Free Online Tools to Make College Life More Productive

December 9, 2013 | More Tips



Higher learning leads to higher earning, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank purchasing apps while you’re studying for your degree. In addition to book-swaps or textbook rentals to help you save money there are a number of free online tools available that can help you stay smart and organized:

Email Applications: All Broward College students get full access to Microsoft Office 365. This provides students with upgraded email service with great new features including an advanced calendar that lets your merge additional calendars into one so you can easily see scheduling overlaps. In addition, it provides Facebook and Linkedin integration as well as Office 365 SkyDrive which includes 25 GB of cloud storage. Learn more about Office 365

A Gmail account gets you access to Google Drive. Formerly known as Google Docs, Google Drive lets you create word processing documents, as well as presentation applications, spreadsheet applications and more — for free. All documents created from Google Drive are saved on the cloud, which means you can get access to them from any internet-connected computer. In addition, Google Drive allows you to easily view Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents. (BTW, if you need Microsoft Office, students get a special rate through our college bookstores.)

Video Conferencing: Collaborating with your classmates can be done without having to leave your house. Online video conferencing applications offer the ability to hold a study groups or work on projects through sites such as Skype, OoVoo and Google Hangouts.

Organization: There are times where balancing work, family and school seem to require an advanced degree.  Apps like Soshiku or TeuxDeux can help you prioritize and keep track of class schedules and assignments. Soshiku even notifies you of deadlines via email or text.

Grammar: Strong writing is an essential part of your educational and professional life — the accuracy and coherence of your content is crucial.  Whether you are writing a paper for class or preparing your resume for a job application, grammatical mistakes can be easily avoided by proofreading. Luckily, there are a variety of online proofreading resources available including: PaperRater, Ginger, Grammarly or After the Deadline. These sites will not only analyze your words, but also give you suggestions on grammar and style.

Do you have other tips or tricks when it comes to online resources? Let us know.

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