so i put together a couple of sites and links that are pretty helpful for studying, school etc, :) all the links are free and work and are all pretty useful so enjoyyyyy   - ellie x


studying/school help


stress relief

take a few minutes break


hello hi whats up so yeah these are some websites i use and they’re really really helpful and as of jan 1st. 2014, they alllll work!!!!! all of them are free, and somethings you could really use, please tell me if you need anything specific ill be glad to give you a link now weep with happiness goodbye -shakes x | PART 2 OF THIS POST


  1. download free music
  2. download from 8tracks
  3. watch free movies/tv shows
  4. download free books
  5. free microsoft word?
  6. pretend to type an essay
  7. like the sound of a coffee shop?
  8. can’t remember the name of a song?
  9. when to pee during a movie
  10. convert youtube videos to mp3
  11. best learning website ever
  12. working out master post
  13. winged eyeliner tutorial
  14. pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
  15. how to write a good essay
  16. list of photo galleries
  17. photoshop tutorials
  18. kawaii emoji’s
  19. this can solve any math problem
  20. rainy mood?
  21. wanna know who you write like?
  22. create a fake tweet
  23. upload anything from your iPhone etc. to your laptop
  24. wanna know how stuff works?
  25. learn how to study
  26. learn how to make tumblr themes
  27. the thoughts room
  28. how to love yourself 
  29. watch movies/draw/everything??? with your online friends
  30. create some cool shit

So here are a bunch of resources i’ve gathered. I thought that I’d share them because they’re really helpful. Hope they’ll make your life easier! I’ve never made one of these before, so let me know if any of the links aren’t working. 


makeup and hair 


tumblr-related things

feeling down?



 food to make

photo editing things

art references

sounds n music

learn to do things


other useful things

PART 2 !!!!

hey, guys (especially college-bound or college-attending kiddos)! have you ever heard of dormco?

it’s an online shopping site aimed to sell carpets, furnishings and other dorm-related accessories for cheaper than you’d get them in a store. the more expensive the furnishings get, the lower the price is. it’s actually pretty neat for people who really want to have a nice dorm and pay less.

plus, your entire order (no matter how much stuff you order in one go) ships for $2.95 (so like you can get sheets, a mini-fridge, a lamp, and a rug shipped to you for under $3), which can be really fucking cheap if you look at some of those shipping costs on ebay and amazon.

the best part is, even if you aren’t living in a dorm, you can probs still use this website to get some neat things for less. i know they have lamps, bookshelves, futons, etc etc.

it’s pretty neat and i 100% recommend checking it out!

hello hello everyone so guess what yes yay this is part 2 of the life hacks post but this is the studying edition i know that you guys might have midterms and finals now and i hope this helps you with everything you need i wish you all the best and i hope you ace the shit out of this year if you have any questions about anything i’m always available i love you good luck -shakes xx 

[part 1 of this post] - [harry styles fanfic master-post] - [thirsty master-posts etc.]







Some playlists to listen to while you’re studying // doing your homework: 

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // 

nine // ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen // fifteen // 

sixteen // seventeen // eighteen // nineteen // twenty // twenty one // 

twenty two // twenty three // twenty four // twenty five // twenty six // 

twenty seven // twenty eight // twenty nine // thirty // thirty one // 

thirty two // thirty three // thirty four // thirty five // thirty six // thirty seven // 

thirty eight // thirty nine // forty // forty one // forty two // forty three // forty

four // forty five // forty six // forty seven // forty eight // forty nine // fifty


