Being organized during your time at school is one of the best ways to succeed academically, socially and still get enough sleep. Luckily there are a ton of ways that can help you keep on top of things. In this post I will share the ways that I have found the most helpful during my three years here at York. Maybe one or two of them will be useful to you!
The best thing that I can do is to keep an updated calendar. I use the calendar app on my iPhone which is very helpful as I have it wherever I go. At the start of each semester I go through and put my class schedule and work schedule on there. Then I go through my course outlines and input all of my assignment due dates, as well as the days that I have tests. It makes it so easy to see at a glance what I should be focusing on every day, week and month!
Setting reminders on your phone for assignments and that is also really helpful. I set reminders a week in advance of tests, and two weeks in advance for longer essays and assignments so I have enough time to properly prepare for them. This ensures that I won’t forget anything either and turn up for class unprepared.
I am also a big fan of to do lists. In high school I used an agenda to write down the homework I had every night. But in university, many of your classes meet just once a week so the homework isn’t so much of a nightly thing as something you need to accomplish over the week. So a weekly to do list just makes more sense to me. I write down everything I need to accomplish that particular week including readings, studying for tests, or even doing laundry. I use highlighters to mark which are urgent, and which I would like to get done if time allows it.
Staying on top of your workload is a must. So all you have to do is find out which strategies work for you and school will be way less stressful!