you know your professors are sadists when you have an exam after one month of classes and they all give you 9 chapters to learn per subject

but on the bright side! I got a mossery planner and it’s so pretty!! @/mossery sponsor me pls thnx

general study tips

this is just a quick list of study habits that work for me, as a straight a’s student

1. even if it’s not in your teacher’s presentation written on a slide, if you hear your teacher mention a fact, WRITE IT DOWN. you might need it later for a test.

2. when you’re rewriting your notes/compiling a study guide, pretend you’re making it for someone else. include everything, even if you think you know it. (unless you’re low on time, in which case, just write what you don’t know)

3. when you’re trying to learn a new concept, pretend you’re teaching it to someone else. this is a form of active learning, and the act of breaking the concept down into steps that you can teach will improve your understanding of the concept. (for the longest time, i actually didn’t even know this was an actual study technique, because i’ve always done it subconsciously!)

4. don’t over color your notes!! if you really need a key for all the colors, then you’re using way too many. try to stick with 2-3 pens/pencils. for me, i write most of my notes in black ink or pencil and i write the important concepts i might need to find quickly later (such as vocabulary) in red or blue pen.

5. have your water bottle next to you (so you remember to stay hydrated; this makes focusing easier as well), as well as any other things you might need during a study session so you don’t have to keep getting up to get stuff (which is pretty distracting for me as i’m easily sidetracked).

6. make it a habit to write lists of everything you need to do by the end of the weekend (or the end of that day, depending on how much work you have). this’ll help you familiarize yourself with your tasks so you have a clear plan of what needs to get done.

7. (not really necessary, just something i like to do!) learn to eat with your non-dominant hand so you can eat and take notes and turn pages w/out ripping them instead of scrolling through social media. keep in mind that sometimes, meal times are for taking your mind off school so unless you’re really pressed for time, it’s not a huge deal if you spend this time w/passive reading, texting friends, etc.

8. when you’re assigned a research project, COME UP WITH A THESIS FIRST so you know what to research. try to get all your research done within the first two days or so, to have more time to plan out how you’re going to structure it. then get your draft done (something is better than nothing) so you can revise at your own pace instead of rushing at the last minute.

9. prioritize your homework!! as someone who spends hours fencing and even misses school for fencing tournaments, is part of symphonic band, and on the robotics team (build season is suuuuuper busy), i can’t express how important this is!! if you have math first period, get that done first, whereas if you have math last period, you can do it at lunch and spend your time working on something that’s due in the morning. don’t do this all the time, but if you need to, know which teachers are more strict with due dates so if you really do need an extension, you’ll be asking the least strict teacher and will have much better chances of getting said extension.

10. if you study at home like me, change into new clothes (comfy clothes, but not pajamas) before cracking open your textbooks. it’ll help make you feel more refreshed and ready to start your homework, but not confined to uncomfortable uniforms from school. tie up your hair, if it’s long. try to study at a table/desk rather than in bed (for sleeping not studying) or on the floor (bad for your posture).

11. check out this post for productive things you can do when you aren’t studying, but still want to be productive!

hope these helped some of you!!

xoxo, ren

You sent your CV and got a call back? Congratulations. But now you’re facing the most frightening part of the job: the interview. 

No honestly, I’m joking, this isn’t as bad as we were told. And here’s what I learnt from it.


You almost have the job. Don’t try to impress them too much, just stay faithful to who you are. Wear casual clothes, not a lot of make up, tie your hair (or at least brush it) and if you are wearing nailpolish, check that it isn’t cracked. Honestly, wearing cracked nailpolish during an interview just says that you’re messy and not organised. Don’t forget to smile, no one would like to hire someone always grumpy!

2. Do your homework

Remember the description of the job? Well that’s very important, state all the criterias that was asked in the description and make sure to tell your interviewer that you’ve got all the qualities the job requires. 

Learn about the company, when was it created, do they have other shops, what do they sell/do, what are the prices and what type of people will you have to face. Google is your best friend for that.

3. Get ready to answer questions

It’s D-Day, you’re sat at the table and the interviewer is here. Get ready for the questions. Nothing exciting to be fair. “Why do you think you’ll be good at this job?” “What brought you to apply to this job?” “Did you know about *the company* before?” 

And then they will ask you about your skills. Learn your CV and don’t hesitate to repeat it and add more details. For exemple: “I know how to work in a team very well because ….*add previous experience*”. They sometimes ask you how people would describe you or what are your flaws/qualities. Be honest. 

If you don’t have any experience, put everything on your skills and link them to school. Interviewers know if you have experience or not. They will also understand that you’ve been focused on your studies and that’s okay. Don’t try to hide it, be proud of it.

4. Interview your interviewer

Your interviewer will ask you a lot of questions but at some point he will ask you if you have any questions. And now, honey, it will be your time TO SHINE. Fire away, honestly it’s very embarassing to have nothing to say, it’s a bit like “oh well, just taking the job, not really fussed about anything”. Find something! Are you allowed nailpolish, do you have a uniform, what time do they open, are they closed during holiday, what will be your salary, do you have days off, will you have a training session, etcAsk everything on your mind, it will show your interviewer you’re at least interessed by the job.

