hey guys!!!

so this entire past month has been extremely, extremely stressful for me because i had so many exams and i only realised how hideously unprepared i was for them on the day before the exam, which was really really awful. so in the middle of september i created a studyblr to keep myself motivated + get some helpful tips from the studyblr community on how to go abt studying for tests. the results proved to be super helpful and ive resolved to keep running this blog for as long as i can, because it really helps me stay motivated and i’ve already learned so many things from the community, despite the fact that i’ve only been here for around a month.

but anyways, i decided to create this masterpost in order to help others stay motivated + keep studying not only well but also properly i.e. not necessarily studying for exams but life in general, if that makes sense.

~ staying motivated + focused

~ staying organized

~ note-taking

~ research techniques

~ essay writing

~ free online resources & courses

~ languages

~ survival tips + advice

~ mental/physical health

~ stress reliefs

~ music

i think that includes most of the best resources i could find!!! feel free to message me in case 1) any of the links are broken, 2) u want me to add on to something, 3) u have a suggestion for a masterpost [i would love that so go ahead and ask if u do] or if u just wanna talk! also, feel free to reblog and add ur own comments/resources. hope this helped!! 

- mli

SCHOOL CHEAT SHEET!!

other cheat sheets

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20/8/16 1:15 PM // writing essays and bullet journaling at starbucks while waiting for my music theory lesson to start. just did an SAT practice test. will go to a friend’s house this evening to work on a project for a school event. p.s. will answer asks soon 😁

[note:] in case y’all don’t know already, this is @scholarlysquad - i can no longer access my previous account due to some problems with my email account, and therefore i’ve had to move to this account!!! if, by chance, you were following me there, please unfollow that blog ^ and follow me here instead since that blog will be inactive from now on!

hey everyone, recently i’ve discovered a lot of new and interesting methods of taking notes and so i decided to compile them all into this masterpost and share them. hope this helps!

+ general note taking advice

+ the cornell method

+ outline method

+ flashcards

+ summary foldables 

+ sketchnotes

+ mind maps

+ other amazing, super effective methods

+ taking notes from various sources

+ make it look pretty
note: this is only optional; different people have various ways of retaining information - if you feel like adding colour distracts you, don’t do it! also, if you’re rushing to finish notes at the last minute the night before the exam pls don’t do it omg only do it when/if you have time.

+ more tips from me

  1. colour your notes! highlighting and adding colour to notes helps you retain information and remember things faster. use different colours throughout your notes to have more specific and easy-to-understand notes. [eg. use lighter colours like light blue for points you want to highlight and darker colours like purple for the main body] again, as mentioned earlier, if colourful notes aren’t your thing don’t do it! 
  2. while revising, read notes aloud. it helps you remember things easily, because it sounds like someone is explaining it to you. even better if you do it in a foreign accent tbh, that always works for me (i read notes aloud in an american accent sometimes). this method is most effective if you’re an auditory learner.
  3. most importantly, find what works for you. there are so many note-taking methods out there; find a system that you feel is most effective/helpful based on the type of learner you are. if you feel like nothing you read online is helpful, create your own method of note-taking instead.

+ my other masterposts

feel free to message me in case 1) any of the links are broken, 2) u want me to add on to something, 3) u have a suggestion for a masterpost [i would love that so go ahead and ask if u do] or if u just wanna talk! also, feel free to reblog and add ur own comments/resources. hope this helped someone!!! 

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02 01 2015 • “You can plan for a change in the weather and time, but I never planned on you changing your mind.”

A few people have asked me to post more photos of my new planner for 2016, so here they are. This is essentially the general set-up. I’ve added the margins to the daily sections myself to customise them more to my needs. Please excuse the fact that my hands are photobombing in all of these: it’s early days and my planner hasn’t quite learned to lie flat. We’re still in training!

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Hey guys, I’ve been asked numerous times for a more in-depth bullet journal setup so I’ve picked a few pages that sum up how I use my journal. I’ve linked some of my previous posts on my bullet journal to give you a more well rounded view. 1,2,3

Now then, what do i use my bullet journal for? For me its progressed well past its original intended use as a rapid logging system. Its my place for everything {probably not my best idea}. Having never consistently kept up with a journal or diary of any kind, I have found this system works incredibly well for me. 

  • Monthly spread and Monthly Goals (changes as I see fit from the list page to the more traditional calendar layout. I use the list page when I have more going on//school periods//exams etc)
  • Weekly setup (I use this to track my food intact, my expenses and my habits) I use to try and track my habits using a monthly list but I found this to be ineffective for me. How long does this take to setup? Every Sunday I take an hour or so to set this up, but to me its not a waste of time, I find it a therapeutic, relaxing time. I know what I have to do!
  • Daily pages- busy or not I try to always have a todo list for the day. The style of this is completely freestyle and changeable. Some days its just a list, other days its pictures/quotes and other pretty stuff. 
  • I’m kinda obsessed with books at the moment, ones I’m reading, plan to read, plan to buy, lists and lists of them. Words that are new to me, quotes from books, etc…books. You get the drift!
  • Full pages of quotes because why not! 
  • Podcasts I’m listening to or plan to listen to, inspiration and posts I’ve loved from timber//studyblr and elsewhere. 
  • I mark off my pages using washi tape, this makes referencing back to specific pages easier. I found this idea from study-well

I think thats it, this is both a creative outlet and a organising tool. I hope this helps x

“Productivity is about making smart choices (continuously) with your energy, focus and time in order to maximise your potential and achieve beneficial results.” – Mohammed Faris


1. Find your energy hours.

Everyone has a specific time in the day where their energy levels are much higher than usual. Use that time to your advantage. Take that energy and get the majority of your work done and out of the way.

