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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

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 

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!
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

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

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

New Theme, New Blog! (Sort of)

I am back and had a fabulous two weeks of rest from Korea. Now I shall get down to the business of answering your lovely questions and writing blog posts. 

New theme and new blog! Well reused or recycled? Whichever it is…it is beautiful! Thank you, Olle Ota Themes for your wonderful one. Now I have to explain some things because there is now a menu which I will be utilizing. 

The titles are inspired by the qualities we, lazy college students want to be. 

  • Studious- Study skills
  • Noteworthy- Notetaking strategies
  • Neat and Tidy- Organization Tips!
  • Punctual- Time Management skills 
  • Wise- All of the Best Advice posts will be allocated here and quotes.

Now, give me time to sort out these tags. I am going to write blogs all this week so there should be many new posts in your futures. YAY! Study hard, study effectively, study warriors. 

Sincerely, 

Cassie

Health(ier) Snacks

This was a previous blog post on the Picture This Healthy! blog fail. I spruced up the pictures and now am going to share this with all you fellow students. These are healthy snacks. Not the healthiest of the bunch but definitely better for you than those cheetos or that last night pizza order. 

1. Yogurt and Fix-Ins

  • I love Greek yogurt. I like to fix up vanilla Greek yogurt because it is just too plain to me. So I add granola and break up banana chips. 
  • Make it yours! Add in more nuts or leftover fruit in your fridge.
  • Tip: Buy the big container of yogurt at the store to save on $$$. Buy smaller containers to store it in so you can grab and go!

2. Freeze Dried Fruit

  • It tastes so good! Melt in your mouth goodness and it is less sweet.
  • No added sugar like dried fruits
  • It isn’t healthier than real fruit of course but it is a great option for long term storage

3. Mixed Nuts and String Cheese

  • I love string cheese and with mixed nuts for added protein? Yes, please
  • Great for a quick snack (though if taking to class make sure it is stored in a cool area)

4. Chocolate Covered Fruit and Nuts

  • I have a sweet tooth and a few of these hits the spot every time
  • Tip: If you can’t stop yourself from just having a few…store a serving in plastic baggies. I live by this tip!

5. Chocolate

  • When you are desperate for chocolate: go dark! I personally love dark chocolate and ghiradelli dark chocolate is amazing (even though the chocolate I am displaying in the middle is milk). 
  • Little individual packets of chocolate means a serving is a serving
  • Tip: Keep your emergency chocolate in the back of your freezer. So that way you will only use it for emergencies…plus cold chocolate is amazing

I know these aren’t the healthiest snacks. I will put up a post soon about the healthy snacks that I eat. 

*I do not advertise for any of the products above. I just got these things in a care package from my mom for last semester’d finals (that is why there is so much chocolate). haha.

Sincerely,

Cassie

anonymous asked:

HI. This blog is so so so helpful, Thank you. anyway, i am in year 12 at the moment in Australia and for what i want to do i don't need an ATAR (our GPA thing) so i think that is impacting my motivation. but i am finding it hard to keep a balanced life between everything, and i keep trying different things such as a timetable, lists and others but none of them stick. and my grades are reflecting this. I just don't know what to do and i can't seem to get going. Please help :(

Dear Anon, 

I am so sorry hearing about your situation. I am so pleased that you find this blog helpful despite my inability to properly update. I find that watching motivating speeches especially inspiring graduation speeches like Neil Gaiman’s ‘Make Good Art’ speech help me so much. I also listen to epic fantasy mixes and movie scores while I do homework and papers helps me greatly. 

I have been playing around with many ideas about motivation since I am unconventionalist (haha, made up a word!) at heart…and have come up with a weird but effective solution. It may not work for you but hey what do you have to lose? 

Write a motivational letter to yourself. 

Yeah, it sounds so stupid but it works. Write it and pour out your heart and soul into it about how much you love yourself and want yourself to succeed. This is also a self-esteem technique too so killing two birds with one stone. 

After you have written your thoughtful, optimistic letter…seal it in an envelope with the date and stuff it in your desk drawer for a time you need to motivate yourself. Pull it out in emergency purposes and read it. After you read it go do what you have to do. 

After you get done…write another motivational letter and tell yourself how good it felt to finish something and seal it with the date. Repeat the process.

This can be an activity to increase your confidence and also practice writing about yourself for applications and scholarships. Awesome, right? 

Now go out and be motivated! You are an awesome person who is going to do amazing things. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

anonymous asked:

Hi, I have a test coming up and it's mainly vocab and finding the main idea/details in some paragraphs. And I never learned how to study when I was in high school really. I've gotten a 77 and a 68 on the last two tests. What do I do? And it's at the end of the week.

Dear Anonymous,

Vocabulary is a slightly easier thing to study for. I have found that electronic flashcards are great. There is a fantastic website called Quizlet where you can type out flashcards and edit them from a phone app too. This site makes learning fun by having matching games and the old fashioned flip card. You also don’t have to deal with loose flashcards flying everywhere. 

Main ideas and details are a harder thing to take about for me since I am a more English minded student. What I suggest is read the entire paragraph first, circling repeated phrases or words. They don’t have to be exactly the same, for example on love: love, affection, compassion, feelings toward. If the author repeats him or herself it is usually significant. Underline metaphors ex: her hair, gold threads spun from Rumpelstiltskin’s spinning wheel. These are usually talking about the main theme running through the paragraph. Read it again after doing this and see if you can tie in your key words with any of the ideas running through it.

I am hoping this helps. Try this on a few practice paragraphs from a classic novel or a assigned reading book in your English class. All it takes is a little practice. I am sure you can succeed! Study on. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm currently in my first term of my sophomore year at a community college and I live at home with my mom and sister. They make me a list every day (pretty much) of stuff they want me to do for them in addition to my school work, homework, and my volunteering at our library. I'm starting to get overwhelmed and my grades are showing that. Do you have any tips for me not to be so overwhelmed?

Wow, you sound super busy! Have you tried talking to your sister and mom about it? If you plead your case with them they may lessen the burden so your grades don’t suffer so much. I know how family is so if you think it will make it worse by talking to them then I would avoid it for now. Let’s see what we can do:

1. Set aside specific hours to do all the tasks you mentioned. Even for your listy duties. (Plus, if you show your mom and sister a schedule and you stick to it..they may lighten up)

2. Try to be smart about your scheduling. I prefer late hours for studying but you may prefer the morning or afternoon so work out your homework time according to the best time. 

3. Take it one step at a time. Instead of worrying about everything…just conquer and set aside each daily task. Just do it. This really works for me because I can say that it is done so I don’t have to worry about it. Relief yourself of your burden. 

4. Be optimistic. A good attitude will  get you far. Don’t feel overwhelmed that you go into a depression mode. Change your perspective. Since you can take care of your family, go to school, do homework, and volunteer…you are an AWESOME human being. Now that is some time management!

I am sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. I wish you the best of luck!

~Cassie