Get a planner
A planner allows students to keep track of their homework, social life, work schedule, club meetings and any other responsibilities all in one place.
Some people prefer to break out their rainbow pens and designate a
Speaking of due dates, try to complete assignments well before the due date instead of scrambling to finish them a night before the deadline.
If you have a class that meets Tuesday and Thursday, for example, try completing homework due Thursday on Tuesday evening instead of Wednesday night.
Doing this lessens the likelihood that homework will be turned in late, and it allows extra time to work on it if necessary.
Map out everything in advance
Once a week, take 20 minutes to sit down and plot out the next seven days in a planner.
Mapping out your responsibilities is a great way to see which days will be filled with studying and which ones will provide some much-needed free time.
Checking off tasks as they’re completed will also help you feel more accomplished at the end of each day as you look back on all the goals you achieved.
Planning at least one day in advance encourages students to practice
Stick to a routine
Knowing what needs to get done and actually doing it are two different things. By establishing and sticking to a routine, students can become healthier and more productive.
By designating an hour for exercise each day, students can stay healthy and release some positive endorphins that reduce stress and improve sleep.
Students can also make sure to designate 20 minutes of study time per day for each class, which will help them retain more information and perform better on exams. Consistency is key to most aspects of life, including staying organized in college.
Use basic apps
Some of the most basic smartphone apps can help keep students on track. The first app to consider — and perhaps the most important one — is an alarm clock app.
Most phones have alarms pre-installed, but there are several third-party alternatives as well. Alarms are useful for more than simply waking up in the morning.
They can remind students of events, assignments and other impending responsibilities.
It’s also worth downloading an app for note-taking and creating to-do lists. Apps like these can help students guide their day if they don’t feel like whipping out a planner, and it still gives students the satisfaction of checking off responsibilities as they are completed.
Most phones also have an app for voice memos, which can come in handy for lectures that are particularly confusing or fast.
Voice memos allow students to take notes without worrying about missing important information, and it often gives them extra study material for tests.
Every evening, pack for the next day
Packing your bookbag ahead of time will put an end to the daily morning panic that many students experience as they struggle to find the correct binders and books before class.
If students pack the night before, all they’ll need to do is grab their bag on their way out the door — no panic required.
Speaking of book bags, be sure to pack a charger and portable battery pack in yours.
You never know when your laptop, phone or tablet is going to die, so it’s often worth the $10 investment for a battery pack and cord to keep your devices charged throughout the day.
Tip: Try to multitask throughout the day. This could mean practicing a foreign language while working out, studying during commercial breaks or quickly reviewing the answers to a homework assignment while walking to lunch.