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3 Back-to-School Bullet Journal Ideas for Students

By Mandy Mair of @productivedoodling

Hey everyone! It’s Mandy here, better known as @productivedoodling! I have been bullet journaling for a little over two and a half years. Every year when the new school year rolls around, I use my bullet journal to plan and stay organized.

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Stay Organized During Back to School with Zebra Mildliners

By: Laura Geraci

The beginning of fall semester is both my favorite and least favorite time of the school year. It’s tough to leave the relaxing monotony of summer, and it is daunting to take on a full school schedule after three blissful months of relaxation. On the other hand, it’s always exciting to be reunited with friends and get back into the swing of things. One great thing about the fall semester is that by the time it rolls around, you’ve almost forgotten about the endless nights you spent drinking energy drinks at the library late at night. Never again during the school year will you feel as refreshed and as ready to take on new challenges as you do at the very beginning of the fall.

My favorite way to get ready for the academic year is to go shopping, which will not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me (sorry, mom). There’s something magical about starting the year with a new set of pens and a completely blank planner. Buying myself office supplies somehow makes me feel organized and put together, even if I roll out of bed at noon and forget to brush my teeth. But seriously, owning supplies that I love motivates me to stay productive and organized.

Get the Right Tools

If you’ve spent any time at all in the bullet journal community, you will certainly have come across some nifty little markers called Zebra Mildliners. For a solid month, I was convinced they were called midliners. I even made a post where I tested every single one I had just ordered by writing the word “mid-liner.” All was fine and dandy until someone corrected me in the comments – oops!

Mildliners are just about the most popular tool used for planning, and for good reason. They come in an array of lovely pastel colors and are dual-tipped, with a chisel tip on one side and a finer marker tip on the other. The colors are vibrant and the pens have little to no bleeding, making them perfect to use in your planner.

How to Use Mildliners

I use Mildliners for absolutely everything. I refuse to take lecture notes by hand unless I have a few of them on me. They work wonderfully for highlighting headings or for doodling in the margins when your professor goes on a tangent. Mildliners are also the perfect tools to use in bullet journaling. Whether you are creating fancy headers or making a simple weekly spread, Mildliners are the ideal tool. Zebra Pen, the creator of these wonderful markers, is hosting a Mildliner Challenge in August where fans will have the chance to win products, so make sure to stay tuned!

As always, remember that there is no right or wrong way to bullet journal. What’s important is discovering the tools that allow you to achieve success and meet your goals. There’s no sense in stressing over a smudged header or a misplaced date – it is important that the process is bringing you joy.

Enter the Zebra Mildliner Challenge, and post your favorite mood trackers, monthly spreads, and other bullet journal images, tag Zebra Pen, and use the hashtag #MildlinerChallenge. Be sure to follow Zebra Pen on social media and look out for weekly prompts.

How To Take The Stress Out Of Back To School

After a summer of relaxation and fun, heading back to the hustle and bustle of the school year may seem stressful. However, there is also a lot to be excited about! Use these tips to stay calm, cool, and zen during the school year.

Maintain a Summer State of Mind

Instead of stressing about going back to school this year, try to focus on maintaining your summer mindset through the fall and winter as well. Make time for fun each day and allow yourself to practice self care when things get hectic. Continue trying new things during the school year, and spending time with friends and family.

Set Attainable Goals

Start the new school year by setting personal goals for yourself, and by helping your children set personal goals for themselves. Set weekly, monthly, and seasonal goals to help track your progress and keep the school year exciting and fulfilling! Goals can be simple such as reading a chapter of a novel each night, or long-term goals such as learning a new subject or language. Learning about subjects of your choice can help keep learning fun. Hold yourself accountable and track your progress using a journal, notebook or bullet journal.

Establish New Habits

This is the perfect time to kickstart new routines and healthy habits. Use a bullet journal or a planner to keep track of your schedule, and make sure you have time for work, leisure, and other activities. If you’ve been wanting to pick up a new hobby such as yoga or cooking, make sure you designate times for those things during the school year so that you have something to look forward to each day. Try using Zebra Mildliner highlighters to organize your goals or schedule by color and priority each day! Mildliners are perfect for bullet journaling, planning, coloring and more.

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of taking time to focus on mental health by living in the moment and focusing on the present. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety, especially when faced with assignments and deadlines. When you’re planning your day or week, designate some time for yourself to practice mindfulness such as meditation or journaling.

Teacher Must-Haves!

Teachers, we know back to school shopping is more than just picking up some folders and notebooks for you. Back to school means coming up with new ideas to motivate your students and keep them involved in their learning. At Zebra Pen, we know how difficult it can get to be original while keeping the attention of young minds, that’s why we have products that were designed just for you! If you’re looking for ways to encourage your students to work hard in school, these products might help!


