Resources for Online Learners
Online learning has revolutionized higher education, not only because of its convenience and accessibility, but because it can make the learning process more interesting and engaging. Among the countless online resources, both free and paid, there are many that are of particular use to college students. These different resources focus on different subjects, services, and some offer even a variety of teaching styles.
Here are some of our favorite recommendations:
Colleges and Universities: Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Yale are among the top schools that have made some of their courses available either for free or nominally priced in their commitment to make open learning more accessible. Or visit EdX to search and connect you with courses from a wide range of schools.
Crash Course: This YouTube channel’s 10-15 minute lectures are, well, crash courses on topics in history, literature, science, and social sciences.
Duolingo: If you’re studying another language, this free app if one of the easiest and highly regarded tools to help you on the go. Install it on your smartphone and have fun studying in your spare time as it gamifies the learning process.
File Sharing: Never be afraid of losing or your notes or coursework again! As long as you have an internet connection, services like Dropbox and Google Drive provide storage and access to your digital files from your laptop, smartphone, or tablet. You can even share the files with others, allowing for easy collaboration on group projects.
Google Books: Use the power of Google to help your research and search the full text of over 12 million books.
Grammarly: Go above and beyond your word processor’s grammar check with this free Chrome extension. It identifies grammar errors, provides context-optimized synonym suggestions, is browser-based so it works anywhere you write online.
Khan Academy: With the backing of Google and over 1,000 instructional videos on a wide variety of academic subjects, this site’s motto of #YouCanLearnAnything couldn’t be more true. And best of all, it’s entirely free with no ads or subscriptions.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): The go-to guide for writing. OWL is well-organized and provides helpful tips for every step of the writing process, from ideation to sourcing. It also provides an alternative to EasyBib with a very comprehensive guide to everything related to MLA or APA format.
Spark Notes: Need help understanding a piece of literature? How about preparing for a standardized test? Spark Notes can help. It’s well-organized, clear, and concise, and relies more heavily on written explanations than videos. It can even help with some of life’s questions, like how to work through social anxieties or unhealthy relationships.