You can make your geometry class much easier by having the proper tools. So what do you need?
First, let me tell you what you don't need. You don't need that standard cheap school compass and ruler kit. It is made for elementary school kids. And you don't need one of the standard lined spirals your mom buys by the dozens every August.
What you do need are quality tools and supplies that will allow you to produce quality work and be highly successful in your geometry class. So here is what I know will work for you.
Notebook: You should have a quadrille (graph) paper spiral notebook. Geometry requires lots of sketches and drawings, and the grid layout makes these much easier to do. Also make sure the spiral has good quality paper that has been carefully printed. There are several brands, but my spiral of choice is the Cambridge. It has nice heavy paper that is a pleasant cream color with light gray lines. You can find it at Office Max.
Compass and Straight Edge: It is tempting to just pick up the standard school drawing kit while out buying the rest of your supplies. But you really should not do that. Things will go much easier with a good bow compass (see the photo at top). It will stay in adjustment and give you perfect arcs and circles. Also get a good straight edge -- one that will not easily chip on the edge and will always give you a clean line.
Miscellany: You will need a supply of leads for your compass. And get an emery board (disposable nail file) from your mom or at the drug store. It is perfect for keeping your compass lead sharp. Finally, complete your kit with a white polymer eraser for clean erasing and an eraser guard. An eraser guard is a thin piece of stainless steel the size of a credit card (see photo). You put a hole over what you want erase and keep the eraser away from the good stuff you have drawn.
You can get the bow compass and the rest of the drawing tools at Office Max or any good drafting or art supply store, and, of course, online. I buy my stuff at Texas Art Supply in Houston.
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