Hey! A blogpost about essential stationary was highly requested, so I figured it was about time to finally sit down and write about my stationary essentials in my studying process. I would like to disclaim that this is very personal, and it’s different for everyone, but here’s a list of stationary I need while studying.
My laptop. I don’t know if this is actually considered stationary, but I consider it essential because without my laptop, I basically can’t do anything for school. I’ve been using my MacBook Air since last summer and I recommend it to everyone. The battery life is excellent, it is easy to carry around, but most importantly: its productivity is so high and using my MacBook for anything school related is very efficient.
A notebook. Even though I work 100% digitally for school, meaning that I use my laptop for homework, during class, writing papers and studying, I like to have a notebook with me to write down anything I’m likely to forget or to create an overall overview of the subject material, for instance by making a mind map. You could use a plain one but there are also really cute notebooks with nice prints and efficient appliances.
Pens, preferably fine liners. Fine liners write so easily and smoothly, and my handwriting looks ten times better when I’m writing with a fine liner. I use them in several colors, varying from black to pink to lime green, and I absolutely love them. I’d recommend the Stabilo point 88 fine liners to everyone: they go a long way, they are pretty and write easily and smoothly.
Markers, markers, markers. Studyinga summary without any markers? That is a no go for me. I need to underline the important information when studying, otherwise I’m likely to forget this and lose overview of the important subject material. I use different colors for this, which gives me an overview of what belongs to which information. I like using both highlighters and felt-tip pens. Again, the Stabilo ones are my favorite: so effective, such pretty colors and they go such a long way.
Bookmarkers. When reading literature I know I’ll have to write an essay about later, I use bookmarkers on pages with important and relevant information, for instance examples of symbols, style and mood, or important information about for instance characters. When writing my essay, I can easily go back to these pages and process the relevant information in my essay, without having to search through the entire book.
Sticky notes. I use these for a number of purposes. For instance, when studying a summary. Sometimes, I like adding some extra information that will clear things up, and I’ll just write it down briefly on a sticky note and stick it next to the text. I also use these in my textbooks or literature which, again, I need to write essays about. A quick and efficient way for adding information you will need to know in your exams, essays or homework assignments.
Memos. Memos are utterly convenient for studying vocabulary and concepts. I’m sure most of you already use this method or are familiar with this, but for those who aren’t: write the word on one side of the memo and the meaning on the other. Study the vocabulary or concepts by taking a look at either the word or the meaning and in your head, giving the matching word or meaning. Check by turning the memo and revise a couple of times and voila, there’s the knowledge you need for vocabulary or concepts!
I really hope this was helpful. There is more stationary I use which I don’t consider essential, but which I really like using and make studying much nicer and motivating. If anyone’s interested, let me know and I’ll write a post about that as well.
Pretty boring art but that’s what I get for picking up an old WIP from 2 years ago and working on it again, also completely forgetting the original idea I was going for. So I pretty much used it to experiment with some coloring and effects and I think it looks neat at least!
The lady on the left is one of my old OCs and I don’t really have much use for her since I ditched most of my alien/scifi OCs to focus on Hallow. She’s fun as hell to draw though and maybe I’ll focus on her again one day, I’m not ready to completely throw her under the rug :’)