The Best Gifts for Students This Christmas
With Christmastime looming, it's a good idea to start finding some stocking fillers for the students in your life. Christmas 2020 will be the toughest for students in a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it's especially important that you put some thought into what you get them. Here are some appropriate ideas to get you started.
A year's subscription to an educational website.
With how much children and teenagers use the Internet both inside and outside school, a subscription to a high-quality educational website/app could be a great use of money. It comes down to whether your child will use it or not - only you can be the judge of that. But if they're a diligent student, the chances are high that they've at least heard of Brilliant (brilliant.org), the internet's leading resource in maths and science education.
In the age of the Internet, sorting out the trash from the treasure is a task easier said than done. Everyone's out to get your money and your time, so it's important to be able to identify what's really worth the investment. In that respect, Brilliant is a safe bet. It's historical, reliable, and backed by countless positive testimonials. It's a great gift for any aspiring mathematician or scientist.
A Kindle/ebook reader.
Although everyone can appreciate the virtues of reading, surprisingly few actually do it regularly. It makes sense - most students are so busy with school, study and extracurriculars that don't even have time to think about getting through a full book. This problem is made worse by social media's ease of access and low barrier of entry, which is less effort for more stimulation than they'd get from reading. Even so, there are effective ways to get kids reading more. One of those is buying a Kindle or another ebook reader.
The library of available digital books is broader than any physical collection in the world, so there's something for everyone. For the studious types, there are plenty of directly educational texts available as well, including digital versions of textbooks that usually come free with physical copies nowadays. And of course, reading is great for the brain in general, so even reading books that are entirely disconnected to school will have benefits for their education.
High-quality revision books.
In addition to the usual textbooks required for any subject, students facing a significant round of exams will usually benefit from having a selection of high-quality revision books to study.
Revision books are usually written by the people with the same qualifications as those who write textbooks, but are written more concisely to assist with rapid revision. While having the chunkier textbook is a prerequisite for most classes, revision books are optional, and most students won't have gotten one by Christmas. Just make sure you buy early!
A planner, binder, and other useful stationery.
While a student's unlikely to need an extra planner/binder unless they're majorly ambitious, most will find their pen and pencil supplies running low a month or two into the first term from either overuse or overlending. A quick stock-up is always smart if you want to keep your favourite student ready to work. What's more, their teachers will thank you when test time rolls around.
If you're not sure what to get, a pack of highlighters or coloured ink pens are always a safe bet, as they’re very useful for note taking. If they've got Maths in their curriculum, a new ruler or mathematical set is also a good pick. Avoid anything overly fancy or inky, as those inevitably break or get lost.