A PLAN for your Student Planner
We have so much information in our brains and so many activities to keep track of- it’s no wonder we can’t remember everything we need to.
Your teachers know that your planner is a critical part of your success. They know that students who use planners well tend to earn better grades.
Students who don't use planners will miss deadlines and lose points on tests, classroom assignments, and projects.
Do you like using a planner?
Many students think it's a bother and takes too much effort. UNTIL they learn to use it properly.
The BIG jewel is that it will help free up your brain and reduce stress. WOW!
Maybe you just need some better tips to use it properly.
How to Set Up Your Planner
1) USE THE PLANNER THAT IS BEST FOR YOU. The ideal planner for you might look different than others. OR maybe you need to add things to your school issued planner so it’s more customized for you!
2) USE A POSTIT OR BINDER CLIP TO MARK YOUR CURRENT PAGE. A binder clip becomes a "handle" for quick access.
3) KEEP A PEN HANDY to avoid the “I don’t have anything to write with issue”.
How to Use a Planner
1) KEEP THE PLANNER ACCESSIBLE. You should keep your planner in front pocket of backpack or in a main binder that you carry to each of your classes. It should take no more than one or two small actions to retrieve their planner.
2) WHEN TO USE IT. You should try to anticipate when to use the planner. Common times include:
Sunday evening, the time in each class to record assignments and due dates as they are announced, at the locker as you are packing up at the end of the day, at home to track the assignments you need to do, and a before-bedtime final check, ensuring that all of your assignments, books, and supplies are in your backpack.
3) WRITE QUICKLY. Use abbreviations or "texting" language when writing down the assignments so you can keep up with the rest of the class.
4) NEVER RELY ON MEMORY. Some students often say that their assignments are so simple that they can remember them without writing them down. The problem is that they forget, or they use valuable mental bandwidth trying to remember. WRITE IT DOWN and ditch BRAIN OVERLOAD!
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