How to use a bullet journal, student’s edition
I’ve been using a bujo for a year now, and as a high school student, I was struggling to incorporate my bujo into my studies, aka organising my homework and stuff. Before starting a bullet journal I was using a day to day diary where I wrote down all my homework and exams. As I switched to the bujo, I was so happy to have this productivity-boosting tool, yet I couldn’t figure out how I could write down my school-related dates and assignments on my bujo, since it is not designed for long-term planning. So here are the tips I figured out through time (and a lot of studyblr scrolling hehe) on how to use a bujo as a student! Enjoy ^^
1. Have a Semester/trimester/year overview of your school/uni year
This is so far the best tip for long-term planning in your studies. With an overview of your school/uni weeks, it is very easy to jot down exam dates, deadlines, conferences and stuff.
It’s very useful when you are given, at the beginning of your school year, the planning of exams. You can easily jot down the dates and subjects of each exam in this calendar.
You can also add vacations, public holidays and weekends. I also like to highlight the days already gone so that at the end of the school year, I’ll feel the joy of highlighting the last day of school ^^
2. Weekly spreads and assignments columns
This is essential if you want to incorporate your bullet journal with study planning.
It consists of having one column of your page, the weekly assignments overview, dedicated to only writing homework, assignments and upcoming tests. The other part of your weekly spread consists of your usual daily logs. Here are some of my weekly spreads as an example (shoutout to @studypunked for the inspo)
As you can see in the pics, the left column is used solely for writing down my homework and tests.
I also like to add some decorations and pictures to give a bit of life to those weekly spreads.
I also added a month overview and a sleep log each week, but this is personal: you can become creative about how you want your weekly spreads to be.
I usually pre-do these weekly spreads for school weeks after a vacation so that if the teachers give an assignment due in a week or two, I already have the homework column of the due week prepared in advance. When I don’t have school (aka during vacations), I don’t make a weekly spread. I just do my dailies linearly.
3. Useful collections for school
I also like to have some pages of my bullet journal dedicated to other elements related to school:
Homework to do during the holidays:
My grade averages:
A spread dedicated to the list of things I had to do for UK uni application and school during last summer:
And so on… you can get creative and it also depends on your needs for school.
So here it is! This setup worked really well for my senior year and I will definitely continue to use it for university.
I hope this post was useful :)