Making the transition from high school to university (or college) can be tough. Suddenly you have more control over your learning, which can be challenging when you no longer have teachers to constantly remind you of what you should be working on. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But did you know you can use your bullet journal for studying?
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That’s how I felt throughout my first year of university until I started using the bullet journal system. Bullet journaling has kept me on track, organized and productive in terms of my university workload; so I thought I’d share some study-specific spread ideas that I find particularly useful.
This is a great way to organize your classes, where you have to be each day (which is especially needed at the start of the semester when you’re getting used to things) and other unit information.
Some information you could include is the unit or subject name and code, the room number and the lecturer or tutor’s name and email so if you need to send out a last-minute email about an assignment, you don’t need to go searching for their contact details.
I use a simple linear timeline inspired by Caitlin’s Corner on Youtube. It takes up limited space and is an easy visual way to block out the hours you’re in each class.
I recommend using a different color for each unit so this color coding can be used in other study-related spreads or in your dailies to signify when assignments for that class are due.
Future logs are extremely helpful to plan ahead, however I found that I wanted my personal events separate from my university ones to keep my future log from being too cluttered.
Instead I created a spread similar to a future log, that only covers the months of a uni semester. The spread is a simple overview but can be adapted to be as detailed as needed; for example, grades received for each assignment could be included.
Highlight dates on the small monthly calendar (using the same color code as the semester timetable) and write the corresponding assignments next to the calendar.
This spread can be referred back to when monthly spreads are being planned and it’s a clear way to see when deadlines fall. I also find it helpful to see how long until an assignment is due or to plan ahead for busy weeks with lots of deadlines.
This spread is a great way to keep you motivated as you can see that you are making progress. I wrote down all the compulsory units I must complete over my three-year degree (leaving some space to fill in elective classes as I choose them) and I mark them off once they’ve been completed.
Mine is the bare bones of what this spread could include; it could be adapted to keep track of the overall grade you received for the unit or which semester the unit was completed in.
Here are even more drool-worthy ideas for using your bullet journal for studying from one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @StudyQuill.
There’s so many ways to be organized as a student; do you have any spreads to keep track of your study? How do you use your bullet journal for studying?