12 FREE Online Study Tools Every Student Should Know About

Many might think that the internet isn’t conducive to studying—that it’s all cat videos and social networking—but there are thousands of websites out there designed specifically for learning new skills, managing everyday life, and study tools to help students study for exams.

Here we’ll shine the spotlight on 12 online study tools dedicated to being your new best study-buddy. Whether it’s time management, digital flashcards, self-made quizzes, study games, or other educational tools, these sites and apps can help students of any age get ready for upcoming tests, all for the low, low price of absolutely free.

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Visual learners, rejoice. What makes this site unique are the mind maps, a web of information that breaks down broad subjects into smaller topics. When you create a map, it allows you to see how things are connected. This helps with both memorization and understanding.

The site also has numerous other helpful features like flashcards, a note-taking platform, self-created quizzes, study planner, a collaboration tool, and a way to track how much you’re learning. This versatile tool is also available across multiple platforms for studying on the go.

Quizlet

With this site, you provide the information and Quizlet provides the study tools. Users can create “sets” in any subject under the sun, and based on the set the website will generate flashcards, quizzes, practice tests, matching games, and even auditory tools. Quizlet also has a free app for learning on the go and studying even offline.

The two games, Scatter and Space Race, allow you to learn the material and have fun doing it. In Scatter, users drag definitions or information to their related counterparts as quickly as they can, clearing the screen. In Space Race, definitions scroll across the screen and you type in the correct word or phrase associated with it before the definition reaches the end of the screen. With leader-boards and high-scores, you can compete to get the best times, adding the motivation of competition to your studying.

Evernote

Studying can sometimes cover several different platforms, but with Evernote, all of your notes, information, and research can be together in one place. An invaluable organizational tool, this site can sync your info across computers and phones, share with other users, gather web-clips, and create all from one central platform.

Evernote can be used in a multitude of ways: keeping research paper information in order, organizing presentation notes, creating study guides off of in-class note-taking, not to mention everyday non-school related tasks, too.

StudyBlue

Collaboration is the name of the game for this website. StudyBlue connects students through similar learning goals and subjects, allowing them to share and access flashcards, study guides, and more. StudyBlue can even connect students in specific classes, letting them message each other and collaborate on projects.

The site also has a diverse content library, multiple study modes, class-based study guides, storage for all your notes, and a real-time self-assessing score that tracks your progress on a subject. And with free mobile apps, StudyBlue can be taken on the go.

Marinara Timer

Despite making you hungry for some spaghetti, this site is dedicated to increasing productivity. Inspired by the Pomodoro method of productivity—working for 25 minutes and then taking a 5-minute break—Marinara Timer allows you to customize your own personal timer (complete with entertaining alarm sounds like “alien bot ordering lunch” or “echoing into space”) to study effectively.

Taking a small break while studying increases attention span, focus, and productivity. This site can help you reward yourself for your hard work by letting you know it’s time to sit back scroll through your Twitter feed or watch a few funny videos. It then lets you know when it’s time to get back to work.

StudyStack

Studying with flashcards has never been so easy. StudyStack allows users to create flashcard sets and use what others have already made. When a card is flipped, you can choose whether you got it right or wrong. Wrong cards then repeat until you’ve learned it, making it a great tool for memorization.

Once created, the site can turn the information into a number of tools and games perfect for studying. You can play hangman, unscramble, or a matching game before taking quizzes and practice tests.

A college student sitting on her bed, drinking coffee, and studying on a laptop.

Study Guides and Strategies

If you want to learn how to learn, this site is for you. It has numerous articles on all sorts of learning styles—classroom learning, group learning, self-studying, etc.—as well as tips on how to write papers, how to manage your time, how to do presentations, solve problems, prep for and take tests, how to read critically, do effective research, and is available in about 40 different languages.

Study Guides and Strategies is a site chock full of in-depth looks at learning for a diverse variety of students. Whether you want to learn how to properly cite a paper or get over test anxiety, learn how to solve linear equations or how to navigate lab reports, this site can offer all that and much, much more. It might be an old site, but the information there is priceless.

Schooltraq 

When you keep track of assignments, tests, and events, planning time to study becomes a lot easier. Schooltraq is an online digital planner that keeps due dates in check. An alternative to the traditional paper agenda, this site ensures you never lose your schedule as it syncs up between your phone and computer.

The design is sleek and simple, allowing for clarity and low stress. When your ducks are all in a row, school life becomes more manageable. This site can go beyond helping you study for your next test since you can use it for your personal life as well.

Grammarly

Part of doing work in college is ensuring your grammar and spelling are correct. If your writing can do with a bit of assistance, Grammarly can help make sure that your studying and resulting work are correct. The add-on for browsers is easy to use, informative, and will help correct your writing, teaching you where your work can be improved.

Whether you’re writing an email or collaborating on a project, this free tool can assist you with your approach to work. It not only clearly outlines what needs to be changed, but tells you why it needs to be changed, so you learn from the experience.

Hippocampus

How do you learn? If visual stimuli helps you approach your study time better, than Hippocampus may be for you. Free, it contains information and multimedia content on a wide variety of subjects from economics to religion.

Visiting the website will give you access to 7,000 videos on all their available subjects as well as show you other collections or tools that can further your education.

Tinycards

Do you love flashcards, but can’t keep track of all your individual cards? Want to study easier on the go or whenever you have a free moment? The Tinycards app by Duolingo can be your best friend.

This app has an extremely wide variety of available flashcards, from the periodic table to Greek philosophers to animals in Antarctica. And since it’s by Duolingo, there are also tons of flashcards dedicated to different languages.

Can’t find the flashcard deck you need? You can make one tailored to your studying and then share it with others!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is another amazing option for those who want to study and learn more outside the classroom. This free resource presents you with class options tailored to your education level and interests. You can find information on basic geometry, electrical engineering, organic chemistry, microeconomics, personal finance, and more.

Once you select your interests, Khan will set you up with courses to get you on your way to your goals. The program tracks your progress to help you stay on track!

Many of the sites on this list have upgraded packages or “pro” accounts for some cost. However, every single one has free tools ideal for any student. Give them a try and see which ones help you out the most.

Happy studying!

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6 thoughts on “12 FREE Online Study Tools Every Student Should Know About”

  1. Avatar Araceli Delgado Vargas says:

    Hola soy profesora del Instituto Politécnico Nacional y me gustaría utilizar esta aplicación con mis alumnos pero ¿sólo está en inglés???

    1. Avatar A student says:

      Hi, yes I believe it is only in English, but you may find other forms that are similar. ¡buena suerte!

  2. Avatar Zari says:

    College is challenging in many ways, and even the best high schools may not properly prepare you for college academics. Many high school students, even those in AP or honors programs, studied minimally and did very well, but this does not hold true for college. However, studying successfully in college does not mean spending hours upon hours memorizing in the library.

  3. Avatar Owen Davis says:

    I used Evernote, pretty amazing. Not sure why I stopped using it, perhaps don’t do as many notes now. Memory got better? Hmm.

  4. Avatar Jeffery says:

    College is a challenge at times, especially when trying to juggle work with assignments. I use to use Studystack which helped me become an expert at statistics. Now I’m an expert at statistics and teach it part-time at http://www.myknacks.com. it’s free to sign up and you get paid to teach when you’re available. Pretty fun and simple.

  5. Avatar Samantha Collins says:

    Great sources! I used to use Memorize to learn definitions, it was really helpful. Also I use some apps to improve memory in my work and study life.

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