How to Make the Most of Your Planner for Your Online Class

Do you have a planner? Do you use it? If not, Google Calendar is a great way to keep track of important dates. Please refer here to learn how to use that tool.

However, you may be someone who likes to write things down. In that case, using a planner in which you write your due dates/assignments down may be more useful. So, where do you start?

Buying a planner is the first step. You want to make sure that your planner has space for daily to-do lists as well as important due dates. If you are a local URI student, the URI bookstore sells planners at an affordable cost for a student. However, you can also purchase one almost anywhere else.

Once you have purchased a planner, take out all of your syllabi for the semester along with your planner. Write down all of the important dates for the entire semester. This can include: paper due dates, exam dates, project due dates, project meetings, etc.


Upon completing that, go to today in your planner.

Make a list of things you have to do.

For example:

  • Do laundry
  • Write blog post
  • Go grocery shopping
  • Read Ch. 5 for PSY 113
  • Make an outline for WRT 104 paper
  • Post in discussion forum for ENG 110

Now, you may think that putting things on your list like “do laundry” or “go grocery shopping” sounds silly. Yet, it can feel very stress-relieving to check things off your list! Just make sure you are checking off the important things for that day too!

If you do not complete a task, make sure to move it to the next day. If you do not accomplish the things on your list, then eventually your list will get very long! So make sure that you are giving yourself things that are manageable to accomplish in any given day. This might even include only one or two things (depending on the task), and that’s alright!

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