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How to focus when you don’t want to:

  • Write down only three tasks that you want to get done (in order of priority). Then, cover the bottom two and only focus on the first one.
  • Use a timer and set it for a reasonable amount of time (I try to start with 20-25 mins). During this time, don’t pick up the phone, don’t go on social media, etc.
  • Keep a piece of paper next to you and write down any distracting thoughts you want to look at later. Usually I’ll google a topic if I don’t understand it, but since I’m trying to not lose my focus I just make a “Google later” list. You could also use this to keep track of off topic thoughts you have.
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does anyone also study for an exam then forget what you’ve learned the next month? although when you’re presented with information related to it, you recognize that you’ve studied it before but,, you just can’t pull up the information itself from your brain??? is this common among students,,, or do i just have shitty memory and shitty studying habits??? 

and if you do manage to remember the information, what do you do to help you retain the information months or maybe even years after you’ve learned it? really curious and am hoping to get some ideas on how i could better remember what i study,,,

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how is everyone handling zoom university? what are some techniques that have been working for you to study and what are some that you used to use that absolutely suck now?

for example: i have started reading my assignments out loud and recording myself so i can listen to them while i’m taking a walk or doing chores. and i used to be able to sit and just do an assignment none stop but now i can barely stay still let alone do homework while sitting

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Caro diario - dear diary

Add some infos about how was your day. You can use the passato prossimo for example, as we’re talking about a close-to-now past. (But also the trapassato prossimo and passato remoto especially if you have to add something about a further past).

ex. Oggi sono andat* a scuola… = Today I went to school…

Ofc you can add also some future/next days’/next hours plans: a diary will help you work on most of the verbs tenses. You can also talk about the weather for example.

How to say that you had a good day -

ex. Ho passato una bella giornata / È stata una bella giornata = It was a good day.

More adjectives: eccellente (excellent), molto bella (very good), meravigliosa/bellissima (beautiful), fantastica (fantastic)…

How to say that you had a bad day -

You can use a positive verb with a negative form or change adjective.

ex. Non ho passato / non è stata una bella giornata = It wasn’t a good day.

ex. Ho passato / ho avuto una brutta giornata. = I had a bad day

More adjectives: bruttissima / molto brutta (very bad), terribile (terrible), difficile (difficult)…

How to say you’re ill -

Sono stanc* = I’m tired
Ho il raffreddore = I have a cold
Non respiro / Ho il naso chiuso = I can’t breathe / I’m stuffed up
Ho sonno / Non riesco a dormire = I’m sleepy / I can’t sleep
Sono nervos* = I’m nervous, irritated
Ho la febbre (alta) = I have a (high) fever / temperature
Ho la tosse = I’m caughing
Ho l’influenza = I have the flu
Ho mal di testa = I have an headache
Ho mal di stomaco / pancia = I have a stomachache / My belly hurts
Mi bruciano gli occhi = My eyes burns
Mi fanno male le gambe = My legs hurt

How to say that you had a busy day -

ex. Sono stat* molto occupat* / È stata una giornata piena di impegni / Ho avuto davvero molto da fare / Ho avuto molte cose da fare / Ho fatto molte cose…

How to say that you had a quiet/relaxing day -

ex. È stata una giornata molto tranquilla / Ho passato una giornata tranquilla / Sono riuscit* a rilassarmi / Mi sono rilassat* molto. /
Non ho avuto molto da fare per cui mi sono rilassat* = I didn’t have very much to do so I have been able to relax 

Talking about time -

ieri - yesterday

ieri sera - last night

ieri mattina - yesterday morning

ieri pomeriggio / ieri dopo pranzo - yesterday afternoon / after lunch

domani - tomorrow

domani mattina - tomorrow morning

domani pomeriggio / domani dopo pranzo - tomorrow afternoon / after lunch

domani sera - tomorrow evening

dopodomani - the next day

questa settimana - this week

la settimana scorsa - last week

la settimana prossima / la prossima settimana - next week

questo mese - this month

il mese scorso - last month

il mese prossimo / il prossimo mese - next month

quest’anno - this year

l’anno scorso - last year

l’anno prossimo - next year

tra due anni - in two years

when talking about a coming day e.g. next saturday = questo sabato 

when talking about a specific hour e.g. at 3:00 P.M. = alle 3.00 (del pomeriggio); at 3:00 A.M. = alle 3 di notte

To add a dash of drama -

Ah certo, sicuro! / Come no! - yeah right! (ironic)

Fare una sacco di scenate - to be a drama queen

Non ci credo che / non posso credere che - I can’t believe that

Ho fatto un casino/macello! - I really stuffed up! 

Merda! - shit!

Non ci posso credere - I can’t believe it

Non credo ai miei occhi - I can’t believe my eyes

Sto cazzo! - my arse! (when you don’t believe someone, say if they’ve been lying to you)

Ma di cosa stiamo parlando ? - what are we even talking about?

Sono fuori di me - I’m out of control (rage)

*To add some more drama and find more prompts, you can look at the swearwords and slang posts + at the other vocabularies on @sayitalianohome 


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Tell me how a Pakistani guy straight up told me that I lost my pakistani “good at math” genes because of American public schooling system when I told him I’m bad at math. I mean I know he’s right but daym.

