It’s getting to be that time of year again...

Okay so I’m a BS student in criminology rn and I have HELLA papers to do in the next two weeks, but I also have crippling anxiety and executive dysfunction, so here’s how to Break Down Big Papers into Bite Sized Chunks. 

1. I assume you have a topic already, but I’ll make a separate post for that. Which means 

2. Look at your topic and QUESTION IT. Does the media have anything to say about it? Does it show up in movies? books? TV? What stigmas surround parts of the Thing? Make sure these are questions YOU are interested in and want to know about, because that will make this so much easier. 

3. Write those questions down. A bulleted list is my choice of formatting, but whatever works best for you, DO IT. We’re not worried about formalities right now. 

4. Start Researching answers. Don’t worry about citations yet. Open a new document and copy/paste the source name and URL for later. When you’re answering the questions you came up with, throw every scrap of info you find into said answers and worry about formating later. THis can include personal thoughts and notes because again, DONT WORRY ABOUT FORMATTING.

5. Take a metric fuck tonne of breaks when you need to. Hydrate. Eat Food. I’ll sic the Duolingo Owl on you if you dont. It may also be helpful for you to listen to music or ambient noise. Do that if it helps. You want to be in a good headspace AND physical space when doing this.

6. Okay. Now that you’ve got your Answers, sit down with them and start organizing your information. What questions do you want to answer first? Does one question lead into another? What ones NEED to be answered first for the paper to make sense? Whatever you come up with, open a new doc and WRITE THAT. We’re STILL NOT WORRIED ABOUT FORMAT.

7. Throw your citations together. For the sake of time and sanity, use a generator. Some papers/etc online already have the citations you need readily available; USE THEM. Open a doc and paste your citations in. Most word processors will have an alphabetize command. USE IT. Citation format depends on the paper format, so make sure you’re familiar with it. Purdue Owl is a FABULOUS recourse for this. 

8. Back to the questions. Now that you’ve got those and their answers, start formatting them into paragraphs. This is where we start formatting. 

9. Put your paragraphs in order and add transition sentences.

10. Clean it all up where necessary, and DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING about your formatting. 

11. take a fuckin big ol breath because you’re DONE

Random study tips #4

Change the place where you work. 

I personally don’t have a lot of space to move my desk around in, but just moving it to a corner or to the window or to the wall helps A LOT.  ‘Yeah, I’m like those studytubers, wow.’ Haha)) (you don’t have to think that, though):) And it makes me happy, everything looks fresh.

I moved my desk a few days ago, and it helped a l-o-t. I’m more willing to do my homework & stuff:)

Also, instead of changing your space, you could re-decorate it + your room too if you want to.:) That helps too!

To sum it up:  changing the atmosphere of your workplace helps. 

for people with adhd and also with macbooks who are also doing online readings for a school assignment, if you go to the top bar there's "EDIT" and if you click, a drop bar pops up and then there's a "SPEECH" option. click that and then a person will start reading whatever is on your screen. if you highlight a specific paragraph (by selecting all the words with your mouse like you normally would) and then click speech, it will literally only read that one paragraph. this makes it easy to listen and read at the same time, therefore having two ways to retain the information and making it so much easier to focus and understand. at least for me. i just wanted to let people know this was an option if you're more of an auditory learner than a visual learner, or better as both, like i am

in college, Eye of the Tiger was my essay-writing song

I have no idea how this started. but by third year, it was firmly entrenched. I only listened to that song while writing essays. while it was playing, I did nothing but work on the essay in question. that was my self-imposed rule, and it actually worked. I’m a relatively fast writer, but I tend to procrastinate. this was a thing I came up with on my own for no apparent reason, and it worked like a charm for getting me to buckle down and actually Get The Essay Done

so use this method if it works for you, friends. rise up to the challenge of your rivals (ie essays)

Study Tips for Year 2016/2017

I know a lot of people are out of school, however, for those who are back in school, or those who will need it next year, here are some studying tips!

[School Days]

1. Show up to class a little early when possible. It’ll give you time to set up, read over some old notes, put your water bottle/thermos on your desk, fill out your planner if you couldn’t in the previous period(s), check your planner to see if you have something on that day etc.

2. Sit in a place where you won’t be too distracted, but are still comfortable. Whether it’s the front row, the middle, or the back, just make sure you can focus. Write detailed class notes. Pick whatever system works for you. I usually write all the notes, all the questions people ask, etc. while I’m in class, then write everything important once I get home.

3. If you have time at school, do as much homework as you can. If you know you have commitments that day, please do your homework at lunch. Your friends will understand.

4. When you get home, list down all the homework received that day on a note card. Use stayfocusd or self control for mac + leave your phone in a different room. FINISH ALL OF YOUR HOMEWORK. If for some reason you couldn’t complete a homework task, write it on a sticky note and place it on your wall. After homework is done, write your revision notes (flashcard the info as well, if that works best for you). Put the notes and the rest of your school stuff away.

5. Pack your bag the night before. Remember your binder + make sure your Homework is in your bag. Put a water bottle in the fridge and make lunch for the next day.

