I know so many people who have a problem with staying organized in school. It is so important that you do this because it can and will affect your performance in school, even if you don’t realize it. I am going to give you a few helpful tips to hopefully cure your issue with staying organized. The problem starts at the very beginning of the school year. Students start out doing everything perfect and keeping their notebooks all neat and setting up their locker all pretty, and within a month, papers are flying everywhere and you can’t find your English homework! You spent all that time making everything look neat and then it gets ruined.
People think that this is an easy task, but I understand that it is not. I have gone through it before. You definitely need to start out the school year organized. When you do your before-school shopping, let me tell you some things to keep in mind. You need to buy some kind of backpack or handbag. Don’t try to haul all of your stuff to school in your hands because you will risk losing it on the way or somewhere in the halls. Also, buy a locker organizer. These things work miracles if you actually use it. You can keep your pens in it along with other useful items so they aren’t loose in your locker where you won’t find them until you have to clean your locker out at the end of the year. There is no reason to keep having to buy new pens.
When you go shopping for your school supplies, have your organization in mind. What I find really helps is to color-code your notebooks. Have a different color for each subject and make sure each notebook is clearly labeled. It might sound a little crazy to do that, but if you’re reading this because you need help with organization, then you should definitely consider doing this. It really does work because when you have five different notebooks that you are trying to manage during the day, knowing the color of the notebook you will need will help you grab it out of your locker faster and so you don’t mistake one subject for the other. Say you have your math and English notebook exactly the same color. You grab your math book thinking it’s your English book, and then you have to write your English material in the wrong notebook. Part of being organized is keeping all subject material together in one place. So just try getting all different color notebooks so you don’t have to search through all your notebooks looking for your English notes for a test.
When you take notes, don’t skip pages unless you miss a lesson and you need to go back and fill in the notes for that section. You don’t want your notebook to be out of order because they will only work against you when you are trying to study. It’s also probably best to use both sides of the paper so you can fit all your material in one notebook. It also saves paper. When papers are handed out, put them in the correct folder in the correct notebook. Don’t throw them loose in your backpack or in your locker because there is a pretty good chance you are going to lose them. This also makes your locker and your backpack unorganized. If you put everything in the right place, then when it comes time to use them again, you will know exactly where they are.
Use the agenda that the school gives you. If they don’t provide you with one, then buy a cheap one at your local dollar store. Don’t trust yourself to remember all of your homework assignments because there will be times when you will forgot. This is also helpful if you have appointments, activities, or a job that you do outside of school. Carry it around with you to each class and make sure you right down your assignments as soon as they are given to you. If you wait until later in the day to write them down, you might forget. When you complete each assignment, put one line through them or put a checkmark next to him. Don’t scribble it out completely because you want to be able to tell other students the assignments if they are absent or for your own reference. You never know when you may need to know which assignments you had on a certain day.
Get a pencil/pen holder. This way, you won’t have pens and pencils floating around everywhere in your locker or backpack. You can even put your highlighters, markers, erasers, white-out, or anything else small enough to put in it. You will have all your writing utensils in one place and easy to find. Put it in a designated place in your locker, backpack, or handbag so you always know exactly where it is.
If you are absent, get your assignments on the day you return. Do not wait or you will fall behind and get stressed out. Ask a friend or go talk to your teacher. Usually, you will have a few extra days to complete the assignment, but don’t wait until a week later to complete them. Your teacher will not appreciate that and may not even accept this.
These are just some helpful hints to stay organized in school and outside of school. It is something that many people have problems with, but if you start now and develop good habits, then it will go a long way.