Mar 16 2015

How to Make a Student Planner

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If you’re the type of person who can better gather your thoughts when they’re on paper, then you may benefit from using a student planner.  Here are some tips on how you can create your very own student planner from scratch.



First, buy a notebook, or just use an extra one that you may have lying around.  You may even want to pick up a notebook that has an aesthetically pleasing design on its cover to help you differentiate it from other notebooks you may have.


You may find a mini notebook to be even more of a help.  They’re fun to write in, which makes organization less of a drag, and you don’t have to figure out which of your full-sized notebook is your planner.  It’s also easier to carry a smaller planner around in your bag without it becoming too heavy or cumbersome.


Setting Up


Next, label each page of the notebook with a date.  If you don’t think you will need a full sheet of paper for each day, then you can split each page up into separate days.  A maximum of three days per sheet should allow you enough space without becoming too cluttered.  Also, this saves paper, which is beneficial to the environment.


After School Activities


If you wish, you may also set aside a spot in the notebook for after school activities.  You may want to portion out a section of each date in the book, or keep it all together in a separate spot that you will be better able to access.  You can even pick up some self-stick dividers and affix them to the separate sections in your book, should you feel the need.  These can be helpful in allowing you to flip right to, say, the “Homework” section to see what is due and when, or the “Papers” section so that you can plan accordingly.


Make Your Schedule


Next, add your school schedule to your planner.  Add your normal class schedule, then consult a school calendar in order to update your planner with any holidays or conferences during which classes will not be held.  You can also add your annual vacation to the planner to help you see at a glance the latest date by which you will need to complete your homework and papers.


As with anything else, your planner will be as successful as the amount of work you put into it.  If you forget to update it with important due dates and you lose credit for that paper or homework that you didn’t hand in, of course you will find your planner to be less than helpful.  But, when used correctly and updated often, a planner can be a lifesaver.


You may even find yourself creating planners long after graduation in order to help you get your daily life under control.  Writing your commitments down helps you reduce stress, since you allow more time for relaxation and fun when you know that you don’t have to focus so much on remembering important dates.