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.