When you open up my academic planner, the first thing you see is my dashboard. I attached some sticky notes and a list pad to the inside of the binder and then I have some cute scrapbook paper in a page protector.
When I flip that page, I have the key for my color coding system this semester on a piece of paper from the list pad placed inside the page protector. I like color coding my classes because it makes it easy to know what class each assignment is for without having to write out the class name each time, and I like using that color for headlines and to mark important info in my notes for that class.
I also have my class schedule for the semester written down and placed inside a page protector (I'm telling you - page protectors are the best. You need to invest!). This is super handy if I need a quick reminder of what classes I have that day or need to set up a meeting time for a group project.
After that I have my monthly planner pages for the semester. I use the monthly pages to write down when quizzes, papers, projects, and days off are - you know, the big events. That makes this section perfect to flip to when I just need a basic overview of the month or want to know when my next exam is.
The next section of my academic planner is the most used section - the weekly view. This is where I write down each assignment and reading, and also reminders a week in advance of big due dates and exams. I like to have little boxes next to each item so I can tick it off when I complete it.
In the back of my planner I have a detailed course schedule with the time, name of class, instructor, and room number listed. This is what I refer to all the time the first week or two of classes. I also keep some extra lined paper in the back of my academic planner for making lists when I need to. I keep separate notebooks for taking class notes in.
And there you have it! Now you know how I keep track of all those due dates without losing my mind. Having your class schedule and all assignments written down really helps to keep you on top of things, even if you have 6 classes like I do. I also swear by color coding - it really does make life so much easier!
How do you stay organized with college? Do you color code your classes, too?