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    24 Convenient Things To Make Virtual School Much Less Unbearable

    Consider this the remote learning starter kit.

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    1. A mesh desk organizer to keep everything together, at least visually. It's super compact and very easy to assemble. Finally, a place to put all the writing utensils and readings you're perpetually behind on.


    Promising review: "Fairly easy to assemble. It takes a little coordination, but assembly is not too hard. The product holds everything quite well. Paperback books, reams of paper, folders, a mini keyboard, it has held all that at once. The downward slant of the shelves keeps it stable with no risk of tipping forward. The drawer is great and comes out completely. The odd thing is that the shelves just slide in and out — they don't lock in place. It's a minor complaint but occasionally I've pulled the shelf out with the stack of papers on it. Overall it's a great organizer for the money." —Karen Post

    Get it from Amazon for $23.87

    2. A ring light so you can make an excellent virtual impression during interviews and class presentations. Beyond being compatible with Android and iOS, it also has a Bluetooth remote!


    Promising review: "Photos are with the different light colors at their brightest settings. Honestly, this is by far the best product I have bought off Amazon in quite a while! I recommend it to every person who comments on my photos or videos because I love it that much. Unlike many lights/phone stands this one truly does its job. Not once has my phone popped out of the stand (S9+ w/case) although we will see how it holds up to my S10+, it grips your phone incredibly secure. The light is perfect! I love all the different brightness/color settings, as it gives me options no matter what time of day I am shooting. It is also the perfect size. This has truly improved the overall quality of all my photos and videos. I plan to purchase a second one in the very near future and have already recommended it to several friends of mine. The only downsides I would say, is that it is very light, which for most is a good thing, but it can tip easily if you lightly bump it. It can be a little difficult to get the light to sit exactly where you want it, but other than that, which are relatively minor issues it is phenomenal!" —Luna Rowan Luke

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    3. A lap desk to keep your laptop from breathing hot air all over your thighs. Heat trapped inside a laptop can damage it in the long run. Protect your investment with this handy lap desk!

    The lap desk has space for a laptop and a mouse. It also has a drawer for writing utensils

    Promising review: "The laptop bed tray is fun and sized appropriately to fit over your lap and legs in bed. It has enough top space to put up your laptop, and to elevate it at different heights while still having a flat writing area. Its construction is sturdy enough for its intended use, and the color is pleasingly neutral. If you have need of such a thing this is a good one to get." —Thomas Dye

    Get it from Amazon for $38.96 (available in two colors).

    4. A portable blender so you won't upset your professor by eating during your virtual classes. This blender comes with two straws so you can sip discreetly. Did we mention it has a self-cleaning feature?

    The diagram that shows how the blender can be used to make juices, shakes, and masks

    This blender is rechargeable and has six blades.

    Promising review: "This portable and rechargeable blender worked much better than I thought. At first, I tried blending citrus fruits with some water and juice. As the instructions said, I tried to fill some ingredients and flipped the cup over then turned the switch on. As soon as you turn it on and see the motor run, you can flip it and let it run with the ingredients. My citrus smoothie worked well, and I tried making baby food with some chicken breast, rice, onions, and carrots. They worked surprisingly well with chicken breast and rice! I have Blendtec in my home, but I can only use it to make a big batch. For personal use and to make small portion of baby food, this portable blender Is very useful! Speaking of cleaning, you need to wash it ASAP. If not, (I forgot to wash it last night) it was kind of hard to get the food stuck in the bottom since the blades are not removable. As long as you wash it after transferring food, cleaning should be easy breezy. I got it this month, but I will update it later on how much this holds up." —Erica Yoon

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    5. A pair of blue-light-blocking glasses, that'll take the strain off of your eyes when you're staring at screens all day. Switch up your look with these stylish frames!


    Promising review: "I am a full-time medical student. I spend long hours on my laptop. This has resulted in my vision getting worse, my eyes getting tired and sore, headaches, and poor sleep. Since I received these glasses, all of that has improved! My eyes feel better, I can work for longer on the laptop without getting tired, and I sleep better at night even when I am on the laptop until late. I was skeptical that these would help, in fact, I waited a long time to purchase because I was concerned they would be a waste of money, but I was wrong! I should have ordered them when I first found them! They have been so helpful and I cannot recommend them enough. They are lightweight and comfortable. I have to be very picky about glasses, including sunglasses, because they hurt my head and my ears very quickly, giving me a bad headache, but I can wear these all day and they do not bother me. I forget I am even wearing them. If you spend a lot of time on electronic devices, these glasses will be a great help to you! I have even been wanting to buy them for my kids who are online a lot thanks to having to school at home because of COVID. Get them, they will be beneficial to you." —Lisa P

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98 (available in eight colors).