P.s: Is there a way I can get my old hard working and disciplined mind again. I feel spoiled and lazy and dumb because I dont work hard and dont study. Please help. Like I see non American people even on YouTube. , even in my classes, like the people who have just migrated are so much more hardworking and smarter and they do better. While me and my American friend are ungrateful and lazy and always complaining.

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This obviously isn’t Batfam related, but given the situation the world is in right now and that this is where I have the biggest platform (still can’t quite wrap my head around seeing that 5000 number), I’m posting it here.

If you’re like me, you’ve been forced to complete your school year online (this is advice from a university student in regards to my classes, but it could totally apply to high school work too) and working from home during a pandemic is not the easiest thing in the world as we’ve all learned. So here’s how I’ve been coping and what I’ve figured out since I started online classes.

1. It really doesn’t matter what you wear. I’m seeing all these people saying to get dressed like you’re actually going to school and that does not matter. For some people, that works, but I used to do all my assignments in my dorm in my pajamas long before this happened. Although, it might help to take a shower and put on some clean PJs, but you don’t need to dress up for this.

2.Don’t beat yourself up for not being as productive as you usually are. We’re in the middle of a fucking pandemic and that shit is traumatizing. Even if you feel fine, studies have shown that this amount of stress makes your brain work differently. So, it’s not your fault and you shouldn’t feel guilty about it. 

3. Find a place to work that works for you. Because I had to move out of the dorms, I’m now back home at my parents’ house and the thing I miss the most is my desk. My big, beautiful desk. It was L shaped and took up almost the entire back wall so there was plenty of room for my laptop, my books, my printer, and a few snacks. I don’t have that at home. We have two desks and neither of them is wide enough to fit both my computer and my textbook. I’ve had to get creative and I turned my couch into a makeshift desk while I sat in my moon chair with a lap desk. They say not to work in bed, but if your bedroom is the only place quiet enough to study in right now, use it. 

4. If it doesn’t distract you, crank up the music when studying. Personally, the only way that I can concentrate is when I have the music as loud as it can go and I’m singing along. It makes working a little less boring. I’ve created an entire playlist just for this and it’s full of the most upbeat songs that I know the best so that I don’t even have to think of the lyrics when singing. Music is a great stress-reliever and it can help your mind from wandering and thinking about the reason that you now have to work from home.

5. Procrastination is going to happen. Just because many of us have nothing but time, it doesn’t mean that we’re able to use it to work. Like I said, this shit is traumatizing and stressful. Every day, the prime minister of my country does a press conference and I watch it every day and in the hours after watching it, I don’t do anything. Some days, you are going to feel terrible and on those days, don’t try to work. Some days, you’ll feel more alert and like yourself again. Spend those days enjoying it and getting some work done too, but not so much that it ruins your mood.

6. If you don’t feel like doing the actual assignment but feel like doing something, go through your notes/course material and highlight/make notes on what you’re going to do your assignment on. For example, I’m doing a paper for my poetry class and yesterday I wasn’t feeling up to writing so I highlighted quotes from the poems that I can use as evidence to back up my thesis. I also found an academic article to use as a source for my paper as well. It’s helped tremendously because now I know my topic and have the evidence right here in front of me so all I have to do is write without interrupting myself to find one of those things.

7. Take breaks!!!! I have never in my life taken a break from working on an assignment unless it was to eat and even then, I forget to do so a lot. However, ever since I’ve been home, I cannot work for hours straight with no break. That’s partly because I don’t have a proper area to study in and partly because my brain is preoccupied with my constant anxiety and fear. Also, when you are literally in pain from looking down at screen or from being hunched over a book for hours at a time, take a break. Don’t “power through” because you have to do this. Being in pain mentally or physically is a reason to stop. 

8. No amount of study tips will get you motivated if you are not in a good place mentally so stop torturing yourself by scrolling through them on tumblr and feeling like shit about yourself because you aren’t as productive as everyone you see online. I say this from personal experience. Plus most of these study tips I see going around are way too fake and overly optimistic for my tastes. That’s why I wrote these down, because they’re honest and they’re real. They view this situation as a goddamn vacation when in reality, it’s a tragedy. A shower and a change of clothes is not going to fix your life, especially now. You not being productive right now isn’t laziness or lack of motivation, it’s because of your mental health.

Hope this helps in some way. I’m just doing the best I can under the circumstances and it’s taken me a while to come to terms with the fact that this isn’t lack of motivation and to stop blaming myself for not getting anything done. Stay safe, everyone!

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hello hello! took a long break from tumblr but I’m back amidst the corona virus outbreak. sheltering in my home has left me w a lot of extra time so I figured I’d start this tumblr back up again :’)

current mood: in the house bored and bored in the house. and missing my boyfriend 🤧

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Tips for reading scientific papers

1. Print them out. This helps because you don’t have your computer as a distraction, it hurts your eyes less and you can physically write notes on it

2. Highlight different types of info in different colors. I separate text into Vocab/background; tests; results; conclusions; unknown/future; and other. This helps you when you reread and also helps you as you read theough the first time so you can associate chunks of the paper with the parts that go together.

