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STUDIOUS: Study Guide Mania

Dear Study warriors, 

Study guides. UGH. Back from the dead and haunting your life as this semester approaches a close. There are so many ways you can write a study guide. It depends on the class. These are my recommendations:

1. REWRITE: Use your notes and rewrite them

  • Rewrite notes by hand or type. I prefer typing because my handwriting is atrocious.
  • Do headers in different colors
  • Highlight vocabulary terms
  • Try writing in capitals and cursive to indicate different and important information
  • KEY TIP: Do the writing first then highlight. This will force you to read them again. 

2. MEMORY MATRICES: Use memory matrices for key terms

  • Basically a table of terms and their respective associations
  • These are best for memorization of terms with functions
  • I used these in anatomy and they were a lifesaver.

3. SUMMARIZE: each page of your notes

  • Go through each page of your notes (or every four slides if a powerpoint) and summarize it
  • Add this on to the beginning of your study guide.

4. REARRANGE: rearrange your notes so that they make comprehensive sense

  • See if you can put your notes in an order that makes sense to you
  • Your brain will memorize this order, easier then if you leave your notes alone

5. COLOR: use color, tables, and pictures

  • Your brain will love color more, it is stimulating 
  • It makes taking notes fun
  • Put a picture with each section, you will remember that picture and it may help you memorize that section of information
  • I arrange my Vitamin and Mineral notes with different colored tables. t really helps when you are thinking about it during the test!
Study Blogs

This is a list of the Study/College Blogs I know. I follow most of them. (No Order!)

If I follow you and your blog is missing/if you have a study/college blog please message me.

How to Make a Study Schedule

  Someone asked me to tell them how to make a study table so I’ll show you two easy ways to do it. They are both using Microsoft excel but you can probably do this by hand too. The first method is to make it yourself in excel.

1. Open up an excel document, just the regular one. 

 

2. Label it with your class times down the column and across the top the days of the week. You want to include what time you get up so you can plan morning study times if necessary. 

3. Now fill it in with your classes and work schedule. I just used a hypothetical class schedule so your schedule may be less or more busy than this.

4. Now fill it in with your study times and what classes you are going to study for. This way you aren’t studying for the same classes everyday. It is a nice change of pace to study a variety of things. Again this is hypothetical and I did not account for meal times or scheduled activities. I included breaks too..

5. Print it out and fill in your weekends with periods of studying and your activities. If you study hardcore during the week it gives you more free time on the weekends. 

Now…on to the pre-made templates on Excel

1.Click on schedule for more options for schedules: It should be on the tab underneath the search bar when you create a new excel book. 

2. Now pick the one that best fits your life.

Here is another: 

That’s it! You can make these yourself by using pen and paper but having a printout every week can be carefree and beneficial for your schedule. Try to use study tables to help keep yourself accountable

Sincerely,

Cassie

Writing an Application: Made Easier

Have you ever stressed out over having an application due for a scholarship or a study abroad program you are dying to do? Well, I have. I have a dozen of tabs open, flipping between the requirements, the program, fees, and other things. Why don’t I make this easier for all of you? 

Copy and paste the following into a word document and go through writing all of it down no matter how useless the answer. You can delete anything that doesn’t apply.

If you understand the application and the program better you will write a better application. Plus, it is good to have it all in one place.

Summary Sheet

Deadline:

Duration of Program: 

Program name:

Website:

About Program:

Requirements:

  • GPA
  • Major 
  • Classes required

Cost/Scholarship:

Application fee:

  • Room and Board cost
  • Flight cost

Recommendation forms: 

  • How many?
  • Any specific instructions about the letters?
  • What does the recommender need to write about?
  • Where do they need to send it to?

Resume required?

Transcript required? If so, official transcript?

Where to send it:

Why are you applying to this program?

What skills are required?

What will this program do for you?

What can you as a participant add to this program?

The Essays

Essays are almost always required in applications and they almost always require you to at a certain word count.Here are steps to make it easier:

  • Open a word document, title it, and save it. Auto recovery is awesome if your computer suddenly decides to die. 
  • Copy and paste the question into the header. This way you can write your essay and have a reminder of what the question is at the top of every page. It also doesn’t add to your word count. 
  • Write them then walk away. Come back and read them again. Make sure each sentence counts and it should flow.

Stay Organized

Do you have documents everywhere on your computer? Can’t find the scholarship or study abroad application?

  • Create a folder (right click when you are saving go to ‘new’ and then 'create folder’)
  • Label this Study Abroad and Scholarship Applications
  • Create another folder for just this one application, label it. 
  • This where you save the summary sheet, essays, and other information for the program. 
  • I always save essays with the date so if you apply again you don’t end up getting them mixed up

The Ultimate Goal

Don’t sell yourself short. Use your weaknesses and make them your strengths. For example: I am not politically savvy but I driven to learn and work. I can show this through my improvement in a [insert subject] over the course of a year. Happy Application writing!

