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Hello! I know that there are a lot of people wondering how to live like a study blogger, so here are some tips to being your best, most productive you!

waking up

You should start your day no later than 6am, if you choose to sleep at all. It is essential that you get a head start on your day, and prepare a healthy and filling breakfast. Two blueberries and a cup of green tea are my favorite.

getting to work

For me, the first step to studying is to paint a watercolor schedule for your day – this way you can quickly know what you should be doing without having to read a pesky to-do list. Then, set a time for five hours and do not take a break until it is done. Don’t forget to eat lunch, though! A whole avocado eaten like an apple is perfect to eat while you work. 

real life

Okay, so if you haven’t figured it out yet, please don’t do any of those things. They seem ridiculous, but sometime’s that’s how study tips feel. They feel like impossible standards that everyone else can live up to but you, and they leave out room for sleep or eating leftover pizza for breakfast or doing things that are essential to your well being outside of school. So here are a few real-life tips for life as a student:

  • Get sleep, as much as you can.
  • Be healthy when you can, but if you want pizza, get pizza.
  • Give yourself plenty of breaks when studying – don’t get burnt out!
  • Make sure you do something fun at least once a day
  • And something social at least once a week
  • Meals should be study free zones
  • As should late nights – binge on tv! take a bubble bath!
  • And don’t forget your family, either
  • Make time for you and the things you enjoy
  • It’s fine to push yourself, but not to the point that you’re miserable.
  • Remember that there is so much more to life than school. Work hard to achieve your goals, but becoming a well-rounded person is just as important as your grades. 

Go forth and have fun, my little babe salads. You deserve it. 


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I think everyone struggles with motivation at some point, and it’s important to remind yourself why you’re here, why you’re doing this, what it was that made you take this path. I made a masterpost not too long ago talking about the kinds of motivation there are and how we can use them. 

Today, as a part of universi-tea’s September challenge, I want to talk about how I personally get myself motivated. I’m not gonna pretend that it always works, but it does more often than not. 

  • I remind myself why I took this class. I remember that I was once excited about it, and I try to relive that feeling. 
  • I think about what I want to achieve. The grade I need to go abroad, for example, or to prove that I can pass this class well. 
  • I remember the many classes I took that were much more horrible than my current ones, for example sports in school. It makes me appreciate my current English and maths classes a lot because in comparison, they’re amazing. 

If nothing of that works because I’m stubborn and frustrated, I’ll rely on old but gold techniques: 

  • I’ll promise myself a reward as soon as I get something done. My usuals are watching a football match on TV, a nice bubble bath, unlimited reading in the evening, or a nice long phone call with my best friend.
  • I get myself chocolate, which makes studying much sweeter. Alternatively cookies, gingerbread, shortbread, or anything else with too much sugar. Grapes are okay as well. 
  • I convince myself to do at least one pomodoro session, which will likely show me that it isn’t that bad and turn into three or four. 

The reason my banner emphasizes the “you”, though, is that I really want to know your strategies! What do you do to keep yourself motivated, or to stop procrastinating? Do you need your favourite snack with you, a study group, or twenty minutes of studyspo browsing on tumblr? Reblog and add to this post, reply, or send me an ask and I’ll publish it! Alternatively, make your own post and tag me with #athenastudying :) 

How to Survive Junior Year (or any school year, really!)

Hey there everyone! I’ve had this guide bouncing around in my head for a while, so I thought I would sit down and writing it all out. As a senior who went through a rough junior year, I want to share my tips and tricks for surviving junior year (but a lot of these tips will apply to any school year you’re in, regardless of your grade level or location!).

  1. Plan, plan, plan. In the few weeks before school starts up for people, it’s important to sit down and figure out your schedule. Grab your (pretty!) planner and some pens. You’ll want a calendar in it, hopefully. You don’t need to set anything in stone, but you’ll need a game plan that will help you get through the year. Start thinking about your testing dates. When is it feasible for you to take the SAT/ACT? Will you take both? Ideally, you’ll take at least one test in the fall- that was my biggest regret. Knocking at least one out in the fall (& maybe you won’t have to retake!!) will make the spring semester a million times less stressful. Look on Collegeboard and ETS to see what the test dates are, and schedule them in. It’s also a good idea to keep subject tests in mind. If you want to take any (and I recommend you do- if you want any advice on this, let me know!) ideally, you’d take them in May or June. Since you’ve planned out your SAT/ACT dates, you can make sure they won’t conflict with when you want to take subject tests. Now look at your extracurricular schedule. Any big events happening? Schedule those in. You’ll also want to think about your schedule on a week-to-week basis. What are your other obligations? What time do you have available to rest, to study, to spend time with family? It’ll help you schedule in some relaxation time (which is SO important) during the school year.
  2. Find an organizational system Set something up that you know you’ll use, and something that’s relatively quick. Of course this can be tweaked during the school year, but at least figure out how you’ll keep track of assignments (I’d always recommend a good planner!), where you’ll keep old papers (they’ll be a great resource for exams), where you’ll study (you definitely want to have a pre-determined space to maximize your productivity!), etc. You want to make the school year as easy as possible. Trust me when I say losing papers and having to re-do assignments last minute is never fun.
  3. Make your schedule challenging. But also remember that it needs to be feasible. I took 6 AP classes (lol, yeah, don’t know how I survived that). Don’t let what other people do affect you though- if you know your max is 1 or 2, then do 1 or 2. But I’m always a firm believer in pushing yourself. I think people would be surprised by what they can handle, with the right motivation and organization. So definitely keep that in mind. But don’t forget…
  4. Focus on your extracurriculars This is the year where you really need to buckle down with your extracurriculars. If you still haven’t found what you like, that’s fine! Do some research, think about what you like, and then just go for it. No hesitation. Ideally, second semester, you’ll start thinking about leadership positions and applying. I think junior year is really important in terms of extracurriculars, so put in the time and hopefully you’ll see some reward senior year!
  5. Stay the heck away from drama. This was my fatal mistake of last year. I got sucked into drama and there was a time when I couldn’t live without my phone becase of it. Take a step back, and re-evaluate your position if you find yourself in a situation like this. What’s important? Who’s important? If you need to cut some friends out of your life, that’s okay. It happened to me, but you can always make connections with other people that aren’t going to drain you.
  6. Set out some YOU time. Yeah, another thing I kinda sucked at last year. I’d suggest setting out some time every week, so say, every Saturday morning, to sit down and fully unwind. Do whatever it is that you enjoy and relaxes you. Catch up on some TV, take a bubble bath, take a drive, whatever it is. You need to refuel or you’re going to get burned out really quickly.
  7. Keep college at the back of your mind. A lot of kids at my school became college-crazy this year, and that’s not something I’d recommend. Definitely start researching schools and think about what you like/dislike in terms of college. Start forming connections with your teachers, to hopefully get some teacher recs in the future (and get a great connection in general). Don’t let it become your obession, though. Work hard, study hard, and live your life. You want rich experiences that you can write about in your college essays senior year. Sure, thinking about it and going to some college fairs/talks is great, but you need to focus on building yourself up first.