More Essential Apps and Resources For Online Degree Students

Published on: October 16, 2022

The vast amount of entertainment options available online can be a big distraction while trying to study. However, plenty of great resources are also available to students. We’ve already looked at some of the essential apps () and free resources () that can benefit students studying online, but there are plenty more from which to choose. Figuring out which ones are worth your while can be time-consuming, though, so here’s our handy guide to more essential apps and resources for online students.

Time Management:

Schooltraq

Price: Free

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Schooltraq is an academic planner that allows students to track their homework more efficiently and see everything at a glance. In addition, it offers a great way for students to access their coursework from anywhere, and changes can be synced across computers and phones. Schooltraq is available for free, but patrons can support it with a monthly payment that is less than the cost of a coffee.

Cold Turkey Blocker

Price: Basic Features Free

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Some students are disciplined enough to avoid distractions and focus on their online studies, while others need a bit more help. For the latter, there’s Cold Turkey Blocker, which blocks websites, games, applications, and other distractions. Everything from domains, specific URLs, keywords, or even the entire internet can be blocked to help keep students focussed on what they are supposed to be doing.

Video Conferencing

Zoom

Price: Basic Version Free

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One of the most convenient ways for online students to communicate and collaborate with others is via Zoom. It has valuable features such as screen sharing, can be used on various devices, and is very intuitive. Although it has some time and participant limits, the basic version of Zoom is free and offers enough to get students started.

Presentation

Google Slides

Price: Free

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When students set up a Google account, they receive access to a variety of useful services such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Sheets. In addition, it also includes a helpful presentation service called Google Slides. Since it is cloud-based, Google Slides allows students to create, present and collaborate on online presentations in real-time from any device.

Writing and Editing

Grammarly

Price: Basic Version Free

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When completing assignments, a little extra help with grammar, spelling, punctuation, consciousness, and even tone can make a big difference. Grammarly takes care of all of this for free. Students who require more, such as citations, word choices, and full-sentence rewrites, can opt for the premium plan and enjoy additional benefits.

Citation Machine

Price: Basic Version Free

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Many degrees require students to do their own research and provide citations to put their work in an academic context. Citation Machine helps students write smarter by creating the proper bibliography, no matter their citation style. The free version includes 7000+ styles, including APA and Chicago, while the monthly subscription version adds plagiarism detection along with expert help for papers.

Wellbeing

Insight Timer

Price: Basic Version Free

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Even when done online from the comfort of home, studying can be very stressful, and guided meditation is a great way to relieve some of that stress. Insight Timer features thousands of free guided meditation clips, while premium subscribers unlock additional features, such as offline listening, high-quality audio, and an advanced audio player.

Happify

Price: Basic Version Free

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Happify by Twill allows students to improve their mental health and wellness. This is done via engaging, science-backed tools that students can use to measure their emotional well-being and start improving. The available quick activities also make it easy for students to fit into their busy schedules.

Study Materials

Open Culture

Price: Free

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Open Culture hosts an impressive amount of free content that is useful for students. Everything from free lectures, audiobooks, textbooks, language lessons, podcasts, and much more can be experienced for free on the site. The free courses and educational videos on the site are also excellent resources for students who are unsure about what direction to take their studies.

edX

Price: Free

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With 3000+ courses from some of the world’s best institutions, there’s plenty of content on edX to help students reach their full potential. With the aid of more than 160 partners and 15,000 instructors, edX boasts more than 41 million users. With courses in disciplines such as computer science, business, and management, language, engineering, data science, and humanities, edX has something for everyone.

Language

Busuu

Price: Basic Version Free

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Learning an additional language can be great for students who want to study or work abroad. Busuu combines self-paced study, live classes with expert tutors, and 120 million native speakers worldwide with which to practice. The basic version of Busuu is free, but students who opt for a monthly subscription can benefit from premium features like an offline mode, grammar lessons, and AI-powered reviews.

Conclusion

As always, none of the apps or resources mentioned above are essential for studying online, but they can make your life easier and more organized. Many online universities also provide students with a lot of the resources they need for their studies as well as some extras, so be sure to check what services or tools are available.

 

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