HOW TO MAKE A STUDY SCHEDULE

1. Include time for classes, labs, seminars 

2. Add time for sports, volunteer commitments, work, church, clubs, gym, other hobbies

3. Include time for things like travel time, sleep, dressing, grooming, personal care, meals (include time for preparation and cleanup)

4. Add flexible time! This time will be used for whatever time you want - socialize with friends, go on tumblr, watch netflix, take a nap, use it as catch up time if were not as productive as you wanted to be or if something happens, like you lose your essay, you may need flex time to rewrite it

5. What ever blocks of time are left will be used for time to study, review, and complete assignments

TIPS:

  • BE FLEXIBLE! This isn’t set in stone, it’s mostly just an outline to figure out how much time you have to study a day. I know that I have approximately 3 hours a day to do textbook readings and 2 hours a day to review material that I’ve learned. Things happen and your day may change around! If I go out with friends on a Tuesday night and that cuts into review time, I may need to use my flex time Wednesday to catch up on stuff I missed. Or you can just switch review time and flex time, so you get some review done before you go out and have fun.You may need to stay late at school for a group project and miss out on workout time, so you may need to move your workout to another day. This is why flex time is so important!
  • BE REALISTIC! I know it’s Friday night so I probably want to go out with friends, that’s why I’ve added in more flex time than usual, and I may want to switch it with review time, because we aren’t going out until 9:00 anyways. I also haven’t included Saturday and Sunday, because I usually work on the weekend, and my work hours are arbitrary, and I want to hang out with friends, and take it easy and watch netflix. If you want you can plan in the weekend, but be realistic! Don’t expect that you will study 8 hours a Saturday, because you probably won’t. I also left in half hour free in the morning (white space) because realistically I know that sometimes I am slow getting ready in the morning, and sometimes it takes me awhile to get out of bed, so that extra time is in case I miss the bus, I can still make it to class on time.
  • For the study time you’ve blocked in, don’t expect to work straight for an hour or more! Take lots of small breaks in between that time. Get up and stretch, but don’t do anything that will get you distracted too long (social media, or netflix)  And if you have more than 2 hours study time, take a long break in the middle of it - you may want to use that as dinner time or workout time.
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My desk area doesn’t have too much, and I do try to keep it clean for the most part because I feel like I can’t be productive if anything is out of place. I hang all my necklaces above my desk area as well as keep my most worn watches and bracelets on a bracelet bar so I can grab them easily.

Other than that, I have the standard pens and notebooks. In terms of storage, I have a small cart that I keep under my desk where I store my craft supplies, electronics and cords and nail polish. 

Organization Help!

Alright all, I need a ‘tried & true (and EASY!)’ way to clean up and organise my CC folders! I do have a form of organization that ~ somewhat ~ works for me, but I really need the clean up ideas! ;)

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!

ps This applies to BOTH my ts2 & 3 folders. :D

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The Madwoman’s Revision Technique

As with all things writing, there are about 10000 different ways to do anything. But my WIP is on a tight deadline, so I developed this technique to revise thoroughly and quickly.

If you want, you can check out my outlining technique to see what I did on the front end to reduce revision. Then follow me down the rabbit hole of madness!

Step 1: Get Input While Drafting.

I had a workshop group for my WIP, but you can also do this with a critique partner. There are a lot of forums/blogs that offer CP services, but a particular favorite of mine is Ladies Who Critique.

As I drafted, others’ feedback kept me motivated and kept my manuscript moving in the right direction. By the time I got to hardcore revision, I found it extremely helpful to have pockets of story that have been intensely revised already. It gives me little boosts of respite.

Don’t get totally bogged down in this—definitely keep drafting until you have a complete manuscript—but also be willing to do some work as you go. Your future self will thank you.

Step 2: Make Sweeping Analyses.

There are a few ways to get a sweeping look at your manuscript.

Option A: Read ALL the manuscript!

Print it out (or toss it on your Kindle) and set aside a day to read it front to back. The whole thing. Take notes as you go—any inconsistencies, any big spots that need work, anything you notice, track it.

Option B: 30 Pages

I recently found this post about revising your novel at a glance, and I love it. The basic concept is you make your book fit on 30 pages and you turn it into a carpet. I used my 30 page exercise to track all the subplots that I knew weren’t working as well as they could, and it was immensely helpful. But you can also use it to check the balance of dialogue vs. internal thought, or even to see what scenes might need to be cut.

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A post about organization tips for school or whatever else you need by request! This might be a long one, so I’ll tag it as “long post” if you need to blacklist that.

Original image is located here. All credits go to the original poster!

Links:

Basic Wikihow article on organization // Manage your tasks like you’re in a video game! // Some organized note-taking methods! // Organize by color coding! // Tips on keeping a clean workspace! // Keeping a clean room is very helpful! // I’ve found that listening to energetic, upbeat music helps you when you have to clean or organize. This is just my choice, but it may help you!

