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Marian's Guide to Staying Organized
for Nursing School

Marian's Guide to Staying Organized
You just got into a nursing school program and are beginning your very first year or you are starting a new year, either way you’ll be able to benefit from our simple guide on staying organized for nursing school.


Chances are, you are going to be exposed to many handouts or papers ranging from syllabi to visual demonstrations. A great way to organize these papers is by investing in a simple 3-ring binder.


Dividers are binder’s best friends. Look into purchasing a set of dividers that can be used to separate each class in the binder you have chosen. We recommend placing your schedule in the front cover of the binder if it exists.

Voice Recorders

Many students love recording lectures as it enables them to go back to a lecture in case something was missed. Be careful relying too much on these, however. We suggest using voice recorders as a supplement to your notes. Your main focus in any class should be on excellent note taking.

Post It's

Post it notes are a great tool to have handy in case quick memos need to be made. Jotting down a memo on your notes has a tendency to become lost, so post it notes work great at managing any memorandums or ideas that pop up.

Colored Pens

Organizing what is written down using different colored pens is a great way to find out any information you need in preparation for any test. For example, you could use a red pen for anything said in class, blue for anything you personally wrote down from reading your textbooks, and green for any diagnostic information.

To-Do Lists

To-do lists are perfect for organizing what needs to be done on a weekly basis. Some people prefer having a to-do list for each day – use whichever method suits your needs better. Things that should be included on your list are: important dates such as exams, work that needs to be done at home, and any reminders (i.e. bring a certain item to the clinical).

We hope these tips help you as you progress in your career as a nurse. For more information related to organization, you could refer to our Student Services pages.