decomposition notebooks


4.17.17 Behind in Buddhism (67/100 days of productivity)

Sorry that I haven’t been making original posts for the past few days. I spent the second half of last week throwing together a project proposal for an extended deadline (The deadline was extended to today). I got it in on time so now I’m stressing about whether or not I’ll be accepted. 

Last night I fell asleep before finishing my homework and I woke up late today, late being not at 8:00 am, but at 11:00 with significantly less time to do all the work I originally saved for today. But it’s okay! I was able to finish my Buddhism readings for today and throw together my paper abstract for my night class. So even though things were behind a bit on the timeline, I was able to finish my work. 

I’m excited but also freaking out about the fact that this school year ends in less than two weeks! My first final is due on Friday! 

mr-muppetface  asked:

Hey Mike! What's your everyday carry?

I don’t have a fancy EDC kit like people who take this sort of thing really seriously. I also don’t walk around with a knife or a flashlight because, unless I’m camping, I don’t normally need those things. 

That being said, I do have these items most days:


so I ordered a new patterned ballpoint pen, notebook and some washi tape from @foxandstar the other day and it arrived this afternoon!! this is the first washi tape I have ever owned so I’m a bit of a washi tape rookie but still I’ve been playing around with in my Muji diary (you can watch my video about my Muji diary here) and mindmap for physics that I’m going to complete tomorrow!! oh yeah I also made some physics notes (in my decomposition notebook this time) because I have a test next week -.-

As a student in university, I don’t have a lot of money to spend on supplies. You only need a notebook and a pen to start but it’s always fun to make things more colorful. Please let me know if any links don’t work!! 

The Notebook

Writing Materials



With classes being back I couldn’t help but share a portion of my day’s work. ;) Chapter 1: Legal Research and Writing ft. the  cover of my decomposition book (which I love). I hope someone else can find them to be useful, too. It’s been only a week, but I already love my classes. <3   

Side note- my prof’s former legal intern is now the pianist @ awolnation. o.O


Sunday 4th September / 4:16pm

I’ve finally gotten round to doing my stationary haul for sixth form! I start back to school tomorrow (omg) and as it’s my last day of the summer holidays i thought it would be fun to finally do a stationary haul!!

Okay so starting from the left photo we have:

  • pack of 25 Stabile 0.4mm fineliners 
  • pack of 12 Pilot 0.5mm juice pens 
  • Busy B mini sticky notes
  • pack of 15 ‘Rio De Janeiro’ post it notes by Post It
  • 2 washi tapes from Lau Home
  • a record card book and pack of 100 narrow ruled record cards from Tesco
  • Magic ‘Good Design’ pencil case
  • ‘Raindrops Multi Pencil Case’ from Paperchase
  • pack of 8 PaperMate 1.0mm ‘Inkjoy’ pens 
  • Parker ‘Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen’
  • 3 Pilot 0.5mm ‘V Ball Liquid Ink Rollerball’
  • 2 Tipp-Ex ‘Mini Pocket Mouse’

And on the right photo:

  • Campus A4 lever arch file
  • Campus 10 part dividers
  • Tiger A4 ‘Slim Ring Binder’ in Clear
  • x3 Campus punched pockets
  • Campus Notebook 140 pages
  • x3 Campus Refill Pad 300 pages
  • Decomposition Book 160 pages of grid-ruled paper
  • Decomposition Book 160 pages of college-ruled paper
  • Tiger notebook

anonymous asked:

What do you use your decomposition notebook for? I was going to buy one but I wasn't sure when I would use it!!

I bought it from a bookstore in the city but you can get them online ☺️

i got some great records and some other cool stuff today that i’m really excited about
i got the spoon hot thoughts single, duran duran arena, flock of seagulls self titled and the miami vice theme on 12 inch, and then i got a nine inch nails shirt, one of those decomposition notebooks and a louis vuitton wallet i love Stuff


Decomposition Notebooks with condensed revision notes.

Each one of these books has my notes for a particular paper (module) which I sat as part of my Finals. These notes were re-organised and condensed versions of the notes which I have on my laptop. I use Evernote to keep a record of everything - class notes, lecture notes and notes from books and articles that I have read. Sometimes these are notes which have been transcribed from handouts, where using a laptop hasn’t always been possible.

The notes in the exercise books then were condensed into a series of short quotations and phrases which I hoped to be able to use in the exam. These I wrote down on lined paper, in part so that I could practice remembering them. Over breakfast on the morning of the exam, I highlighted the really really really key parts, then left the notes at home and walked to the exam hall. 

Thinking back over this, I guess the key parts of the two year (!) process of getting ready for these exams was:

  1. reading lots of books and articles
  2. attending lots of classes and lectures and taking notes on these (my lectures were never compulsory, so it definitely was a choice!)
  3. making sure that all my notes were organised on Evernote - this meant typing up things such as annotations on quotations in books, or lecture handouts and class notes 
  4. choosing topics and authors to revise 
  5. choosing material relevant to the topics and authors - making sure that I filled gaps in my knowledge, and writing down key bits of information in the right notebook
  6. condensing this further into a few sheets of paper, which it would be possible to memorise - unlike my database of notes!

Part of the reason why I’m thinking over this now, is that I guess it shows what works for me. I need to write things out, and group (and regroup) information, so that I remember it, and it becomes as flexible in my head as possible. This way I could use different examples from across the time period of literature being examined, and compare different authors and texts using direct quotation from the text.

This exact technique might not work exactly for you, or else not be a skill needed for your particular exams (I studied English Literature at university), but consider what works best for your own ways of learning, and what you need to be able to do to pass your exams. Is it recalling exact pieces of information or examples? Is it using information flexibly? Is it a combination of these things?

tl;dr: think about what works for you, as well as what works for an examiner!