study-habit

6) “You are my nemesis but I have no choice so I had to ask you to be my boyfriend\girlfriend because my parents want to meet my significant other”

Like every single day before school, Will’s mother was chiding him over his study habits. “You know, you will regret this when you’re older. You hardly hang out with anyone, you never leave your room, sweetheart you haven’t even dated anyone.”

Will groaned. “Mom, can’t you just be happy that I am a good noodle? I have good grades and I don’t cause you any trouble.”

She sighed and put the car in park. “Yes honey, I know. And I’m glad that you’re mature. But would it kill you to be a teenager for a bit? Hang out with friends, go out to watch a movie, go to a party, something.” Will sighed and hefted his bag. “You know Mrs. Evans has a wonderful daughter who might be-”

“Mom.”

“Okay, what about Mrs. Grace’s son? He’s really-”

Will’s eyes widened. “Mom!” he yelped so loud, a few other kids turned to see what was going on. He felt his face flush. “I’m seeing someone,” he blurted. “Please stop trying to set me up. I am already dating. Taken. Woohoo. Now please-”

“What? Since when? Who is it? Boy or girl?”

Will face palmed himself and shook his head. “I have to get to class.”

“I want to meet this person!” she called.

“Bye!” he called over his shoulder.

“Love you!” He winced. He heard someone snort beside him.

Nico di Angelo. God, Will hated the guy. He was a pompous jerk that had taken his spot as the debate team’s captain just to tick him off. He was the boy that was always causing trouble and never got caught. “Aw, Mama’s Boy, huh? That’s cute,” he teased.

“Fuck off,” Will snapped going inside and racing down the hall to escape further torment.

Of course that was hard to do when he had him for every single core class. He was in AP classes and so was Nico. And the bastard took any chance he could to make him feel stupid. All throughout the day, the two snapped at each other and scowled and rolled their eyes.

Will didn’t know why Nico had decided to make him the butt of every joke. Considering the way Will kept to himself and wasn’t very good at socializing, this just made it so much harder. He had tough skin, but even so, he couldn’t help but look forward to going home every day.

On his way back out, he was surprised to see his mom waiting outside the car. She was scrolling through her phone, leaning against the parked car. From behind, he heard, “Hey, Mama’s Boy.”

He scowled and turned to look at Nico. “What do you want, jackass?”

Nico snorted. Before he could answer, Will heard his mother. “Ooh, is this him?” Will’s expression became one of horror.

“Pay along,” he hissed.

“Excuse me?”

“I’ll do all your Calculus homework for the rest of the semester, but you have to- Hey, Mom!” He turned and looked at her as she brushed her hair away from her face.

“Oh, I was here half an hour early and it was just so hot I had to get out of the damn car. Hi!” she told Nico.

Nico’s face was scrunched in confusion. “Mom, this is Nico.” He paused, hating himself and hating Nico for being the one his mom saw him next to. “My boyfriend,” he managed to spit out.

“Excuse me?” Nico yelped.

Will gripped his arm hard and wrapped an arm around his waist pulling him closer. “What? Do you prefer special guy Significant other?”

“Significant annoyance,” he growled, digging his elbow into Will’s ribs.

“Oh, I’m so glad I could meet you!” his mm crooned. “I’ve been trying to get him out of his room for so long. Oh, you’re so… different from him. It could be healthy for my-”

“Mom, Nico has to go pick his sister up, can you give me a moment to say goodbye? Wait for me in the car.”

“Oh, of course! Oh you’re welcome to dinner any time!” She squeezed Nico’s hand and went back to the car.

Will sighed in relief. Suddenly, Nico was gripping his arm, twisting it up, using his own body to block the sight from his mom. “Three seconds to explain.”

“My mom’s been bugging me about dating someone, this morning I lied and said I was dating someone, and she saw you so ta-da, you’re it,” he said speaking quickly. “Please, I can’t have her hovering anymore.”

“Oh, oh hold on,” he said, reaching into his pocket. “I’m getting a call from- I don’t give a flying-”

“I’ll do your Calculus homework for the rest of the year!” he pleaded. “Please just pretend to date me for like a month and we can fake-break-up. I just need her off my case.”

Nico clenched his teeth and scowled. “You owe me, big time. More than homework.”

“Fine.”