My personal advice:

  1. Buy a planner or a ruled notebook to plan out your tasks and your day! Make sure that there is enough room so you won’t have to cram everything together.
  2. If possible, use individual folders for each subject. It’s fine to get folders with designs, but I would recommend using things that are all one color or one color scheme so that you can color-code your subjects. You can also color code your textbooks using fabric covers!
  3. Stick to the bare minimum in terms of writing utensils. Two pencils, a sharpener, one black pen, one red pen, and two different colored highlighters should keep you covered for the day. Keep them in a pencil pouch or an easily accessible space in your backpack such as a front or side pocket.
  4. If you’ve had similar school experiences to mine, you know that handouts and homework can pile up fast in your folders. Clean out your folders every three weeks or after every test. However, make sure not to simply throw papers away! You may need to keep notes to study for finals or other cumulative assignments. Keep a separate binder for each semester (one at least two inches thick because there’s going to be a lot of stuff in there), and use dividers with a pocket on each side to organize your papers. One divider for each subject is good, and you can use one side for handouts and graded work, and use the other for notes you’ve taken yourself.
  5. Speaking of notes! I learned this method from a very helpful Chemistry teacher when we had to keep notebooks. Keep one spiral for each note-heavy subject, and plan to keep all of the notes you take for this subject in this notebook. Allow yourself a front and back page for a table of contents page, and fold this page in half (hot-dog style). Start numbering from 1 to whatever number you plan on going up to horizontally, and when you start taking notes in this notebook, place the name of the lesson next to the page number. You may need to write smaller than you’re used to! Note: If this is a handout-heavy class, you can leave a left page to tape handouts in, and leave the right page to take notes on the corresponding subject. If you overlap onto another page of notes, don’t go up a page number! You can instead write the same number, and put an “A” next to it, and continue to go through the alphabet if your notes extend through more pages. I found that this was a very effective and organized way to keep my notes for later studying :)
  6. Pin up all of the schedules and important handouts for events that you can. Keeping a corkboard or section of your wall specifically for school-related papers may help you remember any important upcoming events!

I hope this covered everything, if not, please let me know! I also encourage anyone else to reblog with their tips. :)

Why you should study almost everyday and do your homework the day it was given to you

  • Well, first of all: When the teacher teaches something new, this same day the best thing you should do it’s a revison. The new information it’s still fresh in your head, so to keep it this way, you need to review. Read your notes, the textbook and do some exercises and it will help you a lot. The subject will become even easier!
  • You guys already know it, but procrastination is the worst thing ever. I know when it’s finally Friday you wanna spend your weekend resting, hanging out, stalking people on facebook, playing ping-pong or whatever, but you probably have homework to do. Why? Because you didn’t do it the day it was given to you! So, when you have homework to do, just do it! Don’t be lazy, just think about all that free time you’ll have. Even if some homework was given to you on Friday, do it already after coming back from school, so the rest of your day and weekend will be free!
  • Also, studying everyday for 2 or 3 hours a day for one week and a half before a exam, it’s so much better than studying for 10 hours one day before! And it’s healthy; studying 10 hours straight (or trying to) will only give you a headache.
  • The feeling when you’ve done your homework and thinking “one less thing to worry about”. Isn’t it nice? The key to feeling better and doing well at school is being organized, so just scroll down the “studyspo” tags for a few minutes for some motivation and then finish your work!

Yooooo, these are my tips! That’s what I do most of the time, so I’m sure they can be helpful. Just stay focused, strong and don’t give up!

(I was a lazy student. Don’t be a lazy student. You really don’t want it.)

 Good luck on your exams! xx (ノ・ω・)ノ・゚✧*:・゚✧

How to Make a Study Plan for the Quarter

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*My fall quarter starts on September 24th. Professors started posting textbook information, test information, syllabus, etc. on the course websites a couple days, so I thought it would be a good idea to prepare for each class before it starts *

Once you have your textbooks, a little bit of information on the website, and the syllabus, start preparing your study plan for the quarter.

1. Read the course syllabus. Professors know exactly what they will be teaching, how big the workload will be, exam schedules, reading material, etc. Once you read the syllabus, you are already mentally prepared for the class, and it won’t seem as overwhelming on the first day. 

** Important information to take away from the syllabus: 

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HOW I TAKE NOTES!

Taking good, accurate, and fast notes is crucial to success in any sort of post-secondary education. It’s only now, in my third year, that I’ve finally nailed down a system that works. For me. It may not work for you, fancypants.

  1. Take speedy notes in class. Notes on notes. On notes. This is probably the most important step. When I’m in class, I try to focus both on what is on the slide/ board, and what the prof is saying. Often I find what the prof is saying comes in handy later on when I’m studying because it can help contextualize what I’ve written down.
  2. Skip a few days. Relax. Have a nap. Have three.
  3. Re-write the notes, taking care to focus on definitions and key words. For me, this involves separate colours. Green is for key words that will stick in my brain for when I need them later, like on the midterm. Pink is for terms and definitions. This way, when I’m trying to memorize, the most important things can jump out at me. Purple is for headings and general knowledge. I usually know a list or group of similar characteristics is coming when I need purple.

Studies show that both re-writing your notes and using different colours helps with retention. I think this method works so well for me because I feel like I’m getting a two-for one: prettier notes, and extra studying. Mama loves a bargain.

Credits to my homeboy’s Mankiw, Kneebone, and McKenzie, for making Microeconomics fun since 2011. 

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Love these two! They are very cute, spacious and help me keep my assignments organized. I keep them on my pin board. You can download them and print them for free. Hope you guys enjoy these.

Note: I edited the title of the hourly schedule in photoshop to fit me but her font is waaaay cuter! 

Calendar: Download Here 

Hourly Schedule: Download Here

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