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ME: I took off today—

except: I drove into work in the snow, met with a student about a paper, helped two other students, updated my tutor database with attendance from yesterday’s training session, answered five work emails, sent out an announcement for a meeting happening in two weeks, sent out a survey to be completed by all my tutors, met casually with two work colleagues about students’ progress, met briefly with my boss over several matters; came home and thoroughly reorganized the area under the kitchen sink, did all the laundry, paid all the outstanding bills, answered three more work emails, brushed snow off the front steps twice, and drove my husband back and forth to the car place twice, but
other than that, I took off today.

It’s 2017. You need motivation? No, what you need is discipline. 
IT’S TIME TO FOCUS.

Force yourself to do things. Force yourself to get up early, make your bed, go get ready, and go. Force yourself to make plans for the day, and follow through with all those plans.
Force yourself to get to class early so you can look over the material. Force yourself to pay attention in class and turn off your phone or at least put it on silent. Stop texting your friends and going on Instagram in class. You are wasting your time, so why even bother going to class if your are going to be distracted? Be selfish. Stop giving your time to people that do not matter. YOUR TIME IS SO SO PRECIOUS. STOP WASTING IT!

This is the most important thing that you can do right now, take care of you and your education. Stop being distracted by the world and it’s never ending problems. This is the time that you need to put toward yourself because you are the greatest investment of your life.

EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

EVERYDAY is a chance to wake up and give your 150%.
EXHAUST yourself. That is the only way to give your all. At the end of the day, you should be exhausted from working so much, from reading so much, from exercising so much.
Don’t go home because you are tired. Do whatever you need to get done and don’t come home until it’s all done. Stay late at the library. You feel tired? Good. That is how you know you are giving it your best. Go to the gym, and give your work out your all.
When you go home, you should feel like you are drained. You should feel like you have nothing left to give because you gave it your all. Because then, you can be proud of yourself and everything you have achieved.
Giving it your all is what matters. Give your all every single day. Discipline your mind and your body and you will become successful.

You fall back one day? That is O.K., try the next day. You are human, so accept your mistakes. However, love yourself enough to know that you will never give up working on yourself and your dreams.
THIS IS IT. THIS IS YOUR LIFE. Right now, no matter what circumstances we are all in, is what matters. Take advantage of today. Write down your dreams and force yourself to work toward them, one day at a time. 
IT’S TIME TO FOCUS.
THIS is your year. This is your life. One day at a time baby. One day at a time. Go ahead and don’t stop.

Things about uni I learned the hard way

1. Rewriting notes is useless (for me)
2. I should read my textbooks in advance
3. Syllabus of each subject is essential and it’s pretty much a study guide that tells me when I should study what.
3. When teacher says “search it up” or “please read this” or “please watch this video” you better do it …Cause it’s going to be on the test.
4. When teacher tells you to print / download some material you do it asap just in case he’ll delete it later without warning you… (one of my teachers is like that)
5. Never rely on others.
P. S.: Procrastination leads to eternal misery.

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one of my lecturers printed us a step-by-step guide to writing an essay for an assignment we had. i decided to type it up and share it with you guys. i think for the most part it is really useful and a super simple way to break down your essay. hope this helps :~)

how to study as a busy student

i personally go through this a lot because i have to balance saturday band, honor band, auditions, performances, history club, national history day with school and nonexistant friends. so here u go, friend!! this is my advice to keep up with your (busy) studying!! ha see what i did there im so funny

1. have a planning system. this is a no-brainer. but honestly you’re going to need something to help you keep track of all your deadlines AND your afterschool activities. it doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy; heck it can even be on your phone. but make sure you’re keeping track of everything.

2. use all the time you can to do your homework. if you’re really behind or you have a lot of homework and not enough time to do it at home, do your homework when you can during school. this does NOT mean trying to set the world record for fastest writer while your teacher is collecting the homework. this means on the bus, waiting for your food/the bus/your friends, those down periods during and between classes, during sports practice, and even during lunch. however do NOT make a habit of this!! i get that its a lot, but please still try to have a life!!!

