Welcome to a new semester! I want to set everyone off on the right track, so I have created a list of helpful websites to use.
KnightCite is a web page one of my college English professors suggested for making citations. It’s free and gives several different options including MLA, APA, and Chicago formats and customizations for varying resource types (books, websites, art, speeches etc.). Of course, one should still manually check their citations, but I have used this site many times for assignments and find it quite useful.
(EasyBib is another citations page I have used, but one must pay for APA and Chicago formats.)
2. Rate My Professors
Students use this website to give feedback about their experiences with professors and courses. When using Rate My Professors, type in the school’s name, and then choose a department and professor. Keep in mind that not every student learns the same way, but this site can at least give a bit of a general overview of the possible professors to take classes with. For high school students, there is also Rate My Teachers.
3. Google Scholar
This is another resource I learned about in an English class. Google can be a beneficial tool when doing research for projects, but not every option provided is considered “scholarly” (i.e. Wikipedia). That’s where Google Scholar comes in. The site filters online sources and keeps the ones that are suitable for academic use. There is also a way to link one’s school library to Google Scholar in order to see if the library has certain books. To do so, go to settings via the arrow at the top right part of the page, click library links, type in the name of the school, and click the box next to the school’s name that comes up under the search bar.
FastWeb is a scholarship website I was recently introduced to. After creating an account, one can see a variety of scholarships. They can also be sorted by deadline, category, and relevance to the personal information provided by the user.
SpanishDict is a website that was recommended to me in high school. Apparently Spanish teachers can tell when students use Google Translate because it does not always give accurate answers. Even if someone isn’t taking Spanish classes, this could come in handy in an everyday situation or just help raise one’s level of knowledge in another language.
6. Signing Savvy
Signing Savvy is a site I found when I took some American Sign Language (ASL) classes. Since ASL is a visual language, it’s hard to take notes on and requires a lot of memorization and practice (as does any language). However, this site is basically a visual dictionary with brief video clips to help people learn signs. When learning ASL, one has to learn sentence structure and facial expressions to use in certain contexts, among other aspects of the language, but this website can at least be an aid for learning individual signs.
I hope these websites will be helpful for anyone that needs them and that everyone has a blessed semester! Try new things, show others God’s love, and trust in Him!
Here are a few verses to take into the semester:
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 (ESV) “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Micah 6:8 (ESV)“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.