One of the most difficult things we need to do as students is get organized. But there’s so many moving pieces! We need to keep track of assignments, which pertain to specific classes, that are taught by multiple professors, which change every semester. As much as we know we should be organized, we often procrastinate because we know how time-consuming it is. But with this Student Planner template!
Get your student career on the right track before you even attend your first class. This template is complete with semesters, classes, professors, and of course, assignments. Everything is organized and ready to be adapted as you need it. Whether you’re an undergraduate graduate, or even a high school student, this template allows you to plan your entire journey while at school.
When your goal is to learn, you should be doing exactly that—learning. Unfortunately, it’s easy to spend a lot of time trying to get organized instead. The lack of consistency across classes and assignments is always, and has always been, a cause of frustration and anxiety at school. There’s always a time when students are trying to figure out what they have to do within specific subjects, and then need to figure out how to do it. It can be a nightmare when everything is so discombobulated, and not something that’s easily manageable. What if you could get that time back and focus on studying (and partying) instead?
The Student Planner template is everything you need to keep student life organized from the beginning of the school year to the end. Save your time and energy with this template that helps you have all your courses, assignments, professors, and even grades in one place, easily accessible and organized to give you the confidence to meet all deadlines and make school life the best it can be.
Here are a few template features and highlights, by table:
Assignments are arguably the most important part of the Student Planner template. After all, it’s every action item and where grades come from. Every assignment has a type, due date, and completion status. Each assignment is also linked to a specific class.
- Title. Simply put: What the assignment is. You can be as general or as specific as you’d like, but it’s best to keep it as concise as possible.
- Type. Each assignment has a type. Assignments can be personal, group projects, quizzes, tests, presentations, lecture readings, or anything else.
- Due Date. Every assignment has a due date, and it’s imperative to keep track of it so that you can foresee it coming and be able to complete it in time. This field also allows for time in addition to dates, which allows you to set times for specific assignments that may be, say, due by midnight, or due before class.
- Class. This is a linked field to the Classes table. If a class doesn’t exist, that means assignments for that class also don’t exist. So each assignment is tied to its respective class!
- Notes. There may be some details or caveats to certain assignments, so this is a field that lets you capture anything that you may not be able to capture elsewhere on this table.
- Files. Similar to the Notes field, this Files field allows you to attach images, PDFs, and/or other sorts of files that relate to each assignment. Some assignments may not have any files, and that’s okay—because when you do encounter an assignment that has a file that needs attaching, you’ll be all set!
- Link. Similar to the Files field, some assignments may not have (or require) links. But chances are that in this digital age, an assignment or two is bound to need a link for one reason or another.
- Completed. A simple checkbox to toggle when a particular assignment has been completed or not.
- All Assignments. Since assignments tend to be prioritized by their due dates, this entire table is sorted by Due Date first (earliest to latest), and then by Type.
Higher education is divided into semesters—typically Fall, Spring, and Summer. Everything in the Semesters table is laid out in a way that allows you to easily see which classes are being taken each semester, and when the semester starts and ends.
- Name. Semesters typically follow the naming convention Season Year, but of course you’re free to modify this as needed.
- Start Date. The start date of the semester.
- End Date. The end date of the semester.
- Classes. This is a linked field to the Classes table, which provides for a birds-eye view of the classes taken/will be taking during each semester.
- All Semesters. Displays everything related to semesters, sorted by the Start Date.
- Year One. The first year of school, or first and second semesters.
- Year Two. The second year of school, or third and fourth semesters.
- Year Three. The third year of school, or fifth and sixth semesters.
- Year Four. The fourth year of school, or seventh and eighth semesters.
Note that the template is structured to be ideal for a typical four-year undergraduate degree, but of course can be customized to fit a one/two-year graduate degree, a two-year Associate degree, and even a four-year high school schedule.
Ah, classes—the source of all assignments. This is one of the most important tables in this Student Planner template, as it links to all other tables while also containing its own bits of info for any student/education application.
- Name. The name of the class.
- Course Code. All classes, particularly at university, have unique course codes that help easily identify them.
- Semester. This is a linked field to the Semesters table, which allows for an easy look at which semester that class will be taken in.
- Final Grade. Each and every class has a final grade that hopefully ends in an A!
- Taught By. This is a linked field to the Professors table, which displays the professor(s) responsible for teaching each class.
- Assignments. This is a linked field to the Assignments table, which displays every single assignments respective to each class. Each class can have multiple assignments, but only one assignment pertains to one class at a time.
- Accounting. Displays only accounting classes.
- Finance. Displays only finance classes.
- Entrepreneurship. Displays only entrepreneurship classes.
Note: The template only takes into account these three views for types of classes, but views are of course customizable to fit any type of class you’d like!
- Full Name. The professor’s first and last name.
- Goes By. Professors often designate how they’d like to be addressed—some have prefixes (such as Mr., Ms., Mrs., Dr., etc.), and others have nicknames. Whether they want to be addressed formally or informally, play it safe and jot down their preference!
- Email. The most popular way to communicate with a professor outside of class is email. So, keep it handy at all times.
- Class Taught. Most teachers will only teach one class, but this linked field to the Classes table provides the ability to tie one teacher to multiple classes of necessary.
- All Professors. Displays all professors, sorted in alphabetical order by their full name.