With midterms rapidly approaching, now would be a peak time in the semester to get yourself back on track in organizational terms. At this point in the semester, a lot of stresses are probably being thrown your way: papers, group projects, exams, you name it. I like to call this feeling the “calm before the storm” because you know a ton of school work is about to hit you. Getting yourself on track with organization is going to save you from some major stress.
The easiest thing that you can do is getting an agenda. I love to stick with minimalist looking stationary because it keeps the chunky clutter out of sight and out of mind. A lot of people who do have agendas usually just use one color pen to write their due dates, but one great way to go above and beyond is use different colored pens, specific to each class you take. With this, it’s easier to follow along assignments for each class.
This next tip might be a stretch, but if you do have the time, rewrite your notes for your most difficult classes. A lot of professors have probably told you that writing out your notes over typing them is better for your memory. Rewriting notes for the classes you struggle with can help a lot. Try using different colored pens for different aspects of your notes, for example red for vocabulary, green for examples, blue for key idea, etc.
When it comes to those different colored pens, I recommend you drop some money on your writing utensils. I used to only write with Bic pens, which were great, but now that I’ve discovered Staedtler and Pilot pens, I could never go back. Writing with pens that make your work look so much nicer goes a long way for organization. You can get these anywhere (Staples or Blick) for a reasonable price. Although they aren’t as cheap as the good ol’ fashioned Bic’s, the payoff is incredible when you’re reviewing your work later on. They’re also a lot more fun and satisfying to write with.
Another great tip for organization is to keep your writing neat. When you’re filling out your agendas or rewriting the notes, make your handwriting as neat as possible. If it’s easier to look at, it’s easier to follow. If you naturally don’t have the best handwriting, write using capital letters only. As long as there is consistency and clear legibility, it’ll make you a hell of a lot more motivated than you were before.