Appendix: Top Ten Resources

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  1. hack my study – Having nothing to do with computer crime, this site provides you with a series of guides on how to do vital tasks better, as well as advice on how to deal with problems like Internet browsing during study, in unique ways. For instance, to deal with Internet-based procrastination, the site provides a tutorial on how to temporarily block yourself from accessing websites that will waste your time.
  2. Study Stack – This site is an archive of user-created flash cards on a huge range of topics, which you can browse and use to self-quiz through your browser. Medical and language vocabulary are well represented, as are drills for standardized tests like the LSAT. You can also create your own flash cards on any topic you like and share it with the world.
  3. Quizlet – Find quick quizzes on all sorts of subjects from literature vocabulary to German food adjectives, as well as vital resources such as nursing abbreviations for the NCLEX. With over 20 million quiz sets and the option to easily and quickly create your own sets, this site is a great way to do some quick study.
  4. MIT Open Courseware – This site provides access to the study material behind most of the courses taught at MIT, including full, free online introductions to dozens of subjects, as well as study guides and video lectures. There is no cost or obligation, and it can help you review or learn more about subjects that interest you.
  5. Information LiteracyIntroduce yourself to the skills you need to successfully navigate the increasingly deep ocean of information at everyone’s fingertips. These skills are often neglected in schools and taken for granted by those who have gained them. You’ll learn about how best to locate, evaluate, and productively share information and resources with others.
  6. Project Gutenberg – Named for the inventor of movable-type printing in the West, this website collects public domain books and makes them available in a variety of digital formats, including audio books. This site can be vital if your course assigns an unusual or rare text, or if you just want to save some money in your literature courses.
  7. Shakespeare Online – This site includes the complete works of William Shakespeare, including his sonnets, along with selections of quotes, analysis of his plots and themes, and all the additional Shakespeare information you can imagine. Shakespeare’s influence on English-language writing and culture is profound, and much of the information is interesting in its own right.
  8. ULifeline - This resource guides you in how to handle stress and mental difficulties you may run into during your college experience. It includes information on how to keep yourself well and how to check yourself for signs of disorders, as well as information on campus-based resources for help. There are even special sections for student athletes and veterans.
  9. Purplemath - If you haven’t been able to get a handle on math, this site gives you a huge number of conversationally written self-study lessons in different topics from college algebra to trigonometry. You will also get advice on how to avoid trick questions, along with resources for free online tutoring.
  10. CliffsNotes – These famous publishers of literary study guides provide comprehensive guides to all sorts of topics, complete with self-review questions and other specialized assistance. Their greatest strength is in literature guides, but material can be found on all sorts of college subjects, particularly at the introductory level.