For me, the mornings are usually when I feel the most energised, so I get to work straight away. To find your energy hours, try working at different times during the day. See which time of the day allows you to work at your very best.


2. Establish routines.

Once you have found your energy hours, base your day around this. Create a routine for each day of the week.

When do you study? When do you go to school? Do you relax for an hour after coming back from school? Do you tidy your room on Sunday?

Establish a schedule and you’re less likely to get side-tracked and much more likely to maximise your productivity.


3. Ditch the to-do lists.

Yes, it’s good to write lists of things you need to do, but you’re never going to get around to doing them if you don’t plan time for it. So instead of relying on a to-do list, add the task to your routine. Will you be able to work on this task on a Saturday afternoon? Great! Put it into your schedule. This will ensure the task is completed.


4. Don’t multi-task.

You can’t do multiple things at once. It seems like you’re able to, but what you’re really doing is constantly switching your attention from one task to another. Don’t do that. Focus on one thing at a time. That way, you’re putting all of your attention on a task and are likely to get it completed faster and at a higher standard.


5. Complete similar tasks together.

If you’re studying, instead of switching from subject to subject throughout the day, try to stick to one subject. On Monday, create flashcards for a Biology topic, then revise the topic and then do a Biology past paper. This will ensure your mind is concentrated on one thing at a time and not constantly switching gears.

So get your chores done together. Study one subject at a time. Send your e-mails and messages at one time. Dedicate today to your English essay. Don’t interrupt tasks with an unrelated task.


6. Finish quick and easy tasks first.

If you need to make a dentist appointment, do it. Do you need to write a quick e-mail to your teacher? Get it out of the way.

Finishing the quick and easy tasks right away will leave you with ample time to tackle the more challenging ones you’ve got up ahead. It will also give you peace of mind that you’ve gotten something done today.


7. Take breaks.

You’re not a machine. Productivity is not working 24/7.

“Being productive is about knowing when to have fun and when to work hard; when to relax and when to be serious. It’s about making smart choices.”

Allow your mind and body to take a break every now and then and relax. Scheduling these breaks can be beneficial so that you’re not constantly taking a break when you don’t need to.


8. Prioritise.

Yes, that idea you had on the train was appealing, but is it really that beneficial? Is it important enough for you to spend your valuable time and energy on it? Will it get you where you want to go? Probably not.

So prioritise projects and tasks. Ensure important tasks are completed first and well before any upcoming deadlines. Make sure that your time is better spent doing things that will actually benefit you and bring you closer to your goals.


9. Become accountable to someone.

It’s super easy to make promises to yourself, saying that you will do this and do that. Likewise, it’s also extremely easy to break those promises.

However, this is different when you have someone you are accountable to. Perhaps, at the end of every week, you can report to a parent or a trusted friend on your progress so far. It’s extremely difficult to tell someone that you haven’t accomplished your goals for the week. This will make it far more likely for you to get your work done.


10. Review your progress.

At the end of each day, you should evaluate your progress. What did you accomplish today? What did you do well? What did you not complete today? Why? How could you improve? When will you complete it?

Asking yourself these questions and being honest will help you see where you’re going right and where you’re not doing so well.


I hope this is useful to some of you and that you put your time and energy into good use. 😊

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9:00am - What’s in my backpack?

  • Backpack: Knomo Beauchamp
  • Tablet: Surface 2
  • Notebooks: Oxford Black & Red x2 A5, x1 A4
  • Pencil case: Wilko [UK shop]
  • Staedtler Fineliner: I have the 6 pack case and put my regularly used colours in it [less bulk!]
  • USB:  Kingston 32GB USB Drive with metal casing
  • Flashcards: Tesco, Amazon, Paperchase [basically anywhere!]
  • Headphones: Came with my phone 
  • Purse: MANGO [I got it about 4 years ago]

Extras not pictured:

  • Menstrual pads, moisturiser, pre-printed lecture readings, uni ID, hand sanitiser, water bottle and soft mints!

When I started this blog a year ago, I never thought I’d have nearly 14k followers a year on!! I’ve put together this post on my one year anniversary to help new studyblrs get to grips with the basics of studyblr, begin studying more effectively and get started with sharing original content.

Who do I follow????

What are those weird apps/websites everyone uses???

What’s all that snazzy stationery??

How do I start studying more effectively???

How do I post original content??

  • reblog don’t repost!! This is an obvious one but if you’re new to tumblr altogether you need to know that it’s never ok to steal someone else’s content. Also don’t reblog from weheartit because all the stuff on that website it stolen!!
  • the most common posts on studyblr are photos of notes - it’s a good idea to make sure the colours in your photo are aesthetically pleasing, and that you have a good source of light. Natural light is best but lamplight will work as well. If your photos need more light, increase the exposure on your camera/phone. People don’t need to see the whole of your notes, try taking photos of them from different angles to show off the bits you’re most proud of! more tips in this post
  • share some motivational quotes - I use picmonkey to design quotes
  • make a masterpost of your favourite resources
  • make a study playlist on 8tracks and share it on your blog
  • tagging is the most useful thing ever - tag your posts with #studyblr and #studyspo so that other people in the community can find you! More tags = more ways for people to find you, so make sure to add plenty of tags to everything you upload. If you tag a studyblr in your post, it’s likely they’ll reblog it.
  • open your ask box - it’s a great way to get suggestions for new posts, and its always lovely to hear from other studyblrs in the community

Welcome to the studyblr community, good luck with your studies!

mindpalacestudy x