Studying & Test Taking Items

Items you need to help you study and ace that big test.

Here are a few items to help you make the most of your studying and to be fully prepared for any test you will take. Whether you are venturing out to the library or hunkering down at home, use this list to make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need.

Items for studying.

  • Noise cancelling headphones or ear plugs to help block out any distractions.
  • Pens, pencils, highlighters.
  • Note cards for reviewing important terms or information (see our tips for how to take great notes).
  • Accordion folder to keep the materials for all your classes separate.
  • Something to snack on while you study (try to avoid messy foods that will get on your books or notes).
  • Bottle of water.
  • Laptop and charger, phone charger.
  • Sweatshirt or sweater for if you get cold (or a blanket if you are studying at home), plus some comfy pants.
  • Bedside caddy to keep everything close if you are studying at home.
  • Something to take a break with (this could be your phone or just getting up from your study space and taking a walk).

Items for test taking.

  • Extra pens and pencils (you never know when yours might fail you).
  • Blue book (or the more environmentally friendly Green book). At smaller schools the professor may provide these but at larger schools you will be responsible for bringing your own.
  • Scantron (if your professor says you’ll need one for the test).
  • Water bottle (always stay hydrated!)
  • Gum (chewing gum can help you concentrate while taking the test).
  • Student ID (some schools or departments may require you to present your ID to prove that you are the one taking your test).
  • Watch to help keep track of the time if the classroom does not have a clock or you cannot see it.
  • Tissues (better safe than sorry!)

Tip: Some schools may have a vending machine on campus (likely in the library) with many of these items. Stop by if you need anything from a pencil to a blue book while running to your test.

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