here in brazil you have to take this exam if you wanna be a lawyer when you’re done or almost done with law school and i swear to god i’d do anything for it to not exist! anyways studying like crazy because i’ll be taking it in 52 days!!! 🐶
College can be a lot sometimes. Over the past two years I’ve learned some helpful little tricks that help to keep me sane and on top of things, and it’s time I passed them on to all of you! Ahead in part one: scheduling classes, going to them, and homework. Be on the lookout for part two soon!
i. scheduling classes
Take a full load, but keep it balanced.
Don’t schedule all of the tough classes for one semester.
Also try to schedule it so that you will have a variety of homework (ie a mix of writing, tests, and worksheet focused classes)
Always speak to your advisor before scheduling classes.
Keep in mind that you will need time for homework and online classes when making your schedule.
Whether it means choosing not to have classes on certain days, putting a two hour break in between classes, or having all your classes in the afternoon so you can study in the mornings.
Keep in mind your personality when picking times.
8AMs are rough. Unless you are the world’s biggest morning person, avoid them if you can.
Be sure to have a plan for eating meals!
Some schools will let you bring your lunch into class, but I prefer to have a break during lunch so I can relax while I eat.
Look at a map of campus when scheduling and try to schedule classes in the same building back-to-back, or at least near each other.
Never go to class without a bottle of water and a pen.
If it’s a workday and you’re given the option to leave class and work elsewhere, actually use that time to work.
Sit wherever you’re comfortable. A lot of posts say to sit up front, but I personally prefer to sit further back so that I can fidget without worrying about distracting others. Figure out what works for you.
After about the third class, seats might as well be assigned. Don’t move and throw everyone else off unless you really have to.
Always be respectful and kind to your teachers and classmates.
Make at least one friend in every class. You don’t have to be bffs, but chat with the person you sit beside before every class so that you have someone to study or share notes with if you need to.
If you need to fidget to pay attention, consider bringing a small container of Play-Doh with you to lectures (you may want to let your teacher know what’s up, they’ll almost definitly be cool with it).
Unlike high school, you really can’t skip homework. Instead of getting lots of small worksheets, your grade will be decided by a few bigger projects or papers. Try to stay on top of things!
Break larger projects up into smaller deadlines.
If a class has a lot of worksheets as homework, start a study group so that you can all work on them together.
Try to start homework as soon as you get it.
Don’t be afraid to ask from help from teachers, tutors, or classmates.
As soon as you get a syllabus, enter all of the due dates into your planner. If you wanna go the extra mile (hint: you do), go ahead and add in dates to start working on projects, too.
Work ahead so that you have the flexibility to hang out with your friends at the last minute, instead of being stuck in the library working on a project that’s due first thing in the morning.
Never plagiarize. It’s the fastest way to get kicked out of a class, or even a whole program. If you’re not sure if it needs a citation, it needs a citation.
The number one rule is simple: do all your work, and do it the best you can. As long as you follow that, you’ll be golden.
Happy studying, and be on the lookout for part two coming soon!
Hello!!💕 Here’s the other side of one of my notes. Usually, I take pictures of the front side bc of the title ahah but I want to show you the other side so here you go! As you can see, the mildliner&watercolor&brushpens I used on the front side doesn’t really show. I’m using Kokuyo loose leaf and they’re super great!!
Have a lovely day🌸✨
We often feel like giving up because it’s too hard or too tiring. Just take a break, maybe a small break, or a long break. Rest, get motivated again, do what you need to do so that you can come back and keep working hard. Make yourself proud.
Sometimes you need to get real with yourself. Don’t pretend those tabs of youtube videos and fanfiction take precedence over that maths homework you need to get done. Don’t tell yourself you’ll get up early and do it, because chances are, your alarms will go off and you’ll snooze it automatically. Then right before the dreaded fourth period you will be stressed to no end and you’ll feel the feeling. You know, the feeling. When you can genuinely feel the list of tasks and responsibilities build up on your shoulders. That stationery will do nothing to save your grades if you don’t actually use it to make your revision materials. Don’t click onto youtube as a study break and find that 3 hours and only 4 pages of reading later, the glare of the screen gets a little blurry when you look at the time and look at your to do list with your priorities highlighted. I don’t care how much self control you think you have, or how much discipline you think you’ve honed, because when you make the decision to put of work that needs to get done and you’re relying on this new found immense self discipline that future you will just suddenly obtain, you know you’ve already lost. And it’s a double loss because not only have you lost to laziness and short term ‘happiness’, future you has lost to stress and possibly even not getting the grades or the qualifications you could’ve gotten that would’ve led you to take the path you’ve wanted to take. So please, for the love of your future self, get it done now.