The best planners for college students! This blog post will help you choose the best planners for college that will make you stay organized throughout the school year.
Although this collection says 2018 – 2019, the planners are updated every year. If you find a planner that you love, chances are that you will find the updated version. My favorite pens to use on my planners are the erasable pilot pens. They don’t bleed through the pages and they don’t leave a mark after I erase the ink.
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The Best Planners for College Students
This planner was my best friend during my senior year of college. It’s simple, elegant, lightweight, and I can decorate it any way I like. This planner comes in large size and in 6 different colors, you can find this planner here. The only thing this planner is missing is a front pocket or a back pocket to put papers.
The front cover of the planner is protected with a hard-cover to prevent the pages from damaging when inserting the planer inside a backpack.
In the first three pages of the planner, you can write down your class schedule for your upcoming 3 semesters.
I am a visual person, I need to see my goals written down in order to achieve them. This planner encourages you to think about your goals as habits or achievements.
During my senior year, I set 5 big goals that I wanted to fulfill before the end of the semester. Whenever I felt discouraged by a class, I opened this page on my planner to remind myself why I was studying medicine.
Here is a picture of how I set up this planner for my 2017 semester. I color code my classes to visualize how I need to organize my days in order to complete all my assignments.
There are 3 new things in this 2018- 2019 class tracker planner: the “daily plan” section at the bottom of the page was added, sticky tabs with the names of the months, and a plastic separator. I am excited about the plastic separator, I can use it as a ruler, a to-do list, or a doodle board.
Here is my favorite way to color code my classes:
- Dark green = science lecture (biology, cell biology, genetics, etc.)
- Light green = science laboratories
- Dark blue = Physics lecture
- Light blue = Physics laboratory
- Pink = history classes or elective
Towards the back of the planner, there are a couple of “notes” pages where you can write down your thoughts or important reminders.
I found this planner at Target, but you can also find it on Amazon. This planner is small and can fit inside any pocket of a backpack. I love that the front cover of the planner is protected by a hardcover to prevent the pages from wrinkling. This planner has the weekly section in two versions, I will show you the comparison of both versions in the pictures below.
This planner comes with beautiful gold stickers and a ruler to keep the pages of the planner organized.
Before you start adding information to the calendar, there are 4 pages that allow you to write down your goals, how you want your day to start, and tips to stay on top of your task to avoid falling behind.
In the calendar section, you have enough space to write down your assignments and term papers. I like that on the left page there is a section to write your notes and to-dos.
The weekly section of the planner is my favorite! The pages are designed to focus on 3 big goals during the day and to break down the assignments or personal to-dos through the day. There is even a “tonight” section at the bottom of the pages if you like to write down everything. You can find this version of the planner here.
Weekly version 2 allows you to use the to-do section for personal and the left side for school-related topics. I personally prefer this version as I can see everything I need to do during the week. You can find this version of the planner here.
Towards the back of the planner, there are several blank “notes” pages where you can write down your favorite memories, lists, or to keep track of your grades.
I found this beautiful planner at Marshalls, but here is a similar one on Amazon. Even though this planner is extra large, it is lightweight and I can easily put it inside any of my backpacks.
The first pages of the planner show the 2018 and 2019 calendars, at the bottom of the pages there are blank lines to write down important reminder dates.
Every page on this planner is colorful and there is more than enough space to write down assignments and term papers.
The weekly pages are simple and they offer a lot of space to write down your school to-dos and personal to-dos.
The last pages of the planner are amazing! One of the pages allows you to track your year in colors. You can use the key to choose the colors that you want to represent your days: a great day, good day, so-so day, bad day, and horrible day.
These two pages of to-do list and not-to-do list are excellent to get rid of bad habits. I love watching Youtube videos and Netflix series, but sometimes have trouble prioritizing my hobbies from my school assignments. These lists are helpful to keep track of how you are spending your time.
Not many planners come with a great budget tracker like this one. This budget tracker helps you keep track of your income, expenses, and important savings (retirement funds, emergency funds, and vacations funds).
The last page of the planner has a couple of grid pages and cute stickers for the calendar.
This school planner is beautiful, it comes with a pocket, unlike the previous planners. The planner is compact, lightweight, and small. The spaces to write are big enough to fit a lot of information and notes. I found this planner at Target but you can find a similar version of this planner here.
I love how the weekly section is on one page (left) and the to-do section is on the other page (right). This right page is divided equally between a personal to-do list, a weekly to-do list, and goals list.
The last pages of the planner are blank pages to write notes, memories, or a bucket list.
Trina Turk Planner:
This planner is large, simple and lightweight. I purchased this planner at Target and I couldn’t find a similar one on Amazon. The weekly section of this planner is perfect for people with a heavy schedule.
Like the previous planner, the to-do and the weekly section are divided into two pages.
The to-dos page is divided into sections, which is excellent for those of us who love having specific categories for everything.
This planner is large, compact, and lightweight. The cover of the planner is hard to prevent the pages from wrinkling. For this planner, I’m focusing on the calendar and the weekly section. I purchased this planner at TJ-Maxx but you can also find it on Amazon.
The weekly section and the to-dos section are separated into two pages. The main difference between this planner and the previous one is the size of the planner. You can fit more information into this planner without having to worry about running out of space.
This planner is elegant and full of inspirational pages that help you reconnect with your goals. The planner is a medium size, but it is heavy, unlike the previous planners. You can find this beautiful planner here.
I love when the first pages a planner help you focus on your dreams. The next couple of pictures are about setting up your bucket list, steps to shift your spiritual, financial, and personal goals, your dreams, and a chart to help you refocus on what is important.
The best part about this planner is that you can organize all your assignments in the “dates to remember” page. On the right page, you can write down all your classes for the current semester.
I highly recommend color coding all your classes on these two pages. Color coding will help you prioritize your assignments and get a clear picture of how many tasks you need to work on every day to avoid falling behind.
The weekly pages are perfect to keep track of your personal to-dos and school to-dos. I use the left page to write down personal things I need to do through the day. I write every with erasable pens just in case I need to re-organize my list or I want to delete the old list to create a new one for the next day.
The last pages of the planner include more inspirational pages to help you focus on yourself and the things that matter to you. I really love this planner as a way to find yourself and reconnect with your personal goals.
If you are looking for something simple to keep track of your school assignments, I recommend a weekly organizer. You don’t have to worry about a calendar or extra pages that you won’t use. I purchased this weekly organizer at Marshalls, but here is a similar one online.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope my collection of the best planners for college students will help you choose a planner that will make you stay on top of your school assignments and personal to-dos.
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