🌼🌻study smarter🌻🌼

(here are some study tips straight from my psych notes)

1. interest: the brain prioritizes by meaning, value, and relevance so u remember things better if ur interested

  • find a study partner
  • do extra practice or research
  • teach it to someone else (this works so well!)

2. intent: be actively paying attention. very little learning actually takes place without attention

  • use a concentration check sheet (every time u get distracted, put a check on ur sheet. this is supposed to program ur mind to pay attention)
  • while u read, talk back to the author
  • ask questions during lectures (this is scary ik!! but do it!)

3. basic background: make connections to what u already know

  • preview and skim the material before u read it. or google it!
  • write out a list of vocab words before a lecture and leave some spaces between them to fill in during the lecture
  • read ahead of lectures
  • watch crashcourse tbh

4. selectivity: start by studying whats important

  • look for bolded words, graphics, pictures, chapter review questions in ur readings
  • listen for verbal clues like emphasis and repetition during lectures
  • make urself a study guide as u read and write down questions for urself to answer later as review (kinda like cornell notes)

5. meaningful organization: u can learn/rmr better if u group ideas into diff categories

  • apply vocab words to ur life
  • make flashcards and sort them (try not to have more than seven items in one category!)
  • use mnemonics

6. recitation: saying ideas aloud in ur own words strengthens synaptic connections! when u say something aloud u r forcing urself to pay attention

  • after u read, ask urself questions
  • talk abt what u learned w/ classmates outside of class
  • again, teach someone else

7. visualization: ur brain’s quickest and longest-lasting response is to images

  • convert info into a chart or graph
  • draw it out
  • make a mental video of a process
  • look at picture/video examples

8. association: memory is increased when facts are consciously associated w something u already know. memory = making neural connections

  • ask urself: is this something i already know?

9. consolidation: give ur brain some time to establish a neural pathway

  • make a list of what u remember from class
  • review notes at the end of the day, every day
  • stop after reading each prg to write a question in ur notes
  • make ur own practice quiz

10. distributed practice: we all know cramming doesnt work but we do it anyway! but yeah short and frequent study sections work better

  • make a daily/weekly study schedule
  • create a time budget/time tracker (track everything ur doing for a week and see how u can be more efficient w/ the time u waste)
  • divide the reading/vocab by the number of days before an exam and do a little bit each day (u can use sticky notes to divide ur reading)

other tips:

  • stop stressing! this sounds stupid and it isnt going to be easy, but anxiety causes u to lose focus. try ur best to think positively. sleep a lot. minimize ur caffeine intake. take a walk maybe
  • when u need to remember something, look upward or close ur eyes (when ur eyes are open ur using visual parts of ur brain that u might not need to be using)
  • find a rival! (like the person right above u in class rank) secretly compete w/ them (envy can improve mental persistence bc it makes u focus more intensely) but dont overdo it! 
  • walking and sleeping build memory storage in ur brain
  • eat flavonoids! (grapes, berries, tea leaves, cocoa beans make neurons in the brain more capable of forming new memories + increase blood flow to the brain)
  • obstacles force ur brain to try harder, so space learning lessons apart or create a puzzle to solve or change ur physical setting

Yo!! for those of you students (or not) who’re taking AP tests, there’s this channel called Crash Course that has a bunch of AP-related series. each video’s between 10-15 minutes long and a lot of students use them as review or catch-up on stuff that their class skimmed over/stuff they didn’t understand or missed. Here are the ones that I know are for sure AP courses:

AP World History (also, if you want a more in-depth look at a lot of these topics, check out World History 2 as well)

AP US History

AP Ecology

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP English Literature (in terms of analysis and close reading, not so much about paragraph and essay styles…sorry, if anyone’s got a good source for that, please reblog and add some sources)

AP Psychology (helped me get a 5 on the ap psych test, no joke!!)

AP United States Government and Politics

AP Micro- and Macro-economics* (I believe, feel free to contest this)

AP Physics* (not sure which specific tests these videos cover) - (MinutePhysics is also a good source for specific topic in physics)

* indicates series that are, as of May 3rd 2016, still running/incomplete

If anyone has any other AP-related testing help (in terms of subject matter, not how to take the test), please reblog and add more. I hope y’all pass your tests!!

An INTP’s Top Ten Favorite YouTube Channels

1. Crash Course - 

This channel is my favorite because of its ability to pack tons of knowledge into a relatively short period of time. 

2.  Biographics - 

Because who doesn’t love learning about the most interesting people ever!

3. Screen Junkies (Honest Trailers) - 

The satire is fabulous and extremely addicting! 

4. Kurzgesagt In a Nutshell - 

Informative and interesting. The perfect material for an INTP to mull over. 

5.  EconStories - 

A witty and clever channel that mixes fun with economics. (As if economics wasn’t already fun enough!)