  1. Studying in a blue room relaxes your mood and makes you more productive, which is great for finishing up assignments and homework.
  2. Spray an unfamiliar scent, and chew an unfamiliar flavour of gum while you’re having a study session. 
  3. Before you start your exam, write down the things you think you might need while they’re still fresh in your head at the top of the page such as formulas and vocabulary words. 
  4. ‘Times New Roman’ is the easiest and fastest font to read.
  5. When writing an essay, add the opposing point of view to make the read look at both sides. 
  6. When you’re taking notes, pretend you’re writing them for some else, preferably someone you care about, and imagine them not knowing anything when it comes to the class you’re writing notes in.
  7. Using colours when writing your notes helps you remember faster, avoid using only one colour as it might dull out important information. 
  8. Change your font from 12pt to 14pt when writing essays, it looks the same but increases the number of pages by 1-2.
  9. Cinnamon flavoured gum helps you stay awake, use it for your morning classes. 
  10. Speaking something out loud helps your remember, so always read your notes aloud when you’re studying.
  11. Reading the first and last paragraphs and only running over the middle has the same outcome as reading all of it.
  12. Chocolate has the ability to improve your math skills. 
  13. Always have an alternative email, you never know when it might come in handy.
  14. Cold showers over coffee anyway. It keeps you fresh the entire day, and also helps you stay focused and less tired throughout the day.
  15. Reward yourself with 15-20 minutes of free time with every 45 minutes of studying. 
  16. If you’re pulling an all nighter, sleeping the 20 minutes before the sun comes up helps your body relax and you’ll be less tired. 
  17. Replace the colour tube of your red pen with the blue one. No one steals a red pen, and no one wants it.
  18. Always say yes to extra credit, no matter what your grade is. It can make a huge different seeing as it has the ability to change one percent which can change an entire grade letter. 
  20. Writing something down is an equivalent of saying something 7 times. 
  21. No matter how much time you have left, do it earlier. You’ll be glad you did.
  22. Be friends with your teachers, you never know what can happen during the school year.
  23. Have a study group, you’ll have friends to explain things to you and vide versa, also you can share notes and finish up homework without feeling like time is passing by slow.

And now an inspiring quote said by my biology teacher to one of my friends who wouldn’t stop looking at the clock, “The time will pass, but you might not pass this class.“


here we go again…..

basically a little while ago i created a list of helpful websites that i wanted to share and it got quite popular and a lot of people asked me to make another list with more!! your wish is my command!!! here is another list of more helpful websites!!! you can find part one HERE and i hope you enjoy this one as much as the first!!

help for school



tumblr/general internet help

mental health help/info

makeup, hair, fashion

Travel Tips: Useful Japanese Phrases

Learning to speak Japanese fluently before heading to Japan is almost impossible for a casual learner, but it’s still a good idea to have some useful phrases to get around. Even better, have a language guide book on hand so you can point to the phrase you’re trying to speak! Here are some of the phrases I found most useful on my trips:

こんにちは - Konnichiwa - Hello

ありがとう - Arigatou - Thank You

すみません - Sumimasen - Excuse Me/I’m Sorry

お願いします - Onegaishimasu - Please

ください - Kudasai - Please (informal)

はい - Hai - Yes

いいえ - Iie - 
 No (rarely used)

ごめんなさい - Gomennasai - I am sorry

英語はわかりますか - Eigo wa wakarimasu ka? - Do you understand English?

わかりません - Wakarimasen - I do not understand

もうちょっとゆっくり言ってください - Mou chotto yukkuri itte kudasai - Please speak more slowly

これ - Kore
 - This (you can point at something and say “kore” to ask for it)

これをください - Kore o kudasai - This, please

いくらですか - Ikura desu ka? - How much is it?

お名前は何ですか - Onamae wa nan desu ka? - What is your name?

私の名前は_です Watashi no namae wa __ desu - My name is __

どうぞよろしく - Dozo yoroshiku - Pleased to meet you

お元気ですか - Ogenki desu ka? - How are you?

元気です - Genki desu - I’m fine

おはようございます - Ohayou gozaimasu - Good morning

こんばんは - Konbanwa - Good Evening

お休みなさい - Oyasumi nasai - Good Night

何 - Nani? - What?

いつ - Itsu? - When?

誰 - Dare? - Who?

どこ - Doko? - Where?

トイレはどこですか - Toire wa doko desu ka? - Where is the toilet?

駅はどこですか - Eki wa doko desu ka? - Where is the train station?

Hopefully you won’t need the following phrases, but it’s good to know them as well:

医者が必要です - Isha ga hitsuyo desu - I need a doctor

ここが痛いです - Koko ga itai desu - It hurts here

助けて - Tasukete! - Help!

警察を呼んでください - Keisatsu o yonde kudasai! - Call the police!

道に迷いました - Michi ni mayoi mashita - I’m lost

10 Tips for studying foreign languages

So I thought that I would make a post on how to boost your grade in languages at school, or just get more fluent in general!

1. IMMERSE YOURSELF EVERYDAY - Repetition is the key to feeling more fluent in a language as the more you practice, the easier and more natural it will feel to speak it.

2. TALK TO NATIVE SPEAKERS - Even better if they also are trying to learn your language so you can help each other. You speak to them in your language, then they reply in theirs. It is a very good way to learn how they form sentences and what sounds right in that language - you could even ask them to explain a few things that confuse you too! 

Visit here to find people to chat with! Or even go on the Habbo site for that language and sign up! 

