What types of pens will my student need for school?
Whether you’re writing notes or correcting papers, having the pen in your hand can make all the difference. There are many types of pens with a variety of tip sizes, ink types and grips, which can combine to make your writing experience enjoyable. And, while many high-school and college school supply lists require only black or blue ink for assignments in notebooks and exams, there is also a rainbow of colors available to suit your personal note-taking preferences.
Which types of pens work best?
A good place to start when shopping for rollerball, gel or ballpoint pens is to know where they’ll be used most often. Will they be used for jotting down notes and completing assignments, grading papers or journaling? The key features of a solid pen include ink and point type. Quick-drying, water-resistant ink guards against messy smudges as you write down notes, and the tip size determines the width of the lines on the paper. BIC® pens with bold 1.6 mm tips work well for everyday note taking, while Pentel® fine-point pens with 0.5 mm tips allow for precision writing and editing tasks.
How can I make note taking more comfortable?
Whether you prefer a set of ballpoint or gel pens, be sure to keep the grip style in mind. A rubberized, textured or ergonomic grip can help make those lengthy note-taking sessions in class easier on your hand. Plus, some writing instruments, like felt-tip pens, offer points that allow you to create wide and thin lines alike, so switching between projects or expressing your creativity feels effortless. While you're shopping, explore the array of pencils, markers and highlighters students also need for the school year.