a-study-in:

5 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory:

Walk around:

Studies have shown that exercise can boost memory and brain power. Dr Hillman found evidence that walking around for 20 minutes before an exam can improve performance.

Read Out Loud:

It can be surprisingly efficient; with some claims that it increase chances of recollection by 50%

Teach the Material:

This is one of the best ways to test if you understand something; if you can’t teach it, you don’t know it. Don’t worry you don’t have to teach it to real people, you can pretend (e.g. teddies) or just imagine and talk aloud to yourself.

Watch a documentary / video:

They make the topic interesting while also reinforcing key details.

Use your senses:

Chew a strange flavour of gum, or spray a perfume while you’re studying and use it again during the exam; it will make things previously associated with that sense easier to remember.

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28|7 today i 

  • went to work from 7.00-3.00
  • went to the bank 
  • then into university to sort out some finance issues 
  • popped into paperchase to waste some £££
  • made and applied a avocado mask onto my dry hair
  • sorted through one side of my desk drawer
  • tidied up my room 

and now i’m pooped, i hope your thursday has been a productive one, here’s to a less strenuous friday!!

Lately, I’ve been super into college & study related YouTube videos, so I thought I would share some of my favorite accounts with the rest of the studyblr community!

* - denotes accounts that get a 10/10 from me

COLLEGE ACCOUNTS

+ *cathincollege: I LOVE CATH SO MUCH OMG! She’s a rising junior at Stanford University, and her channel consists mostly of vlogs. It’s not exactly educational, but it gets me super pumped for college, and it’s hecka entertaining.

+ colleage: This account is run by a rising sophomore at Princeton University. There aren’t many videos on her channel, but I think that the ones she has uploaded are witty and quirky as well as informative and helpful!

+ *YesReneau: This is one of the first college accounts I followed, and I’ve been following for over a year now! Taylor (owner of the account) recently graduated from Harvard Class of 2016, and her account includes a mix of vlogs, funny videos, and college advice.

+ eleni arizona (aka @hotdamnford): Her account has mostly been non-school related vlogs as of late, but if you scroll through her videos, you can find some educational content. In addition to her YouTube, she gives great college advice on her tumblr!

+ Angie Kim: This is a new account run by a Brown University student from Canada. She has the perspective of an international student applying to American universities, and has uploaded extremely useful videos so far!

+ Jane and Jady: For any students that plan on attending medical school, this account is for you! Their channel is godsend for learning more about the world of medical school, and there are a few general studying videos, too!

+ appsademia (aka @appsademia): In addition to college admissions related information, this account contains general study information and addresses some issues that are important to students. This is another account I’ve been following for while (both on YouTube and Tumblr), and I highly recommend it!

STUDYTUBE ACCOUNTS

+ *hiheidz: Heidi’s channel includes super helpful educational tips against the frame of a more lifestyle-oriented YouTube channel. I love almost every video on her channel, and even the non-studying videos are worth watching!

+ *studyign (aka @studyign): You’ve probably heard of Sareena, a studyblr who is one of the fixtures of the studyblr community. In addition to her amazing studyblr, she has a great YouTube account that has helped me so much!

+ *nehrdist (aka @nehrdist): In addition to having a hecka cool accent, Zoe runs a spectacular studyblr & YouTube account. I love her & watching her videos for advice and tips, in addition to the fact that she is my face GOALS.

+ mariana (aka @studywithmariana): Another awesome study YouTube that I’ve been following for a long time. I’m not as familiar with her studyblr, but I’m sure it’s totally worth checking out as well!

+ katsdesk (aka @katsdesk): Kat is a recent high school grad who’s a part of Brown University Class of 2020. In addition to having a phenomenal YouTube with like the best study aesthetic ever, she runs an awesome studyblr as well!


Well, that’s all! I hope you enjoy these YouTubers and much as I do, and if you have any recommendations for me, let me know!

