By Jennah M.
Block 4 has just ended and your teacher hands you a worksheet to do for homework. In your rush to get out of class, you shove the paper somewhere in your backpack knowing it’ll be there when you get home. As you walk into your bedroom, you throw your bag on the bed and open it up. You find your homework crumpled at the bottom of the bag, with a tear in it. It happens, I know, and there are some ways to avoid it. Here are a few of my tips to school organization.
- Get a notebook for every subject.
I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but believe me it comes in handy. Having a notebook lets you easily keep all of your notes in one place. I recommend the Five Star notebooks, as they have a flap behind the cover, where you can put your homework for the night. Carrying home four sleek notebooks instead of bulky binders is much easier, and it makes studying a much less daunting task because all of your notes are together.
I have found that the most effective strategy for me is to have a binder as well, for handouts. I simply place the notebook inside the binder when it comes time for class. Most notebooks have binder holes, and by doing this, all of your handouts and notes from a subject are easily accessible.
- Colour-code EVERYTHING.
This is also a common organization technique, but it’s very effective. By colour-coding you can easily spot which notebook or binder belongs to each subject. You can even take it one step further by colour-coding textbooks. You can do this by colouring a piece of scotch tape as desired, and sticking it to the spine of the book.
You can also colour-code within a subject. For example, each unit within a subject could be a different colour.
- Don’t be afraid to use bright colours.
Highlighting is very useful for studying. It draws your attention to the brightest things on the paper, and allows you to easily spot key points. Colour-coding can also come in handy with this technique. Highlighting with different colours can help you organize different topics or ideas.
Using bright post-it notes or paper can be very helpful as well. I have found that it’s a lot easier to remember things if you write them on a bright surface. For example, if you’re struggling to remember something on a test, and you wrote everything in pencil on plain lined paper, that doesn’t help much. If you remember writing a key word on, say, a pink post-it note, that can help trigger your memory, and definitely save you on a test.
- Get an agenda.
Agendas can be a huge help if you use them. They help you keep track of important days, and get a realistic view of what homework is due and when. Agendas don’t have to just be used for homework. You can write down appointments, competitions and whatever else you might need to remind yourself of. This makes planning your time easier. You can organize your thoughts even better by writing down the work for each subject in the colour that you used for your binder and notebook. This allows you to quickly spot what is due for each subject.
School can be a pretty messy subject itself, but if you use some of the tips I mentioned above, I hope you find that organizing gets a little easier, and you can sort out your thoughts a little bit quicker. Good luck!