Every College Student Can Stay Organized

Incoming freshman will learn very early on that even though college classes are shorter in length, making it seem as if you have more time in the day to complete all your tasks, this just isn’t true. Exams and the level of coursework are harder, and having alternate classes every other day can cause confusion in keeping track of which assignments are due and when. To be successful throughout your college career, the key is organization. While highlighters, three-ring binders and colorful dividers may have helped in high school and can also help you in college, sometimes it’s just not enough. Below are some ways to help you stay organized and have a smooth semester.

The first thing you need to do is to buy a daily planner. Near the end of the first two days of school, or when you establish a permanent schedule, it’s imperative that you copy down all of the important exam and project dates that are featured in your syllabi. Write them down using a bright color, like a red marker, so that it cannot be missed as the date approaches. It’s easy to forget exam dates as most are scheduled a month from the first day of school, but it’s important to always flip your planner’s pages a few weeks in advance to see what’s coming up and what you need to prepare for. It’s also a good idea to program important dates into your phone and set alarms to remind you when dates are fast-approaching or to write them down on a calendar that you see on a daily basis, such as one near your desk or front door. There should be no excuse for not managing your time wisely when trying to prepare for an upcoming assignment or exam. Lists are also helpful. Not only will it tell you what you need to accomplish on that day, but it will also make you feel better when you see the tasks being checked off. You’ll know that you’re being productive.

Secondly, it’s advised to always keep certain items in your book bag to avoid leaving anything of importance at your home or dorm room. Such items to include are spare pens and pencils, paper, paperclips, a mini stapler, and even a few extra dollars in case you run out of the house without your wallet and need to buy lunch.

It’s also a good idea to establish some sort of routine. Whether it’s studying from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and working out from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. or vice versa, a constant schedule will most definitely help you stay on track.

Lastly, you need to keep your studying and living space clean. It’s hard to concentrate in a messy area where there is little or no room for you to properly write notes or type, or when you are constantly getting distracted by smelly or falling objects. In addition, having a clean room will help you sleep better, which will give you a kick start to a productive day. So clear out unwanted junk and give yourself space to think.

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