3. set aside a day a week to solely catch up on school work, and another day just to relax. i usually have saturday as my school work day and sunday as my day to relax and prepare for the week. this may seem contradictory, seeing as you may have sports practice or rehearsal on saturday or something. but think of it this way: you’re already going to be working your butt off that day. you might as well keep that flow going and get all your school work together and catch up on any missing assignments. you can also use that sunday off as your motivation to work hard because youre being rewarded with a completely free day.

4. do your homework on friday. please. just do it. this kind of follows the same concept as above: you have school that day anyways, so keep working your hardest. now, if you have no friends like me, this’ll be easy. but if you have plans on fridays (which you should, seriously, go out), stop working 1-2 hours before you have to go somewhere. you can continue any work you havent completed on your catch-up day.

5. drop one or two things. this sounds really painful!!! but being in a lot of extracurriculars and having a nice application/resume is not as nice as your mental health. not being able to balance too many things at once will stress you out and make you sick. like, i used to be in drama club and i also had piano class on wednesdays. once i got older, i realized that these things looked nice on my honor society application, but i didnt have time for what really mattered. (plus i didn’t rly like them anyways.) if you can work your way around it, fine. but otherwise, keep the things close to your heart and drop what you absolutely don’t have time for.

6. if worst comes to worst, talk to your teachers. they will understand, if you’re struggling to be a well-rounded student and keep up your grades at the same time. this doesn’t mean lie or use your teachers as an easy way out. but rather, if everything becomes too overwhelming, talk to someone.

i really hope that helped @ the original anon who asked me this question! sorry this was so late! i’m quite the busy student myself hahaha

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so those student athlete memes huh

unconventional study tips

- buy yourself new stationery: i get so excited about using new pens that i don’t mind writing that essay i’ve been putting off for days

- use a playlist as a study timer: have a selection of instrumentals and songs with lyrics. take a break everytime a song with lyrics comes on and work during the instrumentals

- make your study space smell fresh: mint and lemon tend to be good options

- write down how much time you spend studying for a test and then the grade you got: then you can figure out how time you really need to spend to get a good grade. this will help you use your time more effectively

- spend your study breaks showering or exercising for about 30 mins: then come back fresh and quickly review what you have learned. this will help the information sink in

- don’t always study in comfy clothes or pyjamas: do your hair or makeup if you want too. this will put you in ‘get shit done’ mode

- record yourself explaining topics you’ve just studied: explaining/teaching topics helps you learn so much better, and you also have a little video to review before tests

How to Survive Exam Week: a masterpost

We all dread exam week. The amount of cramming we feel like we need to do has absolutely no limit. We never feel prepared, and both breakouts and breakdowns are imminent. Stress headaches, crying, all nighters, and cups on cups on cups of coffee characterise this week for many of us. With a little guidance, a lot of stress can be alleviated.

The Weekend Before:
* study for your hardest exams first, easiest exams last. prioritise.
* sleep in as late as you’d like on saturday. study throughout the day, taking breaks as frequently as you feel necessary!
* on sunday, wake up around 8 or 9 in order to be productive early on in the day.
* finish up studying on sunday by 2 or 3 or 4.
* take the rest of sunday night to relax.
* eat a healthy but filling dinner
* take a hot bath/shower
* paint your nails?
* do your hair
* put on comfy pyjamas
* pick out comfortable clothes for your first exam day
* get to bed before 11! don’t stay up all night cramming. you’ll just feel like shit.

The Week Of:
* get to bed before 11 every night.
* don’t study past 8 or 9!
* get out to dinner at least one day during the week!
* pick fun places to study that ARENT at home:
* local library
* cafe
* your school even!
* eat healthy
* stay hydrated
* take care of yourself every day!
* shower every night/morning
* dress comfortably all week! everyone else is feeling the same way. you have no one to impress.
* keep your mental health a priority. :)
* study with friends to make things less stressful!
* drink coffee/tea/ice water; avoid energy drinks!
* take some deep breaths; don’t panic leading up to your exam. go into your testing period knowing you can handle it!

