preparing to study

anonymous asked:

could you recommend any recipes that might encourage study/learning? like something to help motivation maybe?

Hi friend!
This is taking me back to what I use to eat during my last years of school.
I’ll be posting a handful of recipes for focus and concentration that are also easy to prepare tagged “study snacks.”
All contain ingredients that help your brain focus and function and are also easy to make. Nothing more magical than the power of food! 
You can pair most of these recipes with a sigil for motivation on the container your keeping your snacks in be it mason jar, ziplock bag, or saran wrap!   
(Also I cannot recommend fish oil enough for your brain. It helped me so much with my mental health, physical health and general energy level)

I hope you enjoy!

Don’t Stress

@eyeofstainedglass

Sorry this drabble was out so late; I’ve had like 5 tests in the last two days so things have been hectic, but it’s here. Love you, babes! <33


I sighed, running my hands through my hair. I was sitting on my bed, surrounded by what seemed to be dozens of textbooks. I had my Physics final two days from now and I was no-where near prepared. I had been studying all week, but I couldn’t seem to retain any of the information. I was at the point of not being able to focus anymore and my hands were shaking. I needed to get out, I needed to take a break, but I just didn’t have TIME. I shakily turned the page when I heard a knock at the door. I stood up and opened the door to see my boyfriend, Aaron. He looked surprised for a moment, but then regained his stature.
              “(Y/N)? Are you okay? You look like…” He trailed off, looking for a nicer way to say it.
              “I was hit by a train? Yeah, seems about right.” I finished, letting him into my dorm. “I just can’t seem to remember any of this.” I gestured to the books scattered amongst the room, plopping down onto the bed. I set my hands in my hands, until I felt a gentle hand rubbing my back. I looked back up after a moment.
              “Hey, hey. It’s okay. Wait… You’re taking Physics?” He asked, picking up one of the books on the bed.
              “Yeah… That’s what I’m trying to cram for.” I explained.
              “I took this last semester. I know what’ll be on the final. I can help you study if you want?” He offered, and my face just lit up.
              “You would do that? God, Aaron, I love you. You know that, right?” I wrapped my arms around him, burying my face in his neck.
              “Of course, sweetheart. I love you, too.” He replied, planting a kiss on my forehead. “Now, let’s blow this physics final out of the water, yeah?” And suddenly, I wasn’t so nervous anymore. With Aaron by my side, I felt like I could do anything.

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

1. Have a Positive Mental Attitude- Prime yourself at being always comfortable and confident that u can do a lot better at studying. Remember that you are studying things that will prove to be valuable in real life. 

2. Prepare your Work Space- Look for a place in your home or bedroom where u think u can study and maintain concentration in your work. Have materials stocked up and in place before your study. This way, u can finish your work without any interruptions. 

3. Avoid Cramming- study an hour a day even when there’s no homework. Scan your notebooks and do a little advanced reading of your textbooks. You can also research through the internet to learn more about the topics u are covering in school.  I suggest google scholar, it’s like google but for students, it has the citations, and filters results so that only helpful outcomes appear.

4. Do projects with more enthusiasm and creativity- Don’t be afraid to think of new ideas or ways to present your homework or projects. Teachers always give additional points to students who show great effort in their works. SO, don’t be afraid to do something original, do something that hasn’t been done before.

5. Raise Your Hand- Be active and establish a friendly attitude towards your teachers. Offer to help them out in checking some work, filing papers or just carrying their things. Little good things add up in the end for that extra effort grade, and they’ll always remember you as a very helpful student. 

6. Enjoy Reading the Latest News- Find connections or associations with your life as a student, as a child, as a friend, or as a citizen. Certain reports would always ask for u to react so better be ahead with current events which you may be affected with. 

7. Listen to Your Teacher, take a few notes- In my experience, the more i copy and take down notes, the more i get lost in the lecture. It is best to listen first and understand before u jot down any important keywords. Yes, use keywords, simple doodles and arrows to make associations. These will help u remember all concepts mentally. 

8. Keep Notes on Index Cards- I use personally use the smaller oxford ones, they are more portable honestly pretty aesthetic..  

9. Watch TV Wisely- Yep you heard it, TV, when watching TV I sometimes pick up points which may seem relevant in my life. They sometimes even have something to do with what’s happening in class at the moment so, always initiate conversation about the latest shows and issues you have watched. Don’t be afraid to argue and defend your opinions. 

ways to stay productive in summer-

1. learn a new language-

ah, all the time in the world we all have during summer! currently, i’m trying to learn Italian, which isn’t too hard because my first language was Spanish. if you all want a different post on how i got started tell me!

2. start a bullet journal-

with no school in your schedule, you have time to make your bullet journal as complicated or as simple as you’d like. i recently bought a journal and used it as a bujo. i love it!

3. practice your handwriting-

i know many people hate their own handwriting, but how are you going to like it if you don’t practice! i’ve changed my handwriting completely this summer. if you guys want a post about it let me know.

4. make a studyblr/blog-

that’s what i did! i’ve started my studyblr, instagram, and blog (all are linked on my tumblr page ;) )

5. practice calligraphy-

i’ve learned how to do calligraphy with Crayola markers. it’s very easy once you get the hang of it. There are plenty of tutorials online.

