Here are 5 things you should know.
1. There is a website that ranks websites based on their TOS.
https://tosdr.org/ ranks websites from A to F based on how bad the terms of service are.
2. In case you ever lose your Android phone, there is an applet which turns its ringer up to 100% if you text it.
All you need is a free account with If This, Then That. Once you have an account, you can set up this applet. Essentially, when your phone receives a text with a specified keyword/phrase, its ringtone will be turned up to max volume.
If you have an Alexa or Google Home, there are also more direct ways to find your phone via the same site here and here, respectively.
3. Keep the address on your driver’s license current.
It’s illegal to have an old address and you may have fines delivered via the mail that could suspend your driver’s license if left unpaid.
4. These are 7 extremely helpful websites if you’re applying to college this year.
1. The Common App: Obviously. But what isn’t so obvious is this site’s helpfulness beyond the “Apply Now” button. The site is jam-packed with videos answering tons of questions that have crossed every applicant’s mind. If you don’t find content that answers your questions you can tweet to their highly responsive virtual counselor. Clicking literally anywhere else besides the “Apply Now” button can actually be extremely helpful and it’s something most applicants miss.
2. IvyApps: Let’s say you’re a big shot and want to apply to one of these top universities. One of the most helpful resources found during the application process was a database of full applications and essays that were accepted from previous years. IvyApps has a database of over 20 full applications and over 60 essays accepted to top schools. Here is one of their essays which was accepted to five Ivy League Universities.
3. The College Navigator: This site is absolutely golden if you’re struggling to find universities which suit you. It has an easily accessible database of statistics to help guide you through the first stage of applying: choosing your university. And let me tell you, it really isn’t always Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, or MIT even though they may come to mind at first.
4. Federal Student Aid: FAFSA is a really good website which can tell you what scholarships and aid you are eligible for. The first thing you should do before you even put pen to paper and draft your essay is sit down with your parents and have a talk about money. After the talk is over and they develop ulcers over tuition prices, show them FAFSA, and be their financial hero of the day. You may be surprised at how much financial aid you are eligible for.
5. Good ‘Ol Sal Khan: Mr. Khan now teaches just a little more than algebra and economics; he’s teamed up with the College Board to produce lessons specifically designed for the SAT. So sit back, relax, and press play as you learn how to ace the SAT.
6. yconic.: This is the Canadian version of CollegeExpress, it is much more easy to navigate and use. The landing page says it all over a hundred million dollars are available to you if you spend a few minutes on the site. Few minutes on site few thousand in savings, now that is some return on investment a hedge fund manager would beg for.
7. The College Board: The College Board is the hub of all relevant standardized tests: from APs to SATs to SAT IIs. Research all the standardized tests they offer and make a list of all the ones you need. Add registration dates to your calendar, and if you haven’t done so already, make a calendar.
5. howlongtoreadthis.com, a website that tells you how long it will take you to read a book.
An average time will be given, but you can also do a timed reading for more accurate results.