School's rushing back, and the summer is ebbing away. Sudden back-to-school events slam into your schedule. Perhaps it's time to start thinking about how your child is going to keep his or her work organized and neat. Here are some of the methods I have personally used to organize my work and I guarantee will work if used correctly.
Use an Agenda
School planners or agendas are essential to jotting down assignments for each day. This way your child can remember all his or her homework. As a child I would turn frantic if I ever forgot my assignments, or use my forgetfulness as an excuse to not complete my work so I could play outside. An agenda is a neat and organized way of knowing what homework there is and when it is due.
Backwards Plan for Long term Assignments
A wise teacher always said that "Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance", or PPPPPP. Backwards planning can turn a scary month-long project into a series of many bite-size assignments. To backwards plan, have your child open his student agenda and mark the start date and due date of a long-term project. A long-term project usually means a project that spans over a week or more. After the start and finish dates are marked, teach him or her how to evenly divide the work in the days between. For example, if the project is studying 200 history facts for an end-of-the-year final over 50 days, memorizing four facts a day is much easier than trying 200 the night before the test.
Use a Calendar
I always keep a calendar available at all my workspaces. Its a blank place where I can track any assignments or important dates, like a larger agenda. Teaching your child to use a calendar properly, which means updating it regularly and setting in dates. Record and plan significant events like test and project due dates, sport and social events, and anything worth remembering.
Divide Classwork into Many Binders
As a student, I would often see slouched students in class toting their one overstuffed binder with all their school work. Those students were the ones who would receive F's and looked unorganized. To prevent this, I would divide my classwork in many separate binders in my locker. That way I would only have to bring one binder to each class, and I could easily find something if I ever needed it. For example, I would have one binder for Math class, one for English class, one for Science class, and so on.