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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.