Good luck everyone! ♡

Study Tip: Notes

Hopefully these tips will help you with note-taking, good luck and have fun with your work!

  • Create your notes in accordance to your desires. 

Don’t worry about what other people’s notes looks like, focus on what’s best for you and what you learn best from. If that’s using your notes from class/lectures, use them! If that’s simple black ink, mono-colour notes, that’s perfect! If it’s re-writing them and adding illustrations and colour, do it!

Find what’s best for you. Remember that these are your notes and that they should help you revise, so make them as easy as possible to understand and learn from.

  • You could;

Add colour/ colour-code- I’ve found that using two colours, one to highlight or underline the headings and primary points/most relevant information and an other to highlight or underline the subheadings and secondary points/ information that backs up primary points really helps me in my studies. In addition, using a colour scheme or colour coding can help neaten and organise the information, making it easier to remember and less confusing, reducing the chances of muddling up bits of information.


Use sticky notes/ stickers- this can make your notes look neat, detailed and organised. Plus they add character. You could use these to add additional information, questions to stretch your understanding or to highlight the relevant and most important points. They also look really cute, so there’s that too!


Add doodles/ illustrations/ diagrams- these can be really helpful, especially with science subjects. Maybe adding a diagram of the human heart, an illustration to help explain a process or doodles to help you remember a definition can aid your studying and help you to understand more easily and effectively, especially if you’re a visual learner.


Use one colour- multiple colours can be distracting and off putting to some people, making their notes look too confusing, messy and busy. By using one colour, it doesn’t distract you from the information you need to remember and can boost your understanding.

  • Don’t re-write your notes if you don’t want to. 

You don’t have to write out your notes again if you have perfectly good notes already made from classes and if you don’t revise by re-writing notes. To be honest, I hardly ever re-write my notes after I’ve made them in class, I may add additional information or questions to stretch and test my understanding, but I make my notes how I find them easy to revise from during my class. I personally don’t learn effectively from re-writing my notes over again, and any many people feel the same. Remember, if you don’t have to and don’t need to, then there’s no shame in not re-writing it!

That isn’t to say however, that you shouldn’t re-write your notes! Do it if it helps you learn, or even if you just want to make them look pretty! There are times where I do re-write my notes (albeit a small number of times) and I have loved how I have made them look better and easier to understand. 

  • The point is, make your notes how you want to make them. You see so many beautiful notes on tumblr which can go one of two ways-

Feeling inspired to re-create beautiful notes;

or;

Feeling pressured to re-create beautiful notes.

If it makes you stressed or you don’t have enough time, don’t re-write them. If you want to or it helps you learn, do re-write them, it’s up to you and there are plenty of gorgeous examples of how to do so!

How to set the tone for a good day

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Had a three-hour school delay due to snow #blessed So here are a few tips on how to start off a good productive day! Hope you enjoy :) Also I’m not saying if you don’t do one of these your day is going to suck it’s just (hopefully) going to make it a bit better.

1. Wake up on time

Waking up on time gives you a (hopefully) stress-free start you don’t have to rush and that means less anxiety/worrying

2.  Have some coffee or tea

While getting ready make yourself a tea or coffee or anything caffeinated. You’ll get energy to start your day and for me it just makes the morning go by easier

3. Bring some caffeine on the go

When I get to school not having a tea or coffee first period really makes my day a bit worse. (I’m that addicted) Fun Fact; studies are showing people who drink lots of coffee (5 cups a day) are actually healthier [Sourse]

4. While getting ready listen to music or watch your favorite show

Every morning I watch Supernatural while putting on my makeup and it really helps get me up and out of bed giving me something small to look forward to

5. Have everything done the night before

Whether it be homework, work, picking out an outfit, having your bag packed do it the night before you do not want to be scrambling around and turn up late

6. Make your food ahead of time

If possible make your food the night before, this can also go towards breakfast while getting ready. I usually scoop out some cottage cheese in a bowl so I can just take it right out of the fridge and eat 

7. Stretch or do some yoga

If you can take five minutes just to stretch or do a few warm up exercises, get the blood flowing and feel more awake. You can even do it while your coffee is brewing

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