Organizing with an Expandable Folder

A few days ago I received a question from a fellow student about organizing folders. I’ve been having that same problem for a long time now – with getting organized and keeping things in one place. So today I went out and purchased a simple expandable folder (see below) with 7 pockets. Right now I only have three classes, so that will give me a bit more freedom with filing handouts and homework to turn in.

I’m sure most of you have seen the folder I’m talking about:

Expandable Folder
So I am using two pockets for each class: one of all papers and another for homework that needs to be turned in. This system may go aloof in a little bit, but in a perfect world that’s how I would go about it. This quarter I got a small notepad for taking notes and will talk about it in the next post. So those fit perfectly into my new 7-pocket folder as well as all the other papers. Because the folder can expand to humongous widths, it gives me freedom to stuff as many materials and books in there as I wish. So I think I’ll stick with this friend for a while now :)

Expandable Folder 2


How do you guys organized all your homework papers and assignments? Share in the comments!

My Trip to Paris and a Gift Idea!

Last (wow, it’s 2015!) summer, my best friend and I went on a trip to Paris. It was a magical experience, and the city was more beautiful than I had expected. Tons of pictures, colorful experiences, meeting people in hostels and of course drinking gallons of coffee in Parisian cafe’s, everything was perfect.

Now I consider myself a pretty good gift giver and maker, hence why I would like to share with you something I’ve made for her birthday. I found a vintage map of Paris, a poster, in my university’s bookstore. I thought this may be a cool background or even wrapping paper for a gift, but didn’t end up thinking of anything clever to wrap it around, so this ended up being a poster. Ugly but precious pictures and my secretly-hidden tickets and flyers make up the frame of the board, little thumb stamps point to all the places we’ve managed to hit in 3 days, and tags have some of our best jokes and memories.

You will notice there are some random pigeon heads sticking out of the photos. What is Paris without pigeons? Unfortunately, this time we had the worst experience with these beauties… I won’t go into details, but there was a time when one pigeon was hitting against the glass window right above our heads for at least 30 seconds. Yuck! Anyways, enjoy some pictures!





The Do’s and Don’t’s of Retaking Classes

I have a confession to make: I had to retake the easiest class in my college curriculum last quarter. It was embarrassing to talk about – most people consider the class a joke. I felt terrible about my parents paying extra when I could be taking a more important class. And the worst part was explaining to other students why a Psych major has to retake a first requirement.

The truth is, I’m happy I took the class again. It raised my grade from 3.0 to a 3.8 and improved my overall Psych GPA to the point where I could safely apply and know I could be accepted. I don’t want to blame the first professor entirely…but I want to blame the first professor at least a little. As hard and I tried to study and memorize for that class, it wasn’t enough to receive my desired grade. The guy didn’t adjust the mean grade, which ended up being 2.2 on a 4.0 scale! In my opinion, this is unacceptable for a beginning Psychology class. To make things worse, there’s no way to file a complaint..

Enough rambling now, let’s talk about the do’s and don’t’s of retaking those fun fun classes!

The Don’t’s

  • When retaking any class, easy or difficult, don’t take it as a joke. It’s easy to think that you’ve learned the material before, but remember that the reason you’re retaking the class is because you didn’t learn the material well enough or correctly.
  • Don’t use your old notes and study guides. It’s possible you missed something in your studying last time, so it may not be a good idea to use the same materials.
  • Don’t miss any information. Listen carefully to the lecture and soak it all in.
  • Don’t feel bad about it. Don’t put yourself down because of a minor set back like this, don’t get distracted.

The Do’s

  • Adjust your study habits, take better notes, and use all the resources you’re provided with. Clearly something went wrong last time so changing up your strategies may be a game changer.
  • Make friends in the classes. Connections, connections, connections. Form study groups and ask for help all the time.
  • Try hard. It would be a bummer if by the end of the quarter the grade could be improved and you’d realize that you could have worked harder.
  • Do what you gotta do and everything will be okay!

Good luck in classes!

Decluttering For The New Quarter

My oh my has my desk suffered through a lot this year! I’ve been trying to come up with a nice little system to keep things in their places for a while now, and now the opportunity has come! As part of these Christmas/New Year’s gifts, my favorite person ever built me an organizer to keep all my papers, pens, sticky notes, and other office supplies. It has a very nice rustic look, which I love, and comes with a variety of pockets and dividers for all sorts of things. I’ve placed it near the corner of my desk so it wouldn’t cover anything, and am very happy with how things are looking here.

before and after

If you are looking for a nice excuse to reorganize a desk – look no more! I definitely recommend getting one of these super duper awesome organizers. They are sold in our regular office supply stores like Staples, Office Depot and Target for sure. If you’d like to get a more artistic, handmade or vintage look, here are my favorites:

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Before our Classes Begin: A Checklist

A quick checklist to prepare for the upcoming semester.


1. Office supplies.

The most important step of all (probably not, but why can’t it be?). Go out and get yourself some cute stationery! Journals, pens, pencils, highlighters, extra paper, sticky notes, etc.

2. A planner.

I don’t know about you, but a few weeks into any quarter I stop using my planner completely. I feel confident enough in my memory, despite the numerous times I’ve forgotten to turn in assignments. A new year is the best! time to go out and get a new planner. Some posts: Free printable weekly to-do templateplanners online, filofax love, chronodex planner, bullet journal.

3. Check the classes
Make sure to take a look at the class websites and read the syllabi (syllabuses? that sounds weird). Take a look at the textbooks and see if there are any assignments that need to be completed prior to the first day. See some reviews on, get an idea of what to expect from a class.

4. Have some note-taking options

Note Taking Methods
This is my favorite part of all. Lately I’ve been using my iPad to take notes. I must say I’m very pleased with how it turned out, although you definitely can’t do this for every class. There is no need to decide on a note-taking method right away – it would make sense to attend the first one or two classes to get the feel for the way it’s taught. However, once you do decide on a method, try to stick to it. There is nothing worse than having to figure out disorganized notes on the night before an exam.

Good luck to everyone in this coming quarter!

The stars in the spotlight this week:

Mostly Morgan
Nitty-Gritty English
By Hannah Joy


A FREE Weekly Schedule Template

As a special thanks to everyone who has been following this site, I present to you a Printable Weekly Schedule Template! I’ve created it with the help of a certain talented someone and am eternally grateful for all his help. For now it’s only available in monochrome colors, but come 2015, we’ll post them in a variety of color schemes.

I am thinking of creating an Etsy page to post similar digital planners. The idea right now is to create printable note sheet templates for language, science and math classes, weekly schedules and college planning pages. What do you all think? Let me know if you have any requests/suggestions/questions and I’ll make sure to put them to action!

Of course, my fellow followers (social media and email!) will receive a promo code to get one for free as soon as it’s available. Here’s a little preview:

Weekly Apple

Follow this link to get a free PDF verion of the Weekly Planner: Download Weekly Schedule Template

Thanks everyone, happy holidays!

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Mixing College and Work

Someone showed me this graphic a few days ago, I thought it was worth posting. Thanks, Audrey!

Work and College