The holidays are fast approaching and if you’re unsure of what you would like to ask Santa to bring you this year, you might consider putting the iPad or even better—the iPad2 on the top of your wish list. It’s a pricey gift (starts at $499) but it’s an investment well spent, especially if you are an online student. That’s because not only can it help simplify your everyday activities, but it can also be a vital instrument that can help you achieve success while enrolled in an online program (and can be used long after graduation). To learn the top 5 reasons for using an iPad as an online student, continue reading below.
1. Cheaper Textbooks
Online students can purchase hardcopy textbooks just like a traditional student, but they also typically have the option of purchasing e-textbooks—downloadable textbooks that are sold at a discounted rate. For example, a hardcover copy of Psychology: Themes and Variations are sold for $172 at most major retail stores, but it’s sold for only $89.95 in digital form. Granted there will be some textbooks that will not be available as an e-book since the concept is still relatively new, but there is a good selection of e-textbooks that can be purchased (or even rented) and stored on your iPad which leads us to the second advantage.
Not only are you saving money, but you are also saving trees by downloading e-textbooks on to your iPad. Also since you can use the device to write and store notes and essays, you are also getting rid of the need for notepads and pencils—both class materials that are also manufactured from trees. Thus purchasing an iPad can help sustain the environment.
3. No Back Ache
Because you’re an online student you naturally don’t have lug around a heavy backpack full of textbooks to classes every day like a traditional student, but if you like to sneak-in a study session during lunch breaks at work or while picking up your kids from school you might. The iPad, on the other hand, is lightweight (more so than a clunky laptop) and allows you to possess all of your books at one time, which also leads us to advantage number four—
4. Accessible Materials 24/7
Since the iPad allows users to write and store notes and essays, as well as tune-in to video lectures and slide shows via the wi-fi connection, you will virtually have all of your class materials with you at all times. This means that you don’t have to worry about forgetting to bring a certain book when you plan on studying at the library for example or even forgetting to bring something as simple as a pencil. This also means that you can have impromptu studying times—as long as you have your iPad you can study anywhere when you have time.
Lastly, because the iPad is a product of Apple, similar to the iPhone the iPad allows you to download tons of apps that can serve as additional learning resources at your disposable. From learning to organizational tools, apps can help enrich your online experience and serve as extra supplements when studying for tests and completing assignments.
This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly is from Accredited Online Colleges, she writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.