Friday, January 10, 2014

How to organize your college binder

Hi guys! I am excited to do this post and I have had this idea for a while now. I am graduating this semester (as if I haven't told you guys enough already) and I have finally found some great systems that work for school organization. Let's get started!
First off my supplies:


I have two binders (both come from Target), class divider sheets, sheet protectors, Important Dates printable, and Class Overview printable. 
Here is the setup:


I store them here in my desk. The orange and pink box is a file folder box which I use to store paperwork, more on that system later. The pink binder is for my Tuesday/Thursday classes and the blue binder is for my Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes. 

Lets take a look inside the blue binder:


First thing you see when its opened:


Class divider sheet. I found them on Pinterest here. I put in the class abbreviation as well as the full title on the divider. 


Next thing you'll see is my divider tabs. I divided each class up into two sections: Notes and Handouts. The last section (the yellow tab) is my To Do List spot. 


My dividers themselves are these awesome plastic ones that have folders so that I can stick papers inside. This works great to store tests, scantrons, returned assignments, etc. I love that because the polka dot binders from Target didn't have an inside pocket like most binders do. 
Behind the divider you find my important dates sheet:


I love this system because I have all of my important dates for the semester right up front and I glance at that page every time I open the binder. That way I don't miss anything and I know what is coming ahead. 
Behind that I have a class overview printable that shows some information on classmates, the teachers email and phone number, etc. I found mine on pinterest. 
Next I have the class syllabus. I put in a sheet protector so that it would last longer.


Every class I have hands out a syllabus and I print mine off so that I can refer to it often throughout the semester. 
My sociology teacher also created a class calendar so I printed that off as well:


Basically anything I would want to look at everyday I printed off and put in a sheet protector. This is useful because then I know what chapter we are on for the day and I can read it ahead of time. 


This same teacher also posts all of the study guides for all three tests. I printed them all of so while she is talking in class and while I am studying the chapter I can highlight the terms that are going to be on the exam. 


I then have notepaper for all the notes I take in class. All of the above is under the first tab Soc 1010 notes. 
The next tab is handouts and currently I don't have anything in that tab. 
The next thing you see is the divider for my next class:


I love all the cute dividers on that site I showed earlier. Seriously the greatest. 
Behind the first tab I have the following:


Class syllabus.

Class calendar. His is set up differently but it's still the same concept. 


Notes. 
That is all behind the notes tab. Then behind the handouts tab I have this:


It's a style guide on how to site information in the SAA style which is the style used by archaeologists. Most teachers use APA or MLA but archaeology has its own unique guide. 
The next section is my to do list tab:


I have a divider that says Assignments to do now, and the next divider is for assignments to do later.


I usually would put assignments that need to get done over the weekend in the to do now spot, and the later one is used for final papers to be handed in at the end of the semester. 

So there you have it folks. My 2014 spring binder set up. My pink binder is the exact same thing only for the other classes. I just used a one inch binder for both days and so far it is working great. I love this system because now all I have in my backpack is the binder for that day and my books as well. It helps me to stay organized and I am loving the sheet protectors. I don't really use sheet protectors all that much but I am finding that they are great to make sure my loose papers don't get all beat up. I am getting an Erin Condren planner this year to use for school and its supposed to ship to me next week. I can't wait for it to get here so I will be even more organized. I hope this was helpful for some of you and I hope that you are having a great first week back at school.
XO
Caitlin


















23 comments:

  1. Just realized I spelled psychology wrong... Sorry about that.

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    1. Your welcome Trish, check out some of my other college posts, how to survive finals, tips for writing a paper, etc. lots of great ideas!!

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  3. Where did you get the Important Dates and Class Overview? I assume you can print them since you wrote printable, but where is the link/image?

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    1. I will post a link for that and a picture tomorrow on the blog. I actually created mine and forgot to put a picture up here, sorry about that. I will also make the printable free for anyone who may be interested :) Thanks for reading

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    2. Suzette: Here is the link to the post I just did about the printables. Thanks for the question.
      XO
      http://theholladaylife.blogspot.com/2014/08/class-overview-printable.html

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  4. This is extremely helpful! I am going to college this Friday and high school teachers often have a set way they want you to organize their binder/folder so I was a little lost on the best way to do it in college.

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    1. Your welcome! I am glad it was so useful. I remember last year I couldn't find anything like this post on the internet so I am glad it could help.

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  5. Great tips!! I love the divider sheets! I use the same style for mine!

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    1. Me too! They are so cute and fun, I just love it when something turns out great.
      XO

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  6. Caitlin, thank you for all the tips you offered in your article. I remember when I first started college, I made sure that I had binders and folders and everything else to help me stay organized. Now that I look back on it, I think it made a difference, as I was able to be better organized for class. It seems like there are so many options on how to stay organized nowadays, like you mentioned. Thank you for your post. http://www.springdalebindery.com/gallery

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  8. Caitlin, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this post.

    I will follow your system for my upcoming semester! THANK YOU <3

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  9. Do you have a printable of the important dates page?

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  10. What's the name of the font you used??

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  11. Great post, I appreciate you and I would like to read your next post. Thanks for sharing this useful information about summer camp

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  12. can you link in the Important Date printable?

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    1. I actually just created that for my own personal use, and I used a font that wont allow me to share that printable. However if you search on P interest I am sure you could find something similar.

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  13. Also how did you write in the class divider sheets?

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    1. I used a program called picasa from google. It's a photo editing program that is free

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  14. This is a lovely post I liked it a lot very useful :)
    Isabelle
    isabelleelli.blogspot.com

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