Websites For Students: 10 Online Learning Tools

Tina Sieber 20-01-2009

websites for studentsWhen I was in elementary school I was very annoyed by all this studying. But my idea and hope was that once I was done with school, I would also be done learning. I couldn’t wait.


Thus I was rather irritated when I heard that my dad had to complete training for his job to learn new things. I remember I asked him when one would be done learning and the essence of what he said was of course never. Bummer!

Some 20 years later I’m still a student and I know I’ll never get done learning. So hang in there and enjoy it! Here are my favorite websites for students.

1. Chemistry

Dynamic Periodic Table

This periodic table helps in keeping elements apart. You can highlight them by their aggregate state (solid, liquid, gas, unknown) or group (nonmetals with subgroups and metals with subgroups). Clicking on an element or group will launch a separate window with the matching Wikipedia article.

periodic table

Periodic Table of the Elements

This periodic table is more compact than the previous one and it’s great for a quick summary for each element. As can be seen in the screenshot below, all elements are represented by a matching image and clicking on it launches a small information window.


chemistry tools

2. Biology


Foldit is not really a tool you’ll need for your everyday biology class. BUT it can help you understand something about proteins AND help scientists at the same time. Basically it’s a game and it’s your task to build protein molecules based on previously described structures.

biology tools

3. Mathematics


This is an online tool that will help solve your maths challenges. Just enter the “problem statement”, select a subject and hit solve for the solution including the steps taken to get there.


Varun previously wrote about Mathway – A Step By Step Mathematics Problems Solver Mathway - A Step By Step Mathematics Problems Solver Read More .


SpeedCrunch (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Unlike Mathway, this is a very powerful desktop calculator that contains a ton of helpful libraries for various maths problems.

Damien just recently introduced this tool in all its depth, so check out his piece SpeedCrunch – High Precision Freeware Desktop Calculator. SpeedCrunch - High Precision Freeware Desktop Calculator Read More



4. Languages


This is a social network for learning languages. While you are helping others to improve their skills in your native language, they may help you improve a foreign language you are struggling with. They may even help you with your French homework.

Saikat wrote a thorough review of LiveMocha – Small The Coffee & Learn The Lingo LiveMocha - Smell The Coffee & Learn The Lingo Read More .

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With VerbaLearn you can improve your English vocabulary with online study sessions. The tool learns with you, keeping a record of your progress and weaknesses. You can listen to your study list offline to better memorize the words and practice the pronunciation and online you can read examples of how the word is being used.


Bullfighter (MS Word and Powerpoint plugin)

Similar To VerbaLearn, this tool is designed to improve your use of the English language. The tool will analyze your texts for jargon. The higher your Bull Composite score, the higher the chance people will actually understand what you are trying to say.

James has written about Bullfighter – Simplify Your Writing & Gain Results.

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5. Literature


On this website people can share and expand their knowledge for free. You can read the material others have provided and upload your own papers to contribute to the community.

homework material

Zotero (Firefox extension)

When composing an assignment or a thesis you have to reveal your sources. Zotero is a Firefox extension that can help you keep track of your references and organize a citation bibliography for Open Office or MS Word documents.


Mixed Literature Resources

Struggling to find cheap college text books? These resources collected by Nick may help: The Top 5 Sites To Find Your College Textbooks The 11 Best Sites to Get College Textbooks Online Don't let college textbooks empty your pockets every semester. Use these websites to buy or rent cheap college books. Read More . Are you a medical student who’s looking for resources online? Have a look through Jackson’s list of The Best Reference Sites For Medical Students The Best Reference Sites For Medical Students Read More . Maybe you need to improve your writing and homework? I wrote about Where To Research Material For Your Homework Where To Research Material For Your Homework Read More .

Finally, you may also find Ken’s article on 10+ Web Tools To Save Your Butt In School 10+ Web Tools To Save Your Butt In School Read More very helpful.

How do you use the internet to get through school?

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  1. Hamid KAashif
    February 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I prefer Livemocha.
    I don't like verbalearn.

  2. Rahul pratap Singh
    January 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    very useful for me.

  3. Ambrish
    December 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I would like to add here a very useful website for students -- [Broken Link Removed] ,India's premium education services portal with a vision to create and inspire change on learning and teaching horizon by encouraging Student-Teacher collaboration through the web.

    November 13, 2009 at 2:27 am


  5. Tomasz Korzeniowski
    September 26, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Please give a try to = flascards + adaptive learning algorithms. It computes optimum intervals between your repetitions.

  6. ashok
    September 23, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Kindly Send me some good free links for video lectures/webased lectures for Engineering studies.
    thanks& regards

  7. VLA77
    September 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I love the math website. Is there one for statistics problems or spss for solving problems?

  8. alberto bellina
    September 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I’ve published a version of Periodic Table of the Elements.
    Every element have a link to Wikipedia (Italian version, sorry).

