5 Tips for Organizing Your Binders for High School or College

It is no surprise that with the number of papers and workloads how hard it is for many students to stay organized in school. So we are providing some tips from AP Courses and Honors students on how they organize their binders to keep up with the difficult workload.

  1. Determine what binder size works best for you
  2. Label all your binders and classes
  3. Create individual dividers for each category (ex. Notes, Assessments)
  4. Use a label maker or sharpie to label each section for class or notes
  5. Use sheet protectors to keep your papers nice and not have to always need to hole punch your papers

1. Determine what size works best for you

Some classes give more papers than others or you may use a device for school that contains your notes or classwork. For example, you don’t want to be carrying large basically empty binders all the time especially when you have textbooks you will also need to carry in your backpack. A great way to make the most use of your binders is by combining them and including multiple classes.

2. Label all your binders and classes

Labeling is essential to keep yourself organized so you can easily find anything you’re looking for. It also helps your flip faster and get what you need quicker. We recommend labeling with a sharpie or a nice Label Maker.

3. Create individual dividers for each class in your binders (only if you have multiple classes in one binder)

This helps keep each class organized and its own section. I personally like to create sections for notes and tests in each class section. I also like to find a picture or make a custom label for each one of my classes.

4. Use a label maker or sharpie to label each table for class or notes

Sharpies are permanent and easy to use with sticky notes or sticky tabs. Also with a Label Maker one can easily change the size or font of a tab. Also, it has a sticky backside to easily place on whatever you need.

5. Use sheet protectors to keep your papers nice and not have to always need to hole punch your papers

In class when I’m given handouts and I don’t have a hole puncher I’m left with a bunch of loose papers that could possibly get lost with other classes. Also, papers easily can get torn out of binders. I personally rather use sheet protectors because it makes it easier to flip through binders and I can always leave extra in my binder so I can immediately sort my papers. Also if your water bottle spills in your backpack or anything happens to your binders all your papers are protected.

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