The hyper-competition of the US college acceptance system means that the material is all of an extremely high standard. Every Shakespeare text, every boring tome of outdated philosophy, even a wide-ranging selection of history, they’re all there.The site does seem like a godsend, but it has its weaknesses. Its teen-oriented nature means the site is covered with links to feel-good teen self-help articles and blogs about all things Twilight and Bieber. While trying to read up on Rousseau I was continually harassed by a video ad for Assassin’s Creed inexplicably placed in the middle of the article.Also, the science sections tend not to go beyond Leaving Cert standard and the choice of material shows a clear US bias. You won’t find a cheat sheet for your Irish history or literature classes. But that’s what you get for studying Irish history or literature. Be thankful it’s not a far worse punishment.Beyond this, useful material is tougher to find. While there is probably a Sagan’s number of sites advertising their grade-boosting ability, very few will give any help without a payment. I stumbled upon sites such as BookRags, optimistically hoping to find some tips, only to be asked for credit card details.Universities themselves are actually supplying the best information on studying. See Stanford’s Encyclopaedia of Philosophy or the Yale Lecture series on YouTube if you want something more substantial.For any of you who struggle with mathematics (and lets face it, who doesn’t?), get onto patrickjmt.com as soon as you can. The site, run by a mathematics professor, contains an extensive amount of video tutorials that could easily be the difference between a pass and a fail.Hopefully, this will help some of you, but if you’re unmotivated to even look at these sites, start with the very basic how-to-study.com. You will have to learn eventually.