Hey there! School has kicked back into session again despite my best efforts, so I decided it’s time to share all of my favorite school supplies with all of you! Despite the end of summer sadness, I always love getting to buy new school supplies. Walking through those pristine walls full of folders is like my Christmas. After four years of college, I have pretty much figured out which school supplies I actually use, and which ones I never needed. This post is just the essentials, so I am only sharing the things that I carry with me all the time and use constantly.
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I don’t think I have used a pencil since high school. I am a total pen junkie. Pencils just don’t come in colors, and color coding is my lifeblood. Out of all my school supplies, my pens are my favorite. Here are my absolute favorite pens.
Pilot G2 – These pens have been my absolute favorite since high school. My dad always had some on his desk, and I let’s just say they would disappear whenever I was at his house (sorry dad!). These pens are highly pigmented, write super smoothly, last forever, and don’t smear/bleed. They will forever be my go-to. Most of them are sold in .7 or .5, but my real love is the .38. They are incredibly fine and I can write so much in a tiny space. If you only buy one thing off this list, buy these pens.
Stabilos – Although I love my pilot G2’s, they aren’t great for decorative/pretty handwriting. They are more for utilitarian note taking etc. These stabilo pens are almost like super fine tipped markers. They make such pigmented lines, and last forever. I bought this set as a birthday present to myself last year, and still use these pens daily. They are great for filling out a planner, color coding notes, bullet journaling, and so much more. These also have a a big cult following among the #studygram community, so you can up your insta game with some of these pens.
It’s hard to make studying truly fun, but having study supplies that are super functional is a must. As much as I love some of the super cute study tools, they are rarely as functional as one would hope (i.e. a cat shaped highlighter). When I study, I keep my desk fairly clear, with just these tools on hand.
Sticky Notes – I like to take notes, especially for history, with a sticky note method. I will read one or two pages of text, and then write a summary of what I just read on a sticky note with all the key terms. This not only breaks up big chunks of reading, but also make reviewing for a test a breeze. I can just skim my sticky notes and remember the major points, without re-reading the book. Because I use this method, I need a ton of sticky notes on hand. I prefer to buy lighter colors so they are easier to read.
Sticky Tabs – I also keep a bunch of these on hand in different colors for when I am doing research or reading a novel. I make sure to place a sticky tab on any page/quote that I think I will need when writing my paper later on. These saved my life this summer in my civil war class, and are coming in really helpful with all the research I have been doing for my senior thesis. I like to buy a bunch of different colors, and then decide what topic/idea each color stands for. This really helps when you’re writing the paper and you just need a quote about one specific topic.
Mildliners – These are another big thing among studygrammers on insta, which is how I originally found out about them. They come in super pretty colors, and are mild (no duh), so they look prettier on the page. These highlighters also don’t bleed through as much, which is nice when highlighting in textbooks or in your notes. They have both a wide end and a narrow end, so you can underline or highlight whole lines. I don’t highlight very often because it isn’t an active form of note taking, but I use them to go through my handwritten notes and pull out the most important topics.
Planner – As you could probably tell from my last post, a planner is an essential school supply. There are so many to choose from so I’m not going to link to a specific one, but if you are looking for a comparison of several planners, you can find a great one here.
If you don’t love a paper planner, I also highly recommend google calendar. I use google calendar for my schedule, and then keep track of my tasks/assignments in my paper planner. It works really well for me, but a different system might work for you!
To-Do Lists – I usually clip one of these into my planner to keep running to-do lists from day to day. I stole this idea from one of my friends, and really love it. Usually, I have tasks and things I need to do that aren’t assigned to a specific day, and it’s annoying to re-write them every day in my planner. I put tasks like that onto the list paper, and cross things off as I go. Generally I keep several pinned into my planner, and start a new one whenever the old one gets too messy! I also use these for other lists at home, like groceries or packing lists.
So there you have it! My list of absolute essential school supplies. As much as I love all the cutesy/rose gold/ marble school supplies out there, I really like to stick to the basics when it comes to studying and staying organized for school! Have you ever used any of these supplies? What are your favorite school supplies? Let me know in the comments below!