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Sharpie Gel Highlighter is For (Book) Lovers.

Today is a day for the book lovers, a day for the classics, a day for the sound of cracking spines and the indescribable smell of a REAL LIVE book (remember those?!) in your hands.  To non-book lovers or the e- Reader fanatic these may seem like trivial details but WE know…it’s not just the story but the aesthetic elements AROUND the story that fuel our passion for our favorite past time. Poetic, right?

Seriously though,  there’s something about real old fashioned ink and paper that scream “MARK ME UP!” From textbooks to Tolstoy, the experience isn’t complete without a highlighter in hand.

Swipe a favorite passage, tag a word that you only pretend to know and secretly go back and check, scrawl intellectual phrases in the margins that leave the next reader thinking you are so profound and astute it’s intimidating; it’s up to you, and the Gel highlighter is ready when you are.

It is the perfect tool when reading for pleasure or educational advancement, as it will stay as bright and fresh from the moment you uncap until you need a  reading respite (maybe more frequently when thumbing through a textbook). Although I try to avoid non-recreational reading at all costs, sometimes you have to bite the bullet and study; and if you need to do it, do it right the first time.

So, to help you do just that I have included a list of highlighting and reading tips from Studentle that are sure to make you the brightest in the classroom!

  • Read the text. The first thing that you have to do is to read the text so that you know which words and phrases to highlight. While reading, make sure that you understand the text. Take note of the important details that you need to highlight. If you already know the content of the text that you are reading, it will be easier for you to determine which words and phrases to highlight later on.
  • Highlight important parts. Now you can highlight the important parts of the text. Make sure that you leave off unnecessary parts. Highlight important terms, dates, definitions and concepts. You can also take note of the important things that the teacher discusses so that it will be easier for you to study for a text. Some people tend to highlight chunks of text and end up having a whole paragraph completely highlighted. Avoid doing this.
  • Use different colors. It may sometimes be more helpful if you use different colors for highlighting. Use one color for all the terms and another color for the definitions of each word. Use a different color for the concepts and facts. This will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for, especially if the text is too long. When using different colors, make a small note on the side of the text so that you know which colors correspond with the text that you highlighted.
  • Go over the things you highlighted. After highlighting, go over the text one more time to see if you did not skip anything important. This will also give you a chance to review the text and understand the things that are important. Afterwards, you can study your textbook and just focus on the important points that you have already highlighted. This is very useful especially if you are studying for an upcoming test.
  • Choose bright colors. Another important thing that you need to consider is the color of highlighter that you are going to use. It is best to stay away from dark colored highlighters such as blue or purple since it can darken the text and make it harder for you to study. Stick with fluorescent colors such as yellow, green, orange or pink.

 

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Sharpie Highlighters: College or Bust!

Sharpie will be across the country, visiting 100 college campuses this Fall! At Follett bookstores across the US, Sharpie ambassadors will be present, decked out in neon tees, handing out coupons for Sharpie Highlighters, scribbling with Sharpie markers, and gearing you up for your 2010 Fall semester. Drop by and hang out with us for a bit!

Don’t forget to enter to win free textbooks for you and two friends online at Sharpie’s Facebook Fan Page – Click on the “Sweepstakes Tab” to enter!

Hop on over to the official Sharpie Blog for more info on Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes!

Thursday (8/19) & Friday 8(20)

  • CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE – CENTRAL CAMPUS
  • CERRITOS COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY
  • UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
  • WAKE TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • WEBSTER UNIVERSITY

Thursday (8/26) & Friday (8/27)

  • AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
  • BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY-NORTHRIDGE
  • CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
  • COLLEGE OF DuPAGE
  • CUNY BERNARD M BARUCH COLLEGE
  • DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE
  • DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE  – ANKENY
  • FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • INDIANA-PURDUE UNIVERSITY-FORT WAYNE
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE INDIANAPOLIS CAMPUS
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAFAYETTE CAMPUS
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOUTH BEND CAMPUS
  • IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TERRE HAUTE CAMPUS
  • JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE – CENTER CAMPUS
  • MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
  • MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • MIAMI DADE COLLEGE – KENDALL CAMPUS
  • MIAMI UNIVERSITY-OXFORD
  • NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
  • NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
  • PALOMAR COLLEGE
  • PHOENIX COLLEGE
  • PURDUE UNIVERSITY
  • RIO HONDO COLLEGE
  • SADDLEBACK COLLEGE
  • SAINT CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
  • SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE
  • SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA
  • SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY-CARBONDALE
  • ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE
  • TALLAHASSEE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • THOMAS NELSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHAMPAIGN
  • UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
  • UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT LINCOLN
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
  • UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
  • UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
  • UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
  • VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Thursday (9/2) & Friday (9/3)

  • BERGEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY – SACRAMENTO
  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AT DOMINGUEZ HILLS
  • CENTRAL NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
  • ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE-NORTH CAMPUS
  • FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE – SOUTH CAMPUS
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
  • GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • HUDSON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • JACKSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
  • KENT STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS
  • LONE STAR COLLEGE – NORTH HARRIS
  • MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
  • OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
  • ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
  • QUEENS COLLEGE (CUNY)
  • REGIS UNIVERSITY
  • RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-CAMDEN
  • ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY – QUEENS CAMPUS
  • SUFFOLK COUNTY CC – AMMERMAN CAMPUS
  • SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
  • TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE TRINITY RIVER CAMPUS
  • THE CITY COLLEGE OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
  • UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO – NORTH CAMPUS
  • UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS – PAN AMERICAN
  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN SAINT LOUIS
  • WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

Thursday (9/9) & Friday (9/10)

  • BOSTON COLLEGE
  • CINCINNATI STATE TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
  • MOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-AMHERST
  • UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS-BOSTON
  • UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – LA CROSSE

Thursday (9/23) & Friday (9/24)  

  • CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EAST BAY HAYWARD CAMPUS
  • STANFORD UNIVERSITY
  • UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes

There is one glitch in the collegiate system…  For most, college is pure joy – You’re on your own with this newfound independence, the rents can’t ask you where you’re going, who’s going to be there, or what time you’ll be home.  You are at that stage of life when technically you’re an adult but somehow can get away with things that would never fly in the real world!  In college, you build lifelong friendships.  You face your fears & take on challenges you never thought possible.  You find out who you are and want to be.  And let’s be honest, this is the only time in your life when it is socially acceptable and you are physically capable of going out 7 nights in a row and still be productive the next day!  Bottom line, college is awesome.

BUT (there’s always a “but”) there is one downfall… Shelling out the cash for books!  That’s at least twice a year when you are forced to pay +$600 for textbooks!  It’s like a friend stabbing you in the front  - You see it coming, you know it’s going to hurt and then AAHH! You’re hit!  If only a saint could come down and lift this burden.

TOO BAD! (bursting your bubble)   There is no saint!  Fortunately, for you there IS Sharpie!  Sharpie can’t magically make textbooks free or drop prices to $0.25 but we can offer something else… How about letting us pick up the tab next semester?

You heard right – Let Sharpie cover your textbook expenses!  Currently on Facebook, we’re giving you the chance to have your textbooks PAID FOR next semester for you AND 2 friends in Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes! Imagine what you can do with all that extra cash!

Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes

Here’s the rundown:

Sharpie is giving you the chance to win free textbooks for a semester for you and two friends when you enter Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes.  To enter, you must be an enrolled college student and “Like” Sharpie on Facebook.  Next, complete and submit the entry form provided.  After you’ve submitted, choose two other lucky undergrads to share this GRAND prize with!  

Head over to Facebook  for all the details & enter Sharpie’s Right to Highlight Sweepstakes for your chance to win!

 We’re not done yet!  In addition to the grand prize, we will also be giving away FREE weekly Sharpie Prize packs on Facebook!  Once you enter you are instantly qualified to win so keep checking back with Sharpie’s Facebook page to see if you won!  –Because who doesn’t love free swag!?

 

**Having trouble deciding on whom you should share the gift of free textbooks with?  Here are 10 People to consider:

  1. Your T.A. – Sucking up goes a looong way.
  2. Bouncer/Doorman – Because you look so much cooler walking to the front of the line.  
  3. Wingman – He’s always got your back.
  4. Your blackmailer – Maybe they’ll finally destroy the evidence!
  5. Golf team captain - Cars may not be allowed on campus, but no one said anything about golf carts! Skip the hike & hitch a ride to class!
  6. The cook at your dorm/fraternity or sorority/campus food court- They’ll pack you leftovers for the days when class runs long & the nights you work late.
  7. The DJ – He’ll skip over the songs you hate!
  8. That girl who never misses class…ever! - Hit the snooze too many times?  Not to worry, she’s already made a copy of her super extensive notes.
  9. Barista at the campus coffee shop – Waiting in line for coffee is never fun at 7AM.
  10. Party Pics photographer - He’ll hit “delete” for the times when you’re not the most photogenic.

 Enter to win now!

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Highlight What’s Right!