    6. A stress relief and anti-anxiety tool bundle because virtual learning isn't always a walk in the park for people who are neurodivergent. These fidget tools were designed to support anyone who has ADD, ADHD, OCD, or anxiety.

    Eight toys inside the kit

    The kit includes six stretchy strings, six spiky balls, three mesh squeeze balls, three marble and mesh, two flip chains, one liquid motion timer, one peek a boo squeeze beans, one snap and click snake, one basketball stress ball, and one magic cube.

    Promising review: "I originally bought these for my 5-year-old son. He was doing virtual learning at the time and his therapist suggested buying some fidget toys to help him sit still and control his movements and playing during school on the computer. It helped, but it receives extra points because he expressed how much he enjoyed all the toys. He's picked out his favorite. My 2-year-old has even enjoyed playing with them. It's a nice variety that all kids will enjoy. They are also small enough to throw a few in a diaper bag or even your purse for on the go. Added bonus because of the seller. They have kept in touch with me up until a week after receiving the product. They made sure I received the item, that all the toys were to my liking, and asked there was anything they could do to make things better. Great toy, kids loved it, amazing customer service." —Renae

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    7. A pair of AirPod Pros that have a noise-cancelling mode for effectively tuning out the chaos that is 2020. They'll help you focus on your priorities and are incredibly easy to use. The case charges the buds *and* can be used with wireless chargers!


    They come with customizable ear cushions, and have a sensor to detect whether they're in your ear.

    Promising review: "Wow! I never liked the original AirPods. They always fell off. I’m so glad Apple came out with these and that I waited to splurge on headphones. The sound is beautiful, the fit is perfect. I literally just got these out the box and I fell in love! I have always been an Apple product lover. Well worth the wait!" —Kaner88

    Get it from Amazon for $199.

    8. A reading pillow for those days you want to be productive without leaving bed. It's very firm (but comfortable) for maximum back support! Use this pillow to prop yourself up, your teacher won't be able to tell you never got out of bed.

    A cream version of the pillow with removable memory foam

    Some users mentioned a smell when the product is first removed from the bag.

    Promising review: "Bought one for myself and one for my daughter. During COVID, I am working from home and my daughter is doing online school this year. It has been nice to sit in our beds and work on our laptops when we get tired of being at our desks all day. These pillows are extra big and comfortable! There are plenty of pockets for your water bottle, remote, cell phone, pens, notepads etc. I love the extra pillows for your neck and legs. I have back and neck issues, so this is an added bonus and sometimes even use it at night under my legs to help with circulation! Love our reading pillows! Planning to order a few for my family during Christmas too!." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in 44 colors and three sizes).

    9. An ergonomic desk chair because you've got 99 problems and back pain shouldn't be one. Its sleek design offers great lumbar support! High-quality fabric makes this chair look more expensive than it really is.

    A black chair pulled up to a desk

    Promising review: "This chair is just perfect for me, and this is the THIRD chair I've purchased. It has just enough support and height, AND I love that even with the arms down, as I'm typing they don't touch my arms. So when I'm in work mode, I'm free. When I want to lean back and think about what I've composed, I can do so comfortably. It's also surprisingly light. It honestly feels like it was made on one of those 3D printer things. It was very easy to put together and I did it alone in about 18 minutes tops, including unpacking it. I am in love with this chair. You don't know what you've missed until you've got it. The fact that I can raise the arms independently is EVERYTHING! I can throw a leg over one while I'm watching TV or writing, and then totally switch to a comfortable position while I'm doing my nails. The lumbar support is fine and the height is surprising, too. I have a cushion that I sit on. It raises me about 2.5 inches or so. Besides my couch, this has become one of my favorite seats in my apartment. Oh, and while it rolls freely, it doesn't OVER-roll. I had to buy a stock set of non-rolling caps for my last chair because I couldn't sit still in it." —#EAHWP

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A room divider for blocking out ongoing visual distractions in the background of your video calls. No need to worry about storage — it collapses and fits into teeny spaces.


    Get it from Dormco for $54.99.

    11. An Apple TV to AirPlay your lectures like you're in a movie theatre. When it's over, unwind by watching streaming services that you don't pay for. Constantly losing remotes? Use your iPhone to control the Apple TV instead.

    Amazon, Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    This product interfaces seamlessly with any iOS device.

