Homework Organization

Q: What suggestions do you have for helping my son become more organized about his schoolwork?
A: I have several! Here are some ideas to try.

Set up a homework/study calendar. Look for one that has a lot of space for writing. Encourage your son to use a red pen to mark the dates of tests or due dates for important projects. Then have him use a green pen for activities leading up to the due date. For example, spelling test may be entered on Friday and the spelling homework activities leading up to the test may be entered in green.

 Make a home-study kit. A lot of homework time is wasted looking for pencils and paper. Having materials on hand makes being organized much easier, so put the necessary tools in place. A shoebox will do, and I recently made a model home study kit using an easy-to-put-together box from a discount store. Keep the following in your son's kit (let him help you shop for these items if he's interested):

  • paper: lined, blank, and graphing
  • pencils and pens
  • ruler
  • crayons
  • marking pens
  • dictionary

File fix-up. Have your son set up a file folder for each of his academic subjects. He can do this with regular office-supply folders or make his own folders with construction paper. He can then label each folder and only keep important papers. For example, it is a good idea to look at old spelling tests to prepare for comprehensive tests at the end of the semester. Also, it is helpful to keep adding all the research for a paper to a folder so everything he needs will be in one place when he starts to write.

Teach him a 5-minute focus exercise. Before your son starts his schoolwork, encourage him to take 5 minutes to focus on what he needs to do. This can take the form of writing down what he will do. For example:

1. Math problems __
2. Look up information for report __
3. Study spelling words __
4. Read __

Then he can check off each task as completed. It feels great to check off items on a to-do list.

One of the toughest things about being in school is getting all of your homework done on time. After a long day of classes and any after-school activities you might have, you just want to go home and relax or hang out with your friends… you don’t want to go back to doing schoolwork! It’s easy to procrastinate, put it off, and eventually just forgo doing it altogether.

It’s even easier to do this when you aren’t organized. If you don’t know when your homework is due, or what homework is due when, or where your books or pens are, it’s going to make getting things done that much harder. On the other hand, if you keep things neat and tidy, it will be much more simple to finish your homework efficiently. Maybe then you’ll have time to relax… while getting good grades. Here are 15 homework organization tips to make your life easier:


1. Create a homework station. Having one set space to do your homework will make it easier to do it. Use this checklist when setting it up. 

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2. Use these tips for ideas on what to include in a homework station at your desk. 



3. Make this DIY caddy to hold all of your stuff in one place.



4. If you don’t have a spare desk to use, just create a homework station on a magnetic board on the wall. 



5. You can create a mini homework station on a pretty tray. It’s easy because it can be portable too. 



6. Make a homework station turntable that’s easy to navigate.



7. Get a little plastic file cabinet and give each class it’s own drawer. Put all of your stuff for each class in it’s specific drawer. It will make it so much easier to find everything. 



8. Create a goal list for when you want to get your homework and studying done. Use post-it notes so you can change it up every week. 



9. If you’re easily distracted, create a homework station on a trifold board. 



10.Make a dry erase board for each class to write down all of your assignments. 



11. Dedicate an entire dresser to your school books, supplies, and notebooks so that nothing gets lost. 



12. Make a binder notebook super organized and carry it everywhere.



13. Put up a corkboard in your room so you can stick up important things you need to remember.



14. Buy and print out these calendars to stay organized all year long. 



15. Or learn how to properly use a planner or agenda.



Which of these tips did you find the most helpful? How do you keep your homework organized? What did I forget to include? Tell me in the comments.

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