My favorite academic planners for college students! Each academic planner for college has something unique that helps me stay organized throughout the semester and also helps me take care of my mental health.
The planners I’m showing on this blog post were purchased in Marshalls, TJmaxx, and online websites. I will add a link to each planner to make it easy for you to purchase them. I noticed that TJMaxx and Marshalls always carry the same academic planners, the only thing that changes in the cover and the year.
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my favorite academic planners for college students
Molly & Rex Planner
This planner is beautiful! The cover is simple with gold dots on the front. You can find this planner on their website, but I suggest you buy it at Marshalls as the price is about $8.
On the image below, I show how I color-code my college classes. I drew a line on the left side of the page to separate the due dates and I wrote down the assignments on the right side of the line. I’m only writing down the exams and quizzes that are important. It helps me keep this page organized and easy to understand as the semester progresses.
Zoom in on the pictures to see the details of the planners and how I write in some of the pages.
For the calendar, I’m going to use the”notes” section to write down important reminders for the month. I suggest you use erasable pens on your planner as teachers tend to move assignments and due dates around. I will also use specific colors in the calendar to make it easy for my brain to keep track of how many assignments I need to complete every week.
The weekly spread on this planner is my favorite! There is enough room in the weekly spread to write down my homework and after-school activities. On the left side of the planner, I will write down everything that I need to finish on that specific week. That way I can easily keep track of the assignments that need to be done without feeling overwhelmed by looking at the calendar.
On the right side of the planner, there is a personal section where you can write down the “top priorities for the week”, a doodle section, “small victories this week”, and things that are coming up.
At the back of the planner, there is a section for “notes”. I’m going to use this page as a “brain dump”. A brain dump is a page where you write down anything that is on your mind that way you can let go of whatever is distracting you while studying.
This academic planner for college was my best friend during my senior year of college. I love the minimalist layout and how well put together the pages are. You can purchase this planner in the Class Tracker website.
On the left side of the image below, you can write down your schedule for the semester (the planner has 3 pages for 3 semesters).On the right side, you can write down your current goals or habits that you want to get rid off.
The image below is from my 2017 classes, but it shows you how I color-code the classes and use the calendar to keep track of the due dates for my quizzes, exams, and homework.
To remember which class is which I use the first 4 words of the class. For my organic chemistry class, I use “ORGO: Exam #1” and for my physics class, I use “PHY: HW 7”. If the class has a lab, I usually write it down as “PHY-L: lab #3”.
Color-coding and abbreviating the classes help my brain keep track of the assignments without having to constantly look at a key. My favorite pens to use are the erasable pens by Pilot.
The weekly spread on this planner will force you to be organized! Each week is broken down into: 3 things you need to remember, a specific assignment/an exam that is due on that day, the assignments that you are planning to complete, and a daily to-do plan.
Dream Planner by Horacio Printing
If you are looking for an academic planner to motivate you and keep you on top of your school game, you need this planner! The cover is a hardcover and the planner is slim to fit inside any backpack or purse. I’m in love with the minimalist cover the black and white pages.
The first pages of the planner are meant to help you organize your ideas, set up your goals, and reflect on the things that you want to change and the goals you want to accomplish. The image below shows two pages that motivate me to be the change I want to see in myself.
Mental health during college is extremely important to me. I often go back to these pages to remind myself of how far I have gotten and to reflect on the goals that I already accomplished.
The calendar is elegant and straightforward. I use the left page to draw small doodles or quotes that I read from my favorite books.
If you zoom in on the image below, you will notice that the page for “dates to remember” is dot grid. I color-code my class assignments in the “dates to remember” section and in the “weekly schedule”.
I love how the semesters are divided into separate pages. This helps me keep track of a semester at a time and use the previous semester as a reference to improve how I organize my planner.
On the right page for the image below, I write down everything that I need to do during the week. On the left page, I like to keep track of the assignments that I’m working on for that specific week.
There is a small box on the left page, I color it in as I complete the assignment. At the bottom-right of the left page, I use the dot grid to write down personal reminders and work-related/volunteer activities.
Lady Jayne 17 Month Planner
This planner is feminine and simple with a little bit of color on the edges of the weekly spreads. This planner is perfect if you just need to keep track of your school assignments and not so much your goals.
Unlike the previous planners, the pages do not include a mental-health or goal tracker. You can purchase this planner on their website, but you can find it half the price at TJMaxx and Marshalls.
I always include this planner in my collection of academic planners. The pages are black and white and the weekly spread is perfect to keep track of my weekly assignments and my personal errands. You can find this planner at Marshalls and Amazon.
On the left page of the image below, you can easily write down all your weekly assignments with colorful pens. On the right side, you can organize your week by the things you need to do, reminders, and 3 goals for the week.
The notes section is perfect to write down things that are on your mind. When I have too many ideas on my mind, I write them down to be able to concentrate on a specific homework or task.
Out of all the planners in this collection, this one is the size of a school text-book but thin. You can find this planner on Amazon and at the store Marshalls. The cover of the planner is beautiful and the planner is thin, you can put it on any backpack and it won’t add extra weight or make your backpack look bulky.
The cover of every month starts with a list of goals, to-dos, and important dates to remember. I always set 3 big goals for the week and write them down. If you break down your goals into small chunks, you won’t feel overwhelmed by trying to finish everything at once.
Although this planner says 2019 – 2020. I noticed that Amazon and Marshalls always carry the same planners, the only difference is that the year is updated on the planners. If there is a planner you love from this collection, chances are that you will find the same design next year!
The best part of a big planner is that you have more room to write down your assignments, personal errands, and after school activities. I love how minimalist the weekly spread is on this planner and the pink borders are enough to give the planner a touch girliness.
I hope my collection of academic planners for college students help you see different planners that are not only for academic purposes but can also help you take care of your mental health.
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