Provides a sturdy, solid surface for writing or taking notes. Wish I would've had something like this in high school or college. There is an interior pocket for storing papers, and it works well to hold a pen (if the pen has a clip to hold it onto something).The only reason I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 is that when I got home with the clipboard, I realized that one of the plastic grips that help hold the paper in place on the front of the clipboard was missing. I knew it my fault for not checking while I was in the store, but when I went back to Target several days later, I looked at the display with these clipboards and nearly every one was missing at least one of the plastic grips. They just snap on and off too easily. I just took off the one I had on my clipboard, and it still works fine without it. The paper just slides around a little more than it would with the grips on.Overall, this is a great clipboard. I plan on going back to Target sometime soon to buy more office, storage, and organization products by "GreenRoom". I am not always "green-conscious" in my purchases, but I love the fact that these are made from recycled materials and also that they come in such "pleasing-to-the-eye" patterns.