7 Best Student Planners for 2014-2015 School Year
Oh, the things you can do with a student planner!
Wow. The student planner has come a long way since I was in high school. Bright colors, great graphics and useful information add to the basic functions of tracking your daily schedule and assignments.
Still, there are a lot of choices out there and some of them are still just as boring and minimal as the ones I had. But not to fear! I've been poking around and have several great recommendations to pass on.
My requirements were simple. The student planner had to be visually appealing, offer day/month or week/month views and provide useful additional information. (Who can't use a handy list of most commonly misspelled words?)
These planners are mostly for the 2014-2015 school year, most starting in August although there are some that go from July to June. There are still a few categories that don't have the new versions yet, and even some that have the new ones listed, they still aren't available to actually order. Argh!
Best Planner for Elementary School
- Dated from 7/21/14-6/19/15
- Weekly format, 8.25" x 10.75"
- Four Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies
I choose this one in part because of the feature of a daily reading log and a separate space for up to 25 spelling words. Having worked with my niece on her homework, I know these are important in the middle elementary grades. She spent a lot of time on spelling words.
I like the parent/teacher communication part, although that might be overkill. Many teachers provide a sheet that goes back and forth for kids to keep up with homework. I had to sign my niece's every day saying I had seen it and she had done her work. This planner could replace that if the teacher is willing to use it. (Well, and your child, of course!)
This one is more visually pleasing as well with only the five school days represented and in columns rather than rows. For a young child who's never used a planner this format might work better. This planner covers a different theme each week to keep students thinking positively about themselves and planners assembled with plastic coil binding, laminated front cover w/ rounded corners, and rigid poly back cover.
Same as the one above, just a different template design with a floral style. Similar coloring for this year, though.
Geared more toward middle school students since it includes a lot of extra reference materials. One nice thing about this one is that it isn't dated for a specific year, so it works no matter what school year you get it for.
Best Planner for High School Students
- Dated from 7/21/14-6/21/15
- Weekly Format, 5.25" x 8.25"
- New Character Content Every Month
This planner stood out to me for a couple of reasons. First being the photographs of real people rather than just graphics. Second being the character lessons throughout. They're tied in each month with vocabulary words and goal-setting tasks and journaling ideas.
One thing that would make it even better would be if they had included blank pages to do the journaling. (Might consider getting them a blank book along with the planner.)
Each month has a different character-themed focus: Making a Difference, Positive Attitude, Compassion, Empathy, Tolerance, Self-Control, Respect, Cooperation, Trustworthiness, Leadership, & Courtesy.
More Student Planners for High School Age
Great way to start the year since it includes a first-week checklist! Also allows for planning by semester, as well as by the month.
18-month planner includes a yearly planner and blank timetables to keep your class schedule organized.
Best Planners for College Students
Palgrave Student Planner
- 8.5" x 6.7"
- 224 pages
OK, I have to admit, I'm picking this one just because it looks awesome. Well, not a single one of these planners actually gives you any real information to make a choice with. With the others, you could see the calendar pages and how things were organized. But, I did do some additional research on this one and while I didn't get further details, I could see that people just rave about this planner.
One nice thing I note is the size. This company is in England, so their paper sizes are different from ours. So rather than 8.5x11 or 5x7, this one is 8.5x6.7, which seems like a great size - not to small, not too big. Goldilocks would approve. The planner contains everything students need to organise their time and information effectively, including study skills advice, diary pages (with weekly tips, time slots and to do lists), timetables, useful contacts and websites, personal finance guidance, spelling rules, international information, notes pages, maps, a plastic pocket, and a bookmark.
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Sounds like a girly version of the above
Best Planner for Student Inspiration
2014/2015 Achieve Life Skills
- Student Agenda Day Planner
- August 2014-August 2015
- 7 x 8.5 - 144 pages
This planner is part of a series of Action Student Planners (the rest are listed below) built around inspiring content to push students to do their best. Each is geared toward a different age group, which means the content changes as well as the design. And this one was my favorite mostly
because of the layout of the weekly pages. Oh, and it's more of a compact planner. I notice the ones for really young kids tend to be larger, probably to keep them from losing them as easily.
This particular planner includes study skill information, SAT vocabulary and a robust academic reference section in an easy-to-carry, compact package. Heavy duty double loop wire binding and a sealed-edge laminated front cover hold up to tough use. New for 2012/2113 are 21st Century Life Skills content, QR Codes linking to additional learning resources and Facebook interaction, and Curiosity and Imagination activities.
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Best Thematic Student Planner
"The Green Planner"
- 2012-13 Student Planner
- Dated 7/23/12-6/23/13
- Weekly format, 8.25" x 10.75"
- 100% Recycled & Recyclable
- 4 Subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
NOTE: This is an old edition no longer available, unfortunately. I keep it here as reference (and in hopes they'll offer it again) but also because it really is still better than some of the newer ones that have shown up since.
I was looking here at planners that carried some kind of theme and information outside of normal school topics. I'm kind of surprised there aren't more options here. I mean, don't you think a Twilight student planner full of pictures and trivia would be a big seller?
Anyway, this one appealed to me because of the interior graphics. Someone did a great job packing a lot of information in there without making the pages overly crowded. And the book is printed with soy inks on recycled paper, a designer's nightmare in my book. So even more impressive in its looks.
The planner includes weekly green puzzles, definitions and green living tips along with the typical monthly calendars and study skills information. It's geared for elementary and middle school students and completely recyclable once the year is complete. Even the plastic coil binding!
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Includes space for sermon notes (really?) and highlights Christian holidays
Non-date specific and comes with stickers!
Best Looking Student Planner
- 2015 Monthly Planner
- $29.95 at Calendars.com
- Month view, 6.0" x 7.5" closed
What can I say? I'm a sucker for a pretty face. And these student planners have got that. Not necessarily anything special under the covers, mind you. But pretty covers. And this 17-month academic booklet calendar is definitely my favorite.
This features bright inks and stylish fonts printed on paper bag. Easy to read and looks so cool! The booklet planner contains 44 pages, including a two-page spread for each month (August 2013 – December 2014), a full year view, and extra pages for notes. Spacious grids provide plenty of room for planning while a handy book format and a thin, ultra-portable size keeps you organized at home, at the office, and on the go. Printed on recycled paper.