As we begin to reach the middle of August, it turns into Back-to-school time everywhere. This year I decided to head out early to get school supplies so that I got the best picks. Today I will be sharing with you the necessities for going back to middle or high school.
My favorite thing to purchase when I look for school supplies is a planner, because I love how each one is unique. My favorite tend to be the inspirational ones with cute sayings, (last year I got my planner from Bloom, whose planner was so cute and filled with motivational quotes) but this year I chose a more practical and cheaper option. Five Star tends to make great quality products, and this planner has helpful information, a place to keep your school schedule, and is very sturdy. Last year I found that even though my planner was cute, it wasn't make out of the sturdiest material, and fell apart in my backpack by the end of the year. This one has a covered binding to prevent any tears,
The next item necessity for school is writing tools, which I tend to be very picky about. I must have a black, blue, and red pen with me at all times, because I like to use different colors to correct and edit papers. I also have a mechanical pencil with me, specifically the kind shown above, because they seem to be the only ones I never lose. Another writing tool that I use all the time is highlighters, and the more colors the better, because I love color-coding.
Notes and Flashcards
For my desk at home, I always keep a stack of flashcards, Post-it notes, and small bookmark stickers. I use flashcards to study for most tests that involve memorization, including language, vocab, history facts, etc. The Post-it notes and bookmarks are for when I am reading a book in school. I am that person who marks up all the pages and writes small notes to stick inside, because it helps for tests and essays later.
I use notebooks for every class, and depending how the teacher works, I often chose between a spiraled notebook or a composition notebook. My recommendation is to choose the spiraled notebook for the teacher who makes you hand in notes, fill out many worksheets, and other activities that require you to take out pages. Otherwise, choose a composition notebook for a class in which you only take notes, and keep them for yourself. I find that composition notebooks are a lot easier in this case because everything stays together and is neat, making it easier to go back and re-read notes, without accidentally ripping out a page.
Folders, Paper, and Textbooks
I tend to purchase these items at the beginning of the school year, in case you have a teacher who requires you to use/have these. The folder is helpful for organizing old papers at home, especially things that you will need for midterms/finals. Loose leaf paper is very helpful for homework that you know will be turned in, or for notes that you don't want in a notebook. Having a few book covers around make it a lot easier at the start of the year when you have to cover textbooks, because you can just slip these on, without worrying about making one yourself.
Depending on what type of math class you are entering, you might need different tools, but most classes require a calculator. I found this cute 10 piece math set at Target, and I think it is great to slip in a backpack for math, because it is quite small, and has any tool you could possibly need for math.
Binder and Pencil Case
Last but not least, you will likely need a pencil case to hold all of your writing tools, and a binder to hold notebooks, paper, worksheets, and other things for class. I tend to pick binders on the cheaper side. but last year I found that the one nice-quality binder I had was the only one that survived the whole year, so I decided to buy a new one that'll hopefully last 2+ years.
That is the end of my Back-to-School Essentials post, if there was anything I didn't cover, or something that you find essential for school, please comment it below! I hope that this post made it easier to go school supplies shopping, because I know it can be stressful when trying to make sure you have everything you need. Although most of the supplies in this post is in the original packaging, I tend to decorate all of my supplies once I have my school schedule. If you would like to see a how-to post on school supplies, let me know! Have a fantastic week!
A sixteen-year-old fashion obsessed girl, who stands just under 5 feet tall.