Even if you find yourself in the habit of doing absolutely everything on your phone these days, sometimes it can make a refreshing change to jot things down using a simple pen and paper. Plus you never have to worry about a notepad running out of battery! Wirebound notebooks work equally well for left- and right-handed people and won’t close when you need to leave them open.

Thoughtfully Designed and Durable

200 pages of wide-ruled white paper with margin on left hand side, making it easy to keep handwriting clear and straight. Four holes punched for convenient filing. Pukka Pad

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Need to take pages out of your notebook? Look for well-perforated pages to ensure easy removal, without tearing. If the pages are already hole punched, that makes it even simple to put them into a binder for safekeeping and organisation.

Stops ink from bleeding through

Sturdy backboard allows pages to lay flat when it’s open, or to fold back completely, making it ideal for taking extensive notes. Cambridge

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Wirebound notebooks with laminated card covers allow the notebook to fold back on itself. A sturdy but lightweight backboard is useful for leaning the notebook on your lap. To avoid messy situations and potentially making your hard work illegible, look for notebooks that offer smudge-free paper.

Ideal for the young professional

While using a pen and paper encourages you to take a break from your phone, this product lets you scan your notes, save them on your device, and share them with friends using the free Scribzee app. Oxford Campus

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If you need to share your notes with colleagues or classmates, consider investing in a “smart” notebook. Smart notebooks use apps or QR codes that you can scan with a smartphone camera to capture your writing and store it in the cloud. To access or share it, simply open the affiliated app or website—no more worrying about losing your notes!