College is an excellent time for any child to become an independent adult. They get to take risks and learn about what works for them and what doesn't without making huge mistakes. These items will help them start their year off right. Keeping them on track will not only help them in college but in life. Here are the five essential products.
5 Essential Products Every Freshman Must Have To Succeed in College
An Alarm Clock with Daylight savings time and battery backup features. Yes, I know, we all have alarms on every device we own these days. But, having a separate alarm that stays in their room, near their bed works best to help eliminate the chance of forgetting it somewhere or disabling the alarm while they are out by accident.
A calendar that you can take everywhere with you. It could be electronic or paper agenda book. The trick is to write down EVERY SINGLE TASK you need to remember in your planner. This includes meetings with people, appointments, dates for clubs, class assignments, work and home schedule, and even scheduling for doing laundry. Having every task written down will keep their mind on the task at hand, and they will feel more in control of their college life. (affiliate from Order out of Chaos)
A healthy supply of school supplies in their dorm room. Have a stash of all the supplies they may need for the entire school year. Paper, binders, pens, pencils, index cards, staples, printer paper, notebooks, and folders will help when they need supplies for last-minute projects. Having all these supplies in their room will save them time and money when they need a cover for a report, or they run out of paper in your binders. College campus stores are usually more expensive than the local office supplies store or dollar store.
A good quality laptop. Being able to have the Microsoft Office Suite, including OneNote, Excel, Word, and other software will help keep track of notes and assignment work. Having a backup system setup that stores notes and files in the cloud will allow your child to access their files from any device they have, their laptop, their tablet, or their phone. Make folders on their computer for each of your classes. Store them on the desktop so they can access the folders (and the items in it) easier.
Setting up a personal bank account for your child so you can transfer funds into your child's bank account in case of emergencies will make those "I need money calls" quick and painless for both parties.
These five essential items will help your child stay organized and help them become a huge success. Assisting them in organizing their life at school will hopefully show them the importance of taking responsibility and ownership of what needs to be done and done it.
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