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procrastination masterpost

There are three important steps in erasing the possibility of procrastination. You are never going to be entirely free from it, as Netflix, video games, sitting around, eating, etc. are never not going to be a temptation. It is a cycle that repeats, but taking the time to develop some self-control is worth it. 

When you are about to work and feeling tempted to procrastinate, there are two things you need to do. The first is to look at this list and identify your procrastination trigger. Next, look through this post to find the solution! After that, during future projects, look at the bottom for procrastination prevention.

common procrastination triggers:

  • perfectionism
  • low energy
  • overwhelmed
  • difficult work
  • boring work
  • distracted

Below are step-by-step solutions, then prevention methods:

perfectionism

Sometimes this is one of the easiest to resolve if you can simply remind yourself of a few things before you begin. Do these things:

  • Whatever you’re doing, treat it as a rough draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because you can get the same quality of work by just getting it done and then editing it after.
  • Once you get in motion, you can stay in motion. The “eat the frog” method often backfires for perfectionists, as they often have trouble getting started—try beginning with a simple task, then working through the rest from hardest to easiest.

low energy

  • Take a power nap
  • Get some caffeine
  • Wash your face
  • Get a snack

Anything to make you feel refreshed, energized and ready to go, even if you are tired. Remind yourself that you’ve got this, and you can take a break when you are done. Waiting only increases stress and anxiety.

overwhelmed

  1. Break the task into pieces. If it is simply too much work to do in the time you have, see if you can delay some of it.
  2. Then make a detailed to-do list. Don’t leave anything out. If you are writing an essay, list that as the heading—- then add as sub-tasks the individual paragraphs, bibliography, etc.
  3. Now that you know what you have to do, you are likely to be calmer. Your path is laid out, all you need to do is prepare:
  4. Surroundings that are organized, clean and purposefully equipped lead to productivity. Take a moment to gather your needed items (pencil, notebooks, laptop, etc.), your chosen drink/snack, and anything else you may need. Place them on your desk or any other environment where you can work comfortably.
  5. Take a deep breath, and begin. You got this!

difficult work

If your work is too difficult for you to do immediately, this is likely for one of the following reasons:

  • There is too much work and you do not know where to begin.
  • You do not understand the content.
  • You do not know how to carry out the requirements of the task.

If you are hindered by the first in the list, go back to what to do if you are overwhelmed— the situation is similar.

If you do not understand the content, ask a friend or teacher/professor. If they are unavailable, consult google; Yahoo Answers, Mathway, Wikipedia, Youtube, Khan Academy, even the studyblr community, all are great resources if you lack an understanding of the material.

If you do not know how to do what you are expected to do (common with larger summative projects and papers), consult your teacher/professor. Read any material given to you that may contain instructions, suggestions, or ideas. If you still do not understand, look it up. Or ask a studyblr! My ask box is always open!

boring work

If the work is a lot of “busy work” that is repetitive and unchallenging, just remind yourself why you are doing it. And I don’t mean remind yourself “because my teacher made me do it”— I mean remind yourself why you are on this academic journey. Remind yourself why you started, give yourself some motivation. Then, suck it up, just work and you can get it done.

distracted

I am very easily distracted, so I have been through this. There are two options for people who are easily distracted:

  • Remove all possible temptation or opportunities to procrastinate, or:
  • Surround yourself with distraction.

The first option means a specific process— removing music, blocking websites, clearing your environment, getting rid of everything that could possibly take you away from your work for even a second.

The second option seems counter-intuitive, but I find that it works for me— it seems to force focus. Put on some music, turn on a fan, go in a crowded area (just don’t talk to anyone!), get a drink and a snack, anything. It’s kind of like an “eye of the hurricane” thing. And work hard, focus. You can do it.

other methods

  • If your problem is that you cannot work for a long time without a break, try the pomodoro method. Work for 25 minutes, then take a five minute break. After four pomodoros (25 working minutes, 5 break), take a longer break for 15-30 minutes. 
  • If you just feel like you’re not in a “working mood,” get the ball rolling with a smaller task. Put on some video game music to focus and get into a flow. 

preventing procrastination

  • Remind yourself that you deserve a break— after you get your work done.
  • Remind yourself why you are doing this work.
  • Remember that you have done things that have been more difficult.
  • You got this! I believe in you!