His expression relaxed and he took a breath, giving Will a once over. “I didn’t know you were gay.”

“Bisexual,” he corrected. “I have to go. Um. Thanks.”

“Uh huh,” he grumbled before walking away.

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so i had this studyblr for like 2 days now and i wanted to introduce myself!

hi im aileen! im 16 and im an upcoming junior hoping to study in something stem-related.im hoping to use this blog to share my coded themes, printables, and studying habits. hopefully i can keep myself productive and help some people out as well!

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Things Top Students Do

1. They don’t always do all of their homework.

In college, homework assignments generally make up 5-20% of your grade, but can be the biggest time-suck for most students. Yes, working problems is one of the best ways to turn new concepts into working knowledge, but a large majority of those problems that take you hours and hours to work through, you’ll never see on an exam.

2. They never “read through” the textbook.


Per time spent, reading the textbook is one of the least effective methods for learning new material. Top students use the examples and practice problems, but otherwise use Google, lecture notes, and old exams for study materials.

3. They Google EVERYTHING.

It’s like an automatic reaction. New concept = go to Google for a quick explanation. Don’t think just because your professor gives you a textbook and some examples on the blackboard that you’re limited to that information. You have a massive free search engine at your fingertips, so make use of it.

4. They test themselves frequently.

Testing yourself strengthens your brain’s connections to new material, and gives you immediate and clear feedback on whether you know something or not. Bottom line, repeated self-testing significantly improves long-term retention of new material. 

5. They study in short bursts, not long marathons.

Studying in short bursts tends to help you focus intensely because you know there is at least a short break coming.

This also fits in nicely with our Ultradian Rhythm, the natural activity/rest cycle of our bodies, which makes studying continuously for multiple hours on end counterproductive.

6. They reverse-engineer solved problems.

It’s one thing to follow and memorize a set of steps to solve a calculus problem. It’s an entirely different thing to understand what a derivative is, be able to take derivates of complex functions, know when to use the chain rule vs. the product rule, etc. The problem with simply following the steps the professor provided, or the textbook outlines, is that you’re only achieving a surface-level knowledge of the problem. Top students, instead,take solved problems and work backwards, from solution to question, asking “why.”

Why did this get this value?
Why did they simplify this expression?
Why did they use that type of derivative rule?

By following this process, you begin to understand the interconnections of the concept, and how to directly apply that to a problem. This “working knowledge” of a concept is key to performing well on exams, especially on problems that you haven’t seen before.

7. They don’t own a highlighter.

Highlighting anything = unengaged reading. If you want to note something that stands out, underline and write a corresponding note to go along with it. Or better yet, write yourself a note summarizing the item in your own words.

8. They sleep–a lot.

The daily routines of top performers, in any field, are characterized by periods of intense work (4-6 hours per day) followed by significant quantities of high-quality sleep (9 hours per night). You see this trend in top violin prodigies and chess champions, as well as elite athletes. The idea is to alternate periods of intense work with rest, so that you create tons of new connections in your nervous system, and then allow adequate time to assimilate those gains.

9. They engage themselves by asking questions.

What happens if I tell you, “Thomas Jefferson almost single-handedly drafted the Delcaration of Independence in 1776.”?

You might say “Hmm.. that’s interesting”, try to remember it for later, maybe even write down a note or two.

But what if I ask you, “Who was Thomas Jefferson?” What changes?

You start searching your memory, sifting through images of old guys, founding fathers, thinking about the Declaration of Independence. You come up with your own narrative, and then realize that you have gaps.

When was he around again?
And why was he so important?

You’ll probably find yourself going to Google to fill in the gaps. Through that process your learning will be much more deeply seated in your brain than anything your history teacher ever told you about him. That’s the power of asking questions.

10. They make the best out of lecture.


Yes, your professor sucks. Yes, lectures are boring. Yes, it’s either too fast so you can’t keep up and miss all the important stuff, or it’s way too slow and you start zoning out because you already understand everything.

The best students look at this this way: I’m going to be there no matter what, so what’s the best use of my time while I’m in the classroom? Ask questions, bring the textbook and look stuff up, focus on the important practice problems to copy down in your notes, try to anticipate what the professor is going to say, make note of anything they put emphasis on as a potential exam topic. All of these things make the time you have to spend in lecture more productive and engaging. And that’s less time you have to spend studying later on.

