I love writing. Nice notes are really my thing. But taking nice notes isn’t always self-explanatory. Because finding the right paper and making them practical isn’t easy.  After trying hard, I finally fingered out what I actually need.

Supplies

Clairefontaine paper

It’s very hard to find paper that’s thick enough to avoid any bleeds. The paper also has to be soft to write easier. I use binders to organize my notes after I am done making them every month so I actually want paper that I can rip out. Also, I love grid paper. It just looks way moor neat to me.

 

Calligraphy markers Staedtler

These markers are my favorite thing at the moment just because they are so easy to use and to make really nice notes.  If you know just a bit of cursive the can already do wonders.

 

Staedler Boss Pastel Markers

I am actually not a big fan of fluorescent markers. They just have this thing I don’t really like to them. Pastel markers just have this nice soft town to them. I love matching to the calligraphy markers.

 

Tips

 

Don’t go overboard with colors. One color is enough for the header and for the highlighter I use one color too. Underlining is also a great way to make it look neat and clean.

Making notes practical and fun is one of the best things you can do for your studies and for your Instagram.

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XOXO Lisa

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I took the plunge and bought the supplied by lily desk planner in the floral print. And it’s the best student planner on the market!

The planner

The planner is simple and esthetically pleasing and has so many amazing details. Not only does it have a weekly view, but it also has a semester view and a monthly view.  Of course it also has some fun quotes to make things interesting.

You can watch a video of the planner here

How I use my planner

The semester view is my life saver. To me it’s very important to see my classes and the credits. Because I feel like credits actually are the best time management tools out there. In Belgium every credit is about 30 hours of work including classes so a class that’s 9 credits needs more work than a class that’s 3 (this is relative of course). And this is very true because the books and lectures are made to fit the amount of hours available. I do not sit and count how many hours I have spent on each class but it helps me to priorities.

The monthly view let’s me write everything that is happening that month so it doesn’t really clutter my weeks and I can plan it advance. Most desk planners don’t have a monthly view and I realized how much I actually missed that.

The weekly view is where the planner shines. It not only has a day to day list but also a to do work, a to do study and a deadline list. If you have a blog the to do work section is so useful and easy to work with

The price

The planner is almost 17 euros with is a great price. Shipping is around 5 euros though with is a lot in my opinion because I live in Belgium and its just coming from The Netherlands.  But it’s international shipping so it’s understoodable

Would I buy it again?

Yes, I think it’s perfect for every student and I really think it’s helping me to stay organized.

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My first week of university was very hack tick and to be honest very scary. Not only moving out of my parents house, but also just the prospect of meeting new people was terrifying.  But I made it out alive and honestly it would have been a lot less stressful if I knew then what I know today.

don’t get intimidated

Everyone seems to have their life together when you start uni. I felt like I was the odd one out that just wasn't that smart as everyone els. This is advice I got that fist week and it really helped me. All the people who are sitting their have the same credentials as you. And honestly we are all starting something new and everyone is terrified and people just want to act like they have it all figured out.

 

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keep a budget

That first week money can become a scary thing. Especially when you don't know where you can go and eat or what you should be spending money on. Before I started in uni I calculated how much my parents would give me and how much money I needed for every aspect of my life. This includes spontanious activities, even those need to be calculated, not only food and rent.

be goal oriented

I'm a very goal oriented person. This has really helped me the first week of uni. I always try to keep a bigger picture in minde. This can be by having a vision board or just by mapping out what I want from life. Knowing why you are their is the best motivation. I know why I am studying law so I put in 100%.

appearance isn’t everything

Especially in law school people come dressed up and looking flawless the first week of school. Don't put too much time into it, at the end of the day your goal is to pass your classes.

start studying

I don't know for other faculties but my faculty had a orientation week, that turned out to be one day.  This doesn't mean you should not study at all. Sometimes professors teach a little bit in the first lectures. Take this as an opportunity to explore how you should study that subject.

go to all lectures

So much people don't go to the first week of lecture just because it's orientation week. Professors explicitly tell you how you should be studying.  They also tell you how you will be evalutated. Sometimes they even tell you what the exam questions will be.

This is what I've learned my first week of college. I will be sharing more tips and experiences very soon.

 

XOXO Lisa