As a new school year gets ready to start, things may look a little different. With many colleges announcing that classes will be held online, this will be a different environment that students may not be used to. We've provided a list of home-learning essentials that may make this transition just a bit easier:
•Good Internet Connection
If you're staying in an off-campus apartment, you want to be sure you're set up with a good internet connection. Running off of your phone's data plan can burn through it quickly, especially if you're going to be streaming lectures or attending Zoom classes. You don't want to all of a sudden miss out on half the lecture because your connection doesn't work. Check with your local provider to find affordable internet plans in your area.
•Good Quality (and affordable!) Laptop
Make sure you have a good quality laptop that will help you keep up with your studies.
Taking classes remotely instead of in a traditional classroom setting means you'll have to be accountable for keeping yourself organized. Use an app such as Evernote or My Study Life to keep track of your classes, assignments and deadlines all in one place.
•Extension Cord for Laptop
One of the good things about not having to attend class in-person is that when you get tired of working in your apartment or dorm, you can go to the local coffee shop or library (make sure you're following social distancing guidelines!). An extension cord will help if you end up in a seat without an outlet nearby.
Depending on whether your school’s library is open or not, you may need a printer to print out important readings or assignments.
If you're tired of being tied to your computer, try switching things up by streaming lectures on your TV!
•Backdrop for Virtual Classes
While your giant Tiger King poster may look cool on your wall, it may not be the best thing for a Zoom meeting with your professor. Try looking for a wall tapestry or fabric in a neutral color to serve as a backdrop.
Whether you have roommates or just noisy neighbors, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones will block out any distractions.
Depending on what kind of laptop you have, you may need a webcam to participate in Zoom classes and online lectures.
For Daily Living
Just because coffee shops are closed doesn't mean you can’t have your caffeine fix!
•Food Delivery App
•Board Games/Jigsaw Puzzles/Cards
Sad about not seeing your friends at the dining hall or library every day? Host a weekend game night!
For times when you feel like cooking at home, portable stoves, microwaves, crock-pots and toaster ovens are always great to have on hand.
For Health and Wellness
Depending on where you are, face coverings may be required in public spaces.
Make sure to keep your hands and surfaces clean!
Make sure to keep your mind and body healthy by getting in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Put on your favorite cardio or yoga DVD, or even strap on your running shoes for an energizing job. You can also buy low-cost exercise equipment such as a yoga mat, resistance bands or small weights.
Make sure you're making time for yourself! Treat yourself to a video streaming subscription, premium meditation app, new yoga DVD or anything else that will help you relax and unwind.
Get a good night's sleep with a good weighted blanket, which can also reduce stress and anxiety!
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