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Bullet journaling is my secret weapon to staying organised. If you don’t know what a Bullet journal is read this post ‘Why you NEED a bullet journal’
School can be very stressful at least it has been for me anyway. So its a good idea to be prepared as much as possible and your bullet journal is the ideal place for preparing and keeping ahead of the curve. This collection of bullet journal ideas for students will hopefully help you get organised and motivated.
Before School Starts
If your anything like me you have to be organised before school starts. You will feel better knowing that everything is ready for the start of term. I usually start my preparations with a brain dump of everything I can think of that needs doing or has to be bought. Once I’ve done this I then like to organise this brain dump into categories like @haleyjournals has done in the picture below.
Exam & Assignment Calendar
The first thing I do when I start classes is find out when my assignment and exams are and mark these in my bullet journal. You can then easily see what is coming up and be prepared for it.
Your class schedule is one of the most important things that you need to have with you. Without this you will miss lectures and find it very difficult to pass your subjects. So having this in your bullet journal is very important and means that you don’t have to carry around your schedule separately.
Weekly Study Plan
I have always found it helpful to have a weekly study plan, this way you know what your study commitments are and can avoid scheduling things during these times. For instance you can block off times during the day for specific subjects and do this for all your classes on a weekly basis. You could think of them as appointments with yourself that are non-negotiable and then you schedule everything else around those blocks of time.
Like a lot of things in life studying is a habit that needs to be developed. If you get in the habit of studying regularly you have a lot better chance at getting good marks and fend of anxiety because of looming assignment and test deadlines. This is where study habit trackers can help you. I also recommend rewarding yourself weekly for keeping up with the habit of studying. Seeing coloured habit trackers gives you a sense of achievement and motivation, so I highly recommend setting up a tracker. You could set up a study tracker for each subject or just one tracker the choice is yours.
To keep you motivated to study you should create a page of ideas of ways to reward yourself for studying. It is important to motivation that there is a reward to keep you in the zone that you can look forward to. Without that reward it can hard to keep going. Think of it as a light at the end of a tunnel, achieve your goal and you get rewarded.
You might want to also think about creating a page that illustrates why you are studying. Have your goals for studying on this page so its handy when you lose motivation and need to see the big picture.
How to Study Page
For many new college students it can be beneficial for you to have a page in your bullet journal that tells you how you should study for different subjects. You could also have a page where you store study strategies that you have heard about and want to try, I find this helpful when I am really stuck on learning something and need to find some other way of learning it. Some common strategies I have are:
- Writing your learnings in your own words.
- Brain dump what you already know about the subject.
- Ask yourself questions about the learnings and answer in your own words.
- Do practise exams.
This article, Metacognitive Study Strategies is an interesting read and may help you out too.
Don’t forget that you can take notes directly into your bullet journal. Its not just about planning and task lists, you can use it to hold anything you desire. It might not be the place you want to put all your notes but it could be useful if you have forgotten your study notebooks.
Bullet Journaling for Students Videos
Finally, these video’s are useful to watch for ideas on using your bullet journal for studying. You may also find my articles on Goal Setting and Self Care of interest for setting study goals and taking care of yourself during the semester. If you have problems with focus you may find my article “How to organise with an ADHD friendly bullet journal” helpful. If you are working as well as studying read my article “Advice on how to use your bullet journal for work“
I hope you have found this article helpful in some way and as usual please feel free to comment on this post of email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you want to share pictures or experiences with your bullet journal. Any pics sent to me, with your permission, I will put into my subscribers gallery.
Bullet Journal Notebooks:
- Rhodia Goalbook comes set up for bullet journaling and is fountain pen friendly
- Official Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 built for bullet journaling by the creator
- Nuuna I love the funky covers on these books
- Mumsy and Bub – This company makes beautiful vegan travelers notebooks. I have 3 of them 2 A5 and 1 B6 sized.
- Staedtler triplus fineliners I have these in the 36 pack and love them
- Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens
- Pilot Metropolitan (MR3) fountain pen A great beginners fountain pen
- Lamy Safari fountain pen I’m a little obsessed with these pens, they are great and write amazingly
- Diamine Shimmer inks I love these inks shimmer and non shimmer alike
- Faber-Castell pitt artist pens
- Crayola supertips Great for highlighting, colouring and faux calligraphy