If you are taking several different classes online it can be difficult to keep each one straight. One of the best ways to make sure that you keep everything organized is to give each class its own binder, folder and other materials. This way, there is no confusion when it comes time to look for the class syllabus or the latest assignment that is due.
Start out with one binder per class that you are taking online. You don’t have to purchase the huge, 2 inch binders. If you don’t already have one, purchase a three hole punch. Every paper that you print off, make a copy of or even receive by email is going to be placed in the binder. If the class needs tabs for each part you can add those as well. When it is time to work on an assignment, complete a project or even do some reading for one class, make sure that the binder is out on the desk or table. If you are taking notes, be sure that they are going in the binder as well.
When you are done with one class’s work for the day, put the binder away and move on to the next one. While it may seem like a lot of upfront cost remember that as you switch over to new classes you can reuse the same binders. You probably don’t want to throw any of the class materials away (especially if there is a chance that you are going to need it for future classes). Make a file folder when the class is complete and place all class materials in it. At this point no matter what information you need, whether it be for a current or past class, you know just where to find it. There is no reason to lose or misplace anything.