• 100 Free and Excellent Online SAT Prep Tools

    Apr 30th, 2009

    By Sarah Russel

    Many students spend months stressing out about taking the SATs. After all, scores can make a big difference in many colleges’ willingness to accept students, so the effects of not doing well on the exam could be quite serious. This collection of online resources is designed to help you get the preparation, confidence and practice you need to do well on the exam, and hopefully increase your chances of getting into your top choice school.

    Know What to Expect

    These articles and guides lay out the basics of the SAT from how it’s formatted to how you need to sign up.

    1. About the SAT: Find out all you need to know about registering and taking the SAT from this site.
    2. SAT Scoring Report Dates: This chart will let you know when you can expect the results of your testing. It may make a big difference if the date falls after registration deadlines so make sure to take it before signing up for the exam.
    3. Test Dates and Fees: Here you’ll find all the dates when the SAT is being offered and what you’ll need to pay to take the exam.
    4. SAT Scores: Learn how SAT scores are calculated, what they mean and what you should aim for on this site.
    5. The SAT at a Glance: Want to know the basics? This Kaplan guide will ensure you know all the important stuff.
    6. ACT vs. SAT: Unsure what the difference is between the two? Don’t know which you should take? This guide can help clear things up.
    7. How SATs Work: This article of HowStuffWorks will explain to you in detail how the SAT functions and what you can expect when you take it.
    8. All About the SAT: Check out this guide from About.com to learn what you or your child will need to know prior to taking the test.
    9. What is the SAT?: Here you’ll get a straightforward answer as to just what the SAT is and how you’ll take it.
    10. Why Take the SAT?: If you don’t know why you need to take the SAT, this guide may provide some valuable insight into the long term effects of the test.
    11. PSAT vs. SAT: If you’ve already taken the PSAT learn how it compares to the SAT from this helpful article.

    General Test Preparation

    Pay these sites a visit to learn how best to prepare yourself to take the SAT.

    1. SAT Skills Insight: This tool will help you examine what will be expected from each section of the test and how you can build your skills to be better prepared for test day.
    2. SAT Test Preparation Tips: This site gives you advice on planning for every aspect of your testing experience.
    3. New Strategies for the SAT: Some changes have been made to the test in recent years. Make sure you’re prepared.
    4. SAT: 100 Success Secrets: This GoogleBooks title won’t let you read the whole thing, but there are numerous free sections that can be useful when prepping for the exam.
    5. 6 General SAT Prep Tips: Taken from the Official SAT Study Guide, this list will help you to know what’s important when getting ready for the SAT so you don’t miss out on any of the big stuff.
    6. How to Succeed with SAT Preparation: Visit this site to learn how you can make the most out of your preparation and ensure you’re in great shape for test day.
    7. Insider Tips for SAT Preparation: From using your study time wisely to tips for each part of the test, this guide will make it easier to navigate SAT prep.
    8. SAT Prep in 7 Steps: Check out this preparatory list to learn inexpensive ways to get ready for the exam and still do great.
    9. 5 Reasons to Take the SAT: Unsure how the SAT will help you outside of getting you into college? These benefits may surprise you.
    10. SAT Testing: What You Need to Know: This guide from Peterson’s will help you sign up, study and understand the SAT.
    11. Preparing for the SAT/ACT: FastWeb, an online scholarship search engine, offers this advice-filled article about how to get ready for the SAT with suggestions about free resources, books, software and courses.

    Test Taking Tips

    These tips can help you big time when you actually go in to take the test. You’ll learn what to bring, how to manage your time and much more.

    1. General Test-Taking Approaches: This guide from CollegeBoard can help give you some ideas of what to do if you don’t know an answer or need help on time management.
    2. SAT Test Day Tips: Don’t get a lower score because you arrived to the test unprepared. This site offers some ideas on how to feel good and avoid complications when testing.
    3. Test Day Guide: Learn what to bring, what to wear and how to manage testing stress from this helpful guide.
    4. What to Expect on Test Day and How to Prepare for It: The title of this article says it all. You’ll get some great insights into how to keep your cool, manage time and ensure you’re comfortable and confident throughout your test.
    5. Top Ten Test Taking Tips for Students: These general tips can help you do well on the SAT as well as any other test you may have to take.
    6. Test Taking and Anxiety: Does the thought of taking a test fill you with dread? This site offers advice on getting ready, staying organized and dealing with those feelings of anxiety that can sabotage your success.
    7. Memory Tips and Test Taking Strategies: Boost your chances of remembering what you studied and getting through your test without a hitch by checking out this site.
    8. Top 10 SAT and ACT Test-Taking Tips: Learn the basics of succeeding on the SAT with these simple tips.
    9. SAT Test Day: The Night Before and Morning Of: This article from ePrep will help remember all the little things that can prepare you for taking the SAT.
    10. Test Day Mishaps: While you should avoid these scenarios, if you do run into any problems this site can help you to find out what to do.

    Free Complete Tests

    These free tests will let you experience what it will really be like to take the exam, so you’ll be plenty ready when the real test day arrives.

    1. CollegeBoard SAT Practice Test: Print out this test to get some much-needed practice.
    2. Kaplan Free SAT Practice Test: This test allows you to gauge your skills in an online format and get a feel for what the real deal will be like.
    3. ProProfs SAT Practice Exams: Here you’ll find three different practice exams that will let you test your skills prior to test day.
    4. Peterson’s Free Practice Test: Take this online test for a chance to learn what it’s like to work in a timed situation.
    5. Princeton Review Free SAT: This site offers students the chance to sign up to take a free, in-person SAT exam. You’ll get the full experience of testing so you’ll be more than prepared when you take it for real.
    6. Princeton Review Online Test: Princeton Review also offers an online version of the SAT for students who’d prefer to prepare at home.
    7. Spark Notes SAT Practice Test: At SparkNotes, you’ll be able to take a full version of the SAT for practice. If you don’t have the time for a full exam, they also offer a mini-test.
    8. 4Tests SAT: This version of the test is from a few years back but will still help you practice your SAT skills.
    9. INeedAPencil SAT Tests: You’ll need to register for this site to access the materials but once you do you’ll get two free exams in PDF format.
    10. eNotes SAT Practice Tests: Register for this site and you’ll get access to a full SAT exam that you can take online.

    Flashcards and Games

    If you’re looking for an easy way to learn vocabulary or practice math problems, try out these online and printable flashcards and fun games.

    1. Kaplan’s Skill Builders: These games will make it fun and easy to study for your SAT.
    2. ProProfs SAT Flashcards: Give these free flashcards a try to get some cheap and effective practice for the exam.
    3. SAT Vocabulary Prep Flashcards: Improve your vocabulary for the SAT and beyond with these flashcards.
    4. Sheppard Software Vocabulary Games: Don’t make learning words a bore. These games will quiz you and help you build skills.
    5. Vocabulary Flashcards and Quizzes: Here you’ll find a great selection of tools to help you learn words that might show up on the exam.
    6. Flashcard Exchange: This site is designed to allow users to create and share flashcards on just about everything. You’ll find numerous SAT sets to help you prepare.
    7. Undergrad Flash: This program, which you can use for free during a trial period, tests you on common SAT vocabulary words.
    8. Vocabulary.com Test Prep: Here you’ll get tests and puzzles designed specifically to help you improve your ACT/SAT scores.
    9. 100 Most Common SAT Words: Play these matching, concentration, word search and flashcard games to learn while having fun.

    Practice Questions

    To prepare for specific areas of the test, these practice questions can be a great way to get focused practice.

    1. Official SAT Question of the Day: Those who are studying for the SAT several months in advance may find these daily questions a big help.
    2. SAT Test Practice Modules: These independent learning modules will allow you to test specific skills you’ll need on the exam like geometry, proper comma placement and reading graphs.
    3. Kaplan SAT Practice Questions: Each section of the test is covered by these helpful and free practice questions.
    4. Kaplan’s Facebook SAT Challenge: Why not integrate your studying into your social networking? This great app allows you to get quizzes and questions right in your Facebook account.
    5. ProProfs Practice Questions: Here you’ll get access to numerous questions in every category that can be a great help in studying for the exam.
    6. SAT Prep Tests: This site is home to quizzes to help you test your math skills and build your vocab.
    7. English-Test.net SAT Practice: If you’re in the mood to study your vocabulary and grammar this site is full of helpful quizzes and tests.
    8. SAT Prep Definitions Quizzes: Here you’ll find a collection of quizzes that can help you study the vocab you’ll need to perform well in the critical reading section.
    9. MajorTests.com Practice Questions: Whether you want to work on math, vocab or reading, these free questions will help you study right.
    10. My SAT Practice Free Questions: Both reading and mathematic skills are testable with these free questions.

