College and school brings to mind images of loose sheets of papers, multiple notebooks, notes scribbled in the margins of a textbook, a flurry of assignments and club activities.
Note taking.Keeping track of deadlines. Following up on assignments. Finishing up project work and the list of academic and extracurricular activities goes on.
Staying organised will not only lower your stress levels, it will also allow you to set goals and aim for good grades across your semester.
How can you stay organised ? How do you make sure that everything gets done? Here is a list I’ve compiled for systems you can use too.
From one student to another.
Let’s begin with Google Sheets. It is the one of the most profoundly simple yet powerful applications I use. It is useful for all your tracking and organising needs. Sheets is useful in keeping track of the various tasks you have for each subject.
Anytime you get assigned a piece of work, need to complete a task for a class or simply need to finish something before the deadline – you simply need to enter it into the sheet. It also allows you to see all your work in one place.
Here’s a free template to help you get started : (Note: Please make a copy)
Day planners help make everything easier and more importantly prevent us from forgetting anything important that’s due for the day. Here is a notion day planner with Kanan boards to make your organisation process easier.
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Notes and note taking play a major role irrespective of whether you are a student, a professional or a teacher.
My notes are often look like this : Lots of bullet points, random irrelevant doodles and maybe even some glitter.
In short: Not neat or effective.
Not to mention that it’s really hard to navigate through my stack of papers to look for the topic I need to currently study.
Which is why I’ve picked 4 note taking methods to help make your note taking system more efficient and neater.
Structured notes as the name suggests basically gives you an outline.
It’s like the rules you have to follow when part of a basketball team – giving you team more efficiency and coordination.
That’s basically what we are trying to do here.The format is easy enough to follow, but you should consider the mode of doing it.
You could choose to do it on pen and paper or on a note taking app.
A few are – Notion,Evernote,Microsoft One Note or Google Docs.
Here’s what it looks like.
I like mind maps for their simply usability.
Open up your notebook and BAM ! Your entire topic is covered in less than 2 pages
Perfect for me since I do a lot of last-minute revision.
So, when should you use a mind map ?
Mind maps are very helpful breaking down large concepts into smaller chunks. They help absorb all the information at one go.
When you have a vast topic to cover or an overly complicated definition – grab a few colour pens and draw a mind map.
You will find hundreds of blog posts and videos on using flashcards and for good reason too.
Hand written flashcards are very bulky to carry around which is why Quizlet is the go-to revision app for students.Making flashcards on the app or the web is very easy to do and does not take much time.
But the reason I prefer Quizlet over other flashcard apps is because of it language feature – making it one of the best revision apps out there to study any language.
4.Cornell Notes system
This is my absolute favourite because it helps me glance at all my information no matter how detailed in less than a few pages.Use this system when you need to study a book, a video or a research paper.
You can use the pdf template I’ve made and follow the steps below.
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