school starts in about a month for me and i thought it’d be helpful to compile everything i’ve collected in the span of a year into one giant masterpost ! :]

back to school tips!!

get organized!!

notetaking methods

gr8 study methods !

essay writing

optimize your productivity

manage your time! 

web resources

put yourself first !


i hope this helps ! & check out my studygram for studyspo pics + my bts blog for me fangirling tbh :] good luck! x


28|7 today i 

  • went to work from 7.00-3.00
  • went to the bank 
  • then into university to sort out some finance issues 
  • popped into paperchase to waste some £££
  • made and applied a avocado mask onto my dry hair
  • sorted through one side of my desk drawer
  • tidied up my room 

and now i’m pooped, i hope your thursday has been a productive one, here’s to a less strenuous friday!!

i get lots of questions about what kinds of pens i use, so i thought i’d make a post for convenience :’’) the x’s are links to posts where i’ve used the pen.

  • sakura pigma micron 01 (0.25mm) - i usually don’t like using pens with tips smaller than 0.5mm since i feel like i’m scratching the paper with them, but microns are felt tip so i can deal with it (heh). i like using this pen for when i have to cramp a lot of information in a small space. (x)
  • pilot precise v5 (0.5mm) - I LOVE THESE PENS!! A+ ink flow, crisp lines, and a v smooth writing experience. it takes a while for the ink to dry sometimes, so i use these mostly for when i’m rewriting notes instead of in-class notes. (x, x, x, x, x)
  • muji gel ink ballpoint (0.5mm) - i’m gonna be honest, i bought my first pack of muji pens about a month after i started my studyblr because everyone had them. but!! for all the hype they get, they are nice pens. v smooth & lots of color options!! my only qualms are that they run out of ink pretty fast and the ink tends to smear if you highlight over it. (x, x, x)
  • pentel rsvp fine (0.7mm) - my go-to pen for in-class notes! the ink doesn’t smear very much, which is excellent because i’m one of those people that writes everything down (oops). definitely not the best pen ever, but it does its job well. ALSO it has a grip which makes it v comfortable to write with!! (i started using it when i was making this review sheet, except it ran out of ink halfway through and i switched to using a bic cristal pen)
  • paper mate inkjoy 100 (1.0mm) - my other in-class notes pen! i use it less than the rsvp because it likes to transfer onto my hand more, but the ink is darker and it’s a wider pen. i’ll usually use it when i have to fill up more space and don’t want to write as much heh :^) (x, x)
  • uniball signo um-153 (1.0mm) - v nice if you’re looking for a pen that writes boldly and thickly!! i bought this pen not too long ago, so i haven’t written with it that much yet, but i’ll probably use it for headings or something like that (x)

FUN FACT these are all capped pens… i stay away from retractable pens because i’m one of those people that clicks them constantly if i have one in my hands (ㅠᴗㅠ)

fellow witches: i found this godsend today and i’m so happy 

this is the website for the monterery bay spice company, where you can buy all of this cheap and in bulk: 

  • sea salt
  • essential oils 
  • herbs
  • teas
  • glassware/bottles in all kinds of sizes 
  • carrier oils 
  • diy tea bags 

the most impressive selection is the herbs, it’s in alphabetical order and there’s literally anything you could ever want on there. when you click on a herb it even gives you some botanical information & how to cultivate/harvest it on your own 

i haven’t personally ordered from them yet but from all the reviews and additional info i’ve seen, it looks legit. please share for other broke witches & witches on a budget!

Hi guys!! I’m super pumped for the new school year, so I decided to make school related posts.

So this is my first post for back to school 2016. 

I decided to do a general one before going in depth to specific classes/subjects.

Saving money:

  • make a list of all the supplies you have, and then a list of the things you will need to buy
  • before you buy anything, look for the best deals in various stores/websites. There are probably tons of back to school sales going on
  • bring your lunch to school instead of buying it on campus (I spent wayyyyyy too much money on food last year, not making the same mistake again!)
  • pay your bills on time so you don’t have to pay late fees
  • if you can, walk or use public transportation instead of driving your own car (bus/train passes are cheaper than gas for the whole month, and you’re also being environment friendly)


  • here is a masterpost with free textbook websites
  • if you can find the textbooks in pdf format, definitely use them because free 
  • if you happen to have a tablet or iPad, that’s perfect because you can read the textbook in it.
  • if you don’t have one, don’t worry! You’re probably only going to work with a few chapters anyway, so you can print them out recto verso and write on them during class
  • in case your professor actually says you’ll need the whole book, you can go to a photocopy shop to print it out. They usually charge a couple to a few cents for each page.
  • and of course, if what you pay for printing out the book is almost the same as buying it, it’s not worth printing it out
  • in that case, try to borrow/rent textbooks instead of buying them (note: if the price for renting a used book is really close to buying a new book, you might as well buy it so you don’t have to worry about writing/underlining)

Pens and pencils

  • Bic pens are quite cheap (I saw an 8 or 10 pack on the Target website for like a dollar) and they’re my favorite!
  • if you like wooden pencils, good for you because they’re cheap as hell
  • if you prefer mechanical pencils, there are tons you can get for all kinds of prices. I like the Uni-ball ones, and am currently using a Kokuyo one, but honestly you can’t really go wrong with any mechanical pencil

Other stationery

  • if you live in the US, or anywhere that has Target stores, you are in luck. 
  • go to the Target dollar tree/section and you will find the cutest stationery ever for sooooo cheap (yes, I’m extremely envious)
  • go to a dollar store or anything similar to that where you live, and you will surely find cheap stationery
  • AliExpress has incredibly cute stuff and, most importantly, cheap and with free shipping most of the time (obs.: check the little “free shipping” box, and select “price low to high”, to make your job easier)


We all love the idea of being organized, but how do we actually get there?


