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How to best use a planner in college?

In college there are so many methods to planning out your semester. How should I record school homework, assignment, projects, personal life, social life, and exercise in an organized and simple fashion? #organization #career-planning #test-planning #personal-assistant #college-organization


get a big planner and write everything you need to do for the day Lana J.

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ABDUL’s Answer

Hi Raeanna,



  1. Lay out expectations early in the school year. Before handing out the first homework
    assignment, go over the ground rules. A written explanation of the homework expectations
    increases chances that assignments will be completed successfully.

  2. Create assignments with a purpose. Any homework is not better than no homework at all.
    “The quality of an assignment makes a huge difference in whether it gets done,” says Patricia
    Cygan, a high school social studies teacher from Washington. “Busywork is no good.”

  3. Make sure students understand the purpose. “I talk together with the kids about why an
    assignment is important,” Ms. Blegen explains. “From the beginning, kids must know what you
    are after.”

  4. Make assignments focused and clear. Focused assignments are easier for students to
    understand and complete. Homework that tries to introduce or reinforce too many ideas is less
    likely to contribute to learning. This is particularly true for students whose abstract thinking
    hasn't developed to the point where they can integrate many concepts successfully.

  5. Create assignments that challenge students to think and to integrate. Homework can give
    students an opportunity to apply a concept beyond the controlled conditions of the classroom. It
    can also help students pull together and connect information from different places, sources, and
    subjects.

  6. Vary assignments. Students get bored if all assignments are similar. Try mixing approaches
    and styles. Since it's almost impossible for all assignments to interest all students, this approach
    increases the chances that all students will have some homework that they enjoy.
    Short-term assignments can help students review and practice material that has already been
    covered in class. Math students may need to review decimals, for example, while students of
    foreign languages may be required to go over verb conjugations. Long-term projects give
    students a chance to vary the pace of their work, delve into subjects that interest them, integrate
    large amounts of information, and learn to manage their time and meet deadlines.

  7. Give homework that makes learning personal. “The assignments that work best have to do
    with the students—the assignments are personal to them,” explains Phyllis Orlicek, a high school
    English teacher from Arkansas. These assignments often allow students to draw upon their
    family, cultural, and community experiences and learn to appreciate better both their own and
    their classmates' backgrounds.


This is generally some of the good practices. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.


Thank you for your advice ABDUL WAHAAB. I was focusing more on the college student aspect, but some of the pointers will apply to my life. RaeAnna T.

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Julia’s Answer

Hi RaeAnn. That's a great question!
I find for long term assignments it's best to set reminders through your calendar (Google calendar, iCalendar, etc.) so you are reminded a week or so before the assignment is due.

For shorter term homework, social events, etc. I find it helpful to sit down at the beginning of the week (either Sunday evening or Monday morning) and write down everything you need to do that week. From that list prioritize what needs to be done immediately, what can be done later in the week, and what can be pushed to next week. Based on that you can assign everything in your list to a day of the week. Use reminders on your phone or your calendar to prompt you. If you're feeling really ambitious you can sit down at the end of each day and review what you got done, what didn't get done and readjust your schedule for the week based on that.

Hope that helps!

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