UC Berkeley Offers Free Classes Online

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We just found out that UC Berkeley launched webcasts of hundreds of class lectures.

Yep, that means you can watch video courses in a variety of different subjects. Some of their free online classes include: astronomy, biology, physics, psychology, quantum mechanics, and philosophy. Check out Berkeleys full online webcast library when you get a chance.

Where to Find Online Tutors

Summer is a great opportunity to get some extra tutoring in subjects that you might need a little help in.

Here are a variety of places you can visit online to get tutoring without leaving your computer:

  • Smart Thinking
    Topics: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Medical Assisting, Neuroscience, Nursing, Medical Surgery, Pharmacology, Online Writing Lab, Spanish
  • Tutor.com
    Topics: English, Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Tutor Vista
    Topics: Math, English, Language Arts, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Class of 1
    Topics: Math, Physics, English, Chemistry, Economics, Statistics, Accounts, Finance, Human Resources Management, Corporate Strategy and Marketing Management
  • Tutorzilla
    Topics: Math & Science
  • Tutor Nation

Please let me know of any others you think should get added to this list.

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Where to Buy Cheap College Textbooks – 29 Nifty Websites

Classes are starting up for me this week, so that means I need to start ordering my textbooks.

Buying textbooks is always a pain because of the inflated costs involved.

Last semester, I had to buy a 150-page textbook written by my professor that cost $97 used. And Im sure that cost doesnt surprise you.

Textbook prices are out of control – especially after reading on Digg.com that textbook prices have risen almost 186% since 1986.

However, there are plenty of places online to buy textbooks on the cheap.

Here are 29 places to buy cheap textbooks:

Abebooks.com
Free shipping and a way to shop 13,500 online booksellers at once.

Addall.com
Addall.com compares textbook prices across the web. It provides you with all the fine details – like taxes and shipping involved for each store.

Affordabook.com
Find discounted textbooks and novels.

Alibris.com
Alibris will connect you to independent booksellers across the United States. You can find some great deals here.

Allbookstores.com
Compare prices across hundreds of bookstores affiliated with Allbookstores.com – which looks a bit like Amazon.com.

Amazon.com
Ive bought and sold my textbooks through Amazon.com many times. You can get connected to some independent sellers who offer great rates on used textbooks.

BetterWorld.com
Fund literacy, care for the environment, and save money on textbooks with BetterWorld.com. They even offer free shipping. Check out their prices.

Bigwords.com
This website is a book search engine that aggregates prices of textbooks across the web.

Bookbyte.com
Another website that allows you to buy and sell used textbooks.

BookCloseouts.com
Cross your fingers and pray that you can find a discounted textbook here. You can find some amazing deals.

BookFinder.com
Lifehacker.com recommends this book search engine to find cheap textbooks.

Books-A-Million.com
A site similar to half.com – which allows you to buy discounted textbooks and novels.

BuyUsedTextbooks.com
Buy and sell used textbooks

CampusBooks.com
CampusBooks.com claims to save students 58% on average on textbooks. Prices include tax, shipping and coupons.

CampusBooks4Less.com
Another bookstore search engine to find cheap books.

Campusi.com
This search engine compares textbook prices on over 200 online bookstores.

CollegeSwapShop.com
This nifty website allows you to buy, sell, or swap used textbooks.

CompareTextbooks.com
A cool spot to get price comparisons on your textbooks at different websites.

Chegg.com
Chegg.com allows students to rent college textbooks – instead of paying the high cost of buying them at your campus bookstore.

DirectTextBook.com
This websites compares textbook prices across a bunch of popular online stores like Ebay.com, Half.com, and Amazon.com.

Ebay.com
You might be surprised to find your textbooks on sale at Ebay.

eCampus.com
eCampus.com provides a place to buy and sell discounted textbooks. Youve probably seen their ads in your campus newspaper.

FreeloadPress.com
Ive never used this service, but they offer free textbooks in return for completed surveys. These textbooks have ads in them – which help pay the cost. Leave a comment if this service is legit or not.

Half.com
Ive found some great discounted textbooks here.