6. clean your room-

it’s a great time to clean your room! i know when it’s the school year i never have time to be cleaning my room. you can do a deep decluttering because you probabaly haven’t in a while…

7. DO YOUR SUMMER HOMEWORK-

please for the love of god, do! your! summer! homework! if! you! have! it! i finished my summer homework a couple weeks ago, but my friends still haven’t started. i’m saving their butts by helping them with it. i know plenty of people are going to start doing it two days before school starts. please don’t be one of those people.

8.read!-

i know a lot of people don’t like to read but maybe with your summer boredom you’ll get so bored that you’ll want to read? currently, i’m reading Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare.

9. try to prepare for the upcoming school year-

look up your classes and research about them. it’s good to start preparing for what you’re going to learn. it helps so when you go over those subjects in class, you can excel in it ;)

10. relax-

this is summer. your free time. relax and get ready for another stressful school year <3

Back To School Supplies

With the upcoming college/high school semesters soon, I figured y'all could use this.

1. Pens and pencils (obviously). I like to use the same color pen for all of my notes, it’s a psychological thing that makes me feel more uniform, organized, and helps me remember it better. Also studies show that you’re more likely to remember content written in blue pen than in any other color, so do with that what you will.

2. Two notebooks for each class: one for your in class notes (which can be slightly messier), and one for your at home notes (which should be more organized and neat).

3. Folders/binders for each class to keep all of your quizzes, tests, and worksheets.

4. Flashcards flashcards flashcards. Try to get different colored flashcards for each class/topic.

5. Whiteout if you use pens and can’t stand messy notes like me.

6. Calculator, protacter, and compass for math subjects (if required/allowed)

7. Dry erase markers: sometimes my friends and I will study in empty classrooms, and using the boards can reslly help map out certain concepts.

8. Keep at least one sharpie marker on you for labelling and whatnot.

9. Scissors and a small tape dispenser/glue are always handy, just in case.

10. A small stapler should also be useful for essays and whatnot.

11. A laptop is essential for college notes. Typing out your notes, using quizlet and other helpful websites, and access to research sites and databases is insanely helpful.

12. Get a Google account. It includes helpful tools like Gmail, Google Drive, etc.

13. Extra stuff for your bag: hairbrush & hairtie, gum/mints, water bottle, nail file/clippers, and makeup wipes.

14. Always always always bring a laptop/phone charger for your devices.

15. Spare paper/looseleaf in a separate folder is useful.

16. Keep an agenda/planner for assignments, homework, and test dates. If you hate a paper copy, or have trouble remembering stuff even with a planner, try an app on your phone that sets reminders.

💞Thats all for now, good luck babes💞

If you’re not a morning person, you know the struggle. It’s not just about waking up, it’s about actually getting yourself to do stuff in the morning. While I usually recommend you adapt to your body’s own schedule, as you’ll work much better, school, work or other activities may not allow you to do so. Therefore, here’s a guide on how to get shit done in the morning.

The night before

  • Prepare whatever study materials you’re going to use that day. Open your notes and make sure you know where you should start (i personally lay a pen on the exact paragraph).
  • Put a bottle of water and some tea (with caffeine) or coffee on your desk so that you don’t have to go get it next morning. 
  • If you’re usually cold in the mornings, get yourself a blanket. I promise you mine has made me more productive than all the coffee I’ve ever had.
  • Write a to-do list for next day. Then distribute those tasks in a schedule (you can either use a printable or just scribble it on some piece of paper). Take into account you’ll need time for breakfast and personal hygiene. 
  • Other than that, don’t leave anything else on your desk, as it may be distracting.
  • Make an effort to go to bed at least an hour earlier. It makes a huge difference when you wake up 

Actually waking up

if you struggle to wake up, try the following:

  • Ask someone to wake you up (a parent, a roommate).
  • Put your phone accross the room and inside a glass to amplify the sound.
  • If your phone has an option for voice alarm, use it. Make it something really motivating or, even better, really annoying.
  • Combine all of the above for foolproof results.

Tips to get stuff done

  1. Chug your liquids! - The very first thing you should do after your feet touch the floor is drink some water and drink something caffeinated (yes, in that order) (caffeine because it will kick in by the time you’re done with breakfast and water because caffeine can be dehydrating + water will also jumpstart your body).
  2. Put on some fluffy socks - okay maybe this is just a personal thing but I’m personally much less likely to go back to bed once i have some socks on.
  3. Smol workout - do something that will send blood to your brain. It can literally be ten jumping jacks.
  4. Breakfast? Not yet - you’ve gotten up, you want food, understandable. BUT remember that book/notebook you put on your table last night? Well, get to work on it for 15-30 minutes. You may be sleepy and not able to comprehend much of what you’re doing, but the important thing is that once you come back from having breakfast, you will already have started, which is the most difficult part.
  5. Avoid anything with a shit-ton of sugar - it will give you a sugar crash in about an hour and all you’ll want to do is go back to bed. (Personal rec is overnight oats with some fruit on top - delicious, fast af and super filling and energizing).
  6. A big breakfast can make you sleepy. Instead, make it a little bit smaller and have some healthy snacks (like hummus) throughout the morning. Look at them as your reward for studying.
  7. Stay off the internet. During breakfast, I find that social media (especially youtube) tend to put me off working afterwards, as they give me something more insteresting to do. Therefore I reccommend you either find something else to do (write your to do list, read a book) or limit your Internet time to 5-10 minutes.
  8. Remember that you control your mindset. If after doing all of this you still don’t feel like studying, it’s perfectly okay to stare at your desk for five minutes and have an argument with yourself about how much you do want to study. Seems stupid but trust me, it works most of the time.

