With the start of new term—and a new school year—coming upon us, it’s time to start considering how we’ll manage our time (and energy)!

Looking for a helpful way to stay organized? By creating a term calendar, you’ll be well prepared to stay on top of all your events, appointments, responsibilities, and due dates.

In her book Essential Study Skills, Eighth Edition, Linda Wong suggests including the following items on your term calendar. These tips will be as helpful for you as they can be for your students:

1. Important deadlines for special projects, reports, and writing or lab assignments that appear on your course syllabi
2. Scheduled tests, midterms, and final exams
3. Special events, meetings, workshops, or conferences
4. Holidays
5. Scheduled times for tutors, study groups, or other support services
6. Personal appointments on or off campus
(Wong, 80)

 

By keeping on top of their assignments, students will also be better poised to succeed. Within Essential Study Skills, Eighth Edition, Wong also includes an activity that can help students create a term schedule of their own:

Directions: 

Gather together your campus calendar, the syllabus from each of your courses, and your personal calendar of events to create a term schedule.
1. Use a month-by-month planner or calendar. On your calendar, enter the items [listed above].
2. Place your month-by-month calendars in the front of your notebook, or if you are using an electronic calendar program, refer to the monthly calendar at the beginning of each week when you create your weekly schedule.
3. Update your term calendar throughout the term with deadlines for new assignments or significant events. (Wong, 80)

 

Reference: Wong, Linda. 2015. Essential Study Skills, 8th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

 

What are your strategies for getting organized each term? Do you provide your students with any tools or tips that will help them stay on top of their work? Share your suggestions in the comments.