Obtain Organization

Organization must be your first step. This makes the rest of the things much easier.

Make sure you keep all assignments and class information together in notebooks, binders, or folders you organize by subject. A great way to start is to set up a file drawer at home to keep track of all the keys you need to memorize your work, such as research, school assignments, and other things you want to keep track of.

If you find yourself filling your backpack up with loose papers or grabbing different notebooks for the same class, it's time to stop and regroup. Take a time period of the day to get your things organized again.

Say if you can't carry different spiral-bounds for every class with you while you travel from home to school and back home. I have a solution for you. You can carry a binder with sections that are separated. Another suggestion is to take notes in one notebook and at the end of each day rewrite them in binders that are separated. This may take up a little bit of time, but it’s also a great way to build study skills because it allows you to read, write, and summarize all your important information during the school day. The more you analyze material, the more probable you are to remember it.

Whatever you decide what’s best for you, your system must work for you. If things do not work out, change some things around until you find what works best. I’ve found that it’s a great way to learn about yourself and what works for your individual needs.

Plan Things Way Ahead Of Time

When it comes to studying and hard work on assignments, you feel on your own going through a lot of learning. A great feeling is to be your own boss, especially if you're a good at it. Don't forget about things until the last minute, you may end up working twice as getting it done on time. Be careful as your focusing, nerves or a feeling of being worried makes it hard to stay focused and accomplish a good job.

Set all deadlines to ensure you are aware of the dates. At the beginning of each semester, create a calendar of due dates. Make sure you know what the main assignments are and the format they will take (a presentation, essay, group project, etc.). When setting your goals, make sure that they are proof set and clear.

Always have more than enough questions in mind when organizing your calendar. For example: When do certain assignments need to be completed?  What's the final project? By answering these few questions allow you to emphasize assignments by dates they should be due.

Involve extra commitments on your calendar, such as group practices, rehearsals, etc. This is also a great way help you see when things on time rather than seeing them later in the semester.

Always give yourself earlier deadlines for the phases of each. If you have difficulty meeting your deadlines but are making an attempt to improve your study skills and organization, bring it to the teacher. He or she can always help you create sensible short-term goals for a particular project or test.


A Great Workspace

No matter what you’re studying you need a good workspace. Find a place that’s clean, quiet and orderly. Make sure the place is quiet enough to focus and study. Try avoiding places that distracts you study time. It helps to find a specific place that's set aside for homework so you can sit down, and let your mind register that you're there to work and focus more quickly.