Best Things to Buy for Online College

Posted: June 25, 2021 | Author: Sayre Davis | Read Time: 3 minutes

Best checklist for things to buy for online collegeThere are many things that online college students have to face and conquer attending school. From assignments to finals you will figure out how to navigate your way and having the proper tools will definitely help you. It may seem as if students who attend in person will need more tools and equipment, but online students need these tools as well. As we talk about tools, we will talk about the devices for online classes, a comfortable work set up, a good set of earbuds, a nice note-taking app, and a paper and pencil.

Tools for Success in Online Classes 

Device for Online Classes

Taking online classes requires a device to do so and making sure it works with your style of work is essential as well. For many, a basic laptop is your best option. If you have spent time prior with Windows, it would be best to stick with a Windows format device such as a Dell Inspiron. If you are an adamant user of Apple products, staying with a Mac laptop or desktop computer will work best for you. Another great option you can use to handle your online classes is a tablet. There are plenty of tablet options ranging from the iPad to the Microsoft Surface. Whatever option you choose, learning how to maneuver and use it will be essential to your success.

Comfortable Set up to Work

Now that you have learned about the range of devices you can use for online classes, knowing where you will use them is just as important. Having a comfortable setting allows you to focus and do your best work. Ideally, you’ll have a comfortable chair and desk setup. Making sure you can use your devices for a long amount of time will be essential to your education. Once you make sure you have a comfortable setup, hearing your classes will be your next step.

Set of Earbuds or Headphones

Having a nice set of headphones will be essential to your ability to take online classes. Since each of your classes is offered through an online medium, making sure you are prepared to listen to your professors or videos for assignments is key. Having a nice pair of headphones or earbuds will help you do so with minor distractions. For earbuds, one of the best options is Apple's noise-canceling earbuds, the AirPods Pro. Another great option is the Bose noise-canceling headphones. With whatever option you choose, make sure it will allow you to focus on your assignments and stays within your budget.

Note Taking App

Alongside physical items to help your education, finding a note-taking application can be very useful. There are hundreds of apps that allow you to take notes on your devices but one of the best is Evernote. Evernote is an application that helps organize your notes and share them among your devices. These applications can help you understand your assignments and pass your finals, make sure you use them.

Paper and Pencil

With online being performed over digital platforms, there is never a shortage of taking real-life notes or doing physical work. Actively writing things down allows you to keep more information than you would otherwise. It is critical for you to learn the best ways to keep information and using physical action has been proven to be the best way. Make sure you have the materials to do so.


Many of these tools are available at the Southern Utah University Bookstore. As you prepare for online classes in college, many of these tools can help you get the most out of your education and be successful in your classes.

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