• Mimi Cao

How the iPad Can Boost Your GPA

Updated: Sep 21



If you’ve found yourself googling ‘benefits of owning an iPad’ every night, then it might be time to visit your local Apple store or check out the Facebook Marketplace. Throughout the last two years of my college career, I started looking for strategies to efficiently enhance the way I worked and studied, but I refused the utility of any tablet. It wasn’t until the Apple Pencil came out that I began to take another look at what iPads had to offer. If you can't make up your mind about purchasing an iPad, keep reading and you might just come to a decision.

Walking into the Apple store, my mindset was that if my laptop can do it all, why on earth would I need an iPad? Well, spoiler alert, I got the iPad and the Apple Pencil. From that moment on, the quality of my life changed for the better. For the first time, I had a 4.0 in all of my six classes that semester.


It's Time to go Paperless

I've always loved digitalizing aspects of my life for the convenience it offers, but one thing I struggled to let go of was physically writing down my notes, highlighting my textbooks and scribbling in my planner. There was something so satisfying to me about organizing my notes to look pristine and it made me feel like I had my sh*t together! But there was just one problem. I was walking around campus looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame with my 50-pound backpack. Now, my textbooks, notes, books, planner and all of my pdf files that needed to be highlighted are on my iPad.

Thanks to everything being connected with iCloud, I didn’t need to bring my MacBook anywhere and just opted to take the iPad. All of my textbooks were available to be read front to back to get my money’s worth. I could highlight, write with the Apple Pencil and take screenshots to paste into my notes. Then, I could switch over to my digital planner, where I would cross off my to-do list for the day. ALL PAPERLESS, FOLKS! This simple switch has made my life so much easier. I am no longer scuffling in my backpack, looking for my notes and getting pesky paper cuts. Oh, and for documents that are printed, I simply scan them on a file with their name and date. It has been such a small change but has made all the difference.


No More Distractions

This may come as a surprise, because how in the world can one digital device be less distracting than the other? I found myself more immersed in my studies on an iPad versus my MacBook and printed books. Without fail, I would lose focus when trying to read off my laptop screen and textbooks, especially the ones with super small fonts. The iPad solves both of these problems for me. When I hold the iPad, it almost resembles the feeling of holding a light magazine, so I don’t find myself reaching for my phone as much because my hands are full. Another plus is that the textbook pages on the iPad are zoomed-in appropriately so your eyes can avoid squinting for hours on end!


Creative Juices

The Apple Pencil is almost exclusively advertised to artists as an alternative to drawing tablets. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t own one if you don’t draw, though. It comes with many benefits aside from digital art! However, if you are someone creative looking for an outlet to release stress, the iPad and Apple Pencil combo will be perfect. Compact and conveniently attached to your iPad, the Apple Pencil doesn’t need much programming to work its magic. I doodle on my notes often and sometimes those doodles have the potential to become art pieces in my collection. Instead of scanning or copying them into Photoshop again, I can simply cut and paste from my notes. Being able to draw with the Apple Pencil has made my life much more colorful and exciting. Giving your mind a rest from studying can make a big difference in that creative ~flow~.


So there you have it, the iPad isn’t essential, but it is something that you can’t let go of once you’ve benefitted from its usefulness. I can lay in bed and read, watch my favorite TV shows, study or just get creative, all without the chunkiness of my laptop. If you haven't made up your mind yet, I'll do it for you - get the iPad. You will NOT regret it. #NotSponsored

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