College Students: 4 Tools You Can Use to Boost Your Learning Online

Raise your hand if you have ever sat in a lecture hall. Keep it raised if you have ever felt alone in the lecture hall. If you have ever felt alone while studying for that big exam. Or if you’ve ever missed a class, needed lecture notes, but knew no one in that class. Keep it raised, if by the end of the semester, of the 500 people in that class, you only met 1 or 2 of them, and by ‘met’, I mean gave them a formal head-nod or stared at the back of their head for 16 weeks. Keep it raised if you have ever bombed a test, but you feel like you studied a lot. (You really didn’t have to raise your hand, but if you did, props).

Yes, we’ve all been through these pain points. You probably wouldn’t even be reading this post if you didn’t passionately agree with me that these problems need fixing. They need fixing so badly that, if they don’t get it, they can put a damper on your college experience.

But, guess what?

There are some tools & platforms out there that can drastically change your life. Make you feel not alone. Help you actually learn the content that will help prepare you for the real world. Yes, the real world is coming, college students. And most of these tools & platforms I am about to share with you will help you prepare for the ‘real world’ in one way or another.

Becoming a ‘life-long learner’ is one of the most important things you can do to prepare yourself for the ‘real world’. Learning throughout your life is one thing that will never go out of style. I’m going to share with you my top 4 resources:

1. ClusterFlunk

Shameless plug, I know. At cf we provide you with the easiest way to talk to the students in your classes, even if you have never met them before. How? Think of it like a Facebook group for every class at your university. You can post on your classes walls, upload & download documents (study guides, lecture notes, past exams, etc), and instant message anyone on the platform. We also allow you to do anything on the site anonymously if you so choose. All for free. We’re live at 50 public universities & about to announce more.

2. Udemy

Whether you’re looking to get help in college-level algebra or wanting to learn how to use photoshop for one of your art classes, Udemy is the answer. Udemy is a platform (and also a marketplace), that allows you to consume informative content on anything you want. There is a wide range of classes and tutorial videos that allow you to hone in on a particular subject. Whatever it is you are struggling with, there is more than likely a video on it on Udemy. Check it out.

3. Codeacademy

This one is very specific to computer science and or engineering students. If you are struggling with your python or javascript projects, please do yourself a favor and register for codeacademy.com. Going through a course on CA will not only help you learn how to get the basics for your desired skill, it will get you on the right track for really learning how to code, so you can work for an awesome startup someday. We’re hiring by the way. ;)

4. Scoop.it

Many students think of Scoop.it as a very specific type of ‘social-media site’. They’re wrong. Scoop.it has thought leaders and experts in every field imaginable curating content. Follow it. Learn from it. See what the best of the best are thinking, reading, and doing all of the time. You will be amazed at how much more efficient your learning can be if you are learning the correct things. Scoop.it is a great way to follow the right people, find the right content, and learn from the best of the best.

Learning is as easy as you make it. Making your learning efficient is also as easy as you make it. I probably missed a ton of tools & platforms that you should also be using as students, but hopefully this post has your mind reeling. And hey, if it does, let me know in the comments.

There are many ways to keep ahead of the curve, you just need to find them, use them, and love them. Best of luck! Feel free to reach out to me to continue the conversation.

About AJ Nelson

22 years old. Co-Founder of @clusterFlunk. We're hiring, tweet me; @adam_jon_nelson.