Award Pencils

Motivate your students with a Cadoozles Awards Mechanical Pencil! The Cadoozles Awards cup features both boy and girl award refillable mechanical pencils, packed in a display cup perfect for setting out on a teacher’s desk. Each pencil contains 0.9mm durable lead and eraser that serves as an easy lead advance mechanism.

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Pencils

For special occasions or when they forget their pencil, the Cadoozles Classroom Pack contains enough pencils for the entire class! The Cadoozles Classroom Pack includes mechanical pencil designs for special occasions, seasons, and holidays. Box includes 8 different pencil designs, 40 of each for a total of 320 pencils and an easel back box lid for easy display on your desk! Each pencil contains 0.9mm lead and eraser.

Colored Ink

For making marks and corrections, colored ink can is an expressive way to give notes and feedback to your students. Zebra’s Sarasa Gel Retractable Pens are perfect for all your “Great work!” “Good job!” and “Awesome!” moments. Choose from 14 vibrant colors to decide how you want to make an impact on your students!

 

Highlighters

For showing your students important words or phrases without bleed-through that ruins their work, check out the Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighter. Make clear vibrant marks with this double-ended medium plus fine tip highlighter. The Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighter also promotes environmental consciousness for impressionable young minds as it contains recycled material! Get your Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighters while you still can, and be sure to keep your eye out for our newest highlighter coming soon!

Top 5 Pens for College Students!

Heading back to college or getting ready for your first year? You’re going to need some writing utensils that can handle the pressures of college classes. For sleek, sophisticated, reliable pens, check out these Zebra brands while shopping for your college school supplies this year!

This steel pen works as hard as you do! Combining strength, style and value this pen ensures your writing comfort with its precision and stability.

The Steel 3 Series features a sleek, sophisticated, appearance offering  variety of pen types from ball point to fountain pens. Check out America’s number one steel ballpoint pen, our F-301 Ballpoint Retractable Pen, the perfect everyday pen for college!

The Steel 4 Series provides a more weighted experience with enhanced writing comfort, stainless steel casing, and rubberized grip for comfort.

And finally, the Zebra Steel 7 Series is designed for the serious communicator. It features all stainless steel construction from tip to clip and the innovative retraction mechanism is soft and silent for convenience.

The mechanical pencil you’ve been waiting for! With its sleek look and clever patent-pending designs, the DelGuard Mechanical Pencil resists breakage and clogging.

Z-Grip is the everyday value pen that you’ll reach for time and time again. Where simple meets high performance, this series was crafted with the writer in mind. With its reliable, smooth-flowing ink, it is the pen that you’ll reach for time and time again. Choose from pens, mechanical pencils and different styles to best suit your needs!

 

Quickly identify important text and what you really need to know with smooth ink flow for consistently vivid highlighting! Zazzle Liquid Highlighters come in 10 bright colors.

Say goodbye to smears and smudges. Say hello to fast-drying ink with this smear-proof gel pen with vibrant color pay off. This pen has more than smooth ink flow, it has a comfortable grip, wide barrel, and retractable feature too! Sarasa Gel Pens are ideal for avid writers, lefties, and college students looking to get creative!

Sarasa Fineliner Pen is preferred by those seeking the performance of a fine tip pen, but the ink lay down of a fine tip marker. Perfect for journaling, it’s available in 12 vibrant, quick-drying colors for you to choose from!

Sarasa Gel Retractable Pen is our top-selling retractable gel pen. It combines color vibrancy with flowing rapid-dry ink technology. Choose from 14 deep, vibrant colors!

 

 

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Find your favorite Zebra Pen Products at these participating retailers and more

 

Operation Organization

Plan your way to success this school year

Each new school year can feel like getting caught in a whirlwind of activity. Before things spiral out of control, take some time to get back to basics and organize your way to success. Whether you’re taking advantage of back-to-school season to get yourself on track or you’re helping a student gear up for a new year, these ideas can make getting organized easier than ever.

Planners

Technology, take a seat. An “old-school” solution to keeping tabs on daily tasks is making a comeback. Physical study guides and planners are on the rise, according to data from consumer research firm NPD Group. Last year, sales of appointment books and planners grew 10 percent, while other types of calendars posted an 8 percent rise. At least in part fueling the growth are on-trend planner alternatives called bullet journals (bujos). Websites like Pinterest feature thousands of ideas for customizing traditional book-style journals into ultra-personal planners that keep every detail of life organized. The trick to using planners effectively is creating a system that makes it all fun. Setting up days of the week in various colors, or different tasks by color, help the user quickly identify what needs to be done at a glance. Colored pencils and no-bleed highlighters can also improve the usability and aesthetics of planners and study guides.