5. Don’t rush anything

The interview is almost over. The interviewer might ask you when you can start. Never say “right now”. Say “tomorrow” or “next week” instead. Wait a bit, talk to your family/friends about the job to make sure you’re making the right decision. If you can, wait until you can have at least a glimpse at the contract because sometimes the interviewer doesn’t tell you everything about the job (how many hours, how much you’re paid). Wait for them to call you back. And when leaving, you can mention “that you’re looking foward to hearing from them again soon”!!!

I hope this masterpost was helpful and that you’ll nail your interview. If you have any other questions, you know where to find me! Reblog to help your fellow friends if you thought this was useful

Check out my other masterpost on how to improve your résumé or my masterposts.

- Aly xo

an older spread but still one of my faves! i saw baby driver that week (which was so good!!!) so i dedicated a spread to it and the epic road trip i imagine baby and debora went on after they drove off into the sunset 🌅

from my studygram: peachstudii

hello there! i love instrumental music so i thought i’d make a compilation of some piano playlists! have some snazzy fun ♥︎

classical period

baroque period

romantic period

20th century


here it is! hope ya’ll like it! if you have any suggestions/ feedback do send them my way!! happy studying!


last edited 24/5/17



I’ve just realised how fast this year has passed it’s already April??? Like?? how???? More than half of my break is already gone😭

One week late but these are my fav bujo spreads from March! I hope everyone’s enjoying their weekends ;rest well and here’s a random reminder to drink some water 💦

just studyblr things
  1. scrolling through the reblogs of ur posts to see if anyone left cute comments in the tags (literally me every time bc i have no life lol)
  2. studying at gorgeous libraries (hELLO SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY)
  3. buying wAY too much expensive stationery (even if you can’t afford it like me lmao)
  4. having the image of being organized on tumblr but being totally overwhelmed irl (cough me cough)
  5. taking way too many extracurriculars and honors or ap classes but still making time to binge watch shows (heLLO me right there)
  6. buying books but never reading them so the ‘to be read’ list just keeps getting longer 
  7. spending too much time trying to find the right angles and lighting for studyspo pics
  8. blushing and smiling profusely when one of the big studyblrs reblogs your post and the notes just,,,, explode
  9. arranging your pens in just the right way so it looks like they spilled out of your pencil case aesthetically
  10. making posts about positivity and anti procrastination when really,,, you’re just trying to use your own advice too 

❝what exactly are you here for?❞

❝to see with eyes unclouded by hate.❞

i recently had the pleasure of seeing my first studio ghibli movie: princess mononoke! the art style was so beautiful and i loved the message that there is not always a clear villain or hero— more than one cause can be just 🐺 (featuring a gorgeous san/ashitaka illustration by @sorscia)

from my studygram: vintagemidnight


💡13/100 days of productivity:

Some early morning cramming at the library✨
Honestly, the best study dates are the ones where no one in the group has the same major, and so everyone stares in mild confusion and vague awe at each other’s homework.👽

21 Mar 2017 || 

I should be writing my term papers, but I really wanted to doodle something in my bullet journal, so here’s a very general and probably highly inaccurate map of Great Britain. Forgive me for any mistakes please, it’s really just a sketch!

I debated whether to make this post or not but received positive feedback, so here we go! 

I am probably in a minority with this, but I like taking tests and exams. By that I don’t mean that I’d voluntarily do them if I didn’t have to, but they don’t cause me much distress or make me nervous - in fact, I’m even quite excited for some of them. In this post, I want to explain how I got that attitude and how it helps me. I realise that people are different and this post won’t magically make text anxiety or stress go away, and some people just prefer essays or other forms of test-taking, but I hope it offers a different perspective on things.

Here are some things that I think are advantages of exams:

1. They’re over faster

One of the best things about exams is that you have a specific time and date for them. Essays can spread out over weeks and months, they follow you around wherever you go. You also have to do much more work yourself - outlines, thesis statement, research, maybe even whole experiments. For an exam, you study in your own way, take the test - no citing, no formatting, no looking for a topic - and you’re done and can celebrate your holidays without being haunted by deadlines. Even if you’re super nervous - in two hours, it’ll be over.

2. They force you to learn everything

If you want to or not, you’ll have to study everything that could be on the exam - and even if it seems like it sucks (which it won’t if you already start preparing early in the semester), it usually means you retain more information and almost guarantees you’ll gain an understanding of most concepts taught, which can prove very valuable in advanced classes or even your later job. It also means you can study more systematically (flashcards! mind-maps! summaries! what’s not to love). Try channelling your inner Hermione for this one - the more you learn, the better.

3. They put you under pressure

How’s that a positive point? For me, it’s the most positive thing about exams - I have to deliver knowledge on the spot, which of course puts me under stress. Instead of despairing and giving up, I learnt to make that stress work in my favour - it enhances my performance. When I write essays, I just laze about in my bed or on my balcony, browsing through JSTOR and waiting for inspiration, taking breaks whenever I want. Exams have me extremely focused for a specific period of time which usually leads to much better results.

4. They’re kinda fun

I personally get kind of a thrill out of figuring out the best answers to problems. My favourite way is “What does the professor want to hear” or “What did they have in mind when they designed this?”. Getting into your teacher’s mindset can get you pretty far in exams, especially in open answer questions, because you’ve listened to them talk about those topics for several months and can usually give a good guess about what they want to hear.

I realise not everyone shares this attitude and that’s fine, but maybe some positive words about exams aren’t the worst thing. I completely understand that not everyone loves situations of stress and pressure and I get that, so if you ever want to talk or need any help, feel free to message me and I’ll try and spread some calmness! :)