Using an Agenda

An agenda is a great way to help high school students stay organized and manage their time effectively around courses, homework, tests and assignments.  A good agenda is one that includes weekly as well as monthly layouts for students to input information. What follows are some tips on using your agenda daily:

  • At the beginning of the school day, record any important school announcements or reminders for yourself for the day.  
  • During the day, record homework assignments and short notes about classes. Include details about the work such as page numbers and due dates. In addition to homework and assignments, schedule time to review your notes, organize your binders, and attend social or extracurricular activities.
  • At the end of the school day, consult your agenda and determine what you need to bring home with you before you leave school. Make sure that you have all of the required texts and notes to complete the homework.
  • When you are ready to study at home, take a look at your agenda and prioritize your homework. As you complete assignments, cross them off in your agenda so that you do not miss anything.
  • Throughout the week, as quizzes, tests and projects are assigned take time to record the due dates in your agenda. Create a timeline for larger assignments breaking the project down into smaller tasks with individual deadlines. Include these deadlines on the monthly calendar layout.
  • At the end of each week, take a look at the monthly calendar layout to get a broad idea of what the coming weeks look like in terms of how many upcoming assignments and tests you have, and in what order they need to be completed. Make sure that you are on track to complete the assignments and study for tests in a timely fashion.
  • Keep your agenda handy and with you at all times! Bring it home with you every day (even if you do not have any assigned homework) and update it daily.
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