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Bullet Journaling for students, Part 1: Planning the semester

August 18, 2018

Today, I am writing to the students out there and all those who are in a learning process. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but school is right around the corner again. For students, August quickly changes to September, and off to school they go.

But don’t worry! I have some tips and tricks for you to start the semester on the right track (the organized track), with the help of your Bullet Journal, Student Edition.

I, myself, am currently not attending school, but back when I was, I used a regular school-year-type planner to organize my schooling. I had an agenda, as well as many notepads, floating sticky notes, etc.: basically, I was all over the place. Honestly, I wish all the time that I had known about the Bullet Journal system when I was a student.

It was sadly not the case, but it can be for you! Do you want to create your own school planner, which includes key pages for your semester, customized just for you? Also, do you want to efficiently plan your studies and your personal life, all at the same place?


As such, I am presenting you a three-part series on the Bullet Journal specifically adapted for students. I will be showing you page ideas to efficiently organize your semester at school, as well as your personal life throughout your studies.

To check out the other articles in the series:

1. Bullet Journaling for students, Part 1: Planning the semester (You are here)

2. Bullet Journaling for students, Part 2: Studying, homework and projects (Coming soon)

3. Bullet Journaling for students, Part 3: Student life (Coming soon)

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An overview of the semester

To get you started on getting ready for school, this Part 1 is about the planning of the whole semester, to have an overview of what’s to come.

You can get those pages ready some time before being back to school since all you need for these pages are usually already available to you, probably on your university’s or college’s website.

A global overview gets you well started on planning the few months of the semester, as you can keep in mind the important dates coming up.

1. The school calendar

As such, I started with a page of the school calendar of the Fall semester. I wrote down, for example, the dates of the beginning and end of classes, holidays when there are no classes, reading week, etc. I also left a lot of space to add other dates later on, if you choose to, like for your personal life or other preferences.

school calendar
Example of a school calendar spread that you can do in your Bullet Journal. Important dates, such as holidays and the first day of classes, are highlighted. The numbers on the left are the week numbers (ex: Week 1 of the semester).

Note: I got my inspiration for the school calendar from my local university.

Take note that I did not write down project due dates or final exam dates on this page. I have in fact created another page for that purpose, which I will show you in Part 2 of the series.

Here’s why: I realised that a page with the school calendar on top of the project due dates and exams would be too “heavy”. Also, I wanted to organise in a specific way the projects and homework to give in: as such, the two pages didn’t go together. There could be room to write down the midterms and final exam dates on that page, at your discretion.

2. The weekly schedule

What I thought was the most important for the planning of the semester, right off the bat, was to see the weekly class schedule at a glance. This page gives you a look into your every day classes, which allows you to figure out your schedule for when you are not in class.

The weekly schedule allows you to plan: you can figure out your comings and goings to school, the best times to study, when you can meet up with a team and work on group projects, etc. When it comes to your studies, a well-structured plan guarantees your success.

Here’s an example of a weekly class schedule that I made in my Bullet Journal. As you can see, with this view of the week, it is easy to see the available times for studying or for group projects meetings.

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Weekly schedule of a fictional Fall semester. On the far right, more important information about the classes, such as their classroom building and number. On the top are the week days, and on the left, the hours of the day.

I think this page is the most important to include in the planning of your semester.

3. A “Contact” page

For this Part 1 of my “Bullet Journaling for students” series, here’s the last page I am presenting you, for your planning of the semester. It’s a page called “Contact” to write down your professor’s contact information, such as their names, e-mail address, office location and office hours.

This information is usually available to you on the class website or in the class syllabus. However, I thought having them always on hand and all at the same place would save a lot of time. Other important contact information can also be added, such as their office phone number, and if your class has a Teacher Assistant (TA), his or her contact information.

Here’s an example of a page I did in my Bullet Journal to write down the contact information needed during the semester. I kept it simple but efficient.

contact page students
Minimalist page to write down the contact information of your professors. (Fict.)

This concludes Part 1 of the “Bullet Journaling for students” series. To read Part 2, click here (not available yet).

Do you use other pages to plan your semester at school in your Bullet Journal? Let me know in the comments below! ?

Until next time!

Mélanie


Did you like the spreads that you saw? Here’s what I used to make them:


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  1. I love this post, your journal is beautiful! Perfect timing as well, my studies begin next week and I’m struggling to get motivation to start, I swear it’s come around way too fast!

  2. Not a bullet journaler (yet) but am intrigued with the concept. I like how you’ve created a journal for a specific niche, students. This shows the adaptability of bullet journals for different people. Thanks for sharing.

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