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Organization Tips for Students

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OK… now you’re in high school.  If you want to be successful, you will want to be organized. 

What does that mean in Grade 9 & 10?  We have picked three areas where you can grow.  They are;

1. Get the most from your locker

2. How binders keep you on track

3. Homework


1. Your Locker

Your locker is your central depot.  It’s your ‘big box’ store.  It’s your one stop shopping centre.  It is also the difference between being ready to learn and being left behind.  Lockers are not complicated, but knowing how to use them is crucial.  Here are some things we have heard from senior students who are well organized;

  • Your locker needs to help you find things quickly
  •  Keep only what you need for school
  • If you think it’s crowded now, wait until winter! Throw away, or take away clutter
  •  If you keep your gym clothes there, keep them in a separate back so you can grab and go
  •  Use shelves. If necessary, you can have these cut at a hardware store.  (Bring the measurements!)
  • The time to figure out what you need is before class. Organize your books by class to save time.
  • At period one, take the books you need until the next break.  Changeover  your books each break


2. Binders

If your locker is a ‘big box store’, your binder is ‘home delivery’.   It’s what you need, when you need it.  When you are in class, you want to be ready to work.  Your binder should have everything you need to do that.  Here are some tips that will keep you ready for anything;;

  • Your binder should allow paper to be installed or removed easily.  Most common are ‘ring’ binders or ’spring ’ binders.  Both work well.
  • Some students make one binder per course.  Others prefer larger binders that will hold the work from several courses.
  • Some students put their schedule in their binders, others put it their agenda book.  Pick one!
  • Your binder should be used to keep all  your notes and handouts.
  • Keep your binder safe!  Write your name, the course and your teachers name on the binder.
  • While in class, write your notes, test or quiz dates and questions you want to ask your teacher.
  • When you get home at night, take a few minutes and review the notes from that day.



3. Homework

Good homework habits make a good student even better!  But does that mean…?

  • You should not start your homework as soon as you get home.  Take a short break (like ½ hour)
  • Work in a place that is quiet, has good light, and a comfortable place to sit.
  • Use your agenda book to see what you need to do that night (write homework down in each class!)
  • Starting homework late in the evening is not a good idea.  Your brain works better earlier.
  • You should plan what you need to learn each night (see the section on how to use your agenda).
  • Give yourself time for breaks, dinner and some fun.
  • While studying, keep audio and video equipment off unless you are using it for homework.
  • Turn your phone off.  Respond to texts during breaks only.
  • While studying, write down anything you don’t understand, then ask your teacher about these.
  • It’s O K to study with friends, but only if you can work seriously together.


For more study and organizational tips, please visit Study Skills TBY.


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