4 Top websites you’re not using, and it’s hurting your grade.
Many students might know about one or two of these sites, the resourceful students know all of them. Whether if you do or don’t could easily be the difference between a letter grade or two. Even if they cost money I’d highly recommend investing in these web resources.
What is it?: According to their website, “Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. The stated mission is to provide ‘a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.’” Salman Khan is a highly accomplished academic having three degrees from MIT (BS Math, BS Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a Masters in Electric Engineering & Computer Science) not to mention him going to Harvard for his MBA. Basically his website contains lectures from him and newly other experts in various fields of education (History, Mathematics, Physics, Organic Chemistry, etc. ).
What can you gain from it?:Salman Khan’s video lectures are perfect for when your class didn’t cover the issue enough or if you’re still having trouble understanding some concepts. He has a remarkable way of explaining things conceptually and often can explain things in a way that suddenly makes things click in your head. I would maybe use this for test review, but I would mostly use it to supplement in-class lectures. This is not a substitute for taking notes!
Pros: Many different topics, not just STEM, and very thorough. Great for conceptual understanding.
Cons: Very long winded, can talk a long time to explain a subject because he explains it in such detail, if you just need a little bit of help and not a lot, it wouldn’t be my first choice. No specific advice for your homework problems.
What is it: Patrickjmt.com is a lot like KhanAcademy except it focuses on Math and to a lesser extent physics. Rather than explaining to you all of the theoretical basis behind mathematics, Patrick simply does an example problem. His video’s tend to be a lot shorter and more to the point than compared to Khanacademy, because he is not diving deep into the theories and intuition behind the solutions.
What can you gain from it?: This website is indispensable when you’re just having trouble with a very specific problem, he tends to do many different examples so this can definitely speed up any homework problem or test review.
Pros: A lot faster, may sometimes answer your questions, concise, more detail.
Cons: Still not extremely specific though more specific than khanacademy.
Cost: Textbook Solutions – $14.95/month includes Homework help | Textbook renting: Varies
What is it: Chegg should be a name every college student knows for a number of reasons. First of all you can rent books as opposed to buying them saving you tons of money, you can even rent the etextbook saving you space and your back. But more importantly for $14.95 a month you can access the solutions manual for any textbook in the world. Step by step solutions to all the problems in your textbooks. If you don’t know what a solutions manual is, you need to, especially if you’re taking a STEM class. A solutions manual offers the step by step answer to every problem, rather than just the number. The homework help section is also amazing since there are tons of people on the website who will answer the questions you ask, or the question may have already been asked and you can look up the previous solutions.
What can you gain from it?: Chegg’s resources aren’t great note supplements but in terms of homework help they’re hard to beat. You can use this website to help you solve your homework and understand the solutions if you don’t have a solutions manual.
Pros: Very specific to your HW, A large data base of answered questions. Can answer questions that are not straight forward. Sells and rents books.
Cons: Can have many wrong answers or solutions, can often be unhelpful. Still might be cheaper to get the solutions manual(s). Pretty specific but may not be extremely helpful with online homework due to the questions having different numbers.
Cost: Free – $2.99/Month for unlimited Access
What is it: WolframAlpha is a “computational knowledge engine” it can tell you thing from the “number of colon cancer deaths in japan” to . We are very lucky as math students that not only can it answer almost any math question you can type into it, but it also offers step by step solutions.
What can you gain from it?: It functions as an extremely powerful calculator, and can be used for doing your homework whenever you don’t need a lesson and checking your answers.
Pros: Very specific, can answer almost any question you put into it, fast.
Cons: Very limited but still helpful free service, Can offer much theoretical or intuitive insight.
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