Hey Guys! Sorry for missing out on posting for a few weeks, I just had a lot to do. Now that I’m on vacations I can finally start reading again! I also got a new marble topper for my nightstand and it’s perfect for taking flatlay photos.
22/07/16 || LITTLE UPDATE || I won’t be as active as I’ve been during the past few days for around a week I believe, I queued some posts and I should be able to be active if everything goes as planned but I’m not sure so we’ll see.
I’m feeling great and still productive, just not in a study way. When I get back I’m probably going to update you on my schedule for the next month and on the books I’ve read, so yeah, have a nice week 💕
I know that I’ve been on and off lately, but I was “on vacation”. I won’t explain the whole thing because you guys get bored, but I didn’t have time to post since I was trying to study while trying to rest, plus struggling with lack of motivation and tiredness due to the complexity of the first semester of this year.
Anyway, here’s my planner. I don’t know how but I managed to:
-Get done a report for Precolumbian Cultures that’s due to the next week.
-Plan the antology for Modern Author.
-Organise my Law notes (second semester starts on monday 25th).
-Plan next week study sessions and stuff.
-And I also spent time with my amazing life partner, which is always so relaxing!
Does any of you have tips for avoiding procrastination and picking at my face? I get anxious and can’t stop doing it.
Hi! I just finished my first year of college and I definitely have to credit the studyblr community for all the useful information and tips! I currently closed the year with a 4.0 and don’t plan on stopping!
In high school I was an ok student but I decided to change all that when I started college. So, whether you’re in high school or college, it’s never late to change and attain academic excellence! So here are my tips!
Try to get an early start on your day and sit closest to the front as possible. Studies show that sitting in the front of class will improve your grades and knowledge!
A study showed that those who sat in the front achieved an average of 80% while those in the middle achieved an average of 71.6% on their exams. And guess who did even worse.. unfortunately those in the back scored an average of 68.1%
Distractions are decreased because there’s no one sitting in front of you, just the lecture which basically forces you to pay attention.
This increases the likelihood of your professor getting to know you. Why is that important? Well, in an accounting course I once took, I sat in the front, attended extra tutoring sessions hosted by that instructor, and generally put in extra effort in the class. By the end of the semester everyone was really struggling, over 20 students flunked out, and even my tips weren’t getting me to that A I wanted. Well, because I had established who I was and that I was serious about the class, my instructor bumped my final course grade from an 88% to 93%! She said she noticed the effort I put in so she gave me the grade she thought I deserved
Seriously, sit in the front!!
Ok, now that you have a good spot in the class, make sure you take great notes! The Cornell notes system is great but do whatever works best for you.
Date your notes at the top so you can order them chronologically. This will make studying a breeze later on.
Find a color coding system that works for you. Highlight main ideas and vocab.
Find a notebook that works for you. I was lucky enough to score 20 moleskines at my local thrift store at 1 dollar a piece so I’ve been using those.
If you prefer loose leaf paper, buy a bunch and stick it into a flexible binder so you can organize and reorganize your paper.
Use post-its and sticky tabs to add extra info that you might have left out during class. Use sticky tabs to find certain notes faster.
These are some of my favorite note taking supplies:
These Pilot G-Tec pens are some of my favorite pens ever! They are super smooth and the lines are really fine. This 5 pack costs around $11 which is pretty affordable!
Mead notebooks are a classic staple. Seriously these are super durable!
If you want to go the extra mile, retyping up your notes is a great idea. That way your in class notes can be messy and it won’t matter since you’re going to type them up anyway. One Note is awesome for notes.
I developed my own system for deciding on how I will study and how often I will study. It goes something like this:
Rank your classes in order of difficulty into three sections:
Easy, medium, and hard….
Easy classes get one point
Medium classes get two points
Hard classes get three points
Is the class math related? ….. add 2 points
Is it science related? …… add 2 points
Is the class a subject that you struggle with? ….. add 3 points
is the class AP? ……… 3 points
Add up the points for each class.
Classes with 1-3 points:
these classes are generally easy and have an easy instructor, contain info you already know, etc.
These classes get 45 minutes a day in your schedule and minimal studying on weekends.
Classes with 4-8 points:
These classes might need some more effort so try to…
Set aside an hour a day and 30 minutes on weekends.
Classes with 9 points and up:
These classes are usually more intense, have daily assignments, have a strict instructor, etc.
Set 2 hours a day and an hour or more on weekends. Consider going to free tutoring provided by your school, join a study group, or go to your instructor’s office hours.
