When it comes to getting the most out of your daily experience at school or college, it would be fair to say that the most important thing to bring along with you on a daily basis is your mind and your enthusiasm for learning. Those are certainly the two foundations for any good day of learning, but in these modern academic times, there are definitely a whole host of gadgets and accessories that students should have that can benefit them hugely in an educational environment. If you walked in to an academic store and tried to buy them all, you would run out of cash pretty quickly, so to make it easy for you, we have put together a list of the nine essential things that all students should be bringing to the classroom to help them succeed.
1. Pencil Case
You need to have a fully stocked pencil case so that you are ready for any type of assignment or work duty that your teacher assigns. Just having a pen in your pocket isn’t enough. You should be looking to buy a range of items including pens, pencils, highlighters, sticky notes, sharpeners, erasers, everything that it is going to take to ensure than you are never left having to ask someone else on the desk next to yours.
2. Text Books
You cannot hope to get through a tough subject if you don’t bring your text book to every single class. Sure, they might be heavy and uncomfortable to carry around with you all day for a single lesson, but there is nothing worse than being told to flip to page 125 only to find that you are the only person in class who is hasn’t brought it with them.
Try to remember to bring a bottle of water with you to every class, because it is essential that you stay hydrated when you are trying to learn to the best of your ability. Dehydration can cause headaches, which will lead to a loss of attention and focus.
Even if you don’t have anything to bring in to school or college that day, you never know if you are going to be receiving anything in one of your many classes, so it is essential that you carry a backpack with you to be able to take all of these things home.
Don’t rely on the power of your mind to take in all the information your teacher is giving in a lesson. Make sure that you always have a notebook with you to be able to jot down all the essential points being made. You will be extremely grateful for the notes that you have taken when the time comes for writing essays and revising for exams.
6. Flash Drive
You never know what you are going to lose on a normal school day in terms of physical documents and pieces of paper, so it’s a good idea to attach a flash drive to your key chain that is filled with back-up copies of all your essays and assignments. You also can’t trust the stability of school internet, so don’t get caught not being able to access your email as your only means of printing out an important essay last minute.
7. Index Cards
Index cards have been proven as being one of the most effective forms of revision for multiple different academic subjects. The bite size nature of the information they can contain has been proven as a really helpful way for students to remember the key facts of a subject.
If your school/college/university allows you to bring your laptop to classes, we recommend that you do so. It will save you a lot of time in the sense that you can type much faster and clearer than you can write, and that you will have the internet on hand to find the answers to simple questions rather than wasting time not being able to understand.
9. Student Planner
Whether it is a physical diary or an app on your smartphone, make sure that you have some sort of student planner that will help you to stay on top of all your classes, deadlines and other academic responsibilities.