As a junior in high school, I think I’ve finally found a few things that help me not only get through the school year, but get through it successfully. In today’s Back to School post, I’m sharing five essentials for a smooth school year! These are items I practically live by during the school year and would definitely recommend to anyone looking to become more organized or productive this year. This is the eighth blog post in my Back to School series this year, so be sure to check out the rest here if you like what you read. Enjoy!
#1: A Planner
Planners have been absolute lifesavers for me. I’m currently using my fifth one and I love it so so much. I use my agenda to jot down homework assignments, remind myself of due dates, schedule blog posts, make plans to hang out with friends, mark volunteering dates, and more. I actually wrote a whole post on how I organize my agenda, read it here! I used to use Lilly Pulitzer agendas, which are amazing, but I now use a Kate Spade agenda simply because I currently like the simple design better than Lilly’s brightly printed pages. I’ve also heard really good things about the Day Designer agendas, which help you map out basically every hour of your day.
#2: A Quizlet Account
I would have failed tons of vocabulary quizzes and Spanish tests had I not discovered the Quizlet program as a seventh grader! This free website and app allows you to create digital flashcards (complete with pictures and diagrams) and offers a variety of ways to study the terms and definitions. My personal favorite method of quickly memorizing vocabulary words is to create a Quizlet set and play “Write.” I also love how this website has its own app, so if you’re on a car trip, waiting for a friend, eating a snack, or doing literally anything else with a smart phone in your hand you can study! I still love old fashioned flash cards, but you can’t lose a term in a Quizlet set like you can accidentally lose one flash card. Sign up for Quizlet here!
#3: A Homework Folder
Up until this year I refused to keep paper assignments anywhere aside from the respective class’ binder. This method required me to go home with a completely full backpack and an armful of books and binders everyday, and I was tired of it. This year I decided to try out a magnetic closure envelope folder and I’ve loved keeping all of my homework in it! It’s super convenient and since it’s so thin it easily fits into the laptop sleeve in my backpack along with my laptop. Mine is a really pretty rose gold folder from Office Depot and I was unable to find it online, but I found a similar folder in a neat iridescent white color on Office Depot’s website! Find it here.
I was never much of a highlighter type of gal (mostly because I often end up highlighting half the page) until this school year. My AP U.S. History teacher constantly assigns readings to highlight for homework and I’ve found that searching for the important pieces of a reading to highlight as you skim the text is a much more productive method of getting through a reading assignment than being bored and thinking about something else as you read every last word (what I used to do). My favorite highlighters are nothing fancy, just the bigger Sharpie chisel tip highlighters. Find them online here!
#5: Sticky Notes
Sticky notes are something I rarely used for anything besides doodling until I got to high school but boy have they been helpful since! I use sticky notes to stick on my wall to remind myself of assignments (then I take sticky notes off the wall as I finish each task, super motivating!), to stick on my mirror to remind me to bring things to school, to stick on textbook pages so I remember the information is important, and the list goes on. You’re probably well aware that the Post-it brand makes a variety of sticky note shapes and sizes, you can find my favorite options pictured and linked above! I love the little flags for marking pages in my agenda and AP workbooks, the regular size for sticking memos around my room, and the 3in x 3in squares for writing notes in my novels for AP Language!
Thanks for reading! I know most of these items are things you might already use, but hopefully this post has given you ideas on different ways to use them for more productivity!