Notion Templates

Notion Templates for Students — Top Choices for 2022

Notion is a fantastic resource for students, bringing notebooks, diaries and to-do lists under one roof — but starting out can feel overwhelming. That’s where these Notion templates for students come in, offering an out-of-the-box solution for everything from keeping tracking of homework to taking notes from a textbook.

Not all of the Notion templates for students we’ve included are free to use. Some of them cost a few bucks, but none of them cost a dime to view, so you can use the paid options for inspiration for something to create yourself if you’d rather not hand over the cash to save one to your Notion Workspace for immediate access.

Notion Templates for Students

We’ve made it our mission to round up all of the best Notion templates for students. 

Daily Schedule

We created our Notion Daily Schedule Template to bring all events and tasks under one roof, making it easier to assign a time to each one and see what needs to be done and where, and what’s coming up, in a flash. This makes it the ideal tool for scheduling revision time in between classes, as well as one-on-one time with tutors.

Intended to be a versatile solution for both business and personal use, you have the option to bucket tasks and events by focus. You can also add an additional field to assign them to a particular class. You can then set up a filter to show all of the events and tasks (upcoming or previous, or both) for an individual focus or class.

What’s more, information can be stored in the task card too. We take notes straight on the event card in our Daily Schedule while we’re in a meeting so we know where to look to find the minutes. You can then look back to see what was discussed in a particular class or use the filtering options to bring up all notes in a single list.

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Kanban Board

A blank canvas of sorts, this Notion Kanban Board Template is your first step into a workflow that you can tweak and make your own — or use it as is, storing things like assignments in the first column. You can then move them over to the second column while you’re working on then, then to the third to be archived when you’re done.

It’s a fantastic way to learn what the Notion App has to offer. You can add additional fields to the board to batch tasks by class, for example, then set up a view to see all of the tasks associated with a particular task. You can also set up a sorting option to show cards by deadline, soonest first, to help with prioritization.

Another thing you could do is assign an estimated effort level (amount of time that needs to be spent on each task) then set the board to filter by the amount of time needed to do the work in a particular timeframe for tasks that are due in the next week. You can then pencil the time in using the Daily Schedule above.

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Reading List

By far the best Notion template for students we’ve ever created, our Notion Reading List not only lets you catalog all of the books and textbooks you’re reading, but also all of the notes associated with them. This lets you select a title from your library to view all of the research associated with it as well as a short summary.

Use our New Entry template (included) to add a new book, then take notes as you read each chapter in the Chapter Summary section, concluding with a key lesson for each. Keep doing this until you finish the book, then use the cover sheet to write a short overview and conclude with top three quotes and lessons.

Books can be filtered by genre, author or the star rating you’ve assigned them. You can also use the filtering feature to set up a view to show all unfinished titles or run a custom report to isolate all of the titles finished in a particular timeframe.

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Class Notes

Productivity is a strange beast. People think because they have a complex system that shows a file in multiple different places they’re somehow more efficient, but they often spend more time organizing their documents than they do working on them, the antithesis of productiveness. You won’t fall into that trap with Class Notes.

One of our favorite Notion templates, this no-frills solution makes it easy to jump in and start taking notes in a couple of seconds. Just assign the document a name, store a class to file it to and start scribbling. You can then set up views to find all of the notes associated with a particular class or even by topic (more on that in a second).

We love how basic it is, but you may want to make some changes to better service your needs. For instance, if you take notes in a particular format, you could create a Page template so you can add a pre-formatted notebook in a click. You may want to set up additional classifications, like related topic for easier access in the future, as well.

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To-Do List

Most of the Notion to-do list templates out there are built on a Kanban Board, something we aren’t a fan of because it requires too much time to be spent organizing the list, so we came up with our own solution that uses a combination of filters to sort through the tasks and show you what’s relevant today.

It’s similar to the Daily Schedule we featured above, with the main difference being this is more focused on tasks and not the event element, and adopts a more traditional list format with checkboxes that hide the item once selected, focusing on bringing your attention to incomplete tasks.

You can add tasks to categories to keep them together. This will let you see all of your school-related tasks in one place, and all of your personal ones in another. You can flick between them or merge them with the click of a button. Plus, you can set reminders to receive an alert when it’s time to complete a task.

