Friday, March 10th, 2017

Rhodia bullet journal post 8: Bullet journaling for students


One of the best things about bullet journaling is the flexibility of the system. You can turn your notebook into anything you need it to be at the time.

This is especially great for students, because your system can keep up with your rapidly changing life. Whether you are in high school, university, or graduate school, a bullet journal can be an excellent tool to help you keep up on your assignments and the rest of your life.

If you are just getting started with bullet journaling, see How To Set Up A New Bullet Journal and the Quo Vadis Simplified Bullet Journaling series to get started.

Here are some pages you’ll want to have in your bullet journal:

A full layout of your regular weekly schedule is very handy. This allows you to refer to it all semester, so you don’t have to re-draw it week by week. Then when your schedule changes, you can just draw a new one in your book.

Each week keep track of what assignments you have due each day for each class. This will keep you on top of deadlines and keep you from falling behind in your studying.

Your Daily Log is where you will break down your actions for each day. Write your schedule and tasks, and see where other things will fit into your day. Remember not to overtask yourself! Each evening take some time to make sure you have everything ready for the following day.

Other pages you might want in your bullet journal include:

~Lists of classes and other requirements you need to fulfill before graduation (like projects, presentations, thesis, etc.) and their due dates. If some your required classes are not offered every semester or need to be completed in a specific order, make a note of their availability so you know when to sign up for them.

~Requirements agreed upon by your advisors, and be sure to date them. I discovered how important this is. At the end of my Master’s degree, one of my advisors decided I should do an oral defense of my thesis. She thought it would be good for me. But it was not a requirement by the department, I was not going on to my Ph.D. so it was not something I needed to practice, and most crucially I did not have time for it because I was about to move to a different part of the country so I needed to finish up. Because we had agreed at the beginning of my degree program that I did not need to do a defense, and I had those notes in writing and dated, I was able to defend my position successfully with the department.

~Meeting notes with your advisor, especially noting action items and next steps.

~Lists of required reading materials.

~Don’t forget the rest of your life! Remember to add in things you enjoy, any trackers you need, etc.

I don’t recommend writing class notes in your bullet journal, because it will fill up too quickly. A separate notebook for each class works well. Then you can use bullets and/ or symbols in your notes to indicate topics, subtopics, important points, things to study later, etc.

Do you use a bullet journal for school/ studies? What are some other methods you use in your BuJo?

In this post I used an A5 Rhodiarama soft cover dot grid notebook.

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