Sincerely,

Cassie

PUNCTUAL: Kanban Flow Scheduler

You ever tried to find a time management app that worked for you? Or you had no idea how it worked? Well, I have a suggestion for you. Kanban Flow. Here is the website: kanbanflow.com

It is super helpful for getting you on task and sticking to it…and so I will show you step by step how to get the most out of Kanban Flow. 

Kanban Flow Scheduler

What is Kanban Flow good for?

It is good for:

  • Planning out daily tasks
  • It can be your internet planner
  • School projects
  • Novel writing scheduling
  • Blogging Schedule (hehe, I use it for this now!)

READY to begin? I put up a bunch of pictures with this guide so you should be able to find everything!

1. Click on administration to change your colors. 

2. WOO! We are in the administration part. This where all the magic happens. You can create more boards. Back on task: click on board settings. This is where you will give your board a name and set your colors, etc…Also if you click on ‘User Administration’ you can invite others to join your board. So if you have a school project this is perfect! 

3. Okay, color time! Click on color. (But this page is also so you can change the titles at the top of the page so instead of To-do, Do Today, In Progress and Done…you can change it to Today, Tomorrow, Weekend, Done or whatever you want…) 

4. Edit your colors by changing their names to whatever you want them to be. I have mine set as my classes and these colors coordinate with my the colors I have designated in my planner too. (Meaning: My research class is both green on here and in my planner.)

5. Now return to your boards by selecting 'select board’. You should see a color bar at the bottom of the page. So even if you forget what your biology class color is, there is a reminder. 

6. Click on the green arrow to add tasks. You need to be sure to be descriptive about what you are doing. Sometimes reading book isn’t enough. Give yourself a set and reachable goal. Don’t forget your colors! 

7. It is okay if you forget! Just right click and you can change colors, delete the tasks, set responsibility if you decide to share this board with others. 

8. Slide tasks back and forth to their designated area. You can slide tasks up and down too if you don’t like the order.

9. THE POMODORO TIMER. This thing is amazing. You can set your task and it gives you breaks after it for five minutes. So if you haven’t completed your task, you take a break, then continue.You can look up statistics and it keeps track of your interruptions too. To exit this bad boy you need to press 'stop task’ and choose an interruption. Yeah, it makes you feel guilty. 

10. Alright! That is it. That is the basics of Kanban Flow. And if you actually read this all…congrats! You deserve a pat on the back. Have fun. 

Sincerely, 

Cassie

Real Talk: Adulting

“You know you are an adult when you have to buy things you don’t want to buy.”- Jenna Marbles

In college, you try to be an adult. Ride the bus or drive to the store and buy things like groceries, you pay your bills if you live in an apartment, and try not to cringe when one of your roommates leaves the kitchen a complete disaster zone. You go to class, do whatever needs to be done to get that grade, go home and do this on repeat.  You may have a part-time job. But let’s be real, are you really an adult?

I think that in college regardless of how mature or responsible you are for your life, you can’t really be an adult. You’re only on the first step. I am addressing the majority of the college population (i.e. fresh out of high school onto college kids). This is completely opinion-based so please don’t burn me at the stake for saying this. 

You don’t really know what’s it is like to graduate and look around for a substantial job that may pertain or not pertain to your degree. It’s scary! I’m not even there yet because on this internship and it literally terrifies me at night. You may have to move completely out of your state, live outside your comfort zone, to find that perfect job. But you may all be applying to different jobs in different states, countries even but one thing is the same. You are alone for this decision (unless you’re married then you’re mostly alone for this decision.) The first step into what I like to call ‘the fish-out-of-water’ step of the entire adulting program. 

Becoming an adult isn’t a ten step deal…it’s a transition:  You move, you settle, you drive, you work, and realize that you are in a routine. You run out of things that you’ve never thought about before like toilet paper, gas, and need things like bathroom rugs, and more than one fork to dig into your microwaveable meals. You’ve got to impress your boss and try your absolute best because there isn’t a grade scale at work, there’s a keep your job or fired scale at work. This seems depressing, doesn’t it? . When you are on repeat in the vicious cycle…there is one saving grace. 

LOVE WHAT YOU DO. Do whatever it takes (as long as it is legal, let’s not exaggerate) to get your dream job. If you like to blog then blog. Work that icky job so you can go to blogging events and network with professional bloggers. I’ve seen people go from small-scale to super scale. Remember Noelle Stevenson? She loved art and posted her it online. Now, she is making comics, designing book covers, and becoming known as one of the top artists in the community. Remember Christine Riccio? A girl who loved books so much that she created a booktube about and now she lives in LA and gets to interview authors and go to red carpet events. Remember Sarah J.Maas? She was a fangirl who treated writing like a job since she was in high school no matter if it was fanfiction or not. Now, she’s a NY Times Bestseller. These people are like you. They started out small and now they are doing what they love. DON’T GIVE INTO the world, GIVE the world YOU. You’ll be glad you did. 

