30 Dec 2014

year two, term one essentials and review

This term, my essentials were as follows:

Leuchtturm 1917 A5 notebook, Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, Zebra Mildliners, Muji 0.5mm gel pens, Uniball 0.7mm Signo gel pens and Muji 0.5mm retractable gel pens.
Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Notebook 
This notebook is used for writing up my revision notes that will come in handy for exam time. If you follow me on Instagram (@paperl0vestory), you may have seen a few photos of it. The narrow rule is beautiful and the hard cover keeps it protected from any scuffs or light damage.

Zebra Mildliners, Muji 0.5 Gel Pens, Uniball Gel Pens and Muji Retractable Gels
These pens have been used in my Leuchtturm and also in my group work notebook. I'm a big fan of gel pens as they write well, especially when left out in the open for a few minutes - such as in lectures, and because of the wide range of colours they usually come in. A bit of colour also breaks up the monotonous blue ink - something that is essential for maintaining my concentration. The slightly washed out colour of the Zebra mildliners is easier on the eye as the fluorescent tones of normal highlighters shine a bit too bright when staring at notes for a prolonged amount of time.

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
Almost everyone I know who is in the medical field recommends this text as a must-have. It is easy to carry around whilst on placement and is concise enough to have a basic bit about the most common conditions seen in most specialties. For that reason, it has become an essential text for me this term because this academic year is more about merging together patient presentation with differential diagnoses and then what investigations I would do and how that would affect the management.

Overall, this first term has been more enjoyable than first year where there were no clinical placements. Moreover, the stationery I have chosen to use is so pretty that it definitely makes studying much more interesting. Pretty stationery can make all the difference :)



  1. Pretty stationary really does make all the difference! And your handwriting is lovely!!

  2. Do you usually revise your notes right after lecture? How do you make the time to revise your notes? I often don't have time due to other assignments & lab work.

    1. Hi! I try and write them out within 24 hours of the lecture and then I revise them at the weekend or the weekend after. Because they are in a notebook, I can read over them when on public transport too if I feel like it x

  3. I'd like to know how much information you included in your notebook. For example, did you include more than one course of the same subject? I was thinking about starting mine with Chemistry 2 and the next course after that.

    1. I do sometimes include more than one module within a notebook - I mark out where a new module starts using a sticky tab :) x

    2. Thank you for your response. :) I intend to do the same thing.