5 Helpful Habits to Start Your First Year of College

Everyone struggles at some point in college. Whether with grades, organization or even just balancing school with life. We all know the drill. You start to freak out and don't know what to do to fix the problems. Well, we have five helpful habits to start doing to keep you on track to living a more organized college life.


1. Have separate binders/folders/notebooks etc. for each class.

I personally color code everything so I know that my blue notebook belongs with my blue binder. This also makes it easy to remember what supplies belong to what class!


2. Color coding is key

If you don't know how to get started with being organized this is one of the easiest ways to do so. Make each class a specific color and use that color everywhere that you talk about that class. For example, I have color coded my ENG 101 class as blue, so my books are all blue for that class and I always write in blue on my calendar to know that I have "to-do's" for English.


3. Use a calendar of some sort

This is my biggest suggestion. To stay organized you need a way to keep track of all of your assignments, exams, projects, etc. and having a hard copy, instead of just having to remember all of your "to-do's" makes life run so much more smoothly ( you may think you will remember it down the road but, we promise you most likely will not). Whether you use the calendar on your phone, a calendar that hangs on a wall, or a planner, there is a way that is perfect for you to keep track of all of your day-to-day activities.


4. Writing out a weekly to-do list every Sunday

Planning out a week's worth of activities is very helpful in the sense that as time goes on you can cross things off and see what still needs to be done. To-do lists are not set in stone either; if something comes up, you can always add to the list as the week goes on.


5. Using the Pomodoro method for studying

For those of you that don't know this method, it is a method that breaks studying down into time intervals. You study really hard, staying focused with no distractions for 25 minutes and then take a five-minute break. After the third study interval, take a 20-minute break. This technique is supposed to increase the amount of focused hard work that you accomplish within a short amount of time.


Hey Her Campus! Do you have more habits about getting organized? If so, leave us some comments with your ideas so we can all better ourselves!