10 Tips to Help Students to Stay Organized

Do you work with students who have trouble with organizational skills?  It can be very difficult to manage assignments, books, notebooks, calculators, folders, pens and pencils especially when you have to move from class to class.  Here are 10 tips to help students to stay organized:

  1. Be a good role model i.e. have desk and classroom materials organized.
  2. Remove or have the student remove all unnecessary materials, papers or books from work area.
  3. Set aside time daily or weekly to organize work and clean up.
  4. Use containers to organize pencils, pens, crayons, etc.
  5. Place a sack on chair or desk to organize books when not in use.
  6. Using colored tape, mark off a rectangle on desktop to indicate where books should go.
  7. Break down long projects or tasks into smaller parts – provide materials at desk needed for each part rather than the entire project.
  8. Give assignments one at a time i.e. one worksheet at a time.
  9. Encourage the student to use a planner or agenda and write down assignments as soon as possible.
  10. Color code notebooks and folders based on subject.

What is your top tip to help students to stay organized?

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