Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Student Academic Planner - A Tool for Time Management #OrderOutOfChaos @orderoochaos

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Academic PlannerThe 2013-14 Student Academic Planner by Order Out of Chaos
  • An Easy to Use Visual and Time Management Tool
  • Especially Helpful for Special Needs Students (ADD Executive Dysfunction, etc.)
  • Puts Students in Control of Their Flexible After School Time
  • View the Month at a Glance or One Week at a Time
  • Easy Grid Set Up Lists Subjects Once With Weekly Assignment Updates
  • Built in Storage Pocket and Three Hole Punched for Binder Use
  • Choose Blue Kaleidoscope, White Out, or Gray Stripes Cover Design
  • The Planner Costs $19.00 and a $2.00 Page Marker is Also Available
  • Order Yours by Visiting The Website 
  • Find Order Out of Chaos on Facebook and on Twitter (@orderoochaos)
Leslie Josel is an ADHD Specialist and a professional organizer.  Her well organized mind created the design of this simple but brilliant student planner.

Now that I have a few years of homeschooling under my belt I have used quite a few planners for myself and the boys.  I know exactly what I like and I also know what I don't care for.  One thing I have found for the boys is that they need straightforward organization.  They need a place to keep track of their assignments and a way to mark off progress and time spent.  They do not need conversion charts, inspirational quotes, or any extra bells or whistles.  This planner is definitely a great choice for Aspie kids like mine.

Open the planner to the first page and add the student's personal information, then turn the page and read a letter from Leslie that will explain the features and benefits that were shown in the video.

Moving on you will find a page for the class schedule.  It includes columns for subject, period, instructor, room number and the days that the class meets.

Visual people (like me) will love the mock one week schedule that is written across two pages.  It shows how to properly fill in assignments and highlights the special parts - like a space to write in after school and weekend activities.

The planner follows an August through July school year schedule and it is broken done by month.  The first page of each section shows the month at a glance and a page for notes right beside it.  These are followed by a one week at a time format.

Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner
The way the planner is designed there is an index where up to seven subjects are written in.  (Because we have some extra subjects you might notice that I doubled up a few spots in the index.)

Now as the student flips the pages for successive weeks the subjects do not need to be written in again - only the new assignments.  The original index is always visible and the weekly pages will line up accordingly.

Order Out of Chaos Academic Planner2
Each week covers two side by side pages and the days of the week are clearly displayed across the top of the page. It is very easy to see assignments, upcoming due dates and a check off box to use when the work has been completed.

Move over to the far right side of the page to fill in weekend activities and to the bottom of the page for after school sports and activities.

Free time should be blocked off and left open.

This grid system is designed so that a quick visual scan will reveal both the scheduled and available blocks of time which will help the student to plan accordingly.  For my own boys who have Asperger Syndrome, this encourages organization and smart time management.

The pages are large and there is a lot of space to fill in information, and there is a sturdy vinyl pocket in the back which can be used for holding any papers needed throughout the day.

There is a choice of three durable laminated cover designs that are strong and spiral bound.  These covers are made well and will stand up to a little bit of abuse.

If you have a student struggling to stay organized, you may want to pick up one of these planners for the upcoming semester.
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