Sometimes you really want to be organised for study, but life just won’t allow it. It’s hard to get yourself organised when you can’t find your laptop charger, you haven’t seen a pen since the first day of school, every study space seems cluttered, and you just remembered the never ending list of jobs you were supposed to get done 5 days ago. It also doesn’t help when your notes are all mixed up and you never caught up on the lesson you missed in week 3 of class.
The struggle of being organised happens to all of us… but never fear there are ways around it. Here are the top ten organisational tips to get things in order and make you feel ready for study than ever before.
1. Get a folder to keep everything in order, and put clearly highlighted dates on your notes to avoid them getting mixed up. Keep all those handouts in a plastic sleeve as well, you never know what might come in handy later.
2. If you miss a lesson, make sure you ask someone else or even your teacher for an update so you don’t have the regret of falling behind when it comes to revisiting the topic when studying later in the term.
3. Try and do something small every day that can help you be one step closer to being organised. One of the best study techniques can be to make sure your environment allows you to study effectively, therefore your one small thing a day could be clearing an area ready for future study whether that’s clearing your desk or putting the floordrobe back in the wardrobe.
4. A great organisational technique and study tip is to handwrite your study notes. It may seem like a really tedious job, but you will thank yourself later. Handwriting notes can make a massive difference in memory as it will take more effort and therefore you are more likely to take in the information rather than furiously typing notes to get everything down and missing crucial material.
5. Put one of the biggest distractions to good use. It’s no secret that we all fall victim to avoiding study and getting ourselves organised with what’s meant to be 5 minutes of downtime with our phones turning into 2 hours. Check out a Pop Cherry blog post that goes through the best free apps to use to put some organisational skills to work.
6. Give yourself a “study free night” every few days. This is a great way to get yourself organised as you will feel more relaxed without putting the pressure on yourself to physically study.
7. Join a study group, or a program such as Youth Frontiers, or Links to Learning that will help support you with study methods and organisational techniques that can help you change your habits and make new effective ones.
8. If you are struggling to prioritise, you might want to try something new such as keeping a day to day, or weekly diary. Using a diary will give you the chance to write down all the things you need to do, and visually seeing them in front of you might make it easier to organise what needs to be done first and what is most important. Plus, it’s always a good feeling to tick something off the list with a big red pen that screams “done!”.
9. Finding ways to reward yourself for being organised is a really effective organisational skill. For example, try telling yourself if you help out around the house, write out your notes from class that day, and file everything away you can have a few hours of free time that night, or maybe if you get everything done during the week you can have the weekend just to yourself.
10. Remember that it’s all about balance. If you spend all your time studying and trying to keep yourself more organised than you realistically need to be you will end up burning out. One of the most importance organisational and study tips is to make sure you keep hanging out with friends, and participating in activities such as sport that make you happy. This will make you more relaxed and put your mind at ease.
Student’s at MTC Australia’s Warakirri College face balancing their lives and keeping organised every day, and learning within an adult environment really assists in having the freedom to prioritise what’s most important and be organised in the best way for the individual.
Maybe only one of these tips is helpful, or maybe all of them are! But by reading this you are already well on your way to adopting some new organisational techniques and being on top of your game.