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.