Back to school survival checklist

Aashka Dave

As fall semester approaches, these are the 10 things to bring with you to classes or to keep on hand as a student.

1. Computer or tablet: Whether you’re in an online class or not, having a computer or tablet is vital. You will use it to take notes, do research, complete assignments, study and connect with classmates and your instructors.

2. Software: Depending on your program, make sure that you have the correct software on your computer to be able to complete assignments. A video editing program, for example, will require certain software to produce professional-looking class projects.

3. Backpack or carryall: Invest in a backpack or other sturdy carrier, like a rolling suitcase, that will fit a laptop and other supplies, such as books, snacks, and any textbooks and notebooks.

4. Apps: Evernote, the myHomework app and the calendar on your phone can help you make sure you don’t miss an assignment. Notability is an app with additional features including audio recording, PDF reading and annotations. Citation app choices include EasyBib and myBib.

5. USB flash drive: Have one handy, to hold presentations, large files or scans needed for research and projects.

6. Cloud-based storage: Google Drive, iCloud and Dropbox are among storage services that can help you share work with other students and instructors, and even to prevent lost files during a computer crash. You’ll need an email address to sign up.

7. Snacks: Bag and pack your own snacks, with fruit, trail mix and other fiber and protein-rich and lower sodium options so that you don’t succumb to a candy bar from the vending machine. If you don’t have time, try a delivery service like Graze, which delivers snacks once a week for a fee.

8. Water: Hydration can keep you more focused, according to the American Society for Nutrition. Make sure you have a water bottle and keep it filled up.

9. Pain medication: After a stressful day at work or difficult class, or in the midst of a big paper or test, there’s a chance you’ll need medicine to alleviate a headache.

10. Shoes: Even if you’re headed to class from a workplace, bring along comfortable shoes. Walking around campus or in large buildings can be taxing.

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