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a-studying-cactus·6 months agoText

I know this blog has been on an unofficial hiatus for about a year as I finished my last year of high school but I am back in this new year as a first year university student ready to do the absolute best that I can :D

This blog is going to go through some renovations but I should be back to regular posting by the time I begin my first trimester next month!

Since I’m going to be increasingly busy with all the new experiences that university is bringing (moving out, meeting new people, getting a job, ect), I’m definitely not going to be able to post daily but I need somewhere to keep myself accountable for the work I need to be doing (and also a place for me to nerd out over all the exciting course content that I have). But I’ll update you all on that shortly.

Happy studying wonderful cacti :)

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoText

Can we please end this unrealistic studyblr ideal that you should be eating fruit for every snack and revising on the bus and studying everywhere you walk and revising during every lunch time and staying home on the weekends and never seeing your friends and using every single minute of the day to be productive??

Like that freaking attitude is so toxic!! No!! Humans were not built for that!!

Eat that chocolate that you’ve been keeping in your kitchen! Listen to your favourite song on the bus! Play games on your phone at lunch time! Meet your friends and have a super freaking fun adventure!

It’s obviously good to have a balance between your chill time and your study time but please for the love of god do not let studying take over your life!

Studying is awesome and you should definitely work hard but you need to remember that your life needs to be freaking lived!!!

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoPhoto

Practicing my Japanese vocab while watching Marie Kondo be absolutely amazing. Something about watching people with more cluttered lives then mine turn things around really makes me feel a little better.

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoQuote
Please Always Remember This
It’s okay to enjoy things. Let yourself enjoy things that make you happy.
If you want to collect stickers or pretty rocks, go for it! If you want to wear socks with sandals, wear them! If you think a game is fun, play it! If you like a food, eat it! If something makes you happy, freaking go out there and do it!
Don’t let people judge you for living happily. You get to live these moments once  and you should get the most out of it them you can.
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a-studying-cactus·a year agoText

I know there’s so much going on everywhere right now and it can be overwhelming. This is just a small reminder to make sure you are okay. Surround yourself with good things, good thoughts, good people and take care of yourself first. It’s so easy to get carried away and feel like you’re carrying the world’s pain in your chest. To all those people and anyone else who needs it today, I’m sending you love. Just remember, everything is temporary, the good times and the bad. You will feel better some day soon.

All you need to do is be good to yourself in the present.

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoAnswer
Pass the happy! 🌻🌈 When you receive this list 5 things that make you happy and send this to 10 of the last people in your notifications

 - My boyfriend!!

 - Getting asks :)

 - Doing well at something

 - Drawing

 - Listening to music

Thank you so much for the ask :D

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoAnswer
Pass the happy! 🌻🌈 When you receive this list 5 things that make you happy and send this to 10 of the last people in your notifications!

 - My boyfriend <3

 - Night Vale (!)

 - Cosplay

 - Delicious food!!

 - Doing well at school :)

Thank you for the ask!! Happy studies my wonderful cacti :D

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoPhoto

Going through the graphing of polynomials yet again in class today. I wasn’t able to jog today and I don’t think I’m going to do any homework either. Feeling super tired even though I slept all day yesterday.

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoAnswer
Studyblr name buddies (ish!)

Oooo we are! (also your blog is super cute and you seem nice :) )

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a-studying-cactus·a year agoText

Hey Gorgeous Cacti! We’ve all had those moments when we’ve left everything up to the very last minute. I always see those fantastic study posts about all the things you can do weeks or even months before an exam but honestly, I know for me and probably a few others studying can be taken up to the very last minute. So here is a small list of all the things that work for me when I’ve left studying to the night or so before.

- Plan: Before starting take 5 minutes and write down a plan. For me this always makes things seem so much less overwhelming. I usually write down each exam I have to do and list them in the order they are going to happen. Under that I usually write down each small thing I need to get done in order to feel prepared for the exam. For me, I’ll usually do a couple of the quickest ones first so I feel in control before going onto the bigger things. But do whatever makes you feel best!

 - Breaks: Set a timer on your phone, use an app, use whatever you want. Just make sure you get up regularly and walk around. Have a dance break, go to the bathroom, get more water, whatever. Just Move! 

 - Highlighting: I take a lot of notes and I always leave it until the night before until I go through them all and highlight the important aspects that I need to remember. It gets you reading through all the useful information and makes sure you stay focused while going through it.

 - Rewriting: While I go through my notes and highlight the important parts, I also usually rewrite those on a separate piece of paper. I usually try to keep it below four pages long but it does depend on how much content you need to get through. If it is A Lot then I recommend only really writing down the stuff you can’t remember. I always continuously read through these pages before the exam so it all really sticks in my head.

 - Music: It might be different for some of you, but I know that I absolutely cannot focus unless there is something on in the background. I can’t say what will work for you but I’d definitely recommend something that doesn’t distract you but also doesn’t bore you.

 - Practice: If you’re studying maths or anything that requires doing rather then just remembering, then it would be a good idea to go through some practice problems from the textbook, online or redo any worksheets if you have them. Sometimes I’ll put simple questions that I’ve worked through on the rewritten sheets I look through right before the exam.

 - Water: Drink water throughout this whole process! It keeps you awake and breaks up the time. I always put some ice cubes in there to make myself feel fancy too.

 - Electronics: Get them away from you! Whenever I know I really have to study I suddenly become social media obsessed so now I’m in the habit of just completely blocking those sites from my laptop until exams are over. Put your phone in the other room! Ban yourself from tumblr! You really got to focus!

- Youtube: If you don’t understand something - youtube it! Watch those tutorials on repeat until you get it! Often if it’s getting late and I’m finding it really hard to focus then I’ll put on some videos for stuff I still only kind of understand. It’s really helpful especially when you don’t feel like writing anymore.

 - Sleep: I get that you have an exam tomorrow. Yeah you just need to finish this chapter. But don’t freaking stay up until 3am! Don’t do that to yourself! You can work more in the morning. Your brain needs sleep, you’re not wasting time. Please. Just take care of yourself.

Once you get into the exam - write all formulas, mnemonics and models down immediately! I like to do this before even reading the first question. This way I get all the tools I need out of my mind right away. So I’ll have more space in my mind to think about the actual questions instead of thinking formulas and panicking.


I really hope this post has been helpful! If you have any questions at all or you need some more advice, don’t hesitate to send me an ask. Happy studies my wonderful Cacti!

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