We all know that in order to do well in school, it is important to keep your materials organized by handing in papers on time, having different binders, work folders, and notebooks for each of the subjects you are taking, such as English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and other classes, and to always ask questions when you are unsure about something, which can happen at any grade level.

This ensures that you are focused on your studies and are taking steps to succeed. Sometimes, when individuals are not organized, this can lead to school and academic concerns and failures that will affect their overall work and grades in school, work, and in their everyday lives.

The following are some helpful tips on how to succeed with personal writing and general organization tasks in school or in other learning environments:

  1. Only keep the materials that you need for a lesson on your desk during that class or period: What materials will you need for Monday at 9:20 in the morning?  Keep track of the books and items you need, and check them off.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30-9:15 am


8:30-9:15 am


8:30-9:15 am


8:30-9:15 am

Social Studies

8:30-9:15 am


9:20-10:05 Math 9:20-10:05 Math 9:20-10:05 Science 9:20-10:05 Science 9:20-10:05  Activity       Centers


  1. Have a different notebook for each school subject: If you only have one notebook for all of your subjects, it might be easy to confuse materials at times. So, instead of having one notebook for all of your subjects, try and use a different notebook for each of your school subjects. These can also be color-coded, and the teacher can use certain colors for notebooks to indicate what subject it is for, such as using red notebooks for ELA/Reading, blue notebooks for Math, and yellow notebooks for Science class, and so on.

A chart can be kept in the classroom as well to show each of the subjects and what colors they correspond to.

  1. Use colorful tabs for work binders to help separate different subject areas: Using tabs in a work binder can help to identify important sections that the binder contains, such as ELA/Reading, Math, Social Studies, and other course-related content. Also, the binder can feature an ordered list of topics in the front for each subject to identify the topics that the student learns:           Social Studies      The Civil War
  2.   The Great Depression, Parts 1 and 2
  3.   Industrialism in America

In this way, students can easily list the topics they are learning on a main cover page, and keep track of what they learn as it occurs throughout class.

  1. Keep track of passwords and other login information in a password book: By using a book that stores all of your passwords and login information, you don’t have to rely on your memory when accessing an online site.

Try and get a book that comes with the alphabet letters already etched into the pages, or one where you can write it in, and list websites accordingly.  For example, turn to letter “M” when writing in your Minecraft password. Remember to update your login information if there are any changes made.

  1. Understand what organizational tools will work best for you: If you are completing an assignment that asks you to compare and contrast carnivores and herbivores, will a simple T-Chart organizer work well, a Venn Diagram with lines, without, or another type of organizational tool?  Learning more about what kinds of organizational tools will work best for you will guarantee that your academic needs are being met, and you will succeed. You will most probably have to gain experience using many of these types of organizational tools, but finding what works for you is always helpful.
  2. Check off items completed when you are given a writing assignment with multiple parts: For writing assignments that have more than one part, it is helpful to use a checkmark when answering each part of the question:

List ways to promote good health:  ✔A. In your home  B. In your community

  1. Take notes after the lesson is over, and use the textbook when taking notes to help paraphrase information and put it into your own words: Sometimes it is difficult to listen to the teacher, and, at the same time, take notes as the teacher is speaking.  What you may wind up with are a jumble of words that you may not understand later on.  To avoid this scenario, try and see if you can take notes once the lesson is over, as this will help you to focus better on note-taking and not have to worry about doing multiple tasks all at once.

Also, the class textbook or electronic book (ebook) can be a valuable resource for understanding important concepts, and reinforcing what was learned in class by studying information at your own pace and comfort level.


  1. For school projects, make a goal of what you will complete each week: Let’s say you are given a project that has multiple parts that you are required to answer. Instead of doing it all the night before, make a plan as to what parts you will complete every week.  For a project that has 6 parts, if you complete one part each week, then it will take you a little more than one month, or 6 weeks, to finish the whole project.

These are just some of the many ways that using organizational tools and resources can help you to succeed in school and in your everyday life as you grow and learn more about what works best for your overall learning needs.