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20 websites to make you a better online student

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With literally billions of sites online to search through, it can be difficult to find useful and reputable information. So here are our hand-picked 20 best websites to help make you a better student!

We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you that the internet is pretty big. And with literally billions of sites out there to search through, it can be difficult to find useful and reputable information. So here are our hand-picked 20 best websites to help make you a better student!

Sites to make you smarter

1. Dictionary.com

Use it for: Checking spellings and word meanings, facts, pronunciations and loads more.

2. Daily Writing Tips

Use it for: Clear explanations of many English grammar rules, e.g. less v fewer.

3. Google News

Use it for: Finding the latest articles about your chosen topic.

4. RefME

Use it for: Creating your bibliography just by scanning the barcode of the book you’re using.

5. Wikipedia

Use it for: Early-stage research into your assignment or project.

Sites to make you more efficient

6. Google Docs, Sheets, Drive, Slides, Calendar

Use it for: Pretty much everything! Write notes, manage your time, balance your budget and more.

7. Lifehack

Use it for: Tips and lists on practically every subject under the sun.

8. Food.com

Use it for: Discovering recipes that suit your budget and your busy schedule.

9. MoneySavingExpert

Use it for: Impartial advice on getting the most out of your money.

10. Trello

Use it for: Organising your notes, documents and ideas.

Sites to inspire you

11. TED Talks

Use it for: Inspiring talks from professionals in almost every field.

12. Glassdoor

Use it for: Discovering insider information about companies. Great for planning your future career.

13. LinkedIn

Use it for: Networking, job hunting and reading articles written by industry leaders.

14. Brainy Quote

Use it for: Increasing your passion for learning with a few motivational quotes.

15. University of Essex Online testimonials

Use it for: Reading students’ stories about the amazing benefits of studying online.

Sites to entertain you

OK, these won’t really make you a better learner, but they’re a nice reward after you’ve completed a tricky essay or need a quick break.

16. Buzzfeed

Use it for: Light and entertaining articles, perfect for killing five minutes.

17. Pinterest

Use it for: Planning your next holiday, hairstyle or wedding.

18. YouTube

Use it for: Does this site need any introduction? Watch videos on just about any topic.

19. xkcd

Use it for: Adding a bit of humour into your day with science-related comic strips.

20. Twitter

Use it for: Sharing your opinion with the world, and keeping up-to-date with others.

Happy surfing!