How to Organise your College Life

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Thank you to Online Degree Programs for the following blog post! College can be overwhelming. There are classes to study for, parties to attend, and cooking and cleaning that your mum no longer does for you. If you dont have some semblance of organization in your college life, youre in for a rough four years. But getting yourself organized doesnt have to be hard. Use these tips and youll feel more in control of everything from your living space to your studying habits.
  1. Get a planner:

    And use it daily. If you wait to start your planner until youre in the middle of the semester, you may have already missed something. Once you receive all your syllabi from the semesters classes, write down every due date thats already set and make sure to add others as they are assigned. As your social obligations start to fire up, youll also want to write down meetings as theyre scheduled. Your planner will become your go-to for everything schedule-related so keep up with writing down your plans so youll never miss a due date or event.
  2. Start a filing system:

    Now that youre probably responsible for more documents and records (were talking bank statements, dorm contracts, student loans), its important to come up with a system so you keep everything and know where to find it down the road. You dont need a full-fledged filing cabinet or dozens of folders to keep some important things straight. Just a few filing folders or an accordion folder can do the trick for now. Keep one for all your bank documents, one for anything you receive from your financial aid office or loan provider, one for degree plan information, etc. Its also a great idea to make one on your computer, as well. Make separate folders for emails you receive that contain important info for the future or downloaded documents.
  3. Separate materials for each course:

    Sure, you only have five classes this semester. You wont have that much to keep up with, right? Think again. From handouts to graded papers to notes, each class is going to have lots of loose pages to keep track of. Consider getting a separate binder or folder for each class, and definitely dedicate separate notebooks to taking notes in each class. If youre looking for the rubric that will help you format your paper or just need to find the notes you need to study, separating class materials will make the process much easier and more efficient.
  4. Plan for your down time:

    Youll probably realize fairly quickly that theres more to being successful in college than just going to scheduled classes and meetings. You have to manage your free time to make sure youre preparing for class, understanding the material, completing projects, and making time to unwind. Even though your planner says youre free in the sense that nothing is scheduled, you need to make plans for your down time. Whether you write down specific times that youll be studying for certain classes or just have a general plan (that youll stick to!) of how much time youll spend on each course, knowing what youll do between classes can keep you from wasting your time without even realizing it.
  5. Keep track of purchases:

    For many people, college is the first time theyve really had to budget for more than school lunches. Even if your parents are paying for most of your college expenses, theyre probably setting a limit for your spending, so college is a perfect time to learn a how to budget. Be aware of how much is in your bank account at all times and keep track of purchases. This will help you keep an eye on your spending, avoid overdraft fees, and also catch any suspicious activity that might happen on your card.
  6. Use all of the space in your room:

    Chances are your room, whether its in a dorm or an apartment, is about the size of a shoebox. To keep your space (and your mind) clear, youve got to get creative with the way you use space. Remove clutter by filling up spaces in an organized way. Create more shelf space in your closet, hang hooks or a pocket organizer over the doors, or raise your bed to make room for neat storage containers. Think of ways to use your vertical space and look for any missed opportunities that could reduce the mess and help keep everything in its rightful place.
  7. Prioritize:

    The 20-minute power nap youve scheduled into your day probably isnt as important as completing the project thats due tomorrow. Getting a head start on a philosophy paper might not be as pressing to you as getting coffee with your super-busy mentor. Staying organized is all about prioritizing your tasks for each day. Do the most important things first, or schedule the least important things around the ones you absolutely have to do. Youll be less stressed and wont waste any time.

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