    Critical Reading Help

    Use these tools to help you improve your chances of doing well on the critical reading portion of the test.

    1. Critical Reading: Students unsure of what they can expect from the critical reading section can find all the important info here.
    2. Sentence Completion Practice: These types of questions will make up a quarter of your critical reading section, so get great practice here with ten free quizzes.
    3. Vocabulary Practice: Check out this site to get instruction on vocab you’ll need for sentence completion, critical reading and analogies.
    4. Reading Comprehension Practice: You can expect to answer several questions related to reading comprehension on the SAT. These practice questions will give you an idea of what those questions will be like.
    5. SAT Critical Reading Prep: PBS.com provides this PDF file with tips and suggestions for doing well on this portion of the exam.
    6. About.com: SAT Critical Reading: Even if you’re not a great reader you’ll find helpful tips on this site.
    7. Syvum SAT Test Preparation: From specific questions to general vocabulary practice, this site has numerous tools to help you perform better.
    8. Mastering Critical Reading Questions: Step-by-Step: This guide makes it super simple to work your way through even the toughest critical reading questions.
    9. Critical Reading Strategies: Use these strategies to ensure you don’t get hung up on questions and waste valuable time.
    10. SAT Critical Reading Questions: Check out this site for some free sample questions to get your studying off on the right track.

    Math Prep

    These sites and tools are designed to help students learn the math skills they need to do well in the mathematics portion of the SAT.

    1. Math: Check out this guide to learn what you need to know about the format and time allotted for the math section.
    2. Practice Exams for Math Reasoning: You can expect to see some of these types of questions on your exam so practice ahead of time with these exams.
    3. OnlineMathLearning Free SAT Practice Test: Register for this site and you’ll be able to take a free test that covers the math portion of the exam.
    4. SAT Mathematics Review: This site has review sections for every type of question you’ll see on the exam.
    5. Study Guide Zone Math Practice Questions: These questions will give you some extra practice for the SAT.
    6. SAT Math Sampler: This introductory quiz can help you determine which areas you need to spend more time studying.
    7. SAT Math Problem of the Day: Get daily practice for the SAT by checking out this Yahoo! website.
    8. Mathaid.com SAT Practice: The full version of this program does cost to use, but you can try out select lessons for nothing with the demo offered.
    9. WebMath: If you find yourself getting stuck on math problems or just want to learn more about math this site can be a great resource.
    10. Free Math Help: From basic math like fractions to more complicated algebra, this site offers a number of free math teaching resources.

    Writing Improvement

    If you know writing is your weakest skill, then use these tools to get some help before you take the test.

    1. Writing: Here you’ll find a guide to everything you can expect from the writing section, from how much time you’ll have to what the test is designed to measure.
    2. Past SAT Essay Prompts: While you won’t see any of these on your exam, they can be a great reference for knowing what to expect and how to write an essay for the test.
    3. SAT Writing Section: This article will give you a little background on the writing section as well as tips on performing well.
    4. Essay Writing for the SAT: Check out this site for sample essays, formats and practice topics.
    5. SAT Writing: On this blog you’ll find a large number of tips designed to help you improve your writing.
    6. SAT Quiz: Writing Section: This Encarta quiz will let you practice your writing skills ahead of time.
    7. Writing for the SAT: Build your confidence and skills by learning what you can from this helpful guide.
    8. SAT Writing Essentials: This whole book is free to use, giving you information on improving your writing, formatting an essay and some great practice quizzes.
    9. The SAT Writing Cram Sheet: These tips will help you remember the most important things you’ll need to know for the exam.
    10. SAT Writing Practice Questions: Gear up for the real thing by practicing at home with these free questions.

    Study Guides and Forums

    Find a little help and guidance from experts and other students through these resources.

    1. ProProfs SAT Wiki: On this site you’ll find numerous articles, notes and study guides to help you prepare.
    2. SAT Test Forum: Chat with other students who are going to take the exam or have already taken in to get some insights and advice.
    3. SAT Exam Prep Study Guide: This complete study guide will walk you through each part of the exam, giving you practice questions along the way.
    4. PinkMonkey SAT Study Guide: This site offers a myriad of study guides and reading materials, including those designed to help you perform better on the SAT.
    5. Study Beans SAT Study Guide: From creating a study plan to focusing on each section of the test, you’ll find tons of helpful information here.
    6. How to Choose a Study Guide for the SAT: If you do want to invest in study materials this guide will help you figure out what’s right for you so you won’t waste money and time.
    7. Preparation Forum for the SAT: This site will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and read discussions about the SAT.
    8. College Confidential SAT and ACT Forums: Check out these forums to learn more from your peers about these exams.
    9. SAT Test Forum and Information: From general information to study tips, you’ll find all kinds of great tips and advice on this forum.

    100 Best Twitter Feeds for College Sports Fanatics

    Apr 9th, 2009

    If you’re crazy about your college sports, you’ll be glad to know there’s a great tool for keeping up with your favorite teams in real time — Twitter. You can follow coaches, schools, teams, and more through the service. Check out these feeds for up-to-the minute information on all your favorite college teams.


    Check out these school feeds if you’re a major fan

    1. @RalphieReport: @RalphieReport offers updates from Colorado Buffaloes athletics.
    2. @txlonghorns: See what’s going on with the Texas Longhorns from @txlonghorns.
    3. @bighouse: The Michigan Wolverines discuss victories and news in The Big House here.
    4. @aggies: You’ll be kept up to date on developments from the Texas A&M Aggies through @aggies.
    5. @UNLVAthletics: Get official updates from UNLV Athletics here.
    6. @PUTIGERS: Find updates on Princeton University athletic events from @PUTIGERS.
    7. @harvardcrimson: @harvardcrimson is the official twitter feed of Harvard Athletics.
    8. @NunesMagician: Sean Keeley discusses Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse.
    9. @WPIAthletics: Here you’ll find athletics news, events, and score updates.
    10. @DePaulAthletics: Here you’ll find the official Twitter feed of the DePaul Blue Demons.
    11. cubuffs: You’ll get the latest on the Colorado Buffaloes from @cubuffs.
    12. @BUAthletics: Find official updates from Boston University athletics on @BUAthletics.
    13. @osucowboys: @osucowboys covers anything and everything about the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
    14. @USCTrojans_com: You’ll get full coverage of the USC Trojans from this Twitter feed.
    15. @UWSportsNews: Here you’ll get sports news from the Washington Huskies.
    16. USInsider: Get the inside scoop on Princeton from Michael Cross, the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Princeton University.
    17. @huskers: Check out @huskers to see what’s going on with the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
    18. @SyracuseStats: Learn about news, scores, and stats from Syracuse on @SyracuseStats.
    19. @Sidelines: You’ll find updates on the University of Kentucky from @Sidelines.
    20. @BroncoNationNOW: @BroncoNationNOW is the Twitter feed behind the Bronco Nation blog and podcast.
    21. @ICGaels: Iona College Athletics offers updates on this Twitter feed.
    22. @BuckeyeKev: Kevin Pressler is a fervent supporter of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
    23. @UWBadgersdotcom: Read news about University of Wisconsin Athletics from the Wisconsin Badget mascot.
    24. @sooners: @sooners offers a great source on information on the Oklahoma Sooners.
    25. @PB_at_BON: Follow Longhorn Mania with Peter Bean.
    26. @GoLSUTigers: Follow LSU football and more when you follow this Twitter stream.


    Follow organizations like the NCAA and conferences on these Twitter feeds.

