Get Organized for School Success


Students' success in school is based on a number of factors. One of which is how organized they are with assignments, including homework.

Students with torn- or crumpled-up papers in their backpacks, desks or lockers, unruly notebooks and more could find it's harder to make the grade. A little time spent getting organized can go a long way toward improving grades and performance at school.

Use color. Color-coordinate binders, notebooks, folders, and textbooks so that you can easily grab the items you need for specific classes.

Purchase a three-hole punch. Punch holes into hand-outs from teachers and file accordingly in your three-ring binder.

Create to-do lists. Use an assignment pad, day planner or simply a piece of paper to keep track of assignments and things that are complete. Use one side of a folder for items that aren't yet completed and the other for completed work.

Take notes. Pay attention in class and take dated notes. This way you know what date range to study for a specific test.

Organize books to your schedule. Do you have Language Arts, then Math, then Science? Stack your books in your desk or locker in order so that you can easily grab what you need.

Follow teacher-recommended supplies. Use the list that the teacher supplies as a guideline for what needs to be purchased. Package pens, staplers, pencils, etc., in one case so that they're easily accessed in a book bag. Keep a spare set at home so you have the same tools both in and out of the classroom.

Prioritize tasks. Complete the short-notice tasks first while continuing to complete parts of long-term tasks. Also, work on homework assignments that are a struggle to you first so that you can breeze through easier assignments at the end of a homework session.

Leave enough time. Rushing around in the morning to catch a ride or school bus to school may cause you to forget important items at home. Leaving yourself enough time to get ready to head out to school is a major organizational step.

Keep on top of clutter. Go through compiled papers weekly to see what you can toss. Save only necessary items for studying.

Get enough rest. A well-rested body and mind is much better equipped to handle the daily stresses of school life. Trying to be organized while scatterbrained is no way to start out.

Schedule consistent study times. Plan to study or do homework at the same time each day so you don't feel overwhelmed.

Reward yourself for a job well done. It's much easier to stay on track if you have a goal. Work toward that goal, then reward yourself when you achieve it. A good grade -- plus a day out with friends -- is a nice treat. 


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