How to keep your Class Notes Organized

It is necessary for all students to learn how to be organized, especially when it comes to their class notes. A disorganized binder, and messy class notes, does not make for a successful student. To make sure that your class notes are in their proper places, you can do the following:

1. Dividers

The best way you can have organized notes is to start with an organized binder. To do so, you will need the help of dividers. Dividers are inexpensive and they can help you keep your papers in their rightful places. Start with the binders that you can write the names of your classes on. This way, you do not have to deal with tabs that you have to slide small pieces of paper in. Purchase the dividers that come in packs of 8. By doing so, you will not have to worry about purchasing any more dividers if you make a mistake with one of them.

Use loose, lined paper to write your notes on. If you find that the holes of the paper are easily broken, use the “hole protectors” that can be found at your local office supplies store. However, it may be best for you to write your notes on notebooks instead, as this can be more cost-effective.

2. Notebooks

If you do not keep a binder with you, you might try separating your class notes in their own notebooks. Try to find notebooks that do not have perforated pages. This way, you won’t have to worry about your pages coming apart if you use your notebooks too much. Do not use the pads of paper that are folded horizontally. Pads of paper are hard to deal with because the pages come easily apart, and then your notes will be messier than before.

3. Proper Format

When you are writing your notes, make sure that you are following a consistent format for every class. For instance, write the date of when the notes are taken, so that your notes can be placed in order. If you are using notebooks, be sure to write the name of the class on the front of the notebook. Write the title of the lesson at the top of each page. Number the pages of your notebooks so that, in case some pages come out, you know where the notes will go.

As you finish each set of notes, put them in their proper places so that your binder, or your notebooks, stay as organized as possible. In no time at all, you’ll be successful in any class you take.