  9. STLConciergeGuy
    September 2, 2009 at 10:30 am

    What are the words ... super

  10. John Easo
    August 13, 2009 at 2:28 am

    I've been using Mathway for a while now and simply love it. Good collection of tools list here. Got it in my book marks. Another very useful tools... subject independent is collaborative flashcards , it's got tonnes of features and well worth using it! Thanks, John Easo.

  11. Kris de Leon
    August 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I think I'll try out that LiveMocha application, since I'm interested in foreign languages.

  12. Celina Macaisa
    July 31, 2009 at 11:27 am

    In case you are not aware of MySpeed yet, I want to share with you this productivity tool because it enables students to slow down video lectures or speed them up according to what would make students more easily comprehend the subject.

    Teachers are also more at ease to capture their lectures online and just speak naturally, without worrying if the students thinks he talks too fast or slow, because each student can slow down or speed up the teacher's video lecture on their own.

    • Tina
      August 3, 2009 at 2:29 am

      Thank you for sharing Celina! However, MySpeed is not free to use. On MakeUseOf we only report about free applications, which is why I won't enter a link to it here.

      • Celina Macaisa
        August 3, 2009 at 3:13 am

        I understand. Appreciate your reply.

      • Kim dao
        August 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

        mathway should be removed then

        • Tina
          August 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

          Why? It's free, you don't even need to sign up to have your problems solved. You need to sign in to see the step by step solution, but even that is free.

          We do feature all useful applications that offer a free version (which Mathway does). If you can pay to unlock extra functions, such as saving your problems, that's a different story - one we won't cover. :)

        • Kim Dao
          August 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

          No steps for calculus.....

  13. Kim dao
    February 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    so mathway doesn't give step-by-step help anymore unless you pay....

  14. ATV
    February 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    I definitely agree that livemocha is just plain amazing

  15. sophia
    January 28, 2009 at 8:40 pm for economics stuff

  16. Carleigh
    January 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    How could I forget-- an excellent tool for students that need to coordinate schedules and stay organized-- Courses 2.0

    January 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Another great site is, which allows users to post questions on Q&A boards, review thousands of step-by-step textbook solutions, and generate customized quizzes. Unlike some of the sites listed above, Cramster allows users to get help from fellow students and educators.

  18. Harold
    January 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Check out Best Q and A site I've found by far... real teachers.

  19. Alex
    January 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm


    I liked your article! For readers who are interested in annotating research that you come across online, you should also check out WebNotes. See the MakeUseOf article here: [Broken Link Removed]

    Or you can see our demos at



  20. deborah
    January 22, 2009 at 1:23 am

    I really appreciate your post - I'm trying to teach myself french & tje mochalive looks very useful-thanks!!!

  21. Dominic Son
    January 21, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    CollegeBanana is coming soon! Students get ready!

  22. Cheap Textbooks
    January 22, 2009 at 12:57 am

    The best site I know of for getting cheap textbooks is I save at least $300 per semester using it - now that's a nice tool!

  23. Gabe
    January 21, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Wow this was great. I use the internet mainly for learning. Wish there were more of these types of posts. THANKS!

  24. stella
    January 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    i just started using this semester. has been ridiculously useful.

  25. how to manage personal finance
    January 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Wow... love the post. I'll be looking into all of these tools. The maths ones look good especially!

  26. MaVeRiCk
    January 21, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Nice! But what about Cramster (

  27. Lou Scent
    January 21, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Did you not click through the tabs on the first periodic table? It's got so many features it's ridiculous. It's kind of lame to put that second one up that doesn't do anything.

    • Tina
      January 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm

      Of course I clicked through it Lou and it's amazing. However, I still liked the second one because of its short summaries and its different layout. Although it is lacking some useful features, I think it is less overwhelming for the average student, who doesn't need all the details and may just want to put a "face" or an image to the name, rather than a ton of even more numbers.

  28. nacho
    January 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    What? No mention to Hum. Thanks for this nice list, anyway!

  29. Ray
    January 21, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    The best literature resource site is

  30. Abraham Miller
    January 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Please don't forget Paul Halsall's History Sourcebooks from Fordham University. History Sourcebooks

    These are invaluable for students of all levels, from high school to graduate students. This website collocates like primary source material together in a convenient location.

    • Tina
      January 21, 2009 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing Abraham!

  31. Jon Jackson
    January 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Good stuff. Some other related resources:

  32. Jeff Goke
    January 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Engineering, design and architecture students should check out - Autodesk makes quite a bit of their software available for free to students on this site and there are lots of tutorials, etc.

  33. Andrew
    January 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I have been using Mathway for 1 semester and it is very usefull because it gives you step-by-step solutions. However, the answer that it provides isn´t always right.

  34. Claw
    January 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Another web to learn languages:

    Thanks! ^^

  35. Suresh
    January 20, 2009 at 10:49 am

    It is a very good collection and helpful for students.Thank you for compiling the list and here students can try