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blooded-dreams asked:

How do you make notes? I study online and with textbooks and I struggle so much!!! Also how do you get motivation?!?

Hey, blooded-dreams​! I study + take notes in a ton of different ways because I often get bored of sticking to a single method. Studying online is usually my last resort (though I am a huge fan of quizlet for memorization and recall), usually just because I find ways to get distracted (even with self control).

The subjects I study most for are my science classes since they are giving me all the info I’ll use as a doctor. My professors use powerpoints in class and usually post them before class, so during class I will write in the “notes” section of the powerpoint anything the professor says that isn’t all the slides. When class is over, I go back and take more comprehensive notes in a notebook. My notes are color coded, as well. The colors don’t stand for anything themselves (i.e. important dates, important figures, etc), but I will just write about one specific subject in one color and another the in the next color. For example, if I’m talking about different types of receptors, I will make everything about tactile receptors red, baroreceptors green, chemoreceptors purple, etc. Since a lot of anatomy is about comparison, if I see a question on a test asking which receptors recognize touch, pressure, and vibration, I’ll remember that it is tactile receptors because I remember that it was red! This works for me and not everyone, so I’ll tell you a few other ways I take study + take notes.

Like I said, quizlet helps me a lot! But I do prefer to hand write when I study, because it makes me stop and think about what I’m writing and gives me the opportunity to put things into my own words. For this reason, I employ the use of the old fashioned 3x5 notecard. They’re great for active recall. 

Another great way to study is by using a whiteboard. I love doing this because it gives me a limited amount of space to fill up everything I can about one subject or chapter. I also tend to talk to myself or whoever I’m with while I’m doing this about the subject, trying to say out loud what I’m writing, and say it in my own words. You’d never guess how much just hearing things in your own voice will help you remember! 

Also, try to study in different locations. If you’re always at your desk, its hard to stay motivated and on task. Sometimes I’ll study in my room, at my dining room table, in the library, or in other buildings on campus. This also helps when it comes to test time because I’ll remember “Hey! I studied anastomoses when I was in the library on Sunday” and even that thought can bring back a rush of things you might have forgotten otherwise! 

Finally, I stay motivated by always working toward my future. I’m SO excited to become a physical therapist (and honestly, kind of terrified). You have to remember that every day of hard work you put in now is going to make the days ahead easier. Work hard to better yourself! Education is AMAZING and unfortunately, it’s not something that everyone is able to get. Whether you’re in high school, college, or just learning outside of school, be thankful for the ability to learn! It’s awesome! Look forward to your future and let that be your motivation! 

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✧

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR STUDYING SCHEDULE: 

Hey guys!! Since some of you asked me how I organized my studying schedule for this summer, I thought it would be best to make a post about it. It’s the first time I make a post such as this, and I’m sorry for the poor quality of my photos, but my mobile phone has the only camera I have at hand, so let’s get down to business! 

  1. KNOW YOUR DEADLINES: It’s important to know when do you have your exams, when is that essay due and so on. This way you’ll keep track of time and you’ll know how much time you need to commit to each task. I would advise color coding each one, as I did with the subjects which exams I have to retake in september. This way, you’ll have your goals and needs always in mind. 
  2. KNOW WHAT YOU NEED TO STUDY: It’s important to be sure of all the things you need to study. As you can see in this image, I wrote down every unit I need to know for my anatomy exam, and I did the same for the other subjects as well. I also added a little checkbox beside each unit in order to keep track of all the times I revise each one so I can know at a glance how I’m doing and where I need to improve. 
  3. USE ADDITIONAL TOOLS: Getrevising is a webpage that can help you create a schedule if you don’t know where to start. It gives you the opportunity to, completely free, add your classes, appointments, subjects and deadlines to create a schedule. You can also give a priority to each subject so they can assign more study hours to those subjects you find more difficult or where you need to invest more time. I used it as a reference, because it is not perfect, and I don’t know if it’s possible to change the study blocks from 1 hour sessions to longer or shorter ones, but it helps you to make an idea of how many hours you should invest in each subject. Anyway, this tool is completely unnecessary, but I used it because my study schedule is for the whole summer (that’ll be two months of holidays) and so I felt a bit overwhelmed by how many things I needed to tackle. 
  4. EDIT AND WRITE YOUR OWN SCHEDULE ATTENDING TO YOUR NEEDS: The most important thing when you write your study schedule is to know your strengths and limits. I printed a weekly schedule from my laptop iCal to see at a simple glance how many things I had going on in a week and how many hours I could dedicate to study. You can find simple weekly calendars anyway or you can even make your own. The first thing I wrote down were all those unavoidable things such as birthday parties and weddings and medical appointments as well as those things I want to do daily such as running, bathing, walking the dog or reading a bit at night. Once this is done, I can see how many free hours for studying I have, and if I feel like they are not enough, I cut down some things that aren’t completely necessary, because sometimes what is necessary is to make some sacrifices. But remember to always leave some free time for yourself, because it’s good for you to relax and get some strength back. Then, looking at your get revising schedule or simply knowing your needs, write down every day which units you are going to study. Try to be realistic, and don’t cram things in every study session. If you can only study tree units in one morning, then do that. Otherwise you’ll feel stressed and you won’t keep up with your schedule, which can make you feel bad and think that it’s not being useful at all. I’d also recommend highlighting your subjects with the same colors you used for your deadlines calendar, because it’ll help you make an idea in your head of your week. 
  5. TRANSFORM YOUR WEEKLY SCHEDULE INTO A DAILY ONE: I find it better to, once a weekly schedule is prepared, write it down as a daily one, to the hour. Some people may think this is a bit obsessive, but it makes me less stressed knowing what I should be doing in every study session. Moreover, it makes me feel satisfied crossing out things I have already done, and crossing them out of my list! If you’ll feel stressed watching the things you have to do every hour using just the weekly schedule may be fine for you. I used a simple lined notebook and wrote the hours myself. 
  6. PLUS:KEEP TRACK OF YOUR PROGRESS: If you don’t want to make a daily schedule, or if you’re not accustomed to follow a schedule this thick, you may find useful keeping track of your progress. You can write down what you do every hour your dedicating to studying, or maybe you can write down things as “I planned to study for 3 hours with two 10 minutes breaks and I managed to study just 2 units when I planned to study 3”. This may help you know your weaknesses and analyze what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong. When you realise things as this, you’ll find it easier to make a reliable and realistic schedule that is up to your needs and strong points. This way you’ll know if you work better in the mornings or the afternoons, if you get distracted easily… But remember that the most important thing is to take things easily and bit by bit. Everyone works differently, and what may work for others may not work for you. Analyze and know yourself, and then no one or anything will stop you. 