6.  SciShow - 

A bunch of awesome, mostly useless, information packed into a couple minutes. Basically every INTP’s dream.

7. How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) - 

Funny and imaginative views on your favorite movies and tv shows.

8. Today I Found Out - 

Fun facts and answers to every weird question you have ever thought of can be found here!

9. The Infographics Show - 

 Comparing and contrasting the differences that make up our world with tons of facts and research involved.

10. CGP Grey - 

This channel offers an interesting view on current events and our world.

For subjects like history, geography, business and even the sciences like biology and chemistry, a lot of content needs to be memorised! These are just a few of my tips on how to memorise all of the information you need before your exam.

Repeating over time- In the best scenario, studying for a test three weeks ahead is the most optimal way to study. Usually, the process is memorising chunks two weeks before and doing past papers the week of. However, more often than not, this doesn’t end up happening because the weeks get hectic/busy so the max time before a test is probably 1.5-2 weeks. The next few points are more catered to that time period!

Palm cards- This I feel is the most common way of memorising things, by putting information on palm cards and taking them around with you to study on the train, bus, or wherever you go. The cons of this is to make sure that you don’t copy the information onto them in a passive way. You learn it over again when you write it out so make that opportunity count!

Teach content to others- I have learnt over the past few years that this is one of my favourite ways to memorise- give a family member, friend or anyone (even your pets) the notes and teach them the topic, point by point. If you can’t explain a topic in a simple way where the other person can understand, it indicates that you haven’t learnt the information properly or enough to explain it in a test situation.

Film yourself- Another of my personal favourites, read over your information one palm card/paragraph/page at a time, turn on your phone camera or photobooth (on Mac) and film yourself talking like you’re in a Youtube video. If you do this a lot, it really helps because it’s almost as if you’re talking to someone else, and speaking it out loud helps you memorise.

Writing out notes- It’s best to actually type out/write out notes as you go in class, but before tests I usually handwrite them out again. This emphasises this in your mind and you can also ensure that you have learnt everything that is on the syllabus. Making them pretty is a plus!

Watch videos and Podcasts- Youtube has so many great videos on any topic. My favourites are Khan Academy (most subjects) , Crashcourse (science and history), Lisa Study Guides (English), Stated Clearly (Biology) and Eddie Woo (Maths). If you’re a visual/auditory learner, these really help because it feels like you are learning the lesson again.

Active textbook reading- Read over the text books and annotate/highlight. However, you need to ensure that you are actually reading the text, not just highlighting the words. 

I hope this helped anyone who has trouble memorising, good luck with all of your exams!



Educational YouTubers

If you’re a visual or audiotory learner, YouTube has to be the place for you! Don’t be afraid to ditch your textbooks when necessary to learn something your own way!

Here are some of my favorite educational YoutTube channels!


You’ve heard of TEDx Talks, now get ready for TED-Ed! These videos range from philosophy and history to science and riddles! They even have a few videos on writing! Most all videos are done in five minute animations with narration and also include links to full lessons in the descriptions of the videos. Watching this channel for hours on end will only scratch the surface of what is offered!


This one you’ve probably already heard of, but it’s worth checking out! Since CrashCourse has been online for years now, they now have several very interesting videos to watch, ranging from psychology to sociology and physics to film history. They also have videos centered around literature and astronomy and so much more. My personal favorite has been the mythology videos! The videos are made weekly in a series format, so you could watch one lesson a week or binge watch the whole class once it’s done.

Overly Sarcastic Productions

If you’re not so into the lecturing-style the above channels have, then a great place to check out is Overly Sarcastic Productions. These videos are actually made by two college students hoping to teach their favorite subjects in a humorous way! They have videos ranging from literature to history to mythology, as well as some videos on religion and philosophy. And most all of these videos are done in adorable animation and are quite easy to follow, and they stand the test of watching multiple times!


If you’re looking for something even more casual and without any sort of curriculum, if you’re just looking to watch some educational videos just for the fun of it—I highly suggest NerdyAndQuirky! This channel is chock full of “Cool History,” ranging from art to debunking myths as well as video essays and some social commentary. Also, get ready for the puns!

Hogwarts houses as Studyblrs (AKA studyblr moods I’ve gone through)

Gryffindor: Vanilla lattes, incense, mahogany desk. Crams at the very last minute, cites the reason for being that they have photographic memory and don’t need to study all that much. Facetimes their friends from that one class that’s a pain in the butt in order to finish the online homework. Uses Khan academy and Crashcourse to help when their in class notes don’t elaborate. Attends all of the office hours, and ends up on a first name basis with the professors. Makes flashcards when they’re bored of traditional studying from the textbook. 

Hufflepuff: Scented candles, lemon water, crisp bed sheets. Posts aesthetic photos of their layouts and spends 15 min. on Tumblr before actually studying. Forms study groups once every week to review for an exam. Explores their campus by finding a new study place every other day. Religiously believes in taking breaks. Spends allotted time studying, then goes out with close friends to relax. Is secretly one of the smartest kids in the course, but either doesn’t know it or doesn’t flaunt it.

