Student Voices: A High-Schooler’s Perspective Bring Out The Notebook

Before anything else, yes, I do need to clear up that I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog. To be more specific, the blog concerning a few tips to study in a more focused manner, where I put “having a notebook” as one of the tips. However, I feel like this is one of the more important tips from there and so I’m isolating it over on this blog. Today, I’ll be discussing the many benefits, the amazing reasons, and the few disadvantages of carrying a notebook around. And so without any further ado, let’s dwell on the topic of having a notebook around with you at all times.

If you’re a student, this notebook is going to be one of, if not your absolute best friend. There are many rational reasons which I will now list down with why you should have a notebook to write everything on. Number one’s there already, so that you have somewhere to write everything on. Sometimes, your brain is not the most efficient storage system, especially if you’re working in a very active environment. No one’s memory is a hundred per cent reliable. Therefore, it’s difficult to carry all the information you have up there. The notebook comes into play here: whether it be random ideas, grocery lists, people to call, reminders or whatever, you’ll be able to put it down on your notebook. A good upside to this is that your writing materials can be found almost everywhere, but I’d specifically advise you to have your own pencil or pen with your notebook for a more personal feel. All up to you, though. Another reason to have a notebook with you is that disconnecting is good for your brain, this reason being somewhat an addition the first one. Not only is storing so much stuff in your brain bad for you in the way that it leads to energy saps and burnouts quicker, but it will actually affect your mental health more than you think. Go get that notebook for your mind now! This third reason to have a notebook will actually discuss why the notes app on your phone isn’t going to be the same as having your personal writing notebook. Handwriting over typing, in every single case, especially when it comes to choosing between your notebook or your phone. Not only does handwriting help your brain process more information, but typing actually helps you to become lazy. I might explore that topic in a future blog, so stay tuned, but for now, all I have to say is that typing decreases your willpower when it comes to doing things for the reason that it makes your brain wrongly perceive something as easy. If those aren’t enough reasons to convince you to find a notebook in your house right now, these next paragraphs should.

Let’s talk benefits. What are the good things and effects that notebooks bring you? One is the sense of accomplishment. By writing stuff down, it’s a known fact that over 94% of people feel more productive. And since you’re here, reading my blogs which pertain to efficiency and productivity, I’m going to assume that’s what you’re going for. Another benefit is that you can use this notebook for absolutely everything mentally. If you’re a student or a worker, you never know when you might think of a solution to your problem at work, or whenever you’re gonna find out who the best group mate in your class is. If you’re a writer or a gamer, you never know when inspiration’s gonna hit you, or when you’re going to find a strategy for the level you just can’t seem to beat. In any of these cases, write it down. You don’t even have to fall in any of the four categories to own a notebook because notebooks are literally for everyone. I’ll give you another advantage of having a notebook: this will help you organize your life. By reading this article on notebook, I’m also going to possibly introduce you to the concept of bullet journaling. You can find more details on that online, but I’d like to focus on one of those aspects when it comes to the journaling world: keeping track of your habits. Basically called scheduling, keeping tracks of your habits helps you to keep track of what you have and have not been doing throughout the day, week, month, or even year. This helps you to know what things are taking too much of your time, what things you need to do more and others! This leads to the conclusion that notebooks help organize your life.

But what about the other side of this scale, the one that holds the disadvantages? Here’s the thing, there’s little to no downsides in owning a notebook. I’d say that after considering everything, it’s only the amount of space it takes that’s going to probably catch your eye. I mean this in the way that notebooks are definitely going to take up space in your handbag or backpack. A good solution to this is to just hold it. It’s going to make you look official and organized, but it’s also going to take up some space in your hands. No worries, though, for it is such a small price to pay in exchange for the betterness of your life.

I hope this blog today has helped you in deciding whether you should get a notebook or not. Many notebooks outside are super cheap and can be found anywhere, and you may already even have some lying in your house. Put them to use and get on with it! I’ve had my personal notebook a little over a year now, and I’ve got to tell you that it’s worked wonders for me. Please consider doing this for your wellbeing, creativity, and in a way, mental health. Until next blog! —

Jon Zaccary C. Regala, Grade 10

Shayan Fareed

Shayan Fareed

Shayan Fareed is an Undergraduate Ambassador for StEPS who recently graduated from Warwick Business School with a BSC in Management. Prior to that, he completed his A Levels at the prestigious Aitchison College. During his time at the University of Warwick, Shayan cherished the vibrant campus life and considered it his home for the past three years, leaving behind fond memories as he moves on to new endeavors.

