As with any other life skill, there are numerous benefits to being organised. Children carrying out their schoolwork in a systematic way will be better able to keep track of their educational activities. This should help them become more efficient and, as a result, ensure that they do not waste valuable time that could otherwise be spent maximising each learning opportunity.
Below are some of the key advantages of children organising their school workload.
Establishing a routine
If children are able to organise their time at home so they have dedicated slots for homework and leisure time, they will need less cajoling from parents to make a start on their work.
If children are able to manage schoolwork commitments and meet deadlines, this will give them a growing sense of independence that should translate into other areas of their life.
Organising their work, both in and out of school, will help children to develop time management skills such as learning how to prioritise tasks and deciding on the duration of each activity.
Children who have organised their school work will have invested more time and energy into their projects. An increase in effort may lead to an increase in the levels they achieve in a variety of school subjects.
Accessing the right work
Organising school work into computer/ring binder files will mean that children can access the resources as they need them. As many schools now promote cross-curricular learning, children may want to draw on the work they did from a previous history project to link to an upcoming geography project.
This idea is supported by an idea from the Surrey County Council website:
‘One ring binder for all ‘current’ class-work, with work completed on separate sheets of papers, rather than separate books for each subject, would minimise the number of work books, folders, etc that they would have to keep track of. Separate sheets of paper would also allow them to rewrite a piece of work if required and discard the ‘draft’.
Plastic pockets can be included in the binder to take papers which have not yet been punched for insertion. Work in the ‘current’ binder would need to be removed frequently into subject binders. This strategy can be helpful, provided the child can develop the strategy of always putting work into the binder. (This idea would need to be discussed with your child’s teachers, as it would need to fit in with school plans).’