    1. @NCAA: You’ll get scores and more from @NCAA on Twitter.
    2. @bigtenconf: Follow @bigtenconf to learn about the Big Ten Conference.
    3. @d3hoops: @d3hoops covers news from NCAA Division III basketball.
    4. @CentennialConf: Learn about the NCAA Division III conference from this Twitter feed.
    5. @NCAADoubleAZone: @NCAADoubleAZone discusses news from the official blog of the NCAA.
    6. @NCAANews: Read news about Pac10Rivalry: Follow the Pac10 through this Twitter feed.
    7. NCAC: Keri Luchowski offers updates from the North Coast Athletic Conference.
    8. @SECSportsUpdate: You can find official news on the Southeastern Conference from @SECSportsUpdate.
    9. @FastTimesSEC: Here you’ll find news and commentary about SEC football.
    10. @BigTenNetwork: The Big Ten Network is all about Big Ten fans talking about sports.
    11. @BehindtheNCAA: You can get inside info on college sports from @BehindtheNCAA.
    12. @caazone: Get coverage of the Colonial Athletic Association at @caazone.
    13. @BigWestMBB: Follow men’s basketball in the Big West Conference through @BigWestMBB.
    14. @atlantic10: Through @atlantic10, you can follow the happenings of the Atlantic 10 conference.
    15. @BigTen_Score: @BigTen_Score serves up scores from the Big Ten conference.
    16. @TheMWC: Check out @TheMWC to get official news from the Mountain West Conference.


    These Twitter feeds feature head coaches and more.

    1. @CoachMiles: Tim Miles is the head coach of CSU men’s basketball.
    2. @Ryan_Darcy: Ryan Darcy is the pitching coach for Manhattan College baseball.
    3. @CoachSark: Follow Coach Steve Sarisian, the head football coach at the University of Washington.
    4. @utesoccer: Rich Manning is the coach of the women’s soccer team at University of Utah.


    Learn what’s happening in bowls from these Twitter feeds.

    1. @ATTCottonBowl: This Twitter feed offers official news from the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
    2. @FiestaBowl: @FiestaBowl is full of official news and sports musings.


    These Twitter feeds represent large media outlets for college sports.

    1. @espn: ESPN Sports News shares the latest from college football, basketball, and more.
    2. @AP_Sports: Follow @AP_Sports to be the first to know about sports news.
    3. @dailyorange: Get sports updates from The Daily Orange, the independent student paper at Syracuse.
    4. LATimessports: @LATimessports offers reports on what’s going on in national and Southern California sports.
    5. @pretzel_logic: @pretzel_logic represents Philly.com’s blog about college sports.
    6. @FOXSportscom: @FOXSportscom is the Twitter presence for FOXSports.com.
    7. @nbc_sports: @nbc_sports covers sports news from NBC Sports and msnbc.com.
    8. @nytimessports: Get news from the experts at New York Times sports.
    9. @osknights: The Orlando Sentinel writes about the Knights here.
    10. @BillPlaschke: This columnist at the LA times is also a regular panelist on ESPN’s "Around the Horn."
    11. @OregonianSports: You’ll find sports updates from The Oregonian here.
    12. @osgridiron: Find college football from the Orlando Sentinel on @osgridiron.
    13. @dmatter: Dave Matter is a college football writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
    14. @ESPN360: Check out @ESPN360 to find out which sports are streaming live.
    15. @orlandosports: The Orlando Sentinel reports on Central Florida sports here.
    16. @PSbasketball: Find coverage of Syracuse University’s men’s basketball from the Post Standard on @PSbasketball.
    17. @ESPN_Brackets: This stream follows the NCAA tournament.


    Check out these Twitter feeds for specific sports, like football, basketball, and hockey.

    1. @RUTWncaaf: @RUWTncaaf covers NCAA football.
    2. @clemsonfootball: Rob Williams offers updates on Clemson Football here.
    3. @BracketBusters: @BracketBusters loves college hoops.
    4. @nikebasketball: @nikebasketball covers anything and everything basketball.
    5. @princetontigers: You can find updates from Princeton basketball on this Twitter feed.
    6. @bracketdobber: @bracketdobber is "blogging the bracket."
    7. @umhoops: @umhoops offers unofficial University of Michigan basketball news.
    8. @bbstate: @bbstate is all about too much college basketball.
    9. @CollegeHoopsNet: Find loads of knowledge about college basketball through College Hoops Net.
    10. @RUWTncaab: This Twitter stream will keep you up to date on college basketball.
    11. @psubaseball: Get Penn State baseball scores and more from @psubaseball.
    12. @TheCBB: Follow the College Baseball Blog through @TheCBB.
    13. @rhodybaseball: Follow the happenings of the University of Rhode Island baseball team from @rhodybaseball.
    14. @BadgerMBBall: Here you’ll find official news from Wisconsin Badger Men’s Basketball.
    15. @BracketBuster: Get NCAA tournament news from @BracketBuster.
    16. @huskerhellion: Find Husker football updates, links, rumors and more on @huskerhellion.
    17. @usffootball: This Twitter stream has official news on USF Football.
    18. @GatorsNow: @GatorsNow follows Florida Gators football and basketball.
    19. @BadgerMHockey: @BadgerMHockey is your source for Wisconsin men’s hockey.
    20. @chnews: Get updated on college hockey news through @chnews.
    21. @BadgerRowing: See what the Badger rowing team is up to through this Twitter feed.
    22. @BSUHockey: Learn about Bemidji State University hockey from @BSUHockey.
    23. @CornNation: This tweeter is addicted to Husker football.
    24. @cffwire: Get college football fever from @cffwire.
    25. @BadgerFootball: You can get official news about the Wisconsin football team from this Twitter feed.


    These Twitter feeds cover a wide variety of college sports.

    1. @collegeathlete: Karen Weaver is a college athletic recruiting educator.
    2. @FanNation: @FanNation is a sports social network from Sports Illustrated.
    3. @sbncollege: This sports blog is written for college sports fans, by college sports fans.
    4. @LearfieldSports: Aaron Worsham discusses collegiate sports marketing and beyond.
    5. @BleacherReport: Max at BleacherReport offers an open source sports network.
    6. @GSPWINS: Get sports picks and predictions from @GSPWINS.
    7. @thesportsdiva: Diva Cherie Lampley is a big fan of sports.
    8. @idiotsonsports: Here, three idiots talk about sports.

    10 Surprising Celebs Who Are Ivy-League Educated

    Apr 1st, 2009

    Because of the roles they play, or perhaps because it’s easier to reconcile our own mundane lives with the possibility of celebrity by assuming beautiful, talented, rich people can’t also be smart, it’s easy to underestimate the true intelligence of our favorite stars. But whether it makes you feel worse about yourself or not, an Ivy-League education doesn’t lie. These celebrities may have starred in comic book films and comedy TV shows, but they’re also super smart.