Slytherin: Chai or black tea, classical or electronic music for background, well lit libraries. Studies a little bit every single day for that large exam. Prefers to do assignments alone, until halfway through the term when they realize that they don’t get a topic. A bit afraid to ask for help, but after realizing the free tutors have trouble too, feels more confident that what they’re struggling with is actually hard. Swallows their pride and goes to the professor for help. Uses Eisenhower square to prioritize their work. Uses all of the resources they can to get an improved grade. Treats themselves to sweets when they get their targeted grade.

Ravenclaw: Ice water, natural lighting, instrumental jazz. Religiously believes in the Pomodoro technique. Ends up studying for longer than the Pomodoro timer says, because they end up getting lost in the reading material. Uses their breaks to do productive stuff around the apartment. Wants to do more research on a topic briefly mentioned in the textbook, but realizes that if they do so, then they will go off on a research tangent and end up finishing the assignment at 2:00 AM. Does the tangent research anyways, because DAMN this is interesting.


Time for your weekly Crash Course roundup! There’s a brand new series, make sure to check out Crash Course Study Skills 😊

CC Sociology #21: Social Stratification

CC Study Skills #1: Taking Notes 

CC Computer Science #23: Screens and 2D Graphics

CC Film Outtakes!

CC Mythology #22: Raven & Coyote, Tricksters 3


Acid-Base Reactions in Solution: Crash Course Chemistry #8

Acid Base chemistry is so important for every part of OCHEM. If you are not solid here it can impact you negatively in every other area. So watch this cute video to help clear some stuff up!

How to study when you have no idea how to study

(This is kinda for a pretty serious study session, so if you’re opting for a 45 minute study plan then this isn’t for you, sorry)

First things first, find a place to sit.

  • You may have already created a perfect study space for you, but sometimes it isn’t enough to get “into” the studying part.
  • Find a spot where you think you can spend some quality time for the day, and collect every possible thing that you might need to study.
  • Textbook first, followed by your class and handmade /digital notes + paper and pens and highlighters and midliners and whatever floats your goat tbh. Make sure you have all the content that you need to study with you.

Clear up your study space.

  • Get rid of everything that’s not going to be required. This includes all those other books on your desk, your planner (if you haven’t included anything about your study session in it) and anything that is taking up unnecessary space. Your study area needs to look as neat and motivating to you as possible.
  • Keep a tiny water bottle nearby, along with some nuts or maybe junk food. You know you won’t transform into the perfect student overnight, it’s okay to enjoy a bit.

Getting “into your element”

  • First of, determine your test’s portion. Sometimes the entire chapter isn’t included in the exam, only a part of it is. Know what part you’re supposed to study.
  • The textbook is your bible. My teachers always say that no matter how many reference books and notes I refer to, the best information I can get is using the textbooks. So open them (for real) and see for yourself.
  • Tick the topics you are going to cover in the textbook.
  • Start reading the textbook, and by reading I absolutely do not mean skimming through it and considering it done. You know it doesn’t work that way.
  • Underline stuff you find important with a pencil. You obviously can you highlighters as well, but what happens then is that whenever you refer back to your textbook it’s this big mess of neon and it will make reading difficult for you. Use a pencil, make boxes around subtopics, underline phrases, make doodles to explain stuff, go crazy. Studying can be fun if you want to have fun doing it.

This is what my textbook looked like after “actively reading” through my textbook.

Try watching this video for a better understanding on active reading : https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=578s&v=K4Tn4tv836A

Retain what you just learned

  • You may have heard of this method before, and trust me when I say it’s helpful af.
  • You just went through the textbook, now write down the main points on a blank sheet of paper. Only the main topic, subtopics and examples. Whatever you feel outlines the topic.

This is how my outline looks :

Try to condense the info down as much as possible, kinda like you’re making a cheat sheet.

Also, if possible do not loose this paper, because it will help rewiewing the chapter later on when you sit to revise.

Find out what you need to understand now

  • Chances are you have retained maximum information already, but hunt down the text for anything you do not understand clearly. Mark it for future references.
  • Use all studyblrs’ favourite Khanacademy and CrashCourse videos to clarify the topic. You can use a friend’s help, and in the end teachers are always ready to help out!
  • Mark this chapter as done in your study planner, if you do not have one I’d highly recommend making one as it is tremendously helpful. Mine looks like this :

There you go, you’ve accomplished something, so go ahead and reward yourself!

*pats you on the back* you did well my child… This potato is proud of you….

Originally posted by bluesbadlands

mark: tyler can edit better than i thought

ethan: i think tyler can edit better than me

kathryn: if tyler took the crashcourse earlier he could have done so much more

tyler: what the FUCK am i doing

amy: i honestly was busy but it looked like shit