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For years, we’ve all waited with bated breath for an academic-focused planner from Erin Condren. Good news: there is one now. The Erin Condren Academic Planner is all about school. And when we say it’s all about school, we mean there’s not a single facet of the planner that isn’t designed with students and their needs in mind. It doesn’t just follow an academic calendar.
With that kind of singular focus, there are going to be some major differences between this planner and the regular planners. As she explains in this video, the Erin Condren Academic Planner was designed to work for ALL students, from middle school/junior high through college. No matter your age or the age of the person you’re shopping for, this planner can provide a secure space to write down all class notes, due dates, and assignments.
The Erin Condren Academic Planner is structured like their perfect-bound journals and not like the LifePlanner. It’s perfect-bound and smaller so that it’s easy to put into a backpack full of textbooks. Like all Erin Condren products, you have the option to personalize the planner and choose the cover design. The inside of the planner is colorful and has the same personality you expect from all Erin Condren products.
As an academic planner, the layout of the pages and the features included are all devoted to school. In fact, the Erin Condren Academic Planner can’t be used for your daily or weekly schedule outside of school. This is a six-month planner, so there are monthly calendars throughout for you to use. The planner is also undated, so you can start it at any point in the school year and then fill in the monthly dates using the handy date dots from Erin Condren. You can write down major test dates, assignments, and vacations, but you can also write down extracurricular activities here. That’s as far as you can take those extra things, though.
The weekly layouts are done in a horizontal layout, but instead of it having a blank box or a schedule, each day has a chart for classes that day. You write in the classes you have that day and whatever school work is due that day or assigned. There’s also a due date box for each class. This allows you to break up your homework into smaller chunks if needed. However, there’s not a space for you to write down if you have a study group in the afternoon or an internship in the morning.
In addition to the date dots you can use in the monthly calendar, you also get a sheet of specialized stickers at the back of the Erin Condren Academic Planner. The stickers are rectangular and say things like “Test,” “Study,” “Paper Due,” “Read,” and “Vacation.” These are all meant to go in the monthly calendar so you can keep track of things from a monthly viewpoint. There are also a few blank ones you can fill in yourself as needed. In an academic planner like this, it’s helpful to have stickers in your monthly calendars so you can visually comprehend what’s on your plate that month.
After those six months, the Erin Condren Academic Planner has 30 lined note pages. These serve as a place for you to jot down important information from class, like website logins and contact info for your classmates and teachers. And if you’ve forgotten your class notebook for some reason, you can use them to write down what your teacher says that day. These pages are perforated, so you can easily pull them out if you need to move them into that class notebook or share the information with a classmate.
This might sound like the Erin Condren Academic Planner is limiting, but it’s not if you can use the monthly calendar to keep track of things outside of the classroom or want use it as a supplement to your Erin Condren LifePlanner. If you’re a student in middle school, junior high, or high school, then the academic planner fills most of your needs — unless you’re a hardcore overachiever working a part time job and participating in multiple clubs and teams. For college students, the Erin Condren Academic Planner should absolutely be used in conjunction with the LifePlanner so you have a secure place for your class assignments, but also a place for your busy, busy life.