From time to time, it happens to every student. An assignment deadline approaches, or the time for class is drawing near. You need to access that paper, spreadsheet, or presentation right away, and you can’t find it. What did you name the project? Where did you file it? And which draft is the final one? It has to be there somewhere… you just know it. But the clock is ticking, and you are now kicking yourself for failing to create folder names other than “My Documents” or “New Folder” and neglecting to title your files clearly. So you keep looking, knowing that your instructor is as likely to accept “I couldn’t find the file” as a valid excuse as he or she would buy “the dog ate my homework.”
To minimize the likelihood of this happening to you again, you may need to reconsider the organizational system you use. If you’re in need of pointers to accomplish this, consider these strategies pulled from Joel A English’s Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner, which can help you organize all your coursework on your computer:
Though it can take a bit of time to get your computer set up, you’ll save yourself a great deal of frustration and stress later!
Reference: English, Joel A. Plugged In: Succeeding as an Online Learner. 2014. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
What strategies do you employ for keeping your coursework organized and easy to access? Share your thoughts below.