    1. David Duchovny: Actor David Duchovny has gone from The X-Files to Californication, and from a seemingly happy marriage to Tea Leoni to a rehab stint for sex addiction. He has been nominated for an Emmy four times, and is a two-time Golden Globe winner, but Duchovny is also a graduate of two Ivy League universities. Raised in New York City, Duchovny attended the elite Collegiate School for Boys, and then enrolled in Princeton University, where he won a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. Duchovny also has a Master’s degree in English literature from Yale University.
    2. Wentworth Miller: Wentworth Miller has penetrating eyes, a pretty-boy face, and probably a killer paycheck. Miller stars as Michael Scofield on the Fox TV show Prison Break, but the British-born, Brooklyn-raised actor started performing in high school with an annual musical production group. After high school, Miller attended Princeton, where he studied English literature and was a member of the a capella group the Princeton Tigertones.
    3. Natalie Portman: Natalie Portman was a famous, successful actress long before her Harvard days, and that’s why it’s no secret that the stunningly gorgeous actress from Long Island is just as smart as she is beautiful and talented. Portman was born in Jerusalem, and when she was three years old, her family moved to Washington, D.C., then Connecticut, and then to Long Island, NY. While in school, Portman appeared in movies like The Professional, Mars Attacks! and Everyone Says I Love You. When Portman joined the cast of the new Star Wars prequel trilogy, she became an international star, while she was still in high school. Portman continued to film the Star Wars films while on breaks from Harvard where she studied psychology. She graduated in 2003, and in 2004, she began graduate work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to acting in important films like Cold Mountain, V for Vendetta, and Goya’s Ghosts. Portman has also served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University, was named a Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International during a trip to Ecuador, and has supported numerous advocacy groups for animal rights, humanitarian efforts, environmental causes, the Democratic party, and more.
    4. Amanda Peet: Film actress Amanda Peet got her big break after appearing in The Whole Nine Yards and has acted steadily since then, in movies like Something’s Gotta Give, The Ex, The X-Files: I Want to Believe and Syriana. Peet credits an acting class she took at Columbia University with inspiring her to become a professional actress. She graduated from Columbia with a degree in history, and then began appearing in commercials, TV shows and independent films.
    5. Edward Norton: Edward Norton has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, screenwriter and director since the 1990s. His breakout role was Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear, for which he won a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. Norton has also acted in Rounders, Fight Club, The Illusionist, The Hulk, and 25th Hour, among other films. Norton acted at summer camp and as a history student at Yale. His friends at school there include Paul Giamatti and Ron Livingston.
    6. Joy Bryant: Joy Bryant is a beautiful model and actress who often shows up on the red carpet, at Fashion Week and at other social events and parties in LA and New York. But she was discovered by a modeling scout when she was a student at Yale University. Bryant dropped out of Yale and has worked for Tommy Hilfiger, RocaWear, and other brands. As an actress, Bryant appeared in Get Rich or Die Tryin, Antwone Fisher, and other films.
    7. Rashida Jones: When Rashida Jones joined the cast of The Office, her character was known as the girl who gave Pam competition for being "the token hot girl" at work. In real life, the beautiful Rashida Jones is the daughter of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton, and grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA, where she was a classically trained musician and top student. She was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" in high school, and then went on to Harvard to study law. Instead, Jones turned to theater and music, and even composed the score for one of the annual Hasty Pudding Theatricals performances. Jones graduated from Harvard in 1997 after studying religion and philosophy.
    8. John Krasinski: John Krasinski, better known as Jim from The Office is a very smart, very creative guy. He grew up in Boston, MA, and attended high school with future Office co-star B.J. Novak, with whom he collaborated on theatre projects. After taking a semester off post-graduation, Krasinski attended Brown University and studied playwriting. He graduated from Brown in 2001, and acted in commercials, TV shows and off-Broadway shows. Besides The Office, Krasinski acted in films like Kinsey, Jarhead and Leatherheads. Krasinski’s own project, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, an adaptation of the David Foster Wallace work which Krasinski wrote and directed, will open in 2009.
    9. Famke Janssen: Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress who plays sexy, smart roles in films like the X-Men movies and Golden Eye. In the 1980s, Janssen was a model with Elite Model Management. After working for top brands like Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, Janssen attended Columbia University, where she studied writing and literature. Despite the success she has enjoyed for more commercial films, Janssen continues to pursue more thoughtful work through films like Turn the River, for which she won the Special Jury Best Actress Award by the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2007. In 2008, Janssen was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Integrity.
    10. Maggie Gyllenhaal: Maggie Gyllenhaal is an indie film actress who, thanks to her role in The Dark Knight, has started receiving broader recognition for her work. Gyllenhaal, who is the sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal and daughter of Eric Foner, a history professor at Columbia University, began her film acting career when she was just 15. After graduating high school in Los Angeles, she attended Columbia in New York, where she studied literature and Eastern religions. Gyllenhaal graduated in 1999 and then moved to London to study at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

    50 Fabulous Web Tools for Group Projects

    Mar 30th, 2009

    Freelancers, small business owners, college students and family members have found that the Internet has made it easier to work from home, collaborate on group projects, and share important files and links. This list of web tools is ideal for anyone working on a group project, whether you’re looking for task management support, scheduling and calendar organization, or just a place to collect all your materials and brainstorms.

    Project Management

    Get help with assigning tasks, meeting goals and outlining your school projects here.

    1. Hitask: Manage to-do lists, schedules, ideas and iCal with Hitask.
    2. Toodledo: Toodledo is a task manager set on making you motivated and productive.
    3. Todoist: Todoist is another task manager that lets you integrate with Firefox sidebars, Gmail and more.
    4. Google Calendar: Share events, edit schedules and stay organized using this online calendar.
    5. Basecamp: Manage all of your files, task lists, deadlines, schedules, projects, and other collaboration materials online.
    6. Mecanbe: This social media site for goal-setting has a platform for groups.
    7. Flexlists: Create and share lists using this tool.
    8. FreeMind: This open source mind mapping tool makes it easy to map out projects.
    9. 88 Miles: This time tracking tool will keep you on top of schedules, hours worked, and more.
    10. ProjectStat.us: Keep your clients and team members happy when you use this tool to update them with the status of their project.

    Contacts and Communication

    These tools will help you keep all of your contacts and classmates organized while making it possible to meet up virtually.

    1. TimetoMeet: This online meeting tool synchronizes with online calendars.
    2. Campfire: Campfire provides real-time chat for groups.
    3. GroupTweet: Create a group Twitter account with this tool.
    4. Diarised: Diarised helps you pick the best meeting times for you and your friends.
    5. Highrise: Manage all of communications, including contact history, leads and more.
    6. TreePad Lite: Store your e-mails, texts, links and more with TreePad Lite.
    7. ClientScribe: ClientScribe saves and helps you manage communication histories, correspondence, contact information, and more.
    8. Google Talk: Use Google Talk for virtual communication. You can send text messages, voice chat and more.
    9. Google Groups: Set up a Google Group for an easy spot to track discussions and share links.
    10. Keepm: Keepm lets you store and share e-mail addresses.
    11. Grou.ps: Start up your own social network where you can create wikis, share files, manage communication and contacts lists, chat, share links, and a lot more. Grou.ps currently features unlimited disk space.


    Use these tools to share files, edit drafts, organize files and collaborate on a variety of school projects.

    1. Flickr: Organize and manipulate photo projects with Flickr.
    2. writewith: Writing groups can share documents, manage task lists, chat and more.
    3. Wridea: Organize your brainstorming on Wridea, which has tabs for themes, ideas and more.
    4. Loose Stitch: This tool helps you create and share outlines.
    5. Teamspinner: Teamspinner lets you track changes to sharable documents, lets you add wiki text, and is free to use for small projects.
    6. WhosOff: Remember which of your group members are unavailable or out of town with this tool.
    7. Central Desktop: Share, edit and save files with team members using Central Desktop.
    8. PingMe: Stay on track with PingMe, a service that lets you remind yourself and others of important deadlines and dates.
    9. Google Docs: Share and edit documents and spreadsheets online.
    10. Wikispaces: Create a wiki to carve out a web space for collaboration.
    11. Zoho: This collection of web-based tools and apps includes sharable organizers, chat, web conferencing, invoice creators, document manager, note taker, and more.
    12. MixTape.me: Create audio playlists to share, for inspiration, music projects, extra effects, and more.

    Bookmarks and Sharing

    Share your favorite links and inspirational materials here.

    1. Evernote: Clip and save web pages, record audio, and search and share your results with this tool.
    2. Facebook: Facebook makes it easy to share links from around the web.
    3. Google Notebook: Here you can pull links and notes from the web to safely store and send to friends.
    4. Digg: Store your favorite web pages on your Digg profile for friends to find easily.
    5. Delicious: Delicious is another tool that makes it easy to bookmark and share sites.
    6. ShareTabs: Organize a list of links to share via e-mail, Twitter and IM.
    7. diigo: Highlight web pages, share notes and annotations, and add sticky notes to websites with this tool.
    8. Email This: Add an Email This button to your browser to quickly clip and send web pages.


    Keep it all organized with these collaboration tools that include calendars and more.

    1. Backpack: Backpack supports a group calendar, place for announcements, stored and shared files, brainstorming, and more.
    2. Tellico: Organize collections with this organization manager.
    3. Famundo: This organizer is marketed to families but works for any group wanting to connect and share files, photos and more.
    4. Jott: Record voice messages and have them sent out as e-mails and texts to your group members.
    5. Remember the Milk: Manage your lists online with this tool. Remember the Milk also syncs up with Google calendar, Twitter and more.
    6. yaTimer: Track time spent on multiple projects.
    7. Fluttervoice: Freelancers and small businesses can create invoices here.
    8. SlideShare: Here you can share documents and presentations with your friends or the entire community.
    9. Jumpcut: Use Jumpcut as a place to store, edit and share movies.

