Software Tools being used by students today did not exist a few years back.However now a lot of help is available.
Josh Catone has listed these at Readwriteweb.com under the following groupings
There are a large number of impressive web apps that can handle your academic needs.
The proliferation of portable computers means that note taking doesn’t have to happen with a pad and pen
Mind mapping/flow charting tools
Online study aids that exist to help you find the answers you need.
You need a way to keep track of what you’ve read
Get help from a friend
Juggle your class schedule, extra cirricular activities, study time, and social life can be a challenge