How to choose a tablet for schoolwork

Find out why a tablet could be perfect for learning at school or home.

27 Mar 2020


If your child (big or small) needs something for learning at school, college or home, maybe you should look beyond a laptop and think tablet. There are plenty of options, depending on what your little learner needs it for.


For essays and college coursework

If it's all about getting words on a page, you'll want to make sure their new tablet has word processing software.

Tablets aren't necessary the easiest to type long essays on, which is why it might be a a good idea to add a wireless keyboard for easy typing. And because they're lighter than laptops, your budding author can take it anywhere to write - even if that's just out to the garden!

Essential apps:

Pages – Apple’s word processor – is a great tool for straightforward document creation. Prefer Word? No problem – just download it from the App store.

Microsoft Office for Android tablets - a great Android option. Get it from the Google Play Store.


For revising anywhere

Hands up who likes revision... see? Not many. But the right tech can make a revision sesh seem less daunting. Go for great screen quality and vibrant colour, and even the most easily distracted should be able to keep their eyes front and centre.

Essential software:

Try Pomodoro or Study Plan, which are easy to download from Google Play.

Ever heard of eResearching?

There's more to eBooks than the latest page turner. There are a wealth of digital textbooks available too, so the kids can keep reading and researching wherever they are – no excuses! While some of them have engaging interactive quizzes and activities, you can makes learning eBooks more appealing with a readable screen fit for visuals, and plenty of space to store them on.

Essential software:

AceReader is great for eResearch - especially if you're looking to speed read.


How do I know how much internal memory they need?

If you’re not sure of much internal memory your child will need for all their schoolwork throughout the year, here’s a rough guide:

1 GB of space will hold thousands of word documents, while a 2-hour movie will need around 3 GB (depending on how good the picture quality is). It totally depends on your child’s needs – an A-Level student saving plenty of essays and presentations will need more than a primary school child using a selection of apps.

Android devices can have less memory than Apple products but – should you need more space – you can add a microSD card.


Why choose a tablet for schoolwork?

  • Tablets are far lighter than your average laptop, so they can pop snugly into any backpack to be taken anywhere.
  • Great sound quality makes apps like Spotify and YouTube a real study-break treat.
  • Use apps like Whatsapp or Skype to collaborate on projects with friends… or double-check what page the homework was on!
  • Is your child a budding artist or designer? Design, functionality and software of tablets make them perfect virtual sketch pads.


Why not try:


The SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S5e has a great 10.5-inch screen. Its 14.5 hour battery life means the kids can enjoy a little entertainment once their work is done and dusted, too. 128 GB storage is all the space they'll ever need for eBooks and learning apps. Plus, they'll run smoothly thanks to its 6 GB RAM. Plus, it comes with a keyboard to tackle those essays.


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