    100 Social Networks to Help You Reach All Your Goals

    Mar 23rd, 2009

    As a student, the number of things you want to accomplish when compared to the amount of time in which you have to accomplish them can be overwhelming. There are numerous tools out there that can make keeping yourself on track easiesr, however, many of which provide support and advice from a community of other students and educators as well. Here are 100 social networks that will help you work towards your goals, whether you want to start saving money for a European trip or just want to pick up some new study tips.

    Studying Better

    These networks will help you connect with other students out there, share ideas, study together and much more.

    1. NoteCentric: With NoteCentric you can store all your important class notes online so you can access them from anywhere. Better yet, you’ll be able to share your notes and read the notes of others as well.
    2. College-Ruled: This site has a multitude of features that can help you organize your assignments, keep track of your busy schedule and communicate with others in your classes.
    3. NoteMesh: Check out this networking site to keep in touch with your fellow students and to share notes that can help you study and get more from your classes.
    4. wePapers: If you’re looking for some guidance, want to share your ideas or just need some inspiration on what to write, this community site can help you, with thousands of posted papers and assignments.
    5. CampusBug: CampusBug makes it easy for students to stay in touch whether its for fun get-togethers or for studying for a big exam.
    6. The Quad: Here you’ll find online discussion forums about educational issues from study tips to great lectures in your area.
    7. TutorLinker: If you’re struggling with your classes you may want to consider getting a tutor. This site can help link you up with one in your area.
    8. RCampus: Create a profile on this site and you’ll be able to manage your courses, discuss your assignments and even create an online portfolio.
    9. Flashcard Friends: Flashcards can be a great way to study for a wide range of exams and this site allows users to make and exchange flashcards relevant to their studies.
    10. Clivir: Join the online classrooms in this community to learn more about a variety of topics.

    Managing Money

    Those looking for some advice on keeping their spending in check or the best ways to pay off those student loans can check out these helpful financial communities.

    1. Tip’d: This site will help you keep up with the latest issues in finance from major news sources or from finance-oriented blogs. Users can also submit their own stories and connect with others through the site.
    2. Covester: Learn from experience by watching what other investors on this site do and using it to inform your own financial decisions.
    3. I Hate Debt: If you’re drowning in student loans, join this online community to discuss the best ways to pay off your debts and get on track to a debt-free life.
    4. Websabe: Get some advice and guidance from this online community on managing your personal finances and setting realistic goals for your money.
    5. Investing Minds: With clubs and chat rooms this site makes it simple to talk about issues related to investing and a sound financial future.
    6. Money Talk: Check out this online community for advice on just about everything related to money from experts and everyday people alike.
    7. Zopa: Need a loan for your studies? This site can help hook you up with lenders offering low-interest rates.
    8. NetworthIQ: Follow how much you’re worth on this site that lets you share, network and communicate with others trying to build their personal finances.
    9. Geezeo: With Geezeo, users can ask questions of financial experts and other members to learn more about managing money the right way.
    10. GreenNote: Whether you want to get a loan or want to pay it forward by loaning money to other students, this community site offers low-interest alternatives.

    Making Friends

    Making the transition into college, as a young person or an adult, can be difficult and making friends can sometimes be a challenge. These social networks are designed to help you chat with, network and share interests with other students.

    1. Facebook: As the current largest social network in the world, you’re sure to find classmates, old friends, groups and more on this site.
    2. MatchActivity: No matter what you’re interested in this site can help match you up with others who have the same interests, letting you make new friends who share your passions.
    3. Meetup: Find groups in your area to meet up with with through this easy-to-use networking tool.
    4. TeeBeeDee: For older learners, this site can be a great place to meet others who are 40 and over.
    5. Change: Connect with others who are passionate about changing the world through this site.
    6. MySpace: This large social network is full of profiles of your classmates as well as great music, art and more to keep you interested.
    7. Flixster: If youlove movies and are looking for someone nearby to see the latest blockbuster feature with, this site can help you connect.
    8. Last.fm: Create your own online playlists of music here and meet others who share you passion for music.
    9. Xanga: If you love to blog but also want social networking functionality, this site can be a great choice for getting out your feelings and chatting with others.
    10. Twitter: With on-the-go capabilities, this network can help you easily keep in touch with your friends and family and let them know what you’re up to at any time.


    The ultimate goal of most students is to graduate and get a job. These social networks let you get a head start in making essential connections that can land you the job you want.

    1. LinkedIn: This popular social network is essential for making business connections, establishing an online identity and preparing yourself for real world job experience.
    2. Fast Pitch: Just because you’re in school doesn’t mean you don’t have some great business ideas. This site will let you pitch them and make some new business connections.
    3. XING: As one of the largest business social networks, this site is a great place to chat with those currently working in the business world.
    4. Ryze: Create a profile on this site to connect with your fellow students and make essential business connections that can help you upon graduation.
    5. Jigsaw: Want to know more about a business you’re considering applying with? This site makes it easy and can help you make some great connections.
    6. Doostang: Search for your ideal job on this network or just browse through the profiles of business owners.
    7. Konnects: Talk with others who have similar business interests here or start searching for connections that will help you get a job.
    8. Spoke: Chat up the working world in this social network that lets you do everything from send simple messages to search for jobs that suit your skills.
    9. APSense: APSense allows users to promote their businesses, ideas and careers while making new friends and connections.
    10. Gooruze: If you plan on working on the Web, this site offers an easy way to get in touch with other internet marketers that can help you out with advice and information.

    Sharing Your Creativity

    From art to music, these networks make it easy to get your creative side out there. Who knows, if your work is good enough you may even make a career out of it.

    1. ImageKind: With ImageKind you can share, sell and market your artwork and photographs, giving you a leg up in business.
    2. ArtSlant: Join this art-focused community to learn more about exhibitions and gallery openings in your own city or those around the nation so you can get out and get cultured.
    3. Community Arts Network: Interested in becoming part of the community arts movement? This site can get you in touch with the big artistic groups in your area.
    4. EditRed: Share your love of writing with others in this community and get some helpful feedback on ways to improve.
    5. J-Learning: Learn more about journalism and improve your writing skills through this online network of journalism teachers and students.
    6. Behance: Use Behance to showcase your work to potential clients and buyers as well as to connect with other creative types out there.
    7. ShapeShifters: This network acts as a home to creative exchange between users from all over the world.
    8. DeviantART: Users of this networking site can create online portfolios that allow them to share their work with the world and get helpful feedback.
    9. Coroflot: Here you’ll get assistance creating an online portfolio, finding new clients, talking with designers and even getting hired.
    10. Creative Quarter: This site allows users to create a profile share thoughts and images, blog, chat and much more with the larger creative community.

    Reading More

    Whether your goal is to read the essential classics or just pick up a book that isn’t assigned for class, these social networks help you find new reads, keep track of your progress and chat with others who are reading the same material.

    1. LibraryThing: Keep track of your personal library, chat about books with others in the community and read loads of book reviews on this site.
    2. BookCrossing: With BookCrossing, users can share their love of books while getting recommendations on what title to read next.
    3. Shelfari: With Shelfari you can create a virtual bookshelf, home to the books you own, as well as get ideas of what to read next.
    4. Books Well Read: If you want to delve into the deeper meanings in the books you’re reading, try checking out the online discussions held in this reading social network.
    5. aNobii: Create an account on aNobii to connect with other book lovers, document the books you’ve own or have read and give and get great recommendations.
    6. ConnectViaBooks: Meet others from far flung places or in your own community that share your taste in reading through this site.
    7. GoodReads: Keep track of what you’ve read, find suggestions and keep in touch with other readers through this essential networking site.
    8. Revish: Share your summer reading lists on this site and engage in discussion groups to talk about what you’ve read here.
    9. Reader’s Paradise: This online discussion forum is a great place to have in depth talks about whatever book you’re currently reading.
    10. BookJetty: This online reading community allows users to share their favorite reads, find out library availability, connect with other readers and much more.

    Learning Languages

    These networks will allow you to get additional practice learning a language for your college courses or allow you to pursue language studies all on your own.

