i get lots of questions about what kinds of pens i use, so i thought i’d make a post for convenience :’’) the x’s are links to posts where i’ve used the pen.
sakura pigma micron 01 (0.25mm) - i usually don’t like using pens with tips smaller than 0.5mm since i feel like i’m scratching the paper with them, but microns are felt tip so i can deal with it (heh). i like using this pen for when i have to cramp a lot of information in a small space. (x)
pilot precise v5 (0.5mm) - I LOVE THESE PENS!! A+ ink flow, crisp lines, and a v smooth writing experience. it takes a while for the ink to dry sometimes, so i use these mostly for when i’m rewriting notes instead of in-class notes. (x, x, x, x, x)
muji gel ink ballpoint (0.5mm) - i’m gonna be honest, i bought my first pack of muji pens about a month after i started my studyblr because everyone had them. but!! for all the hype they get, they are nice pens. v smooth & lots of color options!! my only qualms are that they run out of ink pretty fast and the ink tends to smear if you highlight over it. (x, x, x)
pentel rsvp fine (0.7mm) - my go-to pen for in-class notes! the ink doesn’t smear very much, which is excellent because i’m one of those people that writes everything down (oops). definitely not the best pen ever, but it does its job well. ALSO it has a grip which makes it v comfortable to write with!! (i started using it when i was making this review sheet, except it ran out of ink halfway through and i switched to using a bic cristal pen)
paper mate inkjoy 100 (1.0mm) - my other in-class notes pen! i use it less than the rsvp because it likes to transfer onto my hand more, but the ink is darker and it’s a wider pen. i’ll usually use it when i have to fill up more space and don’t want to write as much heh :^) (x, x)
uniball signo um-153 (1.0mm) - v nice if you’re looking for a pen that writes boldly and thickly!! i bought this pen not too long ago, so i haven’t written with it that much yet, but i’ll probably use it for headings or something like that (x)
FUN FACT these are all capped pens… i stay away from retractable pens because i’m one of those people that clicks them constantly if i have one in my hands (ㅠᴗㅠ)
this is the website for the monterery bay spice company, where you can buy all of this cheap and in bulk:
glassware/bottles in all kinds of sizes
diy tea bags
the most impressive selection is the herbs, it’s in alphabetical order and there’s literally anything you could ever want on there. when you click on a herb it even gives you some botanical information & how to cultivate/harvest it on your own
i haven’t personally ordered from them yet but from all the reviews and additional info i’ve seen, it looks legit. please share for other broke witches & witches on a budget!
if you can find the textbooks in pdf format, definitely use them because free
if you happen to have a tablet or iPad, that’s perfect because you can read the textbook in it.
if you don’t have one, don’t worry! You’re probably only going to work with a few chapters anyway, so you can print them out recto verso and write on them during class
in case your professor actually says you’ll need the whole book, you can go to a photocopy shop to print it out. They usually charge a couple to a few cents for each page.
and of course, if what you pay for printing out the book is almost the same as buying it, it’s not worth printing it out
in that case, try to borrow/rent textbooks instead of buying them (note: if the price for renting a used book is really close to buying a new book, you might as well buy it so you don’t have to worry about writing/underlining)
Pens and pencils
Bic pens are quite cheap (I saw an 8 or 10 pack on the Target website for like a dollar) and they’re my favorite!
if you like wooden pencils, good for you because they’re cheap as hell
if you prefer mechanical pencils, there are tons you can get for all kinds of prices. I like the Uni-ball ones, and am currently using a Kokuyo one, but honestly you can’t really go wrong with any mechanical pencil
if you live in the US, or anywhere that has Target stores, you are in luck.
go to the Target dollar tree/section and you will find the cutest stationery ever for sooooo cheap (yes, I’m extremely envious)
go to a dollar store or anything similar to that where you live, and you will surely find cheap stationery
AliExpress has incredibly cute stuff and, most importantly, cheap and with free shipping most of the time (obs.: check the little “free shipping” box, and select “price low to high”, to make your job easier)
We all love the idea of being organized, but how do we actually get there?