here’s just a small list of study tips and tricks that i learned over the course of
attempting to take six ap classes all at once (don’t do that to urself pls):

  1. take notes - take all the notes! it doesn’t matter what way you take notes (cornell, etc.) it’s just a really nice way to make sure the material really sticks in your brain
  2. revise said notes - it’s all about beating the curve of forgetting; as long as your keep on revising and re-annotating your notes, you won’t need to super cram on test day. in addition to that, don’t highlight a dense block of text; underline, colour-code, and add notes to the margins. instead, if you just highlight like crazy, you won’t know what to focus on revising. not saying that highlighting is bad, just saying that overhighlighting is bad
  3. actually read the textbook - a lot of teachers assign pages of textbooks but i recommend reading the entirety of the textbooks and working through the examples. sure, it’s a little bit more work, but you end up with a well-rounded view of the topic/subject you’re studying (and i also find that a lot of teachers will skip important topics in the interest of time, so be sure to read the textbook so you don’t miss out)
  4. do all ya homework - so important! do the homework!!!!! you will not succeed if you don’t put in any effort and don’t do any of your work!!!!!!!!!
  5. if you have time do extra problems in your textbook - just for revision/practice!
  6. redo old hw assignments - this helps in revision, esp. in topics like math where you have to physically work out problems to understand concepts; you don’t get math by just reading the textbook, you have to physically DO problems
  7. maybe invest in a review book - it helps some people, but don’t completely rely on it; you still should read the textbook
  8. flashcards are the bomb - they help solidify learning and because of awesome apps like quizLIT (hehe) you can learn/revise on the go
  9. ask questions - the teacher wont bit your head off- they’ll be grateful that at least SOMEONE was paying attention in class
  10. pay attention to the teacher - if your teacher seems to repeat some terms over and over again take that as a hint to revise that, lots of teachers have really effective lectures too and its just a good thing to show respect to others too
  11. make metaphors/analogies for EVERYTHING - for example, think of the declaration of independence as a breakup letter or try to string together events like the revolutionary war together in a narrative style; this helps with memorization of factually-dense topics like the ones in APUSH
  12. study grps are aMAZING - very helpful 10/10 recommend and check out my post on this too
  13. call a friend - don’t be afraid to ask for help. seriously. we all suck at things and its our job to get better
  14. relax once in awhile - you don’t need to study 24/7 to succeed. study smarter, not harder and TREAT YO’ SELF
  15. on the subject of music - listen to music if it helps you, but if you find yourself drifting off or enthusiastically singing to BTS’s new comeback, you gotta stop girl
  16. sleep - don’t pull all-nighters unless you need to; studies show that sleep helps in the consolidation of memories, etc. so get that sleep! that way you’ll be happier and more in the mood to study - its a marathon, not a sprint
  17. find textbook companion sites - very helpful, they usually contain self-quizzes and generally if your teacher uses the chapter tests provided, you can better tell what types of questions will be asked
  18. revise your mistakes - don’t just discard that test with the 94%, make sure you understand what you got wrong so you don’t make the same mistake again
  19. actively hoard your papers - old papers/tests/hw are the best review fodder so don’t loose it!
  20. track your grades - be on top of it always! if you have a missing assignment or if a teacher put in the wrong grade DON’T HESITATE TO EMAIL THEM
  21. find other resources when your teacher sucks at teaching - khanacademy is amazing. enough said
  22. YOUR GRADES DO NOT DETERMINE YOUR SELF WORTH! repeat after me: GRADES DO NOT DETERMINE SELF WORTH!
  23. self-care is important - if your sad tired or angry, YOU WONT GET ANYTHING DONE so do yourself a favor and take a nap or watch a movie, idk
  24. figure out what works for you - i like the pomodoro technique but other people do different things so just do what works
  25. you’re fantastic and you got this
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!! This app is a studyblr must!!
It’s another productivity-timing app, but it has all the features I’ve been looking for:
1. Like Forest for android or FocusNow or iPhone, it’s an app that prevents you from playing with your phone while you study…….. Except here’s the thing: the counter only goes when the phone is facing down so it removes all temptations of even lifting up your phone

2. Themes: this app has the feature called themes, so you can measure how much time was spent on each activity. the theme is also 100% customizable. I set each theme as the name of the course I’m taking this semester so I can see if I’m lagging behind on any of the subjects

3. Weekly goals: need to spend about 20 hours on physics this week? You can se the weekly goal on the settings (again, by theme).

