Let’s be honest right now…
Do you ever start a school semester with everything so neat and with high hopes of finishing with a perfect GPA of 4.0?…
A MONTH LATER…
The “I don’t care” mindset kicks in and all your motivation is carried away by the worst time killer, PROCRASTINATION! (like this post if you can relate) Yep! What a perfect example of a typical student you are. LOL… I combined some of my best organization supplies and tips to help you get it together throughout the school year….
1.A planner or a digitized app
Nothing is guaranteed to keep you on track more than a planner does. One thing I realized is that you can never just choose to memorize all the tasks you have to do in a day. It really helps a lot when you jot each and every single thing down because the visual part of it sticks to your mind. To be more visually appealing, use a bunch of different color pens to identify tasks individually. “Shazeen what do you mean?”
This is what I mean: Let’s say you have assignments from different classes, different chores to complete at home or even scheduled events you need to attend; You can color code them so that you have one color for assignments, one color for upcoming events and another for household tasks. This helps your mind to strategize efficiently.
If you are more of a digitized person who relies on phone reminders, then this App is perfect for you.
As you can see from my screenshot, all you have to do is:
- Set up all your class labels and frequency for the semester. E.g I had Math 117 every Tuesday and Thursday.
- Create new tasks for each class or even any other non educational task.
- Set the due date at least a day before the actual date to keep you on track.
- Set a reminder to remind you of your upcoming due dates.
- Check off completed tasks.
- Repeat steps 1-5.
VOILA! Congratulations for overcoming procrastination.
2. A binder and a folder
Trust me when I tell you this…There’s nothing more frustrating when you have a major exam and you can’t find your notes or even the important handouts which contain all the info you need to get that ‘A’! This is where these two come in handy.
To efficiently use your binder, use file dividers to separate all your filed paperwork according to class. i.e, Math, English, etc… In each class category, use these post it tabs to sub-categorize your notes into chapters so you can easily refer back to them without a hustle. Lastly, use a sheet protector to protect the most important documents such as your syllabus.
As for the folder, use it as your daily summary for your binder. That is, you can carry it around school everyday instead of the bulky binder. Inside the folder, include your readings for the day, your due assignments and some loose leaf paper to complete any in class work.
3.Post it notes
I can’t stress enough how much these little colorful things have saved me through my cramming moments.
You ever had that one exam on that particular chapter you never cared to pay attention so now the exam hits you like “mmmmh hmmm you thought we would never meet again huh.” (comment ‘yaaaaas’ if that’s ever been you) LOL so now you know it’s time to get these post it notes to work.
This is how to…
Scribble all the ‘hard to memorize’ definitions on the sticky notes and place them on surfaces that you constantly come into contact with. E.g, as you can see from my picture above, I stick mine on my makeup mirror because I always spend hours on my vanity every morning doing my makeup. So a good way that works for me is to take a quick glance at the posted notes as I proceed with my glam session. That way, I have no excuse to escape.
You are welcome 🙂
4.Color coded pens and highlighters
I can’t even picture myself trying to read plain boring notes all in black ink. Like I said earlier, having a visualized mentality helps you stay more organized. Let’s say for instance you are taking a test, it will be so easy to juggle your mind and remember that you highlighted the answer somewhere on the study guide. On a study guide, you can use different colors to highlight the course chapters, key terms, definitions and the main points.
I also like to highlight important dates on a syllabus such as testing days and assignment due dates, and for each, I use different colors for easier identification.
5. Best note taking tip
Apart from handwritten notes, the easiest way to take notes is to print out the powerpoint that your professor provides per chapter and bring it to class so you can scribe left out points on the side as your professor lectures.
It is always best to pre-read your notes before a class session in order to identify and highlight important terms. This boosts your attentiveness in class and gives you room to ask all the tough questions you may have in mind. Trust me;
Failure to pre-read your notes = scattered attention in class = drowsiness = slamming your head on that desk and taking the best nap of your life, drooling and everything…
(speaking through experience)
6. Look forward to rewarding yourself for a job well done
Believe me when I tell you this…It is so easy to complete and check off all your tasks on your To Do list when you are looking forward to an exciting reward. It may be taking a nap, watching youtube videos (me all the time), watching your fave TV show, some Netflix and chill, checking your social media…ANYTHING THAT SATISFIES YOU! You will find yourself knocking off your To Do list 101% faster with this trick 🙂
Hopefully this has motivated you to get back on that school grind. Go ahead and try these tips out then come back and tell me how they worked out for you. Do you currently use these tips? What results are they giving you?
Comment down below!
Stay Classy and Fabulous.