Moved to a new room of my own but I still have more or less the same things on my desk. I changed my lamp to a cuter one though! My new essentials are my insulated tumbler (SO important to stay hydrated all the time—I recently had UTI) and my Moleskine Le Petit Prince weekly planner.
Getting ready for September with my new habit tracker. This tracker is more in depth because I am going back to school. I get stressed a lot in school so tracking my feelings/emotions and how I spend my time helps.
🌿 a u g u s t 2 4 🌿
soooo I wasn’t feeling the bujo so I got a more structured planner but I like that I can still have room for little doodles and gluing in magazine cut-outs lol!! can’t wait to wear this baby in!!
What's it like being a film major? I plan on studying film (I'm a freshman in college) and I would love to hear about your experience
Now I can answer this question since I have finally begun taking classes!
It’s pretty chill even though there’s a lot of deep thinking you have to do after watching certain films.
How Mizzou sets up their film program is you first take an English/Film Studies class. For this class you are required to attend a film each Monday night, and all of the assignments and discussions that week will be about that individual picture. On Tuesdays we much submit three questions relating to the film and on Thursdays we must submit a close-reading of a clip from the film which is given to us.
Why it’s considered an English and film class is because this class is helping us analyze film so we can write decent and provoking reviews.
Other than that we have a film book which we are assigned to read chapters from, “Film: A Critical Introduction” and it’s the third edition.
I’m also in a film studies FIG (Freshman Interest Group) which is a group of people who are majoring/interested in film, but sadly all of them are guys and I’ve been bullied a lot recently because of it. I’ve contacted my coordinator though. I guess it’s apart of being a future girl in the film industry.
Already flopping this challenge! Anyway, I never plan what I’m going to study next month, not at least down to the sub chapter. Life is unpredictable, and so is studying. However, I do plan for the day as it goes with my lovely mustard moleskine. sometimes I’m adventurous, so I put 8 tasks on my list. on other days, I’m practical, so I just start with 4 and add more as the day goes by.
Hi! I love your blog it's so inspiring :3 I have a question tho. Do you have any tips on how to manage your work? My problem is that if I focus on something I'll want to do it and ONLY it until I won't finish. Like I have exams from 3 subjects in one week, and I;m always doing it one subject at the time, so I forget what I studied first and I barely had time to learn the last subject.
Hi! Thank you:)
In my first semester, I also had five exams in two weeks on completely different subjects. It can get overwhelming, but it’s not impossible!
My advice would be to make yourself a detailed study plan. Start at least four weeks before your first exam (assuming you understood the content and only need to revise and practise) so the content you need to learn can settle into your long term memory. @cmpsbls makes amazing printables here that might help you.
First, divide all the stuff you need to learn up into smaller units. Maybe you can take textbook chapters as a guide, or lectures. Give them names that have a meaning (e.g. “Psychology Lecture 4th of June slides and notes“) so you know exactly where to start. Don’t make the topic too big! My advice would me that the revision for one unit should be manageable in two or three hours at most.
Then you fill in your study plan. This is a fine art imo and it took me years to write one that I could actually stick to (I might make a masterpost on this, actually). In short, two things are important: Give yourself time off and extra time for when you’re behind on your plan (which will happen, trust me), and plan it so that you’re done with the studying one week before the exams and have enough time to only revise and repeat things you had trouble with. That saves you a lot of stress.
Now, for the focusing problem: Your memory can’t handle too much at once. It’s neither possible to study three things simultaneously, nor is it possible to study one thing for two weeks and the next thing in one day when the first exam is over.
Solution (for me, at least): You will have to study simultaneously over the course of many weeks so your brain has time to memorise all that crap. Do one psychology session in the morning, two hours, then give yourself a break and let it settle. Have a nice lunch. Go for a run. Whatever you like. Then, when your memory is ready to take on the next thing, do some maths in the afternoon. That way, you won’t get it mixed up, and you’ll have enough time for everything. Whatever you do, don’t try to study two or more different languages in one day without a break. It doesn’t work. If you can, put them on different days.
