Whether you’re a sophomore in high school or a senior in college, your life is full of attending classes, working on homework, extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, and squeezing in family time when you can. We all have so much going on and it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where you’re supposed to be and when.
Confession: I am a planner and organization junkie. I carry my LifePlanner with me everywhere, along with a bag of pens–for color coding. I also keep an electronic version, thanks to Google Calendar, and it’s so full it looks like confetti exploded on my phone/laptop screen. I’m telling you this because I understand how important finding the right planner is. Hours of research went into my first big planner purchase, and my guess is (if you’re reading this post) you’re a bit like me.
So, without further ado, here’s my list of the 7 best planners for students:
LifePlanner by Erin Condren
Price: $45-$65 + add-ons
The LifePlanner was my first mega planner purchase and I love it. If everything in your life is organized by color, this is the planner for you. In addition to interchangeable, customizable covers, you can also add on stickers of all shapes and sizes. Mine also came with a sample pack of stickers and a movable ruler/bookmark. You can also find stickers on Etsy that are the same size and shape of the boxes in the LifePlanner.
It comes in three different layouts: horizontal, vertical, and hourly. Each weekly page also has space for a to-do list, which always comes in handy.
Student Planner by Plum Paper
Price: $18 + add-ons
Plum Paper’s Student Planner would be excellent for any high school student or college student with a heavy course load. Each week is organized by day and class period (7 spaces available).
The nice thing about this planner is you can customize it to start at any month during the year. So, if you’re not satisfied with a previous planner purchase or you procrastinated and don’t want to spend money on missed months, go with this planner. It comes in 6 months or 12-18 months. So, you can also give it a 6 month trial run if you’re still not sold.
Academic Daily Simplified Planner by Emily Ley
Price: $58 + add-ons
Emily Ley’s Academic Daily Simplified Planner is full of inspiration quotes and gold detailing. (And we all need a little inspiration to keep going sometimes!) These planners are made for academic schedules (i.e., they run August-July). In addition to 6am-9pm hourly spots, there are also spaces for notes, daily to-dos, and dinner plans.
The design of these planners are classy-chic. One of my college friends swears by this planner. She just purchased her second one and doesn’t plan on changing it up any time soon.
Flagship Collection by Day Designer
Price: $59 + add-ons
If you’re all business and don’t feel the need to decorate every square inch of your planner, the Flagship Collection is for you. These daily pages run from 5am-9pm. Each day has a space for to-dos, gratitude, your top 3 to-dos, notes, and more. The Flagship collection is available in beginning and mid-year editions, each running 12 months.
If you’re feeling the need for a bit more organization in your life, there are also a plethora of free printables available. These include bucket lists, notes, organizing your week, gratitude journals, food and exercise logs, and much more.
Academic Daily Planner by Bloom Daily Planners
Price: $13.95-$26.95 + add-ons
The Academic Daily Planner comes in hard or soft cover, and a choice between a normal academic planner or a vision planner. The vision planner is organized to help you set and work towards your goals. The academic year planner also has spaces for your goals, to-dos, and a fun list of reasons for a party.
It also has an awesome academic scheduler placed in the beginning pages. There are places for time, class, professor name, and room, all by day of the week and term.
The Happy Planner-Student Edition by Me & My Big Ideas
Price: $19.99-$29.99 + add-ons
The Happy Planner is the creative student’s dream planner. You literally make it all you want it to be, and can add or remove pages at any time. It’s basically a scrapbook that functions as a planner.
One of my favorite things about this planner is you can actually go to a store and check it out. It’s also 100% customizable. You can add pages, bookmarks, inspirational quotes on tabs, and even clip in pictures. If you want to check it out in person, head to your local Hobby Lobby store.
Academic Planners by Mead
During my first few years of college I relied on my Mead planners to keep my life organized. I started with the small, 4″ x 6″ size, and ended up with the giant 8.5″ x 11″. These are great planners because you can choose daily, weekly, or monthly layouts. They’re also extremely affordable.
Yes, these planners are a bit more subtle than some of the others listed above. However, if you’re feeling the need to spice it up a bit, you essentially have a blank slate that you can make entirely your own. Head to a craft store, buy some stickers and fun pens, and spend an afternoon decorating your new best friend.
Planners are as unique as the people who use them. Each one is loved and used in its own way. If you have a favorite that isn’t on this list, share it in the comments below!
I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite planner accessories:
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Our whole school expanded to 1:1 iPads last year and our teachers extensively use an LMS but we saw a growing problem with organization and missed assignments with the students.--School Administrator, IL
I have just seen a demonstration of the usefulness of the My Homework app by a parent of a child at our High School. It looks extremely impressive, effective and easy to use.--Principal, South Africa
Great app! It's easy to use and provides the ability to link Dropbox and Google Drive to share instructions, notes, practice, etc. It also sends out reminders for ss on tests and quizzes. Thanks!--Mr Math Teacher
This app has given me my planning period back! I upload everything we do in class (bell ringers, notes, and homework assignments) to this app. When the students are absent, the log onto their student component "myHomework" and get everything they missed. Then, when they get to their practice problems, the ask for help only when they get stuck because they have all the resources for that lesson already! Now my planning period isn't monopolized! I can plan and do other things teachers need to do like grade papers!.--LeBroughton
I love the fact that students have "no excuses" about what is assigned and when it is due, as long as they look at it!--Beginner12345
I have been using this app with my 150 high school students and I love it. I give assignments, attach notes, and communicate with this app.--gaillardia
Our staff is all using this with myHomework to form an agenda for all students. Very easy to add/edit assignments, lessons, test info, and announcements. Highly recommend from a 7th grade science teacher.--Dooleysci
I found this today, made a Teachers.io account, and announced the myHomework app--by 6th period I already had 16 students sign up. Really nice appearance and easy to use. Thanks!--mrsriebli
Teachers.io makes communicating with students seamless. We are implementing it for our whole school. The developers know what teachers and students need and actively work to make us better.--Brandon Jones
Teachers.io is one of the best thought out apps out there for teachers. The app is clean and intuitive. Also, with the addition of myHomework, another app from the same company, schools/teachers can not go wrong with this purchase! This is a great app that removes the barriers that educators have when wanting to provide the BEST experience for students to receive classwork/homework. No More Excuses!--LALincoln