7 Essential Student Resources to Ease Your Schoolwork Pains

Posted Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By Kay Howard
Student Affairs Specialist, Learner Support Center

 

When you have multiple papers and projects due, research topics to brainstorm and exams to study for, time management, or actually finding any time at all, can be a real challenge. How can you keep up with all your assignments, avoid distractions and stay focused?

To increase your productivity and concentration, there is a collection of resources available to you as a Thomas Edison State University student. From 24/7 tutoring to citation shortcuts, use these tools to make your school life easier and get the job done in the time you do have.


Turnitin

This free online plagiarism prevention service offers timely feedback and suggestions to help you improve your writing and citation skills. Turnitin matches the content of your assignment against online resources, research papers, student papers and published articles in order to detect unoriginal content or citation errors. If you have questions on how to use the service, create a profile or submit an assignment, you can review the Turnitin Manual for Students.

Time Saved: Two hours spent reading the same sentence over again and second-guessing yourself. Even longer if you are faced with allegations of plagiarism.

 

Smarthinking

Get writing assistance and live, on-demand tutoring help from expert tutors 24/7. As a free online tutoring service, Smarthinking offers the help you need, when you need it. To set up a personal account, you can find a link to the service in each online course you are taking.

Time Saved: A frustrating evening trying to understand how to solve a confusing math problem. 

 

New Jersey State Library

As a student at the University, you can get special, free online resources through The New Jersey State Library. Register for a library ID card online and get electronic access to the library’s databases, electronic journals, eBooks, audiobooks and more.

Time Saved: 20 minutes wondering if a source is scholarly enough for your research paper.

 

Virtual Academic Library Environment (VALE)

VALE provides electronic access to research databases, e-journals and data, digitized primary sources, and newspapers, as well as the world’s largest collection of dissertations and theses. Use ProQuest and EBSCOhost to find relevant sources, and click on the “Cite” link to generate a citation according to the style you need. You can access VALE through myEdison®, under the "Educational" tab in "My Resources.”

Time Saved: Ten minutes figuring out how to properly format an APA citation for a single journal article.

 

LearningExpress Library

If you are looking for practice tests, tutorials or skill-building exercises, the LearningExpress Library is a one-stop-shop for your academic and career needs. Explore strategies and advice on writing and math skills, prepare for graduate school admissions exams and learn key job interview skills. The LearningExpress Library is located in myEdison® under the "Educational" tab in "My Resources.”

Time Saved: Three hours spent scoring and assessing your own homemade practice test.

 

myEdison® Student Discussion Board/Textbook Swap

Often an overlooked resource, the Student Discussion Board/Textbook Swap is a forum to post your perspectives on a variety of topics, such as courses, exams, mentors and much more. Buy and sell used textbooks for courses and TECEP® exams from other students. The open discussions are located under the “Student” tab, within “My Resources” and under “Tools & Forums.”

Time Saved: Five minutes per Google search looking for mentor reviews in your upcoming courses.

 

ProctorU

ProctorU is a convenient testing option that allows you to take a test on your home computer with a live proctor, in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To use this option, you must have a webcam, specific computer requirements and audio capabilities. You can schedule an exam with ProctorU through a link available in your course space.  

Time Saved: One hour to commute to an appropriate testing location and take an exam in the pen/paper format.

Bonus Time Saved: Several hours of panic realizing that you forgot to schedule your final exam, and the grade must be submitted by midnight.


Do you have any essential time-saving tips that other students might want to know?

Tags: Online Tools and Resources , Study Tips , Time Management

Comments

Junaid 01/01/16 4:30 AM

Very informative.

PlagiarismCheck 12/30/15 11:42 AM

Its an easy way to post your skills and do it all online while attending college. A great site is findplagiarismonline.com

Emanuel Ferreira 06/03/15 8:02 AM

Wow, great online resources you share here. With the outgrowin' online learning environment, being aware of the tools we can use for our advantage is of great value. And time management is something I've been struggling with for a long time and I found your study tips to nail the point! Thanks a lot.

