Laptop or iPad for Uni?

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GrumpyOldBag Sat 19-Aug-17 15:43:40

DS's laptop is dying. He uses it a lot - mainly for watching football matches.

I am thinking of getting a new one myself so he could have my old one when he starts Uni - but wondered whether an iPad might be more useful to him recreationally?

Will he need a laptop for his studies? He's reading Maths.

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SwedishEdith Sat 19-Aug-17 15:45:05


GinAndToast Sat 19-Aug-17 15:48:02

Definitely laptop!

PrimalLass Sat 19-Aug-17 15:49:10

Definitely a laptop.

Hammy12345 Sat 19-Aug-17 15:49:52

I wouldn't have managed to have an iPad doing my degree. Definitely needed laptop.

userofthiswebsite Sat 19-Aug-17 15:50:26

You can't properly type on an iPad. AFAIK at least.

If he's going to be writing assignments, he will need either a PC or a laptop, the latter being my preference in the uni scenario though I like a PC at work.

GherkinSnatch Sat 19-Aug-17 15:51:59

Laptop. Even the best iPad keyboard would be a PITA to type 3k word essays on.


noblegiraffe Sat 19-Aug-17 15:52:40

If he's studying maths he's unlikely to be typing assignments.

However, if you've got a laptop going spare, it would make more sense to give him that than get him an ipad if that's what he already uses.

Cloudyapples Sat 19-Aug-17 15:53:20


GherkinSnatch Sat 19-Aug-17 15:57:16

Mathematicians I knew at university (graduating 6 years ago) were most definitely typing up assignments.

IAmTheDragon Sat 19-Aug-17 15:58:13

Laptop. Maths students do type - DH is a maths professor, he's always typing - symbols and equations with a programme, not words tbf.

noblegiraffe Sat 19-Aug-17 15:58:46

What were they typing up assignments about? Writing maths on a laptop is one of the most annoying things known to man so it seems bizarre that they would be expected to do this.

noblegiraffe Sat 19-Aug-17 15:59:55

I'm a maths teacher, I type because I need to produce resources. Maths students need to do maths, which is much easier with pen and paper.

I want to know what these maths students are typing!

BikeRunSki Sat 19-Aug-17 16:01:21

Or iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard?

GherkinSnatch Sat 19-Aug-17 16:04:35

I don't know exactly what they were typing - but I remember them getting assignments, either on paper or that they had to download from the intranet and print off, which they had to type and print off to hand in, as well as upload a copy to Turnitin. As we all complained to each other about our work, even though I was writing essays for history and they were doing maths stuff.

noblegiraffe Sat 19-Aug-17 16:09:02

Putting maths assignments through a plagiarism checker is even weirder than asking for them to be typed!

'We think you've cheated because your solution is the same as this other solution'

'That's because it's the correct solution'

'Oh yeah'.

Sorry, OP, this is a bit off-topic grin

GrumpyOldBag Sat 19-Aug-17 16:10:16

ha ha.

made me laugh though noblegiraffe.

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Sweetnessishere Sat 19-Aug-17 16:10:37

DD is doing Physics and has just bought an iPad Pro so she can write equations etc easily during lectures. This will be her 3rd year at uni. She also has a MacBook for typing if needed.

GrumpyOldBag Sat 19-Aug-17 16:12:20

interesting Sweetness. i can see how an iPad would be better for note taking as it's more portable.

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Sweetnessishere Sat 19-Aug-17 16:16:13

More portable and with the pen easy to write legibly too. But it is expensive.

GeorgeTheHamster Sat 19-Aug-17 16:18:07

They have to hand in typed stuff at A level though, it needs a piece of software to do it. So it's not words all the time, but explanations and equations. I think.

noblegiraffe Sat 19-Aug-17 16:21:23

Maths students do not need to hand in typed stuff at A-level. It would be a complete waste of time!

chelseahotel Sat 19-Aug-17 16:36:36

Laptop. An ipad is just recreational IMO.
DS has just graduated in maths. There was a compulsory "essay" module, needless to say loathed by all maths students grin.
They also had to use various maths software (MATLAB, latex?).

chelseahotel Sat 19-Aug-17 16:40:02

Noble The essay was basically a research project and while much of it was symbols there were words in there and obviously citing sources etc.

Piglet208 Sat 19-Aug-17 16:42:51

My son has just graduated with a maths degree. Your son will most definitely need a laptop. He will be typing assignments as some units are essay based and his dissertation will certainly need typing. It is also needed to access e books for studying and research.

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