The Best 8 Websites for Students

Being part of a generation that grew up with the internet is incredible. I feel very spoiled that the navigating the internet seems to be part of my DNA. Over the years I have found many websites, app, and plug-ins that have made it easier to organize my life. I wanted to share the 8 best websites for students – in my opinion. I use majority of these apps on a daily basis to make my school life a bit easier.

Before we get started if you couldn’t tell by the title of this list this school themed. I have other apps I use to organize my life outside of school- which I might make a full new post for in the future. So stay tuned for that. (ps. clicking the titles of the sections will bring you to the website in another browser) 

Google Scholar-

When writing a paper it can be easy to grab random links from Google without fact checking them, then base your paper off of those. Instead of doing that, type in Google Scholar and you will be taken to a search engine that is full of reputable articles and cases that you can access anytime. You can also read articles, build libraries, and set up alerts for the field you are interested in. Another great thing about Google Scholar is that they will list the cited work in the article that you are using, it’s a great way to be linked to other articles in the same subject that you are researching. As well as a great way to keep up on different studies that are happening in the field that you are interested in.

Prezi-

There is nothing worse than sitting through 10 of the exact same boring powerpoint presentations on the last few days of classes. Not only is this boring to your peers, but your profs most likely have seen the same theme 1000+ times. I was super skeptical about Prezi at first because it seemed so confusing. After watching 4 or 5 YouTube videos on Prezi I felt confident and was able to make a great animated presentation to bring to my term project. A nice trick that I have found with Prezi is the integration of YouTube clips, these clips can make it easy to cover up parts of your presentation that seem confusing with a few second video explaining what you are trying to explain. Honestly watch a few and you will see the extreme difference from Prezi vs. Powerpoint. Here are two links of Youtube Videos all about Prezi:

https://youtu.be/M0k3giXi8eM

https://youtu.be/8XCvSu7DD9M

Amazon Student Prime-

I am an Amazon junkie. I would buy everything online if I could, but I am also very impatient. I like to order something and receive it immediately. Last year someone told me all about Amazon prime, and it sounded great but I was not thrilled about paying so much for it. Anywho sometime went by, and I was ordering my textbooks from Amazon when I received an email asking if I wanted to try Amazon Student Prime. I decided to read more about and it seemed amazing→  You to get to do a six month trial of the service for free which is super rad. You get access to some cool things like Twitch Unlimited, Two-day shipping, Early access to their ‘Lightning Deals’, and Early access to a bunch of other items. I would recommend signing up, the week or month your semester starts, therefore you can use it for textbooks for that semester and the next semester. I just started my subscription, but I am keeping track of my orders and such to see if it is something that I will be interested in purchasing them for a year, or canceling when my free trial is done.

Snopes-

Snopes is a fact-checking website. If something seems too good to be true, or a bit fishy I turn to Snopes to debunk it first. This website has come in handy for a few papers that I have written over the years. Recently I was sitting through a sociology presentation and the guy had brought up a few different references, the two that stuck out to me was about ‘Children being poisoned by Halloween candy’ and ‘ baby on board signs being there for emergency personnel to make sure they find the infants’. I have heard of the Halloween candy thing, but while I was sitting through his boring powerpoint presentation I decided to look up exactly how many children had been poisoned in the last 10 years… try it out… You’ll be shocked… here’s the linkI now always check things on Snopes. ALWAYS. Snopes also recently changed their layout a bit, and man is it now the easiest website to use!!

 

SelfControl/ColdTurkey/Stay Focused

These apps allow you to create a “Black List” of websites which means it will block these websites for a set amount of time. It blocks them from any user, profile, and browser. I find this to be the most useful while I’m in class, in study sessions, and in the library. I am super easily distracted so I use this constantly.

SelfControl is only for iOs, Cold Turkey is for android, and Stay Focused is a Chrome extension. I would recommend going to the play store or app store and looking through the apps that are like these and see if one sticks out to you. I see a lot of different students using different control apps for one reason or another, so personal preference is key to this.

Quizlet-

I didn’t know about Quizlet for an embarrassing amount of time. It’s basically a website full of learning tools like flashcards, quizzes, lessons, diagrams etc. in like EVERY subject. All the content is user added (so checking some of the data with your textbook or notes is still a good idea) and some even added by profs. I find that Quizlet is great if there is a concept that you are just not understanding. You can go check out multiple users inputted data and find the concept explained in a way that you understand. I would recommend making a user ID just so you can save things and maybe upload your own notes if you have the time. A user ID also allows you to take the tests that are on there and track your progress on them.

The University of Reddit-

The University of Reddit is super new to me, but basically, it’s a subreddit where teachers and students can go to share knowledge. So basically you can sign up for a class and learn all about that subject. It doesn’t count for uni credits or anything- but there is an award system. You’re probably thinking WTF is that point of that, what a waste of my valuable time? Well, I was too, but after not getting into a class one semester I signed up for pretty much the same class through the University of Reddit, and followed along with the schedule and had a lot of fun learning about the subject. When it was time for me to enroll for the class at my uni the following year, I found the class a LOT more bearable because I knew a lot of the concepts and didn’t have to study as hard. Not to mention I got an A+ and was top mark in my class 😉  Even if you are not in that situation its great to sign up for one of these and just learn something new!!

