There are things that you learn when you’ve been a student for a long time. Maybe they’re not very complicated or fancy, but they’re the little things that make your life so much nicer. Little things that you do just for yourself.
Here’s something that I started doing during my freshman year of college. I am a big fan of hand writing my notes, and I also am a hater of three ring binders. I love the compactness and neatness of composition books, but is is convenient to be able to carry around extra papers in folders or binders, so I devised a simple plan to make composition books able to carry a bit more.
I always add a pocket to the front notebook cover to hold extra papers, index cards, etc. This is especially useful for tucking away a class syllabus into for easy access and reference (although if it’s standard size paper you’ll have to cut it down a bit and fold it in half). Either way, I can attest to the usefulness of having an extra little pocket in your notebook. It seems kind of silly to do, but you may find that you use it quite a lot.
This is a pretty self explanatory process, but essentially, I first fold a piece of paper in half, just to make the pocket thicker and more durable. I usually keep the folded edge on the top of the pocket. Then I cut the pocket down to size, leaving about a 1/4 inch border around it so that I can tape the edges down to form a pocket (make sure not to cut off the folded edge).
I’ll admit, this works much better on the cheap 50 cent notebooks with paper covers, and this poly one that I’m using here is coated on the inside and doesn’t like to stick to washi tape (I bought a whole package of them on accident! I really don’t like the plastic notebooks). For use this semester, I’ll probably have to switch to an uglier, stickier tape, or perhaps use a file to rough up the surface of the cover.
Of course, use any material you like for the pocket (a more durable option would be cardstock or perhaps even recycled cardboard from a cereal box, be creative with recycling). I’m even thinking fabric could be a fun option too! If you want a more low-key pocket, opt for some plain ol’ masking tape.
Try it out!