One way to stay organized is to invest in a day planner. Not only for organizing schoolwork but your social life as well. If you don’t want to carry around a planner with you everywhere, most cell phones have a calendar which will work just as well. You will just have to remember to record the information after class and not during it. To be a successful college student you must have some sort of order in your life. Deadlines are important in college as well as the workplace. It is essential to began learning how to meet them as early as possible. When you obtain a job in the career of your choice this will be a great skill to already have.
As you make the transition from high school to college a lot of things change, including the amount of work required for each class. College professors expect a lot more work with a higher quality. Every teacher has their own syllabus and requirements for their class. Become familiar with your planner. Take it to each class so you can have it to record important due dates.
Make sure you use your planner throughout the semester, don’t just start using your planner in the beginning of the semester, and as weeks go by not pick it up at all. The key is to make it your own personal assistant. If you’re like me, sometimes dates can slip your mind easily. A planner will help make each day easier by letting you know what it is that you need to do for that day.
I am not saying that a planner will automatically guarantee success, but it is a helpful tool. There are many different types of planners on the market today. You can find a variety of them at your college bookstore, and financial aid might just cover it.
Use your planner for other things as well. Record dates of club meetings, upcoming birthdays etc It doesn’t have to be limited to just assignments and tests. Once you commit to using a planner as your daily routine, watch how easier things start to become. Things will start getting done on time and in some cases earlier than the dates due. This will leave a lot of room for fun and relaxation. College is a lot of work; however, organization is a key factor which will make things a lot easier on yourself.