With the academic year soon approaching I’ve started to think about and compile some of my study essentials that I’ll be using when I’m back in university.
Having a laptop or tablet you can take to university with you will make your life so much easier. I use mine to write notes during lectures, and then I can work on things such as assignments during any lecture breaks without having to stress about finding a computer in the library. Having a memory stick is also a good idea to ensure you have a backup of your work at all times.
This is literally my life saviour when it comes to organising my life. I personally use a Mossery Diary as the layout works perfectly for me. Having a diary where you can write any lectures, deadlines, meetings and personal things in enables you to have a view of your week in one place, and helps you stay organised.
My favourite notebooks are the Whitelines notebooks. I use these to summarise my lecture notes into a format easier to revise from. The white lines cause less strain on your eyes, and allow your notes and diagrams to stand out.
Even though I take my laptop to university to type notes, having a pencil case with things such as a pen, pencil, rubber, ruler and scientific calculator is essential for me as some lecturers give out handouts to annotate.
What pens I use depends on the notes I’m creating. If I’m not creating any ‘fancy’ notes I’ll simply use a Bic biro. My essential pens for writing my summaries include: Zebra Mildliners, Pilot Juice Gel Pens and Staedtler Fineliners.
I always have one binder per module, and will put my notes within polypockets, using dividers to section off and label the topics covered. This means that everything is in one place, and you can easily find what you’re looking for.
These are my main method of revision, and something I have used since doing my GCSE’s. Writing a question on one side, and an answer on the other enables you to recall information and other people can easily test you by using these.
For me they turn out to be everywhere as I constantly scribble stuff down on them and stick them in textbooks. They help me to get any ideas out so I don’t forget them later out.
Hopefully this post gives some of you an idea of what kind of things you’ll need when starting university.