It’s coming up to exam season for me. I’ve just finished my lectures for this semester, and I’m now officially in study leave, and my first exam is in 3 weeks, and PANIC.
So, in true procrastination fashion, I’m writing a blog post instead of attending to my massive list to-do list. To try and keep myself in the study mindset, I thought I’d gather all my study essentials together and talk you through them, and – whether you just love stationery or you’re about to sit exams yourself – hopefully you’ll enjoy this post!
First off, we have my bullet journal. Here is a page I have dedicated to the work I’d ideally like to get through in the first week of April (side note: it started off terribly). I feel a planner of any kind is a must-have when you’re studying – it’s good to keep note of what you still have left to do, but also motivational to have a place where you can physically tick of what you have achieved.
Setting yourself smaller goals every day is also a great way to get stuff done!
Next, we have notebooks. This particular notebook is my favourite!
I’ve used both plain white paper, and different coloured paper in the past (the coloured paper worked wonders for helping me study), however I love this cream coloured paper. Not only is it less harsh than white paper, but my coloured pens can show up a lot easier on this pad than on the coloured pads I used to use.
Both times I purchased these notebooks, I bought them on Amazon in a 3-pack.
Next up – pens! For writing in lectures, I generally use any ball point pen I can find, but when I’m writing out my “nice” notes I tend to use a nicer pen, and fancy colours.
For writing in black, I use a pen I picked up at my student shop – 0.5 Pilot G-1. It’s nothing special, but I love the way it writes. For formulas, headings, or certain parts in my notes I want to stand out, I use the coloured Muji pens. I bought these in a multi-pack from the Muji website last summer, and I love them! For highlighting and chapter headings, I use the Mildliner highlighter pens which are adorable and come in gorgeous colours. I bought them off of Amazon last summer as well.
I keep all my pens in a small file folder I bought in a multi-pack from Paperchase. It’s the perfect size for a pencil case, and I love the print and quote on the front!
Lastly, I have my folders, both of which are also from Paperchase (I’m in love, okay?). They both come from the same “set”, if that makes sense, and I love how sassy and simplistic they both are.
In the hardback “I’m very busy and important” folder is where I keep all my “nice” and colour coded lecture notes.
In the “the struggle is real” file folder, I have lecture notes, tutorial sheets, projects – basically anything that was handed out in the lectures or computer labs. It has a cute little plastic zippy to keep everything in, but unfortunately I have so many things in that folder I don’t think I could close it if I tried, so I keep it open.
What are your study or work essentials?
*all products were bought with my own money / all thoughts are my own