So, this adulting thing that everyone is talking about. Yeah, you can grow up and become an official adult but you can do it your way. Love what you do and ramp it up to the maximum. You will definitely go places if you do. That’s the moral of this post and don’t you ever forget it.  

NOTEWORTHY: Half & Half Note-taking Method

You have your lecture notes and you have no idea what to with them? They are sloppy and frankly you have no idea what in the world you scribbled across the bottom of the page. Wait, is that even English?

It is time to rewrite and organize lecture with textbook notes.  Let’s indulge on the half & half note-taking method (And no it has nothing to do with coffee. Haha.)

HALF & HALF NOTE-TAKING

Taking textbook notes easier…

Half of the page is for lecture and the other half is for book notes. Simply, fold the page in half and get to work rewriting your lectures notes then go back and write your book notes on the other side of the page. I have done this before and it is super helpful. I suggest using different colors so you can quickly identify which is which. This also gets your memory working in a different way. In this image I use a light blue pen for my lecture notes and a dark green for books. I marked green stars next to the  lecture topics I talked about in the book portion page. This is so you can connect ideas with your book notes. 

When to use this method? 

  • When the book is a large portion of the test
  • When lectures are vague or have many holes
  • When you need to go into detail on some points in your lecture notes
  • Need a change in your regular note-taking methods

Variations

  1. Words and Definitions
  2. Dates and Events 
  3. Names and Chemical Structures
  4. Diagrams
  5. Mathematical Formulas

You can be creative with the way you take notes. Think outside the box and you will most likely remember more information. Everyone remembers the crazy things celebrities do so why can’t we apply this logic to memorizing and learning subjects during college?

Study on, study warriors. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

NEAT & TIDY: Calendar Coordinated

Okay, admit it. How many of you have calendars and only glance at them for the day of the week? We have facebook for birthdays and events, so us college students don’t use a paper calendar that much. The paper calendar is an amazing tool and can be a daily sobering reminder that you need to get to work. So let’s get the calendar in order!

Coordinating your Calendar

I like everything to be streamline across the spectrum of study supplies. I pick a color for each class and stick with it for the entire semester. It helps when you are trying to decipher which class that one worksheet is due for at 2am. 

1. Assign your colors and get out your schedules (from your syllabuses). 

2. Write: Go through every month and write out exams, quizzes, important assignments, volunteer work, etc…put your finals on there if the prof has provided them.

3. Evaluate what you have in front of you. Should you really go to that party this weekend when you have three exams next week? 

Now you can wake up and see how much studying or no studying you need for each week in pretty colors. It is super helpful for people like me who find it incredibly difficult to visualize the week ahead. You can even make it fun by drawing little doodles when you are planning a trip somewhere. Make organizing your life fun…you’ll look at studying with a slightly more positive attitude if you do this.

Sincerely,

Cassie

Backpack Basics

I’m back! I know I have been MIA but I haven’t forgotten about all my fellow study warriors. I have planned out a bunch of excellent posts on my drafts page and now I just have to write them. Planning ahead at its best. 

You all know what a horror a messy backpack could be. You say, “I can NEVER find anything in here.” Your book bag has swallowed up at least 7 mechanical pencils, 3 pens, and so many erasers you lost track. This post is here to keep you organized and on top of things. 

1. Planner (#1 priority)

  • This thing holds your life! You have to bring it everywhere. 

2. Three mechanical pencils

  • I lose mechanical pencils like no other. I keep three in my bag so I know how many to keep track of. 
  • Optional: Keep a No. 2 pencil for ‘loaning’

3. Pencil Lead

  • Don’t be the awkward student who runs out of pencil lead during an exam…just don’t.

4. Two pens 

  • One black, one blue
  • I keep two pens in my book bag because I might need to write something in my notes in another color

5. Highlighters

  • I am a highlighter diva so I have a lot of colors
  • You never know when you might need to highlight notes

6. Sticky notes

  • I keep one pad of stick notes in my bag at all times
  • They are super useful for writing down people’s numbers (for study groups, of course!) and writing reminders about events

7. Calculator

  • I am a dietetics major and we are always calculating things like TPN, energy requirements, etc…so a calculator is a MUST
  • You can buy a dollar one, it doesn’t have to be fancy (unless you are a math or science major)

8. Loose leaf Paper

  • Most college classes have powerpoint slide printouts…so loose leaf is for the days you forget to print out notes

9. Umbrella

  • It rains, it pours. Don’t be the poor smuck drenched in the freak rain storm. 

10. Mini stapler

  • I don’t know what I would do without my mini stapler. It is just there for me when I need it. 
  • Purchase one. You will get your use out of this tiny thing tenfold. 

11. Mechanical Eraser

  • Erasers are my lifesavers. Need I say more?

12. Binder or Multi-folder

  • I have a multi-folder (basically a bunch of folders bound together) where I have labeled each folder with a class. I only store documents to that class in there. 
  • you can essentially do the same thing with a binder but just put dividers in it for each class
  • This is where you put your loose leaf! 

Sincerely,

Cassie