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10 Helpful Websites for Your Online Class

By Nica DeLeos

This blog post was written by VIU student – and online class expert! – Nica de Leos. She is studying to earn her Bachelor of Computer Science.

Online classes are completely different from on-ground classes. Without a teacher, a set schedule, or classmates around you, managing your online class can be challenging at times. Sometimes we just need a little help to get through the semester.

From managing time, to solving your homework, to prioritizing your tasks and researching, these websites and apps can help you to be successful in your online class.

1) Evernote
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Android, iOS
https://evernote.com/

Evernote is an online notebook that can help students with note taking for online classes. It allows you to capture ideas, notes, images, videos, and even audio clips. Evernote makes it easier to organize notes for each class. The great thing about Evernote is that it is available wherever you go. Studying everywhere is made easy with their Android and iOS apps.

2) Any.do
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Google Chrome, Android, iOS
http://www.any.do/

Any.do is a productivity app that helps you organize your tasks. It can be arranged into your daily tasks, tomorrow’s tasks, and tasks you might need to do in the future. Each task can be customized with an alert and notes can be added into it as well. College students are always assigned with multiple tasks and this app reminds you to complete all of them on a day-to-day basis.

3) Easybib
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Android, iOS
http://www.easybib.com/

I personally find it challenging to create sources in my research papers. The MLA or APA format can be quite confusing and I usually make mistakes which causes me to lose a few grade points. Easybib helps me create my works cited page efficiently by simply copying and pasting the link or typing in the information of the source and it creates the formatted link for me. The mobile application also creates formatted sources by simply taking a photo of the ISBN and serial code of a book.

4) Studyblue
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Android, iOS
http://www.studyblue.com/study-tools

Memorizing isn’t my forte and it can be tough to memorize a lot of terms in a short amount of time. Studyblue is an online flashcard that can help students memorize the terms they need without the hassle of carrying their flashcards everywhere. It syncs with your phone, computer, or tablet so you can take it anywhere. Studyblue also allows students to choose how they want to study their flashcards with the different quiz styles they have available.

5) Google Docs
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Android, iOS
http://www.docs.google.com

Group assignments can be difficult when your classmates are thousands of miles away from you. Google Docs makes it easier to work with other students by editing group papers together in one platform. There is no need to send one document back and forth to each other. Google Docs lets students edit the same document at the same time. Google Docs will also note who made the changes and when they were made.

6) Google Scholar
Price: Free
Available on: Website
http://www.scholar.google.com

Google Scholar helps students research for their papers and essays. It contains millions of scholarly literature. Most search engines for scholarly literature are paid. Google Scholar is completely free and has tons of information to help students complete their research papers.

7) WolframAlpha
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Android, iOS
http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Wolframalpha calculates math problems quickly. With a paid subscription, it shows you the step by step solution on how the problem was solved. However, Wolframalpha shouldn’t be used to do students’ homework – it should only be used to figure out if the answers are correct. It is definitely an effective tool to help students understand and learn quickly.

8) Google Calendar
Price: Free
Available on: Website, Android, iOS
http://www.calendar.google.com

Deadlines are very important in an online class and an extremely flexible schedule makes it hard for some students to focus and set deadlines for themselves. Google Calendar keeps an online student’s schedule organized. They can set their schedule and deadlines using Google Calendar and it will alert them on or before the due date.

9) SelfControl
Price: Free
Available on: Mac OS
http://selfcontrolapp.com/

Social Media has become an essential part of everyone’s lives, and it can be very distracting. SelfControl helps students by blocking any website and any social media page that can distract them away from studying in any set time period. This eliminates the need to constantly check distracting websites on their desktop and instead leads to a focused working environment.

There are various applications similar to SelfControl like SelfRestraint (Windows and Linux) and StayFocused (Google Chrome)

10) Babylon
Price: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Kindle
http://www.babylon.com/products/mobile

Babylon is an online translation software. It helps students translate words into any language they want. It is available on many different platforms on the go so it’s convenient to learn anywhere, anytime.