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Top 10 Tips on How to Become an Organised Student

Posted on: 26/02/2018

Top 10 Tips on How to Become an Organised Student

Picture this; it’s a Monday morning, you’ve hit snooze on your alarm three times and now you’re running 17 minutes late. You can’t find your school tie, your homework diary has disappeared into the self-made black hole in your bedroom, and your P.E. kit is still unwashed from last week. After a frantic rush, you manage to catch the bus and arrive for school on time – phew! But wait, why is everyone talking about the history essay on Anne Boleyn? That’s due next Monday, not today, surely? 

If this sounds like you, then it sounds like you need to get organised! By introducing structure and order into your life, you’ll minimise stress and maximise productivity at school. With a few simple changes and the creation of a couple of new habits, you can focus on fulfilling your potential to be the best that you can be. 

It’s never too late to to learn some basic organisational skills; read on for our top ten tips.  

1. Make your bed
It may seem far-fetched, but the simple act of making your bed when you get up will set you up in good stead for the rest of the day. It’s a small victory that you can chalk up within minutes of waking up, giving you some early-morning motivation. 

2. Declutter
A tidy room makes for a tidy mind, which does wonders for your general mental health and well-being. The key is consistency. Stuff doesn’t magically stay organised forever after one decluttering session; you need to make time every week to maintain a tidy space.  

3. Develop a routine 
The secret to student success is rooted in a well-thought-out routine, which covers school, studying and socialising! Establishing a routine is easier than you think – just write down your general weekly plans and try to stick to it – you might not be 100% successful straightaway, but setting the intention is a strong step in the right direction.  

4. Set your own rules
Make your own mini rulebook, with specific rules related to schoolwork. Keep it simple – things like “I will do my homework before I watch T.V/Netflix”, or “I will start my homework the day it’s set.”

5. Create your own deadlines 
Create a ‘pretend’ deadline a few days before the real one. It gives you control and helps to reduce stress, as you’re not panicking about completing an assignment the night before it’s due. Plus, it gives you a buffer just in case you don’t manage to meet your own deadline – you’ll still have ‘extra’ time to finish.   

6. Use a planner 
The saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” and it’s true. A planner is the Holy Grail in world of organisational tools and can be a notebook, or even an app. Just have one! Use it to note down everything; homework deadlines, exam dates, social events or family gatherings. Writing down your plans gives you control over your routine, and helps you keep on top of things that you might otherwise forget. Make it a habit to keep your planner on-hand, so you don’t miss anything out. 

7. Have one notebook & one folder for each subject
Loose sheets of paper get lost, get crumpled or get accidentally binned – invest in notebooks instead. Dedicate one notebook and one folder to one subject, so that all your notes are in one place. Once you’ve filled one notebook or binder, start another and label your notebooks in numerical order – 1 & 2 – so that you know which to refer to when it comes to studying for exams. 

8. Have a dedicated study-space 
If you’ve got the T.V. blaring away, or your phone vibrating next to you every two minutes with notifications, you’re not going to be able to study effectively. You need to create an environment that’s suitable for working, which means getting rid of any distractions. 

Put your phone in another room, switch off the T.V. and settle down to work. It’s best to work at a desk or a table, not your bed, and before you knuckle down, check that you’ve got all the necessary books, notes and resources you’ll need.  

9. Prepare for tomorrow, today
Avoid the getting-ready-morning-scramble by preparing everything out the night before. Hang your uniform up, and pack your school bag with everything you need for the next day. Refer to your planner to double-check that you’re properly prepared, taking care to check if you need to bring in any ‘extra items’, such as your P.E. kit or a permission slip for a school trip etc. 

10. Get enough sleep
If you take anything from this list, take this! Getting enough sleep is absolutely essential if you want to function normally, let alone if you want to be super organised! Dependent on age, the recommended amount of sleep is between 8-11 hours. A good night’s sleeps aids concentration, boosts your mood and improves productivity. 

Remember, being a student is about progress, not perfection, so if this list seems a little overwhelming, don’t worry. Aim to implement one tip at a time until it becomes a habit, and then adopt another, and another, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming an organised student.