can we end this studyblr ideal that you should be eating fruit for every snack and revising on the bus and studying whilst you walk and learning whilst you eat lunch and staying home at weekends and using every single minute of the day to be productive ??? like ??? no !! eat that chocolate that you’ve been keeping in your kitchen !! listen to your favourite song whilst on the bus !! play games on your phone at lunch time !! meet your friends and have a hella fun adventure !! its obviously okay and good to have a balance between your chill time and your study time but please for the love of god do not let studying take over your life. studying is great and its awesome and you should definitely work hard but you need to remember that your life needs to be lived

How do I stop procrastinating?
  • close this tab, turn off your phone, pause netflix, put your distractions in another room if possible
  • get up and jump around a little, stretch your muscles!!
  • write a to do list (quick and concise- no messing around!)
  • change your environment if you can
  • take your earphones out unless they’re absolutely necessary (music is great but it is a distraction!!! this sucks, i know!)
  • go have a pee, wash your hands with cool water, splash some on your face (cold water, not pee)
  • get a glass of water, eat a fucking apple
  • gET OUT YOUR BOOKS
  • GET A PEN AND SOME PAPER
  • DO YOUR FUCKING WORK!!!
  • nobody can stop you from procrastinating except yourself
  • be PROACTIVE and do it yourself!!
  • you can stop procrastinating by stopping procrastinating!
  • rip off the band aid and just do your fucking work
  • YOU HAVE TO FORCE YOURSELF
  • you can chill later- you’ll feel 6000000% better about letting yourself relax once you’ve actually done some work
  • seriously, you just have to do it
  • stop now!!!!
shoutout to the studyblrs that

- fail

- don’t have neat handwriting

- procrastinate

- are poor

- are self conscious of posting their own work

- aren’t doing ‘hard’ subjects

- don’t take pretty aesthetic photos

- don’t know what they want to do after education

- have mental illnesses

- have personal issues

- aren’t in school

i love you all

Last-Minute Revision Tips
  • firstly, never ever ever just read through your notes!!! this is only good if it’s like the morning before your exam, otherwise never do it- it won’t work (unless you have a photographic memory or something)!
  • flashcards- they don’t have to be pretty, just functional! Write only key information down such as dates and places or formulae
  • don’t write notes for things you already know! Go through your folder/specification/textbook and make a list on everything you need to revise
  • bullet points- sit down with a black biro and some lined paper and read through your revision guide/textbook/class notes and make concise notes- you can make them look nice later using highlighters but for now just focus on noting down key information!
  • word documents- this is what I call my ‘panic notes’. I sit down with a revision guide (usually a day before my exam) and make very quick notes on a word document- I use shortened words/text speak to save time and make sure I get down key information
  • print off past papers- give yourself about half the time you would have in the exam and go through the paper, making bullet points for longer questions or plans for essays. Highlight sources/extracts you’re given as if you are in the exam as this is very good practice. Then use the mark scheme to roughly mark the paper and add to your answers
  • mind maps- don’t write down every single piece of information, or copy out sentences from a textbook- just put a key idea/topic in the middle and expand on it with key statistics/facts- use lots of diagrams if they help
  • notebook notes- get a small, lined notebook and write down key facts in it, also draw diagrams if needed. Then carry this notebook around with you- maybe go for a walk with it and test yourself as you walk (getting outside is very important and good for your brain!)
  • use word association/mnemonics/silly little tricks to help you remember things- for example I remember that barium ions burn green in the flame test because barium sounds like bear and bears live in forests which are green! Often the ruder the better as you’re more likely to remember them
  • ask a family member of friend to help you revise- ask them to test you on things from notes/a revision guide; I often ask my mum to test me and somehow it really helps me to remember things as she’s hopeless as science-based subjects so always mispronounces things and I have to explain basically everything to her! 
  • If no one is available to help you, test yourself! Fold a piece of A4 in half vertically and write questions and answers on separate sides- then, a little while later on so you don’t remember everything word for word, fold it back so you can’t see the answers and ask yourself the questions!
  • also it’s vital that you get a good amount of sleep (all nighters usually do not turn out very well unless you’re superhuman), drink plenty of water, eat healthily (it’s alright to treat yourself a bit though!), and get outside at least once a day! Also give yourself a few breaks from studying- you and your brain will need to relax a little!
20 things I’ve found out about studying in the last year:

1) Doing it last minute will not make it “stick in your brain”.

