Category Archives: Study Aids

The Essential Online School Supply List

Do online students needs school supplies? Of course they do! But, taking classes at online schools does require some adjustments to the paper-pen-notebook list of a traditional school. Here is a list of items that are essential for anyone studying online.

Laptop – A computer is of course essential for online studies. Investing in a laptop or notebook computer gives you the freedom to study, do homework, and even attend class from anywhere.

Laptop Bag – A portable computer needs a good carrying case with padding and storage.

External Hard Drive – No matter what size your laptop’s hard drive is, you need an external drive to back up your data.

Desk – Having a desk, even if it is a small table in a corner where you can keep all your class-related work is essential for staying organized.

Chair – You will be spending many hours at your desk while online, make sure you have a good supportive desk chair.

Bulletin Board – A small cork board or whiteboard is handy to keep schedule reminders and notes within reach.

Calendar/Planner – Keep track of your assignments, projects, class meetings and appointments in one organized place.

File Drawer or Box – Not all of your materials will be saved online. And it is a good idea to have paper copies of some materials. Find a one-drawer file or a portable box to keep things files by class.

Notebooks – Three-ring binders give you the flexibility of taking notes and then organizing and storing them later. Find one with sections, or buy several colors for quick organization.

Calculator – If you will be taking math or science classes, invest in a good calculator.

Note cards – You can use note cards to organize information and as flash cards to help you study.

Headphones – If you are studying when others are home, a good pair of headphones will let you plug into your classes privately and will block out household noise. If your classes include Skype chats, look for headphones with a built-in microphone.


Stuff Your Student’s Stockings With Study Supplies

It looked like your child took everything but the kitchen sink with them to college. But now they have a semester almost under their belt, they may have found some needs – especially in the way of supplies to help them study. They may be running low on pens and pencils, or they might like some of the new gadgets available for study hounds. There are items you can give them now that will last them throughout their business careers. Here’s a  l-i-s-t.

Supplies that may need to be replenished

  • Binder clips
  • Blank CDs
  • Book covers
  • Colored stickers and labels
  • Composition Books and Blue Books – small booklets used for essay exams
  • Correction fluid or tape
  • Crayons/Markers/Colored Pencils
  • Dividers for notebook
  • Erasers
  • File folders
  • Glue
  • Graph paper
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards in several colors
  • Ink for computer printer
  • Lined pads of paper
  • Notebook paper, Spiral Notebooks
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils – regular, mechanical and replacement lead
  • Pens
  • Post-It Cover-Up Tape – cover up key words in your notes, a textbook, or a study guide for a have a fill in the blank test.
  • Post-it notes
  • Report covers
  • Rubber bands
  • Staples
  • Three-ring binder s
  • White out
  • White Paper

Here are some one-time buys for the New Year:

  • Calendar/organizer
  • Pencil sharpener – electric models are very affordable
  • Booklights
  • Bulletin board and push pins
  • Backpack or Messenger Bag
  • Calculator
  • CD burner
  • Computer
  • Electric cords, cables, and power strips
  • Dictionary
  • Drawer organizers
  • Ear plugs or headphones
  • Ethernet card
  • External hardrive
  • Flash drive
  • Hole puncher
  • Paper cutter
  • Desk accessories like an inbox/outbox or memo holder
  • Lap desk
  • MLA Style Guided
  • Planner Book
  • Printer/Scanner
  • Electric Stapler
  • Thesaurus
  • Wall Calendar
  • Water bottle
  • Wireless adapter  

Here are “luxury items” for your favorite student

Space Living’s Bookchair – a stylish bookholder or copyholder for comfortable hands-free reading.

The BookMarker – Flag Pen & Bookmark that is a flat pen that stores in your textbook, works as a highlighter and carries 100 transparent write-on flags

Apple iPad – They all want one.

Livescribe Pulse Pen – an actual ink pen that records what you’re writing and what you’re hearing as you take lecture notes.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet Pen – a great tool for doodling and drawing, but it’s also a great device for marking up PDFs with circles and highlights.

Doxie Portable Scanner  – it fits in a book bag, and can capture images and copy study group notes on the fly.

Amazon Kindle – The price is coming down and the newer models allow you to mark up PDFs and textbooks with highlights and notes.

Quick Healthy Study Snacks

Whether you’re attending The University of Phoenix or Harvard Business School, the inevitable is about to happen — It’s exam time! You need to keep the engine fueled up to get through studying and test-taking. Instead of grabbing a Twinkie, here are some healthy snack alternatives.

If you like salty snacks:
Pumpkin seeds in shell – buy them or make your own
Edamame – sprinkled with a pinch of sea salt
Olives, pickles, etc.

If you have a sweet tooth:
Jell-O Mousse Temptations
Pudding Cup
Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bars
Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack
Frozen Fruit Bar
Frozen Yogurt
Lowfat chocolate milk
M&M’s Minis – mixed with granola
Animal Cookies
Fiber One Bars
Fig Newtons (also in Raspberry)
Graham Crackers
Granola and Cereal Bars
Honey Graham Sticks
Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies
Nature Valley Fruit Crisps
Apple slices – dipped in 2 tbsp caramel topping
Banana – rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips
Grapefruit – sprinkle wih 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar and broiled for 5 minutes
Grapes – red, green, or purple
Honeydew Melon
Kiwis – cut in half and eat with a spoo
Mango tossed with lime juice and red pepper flakes
Medjool dates
Oranges or Mandarin Oranges
Strawberries dipped in chocolate or rolled in powdered sugar
Dried Fruits – raisins, apricots, figs, and dates, pineapple, papaya
Fruit Leathers
Frozen Fruit – grapes, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, mangoes, melon
Applesauce – sprinkled with cinnamon or warm
Fruit Cups

If you crave crunchy:
Rice Cakes
Rye Crispbread
Wasa Multigrain Crispbread
Carrot sticks or Baby Carrots
Celery Sticks
Cucumber slices
Peppers (green, red, or yellow)
Snap Peas or Snow Peas
Tomato slices or grape or cherry tomatoes
Zucchini slices
Baked Apple or Banana Chips
Baked Cheetos or Lays Potato Chips
Tortilla Chips
Vegetable Chips (140 calories)
Chili con Queso
Salad Dressing
Bean Dip
Guacamole – make your own by mashing an avocado and adding mayo

If you like creamy snacks:
Cottage cheese
Instant Pudding
Smoothies – Blend fruit with juice, yogurt or milk, and ice. Thicken with bananas.
Decaf Cappuccino
Soy and Rice Drinks
Vanilla-almond shake: Blend 1/2 cup skim milk with 1/2 cup frozen yogurt and 1 drop almond extract

If you’re craving protein:
Sardines: Even the ones packed in olive oil only have about 110 calories
Tuna Salad in a Pouch: The StarKist Lunch To-Go, Bumble Bee Fat Free Tuna Salad Kit
Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles
Balance Bar
Peanut Butter spread on veggies, crackers or apples

If you are on the go, you can toss these in your book bag:
Hard Boiled Egg sliced and sprinkled with salt and cumin, celery seed, or nutmeg
Protein bar
Pudding Cup
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar
Trail Mix – Make your own with granola, whole grain cereals, peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried apricots, apples, pineapple, or cranberries.
Cheese Sticks
Dry Cereal: Fill a sandwich bag with your favorite cereal and mix in a few raisins or nuts

For something substantial:
Baked Potato (pierce and microwave for 4 minutes)
Black beans combined with 1 tbsp salsa, 1 tbsp cottage cheese and 1/2 tbsp guacamole
Hot cereal
Lean Pockets
Ore Ida Bagel Bites
Soup Cup
Veggie Pockets