    1. LiveMocha: At LiveMocha you can meet others in a language learning community or take advantage of great language learning tools.
    2. Huitalk: Join this network to engage in a free exchange of language learning opportunities.
    3. Chaula: While the full version of this site comes at a cost, you can get a trail version that will let you talk, learn and take lessons online.
    4. SharedTalk: Found on the well-known language software Rosetta Stone’s site, this network allows you to find people who speak a wide variety of languages to converse with.
    5. Italki: Here you’ll find loads of free resources that will put you in touch with native speakers from around the world.
    6. Lingoz: Lingoz is a helpful online language dictionary but also offers the chance to connect with other language learners in an online community.
    7. VoxSwap: At VoxSwap, you’ll be matched up with others based on the language you want to learn and your native capacity so you can work together with another speaker to build your skills.
    8. Babbel: Babbel makes language learning practical with immersive community interactions.
    9. My Happy Planet: Hook up with native speakers from around the world to test your language learning skills here.
    10. xLingo: This language exchange community allows users to share their language skills in a native language while getting assistance from others in theirs.

    Getting Healthy

    Don’t let your health fall by the wayside just because you’re busy. These social networks will help you stay fit and healthy.

    1. Trusera: This social network allows users to share health and illness related stories with one another.
    2. HealthChapter: At HealthChapter, the online community helps users to share their illnesses, treatments and experiences with one another to foster support and health awareness.
    3. FitLink: Find workout partners, track your workouts and find gyms in your area, and get in touch with others on this site.
    4. Gyminee: Keep track of your workouts, set fitness goals and talk with your gym buddies on this fully-featured online community.
    5. WalkerTracker: Through this site you can meet others who love to walk for pleasure, fitness or both.
    6. Sporting Connections: Here you can meet up with others who enjoy playing sports and form teams, make new friends and stay fit.
    7. PeerTrainer: Find help and inspiration meeting your fitness goals through the supportive and informative tools on this network.
    8. WellSphere: From illness discussions to videos showing you how to do yoga, you’ll find a myriad of resources on this site to help you get healthy.
    9. Traineo: Here you’ll find the support and guidance you need to meet all your fitness goals.
    10. ExtraPounds: If you’re looking to shed some extra pounds, this online community can help you track and monitor your weight loss to help you to greater success.
    11. IntroPLAY: Through this site you can find other members to meet up with, play sports and stay in shape with.

    Being Productive

    Check out these online communities to get tips, support and technology to get you organized and productive.

    1. MyQuire: MyQuire lets you handle tasks, scheduling, projects, and even photos while still letting you enjoy all the standard social networking features.
    2. HiTask: This tool helps you keep in touch with team members, classmates and more while sharing a list of things that need to get done.
    3. 8Apps: From finding collaborative partners to mindmapping together, this collection of tools is designed to boost your productivity no matter what you’re working on.
    4. Digsby: Don’t waste your time checking all you IMs and social networking pages individually. Digsby allows you to bring them all together in one place along with your email so you can keep in touch efficiently.
    5. Xobni: This Outlook plugin can help you get through all those emails, keep in touch and more with an easy and free sidebar.
    6. Zoho Projects: Zoho Projects makes it simple to collaborate, share notes and work on group projects using the Web.
    7. Mindomo: Check out this mind mapping software to track your thoughts and share them with others using the software.
    8. Sticky Notes: The virtual alternative to the real-life sticky, this program allows you to make short notes about websites and pass them to friends, colleagues and other learners.
    9. Clipmarks: Clip out pieces of texts or images on the Web that are relevant to your research, personal interests or group projects and make them accessible to others through Clipmarks.
    10. Bibsonomy: This site provides an easy way to share not only bookmarks but lists of literature, a useful tool to organize your material but also find work done by others that might be useful to you.


    These sites can help you meet your goals in being more green, studying abroad, becoming a mentor and more.

    1. Matador: Use this site to share your travel stories or learn where to go through the trials of another users.
    2. TravBuddy: Here you can find out where you might like to visit or find out about great sites around the world to help you explore the world around you or finally fulfill your dreams of travel.
    3. Experience Project: With posts on personal experiences of people from all over the globe, this site can help you become more globally aware, socially conscious and learn from the successes and mistakes of others.
    4. Ning: Ning can help you to create any kind of social network you’d like, from getting things done to monitoring your spending.
    5. likemind: From making new business connections to setting up lifelong friendships, this networking site allows you to chat with people from around the globe who share your thoughts and interests.
    6. GoAbroad: Want to study abroad? You can learn more about what overseas travel and learning is like through this online community.
    7. CoolPeopleCare: No matter what it is you care about, this site will help you connect with others who share your passion and get you set up to take action and make a difference.
    8. MakeMeSustainable: This online network can help you work towards your goal of living a greener life.
    9. iMantri: Check out this site to meet up with or become a mentor in your area.

    50 Awesome Open Courseware Classes on Space & Astronomy

    Mar 17th, 2009

    Whether you want an introduction to astronomy or are experienced in aeronautical engineering but want to learn more about the physics of the galaxy, you can find helpful study materials, lectures and not-for-credit assignments online through open courseware. Schools like MIT and the University of California offer these resources for mastering the mystery of black holes, learning about the history of astronomy, and more.

    Stars and Galaxies

    These courses and lectures will teach you about quasars, active galaxies, star structure and more.

    1. Introduction to Astronomy: Here you’ll learn all about the basics of astronomy, including the galaxy, universe, solar system, stars and more. [MIT]
    2. The Solar System: Learn all about planetary formation, cratering, orbits and more in this course. [MIT]
    3. Introduction to Active Galaxies: Learn about optical and broadband spectra, Seyfert galaxies, Quasars and more. [The Open University]
    4. The evolving universe: Discover what happened to the universe after the Big Bang in terms of structure, inflation, the quark-lepton era, and more. [The Open University]
    5. Comparing Stars: Discover what stars are made of and how they develop and die in this course. [The Open University].
    6. Big Bang: Study this important theory in the creation of our galaxy and planet. [The Open University]
    7. Elementary Astronomy: Topics covered in this course include binary stars, the formation of the solar system, comets, the moon, variable stars, and more. [College of Eastern Utah]
    8. Gene Smith’s Astronomy Tutorial: Supernovae, Neutron Stars and Pulsars: Learn all about supernovae structure in this course. [University of California – San Diego]
    9. The Moon: Here you will learn all about the moon’s rotation and orbit, missions to the moon, the moon’s atmosphere, and more. [The Open University]
    10. The Sun: Lessons in this unit include Beyond visible light, Observing the Sun, Angular size, Inside the sun, and others. [The Open University]
    11. Starbursts and Colliding Galaxies: View images and animations about galaxies and quasars here. [University of California – San Diego]


    Learn all about cratering, exoplanets, global warming and planet compilation in this section.

    1. Hands-On Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets: Learn how to keep an observing notebook in this astronomy course, which also teaches the basics of using telescopes. [MIT]
    2. Basics of Impact Cratering and Geological, Geophysical, Geochemical Environmental Studies of Some Impact Craters of the Earth: Study impact cratering to uncover the mysteries of some of Earth’s 170 identified craters. [MIT]
    3. Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques: Apply fundamental physics processes and principles to the study of exoplanets in this course. [MIT]
    4. Global Warming: Try to uncover the root causes for global warming and atmospheric change in this course. [The Open University]
    5. Jupiter and its Moons: Lessons in this course include Rotation and orbit, Missions to Jupiter, The interior, The atmosphere, Satellites, and others. [The Open University]
    6. The Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Learn about the presence of water on Mars in this lecture. [UC Berkeley]
    7. Introduction to Planets: View images of planets and get a brief history of the solar system here. [Wikiversity]
    8. Weather on Other Planets: Discover what the weather and atmospheric conditions are like on Mercury, Mars, Venus, Neptune and other planets. [Suite 101]


    These physics courses can help you better understand the science behind space.

