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The Student’s Guide to Studying (French and Chemistry)

French

As with any language, learning French provides its challenges. Being the quintessence of all things both pedigological and Francophilic, I would like to provide you all with a list of resources for better French-learning.

1. Google Dictionary is different from the bane of every language teacher’s existence- Google Translate. More often than not, you can avoid embarrassment by finding the correct word.

2. Le Conjugueur is a great tool to find all the conjugations of a given verb (it even suggests verbs as you type). There is also an Spanish and an English version for those of us who is having problems conjugating English verbs. It also has some other cool features and references.

3. Mental Case is a great flashcard app for Macs. I personally don’t do this (and it’s probably why I don’t do well on conjugation tests) but it would be great for testing yourself on conjugations or vocabulary.

Chemistry

Chemistry, and science in general, is a bitch (if you ask me). Luckily, there is help out there.

1. Smell-o-Mints is a snappy periodic table (for Macs, of course) with a fair amount of data. The developer has actually said that he is intentionally leaving features out so as not to “take money from those who sell shareware Periodic Tables.” I personally think this is ludicrous, but to each his own.

2. ChemBuddy is a simple but cool chemistry utility with a periodic table and lots of other features and calculators.

3. WIkipedia is a great resource for this, just look up the element you want and you’ll get all the data you could ever need.

4. WebElements has a nice periodic table online with lots of data.

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