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Starting a new term– a 4 step process to getting organised at the start of each term

Most people think that it is best to get organised in Year 11. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you started getting organised in the Years 7 – 10. My thinking is that it is better to have all your good habits and practices in place well before the time you really need it. You still have a lot to learn. You are balancing assessments and homework and then need to fit in some study. Add to that your family and other commitments, interests and sports and it is really hard to fit it all in.

We lead a full life so here are some tips for getting organised at an early age:

1. Plan one term at a time. Make a 10 week timetable and add all of your family commitments and other commitments outside of school.
2. Add the fun things that you want to do. By planning them in first you have a better chance that they will happen. This should include some free time for relaxing.
3. Add in your school commitments, including extra- curricular activities and assessment due dates. Ensure you have added in all of your commitments.
4. Now look at your whole schedule. There should be gaps. These are the times you do your homework, assessments and study for exams. By using these times well you are not missing out on any other parts of your life. If there is no full time, it could mean you are over committed. Discuss this with your parents and guardians to create a more balanced schedule.

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