Written by: Anne Marie Forgarty, RGN
Back to School Organisation Tips for College Students
As a college student, you must juggle several competing priorities. Once you get organised in college, you can automatically minimise your stress levels and return to class with ease.
Being organised will assist you with time management and achieving academic success. This is why we will be discussing effective tips for college students to facilitate better management. So get your notebooks out and ready, and let’s get organising!
Calendar and Time Management
Scheduling your time will eliminate the need to recall all of your responsibilities in your thoughts. Not only can you plan reminders to ensure you never miss an appointment, exam, lesson, or social event, but you can also use your time most effectively. To begin with, determine your best time. Are you a morning or night person? Schedule your most important responsibilities when you are aware and not exhausted. It is prudent to schedule your study time when you will get the most significant benefit.
Once you determine these aspects, you can then establish a schedule of regular activities. A college timetable that is well-balanced will maximise your college experience.
Purchase a planner and track your term
Physical planners (a throwback to simpler times) and digital calendars such as Google Calendar and iCal are available for use as calendars. You can make your own schedule by utilising a spreadsheet application to arrange your time, such as Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or a similar application.
Create a spreadsheet for the term
Using Google Sheets, Excel, or an online programme, you may construct a spreadsheet detailing your courses for the term. In fact, your institution may already disclose this information online. By being able to see when your classes are, you can conveniently arrange your job and social obligations around them. Having a to-do list will take things to the next level.
Create an ideal workspace
Organise and declutter your study environment. Remove any obstacles that prevent you from completing your assignment. Reduce the amount of distracting sounds in your workstation, such as a blaring television or loud music. When studying, it is crucial to maintain concentration. Turn off your mobile device and refrain from checking email or social media while using your computer. If you devote your whole focus to studying, you will achieve a great deal more in a shorter length of time. Bringing together classmates might be an effective learning approach. By debating hypotheses and quizzing one another, you may increase your subject-matter expertise.
Indications and colour coding
Taking notes is not limited to writing things down. This is only the beginning. First, you can colour-code your notes and establish a consistent code selection key. For example, red may be used for due dates, blue for inquiries, and orange for facts and statistics.
Moreover, after you’ve made notes, you’ll want to keep them in an orderly manner. If they are written by hand, having a separate notebook for each subject/course is beneficial. If you take notes on a computer, you should arrange your digital files in a straightforward manner so that you can quickly find your notes. Set up a primary folder for each term or quarter, then establish a folder for each class inside that folder. Inside each class folder, you may have a folder for class notes, assignments, professor presentations/files, etc.
Keep tabs on your course syllabus
In addition, you may keep syllabus and course materials in manila folders in a box or storage cabinet. Typically, these include assignment due dates, exam formats and dates, grading criteria, holidays, etc. Consequently, you will likely find yourself referring to it often during the course.
Organisation means organising your self-care practices while focusing on academics. It is crucial to maintain a healthy stress level by engaging in meditation, mindfulness, or yoga for stress management. Invest in your mental health as a top priority if you want to stay organised in every element of your life.