There is no doubt that college students depend heavily on the internet for a lot of their needs. And it's not only the entertainment quotient of the internet (movies, music, torrents, games) which attracts them. There are also useful web based tools available which helps them immensely in their day to day lives.
The following list includes 21 great tools/sites for school and college students. The tools are completely web based and almost all of them are free to use. Some of them are general tools useful for every internet user while others are specific to the needs of college students.
This has to be the first tool when we talk about web based tools for college students. Wikipedia, as we know is an online encyclopedia and easily the most important site to consult when it comes to research and get more information. Just be sure to keep it legit - it's very simple for people to locate plagiarized works.
Another general tool and should be the primary web based email for every college student. With the introduction of some great features in Gmail Labs, this email app has now become indispensable. So if you are still with Yahoo or Hotmail, shift to Gmail immediately. Seriously.
Although targeted towards professionals and web workers, Zoho has some very impressive tools which could be used by college students too. Be it planner, email, organizer or spreadsheets, it has all of them. You definitely need to take a look if you haven't so far.
A superior web based note taking app which also provides a desktop software plus you can use it through and sync it to your cell phone. It's a must have of you take frequent notes while surfing the web.
Remember the Milk
RTM is an amazing web based task management and reminder app which syncs with your Gmail and Google Calendar too. It's loaded with features and you could create to do lists and tasks from just about anywhere. And it's not complicated at all.
Since it is a part of your Google account, Google Docs could serve as your primary tool for creating documents and presentations online. Although Zoho provides similar tools and I'd say when it comes to comparing both the sets, it should be a very tough competition.
By far the best web based calendar app which has the ability to sync with desktop calendar apps like Outlook's calendar.
Soshiku is a very cool tool to keep track of your assignments and homework. It can save notes, manage tasks and even notify you about the due dates via email or SMS.
Bookfinder lets you compare prices on a huge number of books offered by online retailers and hence lets you find the best books at cheap prices.
Drop.io is a very useful free tool which allows private file sharing via web, email, phone or fax upto 100 MB in size ( that's a major plus point ). So you can share big documents and files easily using this tool.
Ottobib is a simple but very effective tool which lets you make bibliography pages by allowing you to enter ISBN numbers and get the bibliography in multiple formats.
A no-brainer, isn't it. Last.fm, if you don't know ( which is highly unlikely ) is a free tool to listen to great music via radio stations. It's a favorite of college students too.
Meebo is online web IM for Gtalk, MSN, AIM and Yahoo and is useful if these tools are blocked by the college authorities.
Rate My Professors
If you are studying in an university and want to run a check on the popularity of professors before deciding on whose class you should take, then this tool is the right one to proceed with.
PDF Notes Generator
PDF notes generator is another very simple but useful online app which helps you generate printable note taking sheets within seconds.
Bookmooch is a site which lets you save money on books by helping you swap them with others. A great site for any book lover who wants to read a lot of them but doesn't have enough money to spend on buying them.
Delicious is the most popular online bookmarking tool and could be an important tool for every college student.
A free web based advanced scientific calculator to help you with long mathematical equations.
Flowchart.com is a cool site which houses a flowchart software which can be used by many users at the same time to create great flowcharts. Hence students can collaborate on flowchart creartion using this site.
Notesake is a nice tool to create, store, organize and share lecture notes online.
This is an amazing online calculator which displays results as you type. Also converts units easily for you.
I hope you like the aforementioned tools. If you are a college student and know about other nice web based tools then lets hear about them in the comments.