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Online Resources

Free Online resources During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Online Tutoring from the Tutor Center at FSU - https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/offices-services-directory/tutor-center/online-tutoring/

Academic Coaching through FSU - https://www.fitchburgstate.edu/uploads/files/TutorCenter/Academic_Coaching_Flyer_F19.pdf 

Writing research papers

Fitchburg State Library - https://library.fitchburgstate.edu/

Purdue Owl  -The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

Barnes & Noble Education is making free digital self-tutoring and writing services available to college students through its bartleby suite of products. Through Jun. 15, 2020, the company is providing students with access to 10 free homework questions and tutoring sessions with experts through bartleby learn, monthly; and premium access to bartleby write, a virtual writing center that provides spelling and grammar checks, plagiarism detection and citation help.

Taking notes
The Cornell System - The Cornell method provides a systematic format for condensing and organizing notes. This system of taking notes is designed for a high school or college level student. 

The SQ4R Reading Method to get the most out of reading and to take better notes 

Otter.ai -Generate rich notes for meetings, interviews, lectures, and writing papers by speech to text. App available on both Android and Apple free up to 600 minutes a month.

Text to Speech software
Kurzweiledu.com  Kurzweil is offering 90 day free trials on their software to help students now facing all online courses.  
Kurzweil read the web Google Chrome extension free with the following username/password 
Username - readtheweb 
Password - 12345

Free Wifi
Comcast: Free Xfinity WiFi for everyone, with hotspots available to all, including non-Xfinity subscribers. To access the service, look for the “xfinitywifi” network name in a list of hotspots.

Comcast has increased speeds from 15 Mbps to 25 in "Internet Essentials," a program for low-income families to get internet access. The company has also eliminated the $9.95 price per month and made it free to new low-income customers for two months. https://www.internetessentials.com/

Free Language Learning
Babbel is offering three months of free language learning to U.S. students through mid-June 2020 in any of its languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Indonesian, and English. https://welcome.babbel.com/en/student-discount/ 

Study tools
Quizlet study helper -Quizlet is offering nothing special; but as usual the company continues to make many services available free, including its classroom games and flashcard study guides. https://quizlet.com 

Game Development platform free 
Unity Technologies is providing free access to Unity Learn Premium, a 3D development platform, through Jun. 20, 2020. Registration provides access to live sessions with Unity experts and 350-plus hours of tutorials, hands-on projects, and courses for game developers, covering topics from "Game Mechanic Design Fundamentals" to "Getting Started with Post-Processing Stack for VR." Unity is also delivering virtual classes through "Create with Code Live," free for students, instructors and anyone else interested in learning to code; those sessions kick off on Mar. 23 at 9 a.m. Pacific time or 5 p.m. Pacific time. https://unity.com/products/learn-premium 

Free Books 
Cengage has made its digital content available for free through the remainder of the current term, giving students access to all digital textbooks and platforms through Cengage Unlimited. 

Perlego Online textbook library is offering free access to its repository of more than 300,000 titles for the next six weeks.

Follett Higher Education Group has teamed up with ebook provider RedShelf to offer free ebook access to students through May 25, 2020. To participate, students need to use their EDU email address from a not-for-profit semester-system school; and there's a limit of seven ebook units per student. 

Boston Public Library ecard Any person living in Massachusetts can sign up for a free Boston Public Library card and or e-card.  I recommend all students sign up for a free e-card because they have a huge selection of e-books and audio books. 

Lasalle University Library has put together these links for free textbooks for a limited time.

Bookshare.org - The following resources will help students with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers.  If you think you qualify for Bookshare, email jmaki@fitchburgstate.edu and I can review your documentation to see if you qualify for a free individual account

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  • Guide to Paying for College - Getting a college degree is hard enough, but it presents a different set of challenges for people who have disabilities. If you have a disability, this guide can help you determine how to get financial aid, and access scholarships meant for people with disabilities.

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