“Be Prepared.”

Get your supplies before classes begin. Have everything you need a week in advance. Order the required course materials several weeks in advance. Decide how you plan to study and gather your supplies. Find out if your school or class requires specific hardware or software. Often you can get software discounts at the school's bookstore. Sometimes loaner equipment and financial aid specifically for technology are available. Give yourself a window of days to ensure your technology is functioning properly, to acclimate yourself to the new virtual environment, and to resolve unanticipated problems.


  • Computer – Microphone, Camera, Speakers, USB port & cable
  • Mouse –wireless, optional mouse pad
  • Cell phone - charger with cable
  • Headphones or Earbuds
  • Power –surge protector, USB charging port
  • Internet – know your home router password
  • Backup – cloud, flash drive, external drive
  • Software Applications - MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Browser - Chrome, Firefox
  • Printing – paper, ink/toner, surge protector

Study Gear

Musical Notes
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Study spots – power, blankets, pillows, desk chair, lighting
  • Nutritious & Delicious food – feed your brain
  • Tunes & Videos – for inspiration and relaxation

Learning Materials

  • Textbooks – eBooks or paper? Rent or own? Author, Title, Edition
  • Calendar
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Notebook Paper
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Binders
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase board, markers, eraser

Flash Card Supplies

  • Index Cards (blank)
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils or Pens
  • Rubber Bands
  • Small Ziploc Baggies