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12 Apps to Help You Get Ahead in Your College Education

By Edited Jun 22, 2014 1 0

The act of completing an education in any post secondary institution is an achievement much easier said than done. That is not to say that there aren't many different tools that you can use to make your life a little easier. Obviously, taking advantage of the aforementioned tools is something that everyone should be taught but not everyone knows about. There are a staggering number of tools available to us students that are really quite useful and make gathering all this knowledge quite a bit more efficient and much easier. I am going to divulge only ten of them because that's all I could really think of off the top of my head that I have actually used and can stand behind but as I'm sure you'll know, there are literally hundreds of different apps created solely to help you learn more efficiently no matter what you study.


The Periodic Table of the Elements is one of mankind's greatest achievements in the categorization and taxonomization of the basic building blocks of absolutely everything. Dimitri Mendeleev's masterpiece was able to predict elements before they were discovered and managed to put the hypothesized elements in a table with elements of similar properties. I could go on for days about just how much I respect that man and his table but alas, that's not what we're here for today. No, today we are going to talk about the incredible Dynamic Periodic Table. This is a great improvement upon the standard periodic table and is what I think all periodic tables will look like in the future. When you hover over an element, a larger image of it pops up with all the information in easily readable text. If you click on that element, a separate window will open with the Wikipedia page for it. There are also other buttons you can hover like the metals and non-metal buttons. When you hover over them, it will separate the metals from the nonmetals and is even capable of going down into lanthanoids, alkaline earth metals, transition metals, etc. You can also move a slider across the different temperatures and it will show you what state each element will be in at any given temperature. The Dynamic Periodic Table is probably one of the best visualizations of the periodic table and makes it so much easier to use and learn to use. You will never need another periodic table again.


As great as the Dynamic Periodic Table is at doing what it does, it misses just a few things that popsci.com's Periodic Table of the Elements does. Popsci's version is much more compact than the previous one and it's strength lies in the great little summaries that it provides for each element. Each element is given a pretty fantastic picture either of the substance or their discoverer and at times can be quite comical. When you click on an element, it's picture is exploded, all the information about the element is displayed and there is also a small but quite informative summary of some of the elements properties followed by a link should you need more info!


Foldit doesn't really help you study or do much to expand you knowledge of biology but it really helped me get a handle on proteins. I have to say that my understanding of proteins grew significantly thanks to this app because they are really quite confusing and little understood things. The people behind foldit have attempted to make protein synthesis fun by creating a game that educates on how proteins are made but also help progress the science behind it. Your task is to build molecules of protein using information from previously cited structures. Everybody that plays the foldit game will be contributing their results found during this synthetic protein synthesis experience and help scientists approach the ideal or most efficient for of protein. It is all really quite interesting and I guarantee it will be worth your time.

There is little as seldom understood as mathematics. It is my favorite area of understanding and I'm not even particularly good at it. However, I really do appreciate what it does for humanity in that it is so plainly the universal language and, I think, one of the most interesting and stimulating fields studied. That being said, there are some incredible applications out there that can really help you out if you are struggling with any subject involving math. Mathway is basically the best web app I have yet found that simply solves problems. It does nothing in the way of showing you how to solve the problems which at times can be pretty frustrating and almost useless, but I normally can check the text from which I am learning for methods. I also find that solving a problem from the answer does help me to understand how to finally get there. It's like how architects draw the building before the first cement is poured. Well, maybe it's not but still, you get the idea.

Speed Crunch, on the other hand, is an incredible powerful and versatile desktop tool that has an impressive collection of libraries on basically every section of mathematics. This is basically the most comprehensive free calculator available and is really capable of doing nearly any mathematical calculation you can think of… unless those calculations include graphing. For some reason, the Speed Crunch app doesn't include any graphing capabilities which kind of seems like an obvious addition to a mathematical calculator. Perhaps in the future the developers will include something of the sort but for now, you'll have to use a piece of software like GraphCalc.

Although I never studied any languages in school for credits, I always like to keep my tongue learning and I did so using a few very helpful and incredible websites. Live Mocha was by far the most impressive and helpful community I have experienced on the internet. It brings together Rosetta Stone and Facebook to make a Social network of people keen to learn new languages. As a result, native English speakers help native Punjab speakers learn their language while learning to speak Spanish. Everybody wants to get the same thing out of this community so Basically everybody I ever interacted with was amicable and really very helpful. It works like BitTorrent in that while you're getting something from somebody, you're also helping out others with what you already have. The people here helped me to learn both French and Spanish during my education and for a challenge I want to spend some time learning Japanese. It is a great way to stimulate a bunch of people to help each other out and should be observed if only for the strength of the community.

During the English Literature courses I was required to take to complete my online business degree, I really learned to appreciate good writing. Being somebody of a scientific and mathematic mind I thought that literature would only take away from the things that were important to me but I was quite wrong indeed. When I was prompted to write some essays, I found that as long as I had some freedom with regards to the subject material, I could really get into a groove and ended up enjoying it quite a bit. wePapers is a website that really helped me get into that groove. It is completely free and you can spend literally days reading other people's submissions. It is basically one giant class full of kids sharing their papers so that you can either get some really fantastic ideas or critique them or whatever really! I found it most useful for getting ideas to write about. Whenever I happened to be stumped or had a sever case of writer's block, I would head over to wePapers and spend an hour or so reading papers on the subject I was supposed to be writing about. Every single time, I would be presented with incredible opinions and great ideas that always got me going and out of the writer's block funk. I still visit this website regularly for ideas and sometimes just to take in information.

When writing for an accredited institution, your works cited page is arguably the most important part of anything you do. Nobody is going to take your work seriously if your sources aren't credible so they end up being that which your entire paper is based upon. For keeping track of all your citations, you'll want to install Zotero as an extension for your Firefox browser. Zotero keeps all your references organized and then places them all in a document using either Open Office of MS Word and formats them properly. It really saves you a few minutes at the end of the project and lets you concentrate on actually completing it.

Web Notes is another piece of software that organizes your research so that it is concisely and efficiently organized for when you finish. If you are writing anything of worth or of great length, the odds that you are citing numerous resources are pretty high. The odds that you can keep all these references organized are unfortunately pretty low. Although I haven't used Web Notes myself, it tends to be well regarded and worth your time and money.

Do you have questions that need answering? Check out the enotes Q&A page for answers to questions you never thought answerable. Okay so maybe you thought they were answerable but still, this website is still constantly browsed by teachers at the top of their fields who go around answering questions for students. This site is the perfect replacement for that deadbeat professor who's never there during their office hours. The community here is really second to none and it is one of the most helpful sites I have ever visited.

I have also just recently begun to make use of MyNoteIt. It seems to be a fantastic service for storing basically everything concerning my school career that I'm willing to give them. They keep track of all my notes and grades and the service actually makes it really quite simple to share files and information with my classmates. It tends to organize my school stuffs better than anything else I've found and I'm quite happy with it.

Another thing that I've found in the last little bit that seems it might be a very good little app in the coming years. Cramster allows for Q&A in much the same way that the enotes Q&A does but it also has an extensive collection of step-by-step textbook solutions that you can't pass up. When you've finished all the examples in your textbook, head over Cramster and work on some more. It also has the ability to create customizable quizzes to help sharpen your mind before you have to sharpen your pencils. Cramster also encourages its community to help itself out so there are plenty of educators and students throwing their bits of knowledge about. This site is the best example of practice making perfect because you can spend days there looking over different examples of the same subject.
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