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Apple Back-to-School Deals: $100 Off New iPad Pro, Save on MacBooks, AirPods, More

No matter where you look right now it seems there are some good deals on the latest Apple gear needed for the return to the classroom.

By Billy Kwong

The Best Back-to-School Laptop Deals for 2021

The kids may not want to think about the return to the classroom, but you should so you can jump on these amazing deals.

By Billy Kwong

Lessons to Learn: 11 Practical Tips for Successful Schooling at Home

Millions of kids are likely spending at least some of the upcoming school year learning at home. Our tips can help families adapt to the challenge of pandemic-era schooling and succeed in the new educational reality.

By Jill Duffy

Dell Back-to-School Sale: Save an Extra 12% on Inspiron, XPS, Alienware PCs

Whether you need a laptop to take to class or a desktop PC for online learning, Dell has you covered.

By Billy Kwong

Get More Done: Try These 10 Simple Tips for Better To-Do Lists

Want to make progress in your daily tasks? A smartly managed to-do list can make all the difference. These quick tips will set you up for success.

By Jill Duffy

Your Work Environment Matters: Keep Your Desk Tidy With These 8 Simple Tips

Is your desk a mess? You might be surprised at how much better you feel by tidying up using these simple, low-cost or no-cost tips.

By Jill Duffy

How to Put Free Ebooks on Your Amazon Kindle

Your Kindle isn't just restricted to reading books from Amazon. Here's how to convert various other ebooks formats for the Kindle, and where to get free ebooks.

By Sascha Segan  & Chloe Albanesius

Online Tutoring Services to Help Rescue Your GPA and Sanity

From instructional videos to live one-on-one help, often 24/7, these online services can help you get ahead academically. And they're usually less expensive than an IRL tutor.

By Chandra Steele

Ready for College? Download These Essential Apps First

These are challenging times for everyone, but college students have some extra worries, these apps can help you manage your money, time, mind, and more.

By Chandra Steele

The Best Laptops for College Students in 2021

Where college will be in the fall, and what form it takes, are the biggest current questions for students and their families. Which laptop to use? That doesn't have to be one. Whether for remote learning or carrying around campus, start your "best laptops" short list with these top-rated, value-focused models.

By John Burek  & Tom Brant

How to Use Microsoft Teams for Free

Communicate and collaborate with coworkers, colleagues, friends, and family for free with Microsoft Teams.

By Lance Whitney

The Best Apps With Perks and Discounts for Students

From free shipping to music and video streaming on the cheap, top apps from Apple, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube, and more offer discounts for students on a budget.

By Chandra Steele

How (and Why) to Create a Separate Windows Account Just for School

Keep your personal and school lives separate by creating an education-focused account on your PC. Distinct profiles can help you (or your children) concentrate on learning.

By Ben Moore

The Best All-in-One Computers for 2021

What you want: space savings, power, and flexibility, all from a single desktop computer. What you need: an all-in-one (AIO) PC. Our buying guide and deep-dive reviews will help you shop for one of these sleek machines. (We've tested all the latest models.)

By John Burek  & Matthew Buzzi

Budget Back-to-School Laptop Deals From Walmart: Acer, Lenovo, HP, and More

Need an affordable laptop? Walmart has a number of deals on systems from Acer, HP, and more.

By Billy Kwong

The Best Language-Learning Software for 2021

We've tested all the major apps for learning a language; here are your best picks for studying a new language no matter your budget, prior experience, or goals.

By Jill Duffy

The Best Laptop Backpacks for 2021

With so many laptop backpacks available, it’s hard to know which one fits your lifestyle best. Whether you're packing for the classroom or the office, we've picked the best backpacks for comfort, looks, and functionality.

By Chandra Steele

Pearson Launches a $15 Subscription Service for College Textbooks

Offline access, advanced notetaking, flash cards, audio books, and live support are included.

By Matthew Humphries

The Best Chromebooks for Kids in 2021

Chromebooks are now a staple of American education (not to mention, a quick laptop fix in these pandemic times). If your child needs one for schoolwork or playtime, here's help with the specs, the features, and everything else you need to know before you buy.

By Tom Brant

The Best Chromebooks for 2021

Budget-friendly, web-centric Chromebooks can save you money. But is it worth opting for one if you can find a capable Windows 10 laptop for well under $500? Here's what you need to know, along with the best Chromebook models we have tested.

By John Burek  & Tom Brant