Welcome to the first post in my back to school (BTS) series! I’m so excited for this as I love being in college and back to school helps us celebrate that. It’s so much fun to be able to buy new supplies, meet new people/teachers, and enjoy all the new things you’ll be learning. So, if you did not know, I am a college student. This fall, I am going into my SENIOR YEAR of college. It’s crazy. I’m terrified. Just… wow. I will be in school for an extra semester for my student teaching as I changed my major a couple of times but that’s okay! I’m in noooo hurry to be an adult just yet. 😅
The first post that I am including in this series is what school supplies that I find to be essential in my own schooling and hopefully this will help you narrow down what you’ll be needing as well! This can be great for anyone that is an incoming freshman this fall or even someone who is already in college and just needs a refresher for their shopping spree.
#1 Planner: My number one, definite, most important item is a planner. If you can only buy one thing besides paper and pencils, get a planner. I can’t tell you how many times mine has saved me. It keeps me grounded, my life and school work organized, and I just feel a whole lot better when I’ve got my trusty planner by my side during the semesters.
#2 Highlighters: These are my favorite way to organize my notes! I love to highlight main topics and important information in my notes as I’m writing them so I can go back and find topics easily as well as read my notes over again without any issues. These can also be great to highlight your textbooks for important information, use them in your planner, and more!
#3 Colored Pens: I love to organize my planner with colors. Color coding is great so you know exactly how everything is supposed to be whenever you’re going back to look at it. I want to start using them for my notes but it’s harder to switch pens every few seconds than it is to pick up a highlighter every few minutes. My pens are mainly for my planner but they are sooo worth it!
#4 Notecards: This is the only way that I study for exams, quizzes, papers, etc. I often read over my notes but in order to truly remember things, make flash cards of my own to quiz myself with is the best way for my to retain information. Most people think that it’s awful because you’ll forget everything right after but I don’t really have this problem all that much. Some small things may slip my mind but I remember most of the information that I study this way with ease!
#5 Binder(s) with Tabs: I used the optional “s” because I normally only use one binder for all of my classes and use the tabs to divide up my classes. HOWEVER, I’ve also done individual binders for each class with dividers to divide up things like notes, handouts, homework, exams/quizzes, etc. I like everything to be organized no matter what so either way, the dividers are a must for me. It is honestly up to personal preference on whether you want to use one binder or several. I think sizes for the binders should be 1/4-inch to 1-inch binders for individual classes or a 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch binder for all classes.
#6 Notebook(s): Notebooks has that optional “s” as well! This is because I have been using either a three-subject or five-subject notebook for all of my classes for awhile now. My “organization” for this is weird, though. I don’t divide them up into sections for classes! I actually just flip to the first unused page and write whatever I need to on that for whatever class I’m in then label the top right corner with the class name (e.g. SED 537). However, I know many people who get a one-subject notebook for each class and organize them that way. I actually am thinking about switching to this method for the upcoming semester!
#7 Sticky Notes & Flags: Last, but currently not least, sticky notes and sticky flags are an amazing way to organize your notes, planner, and anything else you can stick something to! I even put them in my textbooks. I love them for quick notes, to-do lists, marking important pages or just marking where I was on something, and so much more. They’re so versatile that you can literally come up with so many uses for them.
And that’s it for my school supplies essentials for college! I can’t wait for all the other posts to come. If you have any suggestions and requests for posts in my back to school series that I should add to the quota then leave me a comment down below! Also, tell me your must-have school supplies for whatever level schooling you’re currently in! I’m always up for adding new organization methods to my routine!
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