5 Tips for Organizing Your Notebooks
Your homemade recycling bins in your room have a new home in your book learning room, and you’ve spent the fall of 2015 putting together your favorite stationery, filling notebooks with your favorite memories, and splurging on some bold backpacks to personalize your look.
At the end of the day, will your messy works from this semester transfer into your results in May? Studies have found that when students organize their work, they’re more likely to finish their task faster, and be more satisfied with it.
So when it comes to balancing your personal life with your professional obligations, how can you clean up your grades while keeping your doodles neat and put away in their designated areas? Our friends over at Schoellkopf have a few tips for you:
1. Set Your Course
Finding the right design and label are crucial.
Shoellkopf recommends choosing an alternative layout for your projects, rather than simply jotting their title. Instead, pick a different layout that aligns with your textbook or worksheet materials. Since the goal of a marking period is to assign and leave homework, your notes should be closely connected to your list.
2. Color Code It
The more focused you are on a single topic, the easier it is to stay on top of everything at once. Look at your assignments and task lists to see what colors you have set as the only colors they correspond to. As you can imagine, according to a study conducted by Cornell University, your notes would be much more organized if you made them specific colors. For something as large as “marks” or “student progress reports,” do the best you can, and for assignments with only one color, use a photo for the cover. The coloring represents both what you want to symbolize and a variety of ways you can draw people’s attention to what you want them to understand or process.
3. Don’t Forget Notes
There are a number of people that will inevitably have anything to do with a paper’s content. If you’re part of a school-related class and need someone to put your assignment on paper, an editor may not be the only thing you need to remember. Break it down for your own information needs, make an as, and mark for the source and story.
4. Put More Than One Person To Work on A Project
It’s perfectly reasonable for a class to run into problems, so doing more than one person on a project may help prevent errors and space your thoughts for brainstorming and more details. Even without it, you can gather a slew of ideas from your favorite writing instructor and separate your notes from these extra ones.
5. Consider Attending Classes Online
Can your class work best done on your laptop while in class, in person? It’s OK to put some of the assignments and files on your phone so you can share them with your instructor during an online class. What you leave to print at home will mostly fall on the shoulders of others, and you will be able to check your email while your high school students are in class, or after class.
You don’t need a whole stationery set to ensure a successful mark period, but if you do have some extra supplies to store and organize, choose them wisely and choose wisely.
Katrina Schwartz is a tenured creative writing instructor for adult students at Kaplan University. She enjoys helping her students write and create their most memorable work. Katrina blogs and tweets about her art, writing, and writing classes. Learn more about Katrina and her work at KatrinaSchwartz.com.