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How to Be Organized in Middle School
Buy a good book bag or tote.Don't get book bags that fall apart easily. Get a book bag that has enough zippers and compartments so that everything has a place, but not so many compartments that you're constantly looking for things. It's better to get a backpack if you will be carrying a lot of heavy books or binders, because the sling bags can ruin your shoulders. Recommendations for carry weight is 10% of your total weight.If your school allows it, it's a good idea to have a medium sized book bag or tote to carry around class to class also, though some schools don't allow any bags, many will say no backpacks but totes or book bags are fine. This really helps as you will not have to carry around a huge load of books, as most will fit in your bag.
Purchase supplies.A key to having everything organized in middle school is having all the supplies you need, nice and clean and organized. Some schools give you out the supplies you'll need, but you can generally buy supplies cheap at stationary stores, especially at the Back-To-School times. Here are some purchases you should make:
- Check each teacher's supply list to make sure you have everything you need. Have your parents or guardians get everything on the lists so you're not the last student to have supplies. At the very least, you should have notebook paper, pencils, and folders for each class. Remember, you will be changing classes and taking your things with you to your next class so there is no need to purchase multiple packs of things like colored pencils or highlighters.
- Buy, make, or reuse a pencil case. In the pencil case put things in like pencils, pens, erasers, sticky notes, etc.
- Keep your planner with you. With your planner, your whole homework schedule and after school activities can be organized. Write things in it like homework, events, meetings, etc.
Make sure everything has a place and stays in it!Math papers don't belong in your English notebook or your pocket. Be consistent. Keep papers in their corresponding notebook at all times. It will make things so much easier. You won't have to be worried on the way home about which binder something is in (and you forgot one of your binders). Many schools or teachers will require you to have a binder for their class and even schedule "notebook checks" where they make sure that you have all your papers in the right places in your binder.
Try setting up a schedule in the morning that will help you with staying organized.A sample schedule might be: Wake up and shower at 6:00, get dressed at 6:20, eat breakfast at 6:45, do your hair and makeup at 7:00, and leave at 7:15. It also helps to pack everything you can the night before, like putting all your homework and books in your bag, so all you have to add is your lunch. With the schedule, make sure you allow extra time in case something goes wrong (ex: you wake up late and don't have time to do something).When you have LOADS of homework: Take a sheet of paper, and write down all the subjects you have, then write the time you think you will need for each subject. Then try to put that time for homework in your weekly schedule. With the right schedule, you will become the responsible person that you should be!
Always have backup supplies!You want to have backup supplies just in case you lose any of it, or you forget it somewhere. Make sure to have a couple of extra packs of paper and pens/pencils in your locker.
At home, set up a drawer or area in your room for extra school supplies.This really helps as you know where everything you're not using is. It is also a good idea if you plan to buy bulk packs of things, which is very cheap, but can be hard to keep track of. If you have a "School Supply Drawer", you will always have a place to put extras, and know where those things are when you eventually need them.
Only buy the types of supplies you need.If you are in 8th grade, you probably won't need to buy lots of glue sticks and crayons, while a 5th grader won't need a graphing calculator. If you only buy what's on your supply list, and anything else you KNOW that you will use, you'll have a lot less junk to keep track of.
Label everything, and label it correctly, so you know where everything is.Labeling your notebooks and folders makes them easier to find. If you can make the folder and notebook for a class the same color, that helps too.
If you like to draw or make up stories in your free time or while waiting for the bus, keep an "extra folder" for all your papers.
If you have teachers that often give you big assignments, keep a spot in your notebook for keeping up with all the info and supplies for that project so it won't be mixed in with daily work.
Keep hole punch that goes in your binder so any papers your teacher hands you, you can put them in your binder (if you keep a binder).
Do not shove all papers into your backpack; this will make a mess and you will not be able to find anything you need!All of your papers will also get crumpled and ripped, and you don't want to hand them in like that!
Make sure to pay attention.If you do not pay attention and one of your teachers calls on you, how will you know the right answer? You could use your study guide if you have one and know where it is.
If your school has lockers, consider buying a locker organizer.Otherwise, do your best to divide it into several sections. Example: One for textbooks, one for notebooks, one for binder, and another for a backpack.
- Keep a magnetic pencil holder and a whiteboard on your locker door. The magnetic pencil holder is for spare pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, and supplies. The whiteboard is where you will write your assignments, classes, and memos on.
Make color-coded study schedules so that you get to review everything you need to.
QuestionI'm starting middle school next year and I am really nervous. Should I have different folders for every subject, or stash things in my binder so I have time to get to my next class? Should I also have labeled notebooks or not?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerKeep a folder for each subject and label them with your name and the class. You can either use a notebook for each class, or put everything into one or two binders with dividers between subjects. And don't worry! Having multiple classes will feel natural before you know it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if we don't have a locker?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSpend a few minutes organizing your backpack every time you get home from school, before you forget. Only bring the supplies you will be using that day, or your backpack will be messy and way too heavy.Thanks!