Halfvalue.com
This is a typical buy & sell used textbook website.

iChapters.com
Save the environment and your money by purchasing only the book chapters you need to read as an eBook.

Textbookrevolution.org
A website thats beginning to archive links to free textbooks across the web. A very cool project!

TextbookX.com
You may have heard of TextBookX.com because they have a handy Facebook app that allows students to buy and sell directly through your profile. Ive never used this service, but leave a comment if you have. Im curious if it worked for you.

ValoreBooks.com
ValoreBooks.com promises cheap textbooks for students.

And dont forget about these free online textbook resources:

Any other websites you recommend should get added to this list?

How to Hack Google Scholar to Get Search Results by Email or RSS

Im in love with aggregator sites like Yahoo Pipes and Dapper.com.

These nifty mash-up tools allow you to hack feeds and/or search results to get the information you want as a filtered RSS feed, XML, email, or website widget.

And whats great is that student hackers have created helpful feeds to help you research smarter without doing any work.

Here are some of my favorite filters that will email results to you:

Let me know of any others that you like so I can add them to the list.

Recommended Reading

The Nuts and Bolts of Time Management

If youve been reading productivity blogs for a while, you probably already know the basics of time management:

  • Making your “To Do” list
  • Focusing on one task/goal at a time
  • Creating deadlines for yourself
  • Rewarding yourself for accomplishing your goals
  • Avoiding procrastination
  • Making time to relax

Its easy to understand these basics, but its another to actually apply them in real-world situations.

As you know, its very easy to lose focus on our daily goals – especially with email, Digg.com, Google Reader, yada, yada, yada.

So thats why Ive found these online resources on time management very practical:

Managing Your Time
Dartmouth developed a nifty list of online resources for time management. The article includes links to a time management video, planning documents, and free calendars to download in both Word and Excel.

Beating Procrastination
The best way to defeat procrastination is to identify it the moment its happening. This article provides 3 practical steps to overcome this weakness in all of us.

10 Tips for Time Management in a Multitasking World
Even though this article is focused on todays office environment, it definitely fits with the life of a busy student.

12 Hours to Better Time Management
Lifehack.org developed a great article on time management. Pay close attention to the first section that discusses how to set up your calendars.

61 Time Saving Tips
This article starts by saying that You DO have enough time for everything and then gives you a laundry list of ways to help you accomplish all your goals.

8 Ways to Avoid Managing Your Time Effectively
Sometimes it helps to read the opposite advice to think clearly about what were doing to waste time.

Time Management Principles for Students
The University of Minnesota Duluth compiled this list of time management strategies for students. Simple and practical.

TimeTracker
TimeTracker is an online tool to help you track the time you spend on each of your tasks. It can help keep you on focused – which is helpful when you need to write a lengthy paper.

Time Management [Video] – Randy Pausch
This lecture was recorded at the University of Virginia – and runs over an hour. Its both informative and entertaining.

Free Online File Conversion Websites

There are tons of free online file conversion websites out there, but some act a bit buggy at times. Check out these sites the next time you need to convert a file—and let us know how it works for you.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite online file conversion sites:

Zamzar.com
Zamzar.com allows you to convert almost any type of format—from documents and images to music and videos. This site is great if you want to download YouTube videos and convert them to mp4s so you can watch them on your iPod.

Vixy.net
Okay, this site is mainly for converting online videos so that you can play theem on your PC, iPod or PSP. It converts files pretty quickly. All you need to do is paste the URL of the YouTube video, and then select what type of file you want.

We’ll keep adding to this post as we receive more recommendations . . .

Free Math Help

Hotmath.com is a website that provides free math help for a variety of homework problems from over 150 math textbooks. The site also offers free online math calculators and math workbooks and games. The site currently serves over a million students, and can provide you free help in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus and calculus. There are also free video lessons and practice tests to help you sharpen your math skills. This site looks very helpful, so check it out if you need some math help. Let us know what you think.

Top 20 RSS Feed Readers You Should Know About

Now that the school semester just ended, its time to catch up on some reading.

Im a big fan of Google Reader, but there are a bunch of other great RSS readers out there.