11. They over-learn.

School is hard enough, with the amount of studying and homework you have to do. And on top of all of that Facebooking you have to get done? It might seem ridiculous to suggest learning more than you have to.

What!? Are you insane!?

But this is precisely what top students do. And paradoxically, they end up spending less time trying to understand how to do homework problems, andless time studying for exams because of it. Because when you “over-learn” past what’s presented in class, you build a better framework for the subject.

Think of trying to remember some details about Abraham Lincoln’s life. You try to remember the dates of the Civil War, or what he said in the Emancipation Proclamation. You study the same facts over and over and over again… but it’s just boring, and you quickly forget. But what if you knew his whole life’s story? About how Lincoln suffered from bouts of depression, and his relationship with his wife suffered? You start to learn that the dude was human, and you start to relate to the things he did and the struggles he went through. Now you’ve constructed a story in your head. And studies show that humans learn best through stories. So yes, it’s more information, but your brain knows what to do with it now that all those random facts are linked together. More learning, but less rote memorization and struggling to remember random facts.

12. They immediately study their exam mistakes.

Most students get their exam grade back, flip through to see if the professor made any mistakes they can argue about, and then promptly shove it into their notebook, never to be seen again until the mad scramble at the end of the semester to study for the final.

Instead, top students ignore what they got right, and use their mistakes as an indicator of what to improve on.

13. They’re busy with work and side projects.

Yes, to do well in a course, you need to focus and put in the hours. But like many geniuses throughout history have shown, involvement in a diverse set of subjects, activities, and skill sets keeps you active, and provides you with a rich and diverse set of mental models to pull from.

Also, as they say, “If you need to get something done, give it to the busy person.” If you stay active in multiple areas, you don’t have time to procrastinate, and are forced to be efficient with your study time. This generally translates into quicker learning and better performance throughout the semester.

14. They use lecture as a detective mission.

Though completely unaware of this fact, your professor has tells. Yes, like in poker. Tells during lecture will hint at particular types of concepts and problems that will be emphasized on the midterm or final exam. The best students pay attention to topics professors spend a seemingly inordinate amount of time on and make note. Chances are you’ll see something related on the final.

15. They don’t wait for motivation to strike.

Motivation comes and goes, but studying for a degree requires persistence and consistency. Just like Olympic athletes train even on their worst days, the best students figure out how to get their coursework done when it’s the last thing they want to do.

16. They practice under test conditions.
The old adage “practice makes perfect” isn’t totally true. Deliberate practice under the right conditions, with the correct mindset, is more like it. Instead of reading through all of the lecture notes and redoing old homework problems, top students make themselves practice exams, and rehearse their exam performance, under time pressure and in similar conditions (no notes, uncomfortable chair, quiet room, etc.) to what they’ll see on test day.

17. They use old exams.

Professors aren’t the most inventive folk. Along with coming up with lecture material and departmental responsibilities, they’re also primarily concerned with research. So typically midterms and final exams more or less look alike for similar courses year-to-year and even across universities. Because of this, old exams are a gold mine of opportunity for figuring out what problems you should be able to solve and study from.

18. They make their own study guides.

The best students don’t simply use the study guide the teacher provides, they create their own.

Creating the study guide is half the battle, requiring you to go through your notes, consolidate them, and organize them in a way that you understand–all valuable study activities. You’ll also be able to use your equations sheet much more effectively on the exam itself (if allowed) because you know exactly where everything is.

19. They actually write on paper.

Writing out notes on a laptop is efficient. Too efficient. Because it’s so easy to quickly type out exactly what the professor is saying, you don’t have to do the work of trying to figure out how to consolidate the information into your own shorthand. Some also believe that the act of writing helps retain more information.

20. They use the 80/20 rule.

Yes, some students who get good grades do every reading assignment, finish every practice problem, and attend every study session they can get their hands on. But these students are missing the point. There will always be an endless amount of information you could learn given the time and effort, but having the ability to discern what is worth learning will truly set you apart.

Top students identify the 20% of concepts they need to learn deeply, in order to determine 80% of their final grade. They focus intently on those few things, and simply ignore the rest. This is a formula for high performance, without hours and hours of busywork. And it translates seamlessly into the real world too.

