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Agendas Are Better Than Memory


Quick, what was the last thing that somebody asked you to do?

Can’t remember? It’s not easy to keep track of all the things that we’re asked to do in a day. That’s why it’s important—for young and old alike, student and non-student—to use an agenda.

We’re bombarded with information throughout our day. Studies have shown that the short-term memory is capable of holding roughly 4-9 items, and only for a short period of time.

So don’t rely on your memory. Write it down. That’s why schools hand out agendas to students. It isn’t to doodle in during a boring lit class. It’s to keep track of assignments, homework, social activities, birthdays, and tests.

It’s there so that students don’t have to rely on imperfect short-term memory.

Students receive a lot of information during each school day. Using an agenda helps them sort, categorize, and remember that information.

Whether they realize it or not, and agenda helps students develop organization skills. It helps them to keep their priorities in order. It even helps them learn how to prioritize their responsibilities.

It also helps to reduce stress.

The trick, however, is to actually use it. The agenda can’t just stay in the locker during class, or in the book bag after school. To be effective, students need to make using the agenda part of their daily routine.

Oxford Learning has a great program that helps students learn how to use an agenda effectively. The “Get Organized Bootcamp” helps students learn to use an agenda, take notes in class, manage projects, and set goals.

Ask your local Oxford Learning about the “Get Organized Bootcamp.”

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