Pens

Staying organized and achieving success means having the right tools to get the job done, and having ideal writing implements is a must. Never worry about lost pens again with Zebra Pen’s F-301 pens that not only look great, but also take serious wear and tear while delivering clean, fine tip ink that works seamlessly in the tight spaces of planner and study guide layouts. “Our Steel series pens, the F-301 in particular, look sleek and sophisticated while standing up to active use. You can tote them and trust they’re as committed to your day as you are,” said Ken Newman, director of marketing at Zebra Pen. Learn more at zebrapen.com.

Backpacks

If you think backpacks are only for the littlest of kids, think again. Big kids and even adults are making great use of the carry-all packs. The most obvious benefit is that a backpack leaves hands free for other activities, but today’s backpacks are incredible organizers, too. For the most flexibility, look for a bag that features padded compartments to protect tech devices and plenty of storage compartments to keep pens, calculators and other necessities organized and in easy reach.

Locker Organization

Most lockers offer little in the way of organization, but that’s easily remedied. With the addition of some shelving and magnetic containers, you can easily transform the tiny cubby into a stylish storage space. Don’t forget to add photos and other mementoes for extra character and personality that makes a stop between classes fun instead of frustrating.

Plan for Success

Relying on a planner isn’t just for the working crowd. They may not be scheduling meetings or planning power lunches, but students can make just as much use out of a planner as their grownup counterparts when it comes to keeping homework, activities and social plans organized. Share these tips to get your student off to an orderly start this school year.

Start with style. A planner that is eye-catching and fun to use will get better mileage, so skip the boring, somber monotones and look for patterns and colors that pop. Just remember not to judge a book by its cover and check out the inside pages, too, to ensure there’s plenty of space to jot down all the important details for school and extracurricular activities.

Organize your organizer. Many people find that color coding is an effective way to keep a planner organized. For example, designate a color for each subject or class. Multipack pens such as those offered by Zebra Pen allow for plenty of flexibility. The reliable steel series pens are sleek and durable to attach in pen loops, while Super Marble Gel Pens offer a fun departure from the strict organization of boxes and columns in most traditional planners and guides. “Choosing a planner or bullet journal layout that works best is the first step, but the writing implements are just as important,” Newman said. “These are literally used all day, every day, so choosing products that are reliable and smooth take even tedious tasks to the next level.”

Add key dates. At the start of school, many teachers will share important dates for the year ahead of time. Go ahead and enter these dates so you can plan and prioritize around them later on. Where appropriate, also notate time needed for activities like study sessions or research for term papers.

Keep it neat. A sloppy, unreadable planner is practically useless, so it’s important to take time to write legibly. To make it easier to remain neat, sleek and efficient, Sarasa Fineliner pens and gel pens come in colorful packs that can brighten every page while increasing productivity. Another pitfall is making short notes or using abbreviations that don’t make sense later, so use care to capture information in a way it can be easily recalled.

Continue to update. A planner is only helpful when it’s used consistently. That’s why it’s a good idea to carry it daily and make notations and updates throughout the day for new assignments, practice schedule changes and other important information. Having a single repository for those details makes it easy to find answers when memory fails.

Celebrate achievements. For some people, the simple act of crossing off an item from a to-do list is a reward unto its own. For others, hitting a milestone on the way to a larger goal is equally gratifying. Starting, and sticking to, a planner is a commitment worth celebrating, so take the time to revel in putting some organization and discipline into a demanding school year schedule..

Everything Students Need for Back to School

Everything Students Need for Back to School

It’s that time of year again!  The new school year is almost upon us, and now is the time to stock up on all the school supplies that you or your kids will need come the first day of school (and you better get out there and shop soon, before all of the good stuff is gone!).  At Zebra Pen, we love the back to school rush almost as much as we love pens—and that’s a lot of love.  But really what’s not to love?!  Back to school time means new beginnings, cooler weather, and, of course, new school supplies! Here’s a list of supplies you’ll probably need.

