Nothing is worse than oversleeping on the morning of a huge exam, rushing out the door, and barely making it on time. Whether you have the SAT, ACT, or any other big exam coming up, here are my tips to have a smooth and stress-free morning before a big test!

1. PLAN TO LEAVE AT LEAST TEN MINUTES EARLIER THAN YOU USUALLY DO. Punctuality is critical for big exams, and if you’re late, they may not let you into the testing room. If I have an exam that starts promptly at 9:00am and it usually takes me 20 minutes to get there from my house, I’ll leave thirty minutes early. That extra ten minutes is used as a safety net for unexpected traffic, and also keeps me calm because I know that I’m in no rush. And if I get to the testing site early with time to spare, I have time to look over my notes/get familiar with the testing environment. 

2. WAKE UP WITH AMPLE TIME TO GET READY. I like to set my alarm clock for at least an hour and a half before the time that I have to leave my house for the test. This ensures that I have enough time to eat breakfast and wake myself up naturally (as opposed to suddenly and frantically). If I plan to leave at 8:30am for an exam, I’ll set multiple alarms for 7:00am, just in case I’m up late studying the night before and will likely snooze my first alarm, because don’t lie to yourself, you know you’ve done that before. 

3. TRY EXERCISING OR SOME SIMPLE STRETCHES/YOGA/MEDITATION WHEN YOU WAKE UP. This helps me a lot, especially because I get test anxiety quite frequently. If you’re not a big yoga-person, no worries. Something as simple as sitting in a cross-legged position and doing deep breathing will help calm you down and regain composure. However, if you have the motivation to go on a run in the morning, by all means! Exercising releases endorphins, so along with waking you up, morning exercise will keep you happy and energized and ready to conquer your exam.

4. STAY HYDRATED. I would not recommend caffeine on the morning of a test, because it’s a diuretic, so it will make you have to use the bathroom frequently. If you think you can hold it, then have at it. But most exams do not allow participants to leave the testing room, so I would try to avoid it. Instead, drink a glass of water right when you wake up. It’ll jump-start your metabolism and wake your brain up similar to the way coffee does, but it won’t cause you to make frequent trips to the bathroom or be jittery during the exam.

5. EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST, BUT SOMETHING YOU’RE USED TO. A huge mistake that a lot of people make is eating a huge breakfast consisting of pancakes/eggs/toast/whatever on the morning of a big exam, and then their stomach gets upset during the test. Eat a breakfast that you’re used to. If you normally eat something small, like a banana or some yogurt and granola, eat that. If you normally eat a big and hearty breakfast, do that. But don’t mess with your diet, because that could end up hurting you over helping you.

6. TRIPLE-CHECK THAT YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED. Especially for standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT, make sure you have your exam ticket and government-issued photo ID (they will not let you in with out these), a calculator with batteries, a watch, at least two #2 pencils, and a water bottle/small snack for breaks. 

7. DRESS IN WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT. This is something that varies from person to person. If you find that you test better when you’re comfortable in sweatpants and a t-shirt, go right ahead. If you find that you’re the most confident in full hair and makeup and a put-together outfit, more power to you. You’re going to be sitting at a desk for at least an hour, so make sure you’re comfortable in whatever you plan on wearing, at the very least. And I would also recommend bringing layers, because it could be hot outside, but some buildings blast the air-conditioner and it will be freezing inside the testing room. Just make sure you’re prepared for all weather conditions.

8. LISTEN TO SOME UPBEAT MUSIC WHILE YOU GET READY. Your test performance is largely influenced by the attitude that you have going into it. Blast your favorite music while getting ready or while you’re walking/driving to the exam. You’ll feel energized, confident, and ready to go!

9. DON’T STRESS. If you want to briefly review your notes the morning of the exam, then by all means. I do this quite frequently just because I get test anxiety, and reviewing my notes just calms me down in the morning. But don’t try to learn anything new, because you’ll just overwhelm yourself. You’ve studied all you could for this exam, and now it’s time to show what you can do. You’ve got this! 

If you’re taking an exam or big test soon, GOOD LUCK! Try out these tips and I can almost guarantee you that you’ll walk into that testing site ready to kick some serious ass. GO FORTH AND CONQUER, MY STUDYBLR FRIENDS!  

