Learning Tips

On this page you can find a collection of suggestions about how to best use your laptop to improve learning. Please add your suggestions by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Tip 1 "Keep your most important files synced with backup copies on the school network and a backup drive at home."

Tip 2 "Rather than manage your school email using the web try Outlook instead."

Tip 3 "To improve battery life set the brightness of your laptop to the lowest setting that is comfortable. In addition check that bluetooth adapter is off if you are not using it. When not using the computer for a short time put it into standby or sleep mode."

Tip 4 "Improve your mastery of the subjects you learn in school by taking time to do related activities online.

Tip 5 "Categorise documents into separate folders so your hard drive doesn't get cluttered with unorganised files"

Tip 6 "Always have a thumb drive with you so you can transfer work easily."

Tip 7 "Use a range of programs (e.g. Windows, Mac, Adobe, Macromedia, etc.) for a diverse learning experience, with less limits."

Tip 8 "Communicate with your friends/mates to share ideas and to learn other things other people know."

Tip 9 "Built in programs like 'Mail' and 'iCal' can greatly improve our organization. Moreover, online programs like 'mobileme' can help us sync between our computers and possibly even iphones/ipod touches. This means we don't have to carry bulky laptops in every lesson."

Tip 10 "Do not run unnecessary applications especially when you are not using them as this will slow your computer down. You can close down useless applications using task manager."

Tip 11 "Whilst doing homework or other academic activities, ensure that distractive programs such as an instant messaging program or a video are not running in the background."

Tip 12 "Many computers have useless and unnecessary startup processes that greatly affect computer boot times as well as performance. Using msconfig or a third party software to disable these can improve performance, free up RAM as well as increase battery usage time."

Tip 13 "Keep things simple, To help preserve battery live, dim the screen to a brightness which is comforatble for viewing, don't use too many applications at once!"

Tip 14 "Keep things simple, To help preserve battery live, dim the screen to a brightness which is comforatble for viewing, don't use too many applications at once!"

Tip 15 Do not run unnecessary applications especially when you are not using them as this will slow your computer down. You can close down useless applications using task manager."


 

eSafety

We are committed to keeping children safe while online and spend a significant amount of time in school teaching our students how to recognise inappropriate ways of using technology. We also recommend the following website for up to date information about eSafety issues. eSafety at Oxford