Hi young learners! As we head to the new year, you need to assess how organised are you in your studies?

School can be really tough with an array of subjects to pay attention to and one can get quite lost trying to navigate life. Deciding what subject to pay attention to, which topics to learn, and what to concentrate more on, can be as stressful as the entire process of learning. That’s where organisation comes in. Having an organised and planned routine can lead to effective learning and thus, better results. But organising can be another headache on its own.

To save you some time, here are some tips for organising your study routine!


  1. Build Up a Basic Routine

Building up your routine entails deciding what time you should begin studying once you are home from school. For some students, afternoons are the best time to study, and for some, evenings work better. Decide a time that works best for you and dedicate it to studying. Next, allocate different days and time slots for different subjects. For example, Math and English are for Monday and Tuesday, while Urdu and Science can be for Wednesday and Thursday and so on. With such organisation, you are bound to always be on track and on top of your game. The key however, is following the routine religiously! Another amazing way which I prefer is to dedicate one subject per day so that I can take a deep dive into that subject over the course of the day. But you do what suits you best.


  1. Create a Planner

While most students do have lesson diaries, the use of those books is limited to recording the homework given for the day. Create a planner by taking a desk calendar and marking important events on it. For example, you can mark the date of your math assessment so that you are aware of it, and can prepare for it in time. Creating planners can also include making time tables which help in the preparation of exams. A student planner can come incredibly handy, but even if you don’t have that, just use a paper and pen and sort out important dates and events. You can colour code the dates and the events so that you have an individualised system that works for you. All in all, you will be much more organised than before and learning will also be less haphazard.


  1. Keep a Checklist

Once you have created a routine and started going by it, cross off the work you’ve assigned to yourself as you complete it. Check-listing the goals you set will not only lead to better organisation as you clear up your work, but it will also be satisfying and serve as motivation to do better. One thing you can definitely do is to make a daily to-do checklist that you update/make/maintain daily. Alongside this, you should have a master monthly/weekly to-do list which you use as a reference point to incorporate items into the daily to-do list. It is always a good idea to reward yourself when you have completed a certain task, and crossing off your checklist is satiating in its own way.


  1. Note-taking

This point is not really relevant to primary school learners, but for the older students, note-taking can have a significant impact on their performance. Students should discover a note-taking style that is suitable for them. Neat, organised notes are always easier to learn rather than messy, untidy ones. For more clarity, students can use highlighters or coloured pens to categorise their notes, distinguishing the content from what is important and what is not. For some students, recording information in different colours and shapes can actually make learning easier, rather than jumbled, scrawny scribbles.


  1. Organise by Subjects

Organise your notes according to your subjects. Most often, students use one notebook for recording all the notes from different subjects because they find it hard to keep track of different books. But, navigating through all those notes is an extremely time-consuming and stressful task on its own. Instead of all that confusion, it is better to have separate notebooks for different subjects. In school, if teachers give out reading material and worksheets, then organise them topically or date-wise in their designated file. Additionally, for more clarity, organise the papers according to their subjects in different files so that if later, you have to refer to a specific worksheet, you can easily do so without having to go through a messy pile!