Student Planner Shopping for College? Read This Bloom Review FIRST

Student Planner Shopping for College Read This Bloom Review FIRST

DISCLAIMER: I received a free planner from Bloom in exchange for this review. However all thoughts, experiences & opinions are my own.

Summer is about to kick off and if you’re smart, you know that it’s best to shop for a college student planner ahead of time…

instead of waiting until the last minute, when there are already 100 other things to stress about during back to school time.

But:

Obviously you’re smart because you’re here!

And:

When it comes to planner shopping, the BEST products are the ones we’re all after. So is the Bloom Academic Planner for students the BEST one for you??

Well…

That’s just something you’ll have to decide for yourself!

Related: The Ultimate College Packing List of What to Bring (& Not Bring!)

In this post I’ll be reviewing the Bloom Daily Planner 2018-2019 Academic Line.

Bloom 2018 – 2019 College Student Planner Review

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F I R S T      I M P R E S S I O N S

First let’s get into the aesthetics!

The specs:

Bloom Academic Planners are 6″ wide (with binding) x 8.25″ tall x .4″ thick, and weigh 10 oz.

What that translates into real life, is a hand-held sized planner.

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The college student planner cover is soft, which I like. It makes it easier to fit into an overstuffed backpack!

But:

I do want to point out that they DO have hard cover planners, if that’s more your style.

I chose this cute Unicorn design for my planner, because don’t we all have a little bit of a unicorn fanatic in all of us?? No – just me?

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Well:

If not, Bloom planners have 20 cover options to choose from and that’s just counting the Academic Line. And the more choices, the better!

The decorative design is featured on both the front and back cover.

The planner not only looks good, but it also feels good.

It’s sturdy, flexible and the materials used for it are of good quality. It would survive the beating of a collegiate academic year, and then some.

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Okay so this college student planner has curb appeal

…but, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts!

It needs to be able to do some HEAVY lifting, because busy college students can have a loooot to plan.

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T H E      I N N E R      W O R K I N G S

So now I’ll be diving deeper to show you what’s on the inside of the Bloom Academic Planner.

For starters:

There’s a pocket on front and back cover. This is handy for storing papers with the planner.

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Then:

There are some extra pages before the we get to the usual planner type pages. There’s one for writing down goals (like the one pictured above).

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Plus:

A few pages for writing down class and/or work schedules.

I like that these pages are pretty open ended, so they can work for really any type of reoccurring weekly events. Like spin or karate class.

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And there are:

A few more pages for Notes and Things to Do.

Address & Numbers pages follow those, giving you a way to remember that important information. You know, in case you ever loose your phone!

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Additionally:

In the middle of the college student planner you’ll find two more extra pages. They are for putting 2018 in review, and for making 2019 goals.

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Now let’s take a look at the day to day planning pages!

But, right before those…

…is a monthly view for each new month. There’s a nice quote at the top, and space for extra goals/notes.

Holidays and are marked with a pink banner making it easy to see what’s coming up and plan ahead of time.

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Finally:

It’s time to take a look at the pages planning students will be using the most.

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Even though Bloom calls these daily planners, I would categorize them more as weekly planners.

When I think of a daily planner:

I think of 1-2 full pages dedicated to each day. That may just be my opinion, though!

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But:

I DO think that there is still a decent amount of space for each day of the week.

It really just depends on how much you like to plan or track daily.

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I was also sent some Bloom stickers to go with the planner.

I got the Productivity Pack and they’re soooo cute! Plus, they’re perfect for that college lifestyle.

F I N A L      T H O U G H T S

Let me do a little recap of everything I went over in this Bloom Planner Review!

The positives:

  • It’s small, but not too small
  • Feels durable enough to last the school year
  • Lots of cute designs to choose from
  • Useful extra pages
  • Cute stickers

Also:

If you didn’t know, Bloom is a women owned company. Planners created for women by women, that’s always cool to me!

And for the not-so positives…

Personally, I’m not 100% in love with the layout.

I feel like there should be more room for planning each day. And, I was a bit disappointed there weren’t any student specific pages or page design tweaks for the planner.

Besides the Weekly Schedule page, I think something like an area to keep track of upcoming exams might be nice.

But hey:

I lean more to the plan EVERYTHING side of the planner world, so that’s just my take on it.

It also worth noting that Bloom is a customer focused company. They log each piece of customer feedback and utilize polls to help improve their products.

I gotta give pros when when companies really value their customers!

So:

Overall, I’d give the Bloom Daily Planner 2018-2019 Academic Line a 7/10.

It’s cute, functional and right for a lot of people. It’s just not ideal for me.

And if you liked their planner designs, they have other products besides just planners, too.

I wanna know, though:

What do YOU think of this planner? Is it going to be your choice for this school year?

Share with me in a comment, I love to hear what others choose for their planning needs!

Want to Compare Other Planners? Check outThe Best Cheap Planners for College Students!

Charlie
Charlie

I'm Charlie, one of the co-founders of College Life Made Easy: a lifestyle blog that focuses on helping students navigate college life on topics of finance, organization, dorm living and more. 2015 graduate of the Ashland Institute of Massage. Originally from a little bit of everywhere (Air Force brat). Lover of Birkenstocks, rainy weather and miniature things.

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