hello everyone! i use a loooot of pens on a daily basis, so i thought it’d be cool to let you guys take a sneak peek into my pencil cases! without further ado, here’s a quick rundown on my pencil case contents!
i’m still working on how i should have my notes laid out so it’s still quite messy and my handwriting needs work too ;-; i also bought some super cute mini envelopes and note cards from daiso and the pantone mug i’ve been eyeing on. ~ no more spending for the next few months ha ha :-) ~
i hope ya’ll are having a good one! have a nice day and take care!
Dear lord I had the most stressful morning, I had to change library due to works in my favorite one and I had to pay 1,30€ for a bottle of water because they didn’t have vending machines????
Buuuut I brought four little moleskines (in the pic above) they are so cute and I used them to make very short summaries for my next exams. I swear uni is killing me slowly.
Some tips on how to stay motivated to continue to studying from a book.
1) Make a list/table for the day. Every time you finish one page in the book, mark it down. This way you can see your progress, and it makes it a lot easier to continue reading. It can also help you assess how much time you need to read so and so many pages in a certain amount of time. Thus making it easier to make a realistic plan for your day. I have also used post-its/old flashcards to make stacks of paper to have a more physical approach to this “reward system”.
2) Remove distractions: turn off (internet) your phone/computer/tablet, and just remove them.
3) Good lighting: its easier to stay awake and less stress on your eyes if you have a good source of light ☀️
4) Get comfy! Make sure that you have everything at arms reach when you start. I like to have water, a cup of tea, earplugs, a scarf and tissues close by when I read. By not having to leave your study spot, you stay in the zone a lot longer 😊
5) Adjust your sound level. I personally like to have it quiet when I study, so I use earplugs. But others might prefer music or just some background noise when they study. There are apps (eg. myNoise) and websites that can help you with that here: http://studydiaryofamedstudent.tumblr.com/Studywebstuff
6) Get the right temp. If its too cold or too warm it can be difficult to concentrate. I usually get to cold, so I always keep a sweater and a scarf close by.
7) Time it! Set an alarm to set timeframes for yourself. It is a lot easier to continue reading if you know that you will have a break eventually. I recommend having a study break every 20-45 minutes. If you read for 20 minutes, take a break for 10 minutes. And if you read for 45 minutes, take at least 15 minutes. I sometimes even have to set an alarm for how long my breaks are, just to get back in the game as fast as possible.
8) Read with a ruler. It might make it easier for you to read, and keeps your focus.
i recently got a new phone with way more storage space, which led to me actually getting more than the bare necessities as far as apps go. now that i have em, i can’t live without em.
this one comes automatic on iphones, but what i do now is i typed a different motivational quote in for each day to alert me at the same time every day. a little dose of easy inspiration at 6:20am :)
2. google drive
i do a lot of group projects and this is essential to share work if i need it right then. it’s also great if you’re running out of storage space on your phone. the app doesn’t take up more storage on your device no matter how much you put into it, so if you have pictures you don’t want to delete but don’t look at very often, you can sync them to your drive then delete them off your phone.
i haven’t played with this one too much yet, but it’s an exercise app with difficulty ranges from beginner to advanced, and with different types of exercise (including yoga and stretches.) it’s super easy to use and to understand, and perfect for wake-me-up breaks at your desk.
john green crash courses. nuff said.
just use it. oh, just go use it.
6. google translate
yeah, there’s an app for that. can’t tell you how many times i’ve been in a pinch just before spanish class and needing to do my translation work. problem solved right here.
on the same note, this app. it can get a little annoying if you keep your notifications on, but it’s fun and easy, and has a variety of languages. i use it not only to brush up on spanish skills for school, but also because i’m going to italy, france, and poland this summer and i speak none of those languages. yet.
automatic notifications on breaking use, and very useful if you, say, forgot you have to give a speech analyzing the results the iowa caucus has on the gop next period, or a timed write on how the fbi ran a child porn site to catch criminals in an hour. (both of which have happened to me.)
if your school uses it, you can check your grades and attendance records in real time!
super helpful when you come across a word in your readings you don’t know, or need to double-check a word’s connotation before you use it in an essay. it doubles as a thesaurus, if you need that, too. (also, THE GAME)