The internet has changed all parts of human life from business to communication and, of course, learning. In the pre-internet days, formal education was rigid and straight-forward; you paid to attend an in-person learning institution and carried out personal study on your own or with the help of people who were physically close to you. Now, with the advent of the internet, we have access to all sorts of remote learning resources. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is even more emphasis on remote learning and leveraging the internet to reach students.
Whether your learning institution has gone fully remote or you merely need help with personal study, there are many ways to take advantage of e-learning. One platform that’s stood out as being particularly beneficial to users during this time is Studypool.
- Online Learning Assistance
Ever gotten stuck on a particularly difficult textbook problem or needed help understanding an advanced concept or theory and needed help right away? Usually, your only option, in these situations, would be reaching out to a classmate with the hope that they would be able to help you as waiting for your professor’s next office hours was just timely enough. Thanks to e-learning, you can reach out to thousands of people on the internet and get instant support for difficult questions.
Take Studypool, an online e-learning resource center. Much like Course Hero’s Q&A feature, Studypool’s micro-tutoring allows you to post questions in over 250 subject areas and will match you with expert tutors who can give you clear explanations and answers to help you learn. This means you can get right on with your studies and don’t need to stress when you get stuck.
- Notebanks and Databases
For a lot of students, note-taking is a tedious activity that they would rather not bother with. For others, they might not be very good at note-taking or might simply need more help in doing so. In the past, your only source of support with your notes would be other students who take or have taken the same class or your teacher. Thanks to the broadness of the internet, students from all over the world who study the same topics can help each other. One of these ways is through note-banks.
Popularized by sites like Course Hero and Chegg, databases of study material have been commonly shared between students for decades. Sites like Studypool however make it easier than ever with search functions that help students identify the materials they need in a matter of seconds. Even if you’re not looking for class-specific notes, you can find notes and explanations on a broad range of topics. Just search for a keyword and you will find many documents available to browse. These notebanks can be used for casual learning also—suppose you are working in marketing and need to brush up on some key principles, searching these databases will help narrow down to learning resources versus searching blindly on Google.
- Book guides
Whether you’re a student interested in studying literature or just struggling to get through some required readings, book guides are always a useful resource. For classic works of literature written in older forms of English, for example, understanding might be difficult. This is where book guides come in. Book guides are a comprehensive breakdown of books to enable students to understand them better.
A classic Shakespearean play might make no sense to some, but a book guide will give a simple explanation of the plot, dialogue, and the meaning behind the story. This takes it from a hard-to-grasp foreign concept to an easily digestible work for students. They also offer chapter-by-chapter breakdowns so you can read such works ahead of the class or go back to a previously read chapter for better understanding.
Studypool not only offers book guides for books typically read in school, but also guides for more up and coming books. Even if you don’t have the time to read the latest best-seller, reading a guide allows you to get the gist and key concepts of the book. As a New York Times best-seller for over a year, Becoming by Michelle Obama is unsurprisingly one of Studypool’s most popular guides.
- Video tutoring
Every student has been in the situation of needing more explanations on a topic discussed in class but teachers are not always able to provide one-on-one support for them. This is particularly an issue now that tutor-student interactions are so limited. With live online tutoring on platforms such as Chegg and Studypool, you can book time with a tutor in a certain subject to really get the additional support you need. Whether you want a more in-depth understanding of a topic or a quick refresh, online tutoring is the way forward and it’s as easy as Facetiming your friends.
It is impossible to deny the many benefits afforded to students thanks to the internet such as e-learning. Platforms like Studypool, Course Hero, and Chegg allow you to learn at your own pace and enjoy support from a community of thousands of people from the comfort of your home or while on the go. Take advantage of these resources and watch your schoolwork improve.