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Presented by the LLCC Learning Lab
www.llcc.edu/learnlab
217.786.2396
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Being organized is a quality of a successful student
Being organized will make college life less stressful for you
Be...
* Backpack

* Study area

* Time

* Technology

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 Colored folder or binder with tab dividers for
each class (keep your class syllabus here!)
 Notebook or loose leaf pape...
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 Use ONE calendar – monthly,
academic year, annual, chalkboard,
whiteboard, paper or electronic (find
a system that works...
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 Put due dates and deadlines from your course syllabus on your calendar.
 Check your calendar each night for tomorrow’s ...
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 Set automatic reminders and notices 
for yourself – using Outlook reminders,
sending your self emails for future
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deli...
The first week of classes is coming soon!
Before classes begin, do a practice run of your schedule – How long will
it tak...
Resources:
http://www.cob.sjsu.edu/nellen_a/time_management.htm
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048
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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
  • Getting Organized for College

    1. 1. * Presented by the LLCC Learning Lab www.llcc.edu/learnlab 217.786.2396
    2. 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. 3. * Backpack * Study area * Time * Technology *
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    5. 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
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    7. 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!
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    9. 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.
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    11. 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. 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. 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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