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How to Get Organized in High School

Updated on January 17, 2013

"What you are will show in what you do" — Thomas Edison

Why Be Organized In High School?

Organization is the key to success in any life pursuit. The ability to lay your hands on the materials and information you need quickly and efficiently saves time and allows your 'To Do' list to be accomplished much faster.

Success in high school also demands organization for optimal success.

  • It is important to be on time for each class.
  • If your locker is in complete disarray with books, papers, and materials strewn every which way it takes time to find the right binder or notebook for class.
  • Only finding one shoe for gym class poses serious consequences for participation.
  • Bringing the wrong binder to class may mean you do not have the handouts or materials needed for that day's lesson.
  • Leaving class to go retrieve them means missing valuable class time.

Having your home work space organized also is important for school success. One place for all your school materials means that everything is close at hand. Projects, assignments and studying are all so much easier when you do not have to waste time looking for that much needed set of handouts or the textbook with the required questions to be completed for homework that evening.

Consistent habits are also key.

  • If you have a particular time set out each day for school work, you can plan other activities around that time.
  • It is important to take the time to relax and you will be more effective at even that skill if you stick to a schedule.

Calendar planning can be very helpful in sticking to your routine.

  • Keep all school and personal events on a wall calendar at your study space gives you an immediate overview of your obligations in both areas of your life.
  • It is so much easier to plan school work around these obligations when they are laid out on your planning calendar.

Keeping your school and personal life is not difficult but is does take discipline and perseverance. Ultimately, your goal in high school will be to attain your personal best in marks but it is also important to take part in school activities that are not scholastic in nature. Happy students who lead a balanced life tend to be so much more successful in school and later on in life.

The Beginnings Of Organization Present


Lots of Space and Comfortable to Carry School Supplies

Steps To Become Organized For High School

1. Have a planner.

  • A paper agenda;
  • A cell phone app;
  • A wall planner
  • Or a combination of the above.

2. Record school-related and personal details so you know what you need to plan around.

  • sports practices
  • sport games
  • parties
  • doctor's appointments
  • other appointments
  • project due dates
  • test dates
  • assignment due dates

3. Have a binder or folder and notebook for each class.

  • Color-coordinate the notebook and binder/folder.
  • Have a separate color for each subject.
  • Your notebook is great for class notes and prevents them from becoming dislodged from a binder.
  • Your folder or binder is ideal for hand-outs so they stay organized and in one place for studying.

4. Have a sturdy Backpack.

  • Make sure it is roomy enough to hold at least 3 of your subject notebooks plus textbooks.
  • Ensure that it is ergonomically designed for the least stress on back and shoulder muscles.

5. Keep your locker organized.

  • Have a consistent system for storing notebooks, textbooks, gym clothing, writing materials.
  • Having your binders/notebooks color-coded by subject will make grabbing the correct books much easier when in a hurry to get to class.
  • Use "Locker Gear" to organize textbooks, notebooks and smaller items such as pencil cases.
  • Personalize your locker to make your high school experience a fun one.

6. Establish a home study/work area.

7. Develop consistent/organized work routines.

Be Organized And Be Successful In High School

High school can be an intimidating place when you first begin. It can also be a great source of personal growth and a great deal of fun if you allow yourself a balanced high school life. It is important to keep your grades as high as your ability will allow. Being organized in high school will allow you the flexibility to participate in fun, memorable activities offered in the high school world while giving you the tools to succeed academically as well.


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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      not a problem at all Caroline. I appreciate it and I am sure Pleasant will as well!

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      Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pleasant, sorry I took so long to reply. Caroline, another Hubber has generously supplied her wisdom from experience with her son. Many of her suggestions I have given to my own three boys. My oldest in particular got very overwhelmed when his work load got too heavy. He still does at times! Frequent breaks help as does some physical activity - for him participating in football was a godsend. Take assignments one at a time, and make a schedule prioritizing based on when the assignment is due and how much work is involved. By all means do not abandon your personal life with friends and church community. Use them as part of your breaks and as people to go to for support when school becomes overwhelming. And for sure read the advice from CarolineVABC. It is very good advice and will be very helpful! Good luck!