I’ve just been introduced to this and I already love it! The name is “Focus Timer: beyond pomodoro” and it’s on the AppStore! I’m not sure about the playstore though. But for my friends who use an iPhone or iPad, this is such a great app!

Happy studying, everyone!

11 writing problems and solutions

Writing is a craft. It takes time for anyone to learn and improve. But there are some shortcuts you can try, maybe adapt to your own needs. Here are 11 writing problems and their solutions, or hacks.

Too many ideas syndrome

Problem: You have too many equally good story ideas and can’t pick just one to write.

Solution: Select your top 3 favorite stories and write the first scene of all three. If you can’t decide, write the first chapter. The right project will be easier to work with, you’ll have fun writing it, you will be daydreaming about the story, you will love the characters. So, give away three chances instead of one.

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

Outline spoiling the fun

Problem: Whenever you outline a story idea, it completely spoils your will to write it. The mystery is gone.

Solution: Instead of outlining the whole story, just make a clear goal on how your characters should end. Will they succeed? Will they fail? Will they be happy? Will they find redemption? Will they be wronged? Decide how your story should end and explore the plot as you go. Remember, no one will read your first draft, so just write.

Lost midway

Problem: If you are a pantser, you might get lost in the middle of the story, especially after the first plot point.

Solution: Give your story an ending. If you know where your characters will end up, you’ll have a better understanding of which routes to take. Always keep in mind how the story will end. Use it as the beacon of a lighthouse to guide you through stormy waters.

Creative block

Problem: You don’t have story ideas. Or nothing you have so far excites you enough for a novel.

Solution: Read a book or watch a movie completely out of your genre. This works like magic, I promise. I’m not a sci-fi person, but Akira has given me more story ideas than any movie and book from my own genre.

Originally posted by sunio

Writing anxiety

Problem: You are scared of writing, scared of starting a new story, or just scared of not doing a good job.

Solution: Write a fanfic. No one expects a fanfic to be a masterpiece (although many are). Fanfics are done for fun and for passion. So, write your book in fanfic format. You can even use fandom characters and aus in the process. When the story is completed, change back to original characters.

Editing as you write

Problem: You keep going back to previous paragraphs and editing instead of moving forward with your writing.

Solution: Write your novel by hand. This might sound like a lot of work, but it’s quite the opposite. The white screen of the computer urges you to review, to make it perfect, academic like perfect. The paper however, brings you back to the craft, to the urge of filling lines and pages. Handwriting also gives you the opportunity of sketching and doodling. 

Originally posted by kyoka-sui-get-su

Procrastination

Problem: Tumblr. Youtube. Email. Netflix. Bathroom. Fridge. Bed.

Solution: Go offline. Turn off your wi-fi. Use a device without internet connection. Or, if you keep fooling yourself and turning the internet back on, write your novel by hand. Give yourself a daily hour of internet, but live offline. And if you take unnecessary trips to the fridge or the bathroom, try the pomodoro technique.

Lack of plots

Problem: Nothing relevant is happening, your story looks kind of boring. Or the main plot is too weak for a whole novel.

Solution: Take a few days off. Just relax. When you are ready to go back, read what you have written so far. Maybe you were just tired. But, if the story really sucks, go back to basics. Ask yourself two questions. What type of story am I writing? How will this story end? Follow the answer like a map. Change what needs to be changed, even if you have to delete the whole progress. If you lack plots, don’t add fillers, just go back to basics.  

Weak main character

Problem: Your character lacks personality, voice and/or visuals.

Solution: Give your main character three things. An external battle. An internal battle. And an unique feature. The external battle is their goal, what they want to achieve, what they dream about. An internal battle is their fears, traumas, doubts, mental issues, prejudices and triggers to overcome. An unique feature is what sets them apart from other characters, maybe they have piercings, or tattoos, or pink hair, or lilac eyes, maybe they wear neon boots, or a mask, or mittens, maybe they are left-handed, or blind, maybe they have a scar, or a birthmark. Every amazing main character has external battles, internal battles and unique features.  

Originally posted by takeruandcaterpillars

Depression

Problem: You have no will to write. The passion is gone. You feel empty.

Solution: If you don’t have access to medical help, reading is a good way to reevaluate your career and regain your passion for the words. Read lots of books. Don’t worry about writing, just read. Lose yourself in fictional adventures. Read sci-fi, romance, horror, fantasy, crime, family saga, classics, foreigner fictions, fanfics, shorts, poetry. Immerse in literature. Literature can save lives.  

