• 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!

16052016 // it’s been reallyyyy long since my previous post! well i’ve been really busy during the past 2 weeks with tests and of course my cca concert (best night ever!). i did fairly poor for this set of tests. but i finally passed chemistry for the first time ever! for my bullet journal, i tried encorporating more hand lettering and even colour (mildliners are the best). mid-year examinations are coming soon! i’ve started planning and strategising. hopefully i’ll do well, god willing ;)


AKA: Tips for writing an amazing UCAS personal statement to ensure receiving all 5 university offers.

I’ve had loads of questions about what to include in your UCAS personal statement and how to write a really good one, so I decided to put this together to help you guys write an awesome personal statement! I also thought now would be a perfect time to upload it, because I just hit 11k followers (#crazy), so as a thank you, hopefully this will help some of you.

Just ask me if you’ve got any more questions about personal statements or the whole UCAS-applying-to-university processes! You can also download this here on google drive.

some misc things i’ve learnt from my first year of sixth form (a levels) and hopefully i won’t make the same mistakes come sept (!!!!!) 

for context subjects wise, i took AS level bio, chem, maths and geography although some tips will apply to all subjects i suppose! 

  • hit the ground running come sept dude, the year passes quicker than u thought (esp after mocks oops) 
  • keep reviewing content throughout the year 
  • incremental progress : even 5 mins rereading notes a day will help immensely in the long run! so ! do it ah dammit
  • don’t file things and forget they exist till exams ! 
  • set aside time to ‘procrastinate’ / relax then buckle down to work 
  • it’s like ripping off a plaster. just /get it over with/ and then u can relax without the guilt 
  • ask questions. sort out any issues there and then. 
  • read. your. textbooks. r e a d    t h e m 
  • have a copy of the spec handy with ur notes so u can check off topics as u go!!! 
  • have one to do list at a time. add to it rather than having multiple copies. 
  • chuck old to do lists 
  • chuck anything you don’t need and you know you’ll never use again. pls. just. stop hoarding urgh.  a tidy study space is v important
  • return library books if you don’t plan to read them in the near future so you have a less cluttered bookshelf 
  • don’t take class notes in pencil. pencil equals messy and it’s not like you got round to actually neatening up your notes like you planned to…
  • have one planner. use it. 
  • write in your journal you need to get those thoughts out 
  • practice your music god dammit x5 a week at least 
  • learn to prioritise your feelings?? like don’t get so emotionally invested in everything and anything. say no. be apathetic from time to time. it’s fine. (on that note, learn to say no. not maybe. no) 
  • do ur maths homework. even if you know they won’t check it… FOR YOUR OWN GOOD *cough* remember revision time is not the time you want to start doing questions…
  • it always feels like each exam ur starting from a clean slate again??? review old exams constantly, review content. keep up to speed okay. keep moving forwards. 
  • if you don’t need ur laptop, shut it down. put it in its case. leave it somewhere else in the house / your bag. YOU KNOW for a FACT that you’re more productive when confronted with blank paper. 
  • utilise your free periods!!! you can get a lot more done than you think :) 
  • get that homework done @ school ! ! 
  • don’t lag, don’t continuously migrate tasks and to dos. tick off your to do list as quickly as possible. can you do it now? then do it. 
  • taking a tumblr hiatus was v useful. do it again come exam time. remember that studying comes first before studyblr.
  • talk to your teachers!!! they are nice! it’s fine! 
  • do extra reading around the subject / in your chosen uni course area throughout the yr so it doesn’t all pile up to the summer hols *cough* 
  • set aside time for extracurriculars! they will keep u sane! but also don’t overwhelm urself with them. all abt the happy balance :) 
  • organise volunteering / w/ex for hols as early as u can next time so it’s less stressful!

does this count as a masterpost? nah ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ but tagging it as such for my organisation hehe (hopefully this was useful for someone else too!! oh and gd luck to all upcoming yr 12 peeps!) 

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my first ever haul and purchase from muji!! wow the pens are amazing to write with, but it’s only been 4 days and i’ve gone through my first black pen…you can tell my AS exams are quickly approaching.
P.S those flip revision memos are amazing, there’s so many pages I can easily condense maths units, formulas and graphs, on to them.