book tabs

Put a Tab on It: How to Make Book Tabs

So you get to class and you’re prepared. The book you had to read 4 chapters from last night is sitting on your desk. You’ve got the syllabus sitting in a folder in your backpack. You’ve got your matching notebook opened to a crisp, new page and your pen poised to start taking notes.

And then the discussion starts, and your professor starts referencing a specific section of said book. You read it last night, so you know what he’s talking about but you have no idea where you read it so you start furiously flipping through the book. (Or you didn’t read it so you really have no idea what section of the book you should be flipping through. It’s fine, I don’t judge).

Either way, you’re now awkwardly craning your neck to see what page the person next to you is on. This may or may not work, and chances are you’ll get some weird looks.

I think we’ve all been in this position before, and it’s not fun. You should always know where you are (or where you’re supposed to be) in a book. That’s where the book tabs come in.

Book tabs let you mark in advance which pages or sections you’ll be using, and they keep your reading assignments organized. Plus at the end of the semester, it’ll be much easier to review the pages you need to study for finals because they’re already marked.

I use DIY book tabs that I made using paper clips and colorful ribbon. They’re very simple to make and they look really unique. Just cut a couple of inches of ribbon and loop it around the top of a paper clip. (Please refer to pictures).

book tabs

If you don’t want to make your own (read: who has time for that in the middle of the semester?) then use colorful Post-It tabs. The paper Post-it tabs are easy to trim and are good for short-term projects while the plastic Post-It tabs are sturdier and are better for long-term projects. Just watch out because the paper ones will not hold up as well sticking out of books in your back pack.

book tabs

So now that you’re masters of color coding, go ahead and color code the book tabs to match your notebooks and folders and whatever else you want to color code. There’s no such thing as over-doing the color coding as far as I know. If you’re not a master of color coding yet, then check out my post 3 Tips for Stepping Up Your Color Coding Game.

So say goodbye to furiously flipping through your books in class and awkwardly glancing around class looking for the page number and realizing your eyesight is not as good as you thought it was. You’re welcome.





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