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Get Organized

Let's see, there's math homework tonight, an English essay, that science fair project due in a couple of weeks and … what else? Don't you hate it when you forget about an assignment or, worse yet, remember the assignment but forget to bring home the book you need?

As a middle school student, it's time to take control of the situation. Get a planner and start using it. Your school might even provide one for you.

Types of Planners

These inexpensive options will help you get organized.

  • Small spiral notebooks
  • Printed bound monthly and daily calendars
  • Sheets you designed or downloaded (legally) from the Internet

Tips for Planner Use

Get the most out of your planner by using these strategies.

  • Make a daily list of assignments, projects and tests for each subject.
  • Include activities, meetings, practices and deadlines.
  • Check your list before you leave school to make sure you have all the materials you need.
  • Figure out what's most important. Do assignments due tomorrow first; then use extra time to work on those due later.
  • Work backward from due dates by writing down which parts of large projects you'll take care of each day.
  • Include study time for tests coming up later in the week or month.
  • Cross or check off each assignment when you finish it.
  • Look ahead at due dates, activities and test dates so you're prepared.
  • Write down reminders for new supplies or materials you need, as well as notes or information for your parents so they know what's going on too.


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