store your PDFs, documents and webpages with the click of a button in your browser, but with the newest version, it also automatically creates a bibliography in any format. Zotero is free to download and works on Macs and PCs.

4. Evernote

Evernote’s best feature is enabling users to instantly collaborate on large research projects. Share files, snapshots and more in real time to finish up those partner assignments quickly and easily. If one adopts the Evernote platform, it also provides reminders, checklists and citing tools. Evernote is free and can be installed on most desktops and phones.

5. TrackClass

Have a hard time keeping up with dates? Then try out TrackClass. TrackClass provides an easy-to-use assignment management system for students and adds a lot of nice functions to the typical assistant. A student can put in their grade and the date of their tests, assignments and quizzes, and watch the calendar automatically fill up with all of their assignments. This view is extremely helpful for visual people, as it gives a clear timeline of when things are due. Some extra bells and whistles include an estimate of your class average, email and SMS reminders and a place to store all of your school files.

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