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!)

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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7/100 days of productivity • 7/1/17 💪🏼

so so so happy today; I started work at 1:00pm and I haven’t been this productive in ages and I’ve got so much done like:
- sixth form application
- brought some cute little things from Tiger (1st pic)
- a load of geography key term cards (2nd pic)
- planned my mock exam/revision timetable for the next week (3rd pic)
- a few little maths reference cards (4th pic)
- taught myself how to do a load of maths questions which I felt so proud about (5th pic)
- studied for English language component 1 for my first mock exam on Monday (6th pic)
- a total of 10 pomodoro’s which, again, I am extremely happy about
- numerous other little bits and bobs

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9/100 days of productivity

I invented my very own version of the pomodoro method. 25 minutes of studying, 5 minutes of dancing (like crazy). Works well for me. My mood was better today, but the evening was… quite surprising and hurting. My tooth broke. That wasn’t so nice. Anyways:
✓ 30 mins of yoga 
✓ 3 chapters of my Polish textbook
✓ 10 mins of Spanish practice
✓ a visit in the city library 

Is this picture aesthetically pleasing and studyblr worthy? No way. Does it show you that I totally kicked ass at being productive this weekend? Hell yeah!😄💪🎉

(Pomodoro printable taken from strive-for-da-best.com)

12/100

Today I did 12 full pomodoros and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so damn productive before. My photographs are terrible but I’ve got so much done I can hardly believe it.

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!

The Science of Procrastination, and How to Beat it!


Last time I checked, laughing at Seinfeld and studying for my Psychology exam have as much in common as a banana and a tricycle, however, they are more connected than you might think. When our brain encounters and interacts with a pleasurable external stimulus, a signal is given by the cerebral cortex to release dopamine, and hence we experience happiness and gratification. This is part of the brain’s “reward system”, and reinforces that behaviour, ensuring we make the connection that repeating it will give us pleasure. Obviously the brain chemistry here is very simplified, but I am refraining (barely) from writing a three thousand word essay.  


Now, activities we do while procrastinating, e.g. watching Ellen on YouTube, give frequent, shorter bursts of dopamine, and since we generally base things on their temporal proximity (i.e. we see things with a closer reward as having higher value), we find procrastination often more pleasurable than working towards a larger goal. The larger goal, although it may produce a greater satisfaction than the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy, is further away, and hence we tend to undervalue its importance until the deadline approaches.


BUT NEVER FEAR MY FRIENDS! There are well established methods that can counteract these tendencies.


1. Break Up Your Goals

Breaking up your goals can ensure that we receive timely “rewards” each time we complete a task, and hence counteracts the pull of procrastination. Rather than wait for the huge surge of adrenaline then relief and happiness before a deadline, chunking your work ensures that you remain motivated consistently, as it releases dopamine timely and you feel and that you have a pathway to accomplishing your goal.

2. The Pomodoro Technique

This is a time management system which allows us to break up a larger task into smaller ones. The system encourages short, frequent bursts of work which increases efficiency remarkably, and allows you to maintain your stamina, whilst having the promise of timely “rewards”, i.e. the satisfaction of completing a task. From experience, these are hard to keep track of in daily planners, so I suggest you download an app on your phone or computer – there are many out there. Personally, I use Pomodoro on Android. Essentially, all you have to do is decide on a task, set an alarm for twenty five minutes using an app or watch, work on that task for twenty five minutes with good focus and pace (don’t worry if you don’t feel like the Terminator here) and then take a short break (three to five minutes) after the time is up. Repeat this throughout the day, and every four times you do this, the break should be longer, i.e. fifteen to twenty minutes. 

Love from,

Little Tealeaf

After trying many apps considered to be the best inventions since sliced bread (and, of course, finding out they weren’t), these are my ultimate favourites: 

  • CamScanner: A real life saver. You won’t need again a scanner, only a smartphone with a decent camera quality.  
  • Duolingo: Almost self-explanatory, one of the best apps for learning languages. You don’t know what you’re missing out until you give it a try. 
  • OneNote: It is most useful if you also use OneNote on your laptop. Sure enough, the mobile app gives you full access to every document you have in there. 
  • OneDrive: OneNote’s sibling, and in my opinion much better than Dropbox, with 15GB of free space. It makes more sense to use this app in your laptop as well. 
  • Infinite Storm & 8tracks: If you are like me and you work better with some classical music or nature sounds, these two will save you precious time on deciding what to listen to. Infinite Storm only for iOS. 
  • DropTime: Pomodoro app, and keeps a record of your sessions. 

Have a nice day! x

5-minute break ideas (for the pomodoro technique)
  1. play video games
  2. write/draw/paint
  3. listen to music/make music
  4. count to 50 (or until needed)
  5. take 10 - 20 slow, deep breaths
  6. blog your feelings/reblog
  7. go for a walk
  8. clean email
  9. work out
  10. do some chores - dishes/laundry
  11. plan your week
  12. make your bed
  13. wash face
  14. play with a fidget toy/stress ball (if you have one)
  15. call or text a close friend
  16. origami
  17. take some cute/handsome selfies just for you
  18. read a book
  19. play an instrument
  20. sit and let mind wander
  21. watch a movie/Netflix marathon
  22. pick a song and dance to it
  23. drink water
  24. make tea and drink it during your next break
  25. draw
  26. cook your favorite meal (or close to it)
  27. eat a snack
  28. eat a banana
  29. clean house
  30. stand up and stretch
  31. tidy desk
  32. hang out with a close friend/relative
  33. do yoga
  34. meditate
  35. do some photography in/of nature
  36. do a puzzle of any kind
  37. create something, anything
flickr

Splashed Tomato by Luca Libralato
Via Flickr:
One hundred shots and only a couple of hits… Luckily I’m not a soldier! :-)

things i've learnt throughout my time as a studyblr
  • i can never use the pomodoro trick correctly. ever (and that’s okay)
  • staedtler fineliners don’t bleed through muji’s threadbound notebooks, surprisingly
  • eliminate the studyblr aesthetic of perfect notetaking and handwriting. everyone has bad & good handwriting days
  • it’s amazing that most studyblrs identify as women because it’s us that are discriminated against in academia
  • having a good bed works wonders
  • i cannot even function without a flat surface (preferably a desk) and good lighting. who’s with me
  • i see a lot of people struggling abt it so ok truth: bullet journals are supposed to be yours. uniquely yours. twiddle and play with the format until you find the one that works for you. my bullet journal format in june now is so different compared to my february one and that’s OKAY. protip for bullet journals, though: you really don’t need all those different types of legends and color coding if you find it a hassle. seriously.
  • that being said having both a bullet journal and planner is a Bad, Bad mistake. just pick one
  • im defending the bullet journal system too much am i