It’s that time of year again, time for sharpened pencils, apples, and pink erasers (here’s a question to mull over for the spirit of this time of year–why are most erasers pink?). As you add this question to the list of to-dos, I have compiled a list of my own to hopefully help make your list a little easier. I’ve pulled together a collection of helpful back-to-school items and resources for both the student and the possibly the parent (I am a college student, so most of these things are more useful for older students).
We live in the age of technology. As much as I have a love/hate relationship with technology, I know that without it everything would take much longer and I would often be bored. So with that in mind, I picked out some apps that I find helpful.
- Evernote: this app is a note-taking app that organizes your notes into folders and individual pages. It can be on your computer, phone, and tablet and syncs between all three. This is really helpful if you don’t have your computer on you and you want to check some notes you took in class the other day. All you have to do is look it up on your phone. You can also share notes with other evernoters.
- Dropbox: This is one of my favorites. It’s easy to use and very helpful for sharing documents and other files. It’s also a good way to back up important files off your regular hard drive. All you have to do is either upload the file from your computer into dropbox, or actually drag and drop files in.
- Smartr: This is an app I haven’t actually used yet, but it seems like one I will use. It’s basically virtual flashcards. The cool thing about this app is that you can categorize the stacks of cards by subject, chapter, book, etc. Also, you can use pictures with them. I have Art History this semester, so that aspect will probably come in handy.
Even though technology is taking over the world, I’m still a big fan of good ‘ole paper. There is just something about having something tangible to take notes on that screens and keyboards can’t beat. Below are some of my favorite notebooks and planners.
- Moleskine: This company makes very classic notebooks of all sizes and colors. They also make notebooks for all sorts of different interests. Whether you want a sketchbook, a music journal, or a recipe notebook, they’ve got it. I also like the options they have for planners.
- Circa: This is a product from Levenger that Amy currently uses. I haven’t used it myself, but I’ve been jealous of Amy’s since she got it. It is more of system of organizing than a notebook. You can add whatever pages to it that you want. So it’s great for people who love customizing.
These are products that I use and really like, but don’t have a place in the other two categories. However, that doesn’t make them any less important to my school survival.
- Bic Pencils and Pens: They are cheap and come in bulk. I always end up losing all of my pencils, so these make me feel much less annoyed when it happens.
- CamelBak Bottles: I like these because they don’t leak, and they have a fun bite valve. Also, there is a lifetime guarantee.
- Sticky Tags: I don’t know if these have another name, but they are great for marking a page in a book or even a sentence on a page. Some highlighters come with these built in, also, so you have twice the marking capability.
I hope this compilation helps make back to school easier