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Schoolwork Organization Tips: Lesson Plans

Jul 9, 2008
Are your lesson plans disorganized? Do you need help keeping track of your child's homework? This article is designed to provide you with some useful tips that will help you organize schoolwork no matter what side of the desk you're on. Specifics may vary from person to person; however, the following information includes helpful and important guidelines from which everyone can benefit.

School days, school days... they're here again. And we have some schoolwork organization tips for ensuring that your child's organizing skills make the grade.

One thing you can always be certain about when your children begin a new school year is that the paperwork will build and build. To avoid the distressing notion of losing an important homework assignment, or misplacing vital notes needed for an upcoming test, or losing track of just about any other kind of school-related document, we offer the following schoolwork organization tips.

Schoolwork Organization Tip #1: Devote separate folders to individual subjects. Sometimes, students (and their parents) may think it's best to stuff several subject assignments for example math and science into the same 2-pocket folder. Invariably, the papers will get mixed up, causing confusion. Instead, designate one folder for math and another for science... and title them clearly on the front. Colored folders also work best in this situation where you can use a different color for each subject for easy identification.

Schoolwork Organization Tip #2: Divide ring binders by subject. Much the same as pocket folders, ring binders can become confusing if they're not organized the right way. Rather than just placing papers into the binder in any old order, insert a subject tab divider (or tabbed index) to divide the binder into sections that can be referenced quickly just by flipping to the respective tab. Also, add clear 3-hole-punched sheet protectors to your student's ring binders, helping to protect important assignments while also better organizing them.

Schoolwork Organization Tip #3: Keep working papers apart from archive papers. Every student has longer-term projects, such as term papers, that are typically completed over several weeks or months. And of course, students also have homework on an ongoing basis. For enhanced organizing efficiency, do not mix these working project papers with documents that have already been completed...such as older homework assignments that have been graded and returned by the teacher. Older papers can be placed into their own archive folder for safekeeping.

Schoolwork Organization Tip #4: Stay away from the urge to overstuff folders. As the school year progresses, most students will cram as much paper as is humanly possible into each folder until the folder is literally overflowing. The result is usually a mess, where specific papers are difficult to find. If a pocket folder begins to get crammed, start a new one. Another hint: pocket folders come in several colors, so let's say you're starting a new folder for history assignments and the existing history folder is blue. Also make the new folder blue, creating a family look for the students history assignments.
About the Author
Sharon Mann is President of the I Hate Filing Club, a group of nearly 100,000 office professionals who hate filing but love finding new ways to become more organized. For information about how you can get new ideas, sample new products and connect with your peers, visit www.Pendaflex.com.
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