7 Best Planners for Students: Because There’s More to Life Than Homework

A student planner can help organize your academic and social life

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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. A student planner can help keep your schedule organized.

Why Do You Need A Student Planner?

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

Student planner -- LifePlanner from Erin Condren

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.

Weekly & Monthly Academic Planner by Lemome

Student planner -- 2019 Lemome planner

This Weekly & Monthly Academic Planner is packed with helpful features all in one sturdy but stylish leather journal. Each month gets a two-page overview spread complete with holiday reminders. The weekly pages have plenty of space to write down notes, appointments, and deadlines. It also comes with several handy lists, including holiday dates, states + capitals, time zones.

Additionally, this Lemome planner comes with some physical perks. An elastic strap keeps everything together, two ribbons can mark your place, you can fit small notes or business cards in the cover pocket, and there’s even a holder for your favorite pen!

Hardcover Academic Year Planner by Global Printed Products

Student planner -- Hardcover academic planner

Who said style had to break the bank? These colorful Academic Year Planners are both fashionable and functional, and come in a variety of colorful patterns and styles. As a bonus, there’s even a detachable matching book mark!

The cover is incredibly durable, so you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged in your bag. Each month comes with a tab and a two-page spread so you can jot down special dates. The weekly spreads have space for notes and checklists.

Flagship Collection by Blue Sky

Student planner -- Flagship collection planner

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

Student planner -- Academic daily planner from Bloom

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

The happy plan student planner

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

Student planner -- An academic planner from Mead

Mead is a well-recognized staple when it comes to school products. Folders, notebooks, binders, and even academic planners. The Academic Year Weekly & Monthly planners come in a few eye-catching designs, with various colors and patterns to give it a touch of personality.

It has a 12 month academic calendar with tabs separated by month. Each week has a two page spread. Each month has holidays marked. There’s whole pages dedicated to note taking, and the planner also comes with a yearly overview page.

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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Katelyn McAdam

6 thoughts on “7 Best Planners for Students: Because There’s More to Life Than Homework”

  1. Avatar Leanna McMahon says:

    Very very helpful, thank you so much!

  2. My son, who is a freshman, just asked me for a planner. I just came upon your site. Very helpful. Thank you.

  3. This is a great list of planners! I used to use Mead’s planners for most of my college career. Senior Year and during my first year in graduate school, I liked using the Quo Vadis Notor planner – it gives you a lot of space for daily to-do’s and notes. And you can customize the format. I currently am using the Happy Planner which I got for a great deal! I talk about my planners in my blog, if anyone’s interested 😉

  4. Avatar Kaylie Bennett says:

    I use the List It Planner and would highly recommend it, especially for school students with lots of homework (and to do’s!). I love that you can start it when works for you (I needed mine for October) – not just January or mid-year like most planners. I also love the multiple ‘to do’ lists and that I can see my week at a glance. http://www.listitplanner.com

  5. Avatar GruSer says:

    I recommend trying the iSmart.Life app. I use this app to planning my goals, tasks, projects.This is a very simple and free web app. You can see the demo and decide whether it suits you or not …

  6. Avatar Daniel Poter says:

    Thanks for making this list of planners. I could also recommend EverNote app. It’s easy to use and have a lot of possibilities for planning and making notes.

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