Writing Implements

  • Pencils

The pencil is a humble tool, except when it’s not. Every student in every grade needs one for test-taking, note-taking, math problems, sketching and drafting. Now more than ever, people are choosing mechanical pencils, because they are versatile, refillable, never need sharpening, and are fun to write with. Zebra offers a wide range of mechanical pencils, from the simple #2 needed for standardized tests, to the Z-Grip collection featuring fun patterns, to the DelGuard, the most advanced mechanical pencil for everyday use, with lead that is virtually unbreakable.

https://www.zebrapen.com/product-category/pen-type/pen-type-mechanical-pencil/

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  • Pens
    A good pen is always appreciated, and there’s a world of pen options for every kind of student. Choose from ballpoint, gel, fountain and more. A range of point sizes, ink colors and barrel patterns provide both function and style, so you’re sure to find your new favorite pen from among the well designed, reliable and affordable pens offered by Zebra. Look for sturdy, well priced pens for younger students. Middle and high schoolers can find a pen that expresses their personality, and older students will appreciate mature options that are attractive and functional. Here are two popular choices: the sleek F-301 steel barrel pen, and the super smooth Z-Grip Plus.
    https://www.zebrapen.com/pen-types/

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  • Highlighters
    When it comes to test prep, highlighters are essential and improve study habits. But not all highlighters are alike. A versatile chisel tip like the one found on the no-smudge Steel H-301 lets you highlight blocks of text or underline precisely. Students also love the bold, versatile Zazzle Liquid Highlighter and the double-ended tip that doesn’t bleed through on the Zebrite Double-Ended Highlighter.

https://www.zebrapen.com/product-category/pen-type/pen-type-highlighter/

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  • Colored Pencils
    Whether students are working hard on a drawing for their mom on Mother’s Day or color-coding their periodic table, they are going to need colored pencils. Our Cadoozles Starters Colored Mechanical Pencils are part of a whole new generation of colored pencils, wildly popular with kids of all ages. (Parents have been known to “borrow” Cadoozles Starters for their own projects.) Share the love!
    https://www.zebrapen.com/product/cadoozles-starters-mechanical-pencils/?source=pen-type

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  • Erasers
    Even the most perfect students make minor mistakes! A handy Eraser makes every student’s life just a little bit easier, while they toil away on math problems or attempt to find an object’s velocity. Stock up on these little essentials.

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Craft Supplies

  • Crayons
    Crayons are a must-have for younger students, and many teachers include them on back to school supply lists. Every student should have crayons – just to bring a little color to their school projects.

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  • Markers
    The crafty cousins to crayons, markers are also an essential for the creative student and art class projects. And don’t worry about your kids getting marker all over their clothes or hands, most markers are washable and non-toxic.

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  • Glue Sticks
    Another essential, the youngest learners will be sure to need glue sticks when working on class projects. They come in different sizes, and most are washable and non-toxic.

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  • Safety Scissors
    An arts and crafts staple, safety scissors are exactly what they sound like, and safe for little hands. They are the perfect addition to any basket of supplies needed for young students as they head back to school this fall.

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  • Ruler
    As a rule, students will need a ruler. For classwork, art, crafts and projects, rulers come in different sizes, materials and colors. As students move up grades in school, math and science classes often require implement rulers, too!

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Travel Essentials

  • Backpack
    For many students, the best part about going back to school is all the new accessories they get to sport. New backpacks are a perennial favorite.  Nothing makes students happier than getting to stroll into school on the first day with a brand new backpack with a cool design or their favorite superhero.

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  • Lunchbox
    The perfect accompaniment to a new backpack is a new lunchbox! Kids will love busting out their cool, new lunchboxes to show their friends during lunchtime.  Find the cutest sets of backpacks and lunchboxes at your local retailers.

 

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  • Pencil Case/Crayon Keeper
    Help your student to keep all of their pens, pencils, markers, crayons, etc. all together with a nice pencil case. It will make their lives that much easier when they know they can always reach in their bags and know exactly where to get a writing instrument.

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Organization Tools

  • Notebooks
    Every student is going to need notebooks to take notes and do their schoolwork. From college-ruled lines to spiral binding to having graph paper, all notebooks are different so find the right one for your child’s back to school needs.

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  • Folders
    Folders are ideal for helping students keep all of their handouts and assignments organized. There are many different styles, colors, and materials to choose from when it comes to folders, so find the one that best suits your child’s needs.

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  • Planner
    Help students stay organized and on top of all their homework assignments and test dates by equipping them with a planner. The most studious and meticulous students will thank you for it!

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  • Post-Its
    For the ultra-organized student, post-its are vital. They can be used to jot down memos, take small notes, study, make reminders, and so on.  You can start your student off small with a simple stack and move on to larger piles of post-its down the road.

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Extras

  • Book socks
    As students begin to enter middle school and high school, teachers may start to require that they cover their text books. Book socks are a great and inexpensive way to protect your child’s text books.

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  • Calculator
    Calculators get bigger and fancier as students move from grade to grade. From the simplest calculator to a big graphing calculator, make sure your student has what they need to succeed in their math and science classes!

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  • USB Flash Drive
    High school and college students alike will need a flash drive to ensure that all of their files are backed up and saved. They save time and are hassle-free!

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