Where to Find Online Tutors

Need help with any kind of writing or math assignment? Fill out your details below and get it done with some help!

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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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.

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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 . . .

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.

Pimp Your USB Thumbdrive – 8 Nifty Apps

I carry around a USB thumbdrive at school because Im always using different library computers.

Over the weekend, I discovered 8 useful apps that can be added to a thumbdrive to aid in productivity.

I hope you find some of these useful as well . . .

Encrypt Your Thumbdrive
First off, make sure to encrypt your USB flash drive to protect your information. You can easily secure everything with TrueCrypt – which is a free, open source encryption software. This means nobody can access your info without a password.

OpenOffice.org Portable
If you want access to your office applications: word, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, you should download this office application.

Portable FireFox
Keep your bookmarks, favorite extensions, and passwords with you wherever you go.

HotNotes
Add sticky notes on your desktop and easily transfer them to your next computer.

Pidgin Portable
Take your IM settings and buddy lists with you. It includes support for all the IM networks like AOL, Yahoo, MSN, ICQ and Jabber.

FireFTP Extension
If you want quick access to your FTP, youll love this nifty addition to your thumbdrive.

PeaZip Portable
Compress or uncompress your ZIP files on whatever computer your on.

PortableApps
Ever wish you had your email client, web browser, favorite bookmarks, office suite, and everything else with you at all times? Well, PortableApps is a free program that you can install on your thumbdrive which will give you access to whatever programs/files you have on your personal computer wherever you go.

What do you put on your USB thumbdrive?

Cheat Sheets

Heres a list of some helpful cheat sheets from around the web . . .

Algebra Notes
23 pages filled with every formula and rule you need to know for Algebra.

Algebra Cheat Sheet
A down and dirty guide to Algebra – in just 4 pages. Theres even a shorter cheat sheet here.

Calculus Cheat Sheet
6 pages of Calculus notes to help you master Calculus.

Chemistry Cheat Sheet [pdf]
This pdf provides a list of math and chemistry tips.

Computer Science Cheat Sheets
10 pages of theoretical computer science formulas.

English Grammar for Dummies
Somebody uploaded the entire English Grammar for Dummies book. Get the pdf while its still available. 388 pages.

Geometry Fact Sheet
Everything you need to know about Geometry.

GMAT in a Nutshell
A helpful list of info to help you prepare for the GMAT exam.

GMAT Tips
Grad Student Mirna Safi developed this document to help others study for the GMAT.

Grammar Cheat Sheets
Franklin provides you with a quick and dirty cheat sheet covering some of the most common grammar errors students make.

Law School – Bar Exam Cheat Sheets
35 pages of notes to help students pass the Bar exam.

MCAT Mnemonics
A giant list of mnemonics to help you prepare for the MCAT.

Pharmacology Notes
A huge list of pharmacology terms.

Physics, Calculus & Astrophysics Cheat Sheets
Harvard student Friedman provides everyone his personl cheat sheets in Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Relativity, Astrophysics, and tons more. Everything can be easily viewed or saved as a jpg.

Physics & Calculus Cheat Sheets
Dana provides his personal cheat sheets in Calculus and Physics. These are zip files that you can easily download.

Physics Final (Cheat Sheet)
A student posted his personal cheat sheet for his High School physics exam. Its complete with problems from the test.

Trigonometry Cheat Sheet
All the Trig formulas you need to know.

Vocabulary Cheat Sheet
This pdf is designed for those preparing for the GMAT, but will also help for the GRE. 96 pages.

Can you recommend any others?

101+ Web Resources for Students

Im in the middle of writing a lengthy paper – and Ive discovered a bunch of useful websites.

Here is a collection of over 100 web resources that you might find useful as well:

Almanacs

Biographies

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

General Research

Journal Article Databases (Free Access from Campus Library)

Literature

Social & Economic Issues

Statistics

Style Manuals

Yearbooks

How to Find More Cash for School – 9 Financial Aid Options

As an undergrad, I financed my way through college with grants and student loans – but there was a time when I didn’t have enough money for basic living expenses.

Sure, I had a place to live on campus, but I didn’t have much money for anything else.

