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Are class materials such as glue, markers, and colored pencils ever used in College?

SuperGeo5999SuperGeo5999 647 replies42 threads Member
edited July 2017 in College Life
I was planning what I should have for when classes start a month from now by looking at what I already have and what materials I still need to get. I came across materials such as glue, colored pencils, and markers because I still have them and I brought them with me to school this past semester because I'm so used to bringing them with me because I did in high school. In high school markers, colored pencils, and glue were used for class projects and activities but I haven't tooken any classes that required these materials for anything or looked at a syllabus that lists these materials in it. I'm asking this question to see if I still need these materials and because I kind of miss using these materials for class projects in school because I'm someone who likes projects. If they're not used for projects, how are projects done in college?
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  • Studious99Studious99 888 replies23 threads Member
    I'm not in college, but I would be shocked if a teacher required you to have those kind of supplies outside of an art classroom. Make sure to check the syllabus to be certain though!
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  • whenhenwhenhen 5530 replies111 threads Senior Member
    Projects are done by having one group member do almost all the work and the other member(s) add their name(s) to the final document on a computer at the end.

    The only time I used glue in college was to make large posters by combining 8.5x11 paper with part of an image printed out on each page. Even then, that was only used for decoration, not for an actual class assignment.
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  • SuperGeo5999SuperGeo5999 647 replies42 threads Member
    edited July 2017
    I was thinking maybe these materials would be used to do science projects such as making a model volcano, cell, atom, or brain because I did one in elementary school but I don't know if college courses would need you to do something like that. I believe the purpose of these projects would be to learn the structure of these things because when you build things to match what the structure is supposed to be then you learn by applying knowledge from homework, lectures, videos, internet sources, textbooks, etc.
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  • SuperGeo5999SuperGeo5999 647 replies42 threads Member
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    @whenhen I don't think having a group member doing all the work in a group project and having everyone else put there name on It to get credit is a good way to represent how a project is done in college because in high school it was against policy to take credit for even a group project for work they didn't do.
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  • bodanglesbodangles 8628 replies557 threads Senior Member
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    I had to build a popsicle stick bridge once but the supplies were provided to me.

    Building models in science class is mostly a thing younger students do. In college you're just expected to learn the information. Labs might be more hands-on, but I don't think any of mine have required building something, unless you do an egg drop competition or something.
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  • guineagirl96guineagirl96 3759 replies97 threadsForum Champion Math/Computer Science, Forum Champion Richmond Forum Champion
    Most projects are done on the computer where you won't need those kinds of materials.

    I will say, I have had to use colored pencils in college, since I've had a couple professors that have given assignments where a journal entry had to be color coded (these were dance classes like improv and choreography, and we often have composition notebooks for those rather than doing all assignments on a computer).
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  • momtogirls2momtogirls2 837 replies4 threads Member
    I had two roommates that were education majors. They often had to make some unique way to teach a concept that involved glue and other items. It couldn't hurt to bring 1 glue stick and 1 pack of colored pencils. I had a small group communications class in which we had to come up with a product to sell and make a model of the project (not a realistic model with real material that would actually be used). We came up with a bar of soap with a toy inside and used play doh to represent the bar of soap.
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  • SuperGeo5999SuperGeo5999 647 replies42 threads Member
    @bodangles I built a Popsicle bridge once too for my senior project in high school because I did mine on Civil Engineering. We also tested the bridge for my project by using weights and how much weight the bridge could hold and it broke once 16 pounds was weighted against it. Just curious, what class was this project for? What kind of analysis did you do for the bridge? You said elsewhere your a chemical engineering major.
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  • bodanglesbodangles 8628 replies557 threads Senior Member
    Yeah, that's basically what we did. It was for an Engineering Design class that all engineering majors at my school have to take.
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  • raclutraclut 3699 replies234 threads Senior Member
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    You can use the materials to make signs for clubs fairs/activities. The only markers you may need for your classwork is highlighters for textbooks or notes otherwise I don't see you using these supplies much in college.
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  • stradmomstradmom 5042 replies50 threads Senior Member
    As a professor, the most I've asked people to bring to class for an activity was "three writing implements that have different output" (e.g. pencil, blue ink, black ink). Students were underlining/circling parts of a text for different concepts. My classes involve lots of small group work and relatively creative interactive experiences, but I provide any special supplies needed.

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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 42084 replies453 threads Senior Member
    Colored pencils: to make clearer maps (geography, marine science), biology drawings .
    Markers to clarify and organize notes: Outline ( I.A or A1..) In blue, theme in green, key quote/information orange asterisk in the margin, key formula or anything to memorize : draw red rectangle around . (use whatever colors you like ..)
    it helps when you review before exams
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  • elenaidkelenaidk 2 replies0 threads New Member
    To be honest, I have never used any of these unless I needed them for certain projects (even that has been a rare occasion). They're useful to have access to but I wouldn't go out of your way to have them on you at all times. Depending on the type of student you are then markers or colored pencils could be useful to take notes in different colors, so you can change up what you're looking at. Other than that, these supplies are more for if you have a specific project you need to do.
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  • labegglabegg 2523 replies48 threads Senior Member
    DD uses colored pencils regularly.
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  • snowfairy137snowfairy137 2052 replies32 threads Senior Member
    Before I got my tablet-laptop combo I would use colored pens to take notes.
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  • tangentlinetangentline 1112 replies8 threads Senior Member
    Never used any of these as an engineer... The one time I had to make a poster for a GE class there's free poster printing on campus as long as it's for a college assignment.
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  • IvytIvyt 3497 replies33 threads Senior Member
    all you need is pens maybe pencils
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  • techmom99techmom99 3475 replies6 threads Senior Member
    My D used materials liked those occasionally, both as an elementary ed major and as an RA. She was known for giving out coloring book pages to new residents and having a getting to know you crayoning night - BEFORE it became a thing for adults. She would decorate the hallways with the artwork. She would also make posters, etc. as part of her RA duties.
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  • LeastComplicatedLeastComplicated 1029 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Bring them if you have room - they might come in handy for something. I remember having a couple of classes in college that required them (markers, technical pens, colored pencils, etc) and the materials were always listed on the syllabus. But also I had classes where I did projects and specific materials weren't listed - you were just expected to purchase them on your own if you wanted to get creative.
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  • PheebersPheebers 613 replies25 threads Member
    I think it's more likely you'll use them if you're in clubs -- making signs for a team member, advertising something, that kind of thing. I'd bring them so you have them just in case; they don't take up much room and they'll cost a lot more to buy on campus.
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