New Gel Ink Pens: Pilot Juice, Uni-ball Signo UM-120 & UM-153

Hi! I recently went on a crazy gel ink pen buying spree on JetPens and I thought I’d show you all what I got and what I think about each of the products!


Pilot Juice Pens – Pastel – 6-Colour Set (0.5mm)

I’ve been dying to try Pilot Juice pens for the looooongest time now since I only hear good things about them. Since I already have a ton of gel ink pens, I decided to go for the pastel collection. These pastel pens are great for writing on darker paper kraft paper because they really pop against the background.

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They are very pigmented but they definitely won’t show up well on white paper so just keep that in mind before planning to purchase. The purple is probably the only dark-ish pen of the bunch and it’s definitely my favourite. To me, it’s the second best shade of purple (you will see the first in just a second!)

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Anyhow, I totally get the hype around these pens. They are consistent and smooth writers with excellent ink quality. They are also very lightweight, comfortable to hold, and have a super convenient clipping mechanism on the pen body. One of my friends told me that she likes to clip her hair with her pen when she can’t find a hairpin around. Hey, you might look a little bit weirdl but at least your hair is out of your face, right?


Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen – Green & Purple (0.7 mm)

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Next up is the Uni Signo! The iconic Uni Signo pens have done it again! I am super impressed with these pens. The colours are vibrant and the tip is very nice and soft. This shade of purple is my favourite out of all the purple pens I have used thus far.

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I only bought two pens because their prices were a little bit steeper than most with $2 a pen and no sets available. I also just wanted to try them out so I only purchased my two favourite colours. I can say I will for sure be purchasing the rest of the colours the next time I order from JetPens. The ink is very pigmented and thick, thus it takes a little longer to dry than usual, which is the only flaw of this pen. I also do wish there were finer tips available but I’m an all tip-size type of gal so I’m not complaining.


Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen – White Ink

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Last but definitely not the least and perhaps even the best is the Uni Signo UM 153 in white ink. I bought this pen because I wanted to do some mix media with watercolour and I heard it was the best white ink pen around. This is possibly the most opaque white gel ink pen I’ve ever tried and it shows up fully opaque even on black paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any black paper around to test these pens with, but I did draw some hearts on the back of one of my notebooks for fun lol.

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As you can see above, the Uni-ball Signo pens really do go above and beyond compared the Pilot Juice pens in terms of opaqueness on white paper. Of course, it’s a given that the Pilot Juice pens might not have been designed for this purpose.

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Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook

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Every since Jetpens introduced cheaper international shipping options, I’ve been making wishlists left and right. I received my second purchase in the mail last week and was most excited about this Maruman Mnemosyne notebook I decided to try out. Something I love equally if not more than pens are notebooks, especially ones with superb paper quality.

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The one I purchased is the Maruman Mnemosyne Imagination Notebook (Graph) in  A4 size. I wanted a notebook to write revision notes and diagrams on and the Maruman is all I every wished for. I dislike using blank paper for diagrams because I’m a horrible slanter when it comes to writing, so graph paper is my best friend. The grid sizes on this notebook is just perfect!

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Above is a revision sheet I made for my math class that just wrapped up. The paper is so smooth that your pen just glides on it like ice. That is probably because it contains 80 gsm paper. Apart from the great paper quality, I really appreciate how the pages are sectioned off as there is space at the top for a title and date.

The only downside to this notebook would be that it’s not ruled double-sided. Whether this is a problem or not really depends on what you are using it for. As a student, I would want to make as many notes as I could in a single notebook and especially for this one because the paper is such good quality that I just don’t want to waste it.

It’s safe to say that I am super impressed with these notebooks and will be purchasing more when I finish this one. (If I had it my way, I would probably buy 3 more immediately but the piggy bank doesn’t allow it)

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3 Short & Simple Study Tips

Hey! I haven’t posted in a while and its mainly because of this all-consuming summer course I’m taking. Exams are coming up for me again and this time I thought I’d share some more studying tips with you guys. I did a exam prep post back in June but the tips I shared there were more general tips and I left out a lot of things relating to the whole studying process. Since high school, I’ve scowered the internet for useful websites/study tips and I’ve built quite an extensive bookmark library so I’m now sharing some of them with you all!


Sound

This is a really big thing for me when I study. Whether I listen to music or not during my studies depends how far along I am in my studies, where I am, how much I understand the material, and my ability to focus that day. I know that its different for everyone but if you’re struggling with the material, I suggest not to listen to any music or have any sounds because that will just add to the struggle. I rarely listen songs with singing because I will just start to sing in the middle of reading something. So unless I’m super familiar with a topic or just doing a last-minute skim-over, I’ll usually listen to instrumentals. Below is my favourite study playlist. There are a couple of songs with singing but they are mostly just really nice relaxing instrumentals.

If you don’t like to listen to music but can’t stand absolute silence either, check out Soundrown! They have all sorts of sounds that you can mix together from the classic coffee shop to the sound of a playground. My favourite mix is the sound of fire because it just makes me feel warm, toasty, and ready to study.


Distractions

I bet this is a huge issue to most people. With the internet at the tip of our fingers, how can we focus on studying? There are even times where we have to use the computer to study and it’s just oh so easy to find yourself suddenly watching Youtube videos. I find that my fingers have developed a natural reflex to just open a new tab and type in “Y” to get to Youtube lol.

Anyhow, usually I can control myself but on the days when I absolutely cannot focus or stay off Facebook, I use a self-control app that blocks a custom list of websites (this one is just for mac but there are a lot of websites that do this as well). The good thing about this app is that once you turn the blocking on for lets say 5 hours, you absolutely cannot terminate it even if you delete the app and everything. It’s perfect for the internet-obsessed!


Study Breaks

Sometimes there’s so much to study that you feel like there’s no time to take breaks but breaks are a must! I feel like a study break takes all the material you’ve just studied, sets it in, and clears your mind for new material. During my breaks (which never go longer than 20 minutes!), I like to watch music videos or just chat a little with my friends to see what they’re up to. I also love to vent out my study frustrations to everyone.

Something that really helps is a website known as The Quiet Place Project. It helps you calm down and clear your mind for 30 seconds with calm music and encouraging words. I highly recommend it and its amazing how 30 minutes of absolute silence can you feel so good and refreshed.


I highly suggest you to search up “tumblr study masterpost” as that’s usually where you’ll find tons of useful resources for studying. IMO, some blogs have much more useful websites and such than articles you’ll find online. Good luck on your studies!