7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mind

Start waking up earlier every day. Sleep is overrated. You only need 5-6 hours a night. Sleeping less gives you more time to improve your mind, health, and career. I think 50 cents said “Sleep is for broke people” Writing this article at 5 am when others are sleeping gives me an advantage. When the competition is sleeping your working when there out partying you’re That is the difference between mediocre and success.

Drink lots of water. I learned that drinking water not only hydrates you but it cleans your mind. My daughter at age two had a brain tumor causing water accumulation. After successfully removing it, the water started to go. The doctor told us he literally saw it flow on his scope. Drink a glass of water every morning before you eat anything.  Remember we are 60% water, time to start flushing out your mind. The mind needs a shower too.

Increase your heart rate, yes exercise. You don’t have to start running 5 miles a day or working out at the gym for 3 hours. If you’re like me allergic to exercise, you only need 5-10 minutes every day to start. Remember baby steps. Do ten push-ups every morning for 21 days. How long will it take you to do ten pushups? Add it to your morning ritual. Getting out of the comfort zone improves lives.

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The 7 Best Money-Saving Tips for Millennials

Here are seven tips every millennial should use to start getting into the habit of saving money:

1. Know What You’re Working With

2. Don’t Feel Like You Have to Say ‘Yes’

3. Understand Your Money Pitfalls

4. Save Money Where You Can’t See It

5. Get Organized

6. Set Financial Goals

7. You Aren’t Too Young to Think About Retirement

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Your first year of college is very important.

I’m going into my senior year at Columbia University in New York City. 

Each year has brought different things to look forward to, stirred different emotions, struck different cords – but those most influential originated my freshman year.

In your first year of college…

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Confidence is the Reward for Hard Work

The result of committing to achieving your goals, building up some courage, and acquiring capabilities leading to success is that you begin to feel confident. There’s a new pep in your step. You’re on top of the world, and nobody can stop you!

Here’s how to achieve confidence on the road to financial freedom.

how to school when mentally ill

disclaimer: this is general advice, and you know best what’s possible for you. don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do one of these things, you can still get through this. I know they’re hard too, but try.

  • focus on basic needs. { For neurotypicals, a skipped breakfast here and there, and a allnighter might not do much damage. For us, it’s way more important. Eat something, (preferably something high-calorie if you’re not able to eat much), keep yourself and your surroundings to the standard you prefer, and get enough sleep (For some that’s more than 8 hours. It sucks, but it is how it is.) }
  • find a way to unwind. {Long showers. Drawing. A quiet room (Prayer room/Library/Bathroom with a locked door). Ugly dancing to loud music w/ or w/o roommate. Gym. Etc. }
  • find a time to unwind. { Schedule this, not your homework. How much time you’ll need for your homework will vary too much to really schedule it proper. }
  • focus on what’s necessary. { You don’t need perfection. You don’t need outstanding. You just need it done. Make that your goal instead. }
  • let bygones be bygones. { If you end up not able to do an assignment, don’t carry that weight for the rest of the year. Forgive yourself, and focus on what you’ve got assigned now instead. }
  • talk to your classmates. { Look for people to share notes with and do homework with. If you struggle approaching others, see if you can put effort into seeming approachable.
  • talk to your teachers. { Their goal is to have you pass too. Tell them about your problems (be it focusing around many people, attendance, the workload, etc), and they might just be able to make accomodations for you }
  • stand up for yourself. { Your teachers don’t know your illness as well as you do, and if you seem able, they might not get why you need accomodations, especially ones like dropping a subject, easing up on the workload, etc. Stress why. If possible, get your doctor or therapist to back you up.}

anonymous asked:

as someone who's struggling with colors, i'm super curious what your thought process is like when making palettes. has it changed a lot since you started?

I always aim for palettes with high enough contrast with a very small warm tint. For a full palette, I try to include important common colors (Red, Orange, Brown, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple). 

Above are my earliest palettes I’ve made 2 years ago when I was just starting out with pixel art and color theory. Top left is my very first palette! I made all of these on my old netbook that had a terrible screen with a very cold tint to it. This was also when I was drawing in MS Paint (which I don’t recommend for pixel art).

My latest palette has the colors I need to work with. I could mix some colors with others, but I want to make it look like the colors look like… well colors. Brown is Brown and Purple is Purple.

Ehh all I can say Anon is that make your work as readable as possible. Heck color doesn’t always have to be spot on!