Heres a nifty collection of RSS readers you may not know about:

Alertbear
Desktop-based feed reader for Windows.

Alesti
An RSS reader based on Ajax. Very simple, clean interface.

Bloglines
Organize, save, and share all your favorite feeds and its completely free.

Fastladder
Fastladder claims to help you read the most amount of feeds in the shortest time-frame.

Fav.or.it
Allows you aggregate RSS feeds like a typical reader – and allows you to leave comments on blog posts without leaving the site.

FeedDemon
Get your RSS feeds sent directly to your Windows desktop. Requires Microsoft Windows.

Feedreader
A desktop-based feed reader. Its like a feed reader in Microsoft Outlook.

FeedShow
Free online feed reader that lets you save items locally and covert posts to PDF or print format.

GoogleReader
Organize your feeds into folders, share with friends, save your favorites, and add notes to any post you want. My favorite.

GreatNews
It automatically stores all your feeds locally, so you have access to the feeds even if the site is down. It also integrates nicely into Bloglines.com.

GritWire
Its a personal page like Netvibes that has a SpeedFeed Reader application.

MSN Start
A typical personalized page (a la iGoogle) where you can add feeds of your favorite sites.

My Yahoo
A personalized page that allows you to add your RSS feeds.

Netvibes
A clean-lookin personalized page that allows you subscribe to feeds. I have several friends who like using Netvibes because of the sweet interface.

NewsAlloy
A web-based feed reader that is Mobile/PDA enabled.

NewsGator
The site offers a free web-based RSS feed reader – and a desktop version that integrates into Microsoft Office.

Rojo
A simple RSS reader – similar to Google Reader.

Sage
A nice lightweight RSS feed reader extension for Firefox.

Shrook
A free RSS feed reader for your MAC desktop.

Voyage
Visually-appealing RSS feed reader that lets you scroll through feeds with your mouse wheel.

And if you dont know how RSS readers work, heres a great video that shows you the benefits of subscribing to your favorite web content:

Please let me know of any others that I missed.

Ill be glad to add them here.

Twitter Tools: 80+ Ways to Tweet

I just start twittering – and I recently discovered a bunch of nifty tools and resources to make Twittering more productive and more interesting.

Check them out . . .

Twitter Search Engines

Terraminds
Search tweets or twitter profiles.

TweetScan
Archives all public tweets and makes them easy to find.

Twitterment
A search engine for twitter.

Twitter Search
Search tweets by topic in real-time.

Twitter Resources

Commuter Feed
Get traffic updates from other Twitterers.
PollDaddy
Create polls in Twitter.

ReTweet
Set an alarm for things you want to remember by retweeting.

Track This
Track your FedEx or UPS packages in Twitter.

Twits Like Me
Find twits that have similar interests as you.

TwitterAdder
Add your username and password and youll get 20 new followers automatically.

TwitterLocal
Find twitterers within 20 miles of where you live.

Twitter Notes
Create notes and tag them in twitter.

Twitticious
Allows you to automatically transfer all our shared links from Twitter into your Delicious bookmarks.

Twerpscan
Learn more about the people following you – and find out who to block from reading your Tweets.

Twubble
Find popular twitterers that your friends follow.

Who Should I Follow?
Simply enter your Twitter name and it will make recommendations on who you should follow.

Twitter Desktop

MadTwitter
Its the Windows version of Twitterrific.

Spaz
An open-source Twitter client available on all AIR-compatible platforms: Windows, OS X, and Linux.

TikiTwit
Tweet from iChat.

Twadget
Twitter from Windows Vista desktop.

Twidget
Twitter from your MAC Dashboard.

Tweetahead
Free MAC widget that lets you tweet messages from your desktop (and schedule a time when it should post).

Tweetr
Tweet directly from your desktop – works on both MAC and PC.

Twhirl
Twhirl is a free desktop client that allows you to use Twitter like an instant messenger. It makes URL shortening, contacting friends directly, and reading tweets very easy.

Twinja
Twitter from your desktop (MAC & PC) – built on AIR

Twitteroo
Quickly shorten URLs and tweet from your desktop.

