The unique organizational needs of students often go unnoticed. The underlying complexity can go undetected because the school day provides a consistent structure. From the outside, a typical weekly student schedule often looks very standard with only a small amount of variation. However, on closer inspection, our modern school structure is very intricate and require a considerable amount of navigation and customization.
For all intents and purposes, students have a collection of bosses; one for each class. They must learn how to balance the demands and success criteria for each subject. In addition, technology has increased the number of locations students must look for assignments, materials, and teacher expectations.
Students need specialized techniques that will help them take control of their school schedule, extracurricular pursuits, and will allow them to scale their organization skills to new environments. However, these techniques are not taught to most students, and many organizational approaches outlined in books, apps, and planners are not created for students. These approaches are often beneficial for adults but generate a mismatch when they are applied to the responsibilities and organizational needs of students. Students who learn flexible organizational skills have a strategic advantage in completing their classwork with less stress.