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      CarolineVABC 4 years ago from Castaic

      Hi Teresa Coppens!

      I hope you did not mind my intervening with Pleasant (guest) on your site. Just thought I should help Pleasant since my son was going through the same thing and I wanted to give him/her an advice. If you want to delete my comments, I understand. I will probably just ask Pleasant another way (via e-mail) that I can contact him/her and help her that way:-). Your article, as I've stated before, is truly helpful. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Teresa! God bless!

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      CarolineVABC 4 years ago from Castaic

      Hi again Pleasant!

      Just want to add for your social life:

      With parental supervision, try to see your friends once a week or once a month (Saturday is probably the best day). Please, do not forget to ask your parents and let them know where you will be.

      Our son sees his friends once a month. We take him where he needs to go since he does not drive just yet. He is planning to take the driving test this Christmas/Winter break. Some of his friends will come by and have a get-together with him. He talks to his cousins on weekends, or at least, once or twice a month. Sometimes, he would want to see a movie with his friends, which is also usually on Saturdays. So, I believe, set aside a time for your social life on Saturdays; of course, with your parents' permission:-).

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      CarolineVABC 4 years ago from Castaic

      Hi there, Pleasant! It's great to see "guests" here on HubPages! For starters, I believe if you follow Teresa's helpful tips, you should do fine.

      Also, it does not hurt to prioritize your work. For instance, the assignments that are due the following day, they are top priority. Next, move on to the projects-these should be done little by little daily. Put them in small increments. Let's say if you have 30 items, which are due in two weeks, do 5 items a day until you are completely done.

      As far as social life/feelings/church, have small breaks daily. For instance, when you are done with your first homework, take a thirty-minute break and call a friend. After that, go back to your next homework to tackle. Of course, church is probably on either Saturday or Sunday. Hope this is helpful?

      Until recently, my son, who is a senior in high school had organizational issues like you. I have advised him to do the same things, but to little avail. We, finally, had to see a professional to help him organize his schedule. He is doing much better completing the assigned tasks. Sometimes, an advice from a parent is not enough; he needed to hear it from a professional who is truly helpful.

      Another thing, always write everything on your "agenda" notebook to remind yourself of all assignments as well as important projects. Read it daily.

      Have a "homework buddy"-someone whom you can call on to help you with homework and vise versa.

      Always ask teachers for help during and after classes for the ones you do not understand. Teachers are there to help you.Try following these tips and I guarantee you, your school life will improve. Don't worry. You will do all right. Best wishes and God bless!


      Please, come back to us after a week or so and let us know how you are doing:-).

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      Pleasant 4 years ago

      Im in the 8th grade right now and i'm on the 4th week of highschool and im already behind in work. its like the work and projects never stop coming and I want to get this stuff done its just that something in my life is telling me that i should do the right thing though... on top of that i have to deal WITH MY PERSONAL LIFE,FEELINGS,CURCH and other stuff... got any advice on what i can do?

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Caroline. I appreciate the support!


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      CarolineVABC 5 years ago from Castaic

      Thank you for the helpful tips, Teresa Coppens! Voted useful and awesome. Keep up the good work!

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks billy and GoodLady. These are ideas I try to instill not only in my children but in my students as well. Organized, hard-working people will go far even if their marks are somewhat lower than their peers. Good work ethic carries over to jobs during and after schooling. Organization is really key to a successful life in general. Thanks to both of you for your generous comments and sharing!

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Yes. And if these skills are learned early then the learning person is more inclined to take on extra curricular activities, because life is so uncluttered. My niece was super organized and was able to do ballet, choir, charity work for school as well as Scripture - and still have a part time job in Saturday and enjoy her friends and family. Not surprising she's almost a doctor. She was always to organized and made no fuss about it.

      Yours is a really useful helpful Hub. Thanks.

      Voting and sharing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was pretty organized in high school; it was college where I ran into trouble. :) Too much freedom and fun. :) Good suggestions my friend.

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks my dear. You are so right that these skills be learned early!!!! Thanks for the comment shiningirsheyes!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Excellent and thorough advise. It is important for establishing these traits early in life (high school) as they will be required many times over throughout ones lifetime.