You’ve heard of TEDx Talks, now get ready for TED-Ed! These videos range from philosophy and history to science and riddles! They even have a few videos on writing! Most all videos are done in five minute animations with narration and also include links to full lessons in the descriptions of the videos. Watching this channel for hours on end will only scratch the surface of what is offered!
This one you’ve probably already heard of, but it’s worth checking out! Since CrashCourse has been online for years now, they now have several very interesting videos to watch, ranging from psychology to sociology and physics to film history. They also have videos centered around literature and astronomy and so much more. My personal favorite has been the mythology videos! The videos are made weekly in a series format, so you could watch one lesson a week or binge watch the whole class once it’s done.
If you’re not so into the lecturing-style the above channels have, then a great place to check out is Overly Sarcastic Productions. These videos are actually made by two college students hoping to teach their favorite subjects in a humorous way! They have videos ranging from literature to history to mythology, as well as some videos on religion and philosophy. And most all of these videos are done in adorable animation and are quite easy to follow, and they stand the test of watching multiple times!
If you’re looking for something even more casual and without any sort of curriculum, if you’re just looking to watch some educational videos just for the fun of it—I highly suggest NerdyAndQuirky! This channel is chock full of “Cool History,” ranging from art to debunking myths as well as video essays and some social commentary. Also, get ready for the puns!
Everyone has those times where they mean to study for a test and it just doesn’t happen. Either because of mental illness or because you had another really big test to study for or because you just procrastinated your way into a sticky situation. Sometimes you only have one or two nights to study. Here’s how to make the most of it.
I. Organize first, study second
The best thing you can do to make the most of your time is to organize. Organize the time you have left. Plan when you will study each thing you need to know. Organize the information into an outline if you can. This all makes it seem more attainable.
II. Start broad and work to the finer details last
Get the basic ideas of the topics before you do anything else. This will help you to at least be able to guess on most questions. It’s easy to stress out and jump straight into the finer details but without a firm basis you won’t remember any of them.
III. Lists of information are usually very important
If you’re going through notes or powerpoints or your textbook and you come across a list of information, do your best to learn it. Teachers and professors love to test students on lists and usually the stuff in the list is pretty important to the topic overall.
IV. Avoid testing yourself
Testing yourself at this point in the game will only lead to more stress. Focus on learning the information rather than trying to determine how bad you might do on the test. The more you focus on possibly failing, the more likely it becomes that you actually will.
As most people know, YouTube is the ultimate resource for last minute studying! If you can’t find a Crash Course playlist on your topic and there’s no Khan Academy stuff about it, just do a few broad searches! You might find some really helpful stuff that can give you a good basis or even some necessary details!
VI. Mind Maps
Mind maps are so great for this exact situation! They help you organize information in a way your brain is easily able to recall. Obviously this is really helpful if you’re about to take a test. You can use them for brain dumps or to organize everything you need to know. You can find my post about mind maps here!
VII. “Cheat sheets”
Cheat sheets are also perfect for this situation! Now, I put this in quotes because this is not suggesting that you write down all of the information and sneak it into the exam with you. Rather, use this as another way to dump and organize the information. Once you’re done you have a review sheet to bring with you and you’ve reviewed the info in the process of making it!
VIII. Finally, try not to make this a habit
Obviously, we’re all going to have trouble keeping up with life at times and we’re all going to need to prepare for tests in a short amount of time at times. But, do your very best to find time to study before the night before. Even if it’s only 5 minutes a day, it can make a difference.
Hope this was helpful!
If you would like to check out the other posts in my How to Study series click here! And if you have any suggestions for future posts click here! Remember I post a new set of tips every Sunday at 7pm EST!
8.6.2017 11:30 AM: Bujo from last + this week, as usual! I am very happy with the next few spreads. As for my habits, I could be better about my college work, but I’m enjoying the last few days of summer, sigh. I start school in 4 days! Also, I’m still working on the covers for my subject binders, so you guys have any more aesthetic doodle ideas for Biology, English, Spanish, or History, please send them into my ask box!
I was super inspired by @mylifeinabullet’s august theme of clouds that I wanted to incorporate it in some way into my notes. (These are psychology notes btw for anyone wondering and they’re from the cognition and development topic).
Supplies- muji ruled A4 loose leaf paper,dark blue Mildliner, periwinkle tombow abt dual brush pen, sarasa clip vintage blue grey 0.5 ad muji smooth writing gel ink 0.5 black pen.
Most people in the US are on summer break right now and around the world it seems everyone is constantly on and off of break. So here are my tips for how to be productive during your breaks!
Always start by reviewing what you learned in your previous term. Even a brief review will help to ensure the information sticks in your brain longer. I know at this point we all want to be done with the classes we just finished so try to make it fun and brief.
Organize everything from your last term to make sure you can easily find it later if you need it. Throw out anything you don’t need because clutter can make it hard to be productive. Next, organize anything for your upcoming term. This will make it easier when you start up again.
Some schools or classes give homework over breaks. Get this organized asap. Plan to do a little of it at a time and spread it out over your break. This way you won’t get overwhelmed and you’ll learn more along the way.
IV. Plan Ahead
Plan for your next term. Figure out what your classes are about and make a list of things you expect to learn about or things about the topic that interest you.
Use this list to explore the subject. Look it up online or head to the library or your local bookstore and try to find some information on the topic. This shouldn’t be studying and you’re not trying to learn the information right now. All you’re doing is increasing your interest and getting yourself motivated. Write down things you want to know about the topic and see later if your class covered those things. If not, during your next break, use your review time to look into those things.
Ultimately, breaks are for de-stressing and relaxing. While it’s good to be productive, try not to focus too much on how much or how little you get done during your break. Spend some time with friends and family and find some fun things to do. These tips are mostly ways to keep school a part of your life even during your breaks, they should not become your entire break!
Hope this was helpful and I hope everyone has a fun and relaxing break!!
Remember I post a new How to Study post every Sunday at 7pm EST (I may be taking a break soon, but I will be coming back at the same time every week in a couple weeks!)
If you would like to check out the other posts in this series click here!
I thought that instead of uploading the full view of the notes I’d just upload this instead. (Plus it’s quicker because it’s only two photos).
Theme: violet and mint,leaf/plant divider
Supplies: violet and green-blue mildliners,black zebra sarasa clip 0.5,purple papermate inkjoy gel pen.
6.4.2017 10:25 AM: Good morning my darlings! 1500 posts, 360 followers… I’m so blessed. Here is my first completed week of bullet journaling, and next week’s already partially filled with a rough layout of what I have planned next week. Many more things will be added as things come up and I can inspect the time I have to complete my to do list in! I am very proud of the coming week’s spread so far. I officially have exactly 3 weeks until my flight leaves for Spain! So excited.
Jun 4. What’s your handwriting like? Do an A-Z if you’d like! What do you think your handwriting says about you?
You can see some of my handwriting here. It ranges from nice cursive to really messy print. I especially decided to go with my more natural, smaller handwriting to fit more to-do’s in each day and to be more comfortable and neat with my writing. It varies wildly depending on where I write and when, which I want to say shows my adaptability and tendency to alter myself to be more comfortable in unfamiliar situations?