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Taking care of yourself during the school year!

If you’re in school you know how easy it is to forget about taking care of yourself. With deadlines, homework, projects and everything in between, it seems like there is very little time left to yourself! So, here are some of my tips for taking care of myself during the school year! 

(Disclaimer: This is aimed more towards college students but it’s easy to adapt to those in middle and high school. Also, obviously these things won’t work for everyone, so don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t go the way it’s “supposed” to.)


  1. Leave water somewhere you can see it. It’s super easy to get dehydrated in general, so add in limited focus on anything other than school and bam, a recipe for disaster. To remedy this, try leaving a glass or bottle of water in view and every time you look up from studying and/or your eyes pass over the bottle, take a sip!
  2. Pre-pack healthy snacks. In-between classes it’s easy to stop at the campus store, dining hall or vending machine to resolve your hunger. However, often the options available are things like candy and potato chips. By packing healthy things in advance it saves you money and also saves you from the empty calories. (If you don’t have a dependable way to get fruit, etc. take some extra apples or bananas from the dining hall every time you leave and store them in your room!)
  3. Pre-plan out your outfit the night before. Pack your school bags too! That way you can sleep in a little longer and your morning is a little less stressful, because you won’t be scrambling to get everything together!
  4. Avoid hangovers. Drink a huge glass of water before you start drinking and before you go to bed, and make sure you eat a lot during the day. Not only do hangovers suck, but they also take away valuable study time!
  5. Go to the gym with a friend! Working out can suck, especially if you’re not used to it. So go to the gym with a friend! It keeps you motivated and can even make things fun!
  6. Take a multi-vitamin! Even if you never had to take one during high school, it’s easy to eat horribly/not enough, and getting your daily vitamins is really important!
  7. Don’t give up your morning/bedtime routine for anything. This one might sound a little dumb, but trust me. Skipping a face wash or shower might sound okay at the time, but when you start breaking out or feeling less than your best, you’ll see what I mean.
  8. Buy some Melatonin! Even if you don’t have sleeping problems, college takes away a lot of your sleep and has a lot of distractions that make it hard to fall asleep (ex: noises neighbors). Melatonin helps you fall asleep and sleep better, so even if you only get a few hours, it was a few hours of better quality sleep than it probably would have been. (Because Melatonin is a tablet, it’s important to read the warnings on the packaging and consult a doctor before taking it!)
  9. Buy earplugs. Trust me. They’re a miracle worker when you’re trying to go to sleep, stay asleep, or get some work done in a noisy/distracting place.
  10. Keep your surroundings sanitized. Wash your hands on a regular basis and disinfect your room (focus mores on the things you, your roommate and friends come in contact with a lot like light switches, door knobs, etc.). Carry a little pack of sanitary wipes or a thing of hand sanitizer with you in your backpack at all times. It may sound like I’m going overkill on all of this but the plague is real and consistent in college. You remember how in high school everyone would come back from school breaks sick? Well it’s the same way in college but 24/7. You’re going to be surrounded by people from all over the country (most likely) that come in contact with things you don’t, who will bring them back to school with them. Being sick during college is one of the worst things ever, so try to avoid it if you can!

There we have it! 10 tips on how to take care of yourself during the busy school year! Feel free to add something if you feel like it’s important and I left it out!

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09.17.17

[✨20/100 days of productivity✨]

fixed my room, studied precalc and science, rewrote a lot of notes, finished a bunch of homeworks and watched american horror story. i’m proud of my productivity today 🌞

This masterpost has been done over and over again to the point that you probably have this iconic list memorized. 

Since this is the case, I don’t want to bore anyone with the same old explanations and instead give you some information you haven’t heard/read yet.

So to begin, I’ll start with what to include in your notes and explain exactly why doing this is helpful.

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Notes are meant to be reviewed, the sole purpose of notes is to use them as a study method. However, many people miss the target altogether when writing out their own notes and make it much more difficult to revise them later on.

S T E P 1 : H E A D E R S

Most textbooks will make their topics and subtopics very evident in order to keep students “interested” and focused on reading the passage. In general, it makes the textbook more organized and easier to read. We want exactly this for our notes so we include headers and sub headers to help as a guide later on.

