‘Tis the Season…

Fall is in the air, apples are in season.  Everything pumpkin is out on shelves and in coffee shops.  This means that it is time to look to the Spring semester of school and start creating the schedule.  With this in mind, I had a meeting with my Math advisor yesterday.  I understand that I need top grades, but I’m not lower than a B+ in my Calculus class.  I’m in the process of trying to bring the grade up.  However, he made it seem that if I don’t have an A in that class, I’m not good enough.  I get the fact that Calculus I is a foundation course.  However, I’m not slacking off.  I’m getting As on all of my quizzes and homework.  I’m just a few points a way from an A-, so I feel he’s jumping to the conclusion that I’m not really up for the work.  He’s trying to steer my to a single major and I’m not wanting to be a single major.  I want to double major.  He also seemed shocked that all of my general education credits are done now.  I’m only working on my language credits.  Anyway, he set me up with some choices, take another computer programming class or take linear algebra.  I’d like to take the algebra course, but it runs at the same time my Calculus class.  I can’t change my Calculus class because my physics classes will run when the other Calculus class will be running.  I wouldn’t have this problem at a larger university, but since I am trying not to go into massive debt, the satellite school is how I plan to get my degrees.  So, computer programming 201 it is.  I don’t hate programming, I just wish it was more doing, and less why.

So, in light of my meeting with my advisor, I am going to have to buckle down even more so than I am now, in order to achieve my desired grades by the end of the semester.  I need to do well on two exams I have next week.  The bright side is that fall break occurs after my last class on Thursday and I don’t go back until the following Wednesday.  So, I will try to get something cool up here.  I feel like I’ve been neglecting everyone.  So keep your eyes peeled next Friday!

To the Midnight Genius Gremlin

19 credit hours are kicking my tokus.  I’m living on coffee and post-it notes.  My office looks like notebooks and text books have exploded everywhere.  I have German vocabulary strewn about on every visible vertical surface odd bits of computer code on post its hanging off of bookshelves.  Physics equations take up any other free vertical space and derivation laws are on as many horizontal surfaces as I can find (including my floor).  This is what happens in the middle of the semester.  I end up with a crazed study pattern that only makes sense to me.  I also go through phases where I will not be able to do anything during the day, and I usually hit my “genius” at midnight and work until four in the morning.  Having an 8:30 class isn’t conducive to this way of studying.  I paid the price this past weekend, throwing off my sleep schedule.  It took me until today (Friday) to feel as though I am normal again (minus the madness in my office).  I am the person who loses track of time when studying or doing homework.  I don’t eat, forget to hydrate, etc.  I get obsessive when I am in “the zone”.  I know it worries my husband and he tries to make sure I go to bed or eat.  I know I’m not the only person who is like this.  So here’s a shout out to all the people working late into the night obsessively trying to make sense of the madness strewn about your room and also a shout out to the friends and family that make sure we have that extra cup of coffee, glass of water, or study snacks to feed our genius gremlins.

I Think I Have Learned How…

2017-financial-plannerOkay my lovelies, I have finally gotten to the point where I think I have come up with a way to balance all on my plate without going nuts or dropping the drinks.  Calculus, Physics, and my other classes are keeping me occupied during the week, and I can’t seem to find the time to squeeze in a blog post.  So, I have decided that in the interest of keeping up with my blog with juggling everything, I will be posting my blog on Fridays instead of Wednesdays.  It gives me a little break from the insane amounts of studying I do in order to do something fun.

It is the time of the year when you start to think about the next year and getting your new planner around.  So, I have created a 2017 financial planner to go with the new 2017 planner I am in the process of creating.  I’m planning to create two planner types:  one like my student planner with the 1.9”x1.5” boxes, and one with regular happy planner sized boxes on full sized paper.  Those planners will be coming out in the next few weeks.  I may even have an extra color in the planners because sometimes I have problems with choosing a color because I want ALL THE COLORS!  Or at least it will be a mixture of all the colors into one single planner for those of us who have problems choosing just one color.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I enjoy making them.

As always, these are for personal use only, don’t sell, copy, distribute these without my permission and instead of giving someone the file, direct them to my blog.  Enjoy!

 

Blue 2017 Financial Planner

Grey 2017 Financial Planner

Aqua 2017 Financial Planner

Lavender 2017 Financial Planner

Pink 2017 Financial Planner

Peach 2017 Financial Planner

Lime 2017 Financial Planner

Still learning to juggle….

Ok, it takes me a minute to figure out how classes run and what I need to do exactly for them.  Time management isn’t always intuitive.  I have the first two weeks under my belt, and I’m still trying to iron out a few things.  One being, WHEN DO I HAVE TIME TO DO OTHER THINGS BESIDES STUDY!?  I promise I am not neglecting you.  This semester I am taking really hard classes.  Even though things over lap in them, it doesn’t mean that I have less homework.  Really my Physics lecture and Physics lab are two separate classes that they tie in as one class (separate homework, separate exams, etc.).  I promise I am working on something cool to show you soon.  Talk to you later!

First Week!

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.

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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!

FINALLY!

Thumb Nail Academic CalendarSorry 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 CondrenStudent Planner 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 Class Information Supplementuploading 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.

Aqua Student Planner and Supplements

Blue Student Planner and Supplements

Grey Student Planner and Supplements

Lavender Student Planner and Supplements

Lime Student Planner and Supplements

Peach Student Planner and Supplements

Pink Student Planner and Supplements

Connection issues…

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…

Sneak Peek Planner Preview

Sneak Peak (2)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!

Beginning to Prepare

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Cool School Calendar and Grade Trackers

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.

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Bright School Calendar and Grade Trackers

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.

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Assignment Tracker

By using an individual assignment tracker for each class School Littles@0,5xI 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.

Class Assignment Tracker

Bright School Calendar Labels and Grade Trackers

Cool School Calendar Labels and Grade Trackers

Other School Little Printables