studying

Six years of studying complete

Today marks the end of a six year journey. I have handed in my last ever (maybe) piece of homework. Over the last month specifically I have had to put all my spare time into writing which has meant that the blog has suffered.

This year I took a creative writing course which meant that I got to use a lot of paper, ink and pencils. Whilst I have no real measurement for the amount of ink and pencils consumed over this time, I do have a selection of used notebooks. I always enjoy seeing peoples used stationery items moreso than the new stuff and thought I would share some photos here with you.

On the whole I have used A5 composition style notebooks from a number of different brands. I found these a great size to carry around and the slim-line nature was far more comfortable to write in for longer stretches of time.

The majority of the notebook I used were ruled, my preferred grid. The last few notebooks I used were Baron Figs that only had a dot grid.

Some of these have been used for note taking from course materials while the remainder were used solely for drafting and editing some of my creative writing.

Normal blog service will resume over the next week after I have had time to enjoy some celebratory drinks and catch my breath.

My Study Toolkit

Shiny new Baron Fig, Beetle tip, Rubber and pencil collection

I have been a part time distance learner with the Open University for three years now. This is where my analogue and digital worlds merge. I have a series of set books which I read from each week which requires not taking and annotation. I also have a set of online tools that include audio, video, online exercises and e books, publications and historical articles. My study time is spent between both worlds.

My next 'school year' is about to start with a new course so my inner stationary geek has been indulging in new writing tools in order to ensure that I have everything I need. It's like a grown up version of choosing your back to school gear but without a low budget from my parents. I have carefully selected a set of tools that have to last me for 9 months, there can be no whimsical decisions.  

The Notebook

The Baron Fig Confidant notebook will be my main analogue note taking system. I have not used this notebook before, however I have read numerous reviews on this product so I am confident that I will enjoy it. I am using a very watered down version of bullet journalling in order to keep track of my notes and keep some form of order. The full version of bullet journalling for my studying is too specific and therefore would not be suitable. However there are elements of the bullet journal system which are useful tools and I will be incorporating these into my note taking.   

Pencils  

For reading my set books pencils are very important. I don't like editing or marking my books in pen in case I make a mistake or change an opinion. Pen in a text book is so permanent and to be honest it kind of scares me. Therefore I use pencil and only pencil in the text books. This year my main go to's will be the Blackwing 602, Palomino Forest Choice and the Staedtler Wopex. I don't like any smudging or too dark a line, just something light and subtle and these pencils fit the bill perfectly. 

Rubber 

With pencil, comes a rubber. I have only ever used one rubber for years now and that is the Staedtler Mars Plastic. It just gets rid of everything, doesn't tear the page with use or leave behind any nasty marks. This rubber will constantly be at my side and more than likely outlast the course. 

Highlighter

Normally I wouldn't use a highlighter but for print outs and annotations these come in handy. This year I will have the Kokuyo Beetle Tip 3way marker. This highlighter is like the all singing, all dancing highlighter. 3 different ways of highlighting my work - I'm sure that will distract me when I should be making notes. I am yellow highlighter girl too. No funny colours here, keep it traditional. 

Pens

Of course there will be pens being used at the same time but these are not specific and will vary depending on what I am enjoying using at the time or what new toy I have.

The materials I have listed above for me are essential and probably won't change as I need them on a daily basis all the time. Some of these products are new to me and reviews will follow after a period of use. But on the whole this looks like a fairly fool proof study tool kit.