Slow-running computers with bulky headphones and outdated programs are not going to help you succeed. Having the right kind of technology on your side can make or break you - especially during your first year of college. Whether it’s from making life in the dorms a little bit more bearable, or ramping up your productivity in major ways, these are the tech tools every college kid needs!
- Noise-Canceling Headphones
Picture this: it’s your first night in the dorm rooms. You’re crazy excited, your roommate seems pretty awesome, and your bed is surprisingly comfortable. But as soon as the lights go out, you hear it -- the loud, piercing snore of your roommate. What are you going to do? That’s where noise-canceling headphones come in. Whether you’re trying to get some sleep or need a bit of extra concentration while at the library, having the ability to drown out sounds is a blessing in itself.
- Productivity Software
We’re all guilty of putting something off to the last minute or falling trap to a Facebook distraction. If you find yourself way behind, check out apps like StayFocused, you can download on your computer that block out social media for certain periods of time or until you complete a task.
- Digital Scheduler
Those ugly, plain day planners are out and your phone is in! By switching to a digital scheduler or planner, you can have all the information you need at the touch of your fingers. With so many to choose from, you can find one that matches your style and busy schedule needs. Or you can opt for a basic, no non-sense program like Tomorrow.Do, which gives you a short-term to-do list synced to your devices.
- Group Project Organizer
What if it’s not just your day that needs organizing? If you’re working with a group on a project, managing everything and keeping track of who does what or certain milestones can be an even bigger challenge. Set up your group using sharable tech such as Google Drive’s Docs, Sheets, and Presentations. Or, go even higher tech with more options like chatting abilities and project management with free-to-use Evernote or pay-to-use Basecamp.
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- Laptop Theft Protection
Laptop thefts are a reality even on the safest of campuses. If you plan to use your expensive computer outside your locked dorm room, arm yourself with a laptop lock. These locks hook into your computer’s USB or charger ports and then has a cable that wraps around a leg of a desk or stationed table. For the lower price, it certainly will give you peace of mind.
Maybe you’re a traditionalist who just loves to get their hands in everything, or maybe you’re a tactile learner who remembers information best when you are scribbling notes down. Either way, using a laptop to take notes is probably not helping you remember that biology lecture any better. That’s where a notetaking pen comes in! These digital pens work with apps on your touchscreen laptop or tablet to give you the real experience of notetaking -- just like you did in grade and high school. You’ve got to love apps that make something you love that much better and easier!