End-of-Semester Organization Tool

Hello, blog! It has been a while. Nautilus Counseling has been prioritizing current clients instead of the website, but inspiration has struck again today and we are back!

As blog-readers already know, Kara has a passion for working with young adults, especially college students. With the Spring semester coming to an end, students are scrambling to complete all of their end-of-semester tasks including assignments and study time while also remembering to take care of themselves. Kara has created a document to help students stay organized in these busy last few weeks of the school year, available to download for free:

How to use this organizer:

  1. Use the “Exam Dates” chart to note the times and days of any final exams or other important end-of-semester events for your classes.
  2. Use the “Assignments” section to track non-exam assignments such as papers and projects. Under the “Status” Column, use “Scheduled” to indicate that you have already set a time/place to work on this task and “In progress” to indicate an assignment has been started but requires additional time to complete.
  3. The “Exam Study” section is intended to help students track how much time has been spent studying for individual exams by “chunking” study time instead of expecting it to be completed in one sitting. After listing exam classes and dates, first determine how much time you’d like to spend studying for a specific exam (example: 1 hour for your history exam, 2 hours for your psychology exam, and 3 hours for calculus) and note this in the “Time needed” section. Next, determine how long you’d like each of your study “chunks” to last (30 minutes? 45 minutes? an hour?) and write this in the blank line found on the top row. Each time you complete one study “chunk” of your selected length, check off one box until you have met your “Time Needed” goal.
  4. Finally, a “Self-care” chart has been included here to promote overall wellbeing. After all, you are a human as well as a student. Kara encourages clients to engage in self-care activities across different “domains”. Common domains of self-care include: physical, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and financial. Identify an activity that makes you feel like the best version of yourself, then utilize the tracking chart in the same way you tracked your assignments.
  5. Use the additional “Notes” section under each chart to capture reminders or resources that are related to each section such as study groups, appointments with tutors or advisors, and deadlines for requesting to use academic accommodations.

Want personalized organizational support? Contact Kara today!

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