Aside from the opportunity to reconnect with friends, classmates, blockmates, or your beloved teachers, one more thing that makes the thought of going back to school in the middle of this pandemic is another chance to go on a shopping spree, may it be online (salamat Shopee and Lazada!) or in person at your go-to shopping center.
Online learning has been quite a challenge for most students as this is very different from the usual setup that practically everyone is used to. But as the months, quarters, semesters, or terms went by, most students are now able to more comfortably attend their classes, whether purely online or a combination of online and offline interactions.
This hybrid setup also paved the way for new tool and gadget discoveries. These new normal go-to essentials make learning outside the walls of the classroom and even in your own home or condo unit, more bearable.
If you are still in the process of completing your back-to-school shopping list while inside the comfort of your condo, read on and see if you might have missed or haven’t purchased some of these back-to-school essentials.
Efficient Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone with Internet Connection
Whether you prefer to listen to your lectures using a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, some things that you should look out for is if the memory of your chosen gadget is enough to store your school-related files and if your internet speed can facilitate seamless connection to video conferencing apps.
For online learning, your gadget is the most essential item on this list. To help you shortlist your options, you should already have a price range in mind and know your priorities and non-negotiables in terms of features and functionality.
Noise Cancelling Earphones, Earbuds, or Headphones
If you are sharing your home or living in a condo unit with family or friends, listening to lectures through your own earphones will enable you to focus more on the ongoing lecture by removing any form of distraction.
With the emergence of many different electronic brands, you can choose your listening devices based on your budget and your planned day-to-day use.
Storage Devices Such as Flash Drives and External Hard Drives
Downloading and saving lectures, reading materials, and worksheets takes up a lot of space on your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Aside from taking up space, having lots of files on your gadget’s internal memory will also take a toll on your device’s operational efficiency and will make browsing and launching apps slower.
By having separate storage devices, you can ensure the safety and security of your files, especially if you’re using a shared gadget.
Sturdy Cellphone Holder or Laptop Stand
To minimize the risk of eye strain and neck pain, keep in mind that your screen should always be at your eye level to minimize glares and keep your eyes comfortable. Numerous holders or stands nowadays are lightweight which ensures that moving from one area to another will not be too much of a hassle.
Ergonomic Chair and Desk
Ergonomics deals with the study of a person’s efficiency and comfort in his or her working environment. Using ergonomic furniture such as chairs and desks in your home or condo unit help will to realign your spine, fix your posture, and reduce possible injuries that you may get due to prolonged sitting while attending your classes.
Bright Desk Lamp
Did you know that working in a room with bright lights does wonders in terms of improving your mood and keeping you motivated? Nowadays wherein attending classes alone at home and without the presence of your class buddies is the norm, motivating one’s self can be a challenge, especially on stressful days.
By switching on a desk lamp, your working or learning area will be brighter, and your mood will be lighter as well.
Reliable Planner or Calendar
Now more than ever, keeping track of upcoming lectures, assignments, and exams plays an important role to keep up with the demands of schooling in the new normal. Regardless if you prefer an online or printed calendar, having one is a way to efficiently track your to-do lists and prepare for upcoming class-related tasks.
If you want to fully immerse yourself in the digital world, using task management platforms such as Trello will be a big help in monitoring your school obligations.
In the past years, having a printer at home is considered ‘nice to have’, instead of an essential need. Before the pandemic and the community quarantines, printers could be easily accessed in school or in printing shops in your neighborhood.
With the pandemic limiting everyone’s movements outside their homes, having a printer at your disposal enables you to have hard copies of your files whenever you need them.
Basic School Supplies
Despite the different schooling set up at this point, basic school supplies such as notebooks, pens, highlighters, staplers, and scissors will still come in handy for online or hybrid schooling.
Thanks to countless online marketplaces, purchasing school supplies of your choice and having these delivered at your doorstep can now be done in a few clicks.
Online learning is a new, unfamiliar, and sometimes intimidating territory for most of us. Thanks to the rapid evolution of today’s technology, the pandemic might have stopped the world, but it thankfully did not stop us from innovating and finding ways to still attend classes and learn along the way.
Thanks to these back-to-school essentials. Exploring this unchartered territory of online learning from your home or your condo unit is now made easier and more convenient.
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