If you can’t bring yourself to take a break while studying because you’re in the zone, try the pomodoro technique. There are many apps for it, and also extensions for Chrome and all that - it really helped me! Overworking yourself doesn’t help anyone. :)
Hi. :) I'm pretty new to the community of studyblrs and my next school year is starting within a few days. Do you have any tips on how to plan study and homework sessions daily and how to keep up with them without wanting to do more and more and burning out? Also, do you know some blogs of your favorites that post their planners with their planned sessions etc.? :c I hope I didn't overlook any of those on your blog. Thank you for taking your time to read this / answer this! <3
I start by writing down everything that I have to do (I have a Day Designer, so there’s a to do list column and a schedule column.) Then I try to estimate how long each will take, and then I start to fill in my schedule. I start out with one or two easy/enjoyable tasks, and then my hardest/most dreaded task comes after that, and then the rest goes after that. To keep from burning out, be sure to give yourself lots of breaks to rest your mind. For boring subjects that don’t require a lot of thought, I like to listen to shows that I’ve already watched in the background to stay focused/not get burnt out. It’s all about balance! I usually work in my school’s library, so that I can take breaks and chat with friends every once in a while (they all know that you can literally always find me in the library.) It’s also good to switch subjects up, and not focus on one for too long.
I don’t know of any specific blogs that post those (although I may start, so keep an eye out!), but you can check out my favorites list to find some that have pretty great posts anyway.
thanks for stopping by, and welcome to the community!
i just got back from my arabic class and im Really excited!!!! we didnt learn much except a few words and letters but im so ready and feel capable of learning the rest of the abjad Right Now im so excited!!
also the only other college credit plus student happened to sit next to me and they seem really cool!!! they said linguistics is a big interest of theirs and especially the history and development of languages and how things like imperialism effect the development of language. so we talked about linguistics stuff during the break and both agreed that hangul is one of the best writing systems and has a really cool history wrt how it was intended to be accessible to all. also im hoping they have Good Politics bc one of the things they said about the reason they took arabic was that theyre ‘tired of just being taught the white mans language’ and also they were talking about how theyre studying and planning on converting to judaism to reconnect with their heritage which was really cool to hear about to!! i hope we can be friends i love my irl friends but i feel bad even if they say theyre fine with my special interest rants i dont want to subject them to that Too Much so having another irl linguistics friend would be really cool!!!
Hello, people! The time has come: I will teach you the secret to study for three days and remember everything for your test. This is a hardcore studying session so I would recommend to only do it when you are truly freaking the fuck out. Now, I must tell you: It’s gonna involve some hard work, so sit comfortably because we’re about to start:
REMINDER: YOU DON’T NEED TO DO THIS IN A ROLL. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE DURING THE COURSE OF THE DAY.
REMINDER 2: REMEMBER TO EAT, DRINK WATER AND GET ENOUGH REST. YOU DON’T NEED TO FORGET ABOUT YOUR HEALTH IN ORDER TO GET BETTER GRADES.
First reading of your main textbook
Second reading + highlighting
Research more about the topic (internet, other books, talk to your friends, etc)
Resume everything (notes)
Do a mind map of main points
If what you’re studying needs something to be memorized “word by word” (such as: meanings, processes, references, chemical reactions, etc), write it down and put it on your wall. You’re gonna read it several times during the day.
Write down the topics and key words on a reference paper (you’re gonna take this paper everywhere, forcing your memory to expand from those simple key words)
Review your notes
Do ten exercises (questions)
Review your notes + exercises
Watch a video class
You’re done for today. Good job. Now rest, tomorrow is a new day.
Review your notes
Read them out loud
Read them again, but this time record yourself
Listen to it. Twice.
Review your notes before bed
Review your notes + listen to your recordings from yesterday
Do 30 exercises (questions)
Review notes + exercises
Listen to your recordings again
Review your notes one more time.
FANTASTIC JOB! Now it’s your time to rest. If you’re feeling like it, read your notes one more time before bed.
One more time,this is a heavy studying session, and not supposed to be done all the time. Remember to take care of your health and take several breaks during the day. If you don’t need, there is no need to do everything listed here.
This is a planning method that I’ve come up with by combining different study methods I’ve come across until now.
I plan for each test, exam or assignment in detail . (At least) a week before the test/exam, I spend a day to complete my study plan - then I (try to) follow the plan religiously until the test day.
Basically, there are 4 steps in my planning process:
1. Outline the big “chunks”. i.e. the main topics to be covered for the test. These are often headings of chapters or modules. I call these “tasks”.
2. Break down& list the subtasks. A topic/task must be broken down into smaller, manageable pieces that are very specific. More specific goals can lead to greater productivity. I refer to these smaller steps as “subtasks”. Ask WHAT and HOW. WHAT are you going to study and HOW are you going to study it? So for example, “Study chapter 1.1″ would answer what you are going to study but not HOW. Break it down into smaller steps. Goals like “Summarise ch 1.1″, “Go through problems 1.1.3 to 1.1.11″, etc. are better.
3. Weigh the tasks & subtasks. Highlight the tasks/subtasks that: a) the lecturer emphasised or mentioned as a potential exam question; b) you struggled with specifically. These must be distinguished because they will require more attention and time than the rest of the tasks.
