If we want our kids to be organized in school, it is essential that they have a system in place for keeping track of assignments, upcoming tests, and quizzes as well as anything with a deadline. Using the right student planner makes this process simple- and helps your child to juggle their school work and social life without feeling overwhelmed. These are the 10 best planners for students for the 2020-2021 school year!
Quick Links to the Info in This Post!
- Top Picks for the Best Planners for Students:
- What Type of Planner Will Work Best for Your Student?
- The Best Planner for Elementary School Students:
- Best Planner for Middle and High School Students:
- Best Planners for College Students- Dated
- Best Planner for College Students- Undated
- The Best Bullet Journal for College Students
- The Best Planner App for Students
- Looking for the best family calendars, planners, & to-do lists?
Top Picks for the Best Planners for Students:
|Best Planner for Elementary Schoolers||Global Datebook Elementary School Planner|
|Best Planner for Middle and High School Students:||Class Tracker|
|Best Dated Planner|
|Best Undated Planner:|
|Best Bullet Journal|
|Best Student Planner App||MyHomework App|
What Type of Planner Will Work Best for Your Student?
The first thing to take into consideration when purchasing a student planner- is the grade level of student who will be using it. Some planners are designed specifically with elementary school-aged kids in mind, while others are more appropriate for middle school, high school, or college students.
For elementary schoolers, you want a simple planner that gives them a defined place to record assignments for each main subject area.
But when we are shopping for students in middle or high school, or in college, there are three main types of planners that I recommend:
- Dated planners– The monthly and weekly page layouts are already labeled- and in some planners, you'll find prompts or titled sections to get you to think and reflect on your goals for the coming year.
- Undated planners– You can pick up one of these planners any time and just get started because all of the monthly and weekly sections are undated. There are still places to write reflections and goals, but they are more open-ended and often appear at the beginning or the end of the planner.
- Bullet Journals– These are completely unstructured notebooks that allow you to design how you would like to track notes and assignments and organize and plan for the future. Often a bullet journal is just a blank notebook with dotted grids, or sometimes they are lined.
Scroll through the list of my favorite planners of each type below- where I highlight the best features of each one!
The Best Planner for Elementary School Students:
My kids used this Global Datebook Elementary School Planner for years. They loved the list-style format of the planner pages- with sections for each of the four main subject areas in school (math, science, social studies, and language arts) with plenty of additional space for other subject areas if needed.
There is a section for “Words of the Week” on the same page- that can be used for new vocabulary words or even a spelling list.
If your kids would prefer a “block style” layout rather than the list layout above- this version of the Global Datebooks planner uses a block layout.
I appreciated the vinyl cover and spiral binding which made it easy for kids to fold over the cover to work on a particular day. This planner comes with a bookmark/ruler that clips into the spiral binding, marking their place in the planner.
Beyond just daily information, this planner also includes resource pages by subject area- multiplication tables, measuring equivalencies, common grammar explanations, and so forth which are pretty helpful. (size 8.5″ x11″)
Best Planner for Middle and High School Students:
This year we have a new high school planner that we think is perfect for middle and high schoolers- the Class Tracker !
We love the separate sections for each day that outline: Things to remember/ Quizzes, exams, papers, projects / Assignments- making it easy for kids to see what is the most important thing to tackle at homework time.
There's room to note activities and a place to keep a running to-do list for the week. And I love that you can track the number of weeks until… winter break, spring break, last day of school? What kid doesn't love a countdown? (A separate page marker is available).
Runners Up Planners for Middle and High School Students:
This is the planner that my high school sons have used for the past several years. Pages are laid out in a weekly block calendar format with daily lined sections to jot down assignments and due dates.
I especially like the column to check off completed work!
Or you can get the version where the days of the week appear in a list format .
This open format works better for kids who may not have the same class schedule every day. This planner comes with a bookmark/ruler to hold your place inside, and several resource pages with helpful information on math and grammar. (size 5.5″ x 8.5″)
This hardcover planner from Global printed products makes our list of best planners for students for several reasons.
First of all- the cover is about as thick as a nickel- which will protect the planner as it is being carried back and forth to school in a backpack. It comes with a snap-in bookmark to hold your place.
And I love the fact that this planner comes with planning stickers and sticky notes to help students personalize their pages. (size 8.5 x 11″). Also available as a 5.5″ x 8.5″ version .
Best Planners for College Students- Dated
The Erin Condren Academic Planner is my absolute favorite planner for students!
I love the layout which includes a great 2-page monthly spread, and 2-page spreads for each week, followed by 4 notes pages after each month, so there is plenty of space to take notes on assignments, and plan for upcoming activities.
I also love that there are detailed pages to use for notes for projects & exams, and the use of inspirational quotes throughout the planner. It comes with a flexible laminated cover (size 7″ x 9″).
Runners Up Planners for College Students:
My college students love the simplicity and design of the college edition of the Class Tracker . There are dated and undated versions of this college planner, and you can purchase a page marker separately.
The Bloom Daily Planner is the perfect combination of academic planning calendar and goal setting workbook (which is really what a traditional planner is all about!)
2-page monthly overview spreads are followed by weekly views.
This planner includes a personal mission statement prompt and a yearly goal setting page, weekly scheduling templates, major holidays list, notes pages, contacts/address book pages, inspirational quotes, monthly reflection questions, and more! (size 6″ x 8.25″)
Best Planner for College Students- Undated
The Clever Fox Planner handles all of your academic needs- with a 2-page layout for each week, undated, so you can begin using this planner any time of the year!
But what makes this planner so unique is that it is designed to help you set goals for the year, and then helps you to focus your energy on just a few goals at a time, making you far more effective in your efforts!
You can track habits that you'd like to cultivate, incorporate gratitude and affirmation techniques, create a vision board and more!
The Best Bullet Journal for College Students
Bullet journaling has become very popular in the last few years- because it provides the perfect freestyle tool to keep your academic calendar, plan your week, create lists, as well as to write down thoughts, track your progress, and reflect on your life.
It's a beautiful combination of calendar and life planner all in one! You can learn how to keep a bullet journal here.
This Leuchttrum 1917 is the dotted notebook that started the whole bullet journal craze! This beautiful hardcover notebook has dotted pages, it lays flat when in use- but what sets this bullet journal apart is its pre-formatted table of contents section.
The Best Planner App for Students
In today's tech-connected world, some students may prefer to forgo the paper planner route, and instead use an app for tracking assignments and homework. The MyHomework App is the perfect app for that!
It's easy for students to track assignments, projects, tests, and upcoming events. They can load their class schedule into the app as well. And set up due date reminders for future assignments.
I love that you can sort your homework based on class, priority, or type- or of course, see everything at once. MyHomework app syncs between devices- so you can record entires on your phone and then see them on your laptop as well- perfect for college students
The app is free, and an ads-free premium version is available.
Looking for the best family calendars, planners, & to-do lists?
- Best Family Calendars – whether you prefer electronic, paper, or wall calendar- these are the best ones of the year!
- Best Planners for Moms – a family calendar can help you organize your schedule and your time- but a planner can help to make sure that you are giving your life purpose!
- 15 Perfect Paper to Do Lists for Busy Moms- pretty paper lists to guide you as you get it all done!
I would love to hear which of these planners your student decided to use this year!