The workload is piling up. Your teachers seem to be hurling tests and projects at you, and oftentimes you can’t handle them well enough and they hit you in the face. Competition stresses you out, but you just can’t find the motivation to get any work done. Sometimes you wonder, when was the last time I had my life together?
Remember Hannah said in our last post that “you’re far from alone when it comes to stress survival: resources are everywhere!”? Well, a good place to find resources is RIGHT HERE! We, your kind Blog Managers, have created a masterpost of links on most aspects of school: studying, extracurriculars, de-stressing, etc. So without further ado, let me present to you the Comprehensive FCSS-FESC School Masterpost!
Note: Items labelled * are apps/have an app version.
Free E-Books & Textbooks
- The Gutenberg Project -- Over 49,000 free downloads on anything -- including psychology, law, calculus, religion, European History, and SO much more.
- OpenStax -- Two words: Free. Textbooks.
- Free Math Textbooks
- Periodic Table
- Desmos -- An online graphing calculator; you can also use it to create art!
- Socratic* -- Solves your homework questions and provides great explanations for math and physics!
- Chemistry Videos
- Science Equations Translated into English
- The Purdue Online Writing Lab -- Jam-packed with guidance, examples, tips, and exercises!
- Words to Describe Tone and Diction
- Creating an Essay Outline
- Tips for Thesis Statements
- How to Write Faster
- WordReference* -- Your online dictionary for learners of English, French, Spanish, Italian, and more.
- DuoLingo -- Learn a new language.
- VTFC Conjugaison* -- French verb conjugator.
- SpanishDict* -- Spanish dictionary with conjugations, example sentences, culture tidbits, and more!
- RFI Musique -- Francophone Music
- Criticalpast-- Massive database of historical photos/videos from 1890-1990.
- Library and Archives Canada-- All the primary documents you’re going to need when you write a history essay.
- Scholarpedia -- For the times when your teacher says “Wikipedia isn’t a legitimate source.”
- Wolfram Alpha -- Access to the world’s facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics.
- Citation Machine -- Citation and a full automatic bibliography maker; includes format options such as MLA , APA, Chicago, Turabian, and even more!
- MIT OpenCourseWare -- Free MIT lectures on physics, chemistry, calculus, etc.
- Coursera & Academic Earth -- Free online college courses from the world’s best universities.
- Chemistry Crash Courses
- Biology Crash Courses
- Literature Crash Courses
Presentation & Design
- LucidChart -- Make flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
- PowerPoint substitutes:
- Popplet: The easy way to brainstorming.
- Canva*-- Graphic design and photo editing app.
- Adobe Illustrator Draw* -- Create stunning images on your tablet.
Guides to your Extracurriculars
- World Universities Debating Championship Videos -- Videos of debate rounds from WUDC, the world’s largest debating tournament.
- Art of Problem Solving -- An online community of math enthusiasts, this site has a database of questions from math competitions around the globe!
- The Chess Website -- A bunch of chess tactics, tutorials, and puzzles.
- Art References
- Learn Music Theory
- Justin Guitar -- Free guitar lessons
- MIT App Inventor -- An innovative beginner's introduction to programming and app creation that transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks.
- Codecademy -- An one-stop site for all your code-learning needs.
Studying for Tests and Exams
- StudyBlue* -- Find and share online flashcards
- Snacks for When You’re Studying
- Last Minute Study Tips
- (Sigh. If it must come to this.) How to Pull an All-Nighter Effectively and Still do Well on Your Exam
- Final Grade Calculator -- Determine what percentage grade you need on your final exam in order to get a certain grade in a class.
- AP Exam Prep
- SAT Prep
- (IB) Personal Exam Timetable
- OSSLT Prep
- Past BC Provincial Exams
- Alberta Diploma Exam Practice
- Manitoba Gr.12 Standardized Testing
Productivity & Organization
- StayFocused*-- Limits the time you can spend on time-wasting websites
- Time Warp* -- Stops you -- very nicely -- from procrastinating.
- Bullet Journal -- A customizable and comfortable organizing system.
- Coffitivity -- Creates the ambient sound of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.
- The Science of Procrastination and How to Manage it
- How to Balance School and Social Life
- Compliments Generator
- Stress Analyst -- This website will guide you through a process of analyzing away your stress.
- The Thoughts Room -- Let all your troubles go.
- The Dawn Room -- Wash away your sadness.
- Stars -- Distract yourself with the universe.Unwind
- Calming Cat -- Exactly what the name says.
- Is it Christmas? -- Again, exactly what its name says.
- Battleship -- An online two-player guessing game. Arrange your ships, wait for your opponent, and fight to the death.
- Abyssrium*-- Create corals and fish in your own undersea aquarium! Non-time consuming and insanely relaxing.
- Classic Arcade Games
If you have something you would like to see on the list, drop by and let us know at the comment section!
And remember this: secondary school is hard, but that only means that you need to be extra-smart and extra-resourceful to survive.
Go forth and conquer,