Weekly Tips!

2/1/10 Date your papers!
This one is simple, and very effective. As soon as your teacher hands out a paper to you, whether it be homework, notes, a project, take a moment to write the date at the top of the paper(s). This will save you loads of time when the time comes for a notebook test during the quarter. I cannot tell you how many times I have helped students organize their notebooks. Time and time again, the biggest problem I see is that students have become disorganized, their papers either missing, not completed, or they are completely out of order. By putting the date on every paper, you know roughly where it should go in your binder. When the time comes for a notebook test, even if your papers are strewn about, you can put them back in order with relative ease.

1/25/10 Create a homework folder!
Designating a folder specifically for your homework papers is a helpful tool, and one that is easy to manage. I suggest carrying one folder to hold your homework from every class. This way, you can keep it with you all day, negating the need for an extra trip to your locker. First of all, make sure you have a folder with pockets, and label those pockets accordingly. If you want to label or decorate the outside of your folder, too, that might help you to identify it more easily. The left-hand side will hold all homework papers that need to be completed from each class. The right-hand pocket will hold all of your completed homework that needs to be turned in. Once your papers have been graded, put them in your subject binder, in the "Homework" section.

1/18/10 Designate a separate binder for each class!
Okay, I know some people prefer having one huge binder to hold materials for all of your classes. Ultimately, you have to do what works best for you, and that requires some trial and error on your part. Personally, I like to designate a specific binder for each class. I then label and color code those binders, so I can identify them at a quick glance. For example, I traditionally use the color green for Science.

Now, to keep your work organized, you need to divide your binder into sections, and label those sections. You can make tabs using pieces of construction paper in various colors. The number of sections and the kinds of labels you use depends on the class. The order of the sections is completely up to you. I have provided you with a sample suggestion below.

English

History

Math

Science
Notes

Notes

Notes

Notes
Vocabulary

Projects

Handouts

Projects
Important Papers

Homework

Homework

Quizzes & Tests
Projects

Quizzes & Tests

Quizzes & Tests

Homework
Quizzes & Tests



Projects


Homework






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