Written By Franklin V on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 8:32 AM
100 Free Web Tools to Help You
College is supposed to be one of the best times of your lives, but just working to stay afloat amidst all the studying, scheduling, meetings and group projects, extracurricular activities, decorating projects and budgeting nightmares, can make your whole college experience pass you by way too fast. To ensure that you have a blast at college while also making good grades and preparing for the real world, we’ve generated this list of 100 free web tools to help you hack everything from organization to tuition to study groups to dorm life to party planning. Tuition and Budgeting These budget worksheets, savings tools and finance calculators will help you find a little wiggle room for fun, too.
FinAid.org: FinAid.org hosts all kinds of scholarship, loan, savings and general financial aid resources, including calculators and other tools.
Chegg: Head to Chegg to learn about renting textbooks rather than buying them.
BookFinder.com: This is a great resource for college students wanting to find cheaper textbooks, used, international and rare books.
SayStudent.com: This website has student loan information, finance calculators and budget sheets that you can download and print.
Mapping Your Future: Students will learn about identity theft, credit cards and monthly budgeting with these tools.
For the Dorm: This tool connects you to online shopping sites that sell supplies for bedding, bathroom, decorating and more.
TracksLife: Track money, your diet and anything else with this personal life tracker.
Sears Campus Ready: Sears’ Facebook page includes a Campus Ready tool for creating a supplies wish list, 3D dorm room design assistant and roommate match-up quiz.
FindMeaPad.com: This free apartment locator finds cheap apartments in Texas.
Design Your Dorm: Use this 3D interior designer tool to experiment with dorm decorating ideas and get feedback from other students.
Note Taking and Organization A student who takes great notes is already on the right track to getting good grades, too. These note-taking tools and organization lifesavers have it all: calendars, note tracking, sharing, and more.
Chandler: Chandler markets itself as a "note-to-self organizer" that lets you track notes, manage a calendar, share information, and take notes online.
Backpack: Students who are serious about organizing major projects, discussions, schedules and their overall college experience can purchase Backpack with a group of friends for just a teensy tiny price.
MyGoya: This online desktop tool features a private online messenger, chats, calendar, note-taking, sharable files, media player, bookmarks, e-mail and central organization on whatever computer you’re on at the moment.
MyNoteit: Take notes online, organize bookmarks, keep a calendar, and search or share your notes with classmates.
Evernote: Evernote is a great note-taking and organization tool for students who snap photos with friends and need to save screenshots, text and images from the web.
Luminotes: Take notes on your personal wiki and make connections, index cards and more.
Wridea: Organize notes and prepare for papers and tests with this writing tool that lets you save different pages, themes, ideas and more.
TiddlyWiki: TiddlyWiki is a great wiki for storing notes, sharing ideas with classmates, creating your own website, and being productive.
Ubernote: Ubernote lets you manage, share and manipulate web notes with Twitter, Firefox, e-mail, iGoogle, Internet Explorer, BlackBerry and more.
mySchoolog: This online organizer features a place for saving and managing notes, schedules, grades and more.
Bookmarking and Research This collection of research tools will help you with writing projects, class discussions and more.
Clipmarks: Share bookmarks, websites and other clips with group members on Clipmarks.
Twine: Twine lets you save and share bookmarks while giving you recommendations for other sites and tools based on your interests.
Diigo: This fun tool is practical, too, and lets you highlight, annotate and share notes online.
Backflip: Organize and save your online research, share sites, and create your own personal search engine.
YourDraft.com: Save essay and research paper drafts online with YourDraft.com.
Notefish: Save web pages and information a single Notefish page for better organization.
Zotero: Collect and save your web research sources in your browser for citations and bibliographies.
MyStickies: Firefox’s popular tool lets you add virtual sticky notes to web pages.
Wired-Marker: With Wired-Marker, you can highlight web pages so that your notes and selections are auto-saved in your bookmarks. Add notes, drag and drop, and more.
Schoolr: This search engine is great for students who want to search Google, images, Wikipedia, the dictionary, a thesaurus and acronyms from one spot.
Wizlite: Wizlite is another highlighting and web annotation tool that lets you share notes and pages.
iFaves: This web bookmarking tool uses a hierarchal tag tree for optimum organization.
Fleck: Annotate, bookmark and share web notes with Fleck. There’s also a version for Twitter.
Footnote: This historical research tool can help you make connections by viewing timelines, historical documents and more.
Mind Mapping From individual assignments to group projects to party planning to managing clubs and special events, these mind-mapping tools are great multitaskers for college students.
Mindomo: Mindomo is a free web-based mind mapping tool with basic bubbles, sub-categories and more.
Semantik: Semantik is an open source mind mapping tool for writing reports, theses and papers.
Stixy: Stixy is a bright and engaging tool that welcomes photos, notes, documents, to-do lists and other mind mapping add-ons.
MAPMYself: This colorful mind map uses illustrated branches and images to help students stay organized.
View Your Mind: Add Wikipedia links, pdfs, mailing lists, references and more to your mind map with this tool.
Dabbleboard: A free plan will get you access to the whiteboard interface and chats with group members.
RecallPlus LITE: This mind map is designed to help students organize their notes.
Pimki: Pimki is part wiki part mind map and works according to the GTD principle.
Cmap: Feel free to use the Cmap concept mapping tools without paying as long as it’s for personal use.
DeepaMehta: This knowledge management software platform is open source and free to use.
Task Masters Don’t rely on your memory or even syllabi to remember everything you have to turn in. Streamline your to-do lists, meetings, assignments, and even longer term goals with these task managers and time trackers.
Task Coach: Let this open source tool that features tasks and subtasks, due dates, priority levels, different display types, e-mail integration and a lot more.
Remember the Milk: College students will find that depending on Remember the Milk for task reminders, e-mail, Google Calendar and text integration, mobile access, and other organization features is easy.
Toodledo: This online to-do list easily organizes all of your tasks by priority, tag, contest, subtask, due date, time estimate, goals and more.
Jott: Use Jott Assistant and other Jott tools to manage a to-do list, keep track of appointments and set reminders for all your work.
Reminder Fox: Firefox and Thunderbird’s Reminder Fox displays to-do lists and reminds you of upcoming deadlines and appointments.
Soshiku: Soshiku is a tool for high school and college students who want a place to store assignment lists and due dates.
Todoist: With Todoist, you can work with a calendar and prioritize tasks while referring to your Firefox sidebar, Gmail, and more.
SlimTimer: Here you can create and share tasks while timing your work and generating free reports so that you can see where your time goes.
TimeTracker: Download this tool for simple but effective personal project management tracking.
e.ggtimer.com: Set a countdown for studying, practice tests, naps or free time.
Social Connect with friends with these social tools that make online networking, party planning, club meetings and everything in between a lot easier.
Presdo: This super fast event planner can help you plan parties, dates and more.
Meetup: Organize clubs online and then schedule a place to meet up later.
Netvibes: Collect all of your favorite media, shopping, entertainment and social services in one spot via Netvibes.
Campusbug: This social learning tool has videos, pictures, tagging, chats, writing help, flashcards, a bibliography generator and more.
GroupLoop: GroupLoop’s free version is great for smaller clubs and committees who want to share files, a group calendar, messages and more.
Twitter: Twitter is a terrific social tool for study help and group projects as well as career networking and more.
43 Things: This social goal setting site is great for on-the-go inspiration.