Whether it’s for an academic essay or your first novel, the writing process is often long, grueling, and filled with equal amounts of writer’s block, procrastination, and caffeine. Luckily, I’ve compiled some resources that will help you write and edit efficiently.

GET INSPIRED

Random First Line Prompts: Exactly what it sounds like. Generate a random first line to kick off your story.

StorySpark: Randomly generates crazy story plots.

Read high-quality writing: Sometimes a good story or poem is all it takes to refresh your creativity. Plus, reading quality writing on a regular basis is the best way to improve your own writing.

Do nothing for two minutes: Close your eyes, take a break, and let your worries melt away. When your mind is calm and clear, you may find that writing becomes a breeze!

Read some inspiring quotes: Learn from all the writers before you, and know that if you’re struggling, you’re not alone!

GET WRITING

ZenPen: A minimalist online writing zone that allows you to quickly get writing without distractions.

Written? Kitten!: One of my personal favorites! This website will display a picture of an adorable kitten for every 100, 200, 500, or 1,000 words you type, depending on your choice. You’re motivated to write more and those kitties will make your heart melt. It’s a win-win. If you’re not a kitten guy/gal, there are puppy and bunny settings too! :)

Typewriter: This app silences your inner critic by not allowing you to use the backspace tool. You can’t delete miskates mistakes, only strike them out. So instead of worrying about fixing things and rewriting a sentence seven times to make it perfect, you can focus on just continuing to write. It’s perfect for first drafts.

WordWar: You’ll need a friend for this one! This website allows you to hold a virtual race with other people to see who can write a first draft the fastest. Great if you and a pal both have a dreaded essay you’ve been complaining about for weeks.

Write or Die: Finally, for the most extreme one of all… This website puts pressure on you to write by threatening you with consequences if you’re writing too slowly, such as unpleasant sounds, terrifying images of spiders (*shivers*), or even deleting what you’ve already written if you stop. If it sounds extreme, that’s because it is, but it’s also remarkably effective at getting you to pound away at those keys.

These tools are best suited for first drafts, not for conducting your entire writing process. The idea is to get a rough draft done as efficiently as possible, because that’s the hardest part. If you have a first draft, however crappy, making it better is all downhill from there. Editing and rewriting should be saved for your regular Word/Pages/spider-devoid word processor of choice so you can fix your writing as carefully as possible.

GET IT RIGHT

Dictionary/Thesaurus/Reverse Dictionary/Rhyme Dictionary: All rather self-explanatory. Make sure the language you’re using is accurate and appropriate.

EditMinion: Copy and paste your writing into this website and it’ll point out common mistakes, passive voice, and clichés in your writing. It even shows words of Greek, Latin, Germanic, and/or Shakespearean origin, if you’re a total nerd interested in that.

Hemingway: Similar to EditMinion, but it’ll highlight sentences that are hard to read or unnecessarily complicated so you can make your writing more clear and succinct. It’ll also calculate a readability score, estimated read time, and character/letter/word/sentence/paragraph count.

And that’s it! With these tools, you should now be able to fight off writer’s block and write an awesome finished piece.

Thanks for reading! All of my reader interactions and personalized advice can be found on my Tumblr. If you have questions, feedback, or post requests, feel free to drop a Tumblr ask or contact me.

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Sophia

Grade Tracker  by  thecollegekid

Hello guys! Since school’s about to start and I’ve reached a follower milestone, I decided to make my first printable (yay!). I created a simple two-column grade tracker, since I couldn’t find any grade tracker online that suits my ~aesthetic~ lol.

  • 5 colors (black, gray, blue, red, and yellow)
  • A5 (however, there are 2 grade trackers in each file, so use an A4 paper when printing)

Since this is my first printable, it would be great if I get some feedback (even if it’s negative ehe he). Hope you guys like it!!

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—21/100 days of productivity, 27/07/16
!! d-05 to prelims, d-84 to Os !!

feeling pretty productive in school since i managed to start and complete ecology notes all in the same day in school hoho 😽✨

honestly v scared for prelims but i guess i’ll have to start studying now )-: 📚📚