Arrange your planner to have the semester in front of you

We’re a few weeks into the new semester! It’s time to figure out what needs to be done and when. Here’s a couple of ways that I use my planner to lay out my semester and get a quick glance at it!

.:Use your syllabus to write in tests and important homework dates
Most tests are set in stone, so you should be able to write these into your planner right away. This way, you can see if there are any that overlap. You should also write in dates of when big projects are due. This will help you stay on top of things.


.:Color code
Who said your planner has to be boring? If you color code your classes, it will differentiate between what classes you should be focusing on. Plus, it gives your planner a good look.


.:Write in events that you want to attend
Have Iowa State basketball tickets or want to go see that new movie? Write in the dates of these types of events so you know when they are. I usually write them in pencil because there is always a chance that something else might pop up or I need to study for an upcoming test. However, it’s nice to have it in my planner so that I have something to look forward to.


.:See if there are any conflicts you need to resolve NOW
By writing in all your test and homework dates, you should be able to see if anything overlaps or conflicts with something else. Resolve these issues NOW. Don’t wait until the day before you have two tests at the same time to figure out what you are going to do. Plus, by figuring it out now, your professors or whoever it involves will be glad to see you taking initiative to fix the problem.

.:Use sticky notes as reminders
Have a chapter that you have to read by Monday or an online class? Use a sticky note to remind yourself. I use bright colored ones because they stick out on the page. Then you get to crumple it up and throw it away once it’s done. Mission accomplished!


Good luck, Cyclones, and have a great semester! 🙂

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