Strange dialogues

Problem: Dialogues seem too formal, or too much like the narration, or characters lack individuality.

Solution: Read your dialogues out loud while acting as your characters. You can find a quiet empty room for that. Be an actor. Go for the emotions. Record your acting sections, after all, you might improvise at some point.    

Originally posted by gmt1999

You have your own way to learn something but there are some tips to improve it! You need to try these ♥

1. Study Space
The place that you choose to study is always important, no matter if you study in your house, in the library or school but you need to considerate this things:
• Light: Don’t force your eye vision, you need to be able to read, write, see all with clarity. 
• Ventilation: If is summer you need to have a fresh ventilation, if is winter you need to be warm… You will be more concentrated in the study that in your body temperature.
• Comfortable: Find a place that makes you feel secure, you know if you can study with or without sounds, music, people.

2. Study Plan
Always prepare the things that you’ll study, learn, write … Like goals you need to achieve in that study sesion in that way you don’t have to think if you forget something.

3. Study Technology
Maybe it’s the most common tip in the world but it actually works, TURN OFF YOUR PHONE really! Or if you can study without distraction (That is not my case) You can use some apps for your study routine, it depends of what you want to learn, and remember: “The Technology can help you if you know how to use it” It can be a distraction or it can be your friend.

4. Study Time
You learn in the Night? Afternoon? or Morning? You would have a study hour or you can make time to study, try to have a routine so that can help your body to be prepared and this will make you not to procrastinate also… Your brain doesn’t need to stay five hours reading the same lecture, try to use:
Pomodoro technique: 25 min of work / 5 min break / After four pomodoros 15 min longer break

Get your head in the game and eliminate stress. A noisy and fretting mind will not have any space for learning. Here are some remedies for that.

1. Schedule before anything else. Two simple things to keep in mind: Overestimate and be flexible. Put in extra hours for hard topics, and keep rescheduling throughout the day as much as needed. This is an instant band aid for anxiety.

Pro Tip: Using a digital planner allows quick and easy rescheduling.

2. Equip a Growth Mindset Your intelligence, skills and “talents” are not fixed attributes. All of those are malleable. If you want to get better at anything, train on it. Commit to progress and growth not perfectionism. There is no such thing as naturally smart, there are only people who put in the time and effort to learn and master things, and anyone can do that. If people get good grades, it does not mean that they are intellectually superior, it means that they put in the work for it.

Pro Tip: Pressuring yourself to study faster by putting in time limits for each page or material is counterproductive. You’ll end up super anxious and disappointed. Screw time pressure and learn at your own comfortable pace.

Real Talk: If you feel like the work load is too hard, the anxiety is piling, everything feels impossible, and you just wanna sit there to cry and accept defeat- Grow up! Everyone is going through something hard. The difference between people who succeed and those who don’t is that those who succeed aren’t pussies. Stop crying, get up, take responsibility for your life and get to work! If you fail it’s not because of lack of time, or a mental illness, it’s because you didn’t work hard.

3. Have Good Study Ethics Personal issues don’t mix with studies. Keep it professional and commit to focusing your thoughts on studying when it’s study time. 

Have a winning attitude: I’m not gonna stop until I’m done!

4. Prep Yourself 
Start early. Get up between 5 AM - 9 AM. You only get this day and moment once. Make it count. If you’re exhausted, don’t beat yourself up. Rest completely, and start early tomorrow. Always study way ahead, and break the material in several chunks if possible. 

Pro Tip: You don’t need more time, you need more effort. Get things done early, it reduces a lot of stress and gives you more free time for fun.

Gather all materials. Choose reference materials that you easily understand. Complicated text books are pointless if you can’t comprehend it. Keep your pens and markers in one container near you. Keep a dictionary and Google nearby.

Pick a good study spot. Pick a room with windows that you can fling open so fresh air and natural light can get in, also with lots of free open space so you can pace around.

Get your Dopamine up. It’s a shame not to use the body’s natural motivator after all. Pump it up by dancing, singing, or eating some sweets before studying.Throw yourself into studying with high energy.

Pro Tip: Don’t start on the bed especially when you’re unmotivated and drowsy. 

