Using colours to do homework

Colourful stationery on a desk

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Girl: My presentation is about how you can use colour coding to organise your homework.

To start you need a few things from the stationery shop. This photo shows the things I use. They aren't expensive. They are all cheap. I've got coloured pens and pencils, sticky notes, page markers, glue and folders.   

First, I choose a different colour for each school subject. The colour I choose has to be easy to remember so I make sure it means something to me. Maths is green because my ruler is green. PE is yellow because my trainers are yellow. 

Here is a photo of my folders. I use the cheapest kind and I add a coloured sticky note to the top and to the front. I keep all my notes inside the different folders. 

This is a photo of some more sticky notes. I wrote them in the library when I was studying. The blue notes are for history. My history teacher has got a blue car! The black notes are for geography. One day I want to visit the Black Sea.

This photo shows the pages I need to read for homework. I use two coloured page markers to mark where it starts and ends. Those blue ones mark the pages I need to read for history. 

Finally, this last photo shows my wall calendar. This green star shows I have a maths test on Friday. This pink circle shows I've got French homework for Monday. It's pink because 'pink' is 'rose' in French … and the rose is my favourite flower.

Has anyone got any questions?


Which colours would you choose for each school subject? Why?

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Submitted by Maria Klymenko on Thu, 05/02/2024 - 15:40

I don't use colour coding. In my opinion, it takes a lot of time and I don’t need it. However, I can use page markers. We also have a school diary in which we write homework and other important things.

Submitted by Teddygoldinou75015 on Thu, 12/07/2023 - 16:45

I choose red for Spanish because a lot of things in Spanish are red, blue for physics because it represent atoms, neutron, nature... for me.
Sometimes it depends what colours are disponible in stores.
I also use Canson papers for revision : I chose green for science because it represents nature, pink for French, history because the copy books of these subject are pink.

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Submitted by JoModerator on Fri, 12/08/2023 - 08:13

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Submitted by Hazel_1704 on Wed, 07/05/2023 - 15:44

For history I would choose purple because is my favorite color
For maths I would choose pink because now it is a color that I like more
For chemistry I would choose black because I like it and because the school subject is complicated for me

Submitted by LauraMar on Tue, 11/29/2022 - 23:08

Which colors would you choose for each school subject? Why?
I use yellow for math,green for biology,blue for social studies,red for language,orange for music,black for English,transparent in physical education and many more. In all the schools that I was I had too many subjects.

Submitted by Turtle08 on Sun, 08/28/2022 - 15:18

When i was at primary school, I had to put a sleeve on my notebooks. My teachers told me which one I had to use for every subject. Now I don't have to use them anymore, but I do it because for me it's easy to remember them.

Submitted by ay144 on Wed, 07/27/2022 - 16:54

well, i don't like to specific a color for each subject, and i like to see a lot of colors at the same time to feel good and don't boring of studying.

Submitted by Baldbanana on Tue, 07/05/2022 - 10:32

I'd like to use colours similar to the textbook coloring. It will be beautiful and aesthetic. Math - blue and purple, biology - green, russian - orange etc
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Submitted by FlowerQueen on Mon, 06/06/2022 - 14:01

Hi Our teachers choosed the subject colours: German: White English: Blue Ethics: Orange Maths: Brown French: Orange/Yellow/Purple (we can choose, I choosed Purple) Art: (we don't have a colour) Music: Yellow PE: (we don't have a colour) History: Pink Biology: Red Geography: Green Natural science and technology: Purple FlowerQueen~♡

Submitted by goksu on Wed, 06/01/2022 - 08:03

I use blue in mathematics, in biology, in green chemistry, in yellow, in German, in black.
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Submitted by InEnglishPlease on Wed, 10/20/2021 - 09:34

I use too colours for organize my homework: - red: things I have to do today - yellow: my subjects today - green: things I’ve done - purple: holidays -orange: tests It’s so handsome!

Submitted by smoreno on Mon, 03/08/2021 - 14:29

- For mathematics I choose the color blue because that color is the cover of my notebook and it is easier for me to identify it. - For physical education I choose white because that color is my tennis shoes. - For history I choose yellow because that color seems very representative for that matter. - For geography I choose green because that color is the one that identifies the earth on maps. - For French I choose the color orange because my dictionary is that color.

Submitted by Bacu03 on Mon, 02/01/2021 - 21:14

I allways use basic colours for my subjects, like blue for maths, red for english, or Green for chemistry. I prefer to keep it simple.

Submitted by ENDEOVAR on Sun, 01/31/2021 - 14:03

-I match blue with math because math book cover usually is blue -I match green with biologie because biologie is life and life mean nature for me.Nature is green so ı match green -I match brown with geograpy because when geograpy speak of,brown come to my mind so ı use to brown -I use to red for literature.Why don't know.I like literature and i like red too.Maybe therefore ı use

Submitted by Nooname on Sat, 01/16/2021 - 11:28

I usually use orange for maths,green for scirnce and blue for history
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Submitted by rafaelyeshua on Sun, 12/20/2020 - 17:55

i use green for titles, orange for bullets and red for subtitles

Submitted by altair28 on Tue, 10/20/2020 - 03:01

i usually use green for biology, blue for maths, red for languages and dark green for geography.
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Submitted by Xuka on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 19:42

Honestly, I use some colors for all school subjects, not for each of them. I usually blue pens for writing normal text, red pens for the title, or take notes. I also use some highlighters, orange for the main points of chapters, green for the main points of sections, yellow for main points of paragraphs. And I keep color-coding consistency for all my books.

Submitted by KJs on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 12:59

I use green as the science notebook color.Because science has the image of a plant. And from the time I was an elementary school student,I have the image that Japanese is red or pink and math is blue.

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Submitted by KJs on Fri, 07/17/2020 - 12:42

I use blue for math.Because I have used it since I was a elementary school student. I use prints for science and social studies so I can’t use color .
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Submitted by DIGIOTANIMES on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 16:37

I do not use colors for the subjects I do not give importance to that

Submitted by MayVazquez on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 22:13

I also use sticky notes to write down my homework. :) MAYTE ELIZABETH
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Submitted by JediB on Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:53

I don't use any color on any subjects.
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Submitted by YOUSEEF on Tue, 12/17/2019 - 21:25

i use colours too to save new words . it is very useful way to save new information

Submitted by Thu on Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:02

I use the galaxy for Maths because the galaxy is a lot of colors mixed together. Like Maths, the definition of math in my head is also mixed. : >

Submitted by mariafordzun on Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:01

Actually I don't use colour coding for each school subject. But when I was listening this presentation I decided to do a such coding. I bought coloured pencils, page markers, glue, sticky notes and folders. Now I done it. English is blue because my vocabulary is of the same colour. Maths is red because it's my favourite colour and Maths is my favourite subject. History is black because I don't like this subject.
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Submitted by khanhlinh92004 on Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:07

I use red for Math because Math is my favorite subject and red color symbolizes to fire. I have to study more to be the best at Math.

Submitted by burcubilgin on Tue, 03/27/2018 - 20:30

i would use turquoise for my english subjects because turquoise is may fav. colour and english is my fav. lesson
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Submitted by Ahjeen on Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:37

I would use purple, yellow, green, blue and pink!!!
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Submitted by bilko on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 17:41

I love colors but I don't use colors for my homework.
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