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I hope you found this helpful. I know this is just my method, but some of you were curious about it and I find inspiring knowing about other people’s methods. This way you can find your inspiration to work out your own methods and habits, and you’l feel much less frustrated when you manage to achieve your goals, but take your time and be patient. Succeed will take your hand if you work hard a bit everyday!!!! 

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Just remember, these are only suggestions and I am by no way saying my method is perfect, but this is how I’ve been taking my notes for almost two years and it’s the method I’m most comfortable with. The best thing to do is find a method that matches your learning style and needs.

1. Do yourself a favor and go and buy an entire shop worth of different coloured pens. For me, coloured pens are my best friend. I have dozens from various brands - mainly staedtler, papermate and bic - which are always used and abused on a daily basis.

2. COLOUR CODE! this makes reading your notes and finding information in a flash so much easier. The second picture is a photo of the notes I took from my school website about my Politics course. As you can see, I’ve used blue for the titles, purple for the basic information and green for all important dates and percentages. I usually use at least three colours for my colour coding.

3. Always copy down the learning intention/objective or the point in your syllabus that you are covering in that class. It is essential for revising. I actually take my syllabus and write down the date during which I completed the work for that section and basic notes - essentially the bare minimum of what I need to know, like micro notes - this is easier to do if a learning intention is placed at the top of your work, or even the number of the point in the syllabus you are covering in that class.

4. Highlights are the best thing in the world. You’ll find this out fairly quickly. They go hand in hand with using pens. Again, I assign one colour for each different element of my work. For example, I used pink for the key points of my learning intention, orange for the most important terms that are likely to appear on a test or that may need to be used in an essay - think of what might be BUZZ WORDS for an exam or piece of coursework as you read through your work, this makes doing essays, homework or flashcards so much easier - important dates are highlighted in yellow and pieces of legislation are highlighted in green. The title of any parliamentary department is in blue.

5. For all my history or politics students I find that doing timelines are great. Again, I’ve used a basic three colour system. Additional/background information is in green; this is very similar to little ‘don’t forget’ notes and can be great to revise right before a test or exam to make sure you know the basic information. All dates are in blue so they stand out as soon as you open the page. The main events are then in brown. I suggest trying to stay away from complimentary colours such -such as like pairing pink and purple together - as you won’t get such a stand out affect as I have here.

7. Although it isn’t shown here, I always write down the chapter and page number for my textbook that goes hand in hand with my notes, this helps out a ton and saves so much time [You won’t be that student who spends half the class trying to find a page in their textbook!}

Best of luck! If you have any questions or concerns, drop me a message.

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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. 

Tips for studying and memorizing important things for an exam

Hey everyone! Today I have some tips for studying methods and memorizing, and I hope they are helpful for you! Memorize these too:

  • Okaaaay, first thing: if you need to memorize a definition, you should use flashcards! You know, use a little colorful piece of paper and write “What’s the meaning of…?” on one side of the paper and “The meaning of … is…” on the other side. Quiz yourself whenever you have time; carry them everywhere.
  • If you’re studying for an exam, please don’t study only the day before it! Try studying 2/3 hours everyday for a week, because it’s so much better and it’s more efficient. This way you’ll remember things easily because you’re reviewing them everyday!
  • Do summaries! First thing you need to do is, for example, read the textbook and understand the subject. Then start the summary with titles, then subtitles, then paragraphs, writing the important things and with your own words. Read it when you finish, then try explaning it to yourself without reading until you’re sure you remember everything!
  • Do exercises! If your textbook has questions in the end of each chapter, do it! Read everything first, answer everything and then check the answers. Most of these questions can be similiar to those on your exam and can be very helpful.
  • Guys, drink plenty of water. This is kinda random, hehe sorry, but it’s so important! If you don’t drink water and dehydrate you won’t be very focused and memorizing things will be so much harder.
  • Hand someone your summary and ask them to ask random questions (if you highlighted things, ask them to ask questions about what’s highlighted). Just to make sure you can answer any question about what you just studied!
  • Make sure you understand. Before starting a summary, or doing flashcards, you need to understand the definition or the subject. Read again, ask the teacher questions, ask for help, but you have to understand so you can memorize!

These are my short tips, but I hope they are helpful! That’s the way I mostly study and usually works very well for me. If you have any questions, my askbox is always open! (◠ω◠✿)

Good luck! xx