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What Equipment Do You Need to Take a JMHS Course?

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Wednesday, 05 May 2021. Posted in Helpful Tips, Homeschooler

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If you’re considering online school, it’s important to know what you need to get started. Many students wonder what type of equipment they’ll need, particularly whether they’ll have to invest in any sort of special technology. Keep reading to find out what you need to start your James Madison High School journey.

Do JMHS courses need special computer equipment?

Because all JMHS courses are online, you will need a computer. Thankfully, the computer requirements are pretty standard. All that’s required is access to a computer; it can be a laptop, desktop, netbook, or notebook, as long as it is equipped with Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer. Having Microsoft Office is essential because all assignments and exams need to be submitted as a doc. or docx. document. Some students go to their local library for computer access if they don’t have one at home.

You may want to invest in a good pair of earbuds or noise cancelling headphones, if you think you might ever have to study in a space that isn’t particularly quiet. It will help you focus and eliminate distractions, while preventing others from being disturbed by your work as well. Another good investment, if you’re going to be using a laptop, is an external or wireless mouse. A lot of people feel they’re a little easier to use, but that’s all just up to your personal preference.

Additionally, digital textbooks are available to make studying more accessible. If you need to spend time away from home, whether that’s just a few hours per day or something longer, you don’t have to worry about missing valuable study time or lugging heaving books with you. Another advantage is that you will have access to a variety of resources to help you along your academic journey. JMHS’s online Learning Resource Center and virtual Student Community are great ways to get additional study help and connect with peers.

Can you take classes on your mobile?

In our constantly connected world, it’s hard to always find someone without a mobile device on them. In the case of your JMHS education, that can come in handy. You can use your mobile device to access internet content, such as course videos and digital textbooks, while you’re on the go, 24/7. However, many of the mobile operating systems on mobile devices like iPads and tablets aren’t supported. You can use them for some aspects of your coursework, but it’s important to remember that issues may occur, so use them with caution and perhaps refrain from relying on them for submitting assignments or exams.

Equip your future with James Madison High School

In addition to studying when and where you want, James Madison offers affordable tuition with flexible payment options, so you can focus on your studies and your future. Call an Admissions Specialist at to learn more or or enroll online today.

About the Author

Nicole Krempasky

Nicole Krempasky

Nicole Krempasky earned a BA in Communications with a minor in Art History from Arcadia University. Just finishing her MA in International Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, she is putting her writing and research skills to use as Penn Foster’s Marketing Coordinator. Nicole enjoys baking, traveling, and British TV.