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Just A Heads Up…

I did mention this a couple of months ago, but just in case anyones forgotten, I’ve now officially finished my Masters degree.  That means that from now on this blog is changing from a blog about academia, to a blog about life after leaving the academic bubble, internships and life in London. I’ll still probably blog a few study tips as lots of study tips are super applicable to work, but you can expect lots more of tips about how to survive your first job and first steps as a proper grown up etc.  Hope this is ok with everyone! 

LibreOffice: Because I'm not about to spend £150 on Microsoft Word

postgraduatepurgatory:

If anyone has been paying attention, I had a heart stopping moment of panic last night. Basically I finally gave in and updated my woefully outdated Macbook to OS Mavericks. Which was fine (apart from a messy applications folder, but that’s another story), until I tried to open up a word document I was working on only to find out that it was no longer accessible. As in my 2004 Microsoft Office package is now obsolete and will not work at all on OS Mavericks. As in I had no access to Microsoft Word, 2 months before my dissertation deadline. *hyperventilates into paper bag* 

So after some very creative swearing, I looked up 2011 Microsoft Office (which is the oldest version that will work on Mavericks), only to find that it costs £150. With even the best will in the world, spending £150 on software 3 months before The Big Move To London, is just not going to happen. So after some more creative swearing and a cathartic rant on Facebook, one of my friends let me know about LibreOffice. 

LibreOffice is basically the same as Microsoft Office, as in it has Word, Excel, their own version of Powerpoint etc. Except that it’s FREE. Yep, completely and utterly free. Here are some of the best things about it so far:

  • It’s Free! Did I mention that already? Well, I’m saying it again because all the best things in life are free. 
  • It’s almost 99% the same as Microsoft Office! Which is great if your university has really strict formatting rules, like mine does. Also as it’s so familiar, it’s basically idiot proof.  
  • It’s compatible with Zotero! Which means that I don’t have to manually write out all my citations and bibliography- yay!
  • It opens Microsoft Office documents! No need to lose all your previous documents, and no need to mess around with conversion apps!
  • It’s open sourced! Which in my experience means that if an update is buggy (*cough* VISTA *cough*) then you don’t have to wait months for it to be solved, as the community will work to fix it almost immediately. 

Someone sent me an ask about getting Microsoft Office for free, but I tried to answer it on my phone and it got lost and deleted and long story short I’m not sure that it sent or not. Anyways, to the best of my knowledge you can’t get Microsoft Office for free anywhere but Libre Office is a pretty good substitute. 

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!
FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)
Alison 
Coursera
FutureLearn
open2study
Khan Academy
edX
P2P U
Academic Earth
iversity
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
OpenLearn
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit
Saylor
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
TED
FORA
Big Think  
99u
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
IFLScience
YouTube Edu
DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)
wikiHow
Wonder How To
instructables
eHow
Howcast
MAKE
Do it yourself
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Bookboon
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
FullBooks
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
LibriVox
Poem Hunter
Bartleby
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library
WikiBooks
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
Directory of Open Access Journals
Scitable
PLOS
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
ArXiv
Open Access Library
LEARN:
1. LANGUAGES
Duolingo
BBC Languages
Learn A Language
101languages
Memrise
Livemocha
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
Lingualia
OmniGlot
OpenCulture’s Language links
2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING
Codecademy
Programmr
GA Dash
CodeHS
w3schools
Code Avengers
Codelearn
The Code Player
Code School
Code.org
Programming Motherf*?$%#
Bento
Bucky’s room
WiBit
Learn Code the Hard Way
Mozilla Developer Network
Microsoft Virtual Academy
3. YOGA & MEDITATION
Learning Yoga
Learn Meditation
Yome
Free Meditation
Online Meditation
Do Yoga With Me
Yoga Learning Center
4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING
Exposure Guide
The Bastards Book of Photography
Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
Photography Course
Production Now
nyvs
Learn About Film
Film School Online
5. DRAWING & PAINTING
Enliighten
Ctrl+Paint
ArtGraphica
Google Cultural Institute
Drawspace
DragoArt
WetCanvas
6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY
Music Theory
Teoria
Music Theory Videos
Furmanczyk Academy of Music
Dave Conservatoire
Petrucci Music Library
Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now
7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS
Investopedia
The Chess Website
Chesscademy
Chess.com
Spreeder
ReadSpeeder
First Aid for Free
First Aid Web
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 
*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

girl-havoced:

I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!

FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)

IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

LEARN:

1. LANGUAGES

2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

3. YOGA & MEDITATION

4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

5. DRAWING & PAINTING

6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

Please feel free to add more learning focused websites. 

*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.

(via university-shoes-debates)