Ok, so the first week of the semester is always busy. Homework, and getting back into the routine of getting up at the crack of dawn to go to get to class on time. I didn’t get all of my class syllabi in time to plan my semester before it started. So, I am playing catch up. However, it allows for me to take more pictures, and slow down a bit as I go.
So, in order to plan, I go through a single syllabus at a time when planning the semester. This way, my brain has a single focus, and I can ensure I don’t miss any deadlines for the class. I always color coordinate my classes. This year the code goes like this: German- blue, Physics- pink, Calculus- orange, Computer Programming- green. I make sure I have proper amounts of sticky notes in these colors as well as page flags. So, basically by the end of my Semester planning session, the monthly layouts are covered in sticky notes before I ever put pen to paper.
As you can see, I chose to use the peach vertical planner this year. It was so hard for me to decide. I thought about rotating through ALL of the colors, but I wasn’t sure I’d like that too much. I might try it eventually. I sometimes get bored easily. However, since I decorate my planner, I really don’t worry much about most of the color.
So, this weekend, my project is to ink and place planner stickers on the important monthly dates on what is due. I will then add these to my assignment lists, both my master list and my individual class lists in order to keep track. From there, I will keep a project planner in order to keep track of progress on each major assignment and exam. As I do this I will keep track and post the photos on instagram if you are curious. Follow me @coffeeconfessor to see more!
Sorry about the delay while I get things straightened out on the internet front. I have been working on a lot of projects since I am without internet at the moment. We all know school is around the corner or has already started in some cases. I know everyone is always excited to get new planners (including me). I have been working on this particular planner for six months now and I think I have it the way I like it. It is a vertical weekly two-page layout with a monthly two-page layout as well that lasts the academic calendar year (August-July). The vertical is divided into morning, afternoon, and evening. There is a chronodex at the bottom to create a glance schedule. There is plenty of space for writing as well as decorating!!!! The boxes are roughly Erin Condren sized. I am currently working on one that is Happy Planner sized in case you have one. There are also thumbnail calendars for the month at the start of each week. The exciting thing??? I made it in seven colors. I have the standard grey, but it also comes in peach, pink, blue, green, lavender, and aqua! Beyond this, I have supplemental inserts with assignment master lists, professor contacts, and class schedule. I also have a thumbnail calendar page in each color in case you need extras. In the next few weeks I will be uploading more things that go with these planners such as meal planning supplements, doodle and brain dumping pages, blog planning, expense trackers, habit trackers, etc. (Like I said, down time with no internet.) Anyway I hope you enjoy these freebies and please feel free to give me any feedback on how this planner is working for you, what you want to see, what changes would make it better. I am trying to create the ultimate student planner. Something more than what is out there. So feedback is CRUCIAL! In other words, you are all my test subjects. As always, if you want to share these, please link to my page. These are for personal use only.
Having some issues with my interwebs connection. I don’t know if I’ll be able to post on Wednesday or not. Breaking up with my phone company because of incompetence and I am making a deal with the Devil (Comcast) to get cable internet. So, it should have been plug and play, but they have to flick a switch on a telephone pole 25 feet away from my house. For this, they are charging me an ass load. But I am up sh*t creek without a paddle without the connection. They seem to not be able to manage this small thing for about two weeks. So, I may be sporadically posting from now until then. Sorry for the blackout…
This week is the final week of my summer classes. So, as usual, I am swamped with work.
However, I thought that I’d like to give a sneak peek at what I am currently working on for the new year. As you know I create my own planner to suit my needs. I am in the process of creating a new one for the new year. I tend to take a long time to create things because I want them to be perfect. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like to see in a planner, please feel free to drop me a line or a comment. I currently have a few separate inserts beyond my planner proper which include weekly meal planning, monthly
expense/deposit tracker, class schedule inserts, and a blog planning supplement for all my fellow bloggers. I was also planning on adding a supplement for project planning. I will probably post my planner in December in order for everyone to have time to print it out and get it together. So, anyway, sorry about my short post. I promise I will be back with more next week!
With the start of the fall semester just around the corner, I have been working on a way to keep classes and their assignments more organized in my planner. I am constantly wanting to know what assignments, quizzes, exams and projects are coming up in order to better prepare for them. I also like to keep track of my grades throughout the semester so I know how to adjust my studying or ask for help if I need it before it is too late. Since I decorate my planner, I’ve found that double writing of information is kind of a pain in the butt. So, I have created some cutouts to put on my planner as I go, as well as a full page assignment/grade tracker.
I color coordinate my classes and assignment trackers. I have found that it is the best way to glance at things and see what is due. I am thinking of changing a few things, so the colors are in families and the darker it is the more important it is (i.e. deep teal or deep berry means exam or final, while pale magenta or pale aqua mean I only have homework). However, I’m not sure how it would actually work. I know some people use the color red to denote exams, yellow to denote homework, orange to denote quizzes, etc. for all of their classes. I just happen to like to know which class my exam is in at a glance, as opposed to noticing that there is an exam, but not sure which class it is for, so I have to turn around and look at my syllabi to figure it out. It really doesn’t work for me. However, if it works for you, I did create calendar stickers for it.
By using an individual assignment tracker for each class I can file away the syllabi and just have the important stuff in my ARC notebook. This way I’m not wasting valuable notebook real estate on 5-10 page syllabi for 5 or 6 classes. The assignment tracker pages coordinate with the bright school calendar labels and grade trackers. The reason I use both ways to track my grade is because I can write down the individual grade of my assignment in the full page assignment tracker, and I can keep track of my weekly grade in each of my classes with the smaller trackers. I know it seems a bit obsessive, but I like to know what my grade is at all times, and if something is wrong, I can always double check, and I have information as to which grades are wrong in order to get these things changed if necessary. I also keep a seven pocket file folder for the semester to put my class assignments, tests, and quizzes in so I have them handy if I need to show them to the professor.
I wasn’t always this organized, I learned the hard way that one should have information in triplicate in order to prove something is wrong. Trying to scramble to find an assignment that I had thrown into a drawer in order to double check that I was getting the correct grade became a pain. So, when in doubt, triplicate the information. I haven’t resorted to digitizing my former assignments and exams just because I’m afraid that my computer will die with all of my assignments I scanned in and I realize that a grade of mine is wrong at the last minute.
I hope you enjoy the things I created for you. Remember that these creations are for personal use only, and aren’t to be sold. Send people a link to my site for them to download these printables! Also, if you have any questions, comments, requests, please feel free to drop me a line.