I bet you can’t name one student over the age of 18 that doesn’t own a highlighter…  

That’s because highlighting is often an important part of note taking, reading and studying - especially in college!  College students are inundated with information overload and use highlighters daily as a tool to cut through the clutter to help them clarify, organize, and synthesize subject matter.  Highlighting helps to cut down the excess so that students can more easily focus on the main concepts that are important to them and study more effectively and efficiently. 

Highlighting correctly can be very helpful for students, however it can often be a distraction when done incorrectly.  Have you ever looked back through your textbook after reading a chapter only to find either, A) You had so perfectly colored every page a bright neon hue that your kindergarten-self would be jealous? Or B) you retained ab-so-lute-ly NOTHING?  If you answered yes to either (most likely both), you are a victim of “Over-Highlighting”!! 

Don't be a victim of Over-Highlighting!

“Over-Highlighting” is a common problem while reading – Take a look at your friend’s notebook or textbook next time you’re at the library –  I promise you’ll see entirely too much highlighting.  To keep this time-waster from happening you’ve got to stay focused and refrain from getting caught up in mindlessly “coloring” the page.

Try applying some of these tips on highlighting text effectively from CliffNotes.com

  1. Focus on the main point – and that may not be the entire sentence. It’s perfectly okay to highlight only key terms or parts of sentences. In fact, you may get a better sense of the main idea of a paragraph if you highlight a string of words (excluding extraneous information) that lets you glean the main idea at a glance.
  2. Consider reading the entire paragraph, and then going back and highlighting the important words and ideas. If you highlight from the start, you may not be sure of the paragraph’s purpose and how to best capture that purpose or idea with your highlighter.
  3. If you buy a used textbook or other reading material, look for one with little or no highlighting. It’s hard to ignore the previous owner’s highlighting. In addition to highlighting, consider jotting notes in the margins, next to passages.

Now, don’t be a victim, highlight effectively and efficiently. Above all else,

             Highlight so that you get an A on the test! 

 

Sharpie Highlighters are the number one choice when it comes to highlighting and doing so effectively.  Available in 8 different styles and 10 bold fluorescent colors, there’s a Sharpie Highlighter for your every need:

  

Save on Sharpie Retractable Highlighters just in time for Back-to-School Season

  

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Sharpie with Lunch!

It’s Back To School Season and we know one dad that has kids wanting to go back to school! 
Next time you think you need to add an extra sugary treat to child’s lunch to give them something to look forward to, think again and take a tip from our very own Sharpie Squad members, Derek Benson! 
Benson  designs original art every morning for his kids, right on their lunch bags!  His drawings have created a lot of buzz and even landed him a featured spot in Parents Magazine.  Adding personal touches with a simple brown paper bag and a few Sharpies, Benson gives his kids a new kind of lunchtime surprise to look forward to every day!   Take a minute to see how equipped with Sharpie markers and a creative mind, this dad has “Uncapped What’s Inside.”
 
 

Benson: My day job, I make art for video games.   futurama

Q: How did you come up with the idea?

Benson: I was setting the kids’ lunches up, I wrote their names on the bags…then things just got fancier and weirder.

Q: Which bag has been your kid’s favorite? What’s yours? 

Benson: So far the kids like “Robot Dinosaurs that Shoot Beams When They Roar.”   I like that one okay, too.

Q: Why are Sharpie products a good fit for this? 

Benson:  I would love to give you a good reason, but it simply never occurred to me to use anything else.  Sharpie markers have been a basic art supply for me since I was a kid.  “Awesomeness” is the reason.

Q:What specific Sharpie tools do you use?

Benson: Markers, pens, etc.  I use the black markers, and also the oil-based paint pens.

Q: So you make these bags during your lunch break? When do you eat lunch? Multi-tasker eh?   

scooby dooBenson: I make them during my lunch break, I make them at home while helping the kids with homework.  When I make them at home, I tend to get a lot of help.  My kids can’t resist art supplies.

 Q: What do your kids do with the bags once they have eaten lunch? (Save them I hope )

Benson:  Sometimes they bring them back, sometimes they toss them out. Our preschool teacher saves them, too.

Q: What was your reaction after learning that you would be apart of the “Sharpie Squad?”  

Benson:  I wanted a uniform, frankly.  With a cool hat that looks like a giant Sharpie marker.

Q: Is there anything you haven’t drawn on a bag that you are just itching to draw? 

Benson: Ha!  There are things I’d get in trouble for drawing and sending to school.  I try to keep it kid-friendly, unless a grownup relative has a request.  Sometimes people want images of classical art, which usually means naked people.  There are movie monsters I’d like to do, but they’re just too scary.  But other than that I don’t have a lot of filters, and grown-up stuff is never as fun to draw as kid stuff. 

pokemon 

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