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What’s In My Schoolbag:
•North Face backpack with Alpha Xi Delta pins
•The Totally Tortoise collection, studio C file folder from Target
•Buckhead Betties pencil pouch
•miscellaneous post-it notes
•3 hole punch
•TI-83 Plus calculator
•caliber scientific calculator
•Forever 21 umbrella
•4 binders
•Staedtler triplus fineliners
•Lilly Pulitzer planner

Today is the last day in my first bullet journal. The new one comes in tomorrow so I won’t miss any days between journals. You can see the colored tabs on the side marking the months as they went by. This one lasted seven months but the next will likely be six since it wasnt until later in this book that I went for a two page spread for every day. I’m noting this because it’s a big deal to me that I actually finished this journal. I have never finished a journal before and have been historically bad at organization and tracking things. I also knew I had a need to write down what things happened on different days so I’d remember later what the timeline was on my life events. That’s also historically been difficult for me. This journal was my vow to turn that around, and here we are. On a blue moon, acknowledging a milestone.

I’m getting my stuff together for school and I thought I would show y'all
What’s In My Pencil Pouch:
•Buckhead Betties pencil pouch with my monogram!
•Swingline mini stapler
•Sharpie Highlighters (was a 10 pack)
•2 erasable Foray Highlighters
•Papermate Ink Joy pens
•Bic Wite-Out
•Sharpie permanent markers
•2 Bic ReAction #2 mechanical pencils
•2 Bic disposable mechanical pencils
•extra led and erasers
•UNCA Fraternity & Sorority Life pen with stylus
•mustache eraser
•Staedtler math supplies


I was too dead today to get any real studying done tonight, so I took some inspiration from jazstudiespost on diy tracking expenses. I started an expense journal last summer and didn’t stick with is, so here are the pointers I took to hopefully change that this time around:

  • use a notebook you like, so you actually want to write in it - i’ve been meaning to do something with these stickers for ages, so what better use than a notebook that’s essentially about controlling my shopping! much more fun than the original black
  • the key symbols - it’s a great way to visualize how much I’m spending on actual necessities

I plan on using the month of August to take a lot of steps to better myself, and this is just one!

How to prepare materials for a new year

Friday, 31 July, 2015 4:35 pm || Beginning a new school year has always seemed simultaneously exciting and daunting. Cracking open new notebooks, planners and textbooks is always wonderful for me (it’s like a drug…) but the idea of having to reassemble and fall back into a rigorous study and school routine will always be dreadful. 

As a prospective eighth grader/year eight student/secondary two pupil I’ve come up with a list of things that you can do easily to prepare both yourself mentally and study system-wise for a new school year. 

Step 1: Buy all needed school supplies and collect all new textbooks or workbooks. Such school supplies include: pens (box sets of gel-inks, ballpoints or felt-tips), pencils (one or two mechanical pencils and a box of regular unsharpened ones), highlighters (I generally use a set of eight for source analysis in history and the yellow one for “ATTENTION, IMPORTANT” terms or sentences in regular work), geometric set (ruler, set square, compass, protractor), calculator and post-its. Large three-ring binders for each subject are also important. 

I’ll go into further detail on the post-its in a future post but for now, I’d recommend buying at least five colours of small indicative stickies and two or three relatively small pads of square stickies. These can be used for book annotations and just writing things down that can be removable. The ideal size for these square ones is this.

Step 2: Organise your school books and notebooks. Luckily for me, my school provides A4-sized notebooks that are custom made for this school. If not, you can buy your own notebooks for, well, note-taking. Try not to get bound notebooks, and instead opt for spiral ones, because if you make a huge mistake on the entire page you can just rip it out. Also, if your teacher wants you to hand a page in, you don’t need to destroy the entire book by ripping one page out. If you have school-designed notebooks, usually there are lines for you to fill out; i.e. “Name”, “Class” and “Teacher”. Fill them out using whatever pen you want. Usually I use the same pen for all the notebooks (because I’m a monotonous, boring, ancient soul with an unnatural liking/obsession with dark blue biros) but this is all up to you. 

If you don’t have pre-printed labels, take a piece of masking tape, not duct tape or scotch tape and write the subject on it along with your name and class. Stick it in your desired corner as a removable label. Do the same for the binders.

Step 3: Stack all notebooks, textbooks and binders according to subject. For example, my biology materials would go in one pile and my mathematics books and binder would go into another pile. This is just for easy sorting later on. 

Step 4: Buy some coloured zipper mesh bags (I’m not exactly sure as to what their proper name is, sorry), one for each subject. Usually I colour-code my subjects (math is blue, English is white, Chinese is red) so the binders and the bags are the same colours for each subject. Make sure they are slightly bigger than your binders so everything can fit. i can’t find a link to my own bags, so here’s a similar one. Put all of the books and binders into the bags according to subject. That way whenever you rush to the lockers before class you can pull out one zipper bag and rush off to class. You are now done with physical sorting and labelling. 

Step 5: Buy an accordion folder for homework and hand outs. Whenever you get the chance, e.g. after class, after school, file away all papers into their respective binders. That way you won’t lose things and everything is ready for exam time.

I’ll write another blog post soon about actually writing things/printing things into your notebooks and a system for note-taking. Binder systems and filing systems will also be (hopefully) up soon. Thank you!

Hi everyone! I made my first printable! It’s based on the Cornell Five Day Study Plan, and includes a neat little checklist/planner.

On the first page, you can write down all the things you need to study for your exam, and on the second, you can log your studying (the recommended times are listed) and keep track of what you covered in each “chunk”. I even included little check boxes to help you feel productive. :)

You can download it here.