Organization Tips

Here are a few tips to help you manage your time, avoid clutter, set goals, and stay on an organized path to success.

  1. Don’t Rush – Wake up early and allow for more than enough time to get ready and arrive to class on time. Place your alarm clock at the far end of your room to avoid hitting the snooze button.
  2. Prepare Your Wardrobe – Before you go to bed each night, lay out your clothes for the next day to save time in the morning.
  3. Avoid Clutter – On the first day of class, create separate folders for each course to keep track of schedules, assignments, papers, etc.
    Make To-Do Lists – Whether on paper or through an app, spend 15 minutes each day creating a To-Do List for the following day
  4. Create a Study Area – Designate a quiet, well-lit area for studying. Avoid any distractions such as TVs or chairs that are too comfortable that may cause drowsiness.
  5. Get Plenty of Rest – A good night’s sleep will ensure you are alert and ready to learn.
    Avoid Overload – Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many courses, extracurricular activities, and work responsibilities. Make sure you have adequate time to study and complete assignments.
    Use One Calendar – Whether digital or paper, only use one calendar for all of your academic and personal responsibilities to give yourself a complete picture of upcoming commitments.
  6. Color Code – For additional clarity, use color-coding to identify types of activities: yellow for tests, green for study time, purple for social events, etc.
  7. Study Consistently – Avoid last minute cramming by scheduling consistent study times daily well in advance of an exam.
  8. Break Up Tasks – Manage large projects by separating it into smaller simplified stages.
  9. Reward Yourself – Create a reward for each time you complete a goal, such as a movie night, to keep yourself motivated throughout the semester.