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Some new flat lays for my Etsy shop. What do you think? Also, I’m starting a YouTube channel! I will show how to use my printables, study tips, language learning, and more! If you want to be notified when I post my first video, click the link below!

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Stuff I tell myself whenever I don’t feel like studying:

  • Do you want to travel the world? With what money? How would you communicate if you don’t speak the language? Boom. Instant motivation
  • Do you want a big library?
  • How do you plan to take care of those 2 cats?
  • Are you going to let yourself down?
  • (nothing)
  • Would (character from book/movie) approve of this?

If these don’t work, then I really need a break and I take it.

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HONEST STUDY AT HOME TIPS 101

And while some of you panic because you think you won’t be able to study at home, let me give some tips on the topic.

Background infos: i have to study all the uni materials alone from home since october 2018.


  1. Gather the study materials in one place. If not everything at least all that you have access to like your books, slides and pdfs. I’m not attending university courses so my professors give people like me more material to study and i have to stay organized.
  2. Stay organized but don’t procrastinate over planning your study schedule over and over again. It’s easy to fall at this point. [Let me know if you are interested in my schedule].
  3. Aim to study max. 2 subjects per day or you won’t remember anything, 3 subjects if you have a lot of things to do.
  4. Does it seem that you are not able to focus on any 9 credits exams but only on a 6 or 3 credits exam? Or whichever credit system do you have? Easy: just focus on the light subject for some time! So you will be productive but your body will feel relieved.
  5. If you start studying at 10/10:30am you will accomplish more and at least 1hour of studying is gone.
  6. After some time you could be bored but are deadlines approaching? Just sit down and do the job. Even half the chapter is better than no chapters done.

Feel free to add your tips!

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My new spanish notebook. Level 1. Its divided by 4 sections:

Verbs

Vocabulary

Grammar

Quizzes

I have loose leaf peper in a folder to do practice on. I dont keep them all in my notebook as I like to use my notebook to reflect and review the topics that has been discussed.

Does anyone else have a system with their notebooks regarding languages? Or does anyone prefer binders instead?

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1 week 1 language challenge

Basically I decided to study 1 language for 1 week so I improve in it but a couple of you started to call it 1 week 1 language challenge so let’s stick with that.

I was told to talk a bit about this in a post so I’ll present you my motivation and method of studying for this but feel free to do whatever you want if you follow it. The main goal is to improve a lot in 1 week.

Grammar

My first language for this challenge is Norwegian. (Which I’m working on this week) Since Norwegian is a language where I studied the grammar already, my approach is to use that knowledge and I like using Duolingo for that. At this point I have a feeling when I have to use inversions and I’m 100% sure my grammar is on point.

Next week I might go for a language that I don’t know (all) the grammar so for that I got another method.

I study best with mind maps and recalling the rules from memory when I look at my mind maps. I’m used to intensive studying so I’ll give myself 1 day to finish 1 grammar book and a couple of hours from another day to look over 2-3 more books and add the missing info to my mind maps.

After this, I need to make sure I know the rules well and just like Norwegian, I would go to Duolingo or busuu. (Any app, site or workbook would do the trick though) I like these 2 so I usually choose them but here it’s a matter of personal choice.

Vocabulary

The great thing with Duolingo is that it mixes grammar and vocabulary so by practicing grammar, I learn vocabulary too.

Since I have 1 week, I decided to try and finish the tree but my goal is also to cover as many vocab categories as possible so I’m not working on a skill until it’s golden. I do 1 level and then go to another one and when I’m done with all, I’ll go and do the same thing again until everything is gold.

In my plan I gave myself 3-4 days for that but for Norwegian I decided to work daily on it and mix the other resources and steps around Duo.

I also use memrise. The thing with memrise is that I don’t choose courses with basic words. I try to go for B2, C1 and C2 levels. (Basically advanced vocabulary) Duolingo (busuu and all the other apps) usually cover the vocab that’s for beginners and lower intermediate. That’s why I use memrise for the other levels.