 

Mint-

Mint is a budgeting app/website that I am again a bit new to. I have been using it for about 3 weeks and so far so good. It’s an easy way to track your spending and help you save. There are alerts that will let you know when you are close to hitting your spending limits, and also little notifications that will alert you about other ways to save. You can also pay bills through it- I have not set that up yet but seems cool. I think having some kind of budgeting while in school is crucial to success.

 

 

  • All of these websites are free to use –> you may have to create an account on some of them, but totally free to the user. hope you enjoyed this post and found at least one useful website, leave a comment if you have any websites that you rely on to get yours through university xo.

Fall Sweet Treats

Day 2: Fall Sweet Treats.

To me Fall begins sometime in September when something inside me screams USE YOUR KITCHEN AID MIXER AND BAKE SOMETHING!! and pretty much the first day its overcast in September. Everything about Fall makes me happy temperature changing, the colours, scarfs-boots-sweaters, the thought of Halloween, PSL etc. Pretty much every September I start my Fall season with the same type of recipe: dessert bread. This year was no different I was conflicted between an Apple Bread and a Banana Nutmeg bread but once I got to the grocery store and I saw apples on sale, it was game on. 

** also I lay my recipes out a bit differently- just in case you’re new here… there is a shopping list at the beginning and then the measurements are mixed in with the directions so you don’t have to scroll up and down to figure things out… 

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Shopping list from scratch:
Flour – 1 small bag
Brown Sugar- 1 small bag
Baking Powder- You most likely have a small canister in your cupboard ( yellow&brown label says MAGIC on it) if not buy it.
Baking soda- dollar store Arm&Hammer
Cinnamon- dollar store
Ground ginger- dollar store
Nutmeg- dollar store
Eggs- buy however many you actually need for day to day things, you will need 2 for this
Vanilla- mine is from Mexico, but I’m sure they sell it here lol… try the dollar store
Veg Oil- small thing
Greek Yoghurt- 1 tubby tub
Apples- I have tried making this with many types of apples, just buy the ones you like… if you’re going to be a smart ass and try using Crabbe apples or something- just make sure you have about the amount of 3 normal sized apples lol
Tin Foil
Loaf Pan

 

Directions


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease up a loaf pan.
2. Whisk together your dry ingredients:

Measurements:
3 cups plain/all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 cups light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


3. Whisk together the wet things. Add the dry ingredients, and the apple chunks, and mix until just combined. Do NOT over-mix. 

Measurements:
2 large eggs room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 (180 ml) cup vegetable oil
1 and 1/2 cups greek yogurt
3 apples peeled and chopped into small cubes

4. Pour the batter into the greasy loaf pan 

5. Put in oven, set a timer for 30 minutes. At 30 minutes you are going to want to cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for another 30 ish minutes. Check with a knife of some sort to make sure it’s fully cooked ( I have made this recipe more times than I can count and sometimes its 1 hour sometimes is 1.5 hours, sometimes 50 minutes…  )

6. When fully cooked Allow it to cool down- I would let it cool down completely, but you do you honeyboo

Enjoy
xo.

 

So being the typical white girl that I am, I LOVE me a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. One major problem though- I’m lactose intolerant. Which most places are fine making a drink dairy free, but it seems to always be for a cost… like sorry my body can’t digest properly, but I don’t want to pay an extra 75cents for you to use soy/almond or god forbid $1.50 for coconut at some stores! So I resorted to the interwebs to find an at-home recipe for the perfect dairy free PSL. This is a combination of 3 recipes that I found.

 

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte ( a broke girls version of the sacred PSL)

 

Shopping List from scratch:
Pumpkin puree- 1 can ( dollar store)
Pumpkin Spice- This can be tricky to find in October
Almond/Soy/Coconut Milk- whatever floats your boat ( almond is my go too)
Vanilla- 1 bottle ( dollar store)
Maple Syrup- 1 bottle
Coffee or Espresso- make whatever you have at home.

** notes about shopping list you can substitute:
plain maple syrup for a flavored one ( I have used blueberry syrup -delicious)
pumpkin pie spice for 1/2 teaspoon + pinch nutmeg+ pinch of clove
If you get a vanilla flavored almond milk only you will only need about half the vanilla.

 

Directions:

1. In an itty bitty pan/pot heat up the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract & spices over medium-low heat.

 

Measurements:
3 tablespoons pumpkin purée
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice- or– 1/2 teaspoon + pinch nutmeg+ pinch of clove
2 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

 

**Stir constantly to combine well & prevent from burning. Warm for 1-2 minutes.

 

2. Turn heat to around Medium and add 2 cups of the Milk of your choice. Whish it for around 3 minutes, until its all hot but NOT boiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Put it in a blender, and blend it on HIGH for 1-2 minutes- it will be smooth and it will make the milk froth.

4. Add 1/2 cup of Coffee or 1/4 cup Espresso to a mug and pour your blended pumpkin mix on top of it.

Enjoy

Xo.