The last days of summer are rushing by, and the new school year is fast approaching. If you haven’t thought about your back-up needs yet, it is the last moment to consider how you will create, share and store your files. We suggest making storage space your latest back-to-school accessory. Why?
Create and collaborate
Most schools today allow access to computers at least in some lessons. Whether you need to note down the highlights in a literature class, provide documentation for a science experiment or divide tasks in a group project, it is much easier to do in collaboration with your fellow students. Shared documents are great for this — all students with access to the document see the changes in it. This means you can note down only 1/5 of a boring book review or instantly compare your experiment results with fellow students.
In case your school does not allow such collaboration, shared documents are still great for effective work in group projects. Creating one document means that no one must worry about sudden changes and incorporating latest versions. Everyone works with the same document, so the changes are seen straightaway. Inside and outside school, shared documents are great for studying at home, homework assignments, school-wide projects, remote work and sneaky messaging during lessons.
Schoolwork includes a lot of information, especially today, when one of the most important skills is finding and understanding the main idea in a large amount of data. Cloud storage is a great way of organizing and sharing your documents, books, class notes, projects and information databases with your fellow students. Teachers can use a folder shared with all students to publish additional reading materials or lengthy homework assignments.
Cloud storage is best for these purposes because the files do not get lost (this happens often if one e-mail is used), they are kept in one place (contrary to many of e-learning mediums where the files are attached to a specific class), and you cannot run out of storage space. What’s more, students are able to access the files from any device and any place with an internet connection.
Store safely and securely
For some of students, this is the first time they might need to safe-keep important documents, such as college applications, motivation letters, CVs, grade reports, visas or other travel documents for exchange programs. It is important to start good storage habits early so that you don’t wake up in your mid-20’s with documents scattered on ten different computers, USB sticks and online folders. And if you’ve found yourself in this position, it’s never too late to start keeping your files in order.
The beginning of the school year is a good place to start. Use your short, ambitious rush of productivity (usually runs out by the end of September) to set up a place for keeping your files and making your school and study life easier. Check out our offers.