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Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
Getting Organized for College
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Getting Organized for College

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  • Welcome to getting organized for college success.
  • Why is it important to get organized for college? It’s a basic quality of a successful studentIt will make college life less stressful for youLess stress means more study timeMore study time usually means better grades and greater success
  • How do we get organized for college success? There are four areas that you should organize – your backpack, your home study area, your time and your technology. Use a calendar – any kind you choose! Paper or electronic, daily, weekly, monthly – whatever works best for you. Just remember to look at it frequently. Set alarms and reminders on your electronic devices! Write down everything on a monthly calendar – use sticky notes for extra reminders to stick on your purse, on the mirror, in your carPlan your study time in advance
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    • 1. * Presented by the LLCC Learning Lab www.llcc.edu/learnlab 217.786.2396
    • 2. * Being organized is a quality of a successful student Being organized will make college life less stressful for you Being organized means more study time and personal time More study time may lead to better grades and greater college success
    • 3. * Backpack * Study area * Time * Technology *
    • 4. *
    • 5.  Colored folder or binder with tab dividers for each class (keep your class syllabus here!)  Notebook or loose leaf paper for each class  Pens, pencils, highlighters  3X5 cards  Textbooks  Calendar or academic planner  3-hole punch  USB drive  Post-it notes  Class schedule (will be needed to obtain your student ID from the library)  Student ID Card  Personal items (lip balm, Kleenex, etc.)  Lunch or snacks  Pack your bag the night before classes  Some students have 2 backpacks – one for classes which meet on only on MWF and another backpack for classes which meet on TTR
    • 6. *
    • 7.  Use ONE calendar – monthly, academic year, annual, chalkboard, whiteboard, paper or electronic (find a system that works for you!)  For small items, use a spice racks or ice cube trays to hold paper clips, thumbtacks, rubber bands, etc.  Use clipboards attached to the wall for reminders, to-do lists, reminders, necessary tasks vs. “can wait” tasks Clean, empty food cans for pens, pencils, highlighters  Desk lamp  File folder box or dish drying racks for organizing papers for long-term storage  Smaller white boards for reminders  Pegboards for hanging items  Bookshelves made out of crates, held together with binder clips Drawer dividers for desk  Attach baskets to peg boards for storage  Set up trash cans and recycle bins to help keep your area clutter free  Establish a spot for your phone, iPod, etc. if you find them distracting you.  Pinterest has many more ideas, with pictures!
    • 8. *
    • 9.  Put due dates and deadlines from your course syllabus on your calendar.  Check your calendar each night for tomorrow’s deadlines, meetings, events.  Get everything ready the night before your class – your clothes, lunch, snacks, backpack, electronics, etc. Put these things near the door.  “Build in” 15 minutes of buffer time – get up 15 minutes earlier, leave 15 minutes earlier, etc. You will never feel rushed and you will likely be early to your classes and appointments.  Set limits each day on how much time you will spend on social networking sites, email, Pinterest, certain projects, papers, assignments, etc.  Plan ahead – break larger projects into smaller, manageable chunks.  Try to combine some activities – can you write a paper rough draft while taking public transportation to class?  Record all appointments – either on your paper calendar, on your phone, or both!  Take time to do quality work the first time, to avoid having to redo tasks.  Set aside specific time for studying, for social gatherings, grooming, etc.  Study in blocks of 45-50 minutes, then take 10-15 minute breaks between study sessions. Remove any distractions and distractions and focus.  Summarize your toughest subject 30 minutes before bedtime. Your brain will consolidate, process and start moving the information into your long term memory while you sleep.  Say no to non-essential tasks and delegate when possible.  Create a daily plan, possibly hour-by-hour.  Seek help from a professional counselor for additional time management tips.
    • 10. *
    • 11.  Set automatic reminders and notices  for yourself – using Outlook reminders, sending your self emails for future  delivery, or setting alarms on your phone  If you have a family, try using a  calendar that allows everyone access, such as Google Calendar  Keep all of your contacts in your phone – school, family, friends, doctors, etc.   Use apps to help you organize – Evernote, Noredink, DropBox,  iprocrastinate, Studious, Trello, Myhomework, Google Applications,  MindMeister  Make a folder on your desktop for each of your classes  Create infographics to help you organize information into a visual format  Use mint.com to help you organize your finances  Track your work and time spent doing tasks on a spreadsheet Use LinkedIn to manage your business networking contacts Use web-based conferencing or free Internet calling such as Skype to meet in person Use technology to make lists – a grocery list, a to-do list, a gift list etc. Update these frequently in order to make them effective Create a folder for each of your classes on your desktop Scan paper documents into searchable PDF’s. (NeatDesk will do this) When saving documents, use a very detailed file name
    • 12. The first week of classes is coming soon! Before classes begin, do a practice run of your schedule – How long will it take you to get to campus? Do you know where your classrooms and lab rooms are located? Introduce yourself to your instructor during his or her office hours Print the syllabus for each class Find your instructor phone numbers on the syllabus and save them into your phone Set a grade goal for each class and post it where you will see it often! (Goals motivate and help you prioritize your time and efforts) Find three places to study: 1 at home, 1 at LLCC, and 1 in another location (e.g. Panera) Locate the LLCC Learning Lab and ask about the FREE academic support services offered Organize your study area at home Ask for three students’ names, phone numbers and emails – just in case you miss class, you will have someone you can contact
    • 13. Resources: http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/nellen_a/time_management.htm http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048 http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/20-quick-tips-for-better-timemanagement.html http://organizedhome.com/time-money/paper-chase-abc-household-papermanagement http://www.going-to-college.org/campuslife/technology2_transcript.html http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/30-easy-ways-to-organize-yourworkspace http://www.gettingorganizedmagazine.com/2012/12/03/12-things-to-simplifyyour-workday/ http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs049/1101860854247/archive/110981056 5975.html#LETTER.BLOCK20

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