21. They don’t complain.

Complaining simply has no place in the smart student’s repertoire. If something sucks, change it or ignore it, but don’t waste your time, energy, and mental state talking about it. Got a crappy professor? Either switch class sections or focus on teaching yourself. Horrible textbook? Find alternate resources (Google is free in case you hadn’t heard).

22. They learn by doing.

Any technical subject can only truly be internalized through use. Just like learning a new language, learning to be fluent in algebra or calculus requires active application of rules and formulas. Top students know there is a big difference between knowledge, and applied knowledge.

23. They take personal responsibility for learning the material.

The best students understand that they, and only they are truly responsible for their own education. So waiting to be spoon-fed by your professor and doing the homework assignments will never be enough. Despite your school’s best intentions, they’ll never be as committed to your academic success as you can be.

24. Following what they love

Those students you admire are passionate about what they are learning. They have the drive to develop their learning further based on their love of what they are discovering. This may not always be the case and is often unavoidable but if you follow what interests you and cultivate a curiosity of this area, your motivation to learn will thrive.

Not every student is the same and many top students don’t follow the status quo. The best way to create good habits for students is to try a variety of techniques and figure out what works for you.

25. Question your teachers
Thinking outside the box is a cliche but certainly a reality for students.  They question everything–especially test questions they get wrong.  This attitude is important because it shows a general inquisitiveness that is essential in learning.  As any parent of small children knows, questions are a way to gain knowledge.  Teachers can’t be offended when a student asks a difficult question and parents should encourage this behavior.  

26. They know the best way to study.

It is important to know the best way to study for yourself. Do you need pictures? Sounds? Study better in quiet or noisy environments? Figure out what works best for you so that you can make the most out of your study time.

27. They play hard.

We all know that a balanced lifestyle is the best way to stay mentally and physically healthy! Top students don’t spend all day in the library grafting (contrary to what you might think!) Rather, they take the time to put their studies aside and do something which is fun and exciting!

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Using Evernote.

I have received a lot of questions about what program I am using to organize my notes. It is called Evernote and it is still something I am experimenting with but I am quite pleased with the results thus far.

What appeals to me most about it at this point is the ability to edit and sync my notes on my computer to my phone so that I always have all of my notes with me anywhere without the hassle of notebooks and paper. That, along with a fast and responsive engine for tagging and searching makes organizing and finding my notes a lot less time consuming.

As one reader was asking, it does support document and image attachments as well as recorded audio clips (that have thus far not been very useful to me). However, I do insert inlayed images often for diagrammatic purposes. 

At this time, it is definitely a much more tedious operation to convert readings and clinical pearls to digital notes when I come home but over the long term, I think they will be more useful.

anonymous asked:

5-7? that's amazing compared to my 0 a day. self deprecation aside, what tips do you have for developing a study habit?

Hello.

Well, there is no particular secret in developing a study habit. It is like any other habit. It takes time and repetition.

  • Create a Schedule and Try your Best to Stay on Track. If you forget to do something on your schedule, carry on. Do not try to backtrack. Or everything else on the schedule will have a time shift. Come back to it later.
  • Mark down on a calendar, everytime you followed your schedule.
  • Reward yourself when you complete a task. Do not reward yourself before… 
  • Be Consistent. If you study better in the morning, then start with studying in the morning. Even when you feel lazy, try to study a bit. It is better to study a bit than not at all.
  • At first, it will be hard. But, after 10 days, it will become easier to develop this habit. It is said that it takes around ~66 days to create a habit. 

Best of Luck.

Why snack?

We all know that, to keep our brains running smoothly, we need to fuel them appropriately with a balanced diet. This is specially important during exams or other stress periods, because mental work burns more calories than sometimes we realize.

One easy and effective way to get that extra energy our brains need are snacks. When used in conjunction with an already good diet, they can give a much needed boost to your memory, attention, comprehension…

When to snack?

I’ve found the best time to go for a little snack is during studying breaks. I use the pomodoro technique, so every 25 minutes I’ll have a little break, and that’s when I do my snacking. Not every break has to be a snack-break, of course!

If I am cramming, I find eating while studying also works, but it is messier and can interrupt your focus. So try your best to plan little breaks at set intervals!

How to snack?

