Dear Lifehacker, I will be going into year 11 next year and I am wondering what the best way to stay organised is for senior school. The problem with individual exercise books for each subject is that I hate sticking in handout sheets so I just shove them in the back and usually lose them in the black depths of my bag. I have seen people with all their subjects in one binder, but if there is as much work next year as I have been led to believe, then it won't all fit (or at least it will be massive). So what is the best way to keep school work organised? Thanks, Stressed Student
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Dear Stressed Student,
Back when I was in high school, using a binder was effectively compulsory once you hit Year 11 — we weren't really given a choice. And yes, it did end up being fairly massive, though it's not the case that you need to keep everything for the entire year in there. From that point of view, it's more important to have a reasonable filing system at home to store the older stuff (an expanding file was my weapon of choice).
However, I was in high school a very long time ago, so I'm opening this one up to the readers to get some more recent experience. What approach have you found works best? Let's hear some ideas in the comments.
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