Just look at all the early Game Boy games! They didn’t really have colors to them (4 colors, mostly a linear ramp) but they still looked pretty by the way sprites and tiles were drawn.

If you’re still struggling with color, there are lots of pixel artists and artists in general that are always willing to help you understand color (including me!)

Wish you the best :)

OH! I almost forgot! I HIGHLY suggest buying a good quality computer monitor with very good color quality and refresh rate. I personally have a Samsung S24D590.


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anonymous asked:

Hi!! How do you organize your flex hybrid notebinder? Thanks!

HEY! I am SO sorry I’m just now seeing this (it’s been like 6 days…I feel so bad, I can’t believe I missed this). Since I’ve been so terrible with not seeing this, you get pictures! Yay pics!

So here’s one of four of my flex binders; I have one for each class:

So I’m sure you know how the pockets/dividers are arranged [2 hard plastic pockets with tabs, then 3 page protector-type dividers with tabs]. 

The first major pocket is for my class syllabus.  I’m always needing to refer back to it to make sure I have the correct format for an assignment or to see what the schedule is for upcoming lectures, so I try to keep that completely separate from everything else.

The next major pocket is for handouts and printed assignments (this binder doesn’t have any yet, but this is where they would go)

The first page protector-divider is labeled “class notes”, where–you guessed it–I keep my notes that I took in class.

The second page protector-divider is labeled “book notes”.  I’m really trying to stay on top of taking notes outside of class, so I keeping it completely separate from my actual class notes, but I still want them close by so that I can easily refer back to the class notes.

For math classes and science classes that have problems to work out, I use the third page protector-divider for “practice problems/written assignments”.  Whether it’s problems my professor assigned or problems I picked out of the book myself, I’ve found it’s easier to keep them together, so long as I try to keep some kind of order within that section (like keeping them problems arranged by chapter). If it’s not a math/science binder (as this one isn’t), I just won’t really use the third tab. I haven’t really figure out what I could do with that yet.

I hope that answered your question, I’m so sorry if you never see this, anon, I feel so bad that I missed when you asked me this the first time.


Hey Guys so I wanted to get something off my chest and ask for advice…

For the past week or so, I’ve been trying to “up my game” in this fandom cause I REALLY LOVE being here. But now I think I’m a mess… I feel like I’ve been trying way too hard and I just want to be myself cause being a “wanna be” isn’t me, I realized that today… I just wanted to contribute more to the fandom cause I see many of you with so many talents and I just feel like I’m not good at anything AT ALL… (It’s my first fandom) 😞 I really don’t know what to do at this point… Even my url change I think was a mistake now (should I go back to omgjonnor?)… I feel like starting over might be good but It’ll be hard…

All this has a meaning to which is why I care A LOT about it and you guys are family to me, and I know you will understand and try to help me… What should I do?

unicornismyspirtualanimal asked:

Hello there!! I have a question for you. Do you have any advice to people who want to start an EXO reaction blog? My friend and I have been wanting to create one, but we have never done this type of stuff before. If you could give us some advice, that would be great!! Thank you!! Have a good day or night!!

Hey! Of course I can give you and your friend tips, okay so, I’m sorry if I suck at this but I’ll try my best;

1.I think one of the most important things is to really think through before you do it, I know it sounds lame but I say it bc there are A LOT of people that stop posting and loose motivation, so, yeah, think through it

2.Decide what you’ll want to post, that’s pretty self-explanatory right?

3. Think about your own restrictions, I personally don’t have a list where there are rules for requests or anything but it’s nice if you tell people from the start what you won’t post

4. Make sure everything you post out there makes YOU happy, don’t sink into the pressure of writting, release only the things that you loved writting

5. Don’t push yourself too hard, these reactions have to make you happy while writting it, so that the readers can feel your passion (do I make sense right now?)

6. After a while you’ll need to kinda “make a schedule” so you can fullfill all your followers requests,which leads me to number 7

7. In my point of view, the followers are the most important part, it doesn’t matter if you have 3 or 3000, they are all there reading what you post, so take some time for them, try to get close to those who want to talk to you.

I think those are the most important, but really now, don’t be shy, just write what’s in your mind, it can be crackish or close to what you think they’d react, just do as you please, don’t try to imitate other’s writing because each of us has our own, anyways, good luck, and PLEASE send me a message when you make your blog so I can be one of the first followers, if you need any tip of any type you can talk to me at anytime, I hope I didn’t suck ahah <3

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