13/02/2016 •

A lot of you have been asking how I study and also what grades I’ve been getting. So here goes!

I’ve listed some general points which I’m going to expand on in a series of ‘How to Study’ master posts.

I’m studying in the UK and achieved 12A*2A at GCSE. At AS, I achieved 5As and am currently aiming for 4A*s. I’m studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry & Economics!

My techniques definitely aren’t going to work for everyone, but I hope my next few posts will help you find the right one for you :)

sometimes you fall down in life and it sucks!!!!!! like it’s actually terrible but… hey. u gotta get back up champ bc u r a STAR. in other words, i have fallen down recently and this is how i plan on getting back up. bc i am a star.

starting easy

  • clean your room bc outer peace brings inner peace
  • clean yourself bc outer peace brings inner peace and this means removing your makeup washing your face brushing your teeth combing your hair wearing nice-smelling clothes
  • drink a glass of water because hydration. important.
  • play a happy song like rlly whatever u want that makes u happy and want to dance
  • i know this might sound hard but like u got this i believe in u

moving on

  • ok this is hard part but u still got this love
  • think about everything that is wrong literally like EVERYTHING but maybe not everything bc maybe it will stress you out but maybe writing it will be cathartic whatever works for u
  • find solutions for those problems
    • i know i make it sound super easy and i know it’s actually really hard but usually u know what the solution is just something is holding u back
    • so rlly decide that that is the solution
    • tell urself, “this is how i am going to fix this”
  • to make this very hard and difficult step, please be nice to yourself by listening to cool tunes and rocking eyeliner
  • it rlly helps
  • organising your thoughts is also useful bc organisation
    • i have heard a bullet journal is rlly gr8 for this because like u get to plan ur days but also write random crap that’s not actually random crap but instead very good crap like “how to cheer up when sad” it’s all there in one notebook !!! radical eh

the step where you get back up

  • set urself up for success by sleeping early and waking up early bc sleep is like soooOo important u have no idea
  • exercise bc endorphins and all that good stuff and drink water and eat yo vegetables
  • do the shit that u planned to do in the previous step even if it’s hard i know it’s hard life is hard but u r hardier u r a star

stay on track

  • k so a lot of ppl r like “discipline > motivation” which i 100% agree but like motivation is also nice
  • have someone believe in u/someone u can talk to and be ur ray of sunshine like this is rlly helpful
  • find a purpose for whatever u want to do like what is ur reason for going through the shitty path of life and choosing this hard decision
  • typical motivational quotes like idk about u but i fall for those every single time
  • pep talk urself and fake enthusiasm even if u don’t want to like isn’t it radical how the only person holding u back is u

forgive yourself

  • ur life will go on track and then back off again!!! bc u r a human and humans make mistakes
  • don’t u get all mopey on urself and be like “i have ruined my life” like stop being so dramatic tough love ik but like U R ALIVE AND THAT MEANS U GTA KEEP KICKIN AT SMTHING
  • u can mope for a bit and when u do mope mope ur heart out like cry and use tissues and whatever u need but like limit ur moping period bc u need to move on
  • bad things will happen to u bc life and no matter how much ppl want to help u only u can rlly help urself
  • ur life ur decisions. forgive urself and start over again (refer to beginning of this post)

fun little reminders

  • u have the most beautiful smile
  • my inbox is always open if u need a pep talk and i will always fight ur negativity with my jaw-dropping, amazing, radiant positivity
  • u! r! a! star!!!!11!11!!1111!!!!!!!!3
  • cake makes everything better
  • leonardo dicaprio is still single
  • i love u unless ur mean don’t be mean plS
  • <3


I actually didn’t notice my alarm going off so I woke up super late and missed two potentially productive hours :((
but I still managed to get a nice&bright spot at my fav library thanks to my lovely friends✨✨

four days until my finals. almost done!!!!
(in the picture: my statistics study guide, ipad&notes, lovely matching pens and lemon water which is super good and refreshing!!!)


If you are interested to know more about creating a useful study guide, you may visit my new blog studentstoolbox.com for this post!

It talks about:

  • When should you create your study guides
  • How to create a study guide
  • What are the sources of your study guides for college and high school students
  • Organizing the study guides
  • And some extra tips

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For Japanese learning students, you know kanji can be really hard in many aspects. However, for me, the one that was the hardest was the reading. “How could possibly a character has more than one reading? How I’m going to learn it? Why is it like this?!?” I used to say. I think some of you may relate to this as well. Today I’m going to teach you one thing that I wish I had known before I started learning the language.

As some of you know, Japanese has three different separate writing systems. Hiragana for Japan-made words, Katakana for foreign words, and kanji for ideas or concept of something. Nevertheless, in my opinion, Japanese teachers introduce them like if they were three totally unrelated things. Yes, each one has a distinct function, but they are more connected than you can imagine. In fact, hiragana and katakana are basically the “babies” of kanji. They were born thanks to kanji. People reading this may be wondering, “okay, I get it, they seem like they developed from kanji, but what do I do with this information? How will this improve my Japanese?” Here is how language learning and etymology will answer your question

Have you noticed by any chance that, by just pure coincidence, when reading certain kanji you notice the kanji and it’s reading in hiragana are similar? Let’s take the example when I first noticed this weird “coincidence”: the last name 加藤 read as かとう(katou). When I saw that I was like 

“mmm… that’s interesting. The first kanji read as か is actually similar to the left radical… which is also similar to its katakana equivalent カ.” 

At that moment, I did not know that this wasn’t a coincidence at all.  And this “phenomenon” happened with other kanji as well. The kanji 江 read as “e” where the katakana reading was エ and so on.

Well, as I stated above, it wasn’t a coincidence. There is a historical reason for that.

If you look up old Japanese books like the Kojiki, you may think it’s Chinese. Neither hiragana nor katakana could be seen. Just kanji here and kanji there. Look it up on google and you’ll know what I’m talking about. For some centuries, Japanese was only written in kanji. Here the kanji was both used to write sounds or conveying a meaning. Believe me, it’s HARD to read. So how did Japanese people knew the difference? Simple, a writing system was made which only use was the phonetic one, called man’yogana. This became so much easier for Japanese people compared to how the writing system was before (it’s not pretty at all).

There was still one problem, this system was changed as the author wished. The author could use the character 可 instead of 加 to use the sound “ka”. This was later unified as time went by, so everyone could read and understand it. This “unification” led the rise of hiragana and katakana. Both systems got its easy style of writing after using a writing style called “grass-style” (think of it as a cursive style). Hence, 安 led to あ and so on. You can see the chart to see them all.

The main reason why I wrote this article is to encourage you to see the connection of the three writing system and use this information to make it easier for you to learn the reading of kanji. Once you know kana and its origins, you already know the reading of many of the kanji which, by the way, are used often in the Japanese writing. I hope this article helps you for your understanding of this fascinating language.

13/02/16 | 21:56 my macro economics notes on exchange rates (ft. my new book stand that i recently purchased from daiso). 

 oh and a confession: i have this strange disorder of constantly ripping out pages of a notebook simply because of one tiny mistake. i can’t stand seeing the ripped marks (super distracted by it) and so i would switch to a new notebook instead - which is what i did. 

 please tell me that i am not the only one! 😶