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The Art of Study Breaks

You know when you’re studying non-stop, working really hard… but eventually, you start feeling less productive? I’ve come to realize that in such cases it’s good, even necessary to take a study break. So here’s how to master them!

How much time?

15-20 minutes: just enough time for you to relax a little, but not so much that you fall completely out of your game.

How frequently?

Honestly, this totally depends on what you’re studying, how hard it is etc, but normally I’ll take a study break every hour and a half.

What do you do during them?

  • Go to the bathroom. Wash your face, remove your makeup, go to the toilet if you need to.
  • Grab some food & water. Sometimes, studying can make you hungry, and water’s always good to have around. I’d tell you to opt for something healthy when it comes to food, but more often than not I’ll choose to eat Oreos, biscuits or some other sweets.
  • Take a nap. This is perhaps the most straightforward one; just lie down for a few minutes. Make sure you’ve set an alarm clock though, or else you will oversleep. Trust me; it’s happened before.
  • Clean up your study space. I have quite a big desk, but sometimes it can feel like the random items of stationery, pieces of paper, textbooks and other random crap is just taking over everything. I swear, it really helps if you clean up the things around you!
  •  Go online. I’m a little reluctant to recommend this because I know how hard it is to stop afterwards, but if you consciously limit yourself and know that you’ll stop after 15-20 minutes, then watching a few YouTube videos, going on tumblr or talking to friends of Facebook can be a great way to relax.
  • Make yourself a tea. Or coffee – but personally I’m more of a tea person during studying. I’ll make myself a nice cup of black tea with lemon and sugar, and afterwards, everything just goes better.
  • Watch an episode of a TV show/anime. These are slightly longer, but are a great way to take your mind off whatever you’re studying. I’d recommend watching something which is short (ie. not a full, hour-long episode of Game of Thrones) – like Friends, HIMYM or Family Guy. These are great because the shows are pretty episodic, you won’t feel inclined to keep watching more and more. As for anime, don’t pick one where you know you won’t be able to stop after one episode. Instead, I’d recommend something like Hetalia (hilarious; also great if you’re studying Geo or History), Gintama (pure gold), Samurai Champloo (the perfect combination of fun and deep).

And so there you have it: the art of taking a study break. Good luck, everyone!

No okay this isn’t funny. If you do this, you’re actually an asshole.

First of all, your entitled ass doesn’t get to decide whether or not you think someone “needs” skim/non-fat milk. That is the customer’s choice, and you respect that whether your high and mighty ego likes it or not.

Second of all, I don’t get “skinny” because I want to be thin. I get it because I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and I have basically since I was born. You know what happens when I drink full cream milk? Stomach cramps - and not just average stomach pain cramps. I FEEL the pain from INSIDE. Ever felt a stabbing pain from inside your gut? It’s excruciating, and most of the time I am hobbled over because I cannot walk.

Even if I didn’t have IBS, YOU DON’T DO THIS. It’s beyond douchebag-y, and it shows how much of an entitled ass you are. Get off your high horse and if you ever gave me full-cream milk (and I know), I will ensure I stand next to you while the cramping and agony you have caused me passes via a gas that would rival a smoke bomb. I have no shame admitting that.

  1. We nerds will rule the land, because you cannot kill what already has no life.
  2. Only in IB can you bullshit a 10 page commentary on a poem less than 10 words. 
  3. IB- The day I ditched school for homework. 
  4. IB - the best condom in the world.
  5. IB- When you decide to laminate your review sheet to study in the shower.
  6. You know you are in IB when you actually laugh at these quotes.
  7. You know you’re in IB when you procrastinate by doing “less important” homework.
  8. Writing a TOK essay is like being constipated. It hurts like hell and you produce crap very slowly.
  9. IB pickup line:
    Baby, I’ll treat you like my homework. I’ll slam you on the table and do you all night long. 
  10. Rebel: Sneaks out/in of their house when they’re supposed to be sleeping.
    IB Rebel: Sneaks around own house to print homework when they’re supposed to be sleeping.
  11. How do you even have time to read this ?
  12. Student: So I was wondering… Why aren’t we allowed to take five HL classes?
    IB Coordinator: Because it looks bad for the IB program when students commit suicide.
  13. In IB we don’t believe in miracles… We rely on them!
  14. We you’re in IB the phrase “I got five hours of action last night” means something completely different.
  15. You know you’re IB when you spend more time editing a paper than writing it because you’re over the word count.
  16. If you think you’re doing the IB, you’re wrong. The IB’s doing you.
  17. If you are on this site since 5 minutes, you took your break for the week!
  18. IB puts the “pro” in procrastination.
  19. You know your in the IB if your school has this traffic sign posted in the parking lot.
    Caution: Kids might throw themselves in front of your car.
  20. Only IB gives you true protection from the sun’s UV rays…Welcome to summer assignments.