    Promising review: "I've tested the Fire Box, Roku Box (the new one), and the Apple TV. The Apple TV box works far better than the rest. No buffering; no waiting. It interacts with Amazon Prime and Netflix without a problem. I have a Netgear X6 AC3200 and combined with the Apple TV box it's unbeatable. I pump DirecTV though it and the signal is great. I got rid of all my cable boxes and have the Internet only. Saved over $75 a month." —D.J. Burns

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    12. A mini coffee maker that takes up minimal space and makes productivity juice. A built-in reusable filter eliminates the need for paper filters. It's very easy to transport and clean!

    The coffee maker dispensing coffee into a cup

    This coffee maker does not automatically turn off.

    Promising review: "It’s smaller then I expected but still very convenient and super cute! It comes with a built-in filter so don’t be like me and also buy filters 🤦🏾‍♀️ Easy to clean and super lightweight! Worth the money I spent. I recommend it for people in school or military personnel still living in the dorms 🤗." —Tonyia Collier

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A two-drawer desk, because separating work and leisure is key! It has a sleek, streamlined design that complements any room. Don't the price fool you — this sturdy piece of furniture is built to last.

    The white version of a desk holding a laptop, a book, a plant with a small task chair pulled up

    Promising review: "Exactly what I was looking for to teach from home! Sturdy and just the right size." —Jaime

    Get if from Wayfair for $98.99 (available in three colors).

    14. A cozy, unisex "Break the System" hoodie that's perfect for lounging and fighting for change.

    A black hoodie with black lettering that says, "break the system."
    Philadelphia Printworks

    Philadelphia Printworks is a Black-founded social justice screen printing workshop. They support local and national organizations that address food security, LGBTQ+ rights, and challenge institutionalized racism.

    Get it from Philadelphia Printworks for $40 (available in size S-3XL).

    15. A light therapy lamp because not walking to class every day means less sunlight. Soak up to10,000 lux with this lamp to help you start feeling more energized.


    Promising review: "When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Fast forward to me, 46, going through menopause, and what rears it's ugly head last winter? Sluggishness. Sleepiness. Spending days on the couch when I didn't absolutely HAVE to be doing anything else. Crying jags, etc. Now, I know that some of it is from the menopause, but I've been going through that for four years previous, so I know it's not all menopause. I got my little box and started kicking that thing up in the mornings. I usually get up a half-hour before my kids to enjoy a cuppa and the quiet, so I'd just click on my box and read a book. It's excellent lighting on dark winter mornings! After a few weeks, I started to get my groove back. I was almost sad to put it up in a closet in mid-May, but it's 6:07 a.m. right now and the sun isn't quite up yet, so I'll be getting it out in a few weeks when the kids go back to school, and I'm just happy thinking about it!" —laffitupfzbl

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    16. A pair of super comfortable Kind socks to reward yourself for keeping it cute with that professor who refused to cut you some slack in a pandemic. They're very comfortable and, let's be honest, you probably haven't worn shoes in months.

    A pair of blue socks with yellow tips, a green heel, and red rims
    Kind Socks

    Kind Socks is a Black-owned brand that makes sustainable clothing. Their products don't contain pesticides or toxic chemicals.

    Get it from Kind Socks for $15.26 (available in sizes 36 to 46).

    Price has been converted from Euros.

    17. A Wi-Fi extender so your Zoom won't freeze mid-lecture. It's compatible with any router, so all you need to do is set it up and plug it in. Connect up to 10 devices within 800 square feet and watch the magic happen!


    Promising review: "Oh man, I am over the moon about this product. My bedroom is the basement of the house, so the Wi-Fi just barely reached, and has a very weak signal. This extender is a lifesaver. It took maybe two minutes to set up, the hardest part was getting it out of the box! It amplifies the signal perfectly, and I find that it actually makes my Wi-Fi faster, as fewer people are using it! HouseWifi is my normal Wi-Fi signal in my room and the HouseWifi_EXT is the extenders Wi-Fi signal in my room. Look at the difference! I will be convincing my family to buy these for the farther parts of the house. In love!" —Erin Costello

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    18. A desk book shelf extension, because wherever you're learning may not have space for your binders and books. Turn any flat surface into a bookshelf with ease to take advantage of the vertical space on your desk.

    A diagram featuring five configurations of the bookshelf with office items

    Promising review: "These are actually a nice set of bookshelves and love the fact they can be adapted to varying widths. Came with extra screws and even a Philips/straight edge screwdriver. The wood finish is decent and to be expected. The fitment was perfect with all the shelves and screws coming together perfectly. Needed some dusting via wiping, and all done! Took five minutes to assemble. These are a much better choice than the dirt-cheap alternatives and are supplied by a very caring and connected vendor." —Les K

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in three colors).

