I love the B5 form factor of these notebooks and the colors are great to keep
your classes/subjects organized, too. I'd prefer a gridded notebook but the dots
are a great alternative and come in handy when making diagrams that need
specific proportions. I'm in graduate school, so some of my classes are more
conceptual, and I think one notebook will suffice for the quarter (10 weeks),
but I'm reordering for my more notetaking-heavy courses like my math and
biotechnology course, for which 2 notebooks for the quarter should suffice. I
personally prefer a notebook over loose-leaf paper because I want everything in
one, pre-bound place, so if you're like me, I recommend these notebooks.
Otherwise, go for the loose-leaf version.
I use a Pilot Hi-Tec C Cavalier 0.3mm pen and Pentel Slicci 0.25mm pens and have
loved it. No scratching problems, and the paper is wonderfully smooth so these
tiny pens just flow.