S T E P 2 : A B B R E V I A T I O N S

It is good to set up your own personal abbreviations especially for note-taking. It’s already difficult as it is trying to follow along with a teacher’s presentation so make it easier on yourself by incorporating them.

o Examples:

  • Ex. | Example
  • Imp. | Important
  • Info. | Information
  • w/ | With
  • w/o | Without
  • Pg. | Page
  • Govt. | Government
  • b/c | Because

S T E P 3 : T W O  C O L U M N

This is a method of note-taking I took from Cornell Notes. If you are familiar with them then you know that CN include two columns: one for the main information and another for questions to ask yourself later on. In the picture at the end you will see how I used this method slightly differently so that I could create a form of sub headers in the first column. Like I said, we want to be able to easily read our notes and I found that this was most helpful in doing so. Every time I went back to them it was given that I could just glance at the left column to find the information I wanted.

S T E P 4 : B U L L E T  P O I N T S

This one has probably been mentioned numerous times already so I’ll try not to drag this one on. Bullet points basically just make it easier to read the notes. When you search online for ways to make your acne go away do you read the article with paragraphs first or do you resort to the article with bullet points? Bullet points all the way. It’s easier to register the information in your mind and just makes it quicker to skim through your notes as well.

S T E P 5 : H I G H L I G H T I N G  S Y S T E M

One of the first things I do at the beginning of each school year is create a key for my highlighters. Having a set color for each part of your notes allows you to have a better understanding of your own notes and is great for directing you through them afterwards.

o Examples:

  • Green | Vocab
  • Orange | Topic
  • Blue | Subtopic
  • Purple | Title
  • Yellow | Chapter  #
  • Pink | Imp. Info.

Putting it all together, you get much simpler and extremely helpful notes! For reference, these are the ones I used to create this list:

So that’s the basics! There is so much more to note-taking, however, true to the title, these are only the basics! I will go more in depth about notes for certain classes, different types of notes, textbook and class notes, and much much more later on in the series. Please do look forward to them! Check out the rest of the series and what I have planned here.

-much love, studyessie ♡

The ultimate packing list if you are going to study abroad this year

For many of us, the new school year/semester is coming very fast and very soon. For some of us, a new education year is nothing special - you just have to set the alarm clock back into ‘I have got to get up early’ mode and go to school, college, university or however you want to call it.

However, for some of us starting a new year means more. It is related to moving out of home sometimes into a new city or even into a new country. This is related to getting familiar in a new surrounding and starting a new life where you don’t know where to find the best coffee in town, how to ride the bus or how to speak the language (cheers to all langblrs out there ;) ).

For all of you who belong to the second type of people, I dedicate today’s post. Organizing all the things that are related to such a move and saying goodbye to all your loved ones needs enough energy. You should not spend your time thinking about all the items that you need to pack for the big journey. And for this reason, I provide you with the ultimate packing list if you are going to study abroad this year. If you’re missing something that you would never leave at home reblog this post and add your most important travel gadget/item!

With that being said, travel safely and pack wisely ;)

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Bathroom

  • Bath towels
  • Brush
  • Face wash
  • First-aid kit
  • Flip-flops (in case you have to share your bathroom)
  • Floss
  • Hair straightener (no hairdryer, buy it at your destination)
  • Hand towels
  • Makeup (eyeliner, mascara, foundation, blush etc.)
  • Makeup remover
  • Nail products (nail polish, clippers, file)
  • Patches
  • Pain medication
  • Razor
  • Thermometer
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Travel-sized shampoo, lotion, deodorant)

Bedroom

  • Alarm clock
  • Blanket
  • Decoration (e.g. pictures of your friends and family)
  • Earplugs
  • Favorite pillow
  • Mattress pad
  • Pillowcases
  • Sleeping mask

Electronics

  • All of your chargers
  • Batteries
  • Calculator
  • Extension leads
  • Headphones
  • Laptop
  • Smartphone
  • USB stick

Kitchen (buy this stuff at your destination)

  • Favorite candy from home
  • Kitchen scale

Misc

  • Bujo or a traveller’s journal
  • Driver’s licence
  • Extra bags
  • Financial aid information
  • Important addresses
  • Luggage tags with your contact details
  • Medical insurance card
  • Passport
  • Passport photos
  • Travel details & confirmation
  • Travel tickets
  • Visa
  • Water bottle
  • Wallet (Cash, coins and credit card)

Outdoor

  • Coat
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection
  • Umbrella
  • Water-resistant boots
  • Water-resistant jacket

Wardrobe

  • Accessories (few, please!)
  • Bottoms
  • Blazer
  • Dress
  • Hoodie
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas
  • Shoes
  • Skirt
  • Socks
  • Sportswear and athletic shoes
  • Sweaters
  • Sweat pants
  • Tops
  • Undergarments

