Free Tools and Resources for Students

Money plays a very important part of student life. In fact, money is viewed as causing more stress than diet, relationships, grades, and social life, with 79% of students worrying about making ends meet. Many students believe that this falls down to the fact that there isn’t enough funding or support to help them through their studies. While it might not be possible to increase your income as a student (you are supposed to juggling assignments, lectures, reading, group work, and placement after all), but it is worth looking at ways that you can reduce your spending. One way that you can minimise your outgoings is by taking advantage of all the free resources that you can use while being a student (and after you graduate):

Money Saving Tools

Google Drive

Google drive is a free, cloud-based Microsoft-style cluster of programs. You can share your work with your peers too if you’re doing group projects.

  • Google sheets = Excel
  • Slides = Powerpoint
  • Google docs = Word
  • Forms = Surveys

ReciteWorks

Free software that checks academic writing to insure that all references are cited correctly. Recite is optimised for those who use APA or Harvard referencing styles.


Sci-hub

Sci-Hub is a website that provides free access to millions of research papers otherwise locked behind paywalls.

You could use this website to access free academic literature or choose to pay big publishing companies that do not compensate the researchers who contribute to the journals.


Zoom/Skype

Free video calling software. Both have options for voice/audio recording interviews and meetings. When I was a student I had a job interview via Skype and I’ve used Zoom for digital work meetings.


Evernote

Evernote is great for qualitative and textual triage work. Its more than a database, it can suggest thematic linkages across your docs. Free and paid versions available.


Otter.ai

Free transcription software. Not only does this program facilitate transcription but it also allows you to correct words by sound and identifies common words in transcripts.


DROPBOX

I used Dropbox throughout my degree to back up university work and to access assignments from multiple computers! Dropbox lets you store all your files in one central place. They’re safely synced across all your devices meaning that you can access them anywhere from your PC/phone/tablet!


GRAMMARLY

Grammarly is a free writing app that automatically checks your content for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes and suggests ways for you to make your posts more clear and effective. I have the Chrome extension and check all my writing before I publish/send it.


WORDPRESS

WordPress is (in my opinion) the easiest blogging and website content management system there is. Blogging is a great way to sane through your studies and you could even earn money through your blog!


Open Science Framework

A free, public platform for documenting the research process and sharing data and analysis. Discover projects, data, materials, and collaborators on OSF that might be helpful to your own research.


R

Always free software for data analysis. Requires knowledge of coding, but there is a very supportive R community, and YouTube has various, free R tutorials.


Hold

Hold is a productivity app that rewards you for staying off your phone. You’ll earn 10 points for every 20 minutes that you stay off your phone and be able to redeem these points for cinema gift cards and charity donations. I used Hold as a student to help me stay focused during revision and assignment writing!


I hope that this list is going to help you ace your next exam or assignment! If you’ve found a free resource for students please do let me know in the comments below as I would love to keep adding to this list!


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