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10.17.18 - 95/100 days of productivity 🌟

hey everyone! i have been super busy with all my school work and college applications and activities…but this weekend i have four days off so i am going to spend ALL that time finally finishing up my applications. i will also make some time to post!

🎶: the crystal kingdom - griffin mcelroy

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October 17, 2018 // Wednesday

Time for some life updates. Somehow I feel like I’ve barely studied for my classes. Not even sure where all my time is going LMAO I do spend a lot of time in lab and I’ve been filling out some apps too but I definitely could be studying faster. I think it’s mostly because I gave up trying to study late and just go to sleep instead LOL. Also I got a plant for my desk and looking at it makes me so happy. I went home last weekend and got my eyes checked and both got a little worse ): I was expecting it though because it was getting a little hard to see the board in lecture. Ahh I’ve still been meeting some new people every week so this is nice lul I really shoulda tried harder last year but it’s okay because I’m making up for it this year. Also I’ve been keeping up my running streak; I try to run at least once a week with my cousin. OH I also made hella skincare purchases last week for some very good prices so I will have more products to share later. Lastly, I just got out of an interview for something I really really wanna join but I don’t hear back until next Tues so now I’ll just pray~

That was a mess of updates LOL but enjoy this pic of my cute plant

notes that I have yet to complete

featuring: computer keyboard, earphones and paper

next in: a slightly bad pic that I didn’t make any effort on (please accept my apologies)

featuring: physics notes that I’m about to review! physics is one of the subjects I struggle with, so I’m glad I finished this early and I think it really helped!!

I am so used to listening to audio at 1.5x to 2x speed that listening to normal paced speech sounds so abnormal to me. I am a person who spends any downtime where I don’t need to focus on consuming more insights and knowledge (or occasionally, entertainment). So this is intermittent, every day.

Part of the application process for the data science program I am in required a video introduction of myself and why I wanted to be in the course. And it was genuinely so difficult for me to slow down and speak at a normal, slow pace. Because I am so used to the speed. @rudescience recorded the video for me. He knows. A video I had 2 minutes for I struggled to stretch to 1 minute.

A hidden side effect of efficiency I didn’t foresee.

Watch stuff you don’t need to pay much attention to in higher speed. But stuff you need full attention for, do NOT even bother with 1.25x. I think part of the reason I forget what I listen to is because I listen to it way too fast for it to really sink in.

Try this and see what it gets you.

Fast-guide to studying 20+ chapters in a week

I am currently in this situation. So I’ve come up with a plan and thought I might as well share it with all of you too:

1. Most importantly, write an introduction. Why would you have to bother with an introduction? Because in the introduction you can explain the reason WHY what you’re studying is important. When you know why you’re doing it, you’re gonna see why it is important and you’ll feel like what you’re doing makes sense. Once you know this, it surely will be easier to learn because you’ll know what the goal is of the method/ subject you’re studying.

2. In case of emergency: learn the tips. Some professors give tips. Learn those first. It’s gonna save your ass, I guarantee you. It has saved me. If there are lots of tips, learn the ones that you know will count the most first.

3. Check those powerpoints. See I wrote ‘check’ and not learn from the powerpoints? It’s because you can learn from the powerpoints and not understand a shit about it. The powerpoints will serve as a guide for you to go check what you have to learn from the book. Learn from the book instead, because it follows a very systematic approach with an example. This way you avoid learning the entire book but still learn the important aspects discussed in the class.

4. Write a summary based on subject-definition-application-example. This is definitely a life-saver, I’ve talked many times about the systematical approach books have. And this is it. They introduce you a subject, they explain it to you, give you a model for you put it in practice and then they give you an example. At least I’m sure it is so in STEM and Business. I like to do a table like this below.

So in summary, write an introduction so you know why you’re learning. Secondly, start with the tips, this will guarantee you a higher score. If you finish on time go check the powerpoints to see the highlights of the class and search to learn the broader explanations of the book.

Everyone on midterms and exams, GOOD LUCK!!!

Written by shirouvscollege

Day 4 of 100 days of productivity.

