With back to school right around the corner, it’s a great time to get prepared! Tutor Doctor has some awesome organization hacks to simplify your life.
Color code everything. And we mean everything! Assign a different color to each class. For all of your supplies, try to coordinate each class’ materials with their assigned color! Colored binders, folders, divider tabs, notebooks, highlighters, and even flashcards are all easy to find in a range of colors. This is an excellent way to avoid mixing up class materials and assignments, and you can even highlight certain due dates and notes in your agenda with their respective colors as a helpful reminder.
Put together a school survival kit. Life can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to have a back up plan! Keep a small pencil box or bag with essentials you may need in case of emergencies. This can range from hygienic products (hand sanitizer, chapstick, etc.) to extra batteries for your calculator, or even a spare charge cable for your phone. Or maybe a couple old-fashioned yellow #2 pencils for those standardized exams that don’t always agree with mechanical pencils! Whatever you think you might need in a bind, put it in your survival kit.
Have a “backpack basket” for important materials. Students often throw their backpacks off the moment they get home, or leave homework assignments out from the night before that will need to be packed up in the morning. Make a “backpack basket” out of any small box or container, and use it as the dedicated space for backpacks and school materials. After finishing your nightly assignments, get all your supplies zipped up and place your backpack in the basket. You’ll never have to scramble to find an assignment the morning it’s due, and you’ll be sure to save time during your morning routine by having everything ready to go.
Place your alarm clock out of arm’s reach. Although this may sound funny, it actually works! It’s not uncommon for students to keep hitting the “snooze” button in a half-asleep state – until eventually waking up and realizing they’re going to be late! Cell phones are often used for alarms these days, so if you make sure your phone is charging out of arm’s reach, you’ll be forced to get out of bed to turn it off. This can be a big help for students that constantly find themselves oversleeping, or just have a hard time readjusting from summer vacation.
Keep a daily checklist. At the beginning of the school year, it can be difficult to keep track of everything. With new teachers, classes, and assignments, students are often faced with multiple schedules and due dates to keep track of. It takes some time to get into the “rhythm” of the new school year, so keeping a daily checklist of important tasks is a great idea to help starting out. We recommend updating this list periodically throughout the day. Once you are more comfortable with your routine, traditional weekly planners and agendas may be enough. At least at the beginning, make sure to breakdown your daily responsibilities to avoid missing any new deadlines or class requirements.