Websites Students Need to Know

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
 

By Recent Grad Toni Vollano

Where’s that magic wand you need when school projects and research papers are getting you down? I don’t have the wand, but the next best thing could be this list of websites you can use to get where you need to go. That’s why I compiled a list of the top ten websites students should know about and utilize in their day-to-day lives.

Icecreamapps.com allows students to download free pdf converters, screen recorder apps, and more. While many of the apps only work for windows computers, it is an extremely useful site if you cannot afford Photoshop to resize photos, fancy screen recorders or programs that let you manipulate pdfs.

Never get stumped on a question again! WolframaAlpha.com provides step-by-step solutions to millions of questions, data and information on a variety of topics. WolframAlpha.com is free, or you can pay for premium services that allow you to compute large sets of data. I personally used WolframAlpha.com’s free version to help with MyStatsLab, and can testify to its usefulness.

StudentRate.com is a perfect website for students who are on a budget. Finding places in the CT area that offer student discounts can be difficult, especially if they don’t advertise. Studentrate.com Lists every company that offers student discounts on their website. These companies range from phone providers to clothing stores, textbook retailers, and travel. With detailed information on each discount you can plan your shopping day (and your budget) accordingly.

When you have a research paper, writing 20 citations can be time consuming. Websites like Easybib.com and Citationmachine.net streamline this process for you. Copy and paste the website’s URL or type in a book title, and VoilĂ ! These websites will find all the information for you and give you a completed citation that can be copied and pasted into your word document.

Looksharp.com helps students find internships and entry level jobs in the area. You don’t have to create a profile for this site (although it does help) to locate internships in CT. The internships being offered can be paid or unpaid, and are done in a variety of industries, companies, and locations. Looksharp.com also offers a variety of resources ranging from blogs on “nailing the perfect interview” to guides on “how to write a resume and cover letter”. Students at GCC can also get internships, one-on-one personally tailored resumes, cover letters, and interview skills assistance and professional development assistance through the Career Services department. Click HERE to learn more.

Brainly.com is a free service that provides homework help. Members of the Brainly community can post questions and receive step-by-step answers on variety of subjects, school levels, and countries. Brainly mimics popular sites such as Course Hero and Chegg, which require you to pay for their services. GCC students can also receive tutoring assistance through GCC’s Center for Educational Services. Click HERE to learn more.

Adobe Spark is a free service that allows students to create amazing design work with premade templates, fonts, and graphics. Let’s face it, we aren’t all graphic designers but sometimes students need to create flyers, PowerPoint graphics and more for class. With Adobe Spark, you can “wow” your professor and your audience. Whether you are using it for work or pleasure you cannot go wrong with this innovative service. Adobe Spark is available online or through mobile apps.

Prezi.com is the new way to do professional presentations. With updated themes and animations, your presentations will stand far above normal Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows or Google slides. Along with their incredibly useful presentation applications, Prezi offers tips, tricks and blogs with information on how to create stunning presentations, marketing tips, and more. Prezi is completely free to use or you can pay for a monthly subscription.

Never dread another research paper, project or essay, thanks to Google Scholar. Google Scholar’s database has a complete selection of scholarly articles that students can use as reputable resources. Google Scholar is free and easy to use, and also offers advance searches to find certain articles, authors, publishing years, etc. Students should also take advantage of their school resources. The GCC library offers a similar database that is free for GCC students. To learn more about the GCC library’s database click HERE.