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02/28/2019
Being an organized student can help you have a more successful learning experience. For tips on how you can keep your notebooks neatly organized, continue reading.

How to Organize Your Notebooks

Separate Your Subjects Into Different Notebooks

Picture this: you're getting ready to study for a big test; you take your notebook out, and now you're totally confused because you have no idea where the correct notes are. Needless to say, this doesn't paint a pretty picture, since it's probable your grade will suffer due to your messy notebooks. For that reason, it's suggested that you separate your school subjects into different notebooks, so when the time to study rolls around, you can actually focus on learning the material, and not on looking for it.

Put Your Name, Subject, and Grade on Them

Taking good, effective notes requires you to pay attention, understand the subject, collect the main ideas, be a fast writer, among other skills. That's why it's such a shame that all of that effort goes to waste when you lose a notebook. Not to mention, your notes are what you use to study. For that reason, you should prepare for mishaps. To that end, put your name, grade, and subject on the cover of each of your notebooks, so you can get them back if you misplace them.

Write Down a Date and Title for Each Lesson

In some cases, the teacher will ask you to study specific lessons for a quiz or test. However, it's possible that after some time, all of your notes start looking the same. To make your notes easier to locate, you should write down a date and title for each of the lessons. Much like having separate notebooks, this will save you a lot of time during your study sessions, which could make them more effective.

Keep the Notes You Write Organized, Too

It's not just your notebooks that should be organized; it may even be more important that what you write in them is organized, too. After all, who wants a clean, pretty notebook if the notes in it can't even be understood? That's why you should do your best when you're taking notes: write down clear, concise, coherent, complete ideas in your best penmanship. Those are the types of notes that will actually help you study.

Mind Your Notebook's Cleanliness

Even if you have the clearest notes in all of the land, if your notebook is filled with doodles and mistakes, it's possible that you'll have a hard time concentrating on the material you should be studying. That's why you should mind your notebook's cleanliness (e.g. try not to make many mistakes, and clean them up if you do). Still, some students benefit from doodling in class, since it can elevate their focus levels. If you feel this way, don't draw alongside your notes, since this may make them more confusing. Use the back pages or a separate sheet of paper to keep your notes as clean as possible.

Don't Keep Loose Papers in Them

Your notebooks are not your folders (unless they have folders integrated into them). This means that you shouldn't be keeping loose papers in them (for example, your graded tests, the class' syllabus, among others). This is because you'll likely lose said papers and your notebooks will be disheveled. Instead, use your actual folders to save those loose papers. Moreover, you should avoid ripping pages off of your notebooks, since you may end up losing them as well.

Create an Index at the Back of Them

Last but not least, why not make your notebooks extra organized and create an index at the back of each of them? As you know, books have indexes that guide readers to the right chapter or information. If you want to make your study sessions more efficient, you can do the same. Simply write down a number on each of the pages in your notebook. Then, in the back, note which lesson is in which page.

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