How to Stay Organized in College

Follow our 5 easy tips for MAXimum organization this semester.

Use a planner.

Planners can be a simple way to keep track of any upcoming tests, events, or items that need to be done. Allow 5 to 10 minutes at the end of each class period to make any notes about upcoming assignments, tests, or things to go back and review. This can serve as a reminder during your busy life to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything major. Now remember, this will only work if your planner is with you. Find a planner that is easy to carry around and that fits your personal needs. If traditional pen and paper methods aren’t effective, look into apps such as or IStudiezPro to take notes on your smartphone. Apps like these are essentially a “planner” on the go. Whatever you use, stick with it for a more organized semester.

Planners to Check Out:

Day Designer: $59


Kate Spade: $36


Etsy Denim Planner


Sunday set – up.

Now that you have your planner, it’s time to schedule out your time! Falling behind on laundry and cleaning can be a big distraction in college. Try to schedule in time throughout the week for basic chores so you won’t feel overwhelmed to do everything all at once. Spending 5 minutes planning out small items can save big time in the long run.

Tutor me!

It can be easy to fall behind in class if you don’t understand the material. Tutors are readily available on most college campuses and can help you stay on track with your semester goals. Schedule in time each week to meet with a tutor or study group in the classes you feel you’re falling behind in.

Be on time.

Wake up early enough for class to not be in a rush! Being even 5 minutes late can affect the rest of your day. Set a timer on your phone to make sure you arrive on time for class or place your alarm clock on the other side of the room. Being in a hurry can make you feel unorganized and frazzled, do plan ahead!

Find an effective study area.

Designate a quiet, organized place to focus on your studies. Whether this is in your room or on the campus library, try to avoid distractions that can cause you to lose focus. Try to find a spot where you feel alert and avoid a bed to evade drowsiness.

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