ORGANIZATION and MANAGEMENT
Remember the 10-second rule: If you can’t find what you are looking for in 10 seconds you lose your focus.
Use a 3-Ring Binder
Use Colored Dividers
Assign a different color for each subject. Example: green for science, blue for language arts, etc.
Place clear tabs behind each colored tab divider and label them:
Consider special, labeled sections for:
Place computer to one side to allow room to study
Use a good lamp, positioned below eye level and focused on reading material
Use a pencil/pen holder
Regularly discard used pens and replenish lead/erasers in mechanical pencils
Use a 4-section paper tray for quick, easy access to:
Create a reference section (on desk top with bookends, or a shelf easily accessible from chair).
Drawer divider organizers for:
Colored file folders for home filing system file drawer
Extra file folder for new assignment sheets, monthly binder calendars, reports in progress, etc.
Pens, mechanical pencils, extra lead, extra erasers
Water soluble transparency pens (for large calendars)
Paper divider trays
Computer paper (or any paper without lines)
Special paper (graph, colored construction, map, etc.)
Bookends (if appropriate) for reference books
Binder clips (for large stacks of papers)
Push pins for bulletin board
Calculator, extra batteries if needed
Colored 3" x 5" index cards