Write and Erase Index Tab Dividers were one of the items listed on my son's back to school shopping supply list. I have purchased regular index tab dividers before but this was my first experience with erasable ones so I was curious to see how they worked. They sounded like they were a good idea.
Like regular index dividers, Write and Erase Index Tab Dividers come with 5 colored tabs staggered down the right side so you can label sections of a notebook and easily find each one. They are 3 hole punched with a strip running down the side where the holes are to reinforce it. This is a good thing, since the paper the tab is attached to is very flimsy and thin and tears easily. They measure 8.5" X 11". Unlike regular tab dividers, the label tab is not removable and is permanently attached so you cannot reverse the order of them or move them around. This means the spacing of them and color order can't be changed.
The package came with no instructions on it so I had no idea if you could use pencils, pens or both on them and still erase them. This meant I had to try it myself before sending them into school. The tabs have a laminated coating on them, which is what allows you to erase them, and I wrote on them with both pencils and pens. The pencil marks erased pretty easily but they were hard to read, because they did not show up as well as a pen did. The pen, on the other hand, was easier to see on the tab but never did fully erase when I tried.
I am not sure what the benefit is to using these over traditional tabbed dividers. I see that it might be easier to just write on the tab instead of writing on the little slip or paper and sliding that into the plastic sleeve but I would rather be able to read the tab and move it where I want than using these. In the future, even if these dividers are on the school shopping list, I will buy the traditional ones instead of wasting money on these.