Other masterposts

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

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.

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|| 02.04.2017 || exam preparations ||
Update:
I’m writing two very difficult and important exams next week and I’m trying to convince myself that I’ll survive the week somehow. But mathematics right after psychology is pretty hard. And I’m so bad in mathematics 😭

🎧 I recommend “The Theory of Everything Soundtrack” playlist. It’s helping me to stay calm and focused.

how to prepare for school

hi! i’m back with another masterpost. this one will be relevant to more people. i posted a youtube video that has all of these tips, so please check it out! it would mean the world to me if you liked, commented, and/or subscribed. ♥

anyway enough self-promo! welcome to -

there are ten tips! k let’s get started ->

  1. start waking up earlier! set an alarm an hour or two before the time you have to wake up during school. for example, if i have to wake up at 6am during the school year, then in the week before school starts, i’ll make sure to start waking up at 7am or 8am every day! this way you’ll get used to waking up earlier, and when school actually starts, you won’t miss your alarm or be overcome with lassitude.
  2. start to study a bit! this is pretty self-explanatory but it only takes a little bit of studying to remember a lot of what you learned last year. for example, soon i will be downloading duolingo on my phone to study spanish! during the summer i basically forgot nearly everything i learned in spanish i, so i need to relearn that stuff pretty quickly in order to be prepared for spanish ii.
  3. look at your school’s clubs and activities! decide what extracurriculars you want to join this year. for example, i’m planning to join gymnastics, girls’ tennis, green team, and maybe key club, table tennis club, and/or math club (yea i’m interested in everything). this way you won’t go to school on the first day and have no idea what you’re going to be doing lol
  4. pretend to be excited about school! this seems kinda stupid but it actually works. try thinking, “oh, i haven’t seen my friends in so long and i’m so bored and unproductive and lazy during the summer i can’t wait for school to start so i can hang out with my friends every day and be productive and not lazy and i’ll feel so much better during the school year i can’t wait for school to start!!” yea… (and also “i can’t wait to take pretty notes and post pictures of them on my studyblr!!“ bc yes)
  5. read more! it’s fun and gets you prepared for school, because obviously you have to read a lot in school. i’d recommend reading historical books like sarah’s key, between shades of gray, and the book thief. i really liked sarah’s key, loved bsog, and am currently enjoying the book thief immensely!!
  6. plan out a schedule! tbh you probably won’t end up actually following it to the minute, but they’re fun to make (for me at least), gets your mindset ready, and at least you have some foundation to your daily school routine!
  7. organize your life! tidy your desk, room, closet, whatever. it makes you feel good, your house look good, and you start school ready and fresh!
  8. set goals! what grades do you want? how long are you going to study every day to achieve that? etc etc. and they don’t have to be academic—they can be sports as well. maybe you want to get six minutes on the mile. they could also be studyblr/gram related! for example, in my ten goals post, i set a goal to reach 500 followers on my studygram before school starts (september sixth). maybe for the school year i could set a goal to reach 1000 followers before 2018! who knows? set whatever goals you want and make sure you work to achieve that.
  9. eat breakfast! if you already eat breakfast every day during the summer, this doesn’t apply to you, sorry! k so during the summer, i wake up really late (like 12pm late), and it’s really bad. since i wake up so late, i usually skip breakfast and just eat lunch as my first meal. however, during school, you need those fiber and carbs to keep you energized and awake during class, so make sure you start eating breakfast every day a week or two before school starts so that once school does start and you have to eat breakfast you won’t vomit!!! yay
  10. familiarize yourself with your schedule if you receive it early! this ensures that you won’t be a confused wreck on the first day of school:) good luck and best wishes this school year everyone!

thank you so much for reading this! ily

previous masterpost: how to get better grades in online school

x kathie

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08.20.17

15.02.17 // *half term*

no matter how much i hate english, my notes still need to look pretty 💓
its mock week next week and im stressing so much because im not prepared at all omg

My study routine for Saturdays

Usually, Saturday is the only day in the week when I have a lot of free time - this is how I try to make it the most productive!

1. I get up early and tidy my study space (preferably my whole room)

2. I then update my planner and bullet journal to get an overview of the upcoming week

3. It’s time for a To-Do-list! I don’t always stick to it very closely, but this way I don’t forget anything

4. WORK WORK WORK

I start with something easy, or I split the biggest task and do at least a little bit of that. A good playlist and occasional Tumblr breaks are definitely necessary. (To ban myself from any distractions, I love the “Tide” app.) Good luck with your studies! xx