College Budget Survival

We’ve all heard of the starving artist stereotype, which is as frowned upon as it is glorified in pop culture. In contrast, many college students are portrayed as wealthy, regardless of the sacrifices they or their family members made to afford a college education. The reverse couldn’t be more true. Even with the help of grants and […]

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How to take notes

As a high school teacher (with a majority of honors students each semester), there were things I took for definitely granted which I didn’t realize until the last few months. Among those things were students wearing deodorant, working on a task the first time I said to start, and remembering to bring their assignments to class […]

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Tablets for College… A great addition

 

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I am a big fan of TABLETS for College.     At this point, I use my tablet more than my laptop.    My tablet is simply my go-to device.      I received my current tablet  as a birthday gift.   I must say for the versatility and the cost, a tablet is probably the perfect gift for any college student.

I also found a great resource, if anyone is shopping for a tablet.   This site compares several tablets that can do all the features that I am highlighting.

 

Here are my top uses for a tablet:

Note Taking

A laptop is too slow and way to bulky to take to class.    I leave my laptop in my dorm room.   I only lug a laptop when I am studying in the library.

I attached a cheap Bluetooth keyboard.    I can punch in notes easily.    And, if I need to draw a diagram, I can just switch to a stylus.

Here is a great online forum giving tips for taking notes.   I agree with their suggestions.

 

Videos

I take several courses that the professor assigns videos for us to watch.    I can use my tablet easily to watch these while I grabbing lunch.

 

Movies

I am a huge movie fan but hardly have time now that I am in college.    I download a movie each week and can watch for study breaks.

There are plenty of other options for studying-on-the-go.   Today, you can find an app for anything.   Here are some suggestions to get started.

 

Ebooks

I saved lots this semester by selecting etextbooks.    My tablet is very comfortable for knocking out reading for all my courses.     I don’t need to even think about which book I am going to take with me, I just keep my tablet in my backpack.

 

Read PDFs

I have one professor who copies articles to pdf files and uploads to a site.    We are assigned 3-4 articles per week to analyze.    Some of my class mates gripe about printing out so many articles.    I have no complaints.   My tablet works perfectly for reading a pdf and I don’t have to fret over finding a printer that has ink.

You may need to download the right app.

 

Internet searches

The smaller screen is only a small pain.    I love the touchscreen and the ability to surf and point.     Since the screen and device are smaller, I can quickly move back and forth and look up anything.

 

Research papers

Really.    I find that I can collect notes easy enough with my Bluetooth keyboard.    I upload my notes and then I can do my heavier writing on my laptop.    I will open both screens and find this even easier then just using my laptop.

 

Getting a Tablet on a Budget

Many students may wrongly assume that a tablet is too expensive.   I found a great chart of tablet features at GoGetMikey.com.     This article summarizes a list of inexpensive tablets and highlights what work best for reading, note taking, movies, and more.

Mikey suggests my go to device – Amazon Fire for college students on a budget.     Most impressive, my go to device was the least expensive tablet on his list.    He also offers a similar review for non college students, too.

 

Wrap Up

At this point in College, I can’t imagine going without a tablet.     College just isn’t the same as before.   In my opinion, your technology should now include a tablet.

 

 

 

Is College worth this? How to maximize the investment !

College on a budget

I am disillusioned by college.   That’s a given.

One significant issue for me is the cost.    Are all the expenses worth it?    I am advised that my education is an investment.  However, will I really get this much of a return on my investment.

Let’s break it down.

Tuition

This is the cost that everyone gets hung up on.   That makes sense.  Tuition is one of the largest expenses.    For private schools this can skyrocket up to over $50,000 a year.   However, state schools can still cost $5000 – $8000 per year.

Room and Board

Everyone pushes that living on campus is preferred.   Students who live on campus have proven to be more successful.   However, room costs and food plans can cost another $10,000 – $15,000 per year.   The food plans often require us to pay for food that we will not even eat.

Textbooks

The textbook industry is a hoax.   They seem to update the editions every semester.    This means that a student must purchase NEW textbooks that cost sometimes over $200 per book.

Gear – tablets, laptops

To make it in college today, students also need computers, laptops and tablets.   Professors now post most classwork online.   Of course, students can find a computer lab but getting there and using the college lab computers can be a hassle and sometimes just a mess.

Travel

Unless a student is attending school in their hometown, they will need to pay for travel costs.    If their dorms close over breaks, they will be forced to travel home multiple times during the semester.

Summer

Now, to finish a degree in even 5 years, students will also need to enroll in classes during the summer.    Typically, financial aid doesn’t cover this added semester.   So, students must rack up more expenses.

Options

To reduce these costs, students have a few options.   I will run through them.   We must be smart.

My conclusion

Students must be smart and put in effort to minimize the overall costs.   Then, the costs, if maintained, might be worth the investment.

Good Luck.

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