  • before starting the new school year, it’s very important to clean our study area (I will post a video about this soon, when I clean out mine)
  • take everything out and off your desk and clean it
  • clean each object before placing it on your desk again, so you don’t get it dirty after having just cleaned it
  • get organizers for your drawers: I use a flatware/silverware tray from IKEA, it cost me like 2,99$ and it’s great because it’s plastic, so you can just wash it in the sink
  • you can also make an organizer with little boxes you have lying around, or even with cardboard
  • use cups (any kind) for your most used pens and pencils, so they’re always on hand
  • use the organizers for storing all your stationery, such as post its, paper clips, washi and scotch tape, stickers, etc
  • if you want, maybe get a bulletin board where you can pin a calendar or anything you want to be visible (you don’t have to nail it to the wall, you can just set it on your desk so it stands!)

Before class

  • 5 things to do every Sunday night post by a fellow studyblr
  • skim through the chapter you’ll be working on, so that you’re not hearing the material for the first time in class
  • if you have extra time, maybe you can even make a little summary of what you read
  • eat a good breakfast!!!! It’s very important because if you don’t eat well, you won’t be as focused and productive in class as you could be 

After class

  • store any papers you were given in class in your binder/folder
  • eat something when you get home if you’re gonna start studying, etc so your brain is “fed”
  • do your homework as soon as you can
  • some people work better after relaxing a little when they get home, and others work better if they do all their work right when they get home, and only relax later - figure out which method works best for you
  • if you have a planner/journal, get to planning and writing down any tasks you need to get done and, if possible, do them right away


There are tons of different methods out there, and I will soon make a post about different study methods. As for now, here are some posts on different methods:

Time management

  • have a planner/bullet journal/a weekly or monthly calendar printed out where you can see exactly what you have to do each day + what is coming up
  • break everything down and organize what you have to do into tasks
  • avoid procrastination with all of your strength
  • here’s a post about it
  • this post introduces an app that organizes your time for you
  • in case you have multiple activities, such as work or a sport, you will want to make your study sessions more productive to save time, so use the Pomodoro method when studying, and eat some good snacks while you’re at it (post coming soon *wink wink*)

What to keep in your locker aka first aid kit

  • deodorant (trust me it’ll come in handy)
  • gum (very important)
  • band-aids
  • pads/ tampons (at least 2 or 3, and if you use one, replace it asap)
  • chapstick
  • tissues (trust me you will need them. carry a pack in your purse/bag with you as well)
  • TISSUES!! I can’t tell you how many times they’re saved me. If you buy food to take away and forget to bring napkins, tissues. If you go to the bathroom and only realize there’s no toilet paper when you go reach for it, tissues. If it’s hot as balls and your forehead is looking oily, tissues. I could go on…
  • moisturizer (Nivea has small little versions of theirs, they’re perfect for this)
  • nail filer
  • razor (in case you missed a spot when you shaved; totally optional)
  • a toothbrush and some toothpaste (what I do is when a tube of toothpaste at home is close to being empty, I throw it in my bag - not too heavy, still enough for a few uses)
  • a clean pair of underwear (you probably know what for)
  • a clean t-shirt (in case you spill something all over yours)
  • if you’re a makeup user, maybe a concealer, powder and a colored lip balm, like a BabyLips or something along those lines
  • dry shampoo or baby powder (they do the same)

Some of these are not as essential as others, but you can probably fit all of them in a makeup bag! Except for the t-shirt probably :/

You might want to also have a hoodie and a tiny umbrella in your locker, in case you dress totally inappropriately for the weather one day and need to protect yourself from the cold and rain. Don’t forget to put both back in your locker the next day!!

Extra tip (feat. tissues): if you forget to put on deodorant before you leave the house, and you’re feeling smelly, try quickly washing your armpits in the bathroom when no one’s around, then gently dab a tissue on them to dry (because sensitive skin and toilet paper in schools can be rough surfaced) and then put on some deodorant. Fresh again!!

Where to get all the studyblr supplies

  • all of the MUJI supplies can be bought at MUJI stores, on the MUJI website or on Amazon
  • washi tape: Amazon, office supply stores, grocery stores, AliExpress (where I get mine)
  • Staedtler and Stabilo fineliners: pretty much every store that sells office supplies, Amazon or Jetpens
  • Zebra mildliners are a bit tricky to find in physical stores, especially in Europe (at least in Portugal), but you can buy them on Amazon (reasonably priced), or on Jetpens (nice price, but shipping is kind of expensive for European countries)
  • Pilot G2 pens: office supply stores, Amazon or Jetpens
  • Pilot Juice pens: office supply stores, Amazon or Jetpens
  • Moleskine and Leuchtturm1917 notebooks can also be bought on office supplies stores, on Amazon, or on BookDepository (Moleskines)
  • if you have El Corte Inglés in your country, they sell Moleskines as well!!
  • here is a masterpost with some supplies
  • here is another one
  • if you want cheaper alternatives to all of these, this masterpost and this masterpost will help you

Alright guys, I think that’s all of my general tips for school. I’m planning and working on a few other posts, so be on the lookout for them! 

If you’d like, you can inbox me suggestions for posts you’d like me to make (e.g. how I study; how to organize your desk; etc). You can also leave me feedback!

Thank you so much for reading, hope you liked it!! ❤️


back to school printables by lycheestudy

hey everyone! with school a month away, i decided to make my first printables! i hope someone makes use of these :) and good luck to everyone in the next school year!


  • daily planner - to do list, priorities, reminders, quote, water tracker, notes
  • schedule sheet - class, teacher, location, notes
  • supplies list - 15 items, quantity, class
  • 3 different floral patterns
  • png & pdf versions