Back to College and School Essential Office Supplies

Hello, there!

College classes are just three weeks away and summer break is almost over. Tax-free for school supplies is this weekend in my state. I always take advantage (or use it as an excuse) to buy all the school supplies I need for school.

Even though I’m a senior now, I still enjoy writing on a brand new notebook and planner. At the end of this post, I’m going to include an awesome free printable to help your stay organized in college.


  1. Planner

You cannot succeed in college without a planner! You need a planner to keep track of all your homework, assignments, school to-dos, home to-dos… e.t.c.

You can find planners everywhere. I usually buy mine at TJMaxx, Marshalls, Walmart, and Amazon.

The big planner is the planner I use for school. The small planner is my bullet journal.

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Check out my school planner collection to get an idea of what type of planner suits your needs for school.


2. Pencil cases

When you are in college, the more organized you are, the easier your life. I like to study at different places, at tutoring or at coffee places. I keep everything that I need in my pencil case, for any place that I might be.

If I’m a tutoring, I have my erasable markers on my pencil case. That way I don’t have to worry finding one at tutoring, especially when tutoring is full and everyone needs a marker.

Check out my pencil case collection to help you get an idea of what type of case fits your needs for school.


3. Notebooks

There are a lot of notebooks on the market. Choose the ones that will help you write notes neatly.

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I am a big fan of graph paper, I wish companies would make more notebooks with graph paper. Is so much easier to write equations or do math problems on graph paper.

I use the notebooks on the bottom of the picture to take notes in class or to re-write my notes. I use the notebook from the top right to do math problems. The small squares help write the equations neatly and not waste a bunch of paper. When I finish working out a problem, I can easily see all that I did to solve that problem.

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Notepads are helpful to take notes during class. Especially because some of the desks at my school are small or are uneven. When I finish taking and reviewing my notes, I put them in a folder for that specific class. Here is an example of how I take my notes:

If you are wondering, I used: Pilot FriXion Pens.

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I bought the cute clipboard at TJMaxx, but here is a similar version of it online.

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I customized this clipboard with paper clips to make it more efficient.

On the front of it, I write my notes. When I open the clipboard I put notes that I’m currently working on on the left, and on the right, I keep extra paper.

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4. Flashcards

Flashcards are awesome to keep track of equations, especially in science classes or math classes. In my organic chemistry class, I had to remember equations from the previous exam and I had to learn new equations for the next exam. By the end of the semester, I had a stack of 50 index cards with equations I needed to know for the final exam. I keep all my note cards together with a rubber band or a big paper clip.

I always use erasable pens to take notes and to write on my index cards. I don’t like the way whiteout looks when I’m reviewing my notes. If you are wondering, I used: Pilot FriXion Pens, and Pilot Frixion Erasable Highlighter.

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I keep my flashcards up to date and neatly. Only put on them what you really need to remember and know.

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The small or regular index card size (4×6) are too small for me, I prefer the big size (5×8).

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If you are wondering, I bought the notebook index cards at TJMaxx, here is a similar version of it online. You can find the loose index cards here.

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5. Sticky notes!

Sticky notes are amazing for bookmarking and/or taking small notes. For me, everything needs to have a label, a name, a folder, and a date.

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I use sticky notes to separate my class assignments. Since dividers don’t get damaged or used as notebook and binders, I reuse them with sticky notes. Here is an example of one of my binders:

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6. Binders and Folders

Binders are a must, just like planners. They help you keep everything in one place and you can use dividers to separate assignments. I always name my folders, that way when I finish with the class, I can neatly store them with my other folders for future reference.

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7. Ipad or Laptop

You need to write a lot of reports and papers in college. I like to use my iPad as my laptop. I have the word application and other apps that help me take notes in class. I bought a keyboard to help me take notes faster. You will never regret getting an iPad or tablet for school, it makes your life so much easier!

If you are wondering, I have the Logitech Type+ Protective Case. I bought this iPad case refurbished. It works as if it was new, I don’t regret getting it second hand at all.

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Click here to see a review of the best note taking apps for iPad

I hope you found this blog post interesting and helpful. Do you have other tips I didn’t mention? Leave them in the comment section.

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