As students, some of you may not see the importance of being organized. You prefer the convenience of simply leaving things piled up by keeping the most recent notes or homework at the top so that it is the most accessible. I used to do that myself that when I was in secondary school and believe it or not, being organized actually goes a long way in helping you score better results for the ‘O’ Levels. There is something about a neat and tidy environment that helps to bring about order in your mind and this may even help you to recall and memorize better. Being organized is more than just physical decluttering though, it is also about how you organize your learning materials and manage your time effectively.
One way to be an organized and efficient learner is to file and categorize all your learning materials. This means arranging your notes, homework and practice papers etcetera according to the subject and date before filing them. Filing helps to keep your papers in a good condition by preventing it from being crumpled or torn. More importantly, it makes your learning materials a lot more accessible, it is easier for to find the exact papers that you need. Secondary school students have the most subjects to study for and not organizing and filing your papers consistently could result in you not being able to find certain papers when you need them. Furthermore, filing also helps to give you a clearer idea of what you need to prepare or revise for as you have a better picture of the materials that you have available.
Using a timetable is extremely useful tool in being organized. It is important to create and plan an effective timetable that suits your needs. Here’s how you can make an effective timetable! Firstly, find out what are all the different materials that you have to complete or revise for. Secondly, prioritize the tasks based on their urgency such as when they are due or by their relative importance in the examination. Thirdly, find out how much time you have exactly and allocate a reasonable amount of time to complete each task. Lastly, continually refer to the timetable to ensure that you are on track in completing your daily tasks. This way, you will not fall behind as you know what you have to do and how much time you have to complete it.
An essential part about being an organized student is to not procrastinate. Procrastination happens to the best of us and is an extremely bad habit to have. One can have the best timetable and all the materials immaculately filed and readily accessible but they would not be of any use if they are not adhered to and utilized. One effective way to stop procrastinating is to ‘start small’ by breaking big tasks down into smaller and more manageable tasks. This will go a long way in making sure that you are not completely overwhelmed or daunted by it as less effort is required to complete them. It is also crucial that you start and continually work on them. You will be encouraged when you see the progress being made and after gaining some momentum, be even more determined to complete them.
It is important for you to take charge of your own learning by being organized. Being organized is not difficult and it actually helps to make your life easier by creating a productive environment for you to study efficiently. The last thing you want when preparing for the ‘O’ Levels is to not being able to find the materials you need for your revision!