Plan your months, weeks, and days in advance! Keep a planner, calendar, or bullet journal. I personally use a bullet journal and keep a calendar printable in each binder I have for my classes.
Include due dates, exam dates, when your rentals are due, etc.
Look at it everyday!!! That way you won’t forget important events.
If you want to, make it pretty! Decorate it with stickers, pictures, polaroids, etc. to make it more personal.
If you prefer minimalism, keep a simple planner or bullet journal system.
If an electronic system works better for you, go for it! But I’ve noticed that writing it on paper works best!
This hardcover Yoobi journal is comparable to the Moleskine and comes in pretty colors! The price is awesome, each one runs at $6!
Bando makes super pretty and trendy planners. They run from $20 and can get pricey though. It’s definitely worth it though!
This Sugar Paper gold polka dot planner is really cute and super affordable!
TheAT-A-GLANCEplanner has a monthly view and daily sections with plenty of room for writing in important dates and decorating with cute stuff!
Kikki Khas amazing planners. If you want to splurge consider their stuff. I’ve always wanted one but it’s around the price of a textbook :(
While Studyblr has so many resources and tips, in case you haven’t noticed, a lot of the pretty pictures use muji pens, staedtler fineliners, and those cute lil’ backpacks. Remember that you have to use supplies that work with you. Here are the essentials to carry with you:
Notebooks and binders
A sturdy and comfy backpack. I use the Borealis backpack by The North Face on discount. Make sure it has comfortable straps, back support, enough room for all your stuff, and compartments for your food and water bottle.
A phone charger. Keep it in your backpack. My phone has died on me so many times and it sucks, especially if you have to take the bus. Invest in a portable charger.
Earbuds are a must, especially if you take public transportation. Also great for when you’re at the library, gym, etc.
As previously mentioned, a water bottle and FOOD! Pack a lunch but also have backup snacks like granola bars or nuts. You need food and water for energy.
Keep extra change. You never know when you need it!!
Pens, pencils, etc. Especially a stapler if you have homework that you regularly turn in!! Its really awk when someone doesn’t have a stapler and everyone in the class doesn’t either..
A laptop, seriously a must! Chromebooks are affordable!
Hope that’s helpful! Looking forward to another year in college and staying in the Studyblr community,
scholarships are the bomb!! free money to get urself an education!! here’s my best advice aaand resources for applying + getting some of that sweet sweet money :D
use all of the databases!! the scholarships are right there for you. Take advantage of them, srsly!!! many let you input your criteria + they’ll match you up with some, and they help to organize your applications. You can subscribe to their newsletter and get alerts for new scholarships. there’s a whole bundle below all this advice to getchu started :D
start early + don’t stop: your eligibility for scholarships starts pretty much freshman year of high school, and basically doesn’t stop until you’re out of education, so take advantage of them!!! Logically, applying to more gives you a higher chance of winning one, so keep ploughing through them
don’t let essays scare you off: sweepstakes scholarships are easiest to apply for, but this also means they have more applicants. Do your best work + put time into essay-based scholarship contests, and up your chance of winning something!! Factor them into your normal routine like you would a homework assignment and just keep at it.
keep track of what you’ve applied for: seriously. Do it. It’ll motivate you when you’re not feeling like it, + keep you organized. Set up a spreadsheet (google sheets, excel, whatever floats your boat) and give it 5 columns: title of the scholarship, amount worth, whether or not you’ve applied, if you were successful, + the organization offering it. It’s also a great reminder of scholarships to reapply for next year.
check local scholarships: they’re waayyyy more restricted so the applicant pool is a lot smaller!!! Check your school, organizations you belong to, your parents’ companies, + local businesses. You’ll be competing against people in your town/county/district + it’ll give you a much better shot at winning. Check out your school’s website + talk to your guidance counsellors!
be specific: narrow down that applicant pool early. When you’re googling, look for scholarships that will apply only to you, so don’t just search ‘scholarships’. Look for ‘scholarships for bisexual women’, or ‘scholarships for international students’, or ‘scholarships for left-handed volleyball players’. Less applicants=better outcomes.
don’t apply to scams: be wary!!! Two big things: be careful of scholarships which want you to pay to apply, and guaranteed scholarships. Research pay-to-apply ones to make sure they’re legit. There’s more info here, here, and here on avoiding scholarship scams. Stay safe!!