4. Decide when each subtask needs to be completed. I follow The Seven Day Study Plan to plan when I will complete each subtask, and assign a day (between D2-D6) (remember, D1 is used for planning and checking that you have everything that you need) There are a few rules that I bear in mind at this stage:
a) Assign more time to study for the sections highlighted in step 3. b) Try, if possible, to finish one module within 1-2 days. c) Try, if possible, to study the material in a logical order i.e. such that the topics flow and are connected to each other in a logical manner. Lecture plans often flow quite logically so I like to study the subject in the order it was taught. d) It is a personal rule of mine to leave the last day (D7) open. I always try to cover everything before D7 and use the last day to catch up with whatever task I was unable to complete, and to review everything before the test.
After I am done planning, I copy the subtasks into my bullet journal/weekly planner.
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This is the template I use to plan my study time for a test or exam, following the process I have described above. To demonstrate the planning process itself I’ll use my study plan for my Intro to electrical engineering class test as an example.
So I fill in the title - the test/assignment I need to study for. Then I fill in the due date (i.e. the date I am writing this test) in the top right hand corner.
I now fill in the Basic Outline block - I list the modules I need to study for this test.
Next, I write each point in the basic outlines block into each task block. Then I write down the corresponding textbook chapter number and the slide set number/name.
I go through my textbook, slides, resources, etc. and decide how I need to study. Usually the structure would be: summarise - revise summary - go through examples from lectures/textbook - do tutorial questions - do textbook questions. (Here, I list the subtasks in no particular order because I write them down as they pop into my head. I write them down in order in my bullet journal later.)
I highlight the sections that are important/guaranteed to be in the test, and the sections that I struggled with.
I assign a day to each subtask. I would usually plan to study 2 easy chapters together and plan separately for a more challenging module.
The completed plan would look something like this.
I use this process to plan for my essays as well. In this case, I list steps like planning, research, drafting, final draft in the Basic Outlines box, then follow a similar process as above.
Hey guys! A little while ago, I decided to establish a study plan for myself, and I decided to make it into a master post. So..here’s my usual study plan. Enjoy!
make vocab flashcards
start writing/highlighting notes
read your textbook/chapter twice
review flashcards twice
read notes twice
read textbook/chapter once
create some diagrams
find a video about the topic
read your notes aloud once
read your textbook/chapter once
try rewriting you notes from your memory
read notes aloud once
read textbook once
practice vocab flashcards
make a summary of your chapter/lesson
go over vocab
find more videos on the topic
try to find an educational song about the topic(trust me, it makes concepts stick in your head)
read notes aloud once
read textbook/chapter once
go over diagrams or try to redraw them from memory
go over your vocab
watch another video
read aloud notes
go over diagram again
get a good night’s sleep!!!
Hi! Hoped that was a bit helpful! That’s the way I usually study for exams. Let me know if you’ve seen any other posts like these or have some ideas for studying! I’d love to see more posts about study plans since I’m always looking for a new way to study. :DBTW: The banner was made on Canva. =D
I had quite a busy week last week, being my last week of high school and all, but now I need to buckle down and study. This week is my first exam, so I’m currently preparing the content for my two english papers.
As you all know the secret to all memorization is revision. Revising can’t always be done the night before unfortunately, but has to be scheduled. Sometimes I find scheduling my studies quite hard, especially during stressful times. Here are some resources that can help you with scheduling your studies.
Begin preparing when you receive the subject syllabus. The syllabus is the road map of the class. Be sure to enter all test dates in your personal calendar or planner.
Clearly identify the various “tasks” that you will have to do while you study. Use key words like “read”, “write”, “create outline”, “memorize”, “rewrite”, etc.
Look at your schedule and work backward to set some deadlines like “review lecture notes” or “skim textbook chapters”. Revisit these deadlines as the term progresses.
Seek help in a timely fashion for those areas you find difficult and challenging.
Survey the Available Time
Once you’ve constructed your balanced schedule for the term, look for blank spaces that can be used for extra study in exam weeks.
Be sure that these will be times when you’re rested.
A week or so before the test, take a few minutes to fill in those blanks on a copy of your weekly schedule. For example, for a test on Friday you might see:
Make the most of the time you have. One-hour blocks between classes can be great times to review notes, practice problems, or organize yourself before speaking with your TA. If you discount these smaller pockets of time, you could waste 4-8 hours of potential study time.
Make your study sessions reasonable in length, working no longer than 2 hours without a break. If you plan to spend 5 hours on Thursday studying, you should plan to take a 30-minute break in the middle to recuperate. Your mind needs time to assimilate and process the new information. Most importantly, taking breaks will make it easier to approach difficult material without becoming distracted and discouraged.
