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As a teacher, I'm surprised by how many kids don't know these easy tips. It requires staying a bit organized, but it pays off two ways: 1. Saving your back and 2. Preventing you from looking like a dork with a 50 lb. backpack!

Number One (which seems so obvious): Carry only the books you'll need for the day. If an instructor never uses the book in class, (and many college profs. never do) why lug it around?

Number Two: Carry one manila pocket folder stocked with 3-ring loose leaf paper. Take notes for each class on a separate piece(s) of paper. Label, date, and keep the notes in the folder until the end of the day. When you get home, read over and then transfer each day's notes to the appropriate thin, flexible plastic 3-ring binder you keep for each subject. These can be cleaned out and used each semester for new subjects!


No more carrying separate spiral notebooks for each class or carrying large, awkward binders with dividers. If you do happen to need all of your notes for a class on a particular day, just grab the one lightweight binder you need.

By Mary

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January 17, 20050 found this helpful

During college I did something almost the same. I bought coated paper folders with two pockets and assigned the left side to one class and the right side to another class. I paired them according to my class schedule. Since I had purchased different color folders, I could always glance into my backpack to make sure I had the right folders for the right classes. Like you, I carried plain note paper in the pockets and just added them to my notes already in the pockets.

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January 20, 20050 found this helpful

Get a planner and use it!

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January 20, 20050 found this helpful

Please do not overpack your backpack!!

In college I carried all my class books in one bag to

save time. One day while I was carring my book bag, I felt exteme pain in my upper back. I had torn my neck muscles. After which, I had to take electro-therapy for 3 months. The pain was so bad I couldn't dress my self for 2 days.

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January 23, 20050 found this helpful

It took my sister and I a couple of years to develop the same method of taking one folder with paper in them to, to all of the day's classes, and then transfering it into one binder at night. Not only that but we promised ourselves to read each classes notes a minimum of two times before putting them away. I had a little spiral bound notebook where I would write questions regarding the notes (that I couldn't find answers to in textbooks), took that to class the next day and cornered the professor at the end of class. It made studying easier (marks alot higher) and impressed the profs as they knew I was listening, and had done my "homework".

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