Making Order Out of Chaos: Strategies for Staying Organized

Disorganization can be a major pitfall when it comes to academics. When you can’t remember what the homework assignment was, when a project is due, or what topics are on the next exam, it makes being successful in school much harder. Organization is a skill that can take time to build and requires practice (and effort!). If your desk or backpack look like the aftermath of a tornado, it’s time to put some new strategies in place to keep everything organized.

Use a Planner

Writing everything down is key to staying organized. Your planner can become your best friend. Find a style and layout that works best for you. Some planners break down each day hour by hour while others offer the whole day or week at a glance. But it’s not enough just to have a planner — you have to actually use it.

In addition to copying down daily assignments, write down deadlines for projects and dates of exams so you can work ahead and aren’t trying to cram at the last minute. Pencil in when you have soccer practice, dance class, or your friend’s birthday party. This allows you to plan around these events and make better use of your time.

Develop a Routine

Are you going to do your homework right after school or after dinner? Will you study first thing in the morning on weekends, or later in the day? Once again, figure out what works for you, but develop a routine and stick to it. If you always do your homework at the same time each day, there’s a better chance that it’s being consistently done.

Create To-Do Lists and Checklists

Have a big project coming up? Break it down into smaller tasks and spread them out between now and the due date. Write a to-do list of everything you must get done today and cross each item off your list as you finish. It can also be helpful to create checklists to double-check your work — include things such as making sure wrote your name on your assignment, putting it in the correct folder, or sharpening all of your pencils before you pack up so you’re ready for the next day.

Color Code

Designate a color for each subject. Maybe your math notebook and folder are green while your history materials are purple. Make sure when you’re taking notes or filing away assignments that you’re using the correct notebook or folder. This can help your biology homework not to get mixed up with your English paper outline and allow you to find things more quickly and easily. You could even use the same color-coding process when writing assignments in your planner.

Write Reminders

There’s nothing wrong with putting a sticky note on the bathroom mirror to remind you to grab your science project, or taping a note to the inside of the front door about asking your teacher a question regarding the upcoming test. You can even put reminders in your phone so they’re close at hand and timelier.

When you focus on one thing at a time, it can help to minimize distractions and allow you to stay better organized. Enlisting the help of a professional — like the tutors at Crafting Scholars — can equip you with even more strategies for organizing your work, notes, study materials, and more. It’s all about finding a process that works best for you and having the tools to manage everything you need to get done. Crafting Scholars can work with you on organization as well as preparing for tests and mastering specific academic subjects. Contact us today to get started!