Back-to-school season is almost here. While some students can get by with just a few pens and pencils, college students need a bit more gadgets and tools to help them have a successful semester. While a light-weight laptop should automatically be on the top of the list, there are a few other items that can help your child’s studies go a lot smoother. To see what you should include in your shopping cart, continue reading below.
USB Flash Drive
A USB flash is an absolute must. They’re fairly inexpensive to purchase and can really be a life saver for your on-the go student. Not only can it help your child stay organized since he or she can create separate files for music and photos, but the true beauty of flash drives it that it keeps your child’s important assignments portable—which is really crucial for those trying to finish or print out essays on campus. It can also serve as a mini backup storage space.
It’s not completely a necessity but it can definitely help your college student excel in his or her studies. Your college student can download study aides and other apps that can teach your child about a particular subject. He or she also have the option of watching education supplementary videos and downloading e-textbooks which will take out the hassle of tugging along heavy textbooks in his or her book bag. On average, iPads cost about $400, but if you hold out for the iPad mini, which is rumored to be released sometime in October, you can purchase one for half of the cost.
If the iPad is a little beyond your budget, then you can opt for a smart pen. In college, your child will learn early on that some professors talk very quickly and rarely repeat themselves. This is why so many students like to audio record their professor’s lectures so that they ensure they don’t miss anything—they also have the luxury of playing back the lectures instead of reading notes, which makes studying at the gym, in the car, or on the bus that much easier. While a plain digital recorder should suffice, a smart pen from Livescribe takes it to a different level. Not only does it act as a voice recorder but it actually records everything you write too—notes can be heard as audio or later viewed as a PDF. It’s truly innovative.
Solar Phone Charger
Last but not least, your college student will be ever-so-grateful if you get him or her a solar cellphone charger. Since your college student most likely treats his or her cell phone like it’s a lifeline he or she will want it to be charged at all times—but in case he or she doesn’t have access to a plug, a solar charger can really come in handy when on the go throughout the day.
About the Guest Author: Alvina Lopez has freelanced about education throughout her career. As technology and education converge, Alvina hopes to guide her readers as they search for online college programs that have the potential to jumpstart their careers and change their lives. She welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.