I finally made a video 🌟 going to show you how i do my bullet journal the easiest and fastest way in less than 3 minutes (excluding drawings)

study less study smart

I decided to share my notes taken from this amazing 1 hour Youtube lecture by Marty Lobdell. i really liked him and his tips, i think they are super effective and cover a lot of situations! i highly recommend it!!!!! wow

but here are the tips and examples Marty mentions, so if you don’t have the time to go through the full hour, you can just scroll down. hope this helps somebody!

  • Break your study time in chunks with breaks
    • most students lose focus at 25 minutes
    • it’s a mistake to keep going once you do, since you won’t actually learn anything and you’ll hate every minute of it
    • so when you start losing focus take a 5 minute break
    • do something nice like talking to someone or listening to music
    • it’s something you practice so with time you’ll be able to work for more time without losing focus
    • in the end of the study session have a big reward you look forward to
  • Create a study area
    • environment highly affects the way you act. Bedrooms are for sleeping, kitchens for eating: you’ll feel sleepy in your bedroom and hungry in the kitchen. So if you have a study area, it’ll be easier to start studying and staying focused.
    • study in a specific room like an office or school library if you can
    • if you have to study in your bedroom use a specific object you only use for studying: a lamp/desk. Make it a no-distraction, away from your bed, blank walls area.
  •  The more active the learning, the better
    • 80% active learning 20% passive
    • ask yourself: is it a concept or a fact?
    • learning a concept: understand/grasp/know it
      • put it into your own words
      • really think about the meaning of it
      • relate it with something you already know
      • teach somebody else. Recapitulate what you’ve learned. Talk out loud even if you don’t have anyone to teach - talk alone. Or at anyone that listens.
    • learning a fact: memorize it
      • use mnemonics
        • Acronyms (e.g. colours of the rainbow RoyGBiv – red orange yellow green blue indigo violet)
        •  Coined sayings - anything popular or sayings you’ve heard since you were a child.
        • Interacting images – work even better if they’re weird. Creative associations make you never forget specific details. (e.g. 1 gram of fat has 9 calories: picture a fat cat – each cat has 9 lives)
      • any time 2 things are highly similar but not the same you will get maximal interference!! USE mnemonics!! (e.g. afferent vs efferent neurons: SAME - Sensory Afferent Motor Efferent)
  • Be a part of  study groups
    • others can help you in ways you never thought before
  • Recognizing VS remembering
    • never confuse the two
    • while reviewing a chapter you may recognize concepts but not actually know them
    • and when you get to the test you won’t be able to remember any of it
    • so quiz yourself without looking at it
    • or stop in a page of your notes/textbook and ask yourself what is the concept immediately after and before it
  • Get your REM Sleep 
    • get ~8 hours so you don’t undo your studying
    • this is how your brain stores permanent memories
    • without it you’re ability to remember seriously decreases
    • most people don’t even begin to take the advice but it’s simple: sleep better. Do better.
  • There’s 162 hours in a week. There is time.
    • reflect on what you are doing with your time and what activities you have to prioritize to succed as a student
  • Taking notes is vital.
    • right after the class take 5 minutes to expand everything you’ve jotted down, give it depth.
    • NOT hours later. You won’t remember half the things you wrote down.
  • Ask your questions to class mates and teachers.
    • teachers want you to succeed and it’s more than ok to ask your question in the teacher’s office or in the next class
  • How to use a textbook: SQ3R technique
    • Survey Question Read Recite Review
      • Survey: skim through the entire chapter in a couple of minutes.
      • Raise questions: e.g. what is osmosis? What is this graphic about? What is a prototype?
      • it causes you to look for answers and you’ll find the information better once you actually study it after. If you intend to find something you learn it better.
  • Start studying for tests early.
    • don’t undo yourself. You should only be reviewing the days before the test. don’t leave it till the last minute!

(don’t just scroll through this!!!! really think about these methods and how you can actually implement them so you can benefit from them!!! these actually work but only if you put them into practice boo good luck!)

45/100 days of productivity + SAT 9.24.16 // 3:48pm

theme of the week: claude monet. september artist (4/4);;;; finishing off this month’s artist theme with monet’s pretty color palletes +++ got evaluated on taking vitals last week;;; will be evaluated on intraoral and extraoral exams + chair set-up and clean-up next week! work those gloves  ಥ⌣ಥ

we all know school can get a bit overwhelming sometimes. when it does, it’s important to remember to wind down and take care of yourself. rest is the key to stay productive and motivated, so I put together some tips and a few resources to help you feel good!

have a nice morning:
• don’t snooze. snoozing has never worked for me, it just makes me more convinced that it’s a good idea to stay in bed. instead, directly when the alarm goes off, turn on a light and put up your windows blinds. this will help you wake up easier.
eat a breakfast suited to you. not hungry in the morning? eat something small. starving when you wake up? eat a big breakfast. the important thing is to eat something. your body needs some fuel after a whole night without it.
• listen to some light and happy music. always improves my mood. I often listen to this playlist in the morning.
make your bed. prevents you from going back to sleep and makes me feel more organized when I come home.

during the day:
• reflect. around lunch, think about your day so far. how am I feeling? how is school going so far today? what do I need to do tonight?
try to be social. when you’re home, you have to study. so whilst you have people around you, talk to them! I always try to be as social as I can during breaks and lunch, so I don’t feel the need to text/snap my friends later when I should be studying.
stay hydrated. i always take a little water bottle with me to school. place it in front of you during class and it will remind you to drink.
let yourself have bad days. nothing going the way you planned? it’s okay. it’ll be okay. just take care of yourself today. you can always study later, your own health should be your number one priority.

coming home from school:
• change clothes. first thing I do when I come home from a long stressful day is to change into some comfy clothes and get cozy, especially now when fall is here.
dance breaks. when your home doing homework, instead of going on your phone during breaks - dance! put on a good song and you’re good to go! don’t care about how silly you’ll look. trust me, it helps.
• clean up your desk. when your done with your homework and studying, put away all of your notes and books. pack your bag for tomorrow with everything you’ll need. this is to prevent stress in the morning, because forgetting one of your textbooks is not a good way to start of the day.
• plan your outfit for the next day. trust me, this will help you not stress about how you look in the morning. this prevents me from choosing my favorite sweatshirt everyday that I tbh still want wear everyday anyways
take a hot shower/bath. every time after a test I feel extremely tired and get the worst headache. this is because I’ve been nervous and tense the whole day. taking a bath really helps me relax and slow down. this is a great time to be alone, enjoy the silence and reflect over the day.
treat yourself. put on an episode of the show you’re watching, read some pages in a book, scroll through your tumblr dash, talk to friends, drink your favorite hot beverage, watch youtube, do anything that makes you happy! I always plan in this type of stuff everyday in my planner. for example, it makes me motivated to finish my homework and my tasks because then I can watch more youtube!
• be creative. write something in your planner, doodle, paint, draw, write, play an instrument, learn something new for fun or sing your favorite song atm. after a long day of trying to remember everything from classes, just do something for fun!

feel good stuff:

I hoped this tips and links will help you feel a little better. if you need someone to talk to, please send me a message! I’d love to talk! thank you so much for reading <3