When it comes to staying organised, there are some tried and true methods that can make the difference between getting things done on time and scrambling to catch up at the last minute. Having a messy study space, no plan, no daily sense of order and not bringing the right materials to class will only create more obstacles on your path to academic success. With these simple organisation tips, you’ll be well on your way to succeeding academically.


Making the most of the course outline

Print out the syllabus for each subject and keep it with you for the entire year. This will be crucial to remind you of what’s coming down the road. Your teacher’s own outline is great, but it’s also a good idea to refer to the one provided by your exam assessment authority, so you know exactly what they’re looking for when they mark your exam.


Bringing the right materials to class

Going to the class empty-handed is not a good idea. Coming to class prepared with the right equipment helps you with the organisation. Binders are easier to keep class notes organised. If you don’t have many print materials, then folders are suitable too. Find out what works best for you, and then try to keep them ordered by topic.


Assigning each class a colour

Assign a separate colour to each of your classes, and match coloured binders and notebooks so that they’re easier to find. It might seem basic, but it is an excellent technique to keep yourself organised. 


Keeping your study space tidy

It isn’t easy to study when your study space is unorganised. Messy study space will clutter your mind too. Start with a tabletop space and drawers for storing your materials. To study efficiently, make sure your space isn’t littered with supplies and notes strewn all over. Take the items which you don’t need and store them; take them out only when you need them. The less clutter you have lying around, the easier it is to study. 


Labelling your notes

Losing track of your notes can be frustrating. Labelling your folders and sections of your binders makes it easy to file your notes and to find them easily later. Labelling only takes a few minutes and can save you a lot of time later.



No matter what your goals are, planning and organisation are the building blocks for long-term success. By developing great organisational habits, you can be confident in what you’re achieving and spend less time worrying about whether things will get done. Good luck!

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