Learn More Effectively: The Best Educational Tools Online

No one likes to waste their time, which is why learning in the most effective ways possible is the key to success. There are countless programs and tools available online to help you with this (and many of them are free!).

What to Look Out For

When choosing which tool is right for you or your students, there are certain criteria that need to be met before you should proceed. To ensure the tool is as user-friendly as possible, consider your needs and the following:

  • Time commitment. If any tool is going to take a lot of time to set up and get used to, then it probably isn’t worth your time and attention.
  • Price. Some of the best and most innovative educational tools are free. Paying for a specific feature is okay but on the whole, you should not have to pay anything for effective online learning assistance.
  • User possibilities. You should think about whether this tool will be presented to students by teachers, if it is a tool for teachers to draw ideas from or if it is solely for students. The best combination is often the one that lets the student use the tool while the teacher has access to the results.

Top Tools

There is a huge range of helpful educational tools available online that is most easily categorized by the subject they aim to assist with.


Duolingo is a language learning tool that lets beginners and advanced learners alike brush up on their vocabulary, grammar, speaking and listening skills. The most innovative aspect of this tool is that it is an app that can be used across all of your devices.

Pleco is one of the most extensive online Chinese dictionaries. This tool makes it easy for even beginners to look up complicated Chinese characters by tracing them rather than counting the brush strokes.


Nerdymates helps students complete and polish any writing work, at any level. The editing and proofreading go above and beyond what students might expect to complete on their own.

InstaGrok is perfect for students that are just learning how to complete research for writing on any subject. It provides a more interactive experience and lets students dive deeper into specific subjects when needed.


PatrickJMT gives students easy-to-follow math tutorials for a range of levels. The best part is that all of his tutorials are delivered through captivating videos that all students can appreciate.

Wolfram Alpha offers step-by-step solutions to math problems as well as detailed information that you would similarly get from an encyclopedia. This impressive tool covers more subject areas and does so in a better way than any other tool could.


Tools are also often categorized more generally as they offer broader education assistance. These include entire subject specific courses offered by tools like Coursa, Crash Course, iTunes University and more.

This also includes tools that help students complete projects like Plotly, which makes it easy to come up with a unique and eye-catching presentation.

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