No one likes to be chained to a desk all day. A laptop computer gives him a chance to get comfy when it’s time to study, and older students can carry them to class for easy note-taking. Laptops don’t come cheap, but they're a lot cheaper than they used to be. You can pick one up for $300 to $400 -- keep in mind that they’ll last a few years if they’re taken care of, so it’s a worthwhile investment.
If you send her to school with a laptop, make sure she has everything she needs to use it to its full potential.
Whether it’s for printing out an essay or a picture from last weekend’s party, he's going to need a printer. Make things easier for everyone by grabbing one that’s wireless. You’ll have fewer wires to deal with, and laptops can print from anywhere. Look for one that’s smartphone capable, and he can print out tonight’s homework while he walks home from class.
If there’s room in your budget, spring for a tablet. They serve as smaller computers and are much more portable than laptops. Tablets can also double as e-readers, and downloaded textbooks are much cheaper and easier to carry than the paper versions.
Another advantage of tablets is that they are customizable with apps, some free and some paid. Look for apps (for both your tablet and smartphone) that record classes, help take notes, remind you of test dates and organize assignments. These apps and others like them will help turn your device into the perfect back-to-school tool.
Is your student tired of hiking to the library for a quiet place to study? Buy him a pair of noise-canceling headphones so he can have peace and quiet, no matter where he is.
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