You need to remember here that my Norwegian is B2 to start with so I am not overwhelmed by the exercises from duo or the vocabulary from memrise. Because of the high starting level, my focus is on being advanced. If I started a new language, my goal wouldn’t probably go over B2 since C1 in a week for a new language would require a special study schedule.

Skills

My last 2 days have “skills”. By this I mean that I want to use my knowledge somehow. This is a personal choice again. I like reading a lot so my activity would be reading something in Norwegian. I also like writing so I might also write about what I read.

Skills is basically practice of some sort. Even if I chose 2 days for Norwegian, I might change this for the next language.

Other stuff

I mentioned at some point about a plan. I made for myself some kind of “draft” schedule that I adapt to each language based on my level in it and my goal.

I could go and learn only advanced stuff for example but I feel like it’s more important to have a strong base and that’s why I’m working on Duolingo so much nowadays.

Some of you might ask what this plan looks like so here you have it:

Day 1: grammar

Day 2: grammar+ vocabulary

Day 3-6: vocabulary + skills

Day 7: vocabulary

As you can see, it’s basically a guide for what I should focus on but I don’t mention how or what to use since I customize it according to my language, level and preferences. By vocabulary I mean that I can do whatever related to it (Duolingo, memrise, read phrasebooks/textbooks etc).

As expected, when I customize it, it looks completely different. For Norwegian there’s no “grammar” because I’ve learned all of it so my focus is on practicing it while learning vocabulary.

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Study Challenge - 9th of March

Do you have an ultimate study tip that you can recommend?

I have a few, but I guess it depends on the personal style of each person. I’ll just put my top three recommendations down - maybe it helps anybody:

  • Go to the lecture & be there not only physically, but listen!
  • Write your summary or at least you find hard to remember by hand - it sticks with you way better.
  • Start early enough so that you have the time to just take a few hours off when your brain shuts down. Breaks are just as important as studying and you won’t be effective if you are feeling drained.
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Study tip: if you are interested in using English properly, as you should be, I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of Fowler from your local second-hand bookshop. This is the ultimate dictionary of usage and all sorts to keep on your desk. Go for an old edition (ie any printed before 1950); it’s pretty easy to find (in the U.K., at least), usually a nicer book than any of the more recent editions, and the guidance is, I think, sounder.

Next to it on your desk you’ll need the Oxford dictionary for writers and editors, which is a marvellous complement. Problems with funny spellings and use of hyphens? Fowler will discuss the rules, while this dictionary will simply give you the correct form. It’s the best dictionary buy I’ve made in a while.

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Notes from the week of 02/24 - 02/27/20

Marketing management is in orange, digital marketing is in green, business capstone is in blue, voice communication is in yellow, and social media marketing is in pink

Longggg to do list this weekend: group project deliverables, midterms, and individual papers

I will be posting my to do list and pictures of the work I have to do tomorrow :)

Hope you’re all having a lovely week!! I plan on posting an article within the next week :)

Discussion question: what’s your favorite study tip?

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Hola que tal. Podria consultarte sobre un ejercicio matemático sobre una asíntota? Con f(x) x+2 / x²-4

Claro!

La función tiene asíntota vertical en x=2 y en x=-2. Pues en esos valores es que la función tiene denominador cero y se “dispara” al infinito. No? No.

Si primero hacés una factorización en el denominador:

X^2-4=(x-2)(x+2)

Te das cuenta que la función se reduce a:

1/x-2

Entonces sólo tiene una asíntota vertical en x=2. Y como el grado del término principal del numerador es inferior al del término principal del denominador, entonces la asíntota horizontal coincide con el eje x.

Aquí te dejo una gráfica generada con GeoGebra:

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Saludos :3

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Hot tip: If you have trouble studying and writing notes like I do - especially in self study - get yourself a set of different colored pens. Like, a pack of them. Then choose three colors per section/chapter/whatever you plan to use.