6. The next day, wake up early, complete any unfinished homework, go through flashcards again, read through revision notes, put food + water in your bag, shower, change, blah blah blah. Only do this if your schedule is packed, and in my case, this is a must.

[Weekends]

1. On Friday nights, first off, do homework. You will thank yourself for it. Work ahead, you will feel much better.

2. Do your readings. Knock off some wider reading novels, some textbook readings. Write summaries of each page. Type these summaries. Print these summaries. Place in your binder. Flashcard the info. Spend like half a day doing this.

3. Spend 1-2 hours going through the flashcards you made that week for each subject. This counts as studying my friend.

[Weekends When You Actually Have Assessments]

1. Due to your working ahead, homework completion and readings, you shouldn’t be panicking too much. Get those revision notes and slot in the textbook readings notes. Highlight, annotate, read aloud, go through flashcards and get someone to test you on the content. Make sure you know all terms, formulae, key concepts, vocabulary etc etc

2. You’ll probs have to sacrifice your reading time but that’s chill because the teacher/prof will probably be focusing on prepping you for the actual assessment + you gotta do what you got to do

[Summary]

Just do your homework the day you receive it, write revision notes, do your readings, write notes on those readings, make flashcards, knock out assignments as soon as you know they actually exist, read your required readings, go over flashcards every morning/afternoon, make use of spare time in class, do homework at lunch if needed, stick to your schedule, keep a necessities pouch in your bag, use a planner, track your spending, wash your hair, brush your hair, go to commitments, attend school events, attend events you’re invited to, be kind to yourself, take bubble baths, light candles, listen to music, SLEEP, get that A and most importantly be proud of yourself.

[Extra little things to do on your way to/before school]

• revise notes • work on assignments • map out weekly timetable • review deadlines + make sure you’re tracking okay • find out about new / uncommon study techniques • write a to-do list • arrange a study date with friends • order any existing to-do lists in terms of priority • listen to motivational music + speeches • reflect on all of your achievements to date: you’re doing so well! • organise folders/backpack • research a new study space (eg library/cafe/park you haven’t visited yet) • think about/research all the ways that you can improve your study space at home (eg organisation, lighting, minimising distractions, plants & candles?) • close your eyes and spend a few minutes thinking of things / people to be grateful for

I really hope this helps at least one person who needs study tips. As it gets closer to school, I’ll be posting more back to school + study tips! Good luck on those tests!

A Procrastinator’s Tips For Not Procrastinating

1. keep your room/study space clean: I usually try to put off homework by cleaning my room, and honestly, I cant focus if my room is messy. if you keep your room clean, you have nothing to do to put off your homework

2. put your phone on charge: by the end of the school day, my phone is usually at 40% (they let us keep our phones and I don't know how to stay off tumblr just yet) and I'm on my phone a lot. when I put my phone on charge, I want to just let it be

3. go to studyblr/find motivation: okay okay hear me out; studyblr motivates me to get studying. I think of the whole aesthetic of it all and that motivates me. I get a cup of tea and put on some lo-fi hip hop and I just go

4. remember that the sooner you get it done, the less stressed out you’ll be: this is probably something you’ve heard a lot because if you’re like me, you complain about all the work you have to do but don’t do anything about it. if you sit down and get your work down, you don’t have anything to worry about for the rest of the night/day or in my case, you don’t worry about that subject for the next two days

5. make a list: honestly, this is like, my own personal nagging system. not only is it written down physically, but it gives you a chance to see the order in which will be the most efficient. got a 3-page paper due at the end of the week? Write that down first. got 10 math problems that you can do in 15 minutes? that can sit towards the bottom of the list. Remember that it’s just as important thought!

6. take breaks: one of the reasons I procrastinate is because I want free time. take a 2-5 minute break after every assignment you finish. however, if you feel like you could keep going for a few more assignments? go right ahead! take a break when you need it

I don’t know, this is really just what works for me. I'm still a baby studyblr, so I'm learning!

For all you procrastinators out there:

Do you ever need to find good music while rushing to finish an assignment, but your usual lofi study beats don’t quite fit the stressful mood? Do you not only need the impending doom upon you to motivate you, but also songs that will pump you up?Here are five songs that literally always will make you work incredibly fast and efficiently. Trust me. They work. Its like witchcraft.

(notice how most of these are from video games/anime-- it’s almost as if they were composed just to GET THAT ADRENALINE RUSHING)

#5

I, Giorno Giovanna, have a dream that you will listen to this on loop and immediately finish your assignment in on time.

#4 

Speedrunning an assignment has never felt cooler.

#3 

You Say Run goes with everything, even schoolwork

#2

Mario Kart PTSD somehow works really well when stressing abt school

#1

THIS. THIS ON LOOP WILL GET ANYTHING DONE. BELIEVE ME.

