- Smaller than a full size notebook
- At least 120 pages
The system begins with a variation on the traditional bullet journal layout. Rather than placing the Index at the beginning of the journal, it is placed in the middle (for reasons I will explain in a bit.) At the beginning of the journal start with a two-page weekly layout for each week of the school year.
After you have completed the week planning, add four facing index pages in the middle of the book. This is where you will place the index to your collections, but in a manner different than the normal Bullet Journal index.
Putting the system to work
- Class Schedule
- Teacher emails and contact info
- Sport 1 (including coach contact info)
- Sport 2
- Class 1
- Class 2
- Class 3
- Class 4
- Class 5
- Class 6
- Class 7
- Class 8
- Extra-curricular 1
- Extra-curricular 2
You can see from the image below an example of how this might look for you:
- Capture in a collection (not recommended without adjustments)
- Capture on the date due (not recommended)
- Capture on the date to do (recommended)
Tests and Quizzes
- Pages do not have to be numbered from the front of the book. They should match the section for easier reference.
- If you fill one index, just start another and indicate the page number for the new index on the first one.
- Use a notebook small enough to be carried but not so small as to likely be lost or not hold the information needed.
- Sit down and perform a weekly review with your student. Habits are created through repetition. However resist the urge to check daily. Taking ownership and responsibility is as important a lesson as any in the classroom. Use the journal as a double check if there is a problem, but otherwise allow the student to work the system.
- Encourage your student to personalize the journal. This is a helper for them, not another assignment and they shouldn’t see it as such.
There are hundreds of ways to customize and adapt this method to a student’s particular needs. If you have any questions you can reach us through the comments, through Twitter or Facebook, email, or through the Contact form on the About Us page.