How To: Spice Up Your Laptop or Tablet

We spend a lot of time on our laptops and tablets, and frequently that time is spent working. Whether we’re in class or sending important emails, it’s nice to be surrounded by things we like. Personalizing your work space can make tedious tasks and long classes seem more bearable, and one of our favorite ways to do this is with decals, stickers, and skins! Here are some that are guaranteed to keep you smiling while you’re hard at work:

Go with a beautiful design to cover the outside of your laptop or your keys.

MixedDecal on Etsy
MixedDecal on Etsy
SkinLee on Etsy
SkinLee on Etsy
THEWOODWE on Etsy
THEWOODWE on Etsy
Keyshorts on Etsy
Keyshorts on Etsy

Give yourself some inspiration.

ThinkNoir on Etsy
ThinkNoir on Etsy

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The 5 Best Apps to Stay Organized

There’s a common belief that your tablet, phone, or iPod causes distractions and hinders daily productivity, but there is a plethora of apps available to help organize your life. This is particularly useful for students who have difficulty balancing their homework, work, and social schedules. Try some of these apps to help with time management and organization, and you may find that your mobile device is actually an asset to your success.

Things iOS

Things

Things is a daily task app that allows you to track your to-do list and categorize projects into sections. Keyboard shortcuts and tags make everything convenient to use and easy to navigate.

If you have an Android device, try Google Keep instead.

Evernote iOS Android

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All the Gear You Need for Your First Dorm Room

We’re about a month away from the time of year when college students head to campus for the semester, and if it’s your first time living in a dorm room, you may not know how to prepare for the change. Whether you’re living in a single, double, triple, suite, or even an apartment, the difference between your college living situation and the one you’re used to at home is pretty significant. This is an exciting time to practice your independence and get the hang of living on your own!

A huge part of living in a dorm is how you choose to decorate it, but before we get to that, there are some essentials you need to make sure you … Read more...

4 Homework Hardware Essentials!

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When you think of homework, do images of an exhausted kid sitting hunched over a dusty stack of books come to mind? The process of homework doesn’t have to be such hard work—a smart, organized, strategic, ergonomically designed study space can do wonders for improving student success, morale, and health. Choosing the right essentials for a student office can make the most of study time by saving time, reducing distractions, and creating a more productive homework process.

Set the foundation for success with a smart desk

Every work space starts with a great work surface, and student study spaces are no exception. The key to a great student desk is to consider what it will be used for. Will it … Read more...

Staying Organized During the School Year

Staying organized

 

School is back in session!  As you say goodbye to summer, you say hello to shorter autumn days filled with early morning alarm clocks, homework, school events and activities. Before you know it, the hectic holiday season will be upon you. It’s challenging to stay organized during the school year, but all you need is a plan and a little preparation to make it easier.

Below are some great tips to prepare you for the busy days ahead:

  • Mark Your Calendar. Make a note of important dates, school events and activities like back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • Make a Morning Schedule. Jot
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Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprived

 

School is in session, and there’s so much to do: between studying, writing essays, and trying to maintain a social life, students often find themselves so busy and stressed that sleep becomes an afterthought. No matter how well-intended your all-night study session is, lack of sleep can actually be a huge detriment to your overall success. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive performance, mood, memory, and overall sense of wellbeing. While we’re all pressed for time, you can make the most of the sleep time you do have with our tips and tools for students to avoid sleep deprivation.

Check your sleep situation

Whether you’re sleeping in the dorms or on your childhood mattress, chances are that … Read more...

Laptop vs. Tablet – Pros and Cons for Taking Notes

Laptop vs Tablet

With back to school on the horizon, it’s time to make a decision about the best way for your kids to take notes once class is back in session. While laptops used to be the first choice, improvements in tablets have made these mini computers another popular option. At P.C. Richard & Son, we’ve put together some pros and cons to help you and your child make the best choice.

Laptop Benefits

There’s a lot to like about laptops, which are constantly getting better and better. Here are some good reasons to buy your returning student a laptop:

Simulates a desktop. Laptops come with full keyboards, trackpads and have the option of a wired or wireless mouse. Their … Read more...

Laptop Buying Guide – Top 10 Features to Look For

Student-Laptop

Time to buy a laptop computer? Take a look at the options, and you’re likely to get a little overwhelmed at the many choices. Here at P.C. Richard & Son we make the process of choosing just the right computer as easy as possible. We’ve created this handy buying guide containing the top 10 features to look for in a laptop.

1. Size and weight

Most likely you’ll be transporting your laptop, so its size and weight matter. Heavier laptops weigh around 5 pounds, whereas ultra-light computers come in at around 3 pounds. The diameter of the device is also important, as you want to be able to easily fit it in your briefcase or laptop backpack.

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The Ultimate Back to School Shopping List

Back To School Supplies

Your kids may not want to face reality, but school will be back in session before long. Now, while supplies are aplenty, is the time to make a back to school shopping list. The following must-have supplies will help guarantee that their school experience is a productive and successful one.

 

Basic Back to School Supplies

No matter the age of your student, there are a few items that should be in everyone’s backpack come the first day of school. You’ll want these items on your list:

  • Glue stick: Things come undone, and glue sticks allow you to adhere them once again.
  • No. 2 pencils: Standardized bubble tests still call for good
    old traditional pencils. And math problems are usually
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Back To School – Choosing the Right Laptop

Group of college students studying at campus

If you’re heading to college for the first time, the most important thing you will need is a laptop. You’ll use your laptops for more than just class work: for streaming movies, shows or music, staying in touch with friends and family, gaming, storing photos and much more. You’ll want to find one that’s right for you and your needs, as well as last through your college life.

Before you begin your search for the perfect laptop, the first thing you should do is check with your school or major for specific system requirements. Some colleges and universities want their students equipped with a Windows-based laptop to cut down on software incompatibility issues. Others will let you use almost … Read more...