Great Organizational Skills: How to Help Yourself with Homework


Everyone likes doing everything on time without much effort, but in real life, students face many complications. They lose their homework assignments, forget about deadlines, mess up notes of different subjects, and repeat the same mistakes all the time. Disorganization is often the main reason why students demonstrate poor performance and get low grades. It takes some time to improve your organizational skills, but they help with homework tasks significantly.

It is hard to choose a “right” way to get organized; students usually find out what works best for them. However, some tips might be useful and make your homework routine easier.

  1. Organizer software on a PC, tablet, or smartphone is useful for those who like working with technologies.
  2. If you have trouble reading your notes, develop a habit of retype everything you have written in class onto your computer. Do not forget to save the material with course titles, class topics, and dates. Use online file-sharing software or simply email the material to your email box. This strategy helps you get instant access to the notes, no matter where you are.
  3. It is a great idea to use reminders on sticky notes or keep small pieces of paper by your workspace. At the end of the day, you should collect all of them and prepare a single “need-to-do” list.
  4. Remember to check your “to-do” list every morning and take everything you need for labs, classes, or group meetings with you.
  5. If you do not like the idea of using sticky notes, you can download a smartphone app and enjoy digital paper reminders. Some students agree that it is easier for them to compile digital notes.
  6. Take a notebook and divide it into sections for the subjects you study. Each day, you should write down information about homework tasks and study group meetings in the appropriate notebook sections. You can use different dividers and colors.
  7. Put completed assignments in the same place. Use a zipper binder if you lose your papers frequently.
  8. Consider a system for tracking all the works, purchase several file cabinets or folders, label them, and try to keep them in a proper order.
  9. The majority of students use USB devices to carry their homework assignments. It makes sense to attach it to your keychain so you don’t forget to take it to school.
  10. Do not worry if you forget about something; it takes some time to get organized, i.e. no pain, no gain.