Extra tips

  • Before you overload all of your bags contact your university and try to find out which of the items they will provide. Perhaps there is something like a starter kit they offer so you do not have to carry bulky bed or kitchen items with you.
  • Take only your favorite clothes with you. But there is this fancy dress that you own that one day could look so cool? Leave it at home. You won’t wear it. Period.
  • Don’t take things with you that can be easily bought after your arrival. This includes hair dryers, kettles, flat irons, big bags, stationery, kitchen items etc.
  • In case you want to travel with additional luggage ask your airline before your departure date regarding their conditions. There are airlines that offer an online check-in for your additional luggage or a pre registration. If you take advantage of such offers you can save a few coins.
  • Don’t forget to make a (digital) copy of your most important documents and cards!
a honest study guide

As I am usually a straight A student, I thought I’d share some of my favourite study “hacks”, but be warned: i will not be gentle with you. I am going to tell you the brutal truth about getting great marks, because it is no use sugarcoating the fact that school is actually super hard work! 

discipline beats motivation

to be honest no matter how perfect your/any studyblr might be, looking at a blog will unfortunately never ever motivate you to study as hard as you will have to to get an A. Studyblrs may inspire you, but the one thing which will really get you studying is discipline. So, as cruel as it may sound, force yourself to be productive and you will get some serious work done.

Originally posted by prettylittleworldoflies

have no social life

… at least on some days. if you find it difficult to fit your studies into your social life, try reversing the whole thing. Don’t make plans with your friends on days during which you want/need to study. This definitely isn’t fun, I know, but for me, I often find it difficult to get work done when I have plans later that day as firstly, getting a certain amount of work done within a strict time limit stresses me out and secondly, you should definitely use all the time you can get - especially shortly before the upcoming exam.

Originally posted by geeky-ness

all-nighters equal bad time management

truth be told good students normally won’t have to pull all nighters as sleep is very important for not only your concentration but also for your health. To make sure that you get enough rest you should start studying as early as possible, for me that is normally one week before the particular exam, and plan what you will do on which day without trying to fit everything into the last minute. That will leave you relaxed, well rested and concentrated on the day of your exam.

Originally posted by suitelikechocolate

find something that keeps you going

i usually drink a lot of coffee when i am studying, because during a hard study session i need to stay focused and awake. If you don’t like coffee, you could also go for black tea or green tea or simply some fruit as it is very important to get some vitamins (or in my case caffeine) in your system to not fall asleep while working.

Originally posted by whymywriteriscrying

ask for help

whether you swap notes with your colleagues or you mail the professor some questions doesn’t matter at all. It’s only important that you accept that you probably won’t be able to do everything on your own, so find yourself a study partner, ask questions when something seems unclear to you or even get a tutor. And definitely don’t be embarrassed about asking questions! Nobody knows everything.

Originally posted by adolescencia-turbulenta

no distractions

studying is boring and you might find that music makes it a little more exciting, but often listening to music or taking a lot of breaks is only keeping you from getting work done. So suck it up and study either silently, to classical music or to relaxing noises you can find on the internet. Also try not to take too many breaks. Don’t overwork yourself, of course, but also try to stay focused for longer than 15 minutes as this will allow you to be more productive and don’t study with friends if you end up chit-chatting to each other instead of working.

Originally posted by droneandting

write everything down

even if you have a good memory, you won’t be able to remember a thing after class, so suck it up, don’t talk to your desk mate and focus on writing everything important down what the teacher says. even if you get handed enough material there will still be things which you should write down such as explanations, examples and additional information. that will help you later on to understand what you are actually studying.

Originally posted by teendotcom

you absolutely need to study

don’t ever think, no matter how much attention you’ve paid in class or how good you are at a certain subject, that you won’t have to study. there is always work to get done and if you are already good at something work on being better to excel at academics. 

Originally posted by dadgan

(i added fun gifs, because it seemed a little too harsh - good luck, babes, you are going to pass your exams) 

Yes, I procrastinated on this procrastination masterpost.

But that’s totally natural, and no one is ever going to completely cut out their procrastination habits. However, here are some (probably overused and not that helpful) tips that you can attempt to keep you from those nasty habits.

1.       When you get home, DON’T flop onto the couch that’s been calling your name since the second you arrived. Flop onto a different one. Lol jk don’t do that. Instead, head straight to your desk or whatever working space you have and figure out your homework set up. This is a great way to get yourself on track as soon as you get home and decreases the time spent away from schoolwork.

2.       Get the bigger tasks done first. Yes, the ones that you probably already procrastinated on and have left for the last day. The ones that aren’t just a simple essay but also needs two back up articles, a 3D model, a power point presentation, original soundtracks and a whole filmed and edited movie. Yes, those projects. Once you get down to the last of your tasks, they’ll be quick and easily finished.

