preparing to study

Reminder

STUDY while others are sleeping.
DECIDE while others are delaying.
PREPARE while others are daydreaming.
BEGIN while others are procrastinating.
WORK while others are wishing.
SAVE while others are wasting.
LISTEN while others are talking.
SMILE while others are frowning.
PERSIST while others are quitting.

don’t let a bad grade make you think any less of yourself.

Guess what? My ordered books finally arrived so I can start getting prepared for university (basic knowledge) And yes, they look a bit used, but I always buy used books 💫 Let’s start studying, so summer holidays are going to be very productive. (What about a 100 days of productivity challenge?…)

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#100daysofproductivity and #100studytips

STUDY TIP! THINK LIKE A TEACHER

So I tried to recreate the nerd teacher emoji and ended up with an egg-head with glasses and a bow-tie. Disclaimer: It is not the intention to portray all teachers as male nerdy egg-heads. Right, random comments aside. Here’s the tip…

Why would we ‘Think like a Teacher’.. and how does that even work.

1. CREATE TEACHER-TYPE QUESTIONS. When you’re studying a specific subject create as many probable questions that you may find in an exam, and as you do this ‘think like a teacher’. By doing this, you are hugely immersing yourself in the scope of the whole topic and looking at it from all angles. This preps you to learn the subject fully.

2. CREATE NOTES THAT ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. When you write your notes from the textbook, class or other sources, ensure that your notes are comprehensive enough to be able to answer the questions you created. You can even write your notes under specific questions. And go even further as to replicate an exam situation as you study by answering those questions fully without checking your notes. If you can do this without any issues, then you should be fairly prepared. 

3. IF YOU WERE THE TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU TEST ON. Try to crawl into your teacher’s head (that sounds weird, but you know what I mean), and really analyse what they would prioritise as the important aspects of the subject. Also try to recall what they emphasised in class, or what they repeated constantly. This would be a huge hint. 

4. RAISE YOUR STANDARD TO TEACHER STANDARDS. Be able to write and provide answers to questions as if you are an authority on the content, and simply raise your standard of knowledge of the content. Go beyond the scope of your teacher’s expectations, by reading and researching even more on the subject. The more you know, the more you will elevate your knowledge and standards. You can’t go wrong by doing this. You may even enjoy digging deeper into the subject matter. 

Hope this helps!! 

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cozy sweater, faded distressed jeans, old art sculpture textbooks, pens, and this week’s bullet journal spread // Well, I survived finals week. Had two weeks of pure hell in preparation, studying my ass off every night… but the sleep you have after all the chaos is SO worth it. I haven’t worked this hard in a really long time, so despite what the output of my finals are on my grades, I have to say I’m really proud of myself!

Now Playing: Running If You Call My Name- HAIM

Top Secrets of Straight-A Students by Bullet Journals

1.) They get to class early. Getting to class early gives you time to be prepared and ready to study. Review your notes from the day before, lay out all your supplies (notebook, water bottle, pens, etc). You can also ask the teacher any questions you had about the material.

2.) They get ahead. The second they get an assignment, no matter when it is due, they do it. This is so so helpful. Do NOT procrastinate. You just end up being exhausted and tired. It’s not worth it. You might as well finish once you get it. Life will be so easy, believe me.

3.) They have an organized schedule. They figure out a schedule that works for them. They make sure to include time for extracurriculars, breaks, meal times, etc. Try to map out EVERY SINGLE MINUTE of your day. 

4.) They prepare. They lay out their clothes for the next day, they finish their homework early, they even plan out what they will have for their meals for the next few weeks and what exercises theyt will be doing.

5.) They enjoy learning and want to learn. They aren’t just there because they have to be. They have a strong desire to learn. When you want to learn (even if you fake it) you usually do better on exams and papers.

6.) Everything is organized. Their desk has nothing on it but their Mac, their pens are neatly on the shelf in small cups, they make their beds the second they get out of bed. They have a filing system, so the second they get papers back they put them in the files. When everything of yours has a home it’s a lot easier to study and be productive.

7.) They treat school like their job. They may have other part-time jobs, but they know that school is their main focus, and it should therefore be treated as a job. Not wanting to be fired from your job corresponds with not wanting to fail your classes. They therefore work as hard as they can and try to “impress” the boss.

8.) They give it everything they have. They are dedicated, have goals, and know what they want. They don’t want to “just get through high school/college.” They want to learn, they want to become successful, and most are even aiming for goals such as valedictorian. They won’t accept B’s or C’s. (Please note that while it is very good to have high standards, getting a lower grade once in awhile isn’t that big of a deal!!!)

9.) They keep themselves happy and healthy. They take well deserved breaks (only when everything is done), they have “off” days, they get enough SLEEP and WATER, and they keep themselves fit doing yoga, running, cardio, etc.

10) They don’t mind helping other people. They don’t turn a blind eye to people who need help. Instead they use it as a teaching experience, and help the student through the problem or whatever they need help with. Teaching people is super helpful. I sometimes write on my whiteboard and pretend that I am teaching an imaginary (I’m such a loser but it helps;).

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!  Add your own tips below!

Don’t let one letter on a piece of paper define your intelligence. You’re smarter than you give yourself credit for.

Finals update: I’m halfway through exams after finishing evidence and constitutional law I. Now I’ve got just about a week until my next, last, and toughest two exams. Hopefully I get a lot of good studying in between now and then! Hope you all are surviving finals okay!