So, school. How do I do it?
I'm a senior in high school now, and since i've gotten this far, I must know a few things on how to be successful at school. Some might say determination, ambition, and discipline, but I say it all comes down to how organized you are. If you're notes are sloppy and disgusting, but you are disciplined and whatnot, you'll get through those notes, but will you get through them quickly, efficiently, and happily? I would say not.
But, then again, i've always been a stickler for clean and neat notes. That's my #1 tip. You need to always have NEAT NOTES!! trust me, reviewing will be so much more enjoyable if you just clean up your handwriting and put a little extra effort into your note-taking. Buy some new pens (jetpens is the bomb) and have fun playing with different styles and colors. By the end of the year, your notebook or binder will be so beautiful you won't want to throw it away. That's how I feel about last year's AP US history notebook (seen above and below). It's too gorgeous to throw out.
Another important part about staying organized is consistency. If you start your notes out one way, then finish them that way. Don't decide to put a bolded title to your unit 1 notes and then not put any title for your unit 2 notes. You'll be confused by the time your final comes along and you'll probably have a panick attack. (I am saying this from experience, yes). Consistency is key here, and you need to make sure that all of your ducks are in a row. Use the same highlighters to indicate the same things, and use the same pen throughout all of your notes. Don't decide to suddenly "change it up" midway through december. You just don't do that.
Next, draw adorable pictures. I don't mean to doodle all over your notes, because that is a very very bad idea. I mean that, if given the chance in class or at home, draw pictures within your notes to help you visualize the concept better. Make it fun by using different colored pens and keeping the picture NEAT. If you put in the effort, the grade will come along with it.
Oh, and this is the most important tip of all, I think. plan every. single. thing.
I will constantly say this to everyone- buy a cute planner. customize your cute planner. use your cute planner. Don't just let it sit around while you say to yourself, "eh, i'll remember those 58 homework assignments I have for next week, I don't need to write it down". Sorry to break it to you, but yes, you DO need to write it down. Write it all down. Make note of the days you have to tutor, differentiate the important things by boxing them with colors. Highlight the items you have completed. plan, plan, plan. If you could pull one piece of advice from this post, I would say it has to be this one. If you stay on top of things in school or work, then you won't feel so overwhelmed in the long run. It will feel good to plan. trust me, i'm a senior ;)
I hope you found all of these tips helpful, because boy I would have if I was just starting out.
And if you want to see more of my handwriting/notes/school posts, then take a look at my tumblr morning oats, you won't regret it, I promise :)