3. START A JOURNAL - Write a journal completely in the language you are studying! You could include doodles with captions, song lyrics, lists of useful vocab, or just diary entries about how your day has been - anything! 

Useful phrases for French journals here and here and German journals here 

4. LISTEN TO MUSIC - Native music is a very fun way to learn! make a playlist for all the music in that language on youtube and play it atleast a few times a week and make sure to translate the parts you don’t understand! 

I only study French so can only recommend some french artists: Stromae, Coeur de Pirate, Louane, Joyce Jonathon and Indila! Also, Selena Gomez sings some songs in spanish, and most Disney songs have versions in other languages e.g. French which is good as you already recognise the tune! My favourite is “Il en Faut Peu Pour Etre Heureux” (The Bear Necessities in french!)

5. WATCH CARTOONS - Youtube has an array of cartoons for kids in foreign languages, have a browse and see what you can find! Easy for learning vocab as you can pause and translate! A great way to practice your listening skill too as learning written language and learning spoken language are two completely different matters, one may be harder for you than the other!

Peppa Pig in French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Polish

6. START A VOCAB BOOK - Grab a cheap A5 notebook and write down every piece of new vocab / phrase that you see! Be sure that its correct first though. Every few weeks make yourself read through the whole book so that you remind yourself of the words!

7. READ - Read books in the language! I’m currently reading the French version of a John Green book (La Face Cachee De Margo) and i love it! Many popular books have versions translated into a number of languages so you can find something you know that you will like! If you are finding it hard to translate, start a word document and type up everything that you translate so that you can remember next time you pick up the book! It doesn’t matter if it takes you months and months to finish the book, its just something you can do every so often! You could also read the news on a website from their country! 

Here is a new site in French

Also the girls site ‘Elle’ is translated into many languages, find yours here!

8. PRETEND THAT YOU ARE A NATIVE - As you go around your normal daily routine, try to think in the language. Making a cup of tea? In your head (or even out loud) say ‘Now I’m going to boil the kettle’, ‘I like my tea with 2 sugars and a splash of milk’. If you cant say a word, translate it, or write it down to do later! Be sure to write the translated words into your vocab book too and try to see if you remember how to say it the next time that you make your cup of tea! For everything that you see, try to repeat the word in that language in your head.

+ I 10000% recommend Duolingo! They have an app too which is amazing and actually fun!

+ Reverso Dictionary (website here) is a great app if you’re not sure if Google translate is quite accurate (which it isn’t a fair deal of the time). It translates the word that you enter in context so that you can see it in a sentence, and is pretty much always correct as it finds it from online sources! You can also see lots of examples so that you’re sure its correct.

+ Just do an app store search for something in that language, for example search ‘mots mêlés’ and you will find french word search apps!

10. STAY MOTIVATED AND HAVE FUN! - Learning a language happens a lot easier if you find it fun and not just a chore that you need to do for school. Find a friends and learn it together, chat in the language and just joke around! If you dont like learning languages, then I can guarantee that you will find it 10X harder to learn.

Bonne chance dans vos etudes mes amis!

1. Think about what’s stressing you out 

  • Identify the cause - eg. work - and think about why this is causing you stress. Do you have more work than you can manage? Is one task particularly hard?
  • Identify your abilities to cope - have you survived this in the past? Think about the skills you have and how they could help you with this situation.
  • Look at this post about how not to be hard on yourself
  • Analyze your expectations - how could this situation go best? how could it go worst? Be prepared for every outcome.

2. Now go to your happy place

  • Do something creative! Maybe use a colouring book, write something, make music + more ideas in this list
  • Have a long bath - a bath bomb and candles are are nice too
  • Listen to loud music and dance around crazily
  • Go outdoors and just breathe deeply
  • Make a nebula
  • Go to this calming website
  • Watch something funny on TV and have a good laugh
  • light a scented candle
  • Get some exercise - anything from a relaxing walk to an intense workout will be good for you. 
  • Cook something delicious
  • Curl up in a blanket and drink something warm
  • Get plenty of sleep - here’s how to work out when to go to bed
  • + more useful self care links

3. Then get organised and motivated to work!

Find what works for you and develop a routine that you can go straight to whenever you’re feeling stressed. Remember that your mental health is more important than anything else, so don’t feel guilty about taking some time out for yourself every now and then.

mindpalacestudy x

hello this is my list of free webistes/programs/downloads that are handy to have or interesting or just cool idk. as of right now (1/11/14) they all work. they’re not in any kind of order, sorry about that. I hope you find these useful okay enjoy!