Noticeably Improve Your Semester with these 5 Easy Tips

Organization is always the key to a successful semester in school. To penciling in important test dates + due dates or knowing where your paper ++ pens are in your dorm room — being organized can really save you time + effort that you can put towards studying//extracurriculars. Here are 5 useful tips + tricks that we love to incorporate to make college life easier!

#1] ORGANIZE YOUR CLASSES BY FILE FOLDERS [PHYSICAL + ONLINE]

Whether you prefer taking notes on a laptop or a notebook, keeping these notes separated by each class will help you find them more efficiently. On your computer, try creating folders for each year of school you’re in [ex: freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior], as well as subfolders for each semester [fall, spring, summer] + each class in each semester! This will make searching for valuable information for each class so much easier + quicker! If you prefer taking notes on paper, we love this all-in-one expanding file folder for easy organizing!

#2] USE A VISUAL PLANNER [AGENDA, WALL CALENDAR, DRY ERASE BOARD, ETC.] 

Having a visual planner to help you map out + pencil in important dates such as test dates, due dates for projects + assignments, club meetings, socials, community events, or even scheduled shifts for your job is EXTREMELY fundamental to staying on top of your responsibilities in college. Not only can planners be instrumental for organization, but they also play a big role in benefitting your mental health — here’s how!

#3] INCORPORATE CREATIVE//FUN STATIONERY TOOLS INTO YOUR NOTE-TAKING

That 50-count rainbow assorted pen pack may be a little over the top, but different colored pens//pencils//highlighters can actually be a big help in keeping your notes organized. Not to mention that they make your notes look cuter + more creative ; ). According to research, color actually improves recall time for graphs + charts. By stimulating your mind with different colors, your brain is more able to separate + recall distinct themes that you are working through — making it easier to remember specific pieces of information for say, an important test!

#4] USE DESK ORGANIZERS 

Creating an organized + clean workplace will foster the best performance in your work ++ help you accomplish your day-to-day tasks without the stress that comes from clutter! With the use of desk organizers, such as this one from Target, it will help prevent you from being distracted by a negative state of mind created by a messy work space.

#5] REMEMBER TO DECLUTTER 

Although this may not be a specific object that you can go out + buy, it is a task that you can do that will aid in destressing. Whether it be old notes from classes you have already finished, random pieces of paper with information that you surely will not need, or just piles of junk that serves no useful purpose, eliminating clutter will reduce the time it takes to find what you are actually looking for. Not only will it make you more efficient, but decluttering also helps with the decision-maker in you, as it will help you decide what items you want to keep + trash. Here are some tips to decluttering!

Share any tips that you have to make college life easier in the comments or with the hashtag #inCHAARG on Instagram!

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