Paper And Notebook System For School
Posted 10 July 2012 - 18:13
I've just finished my GCSE's in the UK, so i'm now on Summer Holiday, yay! This also means i'll be starting at a new school next year for my 2 years of 6th form, before i go to Uni!
I'm taking Physics,Maths,Computing,Music and Music Technology for Alevels, an extra course over the standard 4 that people normally and are recommened to take.
The school has told us that we have to sort all our own notes and books out ourselfs, so this means i'm free from the horror's that are Secondary School Excercise books!
I'm trying to think of what i'd like to do next year with regard to keeping all my notes and work. I think im going to buy a lined notepad, that i can pull sheets out of after writing on them, to then, hole-punch and then file into some flexible A4 folders that i have. Then i can keep a flexi file for each subject, which should keep me fairly organised! i hope...
I also think i will be buying a pad of Manuscript, Squared paper and Graph Paper, i'm going to have to carry these aswell.
What filing and book system would you use? Or do you use?
I'm going to be looking for paper that is full FP friendly aswell.
Who's up to help me find somthing thats going to work?
Also i'm in the UK so im going to have to be able to find this stuff, once i recive some money from the school to help with the stationary and everything, in the UK.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 14:58
And you can print off your own paper here:
Or just use whatever notepad/notebook paper you have and mark it off like the system originally worked around.
The system is great, and if you start now it will be second nature for you by the time you get into a Uni and it will really pay off. I switched over to it as a grad student, and became a firm believer. It is something I wish someone would have sat down and explained to me as an undergrad - I can't complain about my GPA, but it would have made life easier (especially in my law classes).
One key thing that really helps is that originally it encouraged only using one side of each sheet of paper. That way when you are studying for exams, you can have all the information out in front of you and not have to flip over pages to find something. I noticed that there are templates out there for printing two sided pages, but resist that temptation and just eat the cost of the extra paper. It isn't that great, and studying will be much easier.
During the semesters I would keep each subject and some extra paper in their own binders, then at the end I would group up courses that made sense with each other in much larger binders for storage/reference. I really should have invested in a sheet-fed scanner and digitized all my notes, but that costs some coin and I just didn't have it. If I ever go back to school, I will do that though.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 22:37
Something like these Rhodia A4 cashiers would be ideal for me. (If you order from Bureau Direct, sign up for the newsletter and use the 10% off period each month.)
If you go for loose sheets, I would go for Rhodia pads, or the spiral bound books which are perforated so you can have the best of both worlds (for a premium).
I used to see some people at our college with A4 ring binders for each subject in their bag... I would avoid this at all costs! Some carried a big leaver arch and divided it into subjects, I think that would drive me mad too.
The best advice I could give you is find a system that you like for keeping notes and it will last you through your academic career. I'm on my PhD now and my notebook system that I started using in my 2nd year at undergraduate level is serving me well
Posted 19 July 2012 - 18:01
In the way of a little tip, I've started to leave a blank page in between each lecture's set of notes so that when studying, I have room to make additional notes when that "ah hah!" epiphany strikes me on a certain topic. It's been helpful -- much neater than peppering every page with Post-It notes.