Study Skills Book - School Organization Basics - Using a PLanner- Chapter 4

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A planner can be a notebook or computer program with sections for each month, week, day, or hour that plan and organizes your schoolwork as well as other areas of your life.

A planner helps you keep track of all of your academic work, test dates, homework assignments, and other deadlines you need to remember. At the school where I teach, every student is issued an agenda the first week of the school year. They are required to keep it with them at all times.  In spite of this fact, many of our students do not take advantage of their agenda.
Let’s go over how you using your agenda can translate to school success.
The first and most important rule of your agenda is to keep it with you at all times.
Take it to each class and write something at either the beginning or end of every period.
Let’s begin by answering the question. “What should I write in my agenda?” 

I will go over several ideas about what to include in your agenda. 
As you read over this list, make note of the items that you feel would help you
stay more organized and reach your school goals.

Your daily homework:  This one is not optional. You must write homework down daily
so that you don’t forget an assignment. 

Major tests and assignments:  Write these down right after you receive the class syllabus.
This will take about 5 minutes, but it will be early in the semester so you shouldn’t have
much homework.

Short-term to-do lists:Write down tasks (whether academic or not) that you need to get done either today or very soon.

Long-term to-do list:  Write down tasks you need to get done, but not immediately.

Study Goals:  Write down your study goals for your current semester.
Here are some examples of study goals:

  • I will start my homework within 1 hour of getting home.

  • I will review class notes within 24 hours of taking them.

  • I will start a study group.

  • I will study at least 1 hour every day.

Use your planner as a journal. 
Write down your thoughts for the day, what happened, your feelings, items you are grateful for.

Write down questions that you have for your teacher or others while you are studying.

Or you can jot them on post-it notes and put them in your agenda. 

Make sure you stick them on the day you are planning to ask the questions.

Write notes that your teacher mentioned in class. 

A handy planner allows you to jot notes down quickly and refer to them later.

Additional Resources

Entire Free Study Skills Workbook Playlist

How to start a planner

Study Skills Book-Getting Organized

Chapter 5


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