3.       Don’t stress. This is obviously easier said than done however I want to mention it because it truly helps. When we stress we make our problems seem bigger than what they really are. This in turn only adds stress and keeps us from starting those assignments because we know think they will take us a long time to complete.

4.       Keep yourself organized and clean. I know that when I’m working in a disastrous environment, much less do I want to get up and work. If you keep your school work organized and your room tidy, you’ll have one less excuse to not start on your homework.

5.       Don’t forget to enjoy some music. I have always been a music oriented person and simply cannot work without it. Put on your favorite playlist or whatever helps you work and begin. It helps to pass the time and makes you forget about how long the assignment will take to finish.


There you go guys! This masterpost has been multiple times on numerous occasions but I hope it still helped in the end. My question for today is, what do you listen to when doing school work?

Also! Don’t forget to check out the rest of this series here!

-much love, studyessie ♡

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08.08// Some algebra notes! In the end of coming school year I’ll have 4 exams and now it’s time to prepare for them.
The coming school year will be hard for me bc in addition to exams I have private math lessons twice a week (+special hw for these lessons), I’m learning Japanese, I wanna learn how to play the guitar and attend club of players the guitar and wanna attend club where I can learn kpop dances. The problem is that in Russia there’s another educational system not like in US or in Europe, you have to learn all subjects in school ant it doesn’t matter if you don’t need art classes bc you wanna be scientist. And that’s why I spend a lot of time doing my work for geography or history for example and I don’t have enough time to learn chemistry, algebra or sleep! So, I must be more disciplined and do everything in time. I’m not complaining, I’m just sharing my thoughts. Thanks for reading, and if you have any tips how to be disciplined or sth like that, please feel free to message me❤️

A problem only students who are nerdy enough to make a studyblr have: How to Get Ahead on Your Schoolwork

This is seriously a problem that everyone wishes has a simple solution to. But there’s not. And we’re all bound to get behind no matter what. SO, in order to make it slightly easier, I have 3 tips that you can utilize.

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·       PRIME TIME:

o   Everyone has a certain time of the day where they are the most efficient with their work. That time where they’re working nonstop and focus solely on their school work. However, not everyone knows when exactly that time is. My advice is to attempt working at all times of the day until you find a time that works for you. For some people it’s anywhere between 9-11 in the morning. For others it could be right after school. For me, I work best during 6-8pm. If you try to save that time for bigger assignments, you’ll have a greater chance of getting ahead.

| N U M B E R 2 |

·       LONG TERM ASSIGNMENTS

o   These guys are the enemies of anyone trying to get ahead on their schoolwork. Not only do we have to do this huge assignment, but teachers still give all these other homework sheets to do in the meantime. That’s why I use a method I was taught through a program at school. It’s basically an outline that allows you to setup a schedule for those long term assignments. For example, let’s use a Biology lab. The gist is to set dates that certain things have to be done by. On 08/05 you need to have your materials list and hypothesis done. By 08/13 your charts and graphs have to be finished. By this date and that date this and this have to be done. As long as you have the mentality to tell yourself IT HAS TO BE DONE then you’ll get it done. This way you’re not saving this long project for the day before it’s due.

| N U M B E R 3 |

·       SYLLABUS

o   This is a tip that’s definitely more helpful for college students but can also be used differently for high school students. The first day of school has always been syllabus day for teachers. For anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of syllabi, it basically gives you an outline of all the assignments, lectures, and tests that are going to be given throughout the year as well as the teacher’s personal rules and information. That’s why its extremely important to always keep them on hand. My tip is to use the syllabus to schedule certain assignments or even prepare yourself for them if you feel they’re going to be long and/or difficult. For high school students, many times teachers will give a sheet very similar to a syllabus at the beginning of each chapter or unit. Always take a look at those to preview what the lessons will be about and schedule assignments in a timely manner. If your teacher doesn’t do this, then go ahead and look at your textbook for an outline. Most teachers will follow the order of the textbook. Not by chapters themselves, but definitely what’s inside the chapter.

That’s it! Getting ahead in school is always a difficult task. Don’t get caught up on trying to get ahead of everyone else, especially if it’s stressing you out. Trust me, just because you don’t have next weeks assignments done, it doesn’t mean you’re a student who slacks off. The truth behind every studyblr is that we’ve all copied homework, we’ve all procrastinated, and I’m sure a lot of us have cheated on a test before. Good luck on your upcoming school year! It’ll be tough, but we’ll all get through it somehow, no matter what.

-much love, studyessie ♡

p.s. Check out what else I’ve written for my back to school series and what I have in store here.