Ashley 05/08/15 6:14 AM

I found the article very interesting regarding the online learning, which is the major source of learning now-a-days. The online learning doesn't depend upon the place, anyone can acquire the education from anywhere.

Chris 05/07/15 12:07 AM

Another time saving tip is to locate a citation generator online. You just enter a bunch of information and with the click of a button it instantly exports a list of references in MLA format. This saves you a lot of time and headache. There are several that can be found with an online search but chances are your college library also has one somewhere on their website.

Smith 03/31/15 4:22 AM

Thanks for enlightening us with your expert opinion. Your suggestions for stress-free school work are very convenient and applicable for students of all ages. It’s good to see people taking initiative for improving student’s productivity.

Chris 03/20/15 12:48 AM

One of the best techniques to save time on any writing assignments is to 1) develop an outline before starting and 2) work a little bit on it every day. As far as #1, this saves time with rewrites as it gives you a clear direction to head in. As far as #2 goes, don't wait until the night before a writing assignment is due and forcefully drive yourself through it. When writing each day just focus on putting words on paper; ignore misspelling and sentence structure. You can always work on those later and it's far easier to correct writing than start from scratch. From time to time I put up time saving ideas for college at www.heyfreshman.com . If you want more time saving or even general college advice feel free to visit. Hopefully my writing advice will save everyone a lot of time and hassle.

Carlo Borja 03/04/15 2:16 AM

This is fantastic. Thomas Edison State College is definitely doing a great at integrating technology with learning. Was wondering though, do you also recommend individual productivity apps such as time tracking software, task management and the likes?

Build Credit 03/04/15 1:06 AM

Great article, the online program has advantages.. For one you can do the assignment at the time best for you so that you can continue to build credit to graduate on time. I also believe that being tutored is also a really good way to remember important things we might otherwise forget.

blu 02/12/15 6:44 AM

Thank you very much Kay for this wonderful article. I think online program has many advantages. It's useful to get a better instruction than conventional learning approaches. It's thought to be the handiest strategy to pursue higher and primary education. There's absolutely no need to travel to the school. Pupils may obtain their classes 24 hours per day. It acquires abilities that are web to the pupils. Pupils may get up to date content that's constantly accessible during the period of condition. It supports faculty-to-pupils and pupil-to-pupil communication for better learning. Pupils have regular access. Elearning programs bill significantly less than conventional schools. It provides comfortable learning environment.

Studentlance 02/12/15 6:25 AM

Online learning is definitely gaining importance day by day. It is not only convenient but quickly accessible as well. It does not matter what you want to study, almost each and every course is available online. Now gaining knowledge is easy than ever. You simply can’t state any excuse not to study because this way of learning, although new, has lots of potential to replace the conventional classroom. How much can you learn online? Well the answer is justifiable is just a word “a lot”. Because, it totally depends upon, your learning habits and attitude towards education. You can either spend an hour or an entire day to explore the possibilities and different sources of getting knowledge.

Soumen Siddhanta 10/13/14 1:26 AM

Thank you very much Kay for this wonderful article. I think online program has many advantages. It's useful to get a better instruction than conventional learning approaches. It's thought to be the handiest strategy to pursue higher and primary education. There's absolutely no need to travel to the school. Pupils may obtain their classes 24 hours per day. It acquires abilities that are web to the pupils. Pupils may get up to date content that's constantly accessible during the period of condition. It supports faculty-to-pupils and pupil-to-pupil communication for better learning. Pupils have regular access. Elearning programs bill significantly less than conventional schools. It provides comfortable learning environment.

Andy W 09/09/14 5:48 PM

Some great resources here, thanks :-)

Kasey Dockens 08/18/14 3:03 AM

Another time saving tip would be doing micro jobs. Its an easy way to post your skills and do it all online while attending college. A great site is fastmicrojobs.com
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