December 31st, 2016

Last day of the year, and I’m trying to get myself in the habit of studying! Even though AP tests are in May, there are 16 chapters of Physics C to go through… I got the 2017 Princeton review, I swear by Princeton! Even though I literally know physics c like the back of my hand, some revision notes can’t hurt :)

Are you guys taking any AP/IB exams this year? When do you usually start preparing for them?

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Do you need even more fanfictions?

Is school starting soon for you like it is for me? Are you worried you won’t have the time to catch up on the lovely fanfictions across the Miraculous Ladybug fandom? Never you fear, for the Princess of Harte is here! Permanent and always updating links are here, here, and here. If there’s a fanfic you think should be on the list, by all means, let me know!

Unfortunate by lovereading2 (Rated: T)
When Ladybug and Chat Noir are losing in their fight against Hawkmoth, a glow surrounds them and saves them from impending death.

Gone Before Goodbye by kaylarivers (Rated: T)
Adrien has been missing for three years. Two months ago, they found his discarded backpack. Two days ago, they declared him dead. Today is the day of the funeral. (This is Kayla’s first fanfic, so please, give her love and tips on how to continue and improve!)

An Awkward Situation by Serenity Prime (Rated: T)
For the “hots for papagreste” side of the fandom.

A Safe Haven by AmaranthPrincess21 (Rated: K+) complete
Adrien just can’t take his home life anymore. As Chat Noir, he sneaks out for the night.

The Lady of the Paint de RilaZou (Evalué: K+)
Nathanaël necessita un modelo por un competición del Colegio Francoises Dupant. Porque él es el artista él escoge Marinette.

Stroke of Luck by TheEquivalentExchanger (Rated: T)
Adrien accidentally discovers Ladybug’s secret identity, but doesn’t know if it’s from good luck, or bad. Ladrien in chapter 2.

Revelation by MissKluck (Rated: K+)
During an akuma attack, Ladybug and Chat Noir discover each other’s secret identity. Now, they have to deal with it, and it’s not going well.

Masquerade by immaculatemoonlight (Rated: T)
Chloé has been rude to Marinette, and Adrien cannot take it anymore. Adrien and Marinette grow closer just as she and Chat Noir do as well.

Casting Shadows by FieryArtemis (Rated: T)
Alya and Nino are Paris’ famed heroes Ladybug and Chat Noir, respectively. Their most recent triumph, over Chat Blanc, leaves the akumatized victim reeling as he watches videos of the three hours he lost that day.

Glaze by Kryalla Orchid (Rated: T)
Sequel to Obsession.

Unexpected Surprise by @sweetprincessluck​ (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Adrien meets Emma Dupain-Cheng.

Of Heroes Made of Quantic Gods by @miraculousturtle​ (1, 2)
Above the Eiffel Tower is Olympus, Aphrodite, and Adrien. Marinette and Tikki are off to find him.

Show Me a Hero by @fathomingconstellations​ (0, 1)
Marinette and Adrien learn that they don’t need masks to be heroes.

Something About December by @runningoutofink​ complete
Adrinette future AU with pillow forts.

Plagg Likes Cheese by @imagine-miraculousladybug​ (0, 1)
Plagg really, REALLY likes cheese, and this gets him and Adrien into all sorts of trouble. (Based off of this AU)

Reckless by @pozolegirl​ complete
There’s an assassination attempt.

The Cat and The Lady by SKG100 (Rated: K+)

Tikki’s New Friend by panda013 (Rated: G)
Tikki is Marinette’s new dog. Eventual Adrinette.

Heartstrings by taylortot (Rated: T)
Marichat. This doesn’t need an explanation.

As the Snow Falls, Falls by fufflepie (Rated: G) complete
Chat Noir watches his Lady dance. (Please, read this on a computer. There are certain liberties the author took when writing and it looks much better on a computer screen.)

Masque Mystérieux by loving_desperation (Rated: T)
Adrien finds a kitten, which Marinette takes home and names Nuit. Strange occurrences happen to the Miraculous weilders.

Telltale by Zizzani (Rated: T)
In a fight, Ladybug hurts her elbow. The next day, Marinette arrives to school injured. Is Adrien smart enough to connect the dots?

