Tools for Better Organization
Start by checking in with yourself:
- Where do you work best - at home, on campus, somewhere else?
- What does your current study space look like? Does it meet your comfort needs for studying?
- Do you have a study routine that works for you? If so, what does that look like?
- Do you have a system for keeping track of due dates and appointments?
No matter where you are in your organizational journey, an Academic Coach can provide support to help you get where you want to be. The worksheets below are a good starting point to assess and build structure for your success. If you'd like to work through your approach and receive guidance specific to your needs, meet with a Coach!
Virtually meeting with [my coach] (due to COVID) was very helpful. It made me stay on track and on top of my work + every time we met I wanted to be ready for our meeting and actually have the work I needed to get done organized!
A time survey helps you better understand where all of your time goes. Professors expect students to spend an average of 2-3 hours per class credit on homework and studies each week. Do you have enough time for your studies?
A calendar can be a great way to stay organized. This worksheet provides helpful suggestions and tips to assemble a calendar that will work for you! Before you start, check out the Time Survey worksheet to identify what you need to make time for each week.
You've got a to-do list -- great! But what should you tackle first? Understanding how to order your priorities is one organizational strategy that can be used to maximize the finite amount of time in a day.
Does thinking about homework and studying make your pulse race? Are you trying to prepare for the work to come, or catching up on what's already been assigned? Either way, you're on the right track. Start with this worksheet, then meet with an Academic Coach for more personalized support!
Having a dedicated space for study can support productivity. Whether you already have a go-to spot, or you're trying to identify where the best area would be, keeping these tips in mind will help make your workspace an ideal place to get things done.
Kurzweil 3000 is a free support software with a wide range of uses for working with electronic docs! Use it to convert docs from text to speech, mark up docs, take notes, create outlines, and build brainstorms -- all in one place! Try it on your own or meet with a coach for a demo!