To be an organized student, you must start off each semester that way. While the beginning of the semester is generally relaxed, if you don’t pay attention, you can find yourself behind on reading assignments in no time. Organization can help students stay on top of their coursework and save them a lot of stress. If this sounds good to you, here’s how you can be an organized student.
You need to organize your school work. Keeping your schoolwork in order will help you to quickly reference course syllabuses, lecture notes, and reading materials. Start by designating a section for each of your courses in a binder. Divide each section using page dividers and fill it with page protectors and paper. Use the page protectors for your course syllabus, as well as any other important course materials, as you will reference it often throughout the semester. The rest of the section can be used to keep all other class notes and handouts that you don’t want to risk losing.
You need to organize your schedule. Keeping your schedule in order ensures that you don’t miss important exam and assignment due dates, and are aware of what to expect in class each day. Start by getting a planner or creating an online calendar, and take a thorough look at each of your course schedules. Write down the due dates for projects, exam and quiz dates, and reading assignments as well as lecture topics for each class day. This way, you will always know when you should begin working on an assignment and on what date it must be completed. Being able to see how coursework is spaced out each week will help you stay on schedule and manage your time better.
You need to organize your workspace. As a student, school is your job and you need a designated place where you can work on it. Instead of having all of your homework sprawled out across your bed, get a desk where you can keep everything school related. By separating your personal things from your school things, you will be able to stay organized and make sure one doesn’t interfere with the other. Start organizing your workspace by separating your school supplies from your school work. Store pencils, highlighters, and paper clips in drawers and keep your printer on the desk. Also, organize your graded assignments in a filing cabinet, so when your professor is missing one of your quiz grades, you can quickly prove that you took it.