The lightest is meant for Really Important Shit. Think like a highlighter. Stuff you know you won’t remember or you know for sure will be on the test.

The medium color is for general notes.

The darkest is for headers and for definitions.


The switching of colors keeps your brain focused and makes you think about what you’re writing down. Plus, the colors (like they are for me) make each chapter’s notes easier to read.


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Adhd Study Tip: Routines

Since a major symptom of ADHD is never knowing how long a task will take you, routines can really help you get your stuff done. So how to trick your brain into making (and keeping) one?

🌟Write your routine down!

🌟 Be flexible with times. Some things may have really rigid times (like class times, meals) but when it’s hard to know how long stuff takes, getting a general idea is better than stressing out trying to guess how long it takes to do your class readings etc

🌟 Have time for “busy work”— bad short term memory means that you forget to answer important emails, make appointments, do forms. If you set a specific time for this type of thing, it’s like a built in reminder to go deal with it.

🌟 Sometimes you just can’t focus as well as you’d like. Sometimes you get distracted talking to friends. Sometimes you randomly get invited to do something fun. Have times that are intentionally flexible, for work if you’re hyper focused, or fun if you need a break

🌟 Remeber that a routine is to provide sweet sweet structure, not to provide stress and guilt. It’s a guideline to help you, and you don’t have to feel bad if you don’t follow it perfectly.

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04.01.2020 // the final year, the final semester is HERE! Now, I know this account was made to post poetry and stuff, but this would also see a lot of ‘lasts’ from this last semester starting today. So be ready for a LOT of nerdy study related posts with nostalgic thoughts and realisations here and there. But mostly, this is just gonna be my photo diary to look at over time :)

Stay around for more :D and until then, keep hydrated and keep hustling! We got this!!

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Some interesting study tips

  • Smell is the most connected sense to your memory. If you want to remember something, try to remember the smell around you at the time of getting that information.
  • Eat sushi. Actually, eat fish in general. I say this because the omega 3 and fats from the fish (which btw can be found in nuts and products made from soy beans) help with your cognitive abilities.
  • Tell the information to someone because your brain is like “hey, this must be pretty important, gotta remember it then”. That’s why you can remember what you said to your friend X years ago but forgot the math from 6th grade. (well, most people at least because i’m sure there are people who remember math from 6th grade)
  • Laugh. Apparently laughter helps with retention so make some jokes about what you study. This is pretty effective because even my history teacher used this method to make us retain certain stuff.
  • Be uncomfortable. I don’t mean for you to go and climb a mountain while studying but being in a new place or studying in the manner which you don’t quite fancy can make you seem more alert.
  • Take a cold shower. Apparently you’re supposed to pay more attention and engage in your study session after a cold shower. Personally, i think only thinking about taking a cold shower would help because i don’t like cold showers so studying seems like the better option.
  • If you don’t have time, cram. Cramming is terrible in the long run but if you got an exam in 2 hours, you gotta do what you gotta do.
  • Talking about time, speed everything; speed reading, speed listening etc. this speeding thing makes you pay more attention to the info at hand so try this in times of need. 
  • If you got more time, try to write and re-formulate the ideas from what you listened/read.
  • Background noise, including music, can help a certain amount of people so if you have to listen to your lectures, add some background ambiance. 
  • ASMR works too because it makes you sleepy and studying in a sleepy state helps.
  • Do you know that tip where you reward yourself with gummy bears? Yeah… cut on the sugar added stuff  like sweets and go for other kinds of snacks like peanuts and seeds. Choose fruits for sugar because your brain is a sucker for sugar but the artificial one is bad and it can decrease your memory’s performance.
  • Arial is fast to read so if you have to be familiar with some text, use it but if you have to study and remember a lot from the text, use some challenging font.
  • Make your own test samples. I’ve read last year that 87% of the questions from a test/exam were identical with the ones students made at home. Of course this implies researching the test a bit and figuring out what could the teacher ask for but most teachers tell you the structure of exams/tests so no difficulty there.
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