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Inspiration \ SEP 5th 2011

A Student’s Full Back-To-School Guide for 2011

Students, your time is up. The fall semester of 2011 is here and we all know what that means – curricula, assignments, endless nights of cramming and the occasional cag party. Sounds like a drag? Not necessarily.

Together with a team of professional students, we prepared a mega helpful list of the best accessories and aids for you to use on this academic year. From Smartphone apps to stationary – these are a student’s best friends.

Online Textbooks Marketplaces



Buying textbooks is costly and photocopying them in the library might tax your mental health. Luckily, the web offers many opportunities for students to swap,  rent  sell and purchase textbooks. ValoreBooks, EduBookSwap and SwapBooks are three venues that can save you lots of time and money.

Solar Bags


Solar Bag

Taking busses / the train / cycling and walking  is an essential part of a student’s life and this bag  keeps you as connected as possible while on the road. It produces energy on its own thanks to a built in solar panel which allows you to carry your stuff conveniently while charging your electric devices at the same time. Super cool.

iStudiez App

iphone Apps

iStudiez spares you from having to memorize your schedule. It tells you when and where is your next class, how many open assignments you have and what’s your next deadline. Extremely helpful when you start losing complete track of reality.

Citation Machine


Citation Machine

Bibliography – a student’s nightmare. But thanks to Citation Machine, you don’t have to worry about getting it right. Just feed in the necessary info, and Citation Machine will deliver a wonderful citation, all ready for the copy/paste.

Laptop Locks



Purchasing a laptop lock is by no means an act of paranoia. In the library or while in the cafeteria, you simply can’t rely on the kindness of strangers when you’re leaving your laptop on the table for a couple of minutes.  A laptop lock will grant you some peace of mind.

Grade Fund



Grade Fund is a social network that brings together students and generous sponsors. The students share their grades on the site and apply for funding from registered sponsors. Give it  a try!

Recycled and Reusable Aladdin Coffee Mug


Your cup of Joe is as green as can be with this mug, made of 100% recycled polypropylene. Most campus coffee places will give you a discount for bringing in your own mug, which is yet another reason to drop paper cups for good. It keeps you awake in classroom, warm in winter and kind at heart.

Research Gate


back to school

Research Gate is a community for academics. As a student, you can benefit a lot from the knowledge that spreads on this site. It’s an amazing way to stay updated on your topic of research, communicate with experts and get inspiration for your own projects.

Evernote App

Post-its? Forget about it. Evernote takes care of all your note-taking needs in a heartbeat. Capture your thoughts with text or with a photo, manage them with tags and access them with ease.



When assignments and exercise start getting in each other’s way, it’s time to combine them. FitDesk allows you to do just that by placing your computer on your stationary bike. Best of both worlds.

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