Get Organized This Semester

Get Organized This Semester

Spring semester started at most schools this week, meaning students are studying new syllabi, buying books, and preparing for another 16 weeks of learning. Balancing a heavy

courseload can be a challenge for many students. Staying up-to-date on class assignments, writing papers, and studying for midterms and exams can overwhelm even the most focused student. Check out these tips to stay organized this semester.

Staying organized can have a direct impact on your academic success. An organized student is able to look ahead and anticipate upcoming work. As a result, he or she won't be throwing together a 20-page research paper the night before it's due. Here are a few organization tips for this semester:

  • Invest in a planner. Whether you use a web-based calendar or a notebook you keep in your backpack, a planner allows you to track assignments and their due dates. You won't be surprised by that exam or project if you keep your planner up to date. You can track your non-class activities in here as well, which allows you to find a balance between school and extracurricular fun.
  • Look ahead. Sure, that assignment that is due in 48 hours is more important than next week's midterm, but don't forgot about future assignments. Every week, look ahead to the next few weeks to assess your workload. If you don't have anything due this week but have a paper due next week, get a jump start on it during this slow period.
  • Go to class. While this might seem like an obvious suggestion, missing class can directly impact your ability to stay organized. You likely will miss important information if you regularly miss class. If you have a legitimate reason to miss class, catch up with a student or the professor to find out what you missed. If a due date changed or an exam was moved back, you need to know right away.