Sunday: 6 hours
Monday: 2 one-hour blocks
Tuesday: 2 two-hour blocks
Wednesday: 2 one-hour blocks
Thursday: 5 hours.
Figure out areas in which you’re confident and others in which you need intensive review. Quiz and pset scores may tell you this directly. If it isn’t clear, try the following technique.
From your syllabus, enter each topic on one line of our Test Study Checklist. Fill in reading assignments, homework, and handouts or other material that will be tested. Leave the lecture column blank for now, since you will review all lecture notes. You may have some other blank boxes: not every topic has reading or written assignments to review.
Highlight the areas in which you are least confident.
Make note of the areas most emphasized in lecture, recitation, or psets. Information that your instructor spent extra time teaching and correcting will likely receive special attention on the exam.
Note on your checklist any areas in which your lecture or book notes are vague, incomplete, or misleading. Plan to compare notes with a friend in these areas.
If you work well in study groups, plan to cover your weaker areas (and share your strengths) in group. TAs and tutors can also help you fill in gaps.
Schedule review meetings early and keep the appointment, so that you don’t fall behind in your preparation.
Choose a Study Style
Break down your studies in one of two ways: Study the most critical material first or Study the material in the chronological sequence that you learned it.
Most critical first: Study the highest priority material first, then the secondary material, which happens to have been taught earlier, etc. As you master one level, move down to the next. This method works well if the concepts you are learning in class are not closely interrelated.
Chronological sequence. If the material is interrelated and continually builds on previous knowledge, then it makes more sense to take a chronological approach. Begin your studies with the material from the first class and move forward in chronological order, spending only small amounts of time in low priority areas and more time in higher priority areas. This review will give you a stronger basis from which to master the more important material when you get to it. If you choose to study in chronological order, be careful to pace yourself so that you do not leave a critical block to do the night before the exam simply because it occurs last on your checklist.
For both styles, spend the most time on your highest priority work, a medium-amount of time on your second-priority work, and the least time on your lowest priority work (usually by skimming it). Before moving on, the question of whether or not to memorize often comes up when preparing for tests. MIT students learn early that they aren’t supposed to rely on their memories when they approach their coursework. While this information can help students to break habits learned in high school, it is not good to apply an all or nothing approach to this subject.
It can be helpful to memorize in the following two instances. First, commit to memory information that comes up all of the time (formulas, equations, common ways of solving problems, etc.) so that there is no chance that time will be wasted on repetitive tasks. Second, organize material that you need to recall on a test into lists that can be mentally accessed via acronyms, etc.
Stick to Your Plan
Here are some techniques to make certain your thoughtful planning stays on track.
Choose a good time and location to study.
Bring your checklist and stay on task. If you get stuck on a concept or problem, make a note on your checklist to speak with your TA, then move along. If you do fall behind, try to schedule an extra hour to catch up. But don’t panic: your study plan is a guideline, not an absolute.
Practice. Rework psets and sample problems from the textbook, noting how and why techniques are implemented. If you can’t explain the reasoning behind a process, you don’t understand it enough to get full credit on a test.
Note similarities and differences among problems. This helps to cultivate the skill of thinking flexibly. How and why does a solution work? How else could a problem be solved? How does the knowledge you are acquiring relate with other concepts?
Keep a list of formulae and major concepts. As you study, jot down items that you need to memorize. Review this material when you are caught standing in line or with time to spare between classes.
Selectively review your texts. Do not reread your textbook; you have already done it once and to do so again would overload you. Review only sections you have highlighted, any notes you made in the margins, formulae, definitions, and chapter summaries. You should be refreshing your memory and clarifying information, not assimilating it in extreme detail.
Don’t over-prepare. Is your study plan too ambitious and unrealistic? Trying to gain a “perfect” understanding of all the material can overwhelm and paralyze you. While it’s true that MIT exam questions often challenge you to apply concepts creatively, there is no way to anticipate every possible application of what you are learning. Thinking flexibly is a skill you will develop with practice, not by extreme studying. Construct and follow a reasonable study plan, and remember that instructors are testing what you can be reasonably be expected to know—a finite and manageable amount of work.
Too little time? Do you not have enough time to cover everything on your moderate and realistic list? Unfortunately, you will have to choose which things to study, and plan not to cover the rest. Only you will be able to judge which information is most critical to you, but remember that some studying is always better than no studying. Don’t give up because it’s impossible to learn everything. Incremental progress is still progress, so cover what you can well. Quality, not quantity, is the key.