How do you stay organised under exam pressure?

Essential Organisational School Tools For HSC Students

We’ve discussed the importance of creating a study environment that minimises distraction and maximises focus

We’re going to break down what a “concrete plan” means – it needs to be written and recorded, so that you will be much less likely to break routine. This applies for allocating time for study, and making sure you stay on top of all other commitments you might have.

To make this happen, you have to be organised. Here are some of our favourite tools for organisation – try them out and find what works for you.

Google Calendar

GCal is the preferred organisation and diarising tool for many students and professionals. Plus, it’s so easy to access on both your mobile and desktop.

Google Keep

Another innovation from Google, but this time it’s a simple post-it-note style tool that allows you to add images, checklists, and reminders to colourful notes. Simple but effective, it’s a great tool to stay on top of what you need to do. Consider having a rolling checklist on one note for each subject.

There’s also a desktop version in addition to iOs and Android applications, so you can keep track of things on the go.


A versatile, elegant and fully featured alternative to Google Keep. Evernote is a great tool to keep all of your notes in one place. Like Keep, Evernote is cross-platform, with a web interface and mobile apps on both Apple and Android devices. If you have a tablet, there’s also a handwriting option you can take advantage of – especially if you’re a visual learner!

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Microsoft OneNote

Part of your standard MS Office Suite, OneNote is an excellent tool for organisation and note-taking (though not calendar management, which can be done through MS Outlook, another part of Microsoft’s Office Suite applications).


Yes, we’re serious. In the business world, whiteboards are indispensable for organising and planning things out. In the education sphere, you’ll find them in every classroom. Why? Because presenting information visually and in physical form is still the best way to plan something out. Consider getting one of your bedroom or study space and keeping checklists of tasks for each subject.


We’re still serious! Although digital tools are great, sometimes, nothing beats the permanence and simplicity of noting things down physically, in hard copy. Plus, physical diaries are far less distracting than equivalent tools on your phone and computer.

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