5. Shut up and Start Start studying when you plan to start studying. No excuses. You’re never going to feel ready and refreshed to study especially in the beginning. Feeling naturally and infinitely motivated to study is a myth. Studying is more of momentum that you build up gradually, until you just can’t stop. 

It will always be rough when you begin.

Pro Tip: Count 1, 2, 3 then start

6. Use the Pomodoro Technique 25 minutes studying followed by a 5 minute break, 15-30 minute breaks every 4 Pomodoros. Obey the time rules. The break is there to help your mind retain more. Remember, the next Pomodoro will be better.

Pro Tip: Break time is for you to wind down. Close your eyes and rest, eat or meditate. Don’t use gadgets or make calls. It’s called rest time, not stay-alert-for-useless-activities time.

7. No Bull Shit Studying 

Start where it’s easy for you. You don’t have to start in the first page, nor do you have to study in a chronological order. Jump through topics. If you’re stuck move to another topic and work backwards.

Pro Tip: Sacrifice and prioritize. Don’t accept invitations to any leisure activity if you know it’s study time soon.

Be a creative problem solver. Find a better, easier way to learn the material. Experiment and research ways to better understand the topic. Watch videos, use memory aids, explain the lesson in your own words or in a different language. Make funny, and exaggerate mnemonics.

Just Study. Study hard or study gently, whichever you can. Focus on progress. Forget how much more you need to learn and focus on learning. 

Pro Tip: Studying time is for studying ONLY. Not studying and chatting or watching TV or playing games. Focus.

Pep Talk: Don’t give up. Keep going. If you give up, then you’ve sealed your failure. Passing or failing is a 50/50 chance, but if you keep studying, you increase your odds of passing.

Rewiring Failure: Failure is simply an opportunity to start over, more intelligently this time. True failure is sitting there, feeling bad about yourself, and not trying again at all.

Triage ruthlessly. Study what’s necessary and skip unnecessary information. Don’t memorize everything. Study hard and smart.

Repeat Repeat Repeat. If you forget something, don’t punish yourself. Be kind to yourself and REINFORCE. Relearn it. Not being able to recall something is only a cue for you to put in more time. Repeat it until you get it. Go slow; Don’t rush. Keep at it until you get it. Go as slow as you need.

Review everything again once you cover the entire topic. Focus on Waterloos.You’re done when you can explain everything in your own words, and you can jump through any topic without getting a mental block.   

Pro Tip: Sleepy? Get up and move around while you study or read it out loud. You’re only sleepy in the beginning. It gets better 

8. Push Yourself Studying is mostly grit beyond this point. Studying is 99% effort and hard work; 1% technique. In the end, it’s the persistent student that will learn the material most.

Relax. Don’t Panic. Don’t rush learning, go at a comfortable pace, and take as long as you need with each material. Be patient with yourself, and it will reward you with quick recall ability.

Pep Talk: You dictate your limitations, your body doesn’t. If the mind doesn’t want to give up, the body has no choice but to obey.

9. Create Relevant Study Guides

Flashcards are extremely useful for formulas, normal values, and terms that require rote memorization.

Summaries are generally useful for textbooks, and detailed information or notes. Use as few words as possible.

Practice Exams are extremely useful to assess mastery of the information.

10. Get Support Have someone who encourages you to keep going, gives you hope, and occasionally gives you shit if you’re screwing around. Some times all it takes is the right person to tell us to stop fucking around, or to tell us that they believe in us to keep us going.

Pro Tip: Don’t sit around yapping about your worries forever. No one is going to fix your life for you. Get your shit together. Whether we succeed or not is completely our responsibility.

11. Pull an All Nighter However, this is only a last resort.
Think about this: A well rested mind with nothing to recall is far worse than a drowsy mind that is full of information just waiting to be recalled.

Pro Tip: You are not gonna die from an all nighter. Just remember to nap every once in a while, and catch up on sleep ASAP.

“You can never defeat a person that doesn’t know how to give up.”
Studying-Queen

Taking textbook notes is a chore. It’s tedious and boring and sometimes challenging, but hopefully these tips will help you improve your skill and shorten the time it takes you to do textbook notes!

Give yourself time: Realistically, you can’t knock out 30 pages of notes in 20 minutes. Take your time with textbook notes so they’re a good studying tool in the future. The general rule is to take how many pages you have to do and multiply it by 5: that’s how many minutes it’ll take you to do the notes.