Use this information wisely :)

university studying tips

i’m returning to university after taking a year hiatus, so here are some study/uni tips that i discovered the first 2 years of uni/wish i had implemented more often

  • study every day for at least an hour
  • write down study notes + lecture notes
  • rewrite these - both by hand and typing - as often as possible
  • seriously. rewrite your notes. have them down somewhere so that they’re legible, but then handwrite your notes as many times as you can, even if it isn’t legible
  • repetition helps with not only memorization, but comprehension as well
  • say notes aloud as often as possible
  • if you’ve safe access to a library, take yourself out on a date
  • make it a habit 2x-4x a week at specific times going to your library and finding a spot and just studying for 3-4 hours
  • i would always go tuesday, wednesday and thursday nights from 2pm-8pm. this is when i would get my homework assignments and reading done for most of the week/get ahead where i could
  • grab yourself a coffee and a snack and remember to take breaks in between!!! every 45 minutes, take a 5 minute break <3
  • use gum, perfume, or [**diluted**] essential oils as aids during studying, and remember to repeat when taking exams 
  • if you’re studying for an exam and chewing peppermint gum, by chewing the peppermint gum during the exam, it can help trigger the memories of what you were studying 
  • plan ahead
  • mark out in a planner or calendar when all of your weekly assignments are due, quizzes, exams, and papers
  • set time aside each day of the week where you are able to work on upcoming projects
  • for papers that are due in, say, a month
  • as soon as you have the topic picked out, spend a few moments each day finding academic sources 
  • when reading the material that will be pertinent, highlight/bookmark as you go along. this will help you in the long run (especially if you are using secondary sources and need a quick quote or citation)
  • send rough drafts to your professor or your schools writing services for thoughts and additions; it can be super nerve-wracking at first, but i promise it helps a lot
  • you don’t need to color coordinate, but it can help
  • keep it simple, too much color can and will distract you. but highlighting vocab words, dates and other important things like that can help a lot if you’re trying to find something specific in your study notes
  • take breaks often, but don’t procrastinate or get distracted (i’ll write another post soon on how to specifically avoid distraction and burn out)
  • know that grades do not define you. i promise, they don’t.
  • speak to your professor or advisor if you are falling behind in a class or multiple classes and need aid or extensions. they are there to help you and to teach you. they are your biggest resource. use it. 
  • if you need someone to talk to, i’m here <3
Anonymous asked:

please make something about forcing yourself to study? i have chronic laziness (i’m in high school) and i’m,,, i’m fucked,,, please, with your brutal honestly tell me to shut the fuck up and study please

shut the fuck up and study, hon

  • don’t do homework in your bed
  • maybe do it on the computer at school so you feel the (billy joel voice) P R E S S U R E
  • don’t be in a room alone or else you’ll end up on twitter
  • do your homework while it’s still light out so you can watch youtube in the dark and not feel like you’re wasting time
  • sparknotes & Shmoop are your friends but you have to read them in depth/religiously
  • just sit down at a desk or a table or outside the classroom and FUCKING DO IT

Gaudy I should be writing my 4 page essay but instead I'm fucking around what should I do to focus

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1. put on exciting movie/video game music, preferably something without words. it will help you get pumped up without being distracting 

2. think/write aloud. especially useful if you’re not a big verbal thinker (if you think more in concepts/visuals/ideas than words/sentences). this helps translate your thoughts more clearly and keeps your stream-of-thought more linear.

3. stand up/pace around while working. When I get stuck, i stand up and pace around, often rereading my last paragraph aloud. 

4. seriously, reread aloud. your brain will process the audio and then try to fill in the blanks that come next. 

4. write a sarcastic first draft. use the bad grammar. make tiny sentences. once you have a structure/layout it’s easier to just go back and make poor sentence = good. 

5. put a timer on. after 20-40 minutes, take a 10-15 min break. i get stuck in loops of hyperfocusing where i don’t actually get much done and need to reset. timers help a ton.

6. during break,  watch a music video or put on a song you can have a 5 min sing/dance party to. singing along to a song is a great way to get your memory and verbal functioning revved up with something you enjoy

7. favorite pro tip: write the essay on something you hate and have a strong opinion about. my favorite essays to write could all basically have been titled 5 Reasons This Book Sucked & Is Not As Deep As You Keep Pretending

Tips for getting homework done

  • Assemble all the materials you'll need at your desired study space. Getting up to look for things will break your concentration.
  • Remove distractions. No, you will not get any work done if you're checking Tumblr every five minutes.
  • Prioritize. Triage your assignments by figuring out what must be done today, and what can wait if necessary. Good time to note that just because it's not due tomorrow doesn't mean you shouldn't start it today.
  • Don't forget to take short breaks. Ideally for every 30 minutes of work you should take a five minute break. Try getting up and stretching.
  • Question giving you trouble? Star it, put in your best effort, and ask your teacher for an explanation during class or at extra help/office hours.
  • Reading assignments do not mean no homework. Take notes on your reading for reference in class or to help accommodate your notes.
  • For large assignments, break them up and begin as soon as possible. Incorporate a piece of the project into each day to avoid becoming overwhelmed at the last minute.
  • Think of homework as your study guide to help you prepare for exams, as opposed to work you just have to finish for a grade.
  • For essays, you should set aside extra time for brainstorming and pre-writing notes, as well as time afterwards for revision and editing.
  • When you're done, reward yourself! You worked hard, now take some time to unwind with a snack, a TV episode, or perhaps a good book.