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Bullet Journal Spreads for School Part 2

With this coming school year looking different because of the current circumstances, staying on top of school work and school related events may be more challenging than before. In an effort to help lessen these challenges I have come up with a number of different bullet journal planner spread to keep you on track this school year. The spreads range from scheduling, test prep and even what to pack in your backpack. Before reading this blog post I recommend taking a look at Student Bullet Journal Spread Ideas. That blog post focuses more on scheduling and preparing for the semester while this blog post focuses more on how to stay on track throughout the semester.

I plan digitally, using an iPad and the application GoodNotes Adonit Dash 3 Stylus from Amazon. These spreads were made on GoodNotes5, but are easily exported to be used on GoodNotes4. If you are curious to why I plan digitally check out my blog post Switching to a Digital Planner-Paperless Planning.

Weekly Check List

The purpose of this spread is to help keep track of assignments, quizzes and tasks that are due each week. As shown in the example, I have included the tasks of discussions board posts, textbook reading, and quizzes as the three main tasks for each week. The assignments and tasks in this check list will vary depending on the class and whether or not you are doing school in-person or remotely. Some other tasks that might be included in your check list are: journaling, watching lecture videos, reviewing/reading over lecture notes, and any assignment that is due on a weekly basis. If your class schedule is run on a different schedule than weekly, say a three day schedule, then you would just divide this spread into check lists for that time period. The spread is divided into each week. The labeling for each check list will depend on how your professor or teacher lays out the class. Labeling the check list by module or chapter might make more sense for your class. When it comes to determining this I recommend referring to your syllabus. Another element that you could add to this spread to further keep you on track is to include the due date for each task. This might mean a different due date for each task or an overall due date for the entire check list.

Exam Prep Check List

This next spread is dedicated to preparing for exams. The first thing that should be included in the spread is the class, the date and time of the exam, and the location of where the exam will take place. I really only recommend including the location and time if it is different than when and where the class normally meets. Also if your class is online and exams are taken from home then this step is not necessary. If the exam is open for a period of time than I would also include that in the details of this spread. Some more information that can be added to this spread is the number of questions on the exam, the types of questions (essay, multiple choice, true/false, matching, fill in the black, written definitions).
As with the last spread, this spread will look different for each class/exam. For example, some exams may include memorizing formulas while others require essays. I recommend looking over this list and determine which items are needed to help you prepared for your specific exam. Most of exams are not going to require all of these tasks in order to be prepared. Also the resources and study material provided to you by your professor/teacher will most likely not be the same for all classes making the way you study different for each class.

Semester Calendar

The idea for this next spread comes from a popular bullet journal spread referred to as a year at a glance. Instead of it being a year at a glance, it is a semester at a glance. For the purpose of this being a school related blog post I only included events or dates that were related to school, but you could always choose to add additional dates or appointments to this spread that are not school related. Some of the important dates that should be included in this spread are the start and end dates of the semester, tuition deadlines, scholarship deadlines, registration dates, withdrawal dates, and final exam dates. If you wanted to you could also use this spread to include other important things like exams or project due dates. I also chose to include the most important dates at the bottom for easy reference. Color coordinating this spread by class or type could also be helpful to make this spread as functional as possible for you.

Scholarship Information

Even though this spread is very simple in design, if used correctly it could be one of the most useful spreads you include in your school bullet journal. This spread is designated to insuring that you have all the information you need to apply for scholarships. The information for each scholarship is name, requirements, benefit (amount), the forms that need to filled out (essay, video submission, paper work, etc.), due dates, and website or link for the information about the scholarship and where to submit your application. This spread is designed to make tackling scholarship applications not as intimidating. 

Backpack Check List

For this next spread I wanted to share something that is more fun and allows for you to be more creative with the deign elements. The content of this spread is a check list of items to have in your backpack or to make sure you pack each day. The examples that I gave are generic and can be tailored to fit your needs. A creative element that you could add to this spread is a doodle of a backpack. To read about the items that I keep in my backpack check out this blog post on Zero Waste School Backpack Must Haves.

The ideas behind these spread are to make tackling the upcoming school year a little less daunting. I chose to keep them simple in their design so that the main focus was on the content of the spread and less of how it looked. Sending well wishes and hoping you have a happy school year.

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