Organization Is Key: How to Stay Organized in Academics

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Staying organized during the school year can be a challenge, but it’s completely possible with the right mindset and approach. If you’re not the organizational type, don’t fret! Try a few of these organizational strategies and see what works for you. Implementing just one or two can be a great start to helping you stay more organized this year.

Keeping Your Binder Organized

Having a single binder for all of your school work can be really beneficial to keeping your school year organized and effective. Using differently colored dividers you can assign certain sections of your binder to different classes that you’re taking.

If you end up putting a lot of papers into your binder and it starts to get full, you can always empty it every quarter or semester so that you have plenty of space for the next quarter/semester. Just remember to keep your papers somewhere accessible throughout the entire school year.

If you’re attending an online school, this might not apply to you nearly as much when all of your classes, assignments, lessons, and tests are on the computer. The digital equivalent would be to create a folder on your desktop (or on your favorite cloud storage service) that’s dedicated exclusively for your schoolwork. From there you can create sub-folders for each class.

Make Your Planner Your Best Friend

Applicable for students either in a traditional or an online school, a planner can make a huge difference in keeping your mind organized about everything you need to do for any particular class. There are countless planners available both in print and online.

Ideally, you’ll want a planner that at least has a “week view” to give you an at-a-glance look at everything that’s important for that week. A planner with a week view will give you the ability to write down all of the assignments you need to do on a particular day, big deadlines for projects, and write in other important meetings you might need to have with teachers or other students.

Have a Place for All of Your School Supplies

You want to make sure that you’re as prepared as you can be when it comes to school supplies. But on the other hand, you also don’t want to have a complete overabundance of the same supplies. Once you have the supplies you need, it can be incredibly helpful to sort your school supplies (like your binder, notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, etc.) in a specific area of your room, study area, backpack, and so on.

When you have a specific place for all of your school supplies and work, you don’t have to think about where a certain supply is. It’s always in the same place every time, making it easy to grab and go.

For online students, you might not have as many physical school supplies to worry about. You’ll still have your computer and all of the accessories you need that go along with it. Regardless of how many physical belongings you need for your online school, it’s still helpful to keep a specific place that you put all of the supplies you use for school, making it accessible and easy to find when you need to jump straight into school work.

Tidy Up After Every Study Session

When you’re ready to get started with your schoolwork, nothing can be quite as derailing as a completely cluttered and messy study environment. After every session of studying, take a couple of minutes to tidy up your space. It can make a huge difference in your ability to concentrate and start off on the right foot by having a study space already clean and ready to go.

Have Important “To Do” Items In a Visible Place

Whether it’s in your online calendar, your physical planner, or in the form of sticky notes on your desk, having a “to do” list can make a huge difference in your ability to stay focused on important tasks that need to get done. From homework to studying for tests to other priorities for school, keeping them in a visible place keeps them front-of-mind for you, that way you’ll never have to worry about forgetting something important.

Contact us today to learn more about online schooling at San Diego Virtual School! We’ll happily answer any questions that you have about online learning and whether or not it will be a great fit for your student or family!