before starting the new school year, it’s very important to clean our study area (I will post a video about this soon, when I clean out mine)
take everything out and off your desk and clean it
clean each object before placing it on your desk again, so you don’t get it dirty after having just cleaned it
get organizers for your drawers: I use a flatware/silverware tray from IKEA, it cost me like 2,99$ and it’s great because it’s plastic, so you can just wash it in the sink
you can also make an organizer with little boxes you have lying around, or even with cardboard
use cups (any kind) for your most used pens and pencils, so they’re always on hand
use the organizers for storing all your stationery, such as post its, paper clips, washi and scotch tape, stickers, etc
if you want, maybe get a bulletin board where you can pin a calendar or anything you want to be visible (you don’t have to nail it to the wall, you can just set it on your desk so it stands!)
skim through the chapter you’ll be working on, so that you’re not hearing the material for the first time in class
if you have extra time, maybe you can even make a little summary of what you read
eat a good breakfast!!!! It’s very important because if you don’t eat well, you won’t be as focused and productive in class as you could be
store any papers you were given in class in your binder/folder
eat something when you get home if you’re gonna start studying, etc so your brain is “fed”
do your homework as soon as you can
some people work better after relaxing a little when they get home, and others work better if they do all their work right when they get home, and only relax later - figure out which method works best for you
if you have a planner/journal, get to planning and writing down any tasks you need to get done and, if possible, do them right away
There are tons of different methods out there, and I will soon make a post about different study methods. As for now, here are some posts on different methods:
this post introduces an app that organizes your time for you
in case you have multiple activities, such as work or a sport, you will want to make your study sessions more productive to save time, so use the Pomodoro method when studying, and eat some good snacks while you’re at it (post coming soon *wink wink*)
What to keep in your locker aka first aid kit
deodorant (trust me it’ll come in handy)
gum (very important)
pads/ tampons (at least 2 or 3, and if you use one, replace it asap)
tissues (trust me you will need them. carry a pack in your purse/bag with you as well)
TISSUES!! I can’t tell you how many times they’re saved me. If you buy food to take away and forget to bring napkins, tissues. If you go to the bathroom and only realize there’s no toilet paper when you go reach for it, tissues. If it’s hot as balls and your forehead is looking oily, tissues. I could go on…
moisturizer (Nivea has small little versions of theirs, they’re perfect for this)
razor (in case you missed a spot when you shaved; totally optional)
a toothbrush and some toothpaste (what I do is when a tube of toothpaste at home is close to being empty, I throw it in my bag - not too heavy, still enough for a few uses)
a clean pair of underwear (you probably know what for)
a clean t-shirt (in case you spill something all over yours)
if you’re a makeup user, maybe a concealer, powder and a colored lip balm, like a BabyLips or something along those lines
dry shampoo or baby powder (they do the same)
Some of these are not as essential as others, but you can probably fit all of them in a makeup bag! Except for the t-shirt probably :/
You might want to also have a hoodie and a tiny umbrella in your locker, in case you dress totally inappropriately for the weather one day and need to protect yourself from the cold and rain. Don’t forget to put both back in your locker the next day!!
Extra tip (feat. tissues): if you forget to put on deodorant before you leave the house, and you’re feeling smelly, try quickly washing your armpits in the bathroom when no one’s around, then gently dab a tissue on them to dry (because sensitive skin and toilet paper in schools can be rough surfaced) and then put on some deodorant. Fresh again!!
washi tape: Amazon, office supply stores, grocery stores, AliExpress (where I get mine)
Staedtler and Stabilo fineliners: pretty much every store that sells office supplies, Amazon or Jetpens
Zebra mildliners are a bit tricky to find in physical stores, especially in Europe (at least in Portugal), but you can buy them on Amazon (reasonably priced), or on Jetpens (nice price, but shipping is kind of expensive for European countries)
Pilot G2 pens: office supply stores, Amazon or Jetpens
Pilot Juice pens: office supply stores, Amazon or Jetpens
Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 notebooks can also be bought on office supplies stores, on Amazon, or on BookDepository (Moleskines)
if you have El Corte Inglés in your country, they sell Moleskines as well!!