This sounds superficial, but I love pretty things. I also love to doodle, but this is a productive way to do it. It helps your notes seem more organized and manageable, and because they’re so pretty you’ll want to study from them instead of shoving them into the deep dark recesses of your bag.
1. Borders and Dividers
You know how pictures always look better in a frame? The same goes for notes.
These don’t need to be anything fancy, they can be boxes or squiggly lines. Here are some ideas, ft. my slanting columns and messy scanning :)
2. Nice Headers
I usually have 2 classes of headers - one for the title of the notes and one for subheadings in the notes.
My heading system is fairly consistent - I only have two types of main headers and a few subheaders. Here’s how mine look, ft. another bad scan
Instead of writing information in big blocks of text, you can organize it in a different way.
Drawings related to the topic can improve visual interest and memory. You can also draw random things that are somewhat related to the topic, just to spice up the notes. For example, in Biology I drew plants when learning about the chemical processes of photosynthesis.
Normally I just skim over the photos, but when looking for inspiration you should look closely and incorporate elements you like into your own notes. While you’re at it, you may as well read the information because learning!
Pretty notes are very popular in the studyblr community, but don’t feel forced to make them. If it doesn’t help you, don’t waste your time. I don’t recommend rewriting your notes just to decorate, make sure you’re also clarifying/condensing/adding to/etc the information.
first of all i’d like to clarify that this is a guide for a huge shopping trip at real life stores, not shopping online. some of this might apply, but most of it won’t.
if you don’t need to plan out each time you leave the house to the minute, this might not be the best for you either. i like to plan, and this is what i do.
0. go early.
do not go in the beginning of august. do not go in the middle of august. early to mid july or even late june are your best bet. i went on like august 15 last year and there was literally nothing left in target. it looked like a war zone. it took me 10 minutes to find a basic composition book.
if you’re going to a stationery store, not target or walmart or the like, you’ll probably fare better.
1. make a list.
lists lists lists. when shopping, lists will be your best friend. i like to make a list with two different sections;
needs - things i absolutely need to get
whims - if i find one of these i like, i’ll get it
go by the prices of store from cheapest to most expensive. that way you can get most of the things you need from cheaper stores.
+ method 2; by location
if you’re walking or tight on gas, use this method. go on google maps and plot all the addresses of the stores you’re going to and figure out the order you go in that will be the shortest distance. (if you didn’t know, you can set via points on google maps.)
4. go shopping!
+ stick to a budget
it helps to use cash instead of a credit or debit card if you’re trying to keep under a budget because you have a physical representation of how much you have left to spend.
+ prevent impulse purchases
stick to the list you made!
use the $ / use rule. this mostly applies to more expensive items. are you going to use this the same number of times as the number of dollars you spent? for example if you want to buy a $30 fountain pen, are you really going to use it 30 times?
Let’s face it, at some degree we all want notes and followers. No need to be ashamed of it. So how do you do that?
1. Talk to People
Don’t just talk to people to get followers, that’s manipulative. Talk to people whose blogs you like, who have cool personalities and/or similar interests with you. There’s no need for fear, almost all studyblrs are lovely kind people who would love to talk!
When you talk to people, you make friends. Friends are mutuals. Mutuals reblog each other’s posts. Mutuals are friends. Friends meet new friends through other friends. Which means more mutuals. Which means more reblogs. And more friends.
2. Post Original Content
This is the single best way to get attention. When you post something and people reblog it, everyone who sees the post will also see a link to your blog. On mobile, they’ll also see a little follow button. Usually, when people like your original content they’ll follow you.
What to post? Pictures of your notes, planner, work, anything you want. Masterposts, guides, study tips, advice, motivational quotes, infographics, and more. Anything and everything.
2½. Tag People
A lot of blogs track tags! For example, if you tag something with #studyquill, I’ll see it and most likely reblog it. If you have mutuals who track tags, make sure you tag them too as I bet they’d love to see what you’re posting :+)
3. Join Networks
There are so many studyblr networks you can join! You can check my about page for links to all of the networks I am in, or this masterpost by @wlwstudies! They are a great way to be featured, and to find people through common interests, subjects, and other things.
4. Be Consistent
If the last time you posted was 2 months ago, I’m going to unfollow you. (Unless you have a hiatus notice on your blog or I really like your blog.) The best way to keep posting regularly is to set up a queue.
I have a running queue for studyspo pictures and motivational quotes, but any important resources I will reblog as soon as I see it (because you never know who may need it).
5. More Social Media
You can have a studygram, studysnap, or studytube! (An Instagram, Snapchat, or YouTube channel about studying!) They can be ways to promote your blog to a different audience, and promote your other social media on your blog.
Cultural Ignorance Can Sometimes Lead to Really Good Alcohol
Norwegians brought liquor to Indonesia in 1805, thinking to sell it in exchange for spices. But they realized upon arrival that Indonesians did not drink alcohol (because the majority, then and now, are Muslim). After returning to Norway, they thought why not try the alcohol? To their great surprise, the liquor had a distinctive, delicious taste. Its unique taste came from being on an ocean trip, and to this day “Linie Aquavit” must sail an ocean voyage before being sold.