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    I'm starting my a levels next month and was just wondering what kind of stationary/organisational system people used/recommend. I'm doing English, history, politics and biology, so that's 3 essay based subjects meaning I'll be doing a lot of writing - what do people suggest I buy? cheers


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    A pen
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    A few lever arch folders and notepads
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    paper and those instruments that you use for writing :rolleyes:
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    A pen
    not just one pen, it's not enough lol
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    not just one pen, it's not enough lol
    It was one more than I had at the start of term aha. I left my bag at home
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    Everything, literally buy the entire stationary store, because no doubt you WILL end up with like one pen by the end of the year, maybe even sooner, I know I did
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    I'm a freak that loves organisation and stationary, so here's what I have. I'm studying a2 history, a2 literature and as creative writing.

    -ball point pens, all black (usually about 5)
    - highlighters
    -fine liners (I like colourful mind maps)
    -ruler

    -ring bound notebook for each subject for class notes
    - folder for each subject for neater, easier to understand notes that I've rewritten, as well as past papers and homework/practice essays
    -I also like using flashcards for revision etc.



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    (Original post by joe_guntrip)
    I'm starting my a levels next month and was just wondering what kind of stationary/organisational system people used/recommend. I'm doing English, history, politics and biology, so that's 3 essay based subjects meaning I'll be doing a lot of writing - what do people suggest I buy? cheers


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    But seriously... You'll also need highlighters esp. for English and History. When I did English (AS) you would be annotating in books, so pencils seem to be easier as a lot of pens bleed into the thinner pages (classics). You'll also be annotating a lot in History so different colour pens. Get a pad of paper if your school doesn't provide them. A USB is practically a necessity as you'll be presenting in all 3
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    thanks everyone, I'll go to paperchase soon and purchase items


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    I think you mean stationery rather than wanting to be motionless for sixth form....
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    What my teachers advise me was to keep a lever arch folder for each subject at home and then have 4 ring binder folders to take to school and when you go home you can organise or re write the class notes into the respective lever arch folder
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    I think you might mean 'stationery' lol

    You could get four large lever arch files with subject dividers, and one smaller ring binder, also with subject dividers. If you write on paper from refill pads and put it in the ring binder (with one section per subject, separated by the dividers) you could then move your work from the ring binder to the lever arch files at the end of each half term, and copy up only the bare essentials that you will definitely need in future lessons into the ring binder again. You could use the dividers in each lever arch file to separate different topics within a subject.

    That would mean you'd need:
    -loads of pens
    -one ring binder
    -four lever arch files
    -five sets of dividers (the plastic kind, not paper. Paper ones just fall apart)
    -refill pads.

    WHSmith sell these popper folders that have holes one the side that allow you to put them into ringbinders or lever arch files. It might be an idea to get a pack of them, to put homework or whatever in.

    That's what I'm going to do anyway, and it's what my (older) cousins did, although I don't think they really stayed that organised throughout sixth form.
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    I think you might mean 'stationery' lol

    You could get four large lever arch files with subject dividers, and one smaller ring binder, also with subject dividers. If you write on paper from refill pads and put it in the ring binder (with one section per subject, separated by the dividers) you could then move your work from the ring binder to the lever arch files at the end of each half term, and copy up only the bare essentials that you will definitely need in future lessons into the ring binder again. You could use the dividers in each lever arch file to separate different topics within a subject.

    That would mean you'd need:
    -loads of pens
    -one ring binder
    -four lever arch files
    -five sets of dividers (the plastic kind, not paper. Paper ones just fall apart)
    -refill pads.

    WHSmith sell these popper folders that have holes one the side that allow you to put them into ringbinders or lever arch files. It might be an idea to get a pack of them, to put homework or whatever in.

    That's what I'm going to do anyway, and it's what my (older) cousins did, although I don't think they really stayed that organised throughout sixth form.
    thanks very much! yeah I realised I used the wrong spelling as soon as I posted but I don't know how to change it I will look at getting all of that then, thanks



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    I would suggest getting two lever arch folders for biology, one for unit 1 and one for unit 2, because trust me one will not be enough
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    Get pens with those squishy, comfortable things on. They ensure your hands don't look like, and feel like, they've done 15 years of hard labour.
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    Nah mate I'd move you'll get better grades
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    Pretty much very similar to GCSE. Lever arch folders, notepads, pens, highlighters :P
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    (Original post by joe_guntrip)
    I'm starting my a levels next month and was just wondering what kind of stationary/organisational system people used/recommend. I'm doing English, history, politics and biology, so that's 3 essay based subjects meaning I'll be doing a lot of writing - what do people suggest I buy? cheers


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    Having took both history and politics both to A2, as well as the usual folders and paper there are a few other things I found really useful:

    Highlighters: I think I used these in pretty much every lesson, you gets tons of articles in politics plus other things like powerpoint slides, info sheets etc. in both subjects so highlighters are really useful
    USB stick: For when you're doing a big essay and working on it at sixth form and at home
    Diary/planner: Get one with a decent amount of space for each day as sometimes there's a lot of info to copy down for things like homework. You can get some good ones for fairly cheap.
    Red/Green biros: good for when you get work back and need to go over a few things again.
    Fineliners: Useful for revision
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    (Original post by joe_guntrip)
    I'm starting my a levels next month and was just wondering what kind of stationary/organisational system people used/recommend. I'm doing English, history, politics and biology, so that's 3 essay based subjects meaning I'll be doing a lot of writing - what do people suggest I buy? cheers


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    Go for a fountain pen instead of ballpoints. Your hands and wrist will thank you for it.
 
 
 
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