    1. Experimental Physics I and II: This junior lab course can help you experiment with physics properties and laws. [MIT]
    2. Modern Astrophysics: Apply Newtonian, statistical, and quantum mechanics physics "to fundamental processes that occur in celestial objects" in this course. [MIT]
    3. Physics I: Classical Mechanics: Watch videos and review lectures to learn about Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory. [MIT]
    4. Atmospheric and Ocean Circulations: Learn all about the physics that controls ocean circulations. [MIT]
    5. Maths for science: Space, physics and astronomy students can take this refresher mathematics course to review scales of measurement, chance and probability, statistics, and other principles. [The Open University]
    6. Motion under gravity: Learn all the basics of gravity in this course, which also introduces students to gravitational energy and energy conservation. [The Open University]
    7. The restless universe: This course applies physics principles to the evolution of the universe. [The Open University]
    8. Introductory Physics: Review the fundamentals of introductory physics here. [UC Berkeley]
    9. Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity and Astrophysics: The study of black holes is used as a microcosm for understanding astrophysics and relativity. [MIT]
    10. General Relativity and Black Holes: Learn about The Equivalence Principle, The Theory of Special Relativity and more from this course. [University of California – San Diego]

    Technology and Engineering

    Learn about the technology and engineering systems that augment the study of astronomy and missions into space.

    1. Space Systems Engineering: Learn how to design ground and space telescopes in this course. [MIT]
    2. Introduction to Aerospace Engineering and Design: This introductory class will teach you all about the basics of aerospace engineering. [MIT]
    3. Aerodynamics: Learn about wing and body performance in this aerodynamics class. [MIT]
    4. Cognitive Robotics: Design your own robot project in this course. [MIT]
    5. Space Systems Engineering: Here you will learn about designing and maintaining space stations, satellites and more. [MIT]
    6. Space System Architecture and Design: Discover how to design and build a functioning space system [MIT]
    7. Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System: Study the Apollo project from an engineering view point. [MIT]
    8. Satellite Engineering: Learn all about "subsystem design in engineering spacecraft" in this course. [MIT]
    9. Rocket Propulsion: Topics covered in this course include thermochemistry, launch and oribtal systems, interpanetary flight systems, and more. [MIT]
    10. Space Propulsion: Here you will learn about all the systems and physics involved with space propulsion. [MIT]
    11. Telescopes and spectrographs: Learn how telescopes and spectrographs are designed and utilized in astronomy. [The Open University]
    12. Receivers, Anetannas and Signals: Those interested in technical communication systems should review this course, which covers topics like astronomy. [MIT]

    History and Society

    Here you can learn about Galileo and the history of astronomy.

    1. Toward the Scientific Revolution: In this course, you will learn how science, mathematics and astronomy were explored during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. [MIT]
    2. Learning from the Past: Drama, Science Performance: Understand how science and drama evolved in western Europe during the 17th century. [MIT]
    3. Space Policy Seminar: This course takes a look at the administrative, managerial and policy-driven side of space exploration. Learn about national security policy, commercial space policy and more. [MIT]
    4. The History of Astronomy: Learn about the important people who impacted the study of the universe here. [Cornell]


    For more study resources related to space and astronomy, review these courses.

    1. Europa and elsewhere: By studying the potential for life on the icy satellite Europa, students explore extraterrestrial life elsewhere. [The Open University]
    2. Modern Navigation: Study "the concepts and applications of navigation techniques using celestial bodies and satellite positioning systems" in this course. [MIT]
    3. A Brief History of Astronomy: Get an overview of the history of astronomy, from Pythagoras to Aristotle to Eratosthenes to Galileo to Isaac Newton. [University of California – San Diego]
    4. The Galileo Project: This project explains important scientific principles and systems, including the Ptolemaic System, Atomism, and other overviews about telescopes, tides, the planets and more. [Rice]
    5. Facts About Meteors: Get an introductory look at meteors here. [Suite 101] .

    100 Fabulous Social Networks and Communities for Lifelong Learners

    Mar 16th, 2009

    Whether you’re heading back to school after years in the working world or just like to learn about new topics in your spare time, being able to find support, information and an active community of like minded individuals can be essential to your learning success. Fortunately, the Internet makes it easier than ever to connect with others who are in the same boat as you and allows you to communicate quickly and easily with people from all over the world. Here are 100 that we’ve collected that you can use to get in touch and find new learning opportunities.


    One of the easiest ways to learn new things at any stage of your life is by picking up a book. Whether you want to read the classics or keep up with the latest non-fiction these social networks will help you find new reads and get more out of them by discussing them with others.

    1. BookJetty: Use BookJetty to share your favorite books, read ratings from Amazon, learn what books might be available at your library, and connect with others reading the same books.
    2. BookCrossing: Meet thousands of others from around the world on this site who share a common interest– books! You’ll get recommendations, make new friends and more.
    3. LibraryThing: Use this site to list the books you own and love while connecting with others with similar interests, getting suggestions for new reading and read reviews.
    4. Books Well Read: From talking about the symbolism in Hemingway to those who want help remembering the best parts of what they read, this online community is an essential resource.
    5. ConnectViaBooks: Use this social network to connect with others with similar interests in reading.
    6. GoodReads: Here you can list the books you’ve read, want to read and get some suggestions of new places to look for reading enjoyment.
    7. Revish: This site not only allows you to share your reading lists but also to engage in discussion groups to talk about what you’ve read.
    8. Shelfari: Create an online bookshelf using this social networking tool and you’ll get in touch with thousands of others who can give you suggestions of what to read next.
    9. Reader’s Paradise: Join up on this forum to discuss all topics related to reading.
    10. aNobii: aNobii lets users make lists of their books, talk about what they’re reading and connect with people of all kinds.

    Business Networks

    What do you plan to do with all that new learning? If you’re working on a degree, you may be in the market for a new job after graduation. These tools can help you network, learn more about the field you’re going into, and much more.

    1. XING: With over 7 million members, this business networking site is a great place to get in touch and learn with business owners and operators around the world.
    2. Ryze: Here you’ll be able to connect with old friends and make new ones, and great business connections.
    3. Jigsaw: You can use this site for finding information about businesses and maybe even hook up with a new one.
    4. Spoke: This site has millions of members in all kinds of businesses and lets you create a profile, send messages and even search for jobs.
    5. Fast Pitch: Want to market all those new ideas you’ve been coming up with? This site lets you do just that, along with making some great new connections.
    6. Doostang: Make the most of the education you’re getting by finding a better job and business networks through this site.
    7. ImageKind: If you’re into creating artwork, designs or other creative things, this site can help you market and sell your work.
    8. Konnects: This site can help individuals make great connections and chat in communities with others who have shared interests.
    9. APSense: APSense allows users to promote their businesses, ideas and careers while making new friends and connections.
    10. Gooruze: Learn all you need to know about online marketing from this helpful social networking community.

    Clubs and Social Gatherings

    Meeting up with others who share interests with you or who have more expertise in things you want to learn more about is easy with these social networks and online communities.

    1. MatchActivity: Want to get more advice on how to knit? Meet up to discuss the latest best seller? This site can match you up with others in your area that share your interests.
    2. CircleUp: Do you want to start a club? This site makes it easy to send out messages to all those who are interested in meeting up with you.
    3. Change: Whether you have a dream to change the world or just want to learn more about someone living a life different from your own this site helps hook you up with others working for social change.
    4. Meetup: No matter what you want to meet up to do, this site makes keeping in touch and finding new groups easy.
    5. HobbyThing: This this helps you learn more about others hobbies and share the ins and outs of your own.
    6. CratenFire: Check out this site to share your work, hobbies and more and learn from other members.
    7. Hobeze: Share your hobby, discuss things with others and even discover new passions on this great site.
    8. Listal: Here you can find lists of the best of the best of everything, according to the other users of this site. You can find new ways to explore an old hobby or learn all about something new you never knew you loved by networking with others on this site.


    For those who are pursuing lifelong education at a college or other learning center, these online tools are designed to keep you in touch with other students and studying right.

