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Top 10 Online Resources to Help You Continue Learning this Summer

Industries are often bolstered by technological advancements, and education is no exception. There are numerous apps, blogs, and YouTube channels that provide excellent tips, resources, and tools to help your college journey. Here are ten top digital resources for college students.


1. Khan Academy

This is a great resource for students who need some extra teaching but don’t want to stay behind after class. With tutorials in numerous areas of study and lessons taught by real teachers, Khan probably has exactly what you need when you’re struggling to find answers.

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2. Evernote

Nearly every lecture requires some kind of note-taking. Evernote makes it easy to keep your notes organized and accessible for when you need to study them. You can manage projects, study guides, and quizzes all on one app.

Get Organized with Evernote
3. Google Drive

Without a doubt, Google Drive is one of the most important applications you can have on your smartphone. With features like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, it’s easy to collaborate with classmates on study guides, presentations, or other group assignments. Google Drive has everything you need to make sure both you and your classmates succeed.

Log into Google Drive
4. Cliffsnotes

While Cliffsnotes can never supplement the beauty of reading literature, it can help you out of a pinch every now and then. The app provides audio summaries, important themes, character sketches, and quizzes for countless stories, plays, and movies.

Read the Cliffsnotes


1. Broke Millennial

One of the most difficult aspects of being a college student is figuring out how to manage your finances. Erin Lowry’s blog provides great tips and tricks for figuring out how to make the best lifestyle choices during your college career.

Read Broke Millennial
2. College Cures

College Cures has everything students need from money and studying tips to what to do over spring break. It offers ways to sleep better, what to expect when you meet with an academic advisor, and more.

Check Out College Cures
3. Hillsdale College Blog

Many colleges have blogs that aim at providing tips, tricks, and stories from student life that paint an accurate picture of what it’s like to go there. Hillsdale’s is no different, but it’s also the best.

Read the Blog

YouTube Channels

1. CrashCourse

CrashCourse offers exactly what you would expect: crash courses on virtually any topic you are covering in class. It’s also a great way to learn about concepts like the Agricultural Revolution just for the fun of it. Clever drawings and scripts make it easy to capture your attention while also delivering great content.

Watch Crashcourse
2. Katherout

Run by Katherine Berry, Katherout is a great channel with advice on finding a job or internship, getting good grades, surviving your first month of school, and more. Her warm personality and diverse content make her channel a great subscription for any student.

Check Out Katherout
3. How to Adult

How to Adult is a channel that dives into the nitty-gritty aspects of living an adult life. Want to know how to optimize your use of public transportation? Curious about how to use a fire extinguisher? How about selecting fresh produce? With over a hundred videos, there’s sure to be something useful for everyone.

Learn “How to Adult”

Spotify Playlists

For those of us (myself included) who study best to music, there are plenty of premade playlists to keep us focused. Hillsdale College recently created its own Spotify profile with playlists like “Up the Hill,” “Hitting the ’Splex,” and “Mossey Midterm Madness.” And a simple search of “Study Playlist” on Spotify will bring up lists from Indie to Top 40, most of which were created by students like you.