In order to get a good picture of long-term deadlines and projects, it's a good idea to keep a semester schedule. Print out an online semester schedule to keep in the front of your notebook or date book. Or you may wish to keep a large wall calendar that allows you to see the year or semester as a whole. This helps you stay aware of long-term projects and tests that are coming up. You can find poster-size wipe-off calendars at most stationery or office supply stores.

Use your schedule of classes to insert important institutional dates. Include, for example, drop deadlines, college holidays, final exam schedules, payment deadlines, registration dates, dates to file for graduation.

Use your course syllabi to enter quizzes, midterms, paper or project due dates, field trips, any other major events for each class.

Use your personal calendar to enter non-recurring commitments, such as doctor's appointments, social and family obligations, cultural events you plan to attend, trips, sports events.

Remember to keep adding as you learn of new events or requirements. Color code important class dates (tests, papers) to make them stand out. Take note of any times that become particularly crowded with assignments or due dates so you can schedule your study time appropriately.

When planning for a major project, note and color code time periods you wish to spend on the stages of the project. For example, you could highlight the length of time you plan to spend researching in yellow, the time you plan for the outline in blue, the time for the first draft in green, and so on. This helps keep you moving toward the goal of finishing all the stages of a project on time. You can also see how projects for different classes overlap and when necessary, you can plan ahead to begin work sooner on some projects than you might otherwise.