Eat small things, both in portion and in size. Finger foods are much better than stuff you need utensils for. Bite sized foods work best and are generally less messy. Small portions mean you get energy as you need it, and that you won’t overeat or force your body to do a heavy digestion while studying (trust me, you don’t want that! You want all the energy going to your brain and not your guts!).

What to snack?

Here’s where many people get stuck, but truth is possibilities are endless. I advise against junk food, but even that is better (in moderation, of course!) than having nothing at all. It is a good idea to plan ahead what you will be eating and snacking that week: this way you can make sure you choose a variety of foods with good nutritional values, and your choices are wiser.

Some ideas:

  • Drinks
    • Fruit smoothies (a favorite here is frozen strawberries, banana & cinnamon)
    • Tea (any type, hot or iced)
    • A small cup of hot chocolate
    • Orange juice
  • Fruit and vegs
    • Grapes
    • Berries (I’m a fan of blueberries, but to each their own!)
    • Carrot, green pepper and/or celery sticks
    • Hummus (pair it up with the vegetable sticks and it’s yummy!)
    • Guacamole (it can work as a dip, too!)
    • Clementine wedges
    • An apple
    • A banana
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Pickles
  • Carbs
    • Oat cookies
    • Bread sticks
    • A good old sandwich (this one is too much for me, but it’s good for longer breaks)
    • Hard pretzels or pretzel rods
    • Dark chocolate (but do not overdo this one!)
    • Popcorn (same here!)
    • M&Ms (or similar, but in moderation)
    • Granola bars
  • Fats and Proteins
    • Nuts (I’m specially a fan of walnuts, but any one goes!)
    • Olives (pitless)
    • Cheese (wedges, mini cheese balls, diced…)
    • Yogurt
    • A hard boiled egg
    • Cold meats (diced, rolled up slices…)

The list, honestly, is endless, as are the benefits of regular and healthy snacking for students like you and me.

ETA: Adding more snack ideas as I come up with them. Feel free to share yours!

(Note of the Author: Please forgive any mistakes I may have made. English is my third language and sometimes I get brain-hiccups while writing long things!)

STUDY HABITS: 

Writing a side post on studying efficiently – These are the things that I do, at least, to make sure I keep my GPA up and workload under control. 

UChicago gives a ridiculous amount of homework per week (ie, fall quarter this year I was spending 15 hours on homework in an econ class, 20 hours on a CS class, 5 on math, and 2 on engineering = 42 hours of homework, in addition to going to class (12 hours), working for 10 hours a week, and orchestra rehearsal (4 hours)), and these habits absolutely SAVED me. 

Here we go:

1) Read/skim last class’ notes before this class. 

This one seems to surprise people but it is insanely effective in cementing material in your head and learning efficiently in the classroom. I started doing this because I would forget what we learned last class – and found that with two-three extra minutes (speed reading) I could follow lectures a whole lot better. 

This allows me to retain notes better too – I normally don’t have to look at them again until when I’m studying for exams.

2) Take advantage of audiobooks and other online resources.

-Audiobooks:
Here, we take a sequence of humanities classes and a sequence of social science classes. This is around 100 pages of reading every class (~2 nights to read) very difficult stuff (Marx, Foucault, De Beauvoir, etc.). I’m not a fast reader so I only get time to read it around once (and then I always fall asleep reading so that doesn’t help). Listen to the audiobook version. Seriously. Why? Because then you can get readings done while you are brushing your teeth, eating, exercising, walking to class, riding the bus, etc. A lot of people don’t finish the readings but are really good at grasping the structure of the argument. If you can combine both, you will be good to go.

-Videos:
I learn math best through videos. Short concise walkthroughs help you condense important information.

-Other people’s flashcards
Chances are, the material you are studying or the textbook is not one of a kind. If you are lucky, someone else would have made study materials (on sites like quizlet) that you can borrow.

-Textbook website:
Sometimes textbooks have outlines and practice problems and visuals. Use them!

3) DO NOT RECOPY SHIT

Every rendition of notes that you produce should be different from the last. Straight-copying is a huge time-waster. Unless you’re one of those people who remember exactly what they write down (I’m not and I’ve met very few people who are), this is so inefficient. You process information  much faster than you write. Why are you burning excess brain functionality on writing something that you don’t need to turn in?

That’s not to say don’t write. I like to go through my notes and condense them into an outline using short key words to remind me of important ideas. 

