Here are some of my school supply must-haves! Can you tell I’m really excited for school supply shopping?
A Planner // This is pretty self-explanatory. As I’ve said before: If it’s not in my planner, it’s not happening. I use mine to keep me on top of deadlines, assignments, and events.
Note-Taking Supplies // Find a system that works for you, and stick to it. I write slowly, so I type my notes during class to ensure that I get everything down. After class, I transcribe the typed notes onto white unlined paper using my pens and flare pens. I really don’t like lined paper: it’s so thin and flimsy.The colored pens are great for making headers and diagrams.
Reading Supplies // Again, you need a system. I try to do my reading assignments before class. I highlight my books, and use page flags to mark important pages or assignments. I don’t annotate or take notes on textbook material unless I absolutely have to. For me, it’s usually a waste of time. When I’m studying for the test, I go back and re-read highlighted parts of the book.
Organization Supplies // It’s no use to be organized during the school year if you store everything in a big, messy pile after classes end. I use a small 3-ring binder with tabs for each class. It’s easy to carry around in my backpack or tote. When a class ends, I save the important papers (essays, tests, study guides) and put them in sheet protectors in a large binder. I only keep the papers that I think I will need later.
What is your office must-have?