Life as an undergraduate is very interesting. The classroom adventures, the crazy deadlines, the exam rush, the class trips, the campus politics and, the romantic relationship could be very enthralling. Essentially, college life assesses one’s ability to thrive under intense pressure and workload. Frequently, college and undergraduate students are tested based on their ability to manage time effectively. As a college student, one is expected to balance one’s classroom commitments with extracurricular activities without necessarily hurting one’s social life. This could be as equally exhaustive as it is exciting, to say the least. However, with the right attitude and commitment, graduating with an excellent grade is highly probable.
The domineering effects of social media on the internet nowadays has had severe impacts on college and undergraduate students. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms have successfully dragged many students into the rabbit holes of irrelevance. They offer very little or nothing to their studentship. These days, undergraduates are more enticed with getting huge followership online and garnering hundreds of likes for each selfies posted on their social media account than having to study their lecture notes or subscribe to an online course. These unpalatable habits have had increasing negative effects on students, with an annual increase in college and undergraduate dropouts. It is a culture that seems to be on the rise yearly. And if not properly, such attitudes might devalue the primary objectives of enrolling in college.
Fortunately, this same internet provides college and undergraduate students platforms to develop themselves independently. The internet grants students unlimited access to various online resources to choose from, depending on their interests and conveniences. Easy and convenient access to these study materials has revolutionized college and undergraduate studies. Both the students and lecturers are easily afforded the chance to either advance their classroom knowledge or gain an entirely new knowledge. Many websites offer these educative resources for free; some requires users to pay some certain amount of money monthly or yearly. Notably, these learning sites provide viable means to different learning options, many of which allows student to study based on their schedule.
In drafting ten of the hundreds educative sites available on the internet, we took into cognizance some of these factors:
- Global Popularity
- Review of past users
- Accessibility to free resources
- Accessibility to paid materials for nominal fees
These 10 websites are as follows:
- Study Hack Blog: This college blog offers study advice and academic strategies to college and undergraduate students. The site is owned by Cal Newport, an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, who specializes in the theory of distributed algorithms. The former MIT Ph.D. candidate has written many important academic and unconventional books, thus providing tips and ideas to students.
- Findtutorials: If you are interested in taking high-quality tutorials on the web, FindTutorials.com offers you viable options. The website gathers useful top tutorials from across the Internet. As a way of helping new students choose from the tutorials, the site allows past users of each tutorial to review the materials by voting. Thus, you can be sure of the tutorials before subscribing to it.
- Open Culture: This website provides top-notch contents to assist college students and undergraduates in their school projects as well as in their personal development. The students are granted access to numerous contents ranging from free literature courses to materials on writing tips as well important books on philosophy and world history.
- Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers free learning resources to students across all levels. These materials include video libraries, interactive challenges and study assessments. Noteworthy is the provision of easily accessible free tools for interested teachers, coaches and parents for keeping tracks on what the students are learning. There are over 2400 videos available from arithmetic, to computing, engineering, science and finance. The academy also has over 100,000 interactive exercises available for students.
- Saylor Academy: According to the site, its primary mission is to make education available to all and sundry. The website gives interested users access to many free and open online courses available at college and professional levels. Excitingly, Saylor Academy offers its users the chance to earn tuition-free college credits through its network of partner schools. Furthermore, users can obtain free certificates at completion of some courses or earn a self-paced business degree from the Open Course Option in partnership with Edison State University.
- Coursera: Coursera is a Massive Open Online Courses Platform (MOOC). With this site, undergraduate students can gain access to the best courses in the world. Most of the resources (mostly video materials) are taken by lecturers from the world’s top universities. Many of the courses are free, while the certification and access to assessment exercises require some few bucks. The website also offers user-friendly app for both Android and iOS users. Other top MOOCs include edx.org, udacity.com, and AcademicEarth.org.
- Questia: There are over 6,500 public domain, classic and rare books and articles available on the website to interested subscribers for free. The books can be searched either by name of the author or title. The site also includes integrated research tools. However, Questia sells monthly or annual subscriptions to users that need temporary reading. It gives such people access to over 9 million books, journals, magazines and newspaper articles, available in their library.
- Alison: Specifically, Alison.com provides grants interested users unlimited access to online tools from world’s top publishers. The site boasts of over 8 million learners. Fortunately, all the tools can be accessed for free.
- NoteMesh: This website offers college students the privilege to meet, collaborate and share notes with their mates across the globe. The sites use wikicode which enables users to have easy access to the site.
- BetterExplained: It is a known fact that a large number of college students have phobias for mathematics, especially calculus and related topics. BetterExplained takes a blurry-to-sharp visual approach in explaining steps to cracking seemingly complex mathematical topics.
With a single click, these educative sites can be easily accessed at your spare time. However, it is important to have a good study space at home in order to tap the potentials of these websites to the fullest. With proper commitments to your class works and with adequate studying of class materials and access to resources from these educative sites, your college and undergraduate life would surely be more interesting, less strenuous, and more worthwhile.
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