But, to the people who are making pretty, colorful, and comprehensive notes–where are you getting the time? I normally assume that you just write that beautifully or are doing it in class to keep awake  (and even in class, shouldn’t you be paying attention?)– but if that is a study method…

4) Take advantage of office hours. Or if you don’t have them, make your own office hours by requesting them from your teacher (even if they decline, you will still look like a hard-worker). 

Go in with questions to ask your teacher/TA. Saves you so much time going about a problem on your homework completely wrong. 

If you are ill-prepared (been there, done that), here are good “questions” to get your teacher to divulge information:
- “Can you explain the intuition behind ….”
- “I’m a little stuck on this problem. Can you recommend a good approach to get me started?”
- “I didn’t quite understand the material that this problem is written on when we went over it in class. Do you have a textbook reference or a good resource for me to go over the material?” <– huge time saver, because flipping through a 300 page book not knowing what you are looking for is the absolute worst. 

5) Prioritize

I like to block off specific hours to do specific things, but the most important part of that, is that you do not sit down without a clear idea of what you need to get done.

I prioritize by 1) how much brainpower a task requires (studying takes the most, then essaying brainstorming, then problem sets “solving”, then essay writing, then problem set write ups*, etc.) 2) Their deadline 3) When I am the most productive. 

*I split homework into ‘solving’ and ‘writing up’. I know that I am sharpest during the morning/ early afternoon, so I save the most difficult/thinking intensive solving part then, and then actually type/write up my answers when I’m less functional. 

Hope this helps! Let me know what works for you/ if you have any good ones to share.

karkura asked:

How do you study for so many classes and be successful in them ? Also what are you study habits like and how do you take adequate notes ? Thank you!

Hey, thank you for your message!

SUCCESS IN EVERY CLASS

When it comes to studying for the numerous classes there are so many options which can be great for some but completely useless for others. The key is to try out different methods of studying and find the ones that suit you best. You can take a look at some of the methods we find useful  here

It’s also really important to prioritise some subjects such as anatomy and histology and give other classes a miss. Unless you’re a robot, there’s no chance you’ll be a queen of every subject, focus on the most important ones! You can make a list every Friday with the tasks you need to get done by next week and determine priorities.

GOOD STUDY HABITS
which we both include in our study routine :)

  • Run a calendar/journal, where you make a super detailed plan of the upcoming tasks and deadlines. 
  • Before a study session tell your family/friends kindly that you’ll be busy for the next couple of hours. Turn off your phone and you computer if it’s not needed in your work.
  • Clean your desk/study area before you start working and open the window for some fresh air. Make a good cup of tea, grab a healthy snack and keep a water bottle nearby. You can even turn on some calm music if it helps you focus.
  • Divide your tasks into smaller bits so that the amount of work doesn’t overwhelm you. Plus it can be really motivating to cross out even smaller tasks form your to-do list! :D
  • You can try out the Pomodoro method, there are some really great apps for that! It helps you manage time for work and breaks. Try starting out with working for 25 minutes and having a 5 minute break and later on you can extend the study time.

NOTE-TAKING

Please remember that pretty notes don’t necessairly make them better notes!

  • Before starting taking notes proof-read the chapter you’ll be working on. It will give you an overall idea of the topic. 
  • Grab a notebook or a blank sheet of paper, depends on what you find more clear to read later on.
  • Don’t rewrite the whole sentences form the book! Make points, write in your own words and make them as short as possible.
  • Include diagrams and schematic drawings. It can be better than words!
  • If the chapter you’re working on is not too long or complicated you can also use post-it notes to make a short summary and stick it into your textbook.

Those are just some of the ideas to use in your studying and note-taking drawn form our own study habits. Hope you’ll find something here that might help you. In case of any more questions, don’t even hesitate to ask us! 

Developing Effective Study Habits

Below are some tips to help you develop the attitudes and habits which lead to success:

1. Take responsibility for yourself, and your failure or success.

2. Understand that you’ll need to priorities the way you use your time and your energy. Make your own decisions, and don’t let your friends dictate what’s important, and how much you should work.

3. Figure out when your most productive work times are, and the types of environments where you work best.

4. Try to understand the material well – don’t just memorize what the textbook says. If possible, try to explain it to a friend.

