University has been one of the best experiences of my young life, and one of the reasons is the social aspect is so much fun! But in between all the fun, you are meant to study. Luckily, I have found a few tricks to help with being organised to make sure I never forget when an assignment is due, when a Res Shield event is or when the next social event is. Here are my five tips for being organised.
- Make a list
I know this might seem like a very obvious thing, but my list is more detailed; at the beginning of each semester I make a list of all the assessments I have for each class, including the assignment type (Quiz, Oral, Assignment, etc.), when the assignment is due, and the percentage it is worth for the class. Additionally when I receive a result back I note what percentage I got to keep track of how I am doing in the class.
- Colour Code Everything
I highlight everything. My big yearlong calendar has so much writing and highlighting on it, and it makes such a difference;
- Res Shield events; purple
- Assessment; blue
- Birthdays; yellow
- Res College Social events; green
- Parties and Social events; pink.
Trust me, it makes events a lot easier to find.
Additionally with colour coding, if you have individual books and folders, get ones in matching colours, that way you always know the book and folder belong together.
- Desk Organisation
Make the most of your space at college. The best way I have found is having desk organisation/storage. I can actually see my stuff and am more motivated to study. It is so much easier during exam block to know where everything is; pens, sticky notes, notebooks, highlighters, all within reach and easy to see.
Now I understand some people like to bring a lot of clothing and such to college, so it is important to make the most of your closet space. Hanging storage has been such a space saver for me. I have a hanging section, shelving for bags/shoes/jumpers (depending on time of year), and hanging organisers, it has saved me so much space, honestly.
- Under the bed
My biggest asset for hiding all of my mess is giant storage boxes under my bed (labelled so I know where everything is). Additionally I keep a shoe rack under there, and for anyone who plays sports or just generally owns far too many shoes I would recommend this as a must!
I hope these tips were useful for you. Let me know if you have any other organisation tips in the comments below.