If you want your college student to get good grades, make sure they’re well-equipped with the right technological gear. In a survey of 500 college students conducted by CourseSmart and Wakefield Research, 73 percent of students indicated they would be unable to effectively study without some type of technological device by their side—and that was in 2011. Here’s what to look for today to make sure your college student is set up for academic success.
Modern-day cell phones act as personal data assistants, making them vital tools for academic success. EMarketer reports that an estimated 73 percent of college students own some type of smartphone. Many models can be used as a GPS, which helps students find local events and navigate their way around an unfamiliar area. Many providers offer student discounts specifically for phones that are purchased to be used by current or future students.
Get a data plan that will be able to support their usage habits, especially if they need to do any video streaming or other bandwidth-intense activities. Make sure you spring for a truly “smart” phone with both app support and constant Internet access, as opposed to just a phone with a few built-in apps that won’t actually get used. If the phone comes with a few built-in calculator or note-taking apps and can’t download any more, you’re looking at something that is best left on the shelf.