5. Try something else if revision doesn’t help. Don’t just keep reading the same things again.

6. Then, if you still don’t understand ask for help. It’s not going to magically fall into place.

7. Study with a friend, and share ideas, and test each other on what you’re meant to know.

8. Keep working and revising throughout the term so the material stays fresh and is easy to retrieve.

whew, i know i’ve been doing a lot of crazy stuff recently (*pokes @studyblrpoets*) but with finals coming up, i really want to be prepared and i thought it would be ever better if i made it one of those challenges (like 100 days of productivity and whatnot)!!

so, i bring to you, the second addition of #studyingwithacdemic, the one week of habits challenge!! i wanted it to be shorter and super simple so that it would be easier to commit to, and something you can obviously do more than once if you liked it the first time (:

- how does one week of habits work?

the idea is to start to develop a good study habit (or break a bad habit) in one week. i know, i know - the cliche is that “30 days forms a habit”. but in general, i’ve found that as long as i stick to something for a short period of time, i’ll prooobably keep going with it. doing things in short bursts seems easier than dedicating to something for, say, a year. 

here are some habits you might want to make / break:

  • drink more water ( 8 cups a day minimum? )
  • get up to stretch / exercise more often
  • don’t procrastinate at all for a week
  • get at least 8 hours of sleep every day
  • start / keep a journal
  • go for a run every day
  • meditate every day / practice mindfulness
  • only spend a certain # of hours on a website / your phone / etc.
  • speak in a language you’re learning
  • read a book
  • write something

but remember, those are just examples, you can do anything you want. maybe you just want to remember to do 10 jumping jacks every day or something. maybe you want to learn to do this splits!! go for it!!

- keep us posted! ♡

this is a tumblr challenge, after all. we want to be here to support and encourage and motivate you!!!! every day you complete your habit, post a picture of your progress, or write an update – tag posts with #heyacdemic for me to queue it, or tag it with #1weekofhabits (:

- more habits stuff


aLRIGHTYY, thanks for reading!! i hope you’ll join me because i think this will be super fun and helpful. and it would be great if i wasn’t a habit-making/breaking loner :’)

♥︎ hannah

Ganito ang pader ng kwarto ko. Ang daming nakapaskil na kung anu ano. Pota kala mo kung ano, pero yun pala reviewer. Tapos may white board pa na akala mo naman naglelecture ako sa isang class. Pero kahit na nakapaskil yan diyan, di ko rin siya masyado pinapansin. Ang weird no? Ewan ko ba pero minsan ko lang matitigan yang mga nandiyan kasi bukod sa alam ko naman na yan e, di ko alam bakit pinaskil ko pa yan. Diba dapat yung mga di pa ko masyadong familiar na concepts ang dapat na nandiyan? Ang gulo ko. 

Gusto ko na alisin yang mga yan pero, ewan ko yung isa lang ang hindi ko aalisin diyan. Yung galit na galit na note na “MAG-ARAL KA!”.  :)

Pag nakikita ko yang mga notes na yan, napapabuklat talaga ako ng libro.

Ginagawa niyo ba yan pag dibdibang aral ang ginagawa niyo?

Pero sa mga nursing students at sa mga nursing graduates na nagrereview for board exam e malamang “Oo” ang sagot sa tanong ko. haha :) Pakiramdam ko tuloy ang sipag ko pag nasusulyapan ko yang mga lintik na mga nakadikit na yan. Pero ang maganda naman dun e, SINISIPAG AKO DAHIL DIYAN :) 


Effective naman yang technique na pagpapaskil ng notes sa pader ng kwarto kasi halimbawa, pagkagising mo sa umaga, yan na agad makikita mo. Kumbaga, dahil sa araw araw mong nakikita nasasanay ka na at tumatatak na sa memorya mo. Katulad nalang yan ng pagkakaayos ng mga furniture niyo sa bahay. Yung kahit pumikit ka, kaya mong ituro kung nasaan ang patungan ng TV, ang sofa, ang cabinet etc.  

Noong una pa nga balak ko sa kisame ko ilalagay para habang nakahiga ako, e iyan ang nakikita ko. Kahit sa pagdilat ko palang sa umaga, yan na agad ang sasambulat sa pagmumukha ko. Subukan niyo, baka effective din para sa inyo :)