Secret Santa by Thelastpilot (Rated: T) complete
Adrien and Marinette are each other’s Secret Santa. Fluffiness is everywhere.

New Year’s Dance by Thelastpilot (Rated: G) complete
Sequel to Secret Santa

Well, excuse me, princess! by mirawohoo (metawohoo) (Rated: T) complete
Nathanaël is the Evillustrator, again, for the umpteenth time, because of Chloé. Hilarity ensues with background Adrinette.

When One Door Closes by Magical_Awesome_Kid (Rated: G) complete
Takes place immediately after the events of Lady Wifi: what happens if the closet Ladybug ran to after using her Lucky Charm was locked?

Dating is a Form of Mutually Assured Destruction by Magical_Awesome_Kid (Rated: G)
Sequel to When One Door Closes

The Ladybugs and the Bees by BullySquadess (Rated: M)
For 15 years, Marinette has never had to experience the joys of having a period. In all of his 15 years, Adrien has never heard of a period. (It’s a puberty fic.)

Convention Confessions by CharmedKnights (Rated: K+)
Miraculous is a popular webcomic. Marinette and Alya decide to go to Marinette’s first con as Ladybug and Lady Wifi respectively.

An Awkward Situation by Serenity Prime (Rated: T)
Maria Rosario Balboa has the hots for her boss, one Mister Gabriel Agreste. (The hots-for-papagreste-side of the fandom made this and it’s terribly funny.)

Advise for Extended Essay

Yesterday all IB2 students at our school handed in their final drafts of Extended Essay. 

I am very satisfied with mine and the work I put into it, but I know that some students are not. I have some easy and general tips for you when it comes to the extended essay:

Put effort into your First Draft

The first draft is very important, because that is the only draft you will actually get feedback on. I wrote 3200 words for my first draft, because then I would have space for writing more, but I was still pretty much done with it.

Read the criteria

This will help you SO MUCH! Reading the criteria and fully understand what you are to do makes it easier to break the essay down into smaller, manageable parts. It is difficult sitting down to write an essay of 4000 words just like that, without guidelines.

Talk to your supervisor

If you have any questions - ASK! Don’t feel like you are being annoying. Your supervisor is there to help and guide you. If you have any questions regarding referencing, what to include, something you are unsure of - ask your supervisor.

Write your final draft as soon as you have gotten feedback on the first one

It’s so easy to forget what you were supposed to change or add, even though you have notes. I would really recommend writing the final draft as soon as possible so you don’t forget.

Read it over and over again

It may seem boring, but it does help you a lot. When reading it through, you will find sentences that may be changed or words that could be replaced. Print your essay out, read it and underline everything that you may want to change, or possible misspellings etc.

Ask someone else to read it and give feedback

This helped me A LOT. I asked my parents to read it, and underline everything that seemed unclear or didn’t make sense. This helped me to see mistakes I had not noticed myself. It also gives you another point of view, since you yourself may be able to understand the essay but others has to be too.


HELLO HEY chemistry is probably my worst subject, and because of that i try to make sure i take good in-class notes so when i look back at them i’m not totally (゜ー゜)?? so!! here’s just a small rundown on how i take notes while my teacher is lecturing ~ (side note: i’m taking IB chemistry SL, and my teacher lectures using powerpoint slides)

two things to consider while taking notes:

  • don’t just copy from the slide!! if you’re just copying from the slide, odds are you’re not really understanding what you’re writing down. my teacher uploads lecture slides online, so i know that i can go back and write down things i didn’t in class when i get home and actually try to listen to what my teacher is saying. that being said:
  • LISTEN TO WHATEVER IS COMING OUT OF YOUR TEACHER’S MOUTH because sometimes they say things that aren’t on the slide/board/idk that are important and you could very easily miss or tune out if you’re just mindlessly copying information

wOohoo now these are things i’ve started doing to take the most effective notes (for myself!! remember everyone learns differently)

  • i write actual information in black pen and margin/side notes in red (usually things that i need to remember or that will remind me about some step in a calculation). i leave both pens uncapped so i can switch between pens easily. this is helpful for when i look back at my notes, since if i write everything in black, things just start to get all jumbled up. but the red is like WOW EMPHASIS KNOW THIS!! (the black pen i use is a paper mate eagle medium ballpoint pen and the red pen is a pentel rsvp medium point)
  • before i started doing the black pen/red pen thing, i would box all my side notes/important things. sometimes i still do this if i’m feeling particularly lazy heh :^)
  • i underline key terms
  • basically i think highlighting is too much of a hassle to do during lecture and i have had to resort to other methods of emphasizing information
  • i bullet point the headings/main topics and use sub-bullets for everything related to that topic

