Keeping and Organizing Your Math Binder: How to not end up with one page of notes and a calculator at the end of the Year.
I got a request for tips on how to organise and keep a math binder from dilligentartistic and so, here it is!
Before we begin, my thoughts about choosing the right binder:
- I personally like plasticy, almost flexible binders because they’re less bulky than hardcover ones and I think they’re not so heavy, so that’s what I recommend you get, but zip up binders or even normal binders are fine.
- Remember, whatever it is, don’t buy a too big binder because it’ll be hell to carry around and chances are, it’ll end up squashed in the back of your locker.
So, my essentials for a math binder!:
- 3x Notebooks- Okay, might seem like a lot, but I have a reasoning behind this. In my school, we’re allowed to bring in a single notebook during our math tests as a “cheat sheet” so one book is where I keep all my formulas and example questions. The second book is what I use to solve the problems my teacher sets me. The third is a “scribble book.” My teacher likes to write out notes for us on the board, but I like to write my own. This third notebook is just where I write down all the notes he gives us in class and when I get home, I sort out which ones I need and which ones I don’t, and those are the ones I write in my “cheat sheet” book. Even if your school doesn’t let you bring in cheat sheets, I suggest making one at home anyway (but don’t bring it for tests!) because it helps you condense what you’ve learned and will be a big help in the exam.
- A mini folder- Prefferably one with binder holes if you’re using a normal binder, but if you’re using a zip up one, any old folder will do. Most handouts you get from your teacher won’t come with punched holes for your binder, so they keep everything in one place.
- A bunch of loose leaf pages- I like to write down any questions or problems I need to ask about on these loose leaf pages so it’s easy to find them.
- A binder pencilcase- You don’t really need this, but it might be easier to have everything in one place. I only use pencils in math, so I put those in mind, a ruler, protractor, calculator, stuff you wouldn’t use for any class except math. That way, you’ll have all your stuff in one place and that’s less to carry.
- Some dividers- Really helpful if you have more than two things in your binder. Say you have your textbook in there, looseleaf pages, three notebooks and a handout folder, sectioning it off allows for easy and quick access.
- One final tip: Unclip stuff out of your binder when working-- Even though I have a math binder, it’s just to make sure I have everything I could possibly need with me. When I’m taking notes in class, I’ll usually just take out the three notebooks from my binder and put the rest in my bag, and I recommend you do that too. Binders can be really annoying and bulky when you’re trying to get work done so definitely unclip stuff out when you’re using them if it distracts you.
So those are my tips to keeping and organising a math binder. I hope I helped you guys out!