by Ying Ying Yang

It is that time of the year again! It is second semester, you are in the middle of a chilly winter, and the holiday season is over. You might not be motivated to study, but unfortunately you are only halfway through the school year. There is still a long way to go, but here are some useful websites to get you in the mood of studying.




This is a very user-friendly website that allows you to generate background noise to help you focus. You can create one from a combination of the sounds of rain, cloud, wind, leaf, water, etc. There are also two moods. Productivity mood has more intense noises, and relax mood is more soothing. In addition, an app version and a google chrome extension of Noisli is now available.



2_calmHave you ever had a tiring day? Calm can solve the problem by providing relaxing meditations. Different time choices are available: 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or even 20 minutes. You can do a guided meditation if you want, or you can simply set up a timer. There are also different background noises ranging from forests to beaches.



3_voxIf you are a person like me who doesn’t always follow current events, you might feel lost when you click into some mainstream news website like New York Times. Don’t panic! Vox is website that designed to “explain the news”. It uses simple language to help you understand current events easily. It also includes a wide range of topics- from politics to health to environment. Vox is also very easy to navigate.


Demos Graphing Calculator graphing calculator

There is always that one day that you forget to charge your calculator. This is when the Demos Graphing calculator comes in handy! It is very easy to use, and its graphs are just beautiful. You can graph your own graph or you can choose example graphs provided and play around with them. This calculator allows you to display multiple graphs on the same page and includes some handy tools like showing the intersection. In addition, although it is technically a graphing calculator, it can solve some simple equations. You just need to type the equation into the space you type in your function.