Faiza Omar

Faiza Omer

Faiza Omer has a Masters in Finance from Punjab University. She is a highly experienced Communication Coordinator with excellent leadership and project management skills. She is skilled in crafting engaging content for various platforms and managing internal and external communications. Faiza has received several certificates and awards, demonstrating her proficiency in teamwork, customer service, and administrative expertise. As Communication Coordinator at StEPS, she successfully leads and manages multiple client projects. Prior to this, she worked at DNATA Emirates Group, providing passenger services and coordinating flight operations.

Rida Fatima

Rida Fatima

With experience in education management and administration, Rida takes the lead in handling university applications and follow-up protocols.

Wasim Hashmi Syed

Wasim Hashmi Syed

Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed, Senior Advisor, Professional Development and Transnational Education.Mr Wasim Hashmi Syed has over twenty years of visionary experience in initiating and leading educational initiatives with tangible outcomes, creating international linkages, and providing development opportunities for Pakistani youth under the country’s vision 2025. He has been involved in various government and foreign-funded projects, including monitoring research and development projects in IT and engineering.

As an Advisor and Consultant at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he managed programs aimed at increasing the number of PhD faculty, providing scholarships for students, and fostering collaboration with foreign universities. Additionally, he oversaw the monitoring of research and development projects and played a key role in policy development for higher education institutions. He established collaboration with  more than 30 international foreign universities and organizations. He played a significant role in launching and overseeing scholarship programs and initiatives related to information and communication technology.

He also served as an Advisor International Linkages at Pak-Austria Fachhochschule Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology Haripur, he had engaged in obtaining charter for Institute from HEC and PEC.

In his role as General Manager Monitoring/Projects at the National ICT R&D Funds (IGNITE), he monitored numerous technical projects funded by academia and local industry.

Mr. Hashmi obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Engineering Technology Lahore. He also holds MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, from the University of Louisville Kentucky USA, and a Ph.D. (in progress) in Transport Engineering University of Hasselt Belgium.

Zeeshan Riaz

Zeeshan Riaz

Zeeshan Riaz is an internationally experienced consultant with over 25 years of proven track record with comprehensive experience of advising corporate, higher education, consulting and training institutions.

Zeeshan leads the business development, international brand building and student recruitment initiative in the region for StEPS partner institutes.

Zeeshan has extensive experience in corporate strategy and development in Europe, Middle East and Asia, working in a range of industries with extensive involvement in Green-Field and Public & Private partnership development projects.

Which provides a unique platform with in-depth knowledge of the global job market to advice on career growth and educational pathways for professionals and students.

After primary education from Smedstad School in Oslo, Norway, he pursued higher education from Norway, Pakistan and UK in Computer Science with Business Management followed by MBA specialising in marketing.

He is a UK certified Clinical Therapist and British Council certified Trainer of Trainers (TOT).

Saima Asghar Riaz

Saima is a TESOL qualified Warwick Alumna, with over two decades of experience in student counseling, teaching, teacher training, and English language assessment. She has been representing her alma mater for international student admissions since 1998, and has successfully supported hundreds of students with their university, scholarship and job applications globally. As a certified DiSC and ‘How Women Rise’ coach, she supports professionals in bringing about workplace improvements through behavioral change.

Saima is a British Council trained and certified IELTS professional and has taught English at The University of Warwick, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Kinnaird College for Women, and the Virtual University of Pakistan. She has trained educational professionals at Kinnaird College, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) and the Ali Institute of Education, and has been a consultant trainer for the Punjab Judicial Academy for development of soft skills of district judiciary and judicial staff of the Lahore High Court.

With extensive experience in education management and administration, Saima has been the Founding Director for the Directorate of Faculty Development & Internationalisation (DFDI) at LCWU, and successfully launched a Faculty Development Centre as well as Pakistan’s first university-level mandatory Citizenship programme in collaboration with the British Council. She was thus responsible for supporting the enhancement of teaching and research capability of Asia’s largest women’s university, creating linkages with local and international partners, enabling students in social entrepreneurship projects, and raising the university profile on an international academic platform.

She is a Mentor Coordinator for BNI Konnectors and a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital Lahore.