How to Organize A Planner for School

Maintaining a planner for school can help you complete all of your assignments on time. Once you’ve chosen the type of planner you want, create sections for each subject and fill in all the information you already have. Each day you can look at what’s on the agenda and add any new information. Things like color-coding your planner and making sure to add all types of obligations will also help you stay on top of all your tasks. Here are some tips on how to organize a planner for school!

Choose the right planner for you. You’ll want to pick one that fits in whichever place you would like to carry it, whether that be your pocket, purse, or backpack,. Choose one in your favorite color or with a fun design. Ensure it has enough pages and is organized in the way you prefer; some have a page per day, some have two pages per week, etc. There are different types of planners with different layouts, and some also have smaller sections while others have larger.

Create sections for every subject or course you take. You should do this ahead of time for an entire semester or year, and be sure to block out a space for each subject so when the time comes to write in it, you’ll know exactly where to put each assignment. It could also help you to keep your planner sections organized by school day. For example, if you have Math and Science on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, put those sections next to each other.

Write in birthdays, holidays, and other special events ahead of time. This way, when you look at a week or month, you’ll know if there are any occasions that could change your schedule or take up extra time. You can also add information such as first and last days of school, holiday breaks, and the like. If you plan on doing something special on that day, such as a party or family gathering, make a quick note of it. You can create a section for other events, too. You’ll likely have other things to do than homework, so make a section to keep track of activities like sporting events, concerts and recitals, dances and other school functions, work or chores, etc. You could schedule in free time for yourself as well.

Next, you will have to decide which method you will use to keep track of assignments. You may want to write down assignments either on the day they were assigned, or on the day they are due. This will depend on your personal style and preference. If you write things down on the day they were assigned, this will enable you to look at each day to see what you should be working on. If you write things down on the day they are due, you will need to look ahead to see what you should be working on.

Making your planner a part of your daily routine is essential for the planner to help you complete assignments on time. Write new information in your planner every day. Any assignments, events, meetings, and get togethers you plan should be recorded daily, as soon as you find out about them. You can also check your planner each morning and night to ensure you aren’t forgetting to do anything. Your teacher may mention that a group project will be due on the last day of class; though that may seem like a long way off, write it down immediately. This goes for homework, tests, other assignments, and events as well, and you should also write down the corresponding textbook pages and any other information the teacher tells you to include. If you tend to procrastinate, consider putting reminders into your planner and even your phone as well.

As the school year continues, be sure to always look ahead in your planner. On the first day of each week, you should scan through the next few weeks ahead in your planner to see what is due or what events you have coming up. This will give you a good idea of what you will need to do throughout the week, as well as help your manage your time more efficiently. For example, if you have a lot of exams or a large essay due during a particular week, it might not be a good idea to schedule other things like parties.

Lastly, always review your planner before you start your homework. This will give you an idea of what you need to do and help your prioritize assignments. This ensures that you won’t forget anything and will avoid panicking the next day when you realize you didn’t do everything that was assigned. Start with assignments that are due the following day, and if you have extra time that evening, you could do the other assignments to get ahead of schedule. If none of your assignments are due yet, consider doing the easiest ones first to get them out of the way.

Allison Green
Boston Tutoring Services

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