What is up you guys! Before we get started let’s address two things. 1. TODAY IS MY 21ST BIRTHDAY! 2. I’m back in school (lol I hate summer classes.) But oh well! Because honestly it’s a great day for me and it’s about to be a great day for you! Wanna know why? Because today we’re talking college planner printables and how I ACTUALLY use them.
How I Actually Use College Planner Printables
I know by now you’ve seem millions of different college planner pritnables sprinkled around the Pinterest-verse. Some of them are pretty straight forward, some of them are pretty extra, and some of them come in bundles of 60+. WHO. NEEDS. ALL. THOSE. PRINTABLES. Let me be the first one to say I love organization. It drives me to actually get things done. But honestly 60 printables is a bit excessive. So today I’m going to show you how I ACTUALLY use these bad boys. If you’re wondering I created these myself because every printable I found was not working for me. If you’d like to grab yourself a copy you can head on over here and download them.
Let’s jump in!
1. Semester Planner
This is legit my favourite one of the whole group of college printables. This is where I can beautifully write out my entire schedule for the semester. I normally only print out one of these bad boys and pop it into my blogging notebook. I carry it around with me all the time so I’ll always have it on the go. Now I understand everyones schedules are different so I’ve included 9 slots for classes! Here’s how I fill it out!
a. Figure Out What I’m Taking
When a new semester is upon you you obviously have to choose your classes. Honestly my Fall semester absolutely sucks because I didn’t pick my classes in time. I usually shoot for school only on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s but I’m all over the place that semester and I’m honestly a little stressed about it.
Once I’m enrolled in all the classes I need I take a breath and print out my semester planner. (PS – this is where the fun begins)
b. Write It All Down
I’ve got one class at 8 am and one class at 4pm and honestly several in between. I’m at school every single day! I go through and write the start time of the class on the left hand side. I understand not everyone has 9 classes or there classes are spread out so I don’t try to make it a schedule type of look. I’ll just jot down time of my class by time of my class. Also I do a complete life and school schedule every semester that I print out separately that goes hour by hour!
I try to write the abbreviation of the class and the room number right in the middle of the square to ensure room for colour coding. Because… did you doubt that we were going to colour code?
c. Colour Code
This is literally my favourite part. There is honestly nothing more satisfying than a crisp and colourful colour code. Everything has it’s assigned colour and it makes it about 10x easier to look at my schedule knowing that stats is blue. Colour coding may seem a bit extra to some of you but trust me it makes quick glances at schedules so much easier.
I don’t go too overboard with the colouring though. I want to still be able to read the words. For this one I chose to to go with some quick and cute lines. The colours are still there but it’s not distracting from the words.
2. Assignment Planner
This comes in SO HANDY at the beginning of the semester. I know most first classes are just profs going over the course outline BUT if you have this bad boy in your college arsenal it’ll make that class way more enjoyable. During that class I’ll open up the outline on my laptop and follow along. In my experience dates tend to be slightly different for some things when it actually comes to the first day of classes. That’s why you should pay attention and actually GO to the class.
I’ll jot down the assignments as they come along as well as any important details. After that I’ll add their due dates and their weights. Having each assignments weights on this planner makes it really easy for me to visual how much of my grade is divided into each assignment. It also helps me not slack! Trust me, that 2.5% could be the different between a letter grade girl!
3. Grade Tracker
This guys goes hand in hand with the assignment planner! While it comes into play a little later in the game it’s still super handy. I used to always open up a weight average calculator every time I finished an assignment so I could see how I was coming along. This page basically does the same thing. I write down which assignment got graded, the weight, what I got on the assignment, and my new current overall grade.
Having my overall grade on that page motivates me SO MUCH! Seeing my grade go up on that page feels amazing. But it works the same when it goes down. Seeing my grade drop makes me go back and check through my assignment planner to see where I can nail the next assignment to boost my grade. Because my school doesn’t mark on a curve nor does it do percentages I also like to track the letter next to the overall average. That way I have a quick reference where I’m at. (PS – having one of these for every class help you to calculate your overall GPA for the semester too!)
4. Essay Planner
I hate writing essays. I know that’s bizarre coming from someone who writes articles on the regular. But honestly I love blogging because I get to write about things I love. I literally speed write all of my blogs because it’s easy for me to write about things I’m passionate about. Writing critical analyses actually makes me want to do. I’m also not one of those people that just sit and write an essay. So I created this planner to cut down my time starting at a blank page on my computer.
By having all of these boxes it forces me to break down and cement points I actually want to talk about in my essay. I start by filling out the main focus. Often times I write the question here and give myself a short little answer. From there I branch off and fill out the other boxes. I’ll list 4 main points that go with the topic, these translate to the paragraphs. Form there I’ll decide the order I want to write them and each PARAGRAPHS main point. And because University is a pain in the butt I’ll quickly write down where the text came from for easy citing after. I don’t like citing. I don’t like it et al. (hi yes I’m sorry I made that joke)
Go Fourth And Be Organized
Wait, hold on girl. Some of you may have noticed that contact sheet in there. I fill that out with all of my profs information so I can quick reference things like their room numbers and their office hours. A little birdie also told me you might be receiving one once you head over here and download your college planner printables bundle.
To end off with some numbers this is how many of each sheet I normally print out. One semester planner (per semester, duh), 5 (or however many classes you have) grade trackers, 5 assignment trackers, and essay planners as I need. I also print out one contact sheet for the semester. When it comes to the assignment and grade planners I’ll keep those together in each assigned notebook so I can always have them handy.
How I Actually Use College Planner Printables
PS – Be sure to Pin this for semester to semester referencing!
There you have it for real! All about how I used my college planner printables. They’re so fun to fill out and I can’t wait for you to try them on your own. If you end up using these college planner printables please leave me a comment down below! If you post them please tag me so I can see them! My integral is @Kisforkarly! I hope you guys enjoyed this little post on my go to college planner printables. I really enjoyed writing this post and getting organized! Can’t wait to see you back! As always!