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Clean Dashboard

Designed to serve as a command station, our Notion Clean Dashboard Template is a safe haven to store links to your most frequented Pages. It has a functional Sticky Notes feature that can be used to scribble fast notes, like a cell number or an access code that needs to be referred to later — accessible on desktop and mobile.

We’ve included some of our most popular Notion templates for free, including our Daily Schedule Template and our All-Purpose Notebook Template to arm the dashboard with some extra smarts. Thanks to these integrations, it’ll automatically serve up your schedule and to-do list each day, listed alongside your recent notes.

Set it as your Start Page in Notion and you’ll be able to see what’s next on your agenda as soon as you open the Notion App, as well as any brain nudes you left in the Sticky Notes. It’s also ideal for jumping into a note you were working on without having to navigate to another Page to find it — everything is there in one place.

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Sticky Notes

Sometimes we need to scribble down a short, sweet note to serve as a reminder — and Post-its are one of the best ways to do that. Now, you can create your own Sticky Notes with the click of a button in your Notion Workspace. You can even favorite the Page for fast access or move it to the top of your sidebar to make it your Start Page.

Each new note added will have the date it was created recorded. The note will be shown until you archive it by dragging it into the Archive (look for the trashcan icon) on the right. Old notes are accessible from in the Archive, arranged in chronological order from the date they were archived, so the last archived card will be at the top.

We’ve been using this versatile tool to store short, temporary snippets of information that don’t have a place in another Page in our Workspace, sort of like a kitchens ink, and to serve as a holding area for information before we flesh them out and move them to a section better suited to them, archiving the note when we’re done with it.

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All-Purpose Notebook

What we consider to be the Swiss Army Knife of Notion templates for students, our All-Purpose Notebook lets you store notes, links, documents, locations and even snippets of code. These entries are stored in a structured way, separated by topic, and can be filtered in various different ways, like by files edited within the last week (default).

Written notes are shown in a preview on the dashboard, so you can see what’s inside without opening the file. Other supported entries come with custom artwork, which is automatically added when the note is created, to keep the experience consistent across the entire notebook. You can create more of these with the included PSD.

The default view will show all entries edited within the last week. You can switch to all entries edited today with the click of a button, or to a calendar view to see what happened in an entire month. You can also browse by file type to boot — you can view all of the photos in your notebook in one place, for example.

Is Notion Good for Students?

Notion is a student’s secret weapon, letting them ditch paper notebooks, diaries and to-do lists. Instead, they can store all of these things in Notion, creating relationships between the content — and because Notion syncs across devices, it can be accessed anywhere, anytime, for free.

If you wanted to create a virtual workflow for school, you’d probably be juggling a few Notion alternatives. Maybe you’d choose Evernote for note-taking; Asana or Trello for creating flexible to-do lists, or Todoist for a more basic one; Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive for file storage; and Google Calendar for keeping track of your timetable.

Notion lets you bring all of this under all roof. You can have your notes, files, assignments and timetable in one place, where you can create relationships between them. For example, you can tie notes you took in a seminar to an assignment, so you don’t have to go hunting around when it’s time to complete the work.

You aren’t sacrificing function by choosing to store all of this information in one platform, either: Notion’s pièce de résistance is its Relational Databases feature which lets you take a piece of data stored in one location and use it to populate a section elsewhere; if you change something in one place, it’ll change in the other.

Here’s where things get extra interesting. Notion’s best feature, and what sets it apart from the fierce competition, is Linked Databases. These let you access the data stored in any table as its own individual block and customize how the data is presented using views such as Gallery, Kanban, List or Calendar or Table.

There’s no limit on the amount of files you can store in your Notion Workspace either,
replacing Dropbox. Plus, per the Notion pricing structure, students are eligible for a free Notion Personal Pro subscription that’ll remove the limitation on the maximum file size, letting you upload as large a file as they want.

Getting started with Notion is definitely the hardest part. Sure, it’s intuitive, but if you can’t visualize the workflow you want, you can’t create it. That’s where we come in — we’ve rounded up a selection of fantastic Notion templates for students that’ll help you kickstart your relationship with Notion as a student.

The important thing to note here is that it’ll take you time to master Notion, and you’ll keep finding new ways to streamline your processes. That’s why we’re working on a solution that’ll let you open a pre-built student environment and start working as soon as you download Notion, with relationships between sections built in.

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