How to Level Up Your Planner Game

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We’ve all been there. As students, when we don’t write down due dates and assignments bad things happen to our grades.

The secret antidote to forgetting dates, homework, and tests is a planner!

Why you should use a planner?

A planner will keep you organized, efficient, and on track to your short or long term goals.

When should you use a planner?


Before you start the day, sit behind your work desk, grab your morning coffee or tea, and start planning your day’s goals; events; and to-dos.

How should I use my planner efficiently?

Here are some of my best tips on how to level up your planner game to skyrocket your productivity and grades:

1.  Write all due dates in your planner

When you receive your syllabus from your college professor, make sure to jot down all the tests, projects, and assignments so you don’t skip a major grade.

This will also see how much time you need to study and prepare everyday for that next big test or project.

I personally use a Happy Planner for its beautiful design and functionality.

You can purchase a happy planner and stickers from Michaels: here

2. Jot down all class details

In a blank section of your planner or a sticky note, make sure to write down your:

  1. professor’s name
  2. email and or phone #
  3. location of class
  4. time of class
  5. office hours
  6. the days of the week you have that class

This way you have a quick reference on how to contact your professor or when you can drop by to ask a quick question on that anatomy homework.

3. Grade Tracker

As Ruby from Lavish Life says, make sure to have a section in your planner comparing the grade breakdown of your class on the left side and what you actually received on the right side. At the end of the semester, you can calculate your grades to see if you met your A+ goals!

4. Schedule those study hours

You always hear the colleges say, “for every 1 credit hour you have to put in 2-3 study hours outside of class.” source: University of Michigan Flint

The University of Michigan Flint also recommends this:

“Rule of Thumb: 2 hours of study per 1 hour of class; if going full time (12 hours), that equals 24 hours of studying per week ” source: University of Michigan Flint

I have 17 credit hours on my schedule which means I have to study for about 34 hours per week! (17 credit hours x 2 hours of studying)

College is overwhelming. That’s why its so important to keep organized and work hard at your daily goals and study time.

If you follow all these tips, you’ll be super efficient and organized in your personal life!

You’ll be even happier knowing that you are working actively to reach your dreams.

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How to Level Up Your Planner Game:

1. Write all due dates in your planner

2. Jot down all class details

3. GradeTracker.

4. Schedule those study hours

How do you use your planner?

Do you have any tips or tricks to share that works for you when planning your college and personal life?

We definitely want to hear so comment them below!

Feel free to check out other awesome content on college and productivity like this one: College Organization Tips You Can’t Learn From Books

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