Being a law student in this generation means that you’ve probably been immersed into every type of tech tool designed to make your law school experience easier. I’m sure you’re no stranger to the wonders of Evernote, or the scheduling/calendaring benefits of Doodle or Google Calendar. If so, I’m sure you’re aware of the many benefits these tools can provide. However, if you consider yourself to be a Non-Techie, I’m also sure that you may find some of these tools to be overwhelming. If so, this article is for you! This post will focus on essential analog tools which can be beneficial to any law student who sees the benefit in unplugging. These tools can also serve as great supplements to the tech tools available on the market. Therefore, give the below pointers a look and determine whether any of these tools can be helpful for you.
But first of all, what is an analog tool? I know some of you are thinking it so let’s just address the elephant in the room. An analog tool is essentially any tool that is not up to speed with current technology and which can assist with the completion of work. That’s simply it! Therefore, those notebooks gathering dust on your book shelf, the pens and pencils hidden within the bottom of your book bag and the paper folder that used to be an essential back to school item, are all analog tools. Now, these tools are still essentially technology, but in this day and age we don’t really consider it as such because of the lack of wiring needed for these items to work. Nevertheless, these tools are still extremely useful and modern upgrades have allowed for many of these items to become even more beneficial. So which tools do I consider to be the most essential?
1. Erasable Frixion Pens
If you’re more of a kinesthetic learner then having a good pen will be a necessity for your law school book bag. Every law student can attest to how quickly professors breeze through their material during lectures. Therefore, if you’re handwriting notes, it would be helpful to have a pen that writes smoothly, but how about having a pen that can also erase your mistakes? Erasable Frixion Pens do just that! In addition to allowing for a smooth writing experience, these pens can turn ink transparent by utilizing the attached eraser on unwanted mistakes. I honestly wish I knew these pens existed in law school. As a kinesthetic learner myself, I set out during 1L year with every intention to handwrite my lecture notes. However, I gave up after a few days because my notes were riddled with mistakes. These pens can certainly help to cut back on having unorganized messy notes and they’re also very affordable so they’re worth giving a try!
2. Anti-Smear Highlighters
Regardless of your specific learning style, highlighters will likely be a necessity to work your way through the dense material within your thousand page casebooks. However, we’re all aware of the many flaws that come with the average highlighter. Issues such as the highlighter ink bleeding through the page or smearing the pen ink on your page, are a dime a dozen. Well, today, I want to introduce you to a highlighter that may help fix these issues, the Zebra highlighter. This highlighter allows for smooth application and minimal smearing for even the inkiest ball point inks. If you’re fed up with all the issues of competing highlighters on the market, give this cheap option a try.
3. Journal Notebooks
If you appreciate keeping your organization a little bit old-school, a handy journal notebook will be essential. I’m sure you have already come to realize that law school offers an endless list of to-do’s. Therefore, you will need a notebook to jot down each and every action item that will come forth at the end of your lectures, during a study group meeting or an extracurricular activity. The “Scribbles that Matter Dotted Journal Notebook” may be the best option to hold all this information. This journal offers very thick paper, which allows for smooth writing and which also serves as a guard against ink smearing. It also offers bookmarks, a pen-holder and comes in magnificent bold colors. This journal can be purchased at a very reasonable price compared to other competitive journals on the market – it should fit right in to your law school budget!
If you plan on adopting a primarily analog law school lifestyle, utilizing a folder system will be essential to staying organized. Although I don’t have a specific folder/binder to suggest, just about any folder/binder that is sturdy enough with pockets on the inside should do the job. A folder system will not only keep you organized during the semester, it will also help to keep you on track during finals prep.
Give these analog tools a try and also check out these other non-tech tools which would serve as a great supplement to your daily routine, especially as you develop your legal career.
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