QuestionWill people make fun of me if I'm really organized?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAnything is possible. If people do make fun of you, it's probably because they're envious of your organization or because they don't value being organized. Either way, you can ignore them.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if we have to have multiple binders?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThen keep them individually organized. Put classwork, paper, homework and graded work all in different sections in each binder.Thanks!
QuestionI'm so worried I'm going to make a fool of myself on the first day and not have anything and drop things. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't worry -- everyone always drops things. Middle school is a lot better than it seems. Just keep your binder, notebook and pencil on the first day, and try to make nice friends.Thanks!
QuestionI just started seventh grade at a new school. How do I survive?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust take things one day or subject at a time. Make friends, find activities you enjoy and be prepared and organized.Thanks!
QuestionI'm starting middle school in three months. How can I stay organized at home and at school? Do I really need a locker organizer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLocker organizers are usually annoying and get in the way of everything. Try to keep everything organized in folders and binders. Just label the folders and have the subject written on each folder.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if our lockers are really small and narrow and our things don't really fit or don't fit at all?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThey will fit, even though the lockers are narrow and small.Thanks!
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- Schedule a time when you get to do all of your homework. For example: relax for a half hour or so (play Xbox or text, grab a snack) then have accessible any papers to do your homework. For many, doing the hardest to easiest helps so you can get the hard stuff out of the way first.
- Refrain from electronic distractions. Focus on "Is all my homework done?", or "Do I need anything extra today?"
- Begin using a planner at the start of the year. During the first week of school, jot down important dates, including school days with no classes (holidays, teacher waiver days, vacation breaks).
- If you have after-school activities that might conflict with a homework schedule, plan around them by using a dry-erase board to write down all of your obligations for practices, volunteering, etc.
- Keep a divider for all subjects. Keep all handouts and notes behind this.
- Ask your teacher(s) for help. Chances are there is at least one other student wondering the same thing but too shy/afraid to ask. If the teacher sees that you're usually a well prepared student, they'll give you a hand.
- Don’t put personal items in your binder. Besides the potential for being distracting to you or others, it is visual clutter.
- Stay organized from the start of the school year; ask all your teachers how to stay organized for their classes.
- When developing a new system, try it for 2 months to know if it works well for you, for example, use a locker shelf to separate morning from afternoon supplies.
- Keep a homework folder for all your homework. Keep sticky notes in it for labeling and keeping the homework separate.
- Have a color binder for each subject.
- If you have to share locker's try to get along with that person and help them be organized too!
- Color coding your supplies (binders, journals, folders, etc.) will be helpful if you are rushing in between classes.
- An accordion file is very useful as a planner and a place to put your homework.
- If your school doesn't give out a school supplies list or your teachers don't give it to you until the 1st week of school then make a list of supplies of the general things like binders and search those things up in different stores and see how much everything cost and then you will have an idea how much it's going to cost.
- If you have any extra binders from last year or any binders then you can use it as a shelf(This can only be done in some lockers)
- Don't share your locker combination not even your best friend because then they might take things that you need or tell others.
- If you have a binder, then use binder dividers and put folders there for homework and other things that your teachers gave to you in your classes.
- Color code your subjects. For example, you can have red for math, blue for English, green for science, purple for history, orange for foreign language, yellow for band, pink for art, white for health, gray for government/civics, light green for economics, etc.
- Always make sure to keep valuables with you.
- If you bring money to school, keep it in a safe place, like a wallet or purse. NOT in your pocket.
- Keep your locker combination private. If your school requires it, they have a form you enter your locker number and combination code on.
- Have extra sharpened pencils on hand, as well as a refillable water bottle.
- Always be prepared.
- If and when people start and keep asking you for supplies, simply tell them no, that you need them in a nice way. Something along the lines of, "I'd be happy to loan ____________ to you, but it's bad practice for me because then I have to do without. Please ask the counselor or teacher.
- Always have a computer on or nearby
- Never leave cell phones turned on in your locker. If it goes off, and a teacher happens to walk by, it can be confiscated or misconstrued by the authorities.
- Always do your homework on the day it is assigned. This helps you because if there is something that comes up, you have already started.
- Keep your cell phone in your locker (if you have a lock on your locker.)
Things You'll Need
Checking with the school or looking on the school's website is a good place to start. Many times teachers will ask that you have additional supplies necessary for their classes.
Pens (black, blue, red -- check with your teachers)
Composition/Notebook(s) -- in middle school, college ruled is preferred
Folders (portfolio, 3-prong, or manila) -- check with your teachers
Paper (college ruled folder paper, graph paper, colored or white copy paper)
Sharpie permanent markers (check if certain pen tip size is required
Any other things the website says you will need (jump drive of certain size, safety glasses, dry erase marker, music book, class workbooks,etc.)
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