I decided to make a school organization post, because it seems that not a lot of people actually organize their school stuff. Now, I am a lazy person that doesn’t really work and study much, but I still do have good grades because I know how I should study. This is more for high school (because I am an high school kid) but maybe some of these tips might help you… I’ll start with organization tips and then talk about how I study.
1.Planner, everyone will tell you the same thing, bring a planner. I do use mine when I have a lot of things to do, but that’s pretty rare so I often forget it in the bottom of my book bag. It’s useful, you can write your homeworks, the things you need to study, upcoming tests, etc. If you know you can remember everything, maybe you don’t need one. For example, I have 5 classes only per semester and the teachers don’t give us a lot of homework (except in math), actually they practically don’t give us any. And 2 of my classes are online, so I don’t really need to use my planner. But I like to use it for upcoming tests, projects due to a certain date, etc. You really can use your planner the way it works for you and what you need it for. Though, I do recommend using highlighters.
2.Binders! Binders, binders, binders. People don’t like them… But they are so useful and I love them! So I recommend them and I think they are very important. So, in high school, you have a locker. Don’t tell me binders are too heavy, you only need to walk from your class to your locker with it. Take the size you need, not what the school asks. I usually get 1.5 inches for mines. Use one binder per class, it keeps you organized and you don’t need to bring two classes with you all the time. One per class is fine, and it keeps it all clean. In it, put separators and paper. All the things you’ll need for you class. I also put the things for when you rip the holes in your pages by accident, because I always rip them. Anyway, this brings me to my third tip…
3.Bring paper. That is the stupidest thing ever, not having paper at school. I don’t even need to explain why.
4.For taking notes, I prefer to use notebooks. It’s simple, I have all my notes for that class together. If I need to study, no loose papers everywhere, just one simple notebooks. I usually take the 100 pages one, because that’s usually the space I need. If you write a lot, just take a bigger one.
5.Post-its, they make everything so easy to find. An important page? Got it. I buy post-it tabs too, they are useful and I use them a lot.
6.Pencils, pens, eraser, sharpener, etc. Another obvious one, bring the things you need. If you have normal pencils, bring a sharpener! Bring an eraser, cuz you will make mistakes! Think about these kinds of things. They are too many people in this world asking if someone has a pencil.
Now, for how I study… I’m lazy and don’t like to study, I actually study rarely. I had a test today and I started studying yesterday (I did get a 100%). I usually summarize my notes, take out the information I don’t need and put them in my own words. Not only does it help to understand better your notes, but it also makes you study without studying at the same time. I remember easily if I summarize my notes and study from them. The only class I actually study a long time before the test is science. I like science so I don’t get as bored as with French for example. I start a week before the test, summarize my notes and read them everyday. BAM! 96% of average on your report card for science! I also like to use flashcards for History and Geography. Now, people always say to sit properly, be sure there is no distraction… blah, blah, blah. I’ll study with my feet on the table or laying down in my bed if I want to. I like to study that way, it keeps me relaxed and I’m a person full of stress. How about distractions? I study with music (classic, pop, rock, whatever you want, though I feel like classical music keeps me a lot more concentrate for longer periods of time (like studying 6 hours straight, yes I did. My mom told me I could stay home a day if I got 99% or more on my science test. Guess who slept all day?), rock is also nice. I also study with my facebook or youtube open or whatever. It takes me out of my study for a minute or two and I’m ready to study again! Just don’t abuse it.