How to Improve Your Homework Organization and Planning Skills

Many students agree that good organizational skills are essential for successful studying. Efficiently planning and organizing your homework may become a helpful tool in the struggle for the best grades.

    Improving Your Planning Skills

    It is well known that making plans saves time enormously. However, not every student knows how to do it in practice. The following tips aim to help everyone bring some order into their hectic student life:

  • Use a planner.
  • It can be either a paper book or a digital calendar. Put in it everything concerning your studies: schedules, assignments, important events, project deadlines, everyday tasks and activities, various meetings, new people and their contact information etc. To make things more practical, mark each activity or event with a special color: red for deadlines, blue for less important assignments and so on.

  • Decide your best working hours.
  • In this way, you will get a clear idea when is the best time for you to study.

  • Make your workdays a structured habit.
  • Wake up and go to bed on time, have regular meals, arrange some time to have rest or spend time with friends.

  • Set a list of task for the next day.
  • Arrange your backpack.
  • Make sure it contains the necessary supplies (pens, pencils, markers, notebooks), so that you don’t feel uncomfortable during studies.

A Few Steps to Study at Home More Efficiently

It is said there is 50% more homework than there was 20 years ago, that is why students search for possibilities to optimize their time and efforts not only in class. There are some ways to improve the homework studying process as well:

  • Define a space where it will be comfortable to work.
  • Always try to keep the place clean and tidy. Organize your papers, workbooks, textbooks, relevant sources and other materials in order, so that they are always easy to reach when you need them.

  • Taking notes while reading helps a lot.
  • It is also possible to use colored markers for that purpose.

  • While studying, make sure nothing distracts you from the process.
  • Turn off your cell phone or put it somewhere far away, turn off e-mail/message notifications and TV, warn your family or roommates to be quiet and not disturb you etc.

  • Stop working every 30 mins.
  • Give your brain and body a break. Try to move around a little in any way you can. It helps oxygen to flow to your brain and prevent muscles from numbness or tingling.

  • Eat during studying.
  • Healthy snacks such as nuts (any type) or dried fruits increase your brain’s productivity, improve memory and help you stay calm and focused.