The Four Websites Guaranteed To Get You Through College

The Internet is a magical place. You can find anything from dancing Korean rappers to felines playing a little tune on the keyboard. Still, the Internet is not always fun and games. It can also be used to help college students stay organized, find the latest deals and pick the best classes. All of this information could be at your finger tips. You just need to know where to look for it. These four sites are guaranteed to turn freshman year from an unknown nightmare to a smooth sailing dream.

1) Scheedule.com 

Hands down, this is one of the best and easiest to use scheduling sites on the Internet today. Through the “scheduler” function, you can search for classes by course or course registration number (CRN) to either add them manually or let the site create your perfect schedule. The site also offers a handy calendar function that links up to your Facebook, as well as your Google calendar if you have one. This makes it easier to see how events you are attending on Facebook match up with your academics. Have no fear! Through the power of Scheedule, you will never have an awkwardly overlapping class schedule, and it is all done in a lovely color-coded manner.

2) Ratemyprofessor.com 

Have you ever ordered an item online or left a review on an eBay seller’s page? Rate My Professor is the human equivalent. From anthropology to English to the most obscure of subjects, the site offers reviews from students on professors of any field, any school. Professors can be searched by through name, subject and university. They receive scoring on a 5.0 scale in categories of helpfulness, clarity, easiness and finally overall rating. On another note, they can also be designated “hot” or not, but that is beside the point. Students leave testimonials of their time in the teacher’s class and reasoning behind their scores. There is also a section for teachers to respond to criticism or praise, which is entertaining and intriguing as well. While you may come across the occasional “extreme” comments, a majority of students just want the best of their college experience and the same for others from the site.

3) Chegg.com

If there is one thing I remember about my first week college, it was the constant grumble under my mother’s breath as we scoured the bookstore for required materials for my classes. While the bookstores do their best to give you the best deal they can (within reason), there are so many cheaper options than hoofing it to the campus bookstore. This is where Chegg come into play. Chegg offers books at much lower price, gets them to you fast and allows you to send them back at the end for free (if you decide to rent) or sell them back (if you decide to buy). Either way, shipping to Chegg is free. Not only do they buy, sell and rent books (and don’t forget e-books), but they also help you find courses, offer expert help on your classes and solutions for work books. Basically, Chegg is a huge package deal that you do not want to miss out on.

4) Wolfram Alpha

This last highly used tool is mostly for math and science courses, but it still comes into use for those of you taking subjects like calculus and statistics. Wolfram is engineered to make computing answers for mathematical inquiries incredibly simple, but it can also answer less practical questions. For instance, you could ask how old Barack Obama is, and Wolfram would tell you he is 51 years old with the appropriate amount of months and days after that. It is also helpful in explaining how formulas and equations work. Don’t remember the quadratic equation? Wolfram has your back. After all, why wouldn’t you want the world’s best calculator and database on your phone or computer?

With these four websites, college will seem less like a stranger and more like a best friend waiting to be made. Before you make the transition to campus, align your schedule with the help of Scheedule. Check up on your future professors with Rate My Professor. Get your books for class cheap with Chegg, and banish your inner math demons with Wolfram Alpha. Utilize these sites as they will be your best friends for the next four years of your life!

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Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins

Tori Stukins is a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. On campus, Tori can often be found working on various projects for Her Campus Illinois, acting in a production or reading. While at home, she enjoys working at her family’s restaurant or exploring with her friends.