Try these special tips just for students
Do you find that you are getting behind in your school work? Is there never enough time in your day to finish everything? One way to carve some extra time out of your day is to get more organized. Organizing your day more efficiently can save you time and allow you to get more done.
Here are some organization tips, especially for students. Try these out, and see if you become more productive!
1. Set the alarm clock earlier.
Nobody likes to get up early in the morning, but you will be amazed how much you can accomplish if you wake up just 30 minutes earlier. You can use this time to plan out what you need to do for the day and how to do it most efficiently. Or you might use the time to eat a healthy breakfast that starts your day off right. Or some people like to wake up early to get their exercise done, so they can cross that off the list before they even take a shower.
2. Coordinate your electronic and paper systems.
Your classwork may be a combination of online assignments and traditional paper-and-pencil assignments. Many people find that the best way to keep schoolwork organized is by using a consistent folder system. Label your digital folders and paper folders in the same way. For instance, let’s say you are taking an anatomy class. Start with a regular paper folder for that class, and keep any hard copies in that folder. Also create an Anatomy folder on your computer, in your email Inbox, and in your Web bookmarks. This way everything is labeled neatly, making it easy to find whatever you need for your Anatomy class.
3. Make a to-do list.
To-do lists are a great way to organize what needs to be done each day, as long as you remember to refer to your list frequently. Keep a to-do list with you at all times. Paper and pencil lists are okay, but they are easy to lose. You might want to try an online planner that you can access on your phone. You could try Evernote, Any.do, Wunderlist, or Todoist. To-do lists help you to remember some of the smaller details you might ordinarily forget. They can also help you focus on priority items that need to get done first.
4. Keep a calendar.
In addition to a to-do list, a calendar can help you keep track of longer-term responsibilities, such as upcoming project due dates and test dates. Pay attention to the communications from your teachers so that you know when the important dates are. As soon as you learn about an assignment or exam, be sure to mark the due date in your calendar. And set reminders well in advance, to remind yourself to start the project or to start studying. Paper calendars are okay, or if you prefer an online calendar, many people use Google Calendar. There are also some to-do apps (e.g., Any.do and Sunrise) that will sync with Google Calendar so that you can keep your to-do lists and calendar all in one place.
5. Limit distractions.
When you are a busy student with a lot to get done, distractions can be your enemy. A homework assignment that you could complete in 20 minutes can suddenly stretch to 1 hour by the time you’ve checked your texts, scrolled through SnapChat, and gone out to the kitchen for another snack. Train yourself to set aside uninterrupted study time. Put your phone in a different room, turn off the TV, close your door if possible, and get to work. Some students find that getting out of their home environment is better. Try studying at a library or coffee shop to see if it is less distracting.
Extra tip: Work first, play later.
If you have the whole weekend stretching ahead of you, it may be tempting to put off your homework until Sunday night. This works for some people, but for others, it leads to procrastination and then cramming late on a Sunday evening. Instead, try to finish your homework on Friday after school. You will be surprised at how much you enjoy your weekend if you do your work first!
With these tips, you should be well on your way to getting organized for school. We know you will see the results. By getting organized, you may find that you study more efficiently, keep better track of your responsibilities, improve your grades, and ultimately have a little extra time for yourself!
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