Going to your first class, and getting your first taste of life as an international student, you may be overwhelmed by the workload, and you may start thinking to yourself that you need some help. Well, we are here to tell you that there are many tools online that can be quite useful to you as an international student. Here are five tools that you should have bookmarked on you internet browser.

Diigo

This online tool allows you to add notes directly to a web page. Say you read something that might be helpful to your research paper. You just highlight the text directly on the website and add a sticky note. This is also helpful because you will then be able to refer back to this note and text even if you are not connected to the internet. This tool even allows you to share your research with classmates and friends.

OpenStudy

Being part of a study group while in college can go a long way in helping you understand the course material, because you will be with students who are in the same boat as you, trying to understand a certain topic. OpenStudy allows you to join a study group from the comfort of your home.

InstaGrok

This is a unique search engine. The way this works is it doesn't just show results of the search you wanted. But it will create a detailed web, with everything that is connected with your query. For example, you are doing a term paper about World War II, you will get articles, facts, images and videos of everything related to it.

UReddit

The famous Reddit online platform, has a separate site that offers courses and teaching material. Of course, like the original Reddit platform, UReddit content is user generated, so you might find resources by students just like you. Some of the areas that you will find information on include Computer Science, Social Sciences, and Language.

Keepmeout

When studying, your mind might begin to wander, especially if you are studying on your computer. You might think to yourself, “hmm let me just check what Steve is up to on Facebook.” And the next thing you know, you will be checking out Steve’s photo album from 2010. That's where Keepmeout.com comes in. It will block you from accessing any distracting websites while you are studying. So if you know that you might lose focus while studying, use this tool to help you.

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About the Writer: Mohammad Al Onaizi graduated from the American University of Kuwait with a Bachelor's in History and International Studies. He is currently a Marketing Trainee, living in Dubai. He loves sports, and has a passion for writing on subjects related to his own personal experiences and international education. He is currently in the process of writing his first fictional novel.