4 Steps to Organize Your End of the Semester Files

Organize Your End of the Semester Files

If you are anything like me then your “Downloads” folder looks unorganized like mine. There are maybe hundreds of notes and documents from as early as silly week to late in the semester. When I first started pilling up documents from my classes, I never realized how much space it could take on my hard drive and how unorganized my desktop would get. But, I took a few hours out of my day to organize those files and put them where I can locate them for future use, which has great benefits. Here’s how you can cleanup all that clutter:

If your notes look like this, you may have to do some Spring cleaning.

1.) Copy & paste all of your documents from the current semester into a file or somewhere to separate them from files unrelated to school. This will help isolate all your valuable content.

2.) After you have the files in a separate folder, make a folder for each course. Then go through them one-by-on and drag them onto the individual folders. There are things you may not want to keep but I usually keep all of the PowerPoint presentations and notes for future use. Hey, you never know.

3.) Create a folder for each semester. For example, “Fall ’16”, “Spring ’16”, “Fall ’17, etc. Then, separate them into individual courses such as “Math100”, “Management401”, “Biology101”, etc. You get the idea. Then, transfer files accordingly.

You may be asking yourself: “Why would I want to keep material from old courses?” Once you start getting into technical classes with material that you will use in projects and professional scenarios these notes will come in handy. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have been grateful for doing this. There you have it. All of your important files are organized and ready to use. How do you organize your notes?

3 Ways To Ease Your Cramming While Studying

“Cramming” is a word becoming more popular in today’s college campuses. Cramming is when students wait until a few hours prior to the exam or the night before to start study. This may seem like a surefire idea to earn a good grade but in reality human brains retain more information when taken in gradually. Don’t worry! You don’t have to put yourself in this situation of learning multiple weeks’ worth of notes in a matter of a couple of hours. Here are some ways to help ease that process.


1. Make notecards gradually throughout the semester. Instead of taking the time to make notecards hours before the exam, try making 5-6 notecards after every class. Not only will this save you time when you begin cramming but it will also be stored already in your memory. I like to make notecards weekly. If you don’t want to buy notecards, do it digitally through Quizlet or purchase them from Omega Notes.

2. Get together with a study group in your class. There is a good chance that someone else in your class has the same questions as you. Your peers can learn from you and vice-versa. Pick a spot in the library a few days before the exam and talk about the content or make a list of questions that you would like to ask the professor.

3. Test yourself! This is a technique I have been using for two years. After every class, I make custom quizzes and take it while I’m studying a few days before the test. I usually make 6-10 questions for each class to make sure I touch on any possible points that may be brought up in the exam. This becomes pretty valuable as you may have something other students want so try listing them on Omega Notes to make a couple of bucks.