Bookmarks and Favourites

There are easier ways to organise where you’ve been online than trawling through the last year on the ‘History’ tab. It doesn’t need to be a big job, and in fact is a pretty good way of reviewing what you know about a subject or topic. The aim isn’t to read every page or site, but to figure out where the gaps are. If you take a moment to think about what you want your ideal list of sites to do, it’ll probably look a bit like this:

Essential

  • make it easy to find specific sites
  • be divided into social and school lists
  • have lists for subjects to make review/revision easier

Useful

  • available through phone
  • able to share with friends

Most browsers will give you the choice of creating folders (or in some cases dividers) in your list. Simply make a social and a school folder. The social folder can include your sports club pages, forums and blogs for your hobbies or whatever. Take five minutes to drag and drop everything fun into it. Create subfolders once it gets past a dozen or so sites.

The school folder needs a section for each subject, or possibly teacher. Don’t try to move all your bookmarks at once; it can be a long job. If you do one subject at a time, it’s a useful way to review what you’ve learned and what is missing. There are three that are definitely worth adding to save time when you’re in a hurry:

  • the exam board subject page (where you can get past papers)
  • relevant BBC Bitesize page
  • other preferred revision sites, if any (e.g. S-Cool)

If you find the list for each subject starts to get confusing, break it up into each exam paper or module. If your browser allows you to use tags instead, this is even better – just tag each bookmark with as many relevant keywords as you want, then search for them the easy way.

Sharing

Making your lists (or part of them, you may want to be careful) with friends or teachers can be worthwhile – especially if you swap, rather than share. If you’re serious about being able to get at your bookmarks anywhere, you might like to check out this list of services at LifeHacker. Before you get started with one, check you can access it through school, as some are blocked or hard to use through a firewall. It might also be worth making some bookmarks available on your phone, if the sites have a mobile version for quick revision while waiting at the bus stop. (More mobile phone tips coming soon.)

It’s amazing how many so-called adults don’t organise their online life. The point of this isn’t to be virtuous, or to look smart. It means that when you need something, you can find it quickly and easily. This means work gets done to a higher standard (as long as you don’t just bookmark Wikipedia articles) and you get more time to do something useful.

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