    1. CampusBug: CampusBug is designed to help students stay in touch with one another and share valuable thoughts and information from classes and beyond.
    2. RateMyProfessor: Want to know what to expect when you get a particular professor? This site can help you rate your teachers and get in touch with others who’ve had them.
    3. Graduates: This site is designed to help communication between students, those still in school and those who’ve finished and want to keep in touch.
    4. The Quad: Join the study forums and get updates about events like lectures and more on the college-centered site.
    5. wePapers: Want to see what someone ahead of you has already said about a topic? This site allows you to post your own papers and read what other students are writing.
    6. NoteMesh: Share your notes with others in your class on this easy-to-use networking and communication site.
    7. College-Cram: This site is full of social learning resources that will make it easy for your to study on your own and with others in your classes.
    8. College-Ruled: Here you can put your class schedule online, organize your assignments and share your thoughts on online discussion boards.
    9. NoteCentric: Store and share your class notes on this site that allows you to access them from anywhere.
    10. LearnHub: This site is home to advice on studying abroad, resume building and career advice as well as all kinds of learning communities.

    Learning and Education

    These online tools are great for helping you learn more and meet others with your love of learning, no matter your age.

    1. Moodle: This free application makes it easy to create and share online learning communities for classes or just for casual learning experiences.
    2. LectureShare: This site makes it possible for instructors to share lectures and notes with students, many of which are available to everyone.
    3. TutorLinker: Need a little help with your homework? This site makes it easy to find tutors so you can learn better.
    4. Lifelong Learning Network: Meet up with other lifelong learners on this networking site.
    5. Lifelong Learning Message Board: Post your thoughts or read those of others on this helpful message board.
    6. Smart.fm: Here you’ll find instructional lists that can help you learn more about everything from architecture to Asian capitals.
    7. Rafi.ki: Get in touch with learners all over the world using this simple online tool, with educational projects and communicational tools.
    8. Clivir: This site has online classrooms that anyone can be a part of, with a wide variety of lessons.
    9. Eduslide: Share your knowledge and learn from others on this e-learning community site.
    10. E-Learning Community 2.0: This tool acts as an intermediary between places of knowledge and learners like you, making it easy to find what you need.
    11. EduSpaces: Those interested in education and educational technologies can join this expanding social network.
    12. RCampus: RCampus is a great place for "building personal and group websites, managing your courses, e-portfolios, academic communities, and much more."
    13. Barbelith: Check out this subculture-oriented site to discuss everything from politics to comic books. You can engage in intellectually stimulating conversations and maybe even learn a thing or two.
    14. Flashcard Friends: Studying doesn’t have to be difficult. This site allows users to make and share flashcards.

    Seeing the World

    One way to keep on learning about the world is to see it in person rather than just read about it. These sites are a great way to find information, photos and advice on places all over the world for travel or just daydreaming.

    1. Matador: This site is an open forum for sharing your travel stories or reading about the adventures of others.
    2. TravBuddy: Here you can find out where you might like to visit or find out about great sites around the world.
    3. Dopplr: Plan out your next trip using this site, where you can get great, reliable information about where to go and what to see.
    4. Lonely Planet: Whether you’re looking into life in a remote corner of the earth or want to stretch out your legs on an adventurous trip, you’ll find loads of posts in this online forum.
    5. Virtual Tourist: If you can’t afford to take a vacation but still want to see the world, check out this site to explore places virtually.
    6. BootsnAll: This site is an indispensable resource for travelers who love to go it on their own. Check out their lists of the best places or chat with others about their recommendations.
    7. Driftr: Here you can keep track of where you’ve been, where you want to go and talk with other travelers.
    8. GoAbroad: Those in college can learn more about study abroad experiences through this community site.
    9. TrekCafe: From booking travel to finding travel partners, this site is home to a wealth of resources for travelers and those looking to learn more.

    Topic Specific Learning

    These communities and networks are home to more specific interest, from knitting to birding, helping you pursue knowledge in a variety of fields.

    1. ArtSlant: Join this art network to learn more about exhibitions and gallery openings in cities around the nation.
    2. Community Arts Network: The arts are everywhere and you can learn more about what’s going on with community arts in yours through this network.
    3. BottleTalk: Want to learn more about wine so you can understand what to pair with what? This site is home to loads of wine enthusiasts who can provide advice and instruction to novices.
    4. Flixster: Chat about films, fluffy and foreign alike, on this community of cinephiles.
    5. BirdPost: Join up with others who love birding and learn more about the fauna in your area through this online community.
    6. EditRed: This network of writers makes it easy to get your work out there and maybe even get it edited by someone else in the community.
    7. Experience Project: This site is home to shared experiences from people all over the world. You can gain a lot from reading about what others have done, and maybe shape your own experiences because of it.
    8. Ravelry: Knitters and those hoping to learn more about this craft can meet up and talk here.
    9. J-Learning: Learn more about journalism and improve your writing skills through this educationally focused site.

    Sharing Ideas and Resources

    Learners of all ages need to share information for working together and supporting other learners. These sites offer great ways to do that easily and make your information and that of others readily accessible.

    1. Bibsonomy: This site provides an easy way to share not only bookmarks but lists of literature, a useful tool to organize your material but also find work done by others that might be useful to you.
    2. Diigo: With Diigo you can highlight, bookmark and share just about anything on the web, making it easy to collaborate and work collectively.
    3. StumbleUpon: Through this social bookmarking site, you can pick out articles and sites you find interesting and see what others have marked that you might find of interest.
    4. Blinklist: BlinkList makes saving your links fast and easy and sharing them with other learners is a snap as well.
    5. Furl: Save and share sites you think are of interest with this simple and easy-to-use tool.
    6. Clipmarks: Clip out pieces of texts or images on the Web that are relevant to your research, personal interests or group projects and make them accessible to others through Clipmarks.
    7. Sticky Notes: The virtual alternative to the real-life sticky, this program allows you to make short notes about websites and pass them to friends, colleagues and other learners.
    8. Newsvine: Check out Newsvine to read up on the latest things going on in the world. You can also contribute your own important stories and share sites with friends.
    9. Zoho Projects: Zoho Projects makes it simple to collaborate, share notes and work on group projects through an accessible online medium.
    10. Mindomo: This online mind-mapping software makes it easy to track your thoughts and get feedback from others.
    11. Bubbl.us: Get those juices flowing with this brainstorming tool that allows you to share your ideas with anyone you’d like.

    Language Learning

    Who doesn’t wish they knew more languages? These online networks and tools make it easier and more fun to do so.

    1. LiveMocha: Join LiveMocha to get access to free language lessons as well as take part in an active online community.
    2. SpeakLike: If you’re not quite fluent yet but still want to talk with people from around the world, check out this helpful online tool. You can also sign up to stretch your skills out as a translator.
    3. Chaula: Get a free trial of this language learning lab to get access to lessons and interactions with language tools.
    4. Babbel: Don’t just learn words from a vocab list, put your language skills to use with this online learning community.
    5. SharedTalk: Found on the well-known language software Rosetta Stone’s site, this network allows you to find people who speak a wide variety of languages to converse with.
    6. Lingoz: Lingoz is more than just an online language dictionary. You’ll also find experts and native speakers to answer any of your language learning questions.
    7. VoxSwap: Here you’ll be matched up with others based on your language knowledge and what you want to learn so that both partners in a conversation can benefit from the interaction.
    8. Huitalk: This site hopes to offer a new way to learn languages by fostering an open exchange of language education.
    9. My Happy Planet: Join this community to learn a language from native speakers around the world.
    10. xLingo: This language exchange community allows users to share their language skills in a native language while getting assistance from others in theirs.
    11. Italki: Check out the free resources on this site, designed to help you learn a new language with the help of others around the world.

    General Sites

    These sites are great for learners looking for large, active online communities.

    1. LinkedIn: A linked in account is essential for learners hoping to network and get ahead in their careers.
    2. Second Life: Create an account and an avatar on this site and you can take online courses, communicate, explore museums and more in a virtual world.
    3. Facebook: Originally designed to keep students in touch, this site is now open to anyone. You can find loads of integrated learning tools, groups and information about goings on at your school or in your community.
    4. TeacherTube: If you want to learn, connect with others who are teaching and learning, check out this site full of instructional videos.
    5. YouTube: Not everything on YouTube is just for laughs. You can also find helpful videos to help you learn and explore, or just keep up with what the kids are into.
    6. delicious: You can easily share and save interesting articles you don’t have time to read at the moment.
    7. TeeBeeDee: Geared towards users 40 and over, this site can be an ideal place to network for older learners.
    8. Ning: Ning allows you to create your own specialized social networks, for use for education, sharing or whatever else you’d like.

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