In case you missed it, there was a great article in the NYT focusing on back-to-school organization.
My favorite excerpt:
The command center of a student’s academic life is the planbook. Kids need one place to record all their assignments, deadlines, appointments and checklists. Some schools provide customized planbooks, but if your child’s school does not, purchase one. Kids need to have everything in one location, and, I promise, this will save you from innumerable headaches a month from now. Besides, the act of writing assignments down can be a powerful memory enhancer, and most kids need all the help they can get in that department.
Providing students with the right tools to help them stay organized and help them manage their lives contributes to their long term success in high school and beyond. I just got an email from a customer whose son is starting at Caltech. She wrote, “He couldn’t have made it [though high school] without your planner.”