  • Also, divide you notes up into manageable chunks to increase your productivity. I am personally a huge fan of using pomodoro timers, and I adjust the intervals for however long I need to.

Skim before you start taking notes: If time is an issue, don’t read your 40 page in depth before even picking up a pen, but make sure you know what you’re reading about by skimming a bit ahead of your notes. Read over section titles, and look at charts, maps, or graphs. Writing and highlighting as you read the chapter for the first time isn’t effective because you don’t know if a sentence will be important or not, so make sure you’re reading a paragraph or section in advance before writing.

Use the format they give you in the book to help take your notes: In a lot of textbooks, there will be a mini outline before the chapter itself that shows all the headings and subheadings. Those will be your guidelines! I find this super helpful because long chapters can be daunting to go into without any structure. If you don’t have one of those, use the headings and subheadings provided for you. If you haven’t already been doing this, it will help you so much.

Read actively: It’s so easy to “read” a textbook without digesting any information, but that is the last thing you want to do. Not only does it make taking notes a million times harder, but you’ll be lost in class discussions because you didn’t understand the reading. To keep from passively reading, highlight, underline, star any important information in the book itself.

  • Have a color coding system for highlighting or underlining and write down a key somewhere (here’s a few that you can adjust for your needs: x,x)
  • Use sticky notes or tabs to mark any questions or important points to come back to

Summarize important information and paraphrase: When taking the actual notes, don’t copy down full sentences word for word. Not only does writing full sentences waste a lot of time, it’s not an effective way to learn. If you can paraphrase the information, then you understand it. It’s also easier to study notes which are in your own words instead of textbook academia writing.

Be selective: You shouldn’t be writing down every fact that comes up in your textbook. If a fact ties into the bigger topic and provides evidence, then it’s probably something to keep, but you don’t need every piece of supplemental information (but do make sure you always write down the vocab). Learn your teacher’s testing style to help you decide what to write down. Could this be on the quiz/test? If the answer is yes, make sure you write it down.

Learn to abbreviate: Just like writing full sentences, writing out full words will waste time. Implement some shortenings (make sure to use ones that you’ll understand later!) into your notes. Some common ones are: b/c=because, gov=government, w/o=without, and here’s a great list of a ton of examples of abbreviations and shortenings.

Answer margin and review questions: A lot of textbooks have margin questions on every page or so that sum up what’s really important about that information. Make sure not to skip them because they’re really helpful for understanding. Write them down and answer them clearly in your notes. Most textbooks also have review questions after the chapter that check for reading comprehension, so make sure to answer those because they’ll show you if you really understood the chapter.

Don’t skip over visual sources: Maps, diagrams, illustrations, charts, and any other visuals in textbooks are so helpful. If you’re a visual learner, these things will be so essential to you and how you understand what you’re reading. Charts, tables, and diagrams sometimes also summarize information, so if you’re a visual learner it might benefit you to copy those down instead of writing it out.

  • Add visuals if it’ll help you: As said above, copying down charts, tables, illustrations, or diagrams can be super helpful for visual learners. They’re clear and concise, so pay attention to them.

Write your notes in a way that’s effective and makes sense to you: Mindmaps, Cornell notes, or plain outline notes are all really good forms of notetaking. Find which one works best for you to understand them and which one is most effective for your class, and use it (stuff on mindmaps and cornell notes).

Combine your class and textbook notes: If you rewrite your class notes, add in information you think is relevant from your textbook notes. Mark anything both your book and teacher said were important–you don’t want to forget any of that. If you don’t rewrite class notes, then put stars next to anything repeated.

A word synonymous to a studyblr is probably productivity. On every one of these blogs, you will find multiple posts about productivity, even I am doing a “days of productivity” to help me stay motivated. But when you study you shouldn’t just get the most work done but you should study effectively. Here are my tips on how to get the most done.

1. Use the Leitner System

the Leitner system is a very easy way to learn vocab words or basically anything on a flashcard. You probably have already used this way of studying but let me break it down for you. You basically go through all of your cards and the ones you don’t know in one pile and the ones you do in the other. Then you do the ones that you don’t know and continue this process. Once there are no cards in the “don’t know” problem then you go through all the cards again and repeat. This helps you memorize things very easily and in a short amount of time.