I’ve just remember I have some lights for photography (that I will start to use form today, because lighting was crappy).

So today I have just done one thing, that is advance with the essay, because it is going to be long… The minimum pages are 20 and I am already 8, and just starting, without giving the proper format or the front page, or any images or data tables… I really like the teacher raised the maximum number of pages from 40 to 50!

Hey! so i just created my very first studygram (shameless self promo @decafstudy follow me) and one of my irl friends saw my stories and posts and asked “How many hours does your day have? ´cause mine only has 24″ and that got me thinking abt how i take the most advantage of my days to make them feel (or look) 48 hours long! Here are a few of the things I incorporate on my daily student life to be more productive!

IF YOUR FIRST CLASS STARTS LATE IN THE MORNING WAKE UP 2 HOURS EARLIER THAN NEEDED i know, am i crazy? ok so here´s the deal. If your first class starts, let´s say, at 11:00 A.M you might be tempted to wake up at 10:00 A.M, get dressed, and head to school. Not only does this create bad habits for when you get assigned a 7:00 A.M class (which will happen) but you lose MANY HOURS OF PRECIOUS TIME. Get your 8-9 hours of sleep and do not let yourself wake up later than needed. My class sometimes starts at 11:30 A.M so i wake up at 8:00 have a nice morning, relax, work out a bit, light up a candle and get ahead on reading and work for school! Your day will start and feel more productive!

NEVER LEAVE CLASS WITH A DOUBT ON YOUR MIND I know this might create anxiety for people who are shy and do not like asking questions during class (i am one of those people) If you feel just too scared to ask during class APPROACH THE TEACHER AFTER CLASS ENDS. as soon as he dismisses class, approach him and ask the question. If you are not able to do so DO NOT STRESS, BUT WRITE THAT QUESTION DOWN ASAP ON A POST IT AND STICK IT YOUR NOTEBOOK. that way you will have the question at hand and you can seek tutoring later and ask, or even ask a friend BUT NEVER LET A QUESTION GO, NEVER think “i will ask it later” BECAUSE YOU WON´T and IT WILL DOOM YOU. This will save so much time when you study, because all your questions will be at hand and you will know what you have to focus on studying.

WHENEVER YOU HAVE FREE TIME, USE IT TO WORK WHILE DOING SOMETHING FUN instead of just diving head first into watching a movie, ask yourself if there is something more productive that you could be doing rn (reading ahead, reviewing, doing extra math exercises) if the answer is yes, then put that movie on mute and work while taking a peek at the movie ever once in a while. This will not only help you with discipline and learning to keep yourself from distractions, but it will occupy your free time in something that your future self will thank you for later on.

NEVER ASSUME THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO IT LATER again, think in terms of your FUTURE SELF how much would your future self love it if instead of studying 3 days before the exam, you studied a week before it? How much would your future self love it of instead of reading until 12:00 PM tomorrow, you divided the reading between today and tomorrow? never assume that you will have spare time ahead because chances are that you won´t and you will end up with A BUNCH of work that you didn´t do and that you can´t do at the moment. FUTURE SELF THINKING has saved my life.

LEAVE TIME OPEN FOR MENTAL HEALTH/PHYSICAL/RECREATIVE CARE as much as i always put work first, I KEEP MY THERAPIST VISIT AND MY GYM ROUTINE STABLE no matter how much work i have. This helps me feel more balanced and like i am on top of everything, not just school, feeling good=more productivity.

POMODORO TECHNIQUE i know many people know about this but if you don´t, this is basically a studying technique in which you work or study for 25-30 minutes straight NO DISTRACTIONS and then have a 5-6 minute break, and then repeat the process as many hours as you need. This really helps me not get burnt out when I have a heavy load of work. Watching study with me videos on yt is a good way of keeping the pomodoro system going. Some good apps that I use for POMODORO are Forest and Tide.