2) Clear room = Clear mind.

3) You will work better if you’re comfortable.

4) Distractions/Multitasking won’t help you.

5) Top knots are essential.

6) Neat desks make everything easier.

7) Google translate doesn’t help with learning languages.

8) Pretending to read the book you we’re supposed to read really doesn’t work.

9) Studyblr’s are REALLY helpful.

10) Write down study tips and read them before studying.

11) Write things that may be wrong in pencil, because you will regret writing it in pen.

12) Using fancy connectives may boost your grades just because they sound great.

13) Having neat notes will make you more likely to revise.

14) Filling the area around your desk with cute quotes will motivate you (or distract you in my case).

15) Doing work with friends is great if you can concentrate, and may actually make you remember what you learnt better.

16) You don’t have to spend the whole night before a test going over notes, do 20 minutes each day a week before the test.

17) You also don’t have to revise all the time, go out and have a break or you will be cramming too much in at once.

18) Making a studying playlist of songs that you find calming will help you concentrate. 

19) Don’t stress - you’re more likely to do better if you’re chilled out during an exam.

20) Study with an open mind or you’re going to hate doing it.


-K

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12/1/17 | {26/100 days of productivity} 3 days till mocks :^/// I have to study for three exams that I didn’t know were going to be on monday, I’m busy all day tomorrow and Saturday, and I’m out Sunday too; plus I have 3 pieces of homework help me

useful study tip! 

if you have a question/ if you’re confused about something while studying, write it down on a sticky note and put it next to your notes. That way you’ll remember to research it further or ask your teacher, instead of just letting the confusion continue.

GO STUDY NOW!
  • get yourself a glass of water and maybe a snack (nuts, apple slices, some toast, etc)
  • if you can, go somewhere other than your bedroom as you’ll easily get distracted again in there
  • leave your phone/tablet/laptop in another room if you can or turn it off
  • put on some motivating music (as long at it won’t distract you)
  • find some pens and paper/notepad/flashcards
  • get a textbook/revision guide/your class notes
  • make a list of the topics you need to cover and prioritise
  • make a mindmap/spider diagram or write down key bullet points using your notes/textbook for help
  • highlight the most important things
  • draw diagrams if needed and use lots of colour to help you remember things
  • don’t worry about it looking perfect- the action of writing things down and understanding them is what matters
  • now give yourself a little break- you deserve it!
What to do in a study break

Here are some ideas of quick things you can do in your breaks between revision:

  • Go for a walk or run - it doesn’t have to be long; just get moving!
  • Stretch or do yoga
  • Put on your favourite song and have a dance party
  • Make yourself a snack to get you through the next bit of revision
  • Make a smoothie
  • Make a cup of tea or coffee
  • Prepare dinner so you don’t have to do it later
  • Bake cookies/cakes
  • Read a chapter or two of the book you’re currently reading
  • Call up a friend - but make sure you don’t chat for too long!
  • Go to talk to your family/whoever is in the house
  • Have a scroll down the #studyblr tag
  • Take and post a studyblr photo
  • Watch an episode of your favourite TV show (if they are short episodes!)
  • Watch a youtube video
  • Watch a TED talk
  • Do some gardening
  • Have a bath or shower
  • Meditate
  • Practise breathing/mindfulness exercises
  • Take a power-nap (if you can, they’re not for everyone)
  • Write a to-do list for tomorrow
  • Plan your week out/bullet journal
  • Doodle and/or colour
  • Organise your desk/study area 
  • Clean your room
  • Do the dishes/chores
  • Read the latest news
  • Check and reply to emails
  • Practise your instrument (if you play one)

A lot of these are things you can do in 5-10 minute breaks; but some have the potential to turn your quick break into hours of procrastination, so it’s a good idea to set an alarm at the start of your break to avoid this!

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12/12/16 | Last week’s bujo spread! If you haven’t noticed, I stopped the 100 days of productivity thing a little while ago; I intend to pick it back up again when I start revising for my January mocks (so, soon). More bujo pictures to follow!