So if you ever find yourself worried about financing your education (like I have), here are some ways to cover your college tab:

Federal Pell Grants
The Federal Pell Grants are financed by our federal government – and typically get awarded only to undergrads. These don’t ever need to be repaid. It’s essentially free money to attend class. The maximum amount of money you may get is $4,731 (through June 30, 2009).

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)
The SEOG grants are paid to you to help cover your financial needs. These can be awarded to both part-time and full-time students. Grants range between $100 and $4,00 per year (depending on need).

Stafford Loans
Stafford loans need to be paid back, but the interest is subsidized while you’re in school And you don’t need to start paying it back until 6-months after you graduate.

Federal Perkins Loans
The Perkins loans are available for both undergrads and graduate students. Interest rates on these loans is about 5% right now (03/08). Undergrads can get up to $4,000 per year, and graduate students can get $6,000 per year.

College Scholarships
There are tons of free college scholarships out there – it’s just a matter of taking the time to apply. Some people think that you have to have a perfect G.P.A. to qualify, but that’s not the case. There are thousands of scholarships based on other factors; including: athletics, community service, arts, etc.

Plus Loans
You may not know this, but you can get a loan to cover the cost of your education through your parents. Your parents are allowed to borrow the amount of money you need to cover the cost of your education (minus any other financial aid you receive).

Veterans Administration
You don’t have to be a military veteran to qualify for a financial aid. If you’re mother or father served in the military, you might qualify to get some financial help for school.

Company Assistance Programs
I work for a company that is paying my way through graduate school. And I’m not alone – there are many corporations that will pay for schooling and training of its employees. Most of the time you need to work fulltime, which can be a strain on study time – but it relieves the stress of paying the semester bill.

Social Security
I know you probably think social security is only given to older people, but that’s not the case. Social security payments are available people up to age 18 for unmarried students with a deceased parent or a parent who is disabled or drawing social security benefits.

Best Social Networking Websites for Students

One of my graduate projects includes analyzing online social networking websites.

Here are some popular social networking sites for students that I found this weekend:

AlumWire
AlumWire is an interactive site for college students and alumni to network for job opportunities.

B4Class
Members enjoy free use of all site services and features, including detailed online profiles, photos, group chat, one-to-one video chat, onsite email, event planning and detailed member searches.

BuddyUniversity.com
Use BuddyU to keep up with your friends, upload photos, videos, music and meet others from around the country. Only students with an .edu email can join BuddyU.

Campusbug
A student social networking website to make friends, browse profiles, ask questions, and get advice from other students.

Classmates.com
One of the oldest social communities for students.

CollegeMedium.com
A student version of Craigslist – where students can buy, sell and share information.

College Tonight
College Tonight is a social networking place for college students, graduate students and alumni,. This site promotes social interactivity.

CollegeClassifieds.com
This is a cragslist for college students.

Facebook.com
Yeah, you already know about it – but I have to add it here.

FriendsUnited.com
Social networking sites for students in the United Kingdom

Graduates.com
A social networking site helping graduates to stay connected.

iHipo
A place for college students and business professionals looking for networking opportunities. They have a nifty internship and job search.

LibraryThing.com
LibraryThing is a website that allows students to catalog their books online. You can access this online catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing connects people with the same books, and comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth.

Pazap.com
A student trading site for buying and selling on-campus books with other students. You can even cell your phones through your cellphone with this service.

Quizilla
Quizilla is a social network for young teens who share quizzes, stories, journals, and polls.

RateMyProfessor.com
RateMyProfessor connects students together, and also allows students to rate and talk about the professors theyve taken. They even have a Facebook app that you can add to your profile.

Scholar.com
Scholar.com is a social bookmarking website for students. You need to have a .edu email address, and your schools blackboard system must be linked with Scholar.com.

Socialbib
Book swapping network between students.

Student.com
Student.com is an online community for college students, high school students and teens. Ages 18 to 24.

Studentbid.com
StudentBid.com is a social networking site mixed with an online auction. Studentbid is currently serving seven schools in the Boston area (Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, Tufts, Emerson, and Northeastern) and requires a valid .edu email address from a supported college to ensure out networks safety.

StudentFace.com
A nifty social networking site for students in Australia. Members can share videos and photos.

Uloop.com
Uloop allows students to trade textbooks, promote community events and do host of other activities.

I’m probably missing a bunch, so please comment and let me know of others that you think should get added.