Revision season is fully upon us now and for all of you studying hard for exams, tests, finals whatever I salute you. I cannot tell you how relieved I am that it isn’t me this year although I do slightly miss that thrill of cracking out new stationery to get my revision notes done. In this post I’m going to highlight some of my favourite stationery supplies for revision and study notes. I find that new stationery can be one of the biggest motivators to sit down and start revising so hopefully you’ll find something in this list that will inspire you to get working.
Pens are obviously one of the most important things that you will need for your study notes. I’ve split them up into different categories of pen that you can use while studying.
The right writing pen is down to your own personal preference. You want to choose a good pen that is comfortable to write with and won’t start giving you blisters (yes I did used to get blisters from writing!). It’s also useful to have a pen that will flow nicely and doesn’t require too much pressure, which can cause hand cramp. The ‘revision claw’ is not the best so anything you can do to avoid it is a winner. My favourite pen to write with at the moment is my Pentel Energel. It dries really fast and is very comfortable to write with. You can get a whole pack of black ink pens here or if you want to add some colour there is an assorted colours option here.
Erasable pens are another possibility for revision notes although a word of warning they erase with friction which creates heat! I had a very unfortunate incident involving my law notes written with an erasable pen vanishing when I put a burrito on top of my notebook. I didn’t know then but your notes CAN come back if you chill them! Yes thats right, put your notes in the freezer and they will reappear!
Highlighters are another essential to add to your revision toolkit. You can use them for highlighting important information in your existing notes and for colour coding and decorating your notes. I personally feel that colour coding your notes and making them pretty is a really great way to create study notes. If you’re spending time on a resource and taking care of it then it’s more likely that you’ll be able to record the information. My personal favourites are super popular within the study world: mildliners!
If you’re a fan of the studygram community then you’ll have seen them a lot! The only criticism I have is that even though they are ‘mild’ sometimes the colours are a little too pigmented. For that my personal choice would be the pastel collection. Currently the only place you can get them is on Amazon but I have heard on the grapevine that they may be coming to Ryman sometime soon!
Carrying on from colour coding notes I also use fineliners a lot to accentuate important terms or for definitions. Using a different coloured pen for different topics really helped me to differentiate topics. Fineliners last a long time and are really vibrant. My favourite pack is the Stabilo Color Parade Desk Set. Stabilo fineliners are my personal preference and these colours are really bright and fun. A great way to jazz up boring revision notes!
Of course another essential is paper! You’re going to need something to write on. But there isn’t just paper, there is a lot more to consider.
It might seem obvious but you’re probably going to need lined paper to write out study notes. But there are a couple of extra features that you can consider when choosing lined paper. A lot of studygrammers choose Whitelines paper. The paper is tinted slightly grey and the lines are white. This means that you have a guide but the lines on the paper don’t interfere with the notes. It looks really aesthetically pleasing, the white lines disappear when notes are scanned and you can scan notes in with their app. All this means that it can be a little pricey. It’s currently £6.50 for a notebook on Amazon.
My pick would be the Oxford Campus wire bound notebook that also has an app that you can scan your notes with. I’ve used these notebooks myself and love the paper quality. It’s so smooth and thick, a really great choice. Get a value pack of five on Amazon here.
You can also get Whitelines in grid form which is useful for STEM subjects. It also means that it’s easy to create tables and diagrams to aid your studying. For example you could create a grid with quotes or other important information for subjects like History and English. Or if you want a dotted page then the Rhodia Wired Notepad with Dotted or Square Paper is a great pick from Amazon.
Flashcards are a really good study tool especially when you’re testing your knowledge of the subject you’ve been revising. They were my weapon of choice when testing myself on large volumes of information particularly when I was memorising cases for law. They lend themselves really well to learning definitions and remembering specific tidbits of informations. The best thing is that you learn when you create them by writing it down then you can flip through them to test yourself and shuffle them around. My favourites are these multicoloured flash cards from Silvine, only 99p for 48 sheets!
Sticky notes are another really useful tool for revision. If you have a lot of little bits of information to learn, for example formulas or word in another language, then you can write these out on different sticky notes and stick them around your house and your study space. Of course they’re less hardy than flash cards but they can be a really great way to cement information in your mind when you’re going about your day. You can get sticky notes from most places but if you want to treat yourself you can’t beat the original Post-it Notes for stickiness and quality.
What are your favourite revision supplies? Let me know in the comments!
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