Step 1: The Value of Quality Supplies
Step 2: Binders
Tip 1: Keep one 1" binder for each subject you have.
Tip 2: Divide each binder into sections using dividers; i.e. make 1 divider for classwork, 1 for completed homework, and 1 for completed tests. You can add more depending on the subject.
Tip 3: Buy a different colored binder for each subject and make sure they have plastic pockets on the front cover. You can slide a piece of paper with the class name and your name on it.
Step 3: Notebooks
Tip 1: Use the outer margin of your page to put key words and terms from the lesson.
Tip 2: Title each section of notes and put a date next to it.
Tip 3: Buy 1 notebook for each subject that has the same color as each of your binders.
Step 4: Accordion File
Tip 1: Use accordion files to keep all of your homework assignments that you have not yet turned in organized.
Tip 2: Buy an accordion file that is covered in cloth. Do not buy one that is all thin plastic, as these fall apart very easily.
Tip 3: Some accordion files come with pencil cases attached. These are very useful for keeping your pens, pencils and papers in one place.
Step 5: Planner
Tip 1: Get a large planner. My school gives out small planners (4" X 6") and they are very difficult to use because you have to write with very, very small letters. Many large planners also include useful information in the back (formulas, useful websites, etc.)
Tip 2: Actually use your planner. I know this may sound weird, but I know students that buy fancy planners and just let them sit in their lockers all year.
Step 6: Locker
Tip 1: Use a shelf to organize your supplies. Keep your binders and notebooks on the top of the shelf and keep your textbooks below. If you put your textbooks on top of your shelf it may weaken and / or break the shelf.
Tip 2: Use Magnets to hang things in your locker such as notes about upcoming tests.
Tip 3: You can make a whiteboard for your locker at minimal cost by putting a piece of blank white paper inside of a clear plastic sleeve. If you write on this with a dry-erase marker, it will erase with ease.
Step 7: Backup Supplies
Step 8: Personalize
An example shown below is how I personalize my accordion file.