DO NOT FORGET!! in-class notes are nothing if you do nothing with them after you leave the classroom!! i like rewriting my notes into summary sheet things (like this and this woo), but maybe you’ll find that typing your notes or making flashcards works best for you~~

buT yep that’s all i have for now. i hope this was somewhat helpful, and happy note taking !! ☆ヾ(*´・∀・)ノ

@gingerinnewcrest replied to your post “Personal - feel free to ignore but i’m pretty happy about this”

That’s good(ish)!! I hope you feel better soon! I suffer from IBS so I understand the stomach issues very well lol! Green tea is always good and I use a muscle relaxing bubble bath which is great too! I also have a cold bath after exercise and then a warm/hot bath any other time which usually helps. Also v pillows are heaven so maybe look into purchasing one, I believe they are sold in JYSK in the U.K. But I don’t know where you’re from lol. Get well soon ��

I’m so sorry to hear that you have that! I was horrified when I was searching my symptoms when that came up and something else, I can’t imagine what you could be going through considering I’m sure you deal with it all the time. Is there a way that you can take medication to help during the day? Yes!! Tea is such a relief. I drank SOOO much green tea mixed with peppermint to help calm my tummy on really bad days, so it was like my rock lolol. I live in the U.S. so I’ve never actually seen them, but I’m sure with looking online I could find the pillows. Are they like pregnancy/V-shaped pillow? I noticed that when I put a pillow under my side when laying that way helps a lot with pain but sadly I have those cheap 3 dollar pillows so they’re kinda hard! lol

 @vicarious-sims replied to your post “Personal - feel free to ignore but i’m pretty happy about this”

That’s great news - I’m so happy for you. Now you know what’s contributing to your ailments & how to fix it. I also find that chiropractic treatments always result in some body pain a few days after so don’t worry about that.

Yes! Thank God! I’m such a wimp when it comes to body pain (I should probably give myself credit though for dealing with it all the time!) so I’m hoping that after the 3 days are up I’ll be out running 50 miles lolol. I’m gonna continue treating my stomach as if I have the flu or stomach issue just in case, I’m pretty sure my stomach is super worn out after all the stress I’ve put on it from not doing anything sooner, so I think giving it a well-deserved break is for the best! :~D

Journaling is personal: it’s one of few things that you can really be yourself for and express your thoughts as well, which is fantastic and relaxing but I can’t help but notice how many people struggle with making journal entries, finding that perfect journal, or knowing when they should write. If you are interested, read on!! 

 How To Journal

 As always, I am not a professional, in fact I’m not sure if there’s a personal journaling professional in the first place. I hope this article can help you in anyway towards your goal of kick ass journaling. 

 Part 1- Finding a Journal 

1. Surprisingly, most people give up on journaling before they even begin, and they’re main reason is they couldn’t find a journal. In my early begins, of course then I was 11 years old, I began journaling on loose leaf paper, but I understand the want for something more private and sturdy. There are two main methods: - an actual journal - an digital journal such as an app or a writing computer program like evernote. 

 2. An actual journal This is the kind of journaling I prefer most. When purchasing a journal, it doesn’t even need to be a journal! Fancy journals are nice, but pricey, cheaper journals are much more of a project, you can decorate and personalize them to what you want. Decoration can also go inside the journal, you can paste tickets from the movie you saw last week and that Polaroid from the top of that cliff you hiked, the possibilities are endless. Not matter what journal you end up buying, it’s the writing itself that is the important part, the real beauty of journaling. 

 3. Digital journaling. If you are a busy bee and would like to cut down the time consuming process of writing, without cutting journaling out as a whole, then digital journaling might be for you! Typing can be faster than writing, and less of a bother to hide your journal from prying eyes. You can decorate and personalize an electronic document just as you could with an actual journal, but whereas a written journal can go anywhere without the need for wifi, digital journals have their limits, but that all depends on whatever you choose to use. Suggestions: - Evernote (a favorite of mine, can be used on the computer or as an app on your phone. Download is on their website. ) - Jotterpad (paid app on the Google play store, but a top choice for writing and journaling) - use the Notes app built into your phone! (It’s a free and organized choice) 

 4. If you decide on a actual journal, you should choose a pen that feels good but don’t spend all of your money on a fancy pen, it’s the words written that are the most important. 

