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Your learning journal can be as simple as a 3-ring binder and some pages of narrow-ruled paper. The list of supplies on this page begins with those two essentials. The rest is convenience or stuff for  making more colorful and professional-looking journal presentations.

In the list below, click on  the image to  learn more about the item and make a purchase. Proceeds from these sales help Free-Ed.Net to continue offering meaningful learning experiences ... free of  charge and for  those who need it most in today's tricky-slippery job and career markets.

3-ring notebook binder
It is "customizable," which means you can insert a cover
Note: This is an essential item.

Ruled 3-hole notepaper
This narrow rule is essential. Wide rule is mainly for primary school work.
Note: This is an essential item.

No. 2 Lead Pencils
This is a personal preference because, unlike ink-type pens, you can correct errors and tidy up the pages.
Note: This is an essential item.

Ballpoint  Pens (Black)
You may have a personal preference for pens over pencils. But if that is the case, you should used black because many industries today (notably the Allied Health industry) are specifying black ink for handwritten notes, signatures, and documents.

Unruled (plain white) notebook paper
Plain white paper is better for diagrams and charts that you create.

It is less costly in the long  run, however, to use plain white office paper, then punch the holes, yourself. See the 3-hole punch below.

Colored Pencils
You would use these to highlight written material and for making colorful figures and charts. However, you might have a preference for pointed-tip colored markers (below).

Pointed-Tip Markers
These are great for the final versions of your diagrams and charts.
3-Hole Paper Punch
You should have one of these if you are using a lot of pain-white office paper for diagrams, figures, and charts.


What is This
Learning Journal Thing?

In its most basic form, your  learning journal is  a record of your work and thought process for a topic you have studied at Free-Ed.Net. You can only begin to appreciate the value of a learning journal  when you realize the following:

  1. A learning journal, taken seriously, causes you to engage more fully in your studies. Otherwise, there is a tendency to lose touch with the essence of the material and become satisfied with a superficial approach to just "getting it done."

  2. A complete and well-maintained learning journal  carries a lot of weight in today's job interviews. It clearly documents your experience and shows your ability to organize and present information. Diplomas and certificates cannot do that.

You can begin a more detailed look at learning journals, beginning here.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015