    19. An Amazon Echo Dot so you'll never miss a deadline again —thanks to Alexa. When you sit in one area for most of the day, time can get away from you. Simply tell Alexa to put events on your calendar and remind you about assignment due dates.

    The Amazon Echo Dot sitting on a countertop flashing blue lights as it receives a command to play study music

    Promising review: "I really like Alexa. My family has a whole bunch of them around their house but I am away at college. I got this one sale just to try it out and I’m so happy I got it. I love it. I love that i can download apps and control things from my phone. Every morning, Alexa sings my favorite song to wake me up and tells me the weather. I also love the games you can play, I play the question of the day. This is super helpful for college students. I love being able to study and listen to music or ask Alexa questions. I recently found out that you can talk to people through the Dot. So, I talk to my friend through his Dot and when I am super busy and can’t reach my phone. Only thing is that sometimes she doesn’t understand what I am saying so I have to repeat myself a few times. I also wish she was wireless. Overall, I love the Dot! I can definitely see myself purchasing more in the future when I have my own place." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in four colors).

    20. A set of 45 affirmation cards to remind you that everything will be okay! Each card has a cute illustration that you can display on the fridge, mirror, desk — wherever you need some encouragement.

    The affirmation cards laid out in a circle

    Promising review: "These cards are a great place to start the day to help decrease panic attacks. These are a helpful tool for an anxiety reduction toolbox." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.90.

    21. A silk eye mask so students learning in busy households can get a good night's rest. This mask masterfully blocks out any and all distracting light.


    Promising review: "As a light sleeper living in a dorm room with broken blinds, this truly helped me get the sleep I needed to stay healthy and as energized as one can be as a tired college student! It is large enough to cover my eyes comfortably and in a way that ensures no light seeps in. The adjustable strap is nice in that it does not dig into your head as you sleep!" —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89 (available in five colors).

    22. A posture corrector, because you've probably started to slouch through all of your classes. It works no whether you're sitting, standing, or lying down. Is it comfortable? Glad you asked. Yes, it's made with breathable, machine-washable fabric.

    A diagram that depicts the corrector being used during work, sports, studying, and relaxation

    The brace is unisex and fits chest sizes between 30 inches and 43 inches. Start by wearing it for 20 to 30 minutes and then increase to a maximum of two hours.

    Promising review: "I've been working from home for the past four weeks. I could feel my posture suffering and strain on my back. I purchased this item and it arrived within two days. I've been wearing it for almost a week in 15-minute increments and already feel like my posture has improved. This product helps to train your mind and your muscles into keeping your shoulders back, even without the brace on I've consciously noticed my posture to be better when I wasn't thinking about it. Don't go back to work looking like a hunch back when all of this COVID-19 stuff is over, get you one of these instead." —KACEY

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    23. A memory foam seat cushion that reduces pressure with a U-shaped cutout. This is perfect for everyone who's turned their kitchen table into a classroom.

    The cushion is non-slip and has a removable handle

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my brother, who is dealing with cancer that has spread to the bone. It hurts for him to sit for more than 15-20 minutes. He said it felt a little firm at first, but began to soften a bit. Body heat does that to memory foam, so I asked him to give it some time. He's used it now for two days and said it has helped tremendously. He used it in the car today to travel an hour each way to the doctor, and he was fairly comfortable for that time. So yes, this is a good cushion that has provided him some relief from the pain of sitting. Update: Sadly, my brother passed away. In his final four months of life he used this cushion. He took it everywhere with him. It did the job it was designed to do and it helped him more than any other product we could find. It never flattened out, and I ended up donating it so that someone else could reap the benefit of its design." —JB

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    24. An essential oil diffuser set, because aromatherapy can be super clutch for anxious feelings! It's super hard to get assignments done when you're stressed. Inhale some calming scents, feel better, and start getting your work done.

    A reviewer's photo of the diffuser with blue light settings and two buttons

    The set includes 10-ml bottles of lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, peppermint, lemongrass, jasmine, nutmeg, clove, and spearmint essential oil.

    Promising review: "I suffer from anxiety and wanted to give this a try for relaxing at home. Holy cow. The little bubbling noise is so relaxing (sounds a little like a soda bubbling). The color changes are soothing. And the smell is strong and fantastic. My home felt like a spa. I love the lavender that came with it. Currently debating getting a second one for upstairs so I don’t have to move it so much." —Lauren Christman

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

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