Twitterrific
MAC desktop application for tweeting that costs $14.95.

Twitter Aggregators

Crowdstatus
This web application allows you to group all the people you like to follow on Twitter – and formats all the tweets into one page.

Gridjit
Lets members view the tweets of all their friends in one giant grid. Its sort of like seeing Tweets from your different friends divided into different boxes on your iGoogle page.

GroupTweet
This lets users send private tweets to a specific number of friends.

Notches
Users send a tweet to @notches – along with a topic to review – and it gets posted on their Tweet stream. Check out the site to see the reviews and how to format your tweet if youd like to participate.

Summize
Find out what people are talking about on Twitter by topic. Simply type in a topic – and youll find out what people are tweeting about. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed about any of these topics so youll get instantly updated.

Tweet Clouds
This site allows users to create word clouds based on tweets from a Twitter stream.

TweetVolume
Find out how often certain words are mentioned in Twitter.

Twist
Its Google Trends for Tweets. Pretty cool.

Twitori
Find out who is tweeting with the words: love, hate, think, believe, feel, wish.

Twistory
This is currently in private beta, but it allows members to sync their twitter messages into their favorite calendar (iCal, Google Calendar).

Twitter Blocks
A visualization tool that lets you see recent updates from a users friend and their network.

Twitter Digest
A manageable way to read twitter updates from a variety of people. You can either visit the site or create an RSS feed to send it all to your favorite RSS reader.

TwitterMap
Its a Twitter zeitgeist. You can see a users location on a Twittermap.

TwitterTroll
Find out what people are saying about a given topic.

Twitterverse
See a tag cloud of topics that people are tweeting about right now.

Quotably
Quotably turns tweets between people into a threaded conversation so that conversations between users can be easily understood. As you know, it can be difficult following conversations when tweets are directed at one person, right? @yourname.

Twitter Link Research

Alpha Twitter
Aggregates a list of links shared by Twitter users. It ranks the links and shows an archive of the most popular links shared within the last day, week, and all time.

TweetMeme
Tweetmeme aggregates the most popular links being shared in between Twitter members and posts them on the homepage.

TwitLinks
Twitlinks is an aggregator that pulls in tweets from tech industry experts. Its a way to find out the buzz before it hits the blogs.

Twitturly
Tracks the links people are tweeting about. It ranks results based on popularity and freshness.

TwitterBuzz
Track what people are linking to right now.

Twitter Video/Pictures/Files

Seesmic
This is currently in Beta, but users can upload video directly from their webcam and post directly to Twitter by automatically posting a short video URL. It will soon allow users to record Skype video and chats.

Twiddeo
Post videos to your tweets.

Twit Plus (Twit+)
Allows users to send pictures, video or files privately to friends.

Twitter Profiles

TwitterHolic
Find out about the top 100 Twitter users, ranked by number of tweets, number of friends, and number of followers.

TwitDir
Find out who are the top 100 followed, top 100 followed, top 100 favorites, etc.

TwitterWho
Search for people on Twitter via email.

Twitter Mobile

EmailTwitter
Post Twitter updates without incurring SMS fees through email.

iTweet
This mobile site is for iPhone users.

iTwit
iPhone Twitter site.

jTwitter
View tweets and timelines on your mobile.

Remember the Milk
A web application to let you tweet on the go.

Fring
Free mobile calls and free access to twitter.

Jargong
Twitter on your smartphone.

Twapper
WAP-based interface for Twitter.

TreoTwit
Twitter on your Treo.

TwitterBerry
Twitter on your CrackBerry.

Twitter Flashlite
Twitter from your cellphone.

Twitter for Blogs

LoudTwitter
Automatically publishes a daily post on your blog that contains a digest of all your tweets.

Twitter Feed
Twitter feed will check your RSS feed at a specified time and then will post a snippet to your Twitter. Its like having Twitter on autopilot.

TwitThis
TwitThis is a nifty little button that you can add to any of your blog posts. When clicked, it will allow visitors to immediately Twitter about your blog post with a TinyURL attached.