Photos from 25 June 2016: Had a little trip with the fam to Intramuros aka the Walled City! This was put up during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines and was considered the original city of Manila! 😊 Hope you can visit this historic and beautiful place if you ever find yourself in my country. 🇵🇭
This month’s calendar wallpaper was inspired by the upper left photo in the set and by my sister, who loves the colors in this palette and is btw, celebrating her 15th birthday today! You can check out her blog over at http://promienisty.tumblr.com and send her some birthday love! 🎂💖
Ok, so it’s Monday and you want to have a productive week but also spend the weekend with your friends/dog/pokemon go. Where do you start?
Make it easier to start studying. We’ve all had those times when we sit down fully intending to study but the desk is messy so we HAVE to clean it or there is no way we can focus right? Organise your workspace at the start of the week, file all your loose papers into nice folders or boxes and have your most used stationery, chargers and other study equipment in easily accessible places. “My laptop is about to die and my charger is in the other room, therefore I cannot study” is no longer a valid excuse.
What do you want to achieve? Write up a simple to-do list for the week, and break the tasks down into chunks that you can complete each day. Be disciplined and stick to the lists. Don’t do more than you’ve assigned yourself unless you finish unreasonable early. No one wants burnout.
Estimate your study time and set deadlines. So now you have a list of tasks, review each task and approximate how long they should take to complete. Set deadlines for each task, as well as a deadline to complete study at the end of the day. Stick to these! If you can’t finish a task in time, start the next one and return to it later if you have time.
When are you most productive? Work better in the morning? Wake up earlier and schedule your study accordingly. Night owl? Plan for that! There’s no point getting up to study at 6am if you are going to fall asleep at your desk and vice versa.
Eliminate distractions. Literally walk into another room right now, turn off your phone and put it in a drawer. Don’t even think about checking your notifications while you’re studying. You will have breaks, and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t reply to a text within 30 seconds. If you’re using a computer to study, install a distracting website blocker if you think you will be tempted to procrastinate.
Time to study! Now all of that is out of the way, how can I get all of this work done??
Start with the important concepts. Think you’ll be tested on X and only covered Y in class for 10 seconds? Focus on understanding X before you bother with Y.
Multitasking is evil.“I know most people perform worse when they multitask but I am not most people.” Nope. Noooope. Don’t even think about trying to work on two things at once, it doesn’t work, even if you think it does. Even looking away from your work for 30 seconds to check an email is enough to break your concentration. Train your brain to focus on one task at a time and you will be amazed at what you can achieve in a short time.
Avoid perfectionism. Your essay might be worth 20% of your final grade but that doesn’t mean you should put off all your other assignments just to make sure you leech every single mark. Do the best you can but don’t spend hours trying to create a masterpiece.
Minimize time sucks. Sometimes we do things that seem productive but don’t actually get us anywhere. For example, checking emails, organising computer files or researching productivity (my personal fave), seem like you’re being productive, but you’re taking time away from actually getting things done. Schedule 30 minutes a day maximum on these things and get on with the real work.
Schedule mini breaks. I really like the pomodoro technique because it takes your break time into account and you aren’t forced into studying for prolonged periods of time. Study for an amount of time you feel comfortable with and take a 5 minute break. After a few of these, take a longer break to recharge. Bonus points: go for a short walk between study sessions to improve your focus.
Reward progress. You might be in the mindset of feeling bad when you don’t meet all your goals or expectations, but don’t forget to celebrate your wins, no matter how small. Small progress is still progress. Reward yourself when you complete tasks and take time out to relax at the end of the day.
Schedule “me time”. I always felt bad when I wasn’t studying, even when I know logically I can’t study 24/7. If you’re in the same boat, schedule a few hours a week in your calendar dedicated to something that you enjoy, even if it’s just sitting on the couch watching tv. Don’t even try to feel guilty for not studying.
I don’t know of many other studyblr challenges other than the great 100 days of productivity one so I decided to make this one! Have fun and remember to tag your posts so we can check it out!
The Focus Challenge
The idea of the focus challenge is to encourage quality of study sessions, rather than quantity- and help with the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality! At the end of 30 days hopefully you’ve sussed out what times of day you’re most focused and you could make it a habit to study more often then!
1. Post photo(s) daily of what you’ve achieved at the end of each session of studying. Preferably a photo for each study session to keep yourself accountable!
2. Include in your post
Duration: (start time) - (end time)
3. Tag your post with #focuschallenge so I can follow and support u!