Online SAT preparation devices consists of tools both for working on the online interactive whiteboard and for communicating. Surprisingly, you might already possess the devices needed. If not, you will likely need to invest only about $80.
Let’s get started.
Online SAT Preparation Devices for Working through Your Questions
You can use your laptop/desktop linked with a Wacom tablet for writing your scratchwork, answers, and questions. Despite its small size and low price (about $80), the Wacom Tablet is amazing and it’s what I use. It’s available through Amazon and BestBuy.
Using this tablet with the stylus, your online SAT Prep experience will be similar to writing with a pen or pencil on paper. If you use a large(r) monitor, you will see your questions and notes clearly. That is wonderful. Oh, and you can keep all your work in the cloud, accessible via phone, tablet, desktop, laptop. It is amazing how convenient it is that you can access your work anywhere, anytime. Makes for less clutter.
Other graphic design tablets may work well for you. However, as I have direct experience only with Wacom Tablets, I feel I can only comment on those.
You will Want a Robust Processor for Your Online SAT Preparation Device
To use the online interactive whiteboard well, you will want a computer with a robust processor. This will be a gaming laptop or desktop for most of you. The processors need to be fast enough so that there is no delay in your writing. If there is a delay, your writing will appear scribbled or, worse, your computer could freeze. So, be safe and use the most powerful computing device at your disposal.
Next Best Option Other than Wacom Tablet for Showing Your Work in Online SAT Preparation
If you don’t have a laptop or desktop at your disposal, you can do well with a tablet of any sort combined with a stylus. Of the current options, an iPad Pro with a Meko stylus is the best for writing on an online interactive whiteboard. The next choice would be any of the Microsoft Surface offerings, paired with a stylus.
After that, any variation of a touchscreen should work fine so long as you have ample RAM and fast processors.
Near Necessity of a Stylus as part of Your Online SAT Preparation Device Toolbox
With any tablet, a stylus is a must. It will be the difference between fingerpainting math versus writing math. Even an inexpensive stylus from Staples or Wal-Mart will be responsive enough to help you if you are using a touchscreen. Here is one I’ve used in 2017/2018. It is only $15 for a 2-pack and comes with many replacement nibs.
The Meko stylus actually works better than an Apple Pencil on an Ipad. After comparing both tools, I sold my Apple Pencil. The differences were minimal, so the Meko stylus was better insofar as it didn’t need charging.
Online SAT Preparation Communication Device
Facetime or Skype work fine for communicating. This way you will feel more engaged with the process. Also, we’ll be more than just disembodied voices. Certain facial cues will also enhance communication.
However, although most of my online students have access to Facetime or Skype, some have opted to use only a phone. These students are completely comfortable and engaged while speaking only through the phone (no video). This might be the choice for you in cases of privacy. Nonetheless, the first session, or first few online test prep sessions, should be conducted through Facetime or Skype.
*Just be sure that you use separate devices for the online whiteboard and Facetime/Skype. That way, your devices will have enough RAM to process all the incoming information with ease.
Hope this helps. If you have any questions regarding online SAT preparation devices or any other aspect of online test prep, please contact Martin at mcstutoring.com.