Being organized is important for everyone, but as a student, organization can mean the difference between being successful and being completely overwhelmed.

The following 5 tips can help you get and stay organized, reducing your stress and keeping your life manageable.

  • Color-code your classes: use a different color notebook and folder for each of your classes. Use that same color ink to write down due dates for homework, essays, and exams in a planner. (For example, make algebra blue. Use a blue two-pocket folder and use a notebook with a blue cover to take and rewrite your class notes. Use blue ink in your planner for assignment due dates.)
  • Make your study area clear of stuff that you don’t use to study. In other words, don’t put dirty laundry or dishes on the desk in your room if you plan to study there.
  • Make a list at the beginning of each week of the work you have due. When you complete a task, cross it off your list.
  • Use the time between classes to complete small tasks: rewriting your notes, creating an outline for an essay, editing a tech review, etc.
  • Make sure you know how to get in touch with your instructors. Make a list containing their offices locations, office hours, telephone extensions, and email addresses.
  • Bonus Tip: If you have a hard time keeping your dorm room clean separate your work & play! Come to the Joan Weill ADK Library to study and do homework!