Twitter Tools
This tool integrates with Twitter by allowing you to create a blog post from each tweet. It will also allow you to post your tweets in your sidebar. You can also post a tweet from your WordPress Admin screen.

Twitter Widget
A WordPress widget that allows you to add a single widget to your sidebar which will display Twitter updates.

Twitgets
A sidebar widget for WordPress that reveals your Twitter friends timeline.

SimpleTwitter
A WordPress plugin that shows your most recent Tweet on your blog template.

Twitter Widget Pro
This widget works for WordPress blogs and handles twitter feeds. You can pull in the feed from one user or all the tweets from your friends. It also displays profile images.

Twitter Firefox Plugins

Ludicrous
Publish updates to Twitter from your Firefox search bar.

Firefox Search Bar
This nifty plugin allows you to submit tweets directly from your sidebar.

Power Twitter
Embeds flickr pics and youtube videos right on the Twitter page youre viewing. It also unwinds tiny urls and maps links to their full titles.

Shareaholic
Easily share links in Twitter.

Twitbin
Another sidebar plugin that lets you post tweets.

Twitterbar
Post tweets from your address bar – not search bar. Click on a small icon on the right of your address bar to see how many characters youve written.

TwitterFox
Publish and view your tweets.

TwitterNotifier
Find out when youre friends update their Twitter profile with this small icon located at the bottom right corner of your Firefox browser.

TwittyTunes
This plugin will automatically list the song youre listening to when posting a tweet – it can also show what website youre on. You can turn this functionality on or off when tweeting.

Tweetbar
A sidebar plugin for tweeting.

Social Networking Hacks

So Ive been spending a lot of time researching online social networks for my grad project – and I stumbled across a variety of websites that aggregate online social profiles.

These sites allow you to manage multiple social network accounts and keep tabs on what youre friends are doing online.

Digsby
Digsby helps you organize all your email, instant messaging, and social networking accounts. This is only available for Windows right now.

Fidgt
Fidgt aggregates friends in your email address book all into one spot. One of the nifty features about this site is the Network Visualizer that allows you to create tag magnets to see who in your network is posting items about that subject youre interested in.

FriendFeed
Keep tabs on what all your friends are doing online with FriendFeed. You simply import your email address book and then FriendFeed scans the web looking for Amazon wish lists, diggs, flickr accounts, linkedIn profiles, blogs, social bookmarks, etc. This should be called SpyFeed.

Fuser
Fuser allows you to manage multiple email/inmail accounts (even within your online social networks). Theres even a social network leaderboard that shows you which of your friends on MySpace and Facebook communicate with you most (for whatever thats worth).

HelloTxt
HelloTxt allows you to simply – and very easily – update your Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Facebook, and MySpace pages with the click of a mouse. You simply type in your message into a text box, and then submit it off to whatever networks you choose. Pretty simple.

Iminta
Iminta is a website that allows you to create unique feeds for your various online activities. For example, you can create a specific feed for your best friend that only aggregates info from your Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace page, but it wont pull in the articles/websites that your digging, bookmarking, or voting on.

MyLifeBrand
MyLifeBrand allows you to manage up to 8 of your online social networks – like MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn – without needing to log into each one. You can also easily gather all email/inmail messages from across all the social networks you belong to. This can save you a lot of time.

Ping.fm
If youre an online social butterfly and like to post the same information in your Facebook account, Twitter, Tumblr, and/or WordPress blog – then Ping.fm is for you. You simply add your content once – and Ping.fm will add the same content for you across all those networks.

Socialthing!
Socialthing! is in private beta right now, but it aggregates all the activity from your friends once you import your email contact list. It will grab their flickr accounts, twitter updates, blogs, pownce info, and give it all to you in one nifty looking news feed.

Soup.io
Soup.io helps you keep updated on what all your friends are doing online (sort of like a Facebook news stream), and easily allows you to import all your activities from del.ioio.us, digg, youtube, flickr, tumblr, etc. You can also upload videos and images into your Soup.io page.

Spokeo
This is another spy website that allows you to track everything your friends are doing online. It aggregates their StumbleUpon data, digg votes, flickr account, facebook profile, myspace updates, etc.