HAVE AN APP CARPET ON YOUR PHONE THAT IS CALLED “PRODUCTIVITY” ie. download a BUNCH of cute as hell apps that help you get motivated and organised when you look at them. This will make you more prone to look at your phone as an INSTRUMENT rather than a DISTRACTION. (my fave apps are Taskade, Forest, Tide, Brainscape and Pocket)

Lastly, GET MOTIVATED i know this sounds cliché, but the reason why i love keeping my day busy is because i surround myself with a romanticised idea of studying. Doing these kinds of posts, following a bunch of accounts with pretty notes, having a clean room and desk, going to the library and appreciating the color scheme or sounds around you, listening to relaxing sounds or music while working, downloading many pretty apps to keep myself on track while having a cute aesthetic… all of these things might seem small, but they make you feel cleaner, more balanced and more prone to LIKING the work you do.

Anyways i know most of you already do these cause yall are on top of your game alllll the tiiiiime girl, but if any of these helps, ill be very happy!

This isn’t just advice for uni students, but for anybody, I’ve just decided to tackle us uni students in general, because our days are not as structured anymore and with our lectures here at 11AM on one day and at 3PM on the other, it’s very hard to keep each and every day the same. Generally, though, this can be used for anybody who’s looking for some structure in their life.

 Why?

Because it gives you an idea of what you are spending your time on. With a solid and good schedule, there should be less time for procrastination. Besides that, a sense of control gives many people comfort, especially people who struggle mentally.

Where to start:

  1. Write down your schedule. Work, weekly appointments, lectures, classes. All those things that are ‘set in stone’ and that you cannot control. This is going to be the base you build around. I suggest making a table, preferably on a piece of paper (you can transfer it into a digital version when you’re done and have everything figured out) with all days of the week and hours. I personally used 7AM – 11PM.
  2. Set your wake up and bed times. The most important ones. You should make these all the same. Maybe give yourself an extra hour of a lie in on Saturday and Sunday, but you should try and not confuse your biological clock too much. Soon, it will become easier to get up early. Also make sure you are getting enough hours of sleep. As a young adult of around 20, you should be getting 6-9 hours of sleep. If you are younger, it should be more than that.
  3. Write up your daily tasks that you would like to perform every day. Make sure you include all those things you keep forgetting, self-care items, daily reading, journal writing, studying, etc. Be realistic, however. Start out small with just a few things, don’t overwhelm yourself and later, you can start adding more items.
  4. Then do the same for weekly tasks. These include doing readings for particular classes, clean ups, exercise, meet-ups, etc.
  5. Don’t forget meals! Especially if you are busy, make sure there is room for food in your plan! Make sure that if you have an especially full day the next day, think of some time to prepare the food the night before. Planning out your meals may also make you think about what you eat more. (Also, I can write something about nutrition on request!)
  6. Don’t forget free time either. Free time is important and a free day is something you could benefit from. Whether it is resting or catching up on your studies or time for arts and crafts.
  7. Now play a nice game of Tetris and assign a time slot to each of those activities. Don’t forget to just leave some time off. Whether that’s for finishing a task, being lazy or just anything. Use your routine to give your life a structure, not govern  it completely.

How to implement these and make sure they work?

There are for sure going to be some you struggle with. Set phone alarms. Set them for every five minutes. Set them until they annoy you. Until it’s so annoying it makes you do the task you don’t want to do.

I followed these steps to make my own routine for my new semester and I had something similar, but not as elaborate last semester. The one for this semester isn’t done yet since I still need one additional module and my fixed working times. But after that, I may post my routine on here and then some follow ups as well, just to see how well it’s going. Same goes for you, tag me (ravenclawhard) if you are going to use these tips. I’d love to know!

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16 september 2018

a few snaps of my precalculus notes for ya. just settled into the new school year and i’m trying to be more active and post more on my blogs :) i also made a new booklr you can check out here. want to know what i’m reading? goodreads.

currently listening to: beach boy by aminé

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26 sept 18 - 

settling into my new house for final year! today we got our wifi sorted, I popped out to have lunch with a longtime friend, & I am retreating to read song of songs x 

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my real study spot: an almost-empty latte, scraps of paper, and notes that were quickly scribbled. as a studyblr, I admit that sometimes I let the pretty visuals take priority over actually studying but I’m trying to get better about that! let’s build a studious community that benefits us and not the aesthetic!