I am finally done with the semester! Sorry I keep neglecting everyone. I’ve had my nose in the books for the last three weeks. I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. I’ve been decompressing from academics by creating things for next semester. Since it is so close to Christmas, I have created a new 2017 planner with matching note paper!! As usual this particular one is geared toward students, just because I am a student. I don’t make things I won’t use. I am really excited about this particular one because it is a neutral color with gold and black! I hope you all enjoy it!
Sorry everyone for the lack of posts. I have been so busy with school!! It’s 5 weeks until the end of the semester. Between exams, homework, papers, etc. there has been little time for me to write anything. My time is spent doing calculus and physics. I don’t like to leave you all hanging!! I do think about you guys. Even when I don’t post. I always feel bad.
tions are over. If you are upset, I understand. If you are scared, I understand. If you need someone to talk to, I’m around. Feel free to drop me a comment or a tweet.
So, what I have been doing recently in what bits of free time I have had, is making a new 2017 planner to upload! It is finally finished. If you want a different color, let me know so I can add them. These planners are full 12 month, Monday start planners with SpiralDex at the bottom instead of my regular Chronodex. The vertical two page-per-week layouts have boxes that are similar to the size of Erin Chondren Planners. So, if you glam/scrap plan, you can find stuff that fits.
I also have managed to finally get a bubble map template created so if anyone has professors that jump around from topic to topic, it can be a great help. It is only bubbles, you connect lines yourself, so you can have as many or as few tangents as you want.
As always, if you want to share my stuff, please link your friends to my page as opposed to just sending them the file. Don’t try to pass my stuff off as your own. Yadda yadda yadda. You know the fine print drill.
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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.
Note taking is an important part of going back to college. Whether one uses a computer or paper, it is important to learn to summarize as one goes and then re-write the notes after class. While I don’t record all of my class lectures, I do record lectures from my harder classes. If the class is more visually based, I have been known to set up my computer to record the lecture through its camera while I take notes by hand. I recommend taking notes more by hand than I do via computer when in the classroom because it allows the brain to be engaged more than typing words on a screen. I do tend to re-write my notes on a computer just to organize them after each chapter. There is no one way to take notes. In fact, depending on the teaching style and type of class, my note structure changes. In my math classes, I tend to use a draw it out method. In classes where I have professors who do what I call tangential-popcorn lectures (jumping from different topics and then going back) I use a mind mapping technique. In anatomy I used a specific printout I created that was a Cornell method hybrid.
Basic Cornell notes work for classes that rely heavily on lecture. How it is set up is that the paper is divided into three part: a small skinny part for questions/verbal cues/vocabulary, the larger part for outline-type notes, and then a bottom section for a summary of the lecture. These types of notes are good for teachers who are linear. They are also good for book notes. I used a type of hybrid of this type for my Anatomy and Physiology class. The front was an entire page to write outline notes. The back of the page has a place for summary, key points, key words, and a place to draw things out (ATP cycle, muscle types, tissue types, cell types, etc.). If you have a class that is heavily visual with processes or concepts, these are the types of notes one should use. Note taking is highly individual. It is why when you ask for someone else’s notes from class, you may or may not understand them. However, having a semblance of organization helps if you are letting someone borrow your class notes. I rarely gave out my organized notes because I felt that if I did all the work, someone else shouldn’t benefit. Also, when it came to my note taking I used specific colors for lecture notes, book notes, and clarified questions I had were all on that topic’s notes. So in the end, my unorganized notes were three different colors before I typed them up. It really helped for exams and quizzes.
Most people will tell you to read your book before class. I say skim the chapter to get an idea of what is going to be talked about. Make sure you write down any immediate questions that pop out. During the lecture, as they get answered make note of this. If questions aren’t answered, then ask them in class. Then go back and summarize the lecture notes—pulling out key concepts. Only after that do I go back to the book and read/take notes from the book. Sometimes books are wrong—it is a fact of life. I had a book in a class that we barely used because of information that was wrong/out of date. So, remember to make note if the professor says that something is supposed to be the way he/she teaches it and not what is in the book.
So below are some print outs for note taking that I use. I don’t have a mind map yet, I tend to just wing it on plain paper. If you want me to make one just drop me a line! Remember that these are for personal use only, so please do not try to sell them. Also, direct people to my website as opposed to giving them the direct link for this and all other printables that I have created. I hope you enjoy them!