The Importance of Organization in College
You don’t miss deadlines
There’s no worse feeling than walking into class and realizing an assignment was due and you missed the deadline…oops! The beginning of the semester is a great time to develop an organizational plan before deadlines and due dates are in full swing, so you don’t have to experience those “oops” moments.
You feel less stressed
Generally, when your assignments and key dates are outlined for each class, you’re better able to prepare and allocate your time accordingly, leaving you less stressed. When you’re less stressed, you are able to focus your energy and attention on more important things…like studying!
You have more free time
With so many fun things going on around campus and with your friends, you don’t want an assignment or project you forgot about to hinder your ability to spend some time doing something social. If you have things organized, you don’t have to worry about forgetting a deadline, and you can plan for social events by accomplishing your assignments and studying early!
You can prepare for busy weeks in advance
As a college student, there are inevitably weeks when multiple tests occur or various projects are due, especially around midterms and finals. When this occurs, it’s even more important to have a plan, so you can prioritize your study time and start studying enough in advance to be prepared for all your classes without the need for ineffective late night cramming.
- Actively update a calendar, either your phone, web or a physical calendar, with all life events, such as your work schedule, meetings and social plans and activities.
- Look at the schedules from all your syllabi and mark due dates and exam dates on your calendar. With these key dates are on your calendar and in one place, you don’t have to remember to refer to each class’ syllabus daily, and you can see your busy weeks.
- Color code by each class and topic you have on your calendar to help keep everything straight.
- Use a planner or notebook to write down each class and what you need to accomplish before the next class meeting. Crossing off tasks on this list ensures you don’t forget something.
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