2. The Pomodoro Technique

Now, this one is one of the oldest in the book but I feel like it should be on the list anyway. It is so dope that I am just… So the way you use this technique you work for 30, rest for 15, work for 30, rest for 15, work 30, rest 15, work 30, rest 25. It is a great way of studying because it gives you short breaks in between and it is so much better than cramming for a test. If you are looking for a more relaxed type of studying, then this is for you.

3. Write it down…in blue!

We live in a digital age and in the studyblr community most of us write things down in BuJo’s and notebooks. But if you don’t do that (which is fine) I urge you to write things down. If you are using pen and paper it will get in your brain faster because it takes more time to write each word out rather than tapping at the keys. Also, It will be more helpful if your write in blue, rather than black because your brain remembers that easier.

4. Chunk your study sessions.

If you cram one long session of studying, chances are the things you practiced at the beginning of the session have probably already left the brain. If you chunk your study sessions than you will remember things better because you will have learned less information over a longer period of time. Before your test, you would also do a review session so you see if you need to relearn stuff that you already studied.

5. MAKE STUDY GUIDES!

For the last thing on the list. One thing that I find really helpful is making study guides after units or even just for small test. If you write down all the things that you learned in an organized fashion, then you will have made some study materials and you reviewed for the test. two birds with one stone!

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@bohostudying

I am known as quite the Productive type, so here are some of my tips just for you guys! 

Tip 1: plan ahead 
If you have a planner that is not time managed… Get one that is time managed. Right now I use my bullet journal in an altered way, when I want to spend a day properly getting THINGS DONE. Make sure you know how long you will need for a certain task and be specific in what that task is. 5 pages. A chapter. A certain subject. Now plan it into your time table, and take the time spaciously. Will it take 15 minutes? Plan 20. You will feel more rested and accomplished! ( also don’t forget breaks ) 

Tip 2: sleep.
What? Sleep? Why sleep? Studyblr’s don’t sleep? Let me tell you. If a studyblr is advertising not taking care of your body because that’s hardcore? They are not doing it right. Sleep is essential. Make sure you have 8 hours of sleep, so you have enough energy for the day and start the day EARLY.   

Tip 3: Don’t take hours getting ready 
2 hours to get ready in the morning? You can use that time better. Go from bed straight to the shower so you will be fresh, get yourself some breakfast, chill for a bit and then 10 minutes before you planned to start studying, go grab your stuff and Do the job. 

Tip 4: minimize your distractions 
Don’t put things on your desk that you won’t be using. It’s distraction and you don’t want that. Music with lyrics is a big no go for me. Spotify does some GREAT playlist just for this and also coffitivity.com (available in the appstore too) is a savior. Listen to that with headphones on and you immediately get into that productive state. 

Tip 5: keep track of time 
I have used Pomodoro and those types of apps but they didn’t do the job for me. What I like to do is put the stopwatch of my Iphone next to me and every time I finish a “task” I start a new round. When I go for a break, I stop the stop watch, and in that way at the end of the day, I will see how many hours of real productivity I had and what I can do better next time. 

Tip 6: Social media does not exist
No, not even tumblr while searching the studyblr tag and aspecially not during small breaks. There are apps that won’t let you have access to social media your laptop or phone, but I just use my second iphone with no apps on there so twitter, tumblr, Facebook, non of it is available at the tap and luckily I am not that desperate to go on web to those sites haha! 


And those are the Productivity tips I got for you as if now, Any questions or suggestions? Feel free to fill up my ask box!

A Napoli puzziamo.
Io puzzo di tufo e di lava del Vesuvio. Puzzo di Posillipo, di Partenope, di canzoni cantate in tutto il mondo e tradotte in tutte le lingue. Puzzo di cozze, di Babá, di sfogliatelle, di dolci fatti in casa e puzzo pure di pasta al pomodoro e basilico. Puzzo di 3000 anni di storia, di 5 castelli e 365 chiese. Puzzo della prima illuminazione pubblica al mondo, del primo teatro lirico di sempre (S.Carlo 1730 - Re Carlo III di Borbone). Puzzo di pizza che tutti ci invidiano, di mozzarella che tutti si fanno spedire in tutte le parti d'Italia. Puzzo per le domeniche passate in famiglia e puzzo per quei napoletani uccisi per difendere la prima ferrovia in Europa, la Napoli/Portici. Puzzo per la prima università pubblica al mondo, la Federico II di Svevia, anno 1100. Puzzo del Cristo Velato, di Caravaggio, di Solimena, Ribera, Luca Giordano, Bernini e Canova, puzzo di Totò, di Troisi, di De Filippo, di Pino Daniele. Puzzo dei bambini che giocano ancora per le strade di Napoli, puzzo di sole, di mare, di scogli, di sabbia. Tutta questa puzza dà odore alla mia vita.

