College Life Series: Study Resources

College Life Study Resources

Congratulations! You have been accepted into college and are about to start out on an exciting path to independence in preparation for your future career. It’s a time of both excitement and possibly a touch of trepidation. Success can be yours, but you will need to work diligently.  Careful use of time is essential in helping you stay on the right track. Also, of utmost importance, is to develop study skills that make the most of your time and effort. I’m sure you are wondering where to start. The good news is, there are many helpful resources online, some of which are free, and easily available to help you with the learning process. So, Let’s get started!


General Study Skills Resources

  •– Study skills website with tips on note taking, time management, advice on goal setting, and much more!
  •– Interactive learning modes to assist in memorization.
  • Cramberry– Online flashcards you can make or they have some that are already made.  
  • GoConqr– Various online tools to maximize learning potential.
  • Quizlet– Activities, games, and quizzes to improve your grades.
  • StudyStack– Free flashcards or create your own!


Time Management and Organization

  • Marinara Timer– This is a custom productivity timer using the Pomodoro Method to improve productivity with studying.
  • Evernote– Organize all of your notes in one handy location!
  • Schooltraq-This is an academic planner for students that syncs with your phone.
  • Finish– This is a free app for organizing and planning when assignments need to be completed.
  • Focus Booster– Another free app that acts as a stopwatch to help boost your productivity.
  • SuperNote–  Super helpful to record class lectures and notes in order to listen to later while reviewing.


Multi Subject Resources

  • MathPortal- Free calculators, formulas, and lessons.
  •– Educational resources for a variety of subjects.
  • Shmoop– Test prep, online videos, courses, and a lot more!
  • StudyBlue– This is a study library with flashcards, notes and study guides. Track progress and create custom quizzes in the subjects you pick.
  • Study Guides and Strategies– Learning and study guides in a variety of subjects.
  • Khan Academy– Always a great resource of videos and lessons in a wide variety of subjects.


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English Study Resources

  • Cliffs Notes-These are not just something your parents used in the past! Includes notes, test prep, and study guides to help with your English studies.
  • Spark Notes– Helps with understanding hard to decipher literature in a really fun format that includes video spark notes.
  • BookRags– This is a plethora of literature resources!
  • Bibliomania– Free online literature, study guides, reference books, dictionaries, book summaries and more.
  • ThoughtCo.- This includes a collection of classic and contemporary poetry, information about famous poets, and also advises how to compose your own poetry.
  • Bookwolf– Free literature book notes plus ACT, SAT, and GRE review material.
  • eNotes– Summaries and analysis, literature study guides, and study tools for high school and college students.
  • GradeSaver– Study guides and writing help.
  •– Free online literature summaries, study guides, book notes, and test prep.



Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

May 14, 2018


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