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Try to remember that there is no single strategy that will work for everyone when it comes to studying and staying motivated.

However, there are plenty of options that you can try, to see if they work for you. If they do, you should  try and incorporate them into your ongoing study routine. If not, then put them aside and try something else.

The important thing is whether your strategy keeps you motivated, not whether other people agree with you. Try not to compare yourself to others.

Study tips:

Try not to procrastinate too much:

Avoiding work can make you feel deflated. This can be more emotionally draining than having to go through the frustration of reading for your paper. Try to become aware of the habit and gently make yourself go back to the task sooner rather than later. (That being said there’s nothing wrong with procrastinating every now and then.)

Try to understand your studying style better:

What will make it easier for you to work?

We are all prone to pleasant experiences and it is natural that we tend to avoid uncomfortable, dry chores and duties.  So try to make your study experience as interesting as possible. For example, if you’re a visual learner, try making mind maps and coloured flash cards etc.

Take a time limited approach:

Rather than telling yourself, “I’m going to complete all of these tasks today.” try to say to yourself, “I’m going to study as much as I can for half an hour.” In this way you do not get as easily overwhelmed by the volume of study you need to do.

Break the task down into manageable chunks:

A big task, such as writing an essay or revising for an extended period, can be demotivating because it seems so big.

Breaking the task down into manageable chunks can therefore help make it seem less daunting.

For example, if you have a large written assignment, break the assignments into chunks. Plan out and bullet point what you want to say for each section, then when you come to write it fully, it won’t seem as daunting and you are less likely to stress out over what point you’re trying to make.

Get into a study routine:

It is generally easier to stay motivated if your studying becomes part of your everyday life and routine. Set aside a little bit of time to read notes, plan assignments, etc. Even if you do just 15 minutes a day, you’ll feel much more accomplished.

(I find that it’s the content of a study session that matters more than the time. For example, it’s better to do half an hour of concentrated study than to do 7 hours of studying where you don’t remember anything at the end.)

Create a schedule:

The act of creating a study schedule is a form of commitment, so it will help you to stay motivated.

For example:

  1. For each subject, make a list of the tasks you need to complete in order to be ready for the exam.
  2. Make or download a study schedule template and block out the times you have available each day to study
  3. Create a daily plan which lists the most important tasks to be completed for the day
  4. Review your study schedule at the end of each week.
  5. Assess whether you’re on track to reach your study goals by exam time.
  6. If you’re not, adjust your schedule by finding additional blocks of time for studying.

Try the Pomodoro technique:

Francesco Cirillo invented the technique in Italy in the late 1980s. Using a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato (“pomodoro” means tomato in Italian), he found he could concentrate better by studying in short stretches.

  1. Decide on the task that you’ll work on
  2. Set the timer for 25 minutes
  3. Work on the task
  4. Stop working when the timer rings
  5. Put a check mark on a piece of paper
  6. If you have fewer than four check marks, take a 3- to 5-minute break, then repeat from Step 1
  7. After four pomodoros, take a 15- to 30-minute break
  8. Draw a line through the four check marks and start counting your check marks afresh

You’re not going to feel motivated all the time and that’s okay:

The fact is that no one feels motivated all the time. So don’t rely on feeling motivated in order to get the work done. Sometimes the motivation just won’t be there. That’s why you need a study routine and study habits, because systems always beat motivation.

For the anon that asked:

You don’t have to answer this, but how do you stay motivated while studying and doing assignments? I love the Studyblr community, but I don’t feel like I’m a valid member in it because so can’t stay motivated. I stress about assignments, and end up giving up before I begin.

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18.03.2020 II 7:25 p.m. II India

1/100 Days of Productivity

So I’m trying this again because of the social distancing due to COVID-19. Hopefully, I will go halfway.

Everything I completed today (so far):

• Wrote 3 reviews for my blog

• Completed a lecture on Coursera (Intro to Philosophy)

What I’m planning to do the rest of the day:

》 Complete a little of my poetry notes for Poetry class

》 Read one act of Hamlet

》 Complete 1 chapter of ‘Persuasion’

》 Complete 50 pages of 'The Threads of Magic’

》 Listen to half an episode of my Philosophy podcast (Philosiphy Bites) on Spotify

I had a late start and I’m feeling quite productive so I think I’ll be able to tackle these tasks.

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I’m glad you asked!

1. Organize your study space and make sure you have no distractions.

2. Plan your time. It helps to have some plans in motion so you can make the most of your study time.

3. Discover your learning style. Most of us have a preferred way of learning. Get to know the learning style you’re most comfortable with and study in the ways you learn best. Are you an auditory, visual or a tactile/kinesthetic learner?

4. Organize study groups with friends. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. It’s also one of my favourite ways of studying, because i love to help my classmates with subjects they have problems with.

5. Take regular breaks. While you may think it’s best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. Everyone’s different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if you’re more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you’re ready to settle down come evening.

6. Drink plenty of water. Remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.

If you need anymore tips, be sure to ask. And if you need help studying, I would love to help!


Originally posted by aylinhana

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