“Breathe. It’s okay. You’re going to be okay. Just breathe. Breathe, and remind yourself of all the times in the past you felt this scared. All of the times you felt this anxious and this overwhelmed. All of the times you felt this level of pain. And remind yourself how each time, you made it through. Life has thrown so much at you, and despite how difficult things have been, you’ve survived. Breathe and trust that you can survive this too. Trust that this struggle is part of the process. And trust that as long as you don’t give up and keep pushing forward, no matter how hopeless things seem, you will make it.”
— Daniell Koepke
Instead of studying in my room, I decided to change my environment and study in the living room instead. This makes me believe that I can be even more productive if I change where I study frequently.
I have a statistics test tomorrow and I don’t feel ready, so wish me luck!
• i got back to study sessions today, starting with two straight hours. it took me some time to be fully focused, but it felt so good !
• i don’t plan on working too hard, since i passed all my exams, but i don’t have all my lessons written down, and i’d like to have them all clean and ready to be read if i need them.
• are you still on holidays ? i feel like i’m the only one here who’s not back to uni lmao ;;;
changes - lauv
IG : figuepensee
Cleaned up my desk this morning and decided to read law instead of working on an assignment that is due this weekend(productive procrastination?) 😅
Anyways, I hope you all had a lovely new years eve and 2020 has been good to you so far ✨ I have been keeping up with my new year’s resolutions quite well so far. I decided to write every day this year, read more diverse and study more effectively by settling into a daily routine. Do you have any new year’s resolutions? If so, how is it going so far?
GOOD STUDYING VS BAD STUDYING
- Use recall. When you look at a passage and try to study it, look away and recall the main ideas. Try recalling concepts when you are walking to class or in a different room from where you originally learned it. An ability to recall—to generate the ideas from inside yourself—is one of the key indicators of good learning.
- Test yourself. On everything. All the time. Flashcards are your best friend. Use quizlet if you don’t want to hand-make flashcards. Get somebody to test you on your notes.
- Space your repetition. Spread out your learning in any subject a little every day, just like an athlete. Don’t sit and study one subject for 2 hours, do half an hour every day.
- Take breaks. It is common to be unable to solve problems or figure out concepts in math or science the first time you encounter them. This is why a little study every day is much better than a lot of studying all at once. When you get frustrated, take a break so that another part of your mind can take over and work in the background. You need breaks in order for your brain to retain the information. Try the Pomodoro method if you have trouble timing breaks!
- Use simple analogies. Whenever you are struggling with a concept, think to yourself, How can I explain this so that a ten-year-old could understand it? Using an analogy really helps. Say it out loud, like you’re teaching it, whether it’s to an imaginary class or your sister who couldn’t care less. The additional effort of teaching out loud allows you to more deeply encode.
- Focus. Turn off your phone / iPad / any distractions and clear your desk of everything you do not need. Use apps like Forest if you can’t stay off them!
- Do the hardest thing earliest in the day, when you’re wide awake and less likely to push it aside.
Avoid these techniques—they can waste your time even while they fool you into thinking you’re learning!
- Passive rereading—sitting passively and running your eyes back over a page. This is a waste of time, frankly, and doesn’t do anything to help information pass into your brain without recall.
- Over-highlighting. Colouring a passage of text in highlighter isn’t helpful at all. It’s good for flagging up key points to trigger concepts and information, but make sure what you highlight goes in.
- Waiting until the last minute to study. DON’T CRAM!!!
- Doing what you know. This isn’t studying! This is like learning how to juggle but only throwing one ball.
- Neglecting the textbook. Would you dive into a pool before you knew how to swim? The textbook is your swimming instructor—it guides you toward the answers.
- Not asking your teachers for help. They are used to lost students coming in for guidance—it’s their job to help you.
- Not getting enough sleep. Your brain practices and repeats whatever you put in mind before you go to sleep, as well as retaining information and repairing itself. Prolonged fatigue allows toxins to build up in the brain that disrupts the neural connections you need to think quickly and well.
100 days of productivity — 5/100
jan. 5, 2020& moved back into my dorm today and i’m super happy to be back! spent the day getting settled in, grocery shopping, and cooking, but i finished almost all of the reading for my research while waiting for my flight this morning. i’ll be creating a more detailed schedule for myself tomorrow and tying together some lose ends before getting back into the swing of things!
it depends on how well you listened/studied in the lectures i think. but here’s my method of cheating-the-ded-of-the-test:
review the part you’re more confident and/or the part that weights more. only skim through the wtf parts.
but in the exam hall: write something down. you might still get some points. i once wrote only a derivative of a math question which was supposed to be done in one whole page. i got 0.5 pt outta 5. it did count!
tl;dr : cram, but partially.
that’s it. that’s how my entire high school academic career in a nutshell.
Bullet journal spread for week 1 of February