 Part 2- Journaling 

1. There are many types of journals to keep • fitness journals - maybe tour a gym queen or maybe you’re looking to start running again, fitness journaling is a great way to keep track if all the obstacles you hit and the progress you’ve made • travel journals - maybe it’s a one time vacation or writing of your dreams to go to Paris. Record your feelings and emotions changed by the world. • idea journal - write your ideas and inspirations. This could be for any reason. • bullet journal - a great favorite of mine, and the studyblr community, bullet journaling is a great personalized agenda for motivation and everyday tasks. Find out more with the hashtag #bullet journal to find inspiration. Or I could possibly make a how to for the future? Ask if you want! • daily journal, etc! Your journal could be one of these journals, a combination of journals, or a new journal type on its own, there’s no rule against it! 

 2. What to write. This is tricky, and depends on your personal writing style. You could write your days events and emotions as a narrative, or you could write it as if you were talking to the journal (this is the way I perfer), but everyone wants to know exactly where they should start. - many people tend to list what the day was like without actually adding what they thought about it, yet writing little facts and details from your perspective really opens up your conscious. Maybe you feel upset with a friend but aren’t exactly sure as of why, maybe you got angry during the day and you need to rant what it was about. Writing all of these things can seem dumb at first, and you can feel embarrassed about writing it all down. But sometimes during the writing process you can find answers you needed or just feel more relaxed about what is happening. 

 3. When you’re writing. You should find a place that is quiet and you feeling comfortable in, even if it is a mind space you create for yourself. Some people enjoy soft music, some need dead silence, others feel relaxed with a candle, some even journal while soaking in the tub. The time to journal is whenever it is right for you. Maybe your a morning bird with thoughts banging to be let out, maybe you’ve just bought an afternoon coffee and found some free time at your local park, maybe you’ve just gotten home from work and your bosses voice nagging you on needs to be let out. You can journal everyday, or maybe you only feel the need to journal every other week. Keeping your journal as an option to relax and let your feelings out is better than making a commitment to journaling. 

 4. Where to keep your journal. If you still live with your family it is understandable that you want to keep your journal secret. I recommend buying a plain, unnoticeable colored journal in the first place, maybe earth tones like brown leathers or black. You could put your journal under your mattress, you could stuff it inside an old book from the 1st grade, or you could take your chances in hiding it amidst the family bookshelf. Any spot should be accessible for you to reach at any time. Digital journals can be hidden files or attachments too, but your best bet is putting a password on your computer, and make it a complicated one if you’re really that nervous. 

 5. Decoration. Journaling isn’t simple writing, for most of us journal junkies we paste in little memos, we make ridiculous doodles, we write in exerpts of songs or put in that pun you found on a sticky note in class. The journal is personal and you should make it yours. Journals can get you out of your hardest times, journals can be that best friend you gossip to and reflection back onto journals from 1, 2, 3 and even 10 years ago is one of the most incredible things you can experience. 

 "Paper has more patience than people.“ ~ Anne Frank, one of the most noted journal keepers in history.

 I hope this helped you out, or even inspiring you to begin journaling, any way… - study-guppy.

Hello, ttoba here! 

I’ll be on a hiatus for a while because I really have to focus on getting my university applications ready and studying for my IB exams! 

I might post few arts when I’m free, but I can’t promise how often. I really hope I can come back with a good news to share with.

Thank you so much for the love and support you’ve given me. It means so much to me, really! I wish you all have a wonderful day/night! <3

IB History Tips Part 1 Exams
  • Crash course  Is an excellent way to prepare for your paper 3 examine, plus a helpful reminded. 
  • IB will cover anything from technology advances from World War 1 to World War 2. With this being said, for example during WW1 it was considered more of a trench warfare unlike during WW2 air crafts and other forms of methods of travel became more available. 
  • Know the difference between Single Party States and Multi Party States
  • Understanding the difference between foreign intervention, two great Civil Wars that demonstrate this  the most is the Chinese Civil War or the Spanish Civil War
  • During WW1 the Soviet Union (Russia) was not heavily involved unlike during WW2
  • Gather Historian views such as AJP Taylor who wrote the Origins of the Second World War, even just one historian will show you understand the topics 
  • Gather old IB examines and choose several questions from each topic to work out and gather more information
  • Choose something you’re passionate about, when I took my examine I studied China a lot so I could write about Mao Zedong’s rise to power, the Chinese Culture Revolution, or even the the Great Four Leap Forward
  • When Talking about Multi Party or Single Party states, look up how each one for example Germany Vs China treated women, education, etc
  • Be able to tie in anything including how the person who was head of the state lived, for example Mao grew up on a farm or Juan Peron married Evita who helped bring in social reforms and women’s rights which guaranteed him his presidency.