11.1.17 || i had my first final today and it went pretty good!! also i got the final grade for my most difficult subject and it wasn’t as good, but it was still a good grade! after the exam today i had to download a pomodoro app cause it got impossible to focus for more than 20 minutes (the picture shows the timer when i was on a break!)

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@zolderraam recently introduced me to this app called Tide and I’ve been using it a lot this past week! I’ve been looking for a time managing app like this for a while now, but I just couldn’t find a good one. This one is very minimalistic, it follows the pomodoro technique but you change the length of the study sessions. What I particularly like about this app is that it doesn’t have any negative consequences when you don’t fully complete a session. This was my problem with the app Forest: You grow a tree while you’re studying, but if you stop before the session is over, your tree will die. Tide also has some background sounds that help you stay focused while working, which is a big plus!

Hogwarts House Study Moods
  • The Gryffindor: group quizzes and jeopardy and flashcards, interacts with material whenever possible so they make models for chem and draw out maps for history and act out Shakespeare, studies in some friend's room a bit too loud to actually be focusing, highlights bc it's the quickest, pomodoros involve longer time divisions, always in OH listening to others' questions, forgets to eat and then they all order pizza followed by a Taco Bell run in the wee hours of the morn when they're hungry again
  • The Hufflepuff: learns by teaching others, has to study in advance bc they know others are going to ask for help during exam weeks, secretly procrastinates by planning for everything in their bujos, washi tape tabs, fruity non-caf teas and herbal teas to relax or sleep or to settle nerves, has gel pens in every possible color, draws the neatest diagrams, can't prioritize so studies everything, uses that essential oil trick to remember things better by smell association, focuses best with dubstep
  • The Ravenclaw: notes, notes, and notes, mind maps to connect ideas no matter how unrelated they seem, solo studying in their rooms, green tea, classical music in the background, gets led off track focusing on details that have never been mentioned in class, will die for graph paper, accidentally pulls all-nighters bc they're so obsessed with understanding every single thing inside and out, color codes with basic colors nothing fancy, eats a bunch of toast and cereal bc they don't want to waste time
  • The Slytherin: practices old tests and gets extra material from others who have taken the class, motivated by watching others study so they're always at the library during finals or at dark and quiet cafes, the night owl-iest of the bunch, iced cold brews no matter the weather, makes comprehensive study guides that cover all testable points, does nothing all term but kicks into high gear a week and a half before any exam, owns a billion black pens and has an opinion about each of them, listens to indie alt
the nerdy guide to fitness

It’s definitely going to suck at first, but you will accidentally have fun, I promise. Okay folks, this whole sedentary lifestyle thing isn’t working anymore. It’s definitely going to suck at first, but you will accidentally have fun, I promise. Get moving! 

  • Exercise is anything that elevates your heart rate or takes your body outside of its normal comfort zone- you don’t have to go to a gym to do either one
  • Don’t use exercise as an excuse to eat junk! Bad food decisions don’t cancel out. 
  • Yoga/stretching is the easiest way to get your blood flowing with minimal effort
  • Running or biking is a close second 
  • Consistency is way more important than cramming in 3 miles in one day
  • if you’re doing cardio, follow up with a cool down stretch or light jog. Take care of yourself!!
  • Exercise after your school/workday is over (instead of taking a nap). You’ll have more energy to tackle homework, and you’ll get a better night’s sleep. 
  • Make a playlist filled with super bright and obnoxious songs. Works every time.
  • If you use the Pomodoro method to study, try to fit yoga/stretching into the breaks. 
  • If “regular” exersize isn’t your thing:
  • Take 5-10 minutes to dance enthusiastically in your room, that’s so much better than nothing. 
  • Get creative with your friends. Instead of meeting for coffee, go on a hike, frisbee in the park, etc. 
  • Small things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator do add up. 
  • If you drive, park a little farther away.
  • Keep track of your steps. My phone’s health app has a pedometer but they’re really cheap on amazon- please don’t splurge on a Fitbit. 

xoxo, Niya