if you also can’t focus on just one things when studying and is like “oh i’ll listen to music while i study” and then you cant focus on the studying because the music is really great so you go “well i’ll listen to nothing while i study” and get bored there is this app called tide that plays neutral sounds while you focus. so you know, you’re not under-stimulated but you also dont quit studying and start dancing around in your room.
it helps me a lot, so yeah
// 21.10.20 //
day 12 of studyblr community challenge
how much time do you spend on studyblr per day on average?
to be honest i spend an unholy amount of time in regular tumblr during the day, but from around 7pm to 12am is when i scroll through studyblr for h o u r s
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if you can keep yourself on schedule,
take breaks while studying.
Because your brain can’t continually absorb new information for more than an hour at a time.
also, if you step away from your work and then come back to it, it will teach you how to retain information with sudden breaks; because studying won’t work if you can’t retain the information over unfocused periods of time.
// 20.10.20 //
day 11 of studyblr community challenge
what is something that you have learnt from studyblr?
there’s been a lot of useful things on studyblr but i think i’ve used a lot of the study tips that i’ve found on here. taking advice from people who have already been through what you’re doing is great because it’s first hand experience and just over all really helps. i’ve found that i’m more productive and concentrated!
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// 17.10.20 //
day 9 of studyblr community challenge
what is the worst thing about studyblr in your opinion?
in my own opinion, the worst thing about studyblr is the stigmatism revolving around always having to be productive: if you’re in line for a cafe look at quizlet, if you’re on the bus listen to a ted talk, if you’re doing nothing at home then review your notes. i’m most certainly not saying that these things aren’t great and amazing, but i also believe in taking time for yourself to enjoy the stillness. breathe for a moment when you’re in that cafe and appreciate the warm morning sun, listen to comforting music on the bus, read a good book instead of doing nothing at home. i think that you can be productive in many other ways rather than pushing your mental capacity to the limits at all times. oh, and i also think it’s bs that your studyblr has to be aesthetic and you have to have expensive stationary in order to run a studyblr (which is totally untrue)
today i worked an 8 hour shift from 6am - 2pm and i was awake at 4:30am. i was absolutely exhausted by the time i got home but i still had lots of work to do for school. i decided to get a hot shower and then get some caffeine in me from some iced coffee and a chocolate bar! a little treat is always a good motivator. i picked away at a few projects rather than just one so that i wasn’t no where on one specific assignment. i mainly focused on the independent plant study which you can see in the photos where i started to prep my notes. after doing a bit of research on that, i started my cognitive psychology assignment. i finished up around 6 and decided to order take out at my favourite chinese place. i kind of regret it, i’m not gonna lie, because i want to get my eating habits on a better and consistent balance and eat healthier. anyone have any good healthy study snacks in their arsenal?
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Late night study / dnd character drawing sesh!
I wanted to talk a little bit about unstructured time when studying a language.
I’m naturally a night owl, but unfortunately life demands that I get up reasonably early, so I try to go to bed at a reasonable time too. I do, however, try to maximise the time when I’m most alert - I like doing exercise late at night, and reading my textbooks or doing more chill studying feels special somehow when it’s dark. I avoid computers and I don’t do my university work - this way it emphasises the fact that learning (it sounds friendlier than ‘studying’) my target language is something that I enjoy, something that calms me when I’m stressed or frustrated or annoyed. Sometime I’ll just rewrite vocab lists or practice my Chinese handwriting. Sometimes I’ll read my text book, not taking notes, just skimming through. Sometimes I’ll read a book in my target language. None of this is the super-structured stuff that I’ll maybe do during the day, but a calm way to unwind and relax before bed.
A lot of people will argue for an hour’s bed time routine, and when I had trouble sleeping that did help. But if you are able to, and don’t have trouble sleeping, why not enjoy doing what you want right up until you sleep? Especially if that’s the time of day when you work best? For me it turns learning my target language from something onerous and something I feel guilty about (lots of other uni work) into time for myself, by myself. I don’t set any aims. I don’t try to learn anything, in fact. I just open my books and skim through and it reminds me why I enjoy it. I think we could all take some time every now and then simply to remind ourselves that we’re doing this because we love it - or if we’re not in the space to love it right now, because of mental illness or pressure or stress or anything, that we started it because we loved it, and we’ll almost likely love it again at some point in the future.
Note: I’m NOT advocating crazy 24/7 library schedules. I usually take a break for two hours at least during mid afternoon and again during and after dinner, when I feel less energised. If you are a morning person, wonderful, you have my respect! Get up, sip your tea, do some stretches. It doesn’t have to be planned. Just give yourself some time without your phone or laptop to touch base with your language or study every now and then.
You don’t need to fill every minute of every day studying, nor do you need to plan every minute of studying, or stick to that plan. Sometimes goals are helpful - other times, they get in the way.
Take some time. Structure in some unstructured moments. Follow your curiousity. You’re already doing everything you can, and you’re on the right track. You’re doing so well.
hi i need studying tips and i want to stop nearly failing my college biology exams before i have a breakdown (kinda cried a little after seeing my score)
anything will help, i’ve never been a good study person and used to rely on quick memorization (obviously isn’t helping anymore).
Thank you so much!!!!
:0 I see, thank you!
:0 wow that’s very interesting! Thank you!
I drank too much tea this morning and now my skull is vibrating … but I’ve cleaned my kitchen and my bedroom and watched 2 anatomy lectures so far today. My mom is visiting this weekend and I’m really excited.
Day 14: How do you take notes?
- It varies. I like to watch the lectures on 2X speed. For some classes I read the slides then take notes while watching the lecture. For others I watch the lecture first, then take notes while watching it a second time. For others I don’t take any notes. Still trying to figure out optimal study habits so these methods will probably change over time.
1/100 days of productivity!
- Studying from home for my senior year.
- A lil bit stressed out because of the chaotic pandemic atmosphere but I am trying my best to keep things under control.
- I studied a bit of philosophy now I am drowned with the maths and probably later I will review some biology terms.
May God be with us ❤.
How much time should be spent learning something and how much time should be spent studying it, like reviewing or practicing it?
Had my notes due today and I procrastinated a bit, but it wasn’t too many pages and I only ended up taking two pages. I finally get to attend one of my classes in person tomorrow and I’m super excited! Being active here again has taken the edge off a little bit, I feel less alone in all of this work. Let me know how you guys are faring in these very trying times! I feel like I’ll be able to post more often if I embrace the fact that this is how I actually work, it’s mostly simple and sometimes a mess, and usually never that aesthetic but, I guess it works. It feels like with online school it’s all about completing assignments rather than studying.
Haven’t posted in a long time! Here’s a little something recent!
I recently lucky enough to get an iPad which came in pretty clutch since, all of a sudden all school is online. I still enjoy taking pretty notes though, when I have the time￼. I try to make the most of he freedom I have from being digital, I import pretty pages to write on and can use any color I like. My favourite part is that now I don’t have to worry about any mistakes and that’s been really nice.
Being on fully online classes has really started to get to me. I don’t know now much longer I will be able to motivate myself to get any work done instead of just lying there. It isn’t that Idon’t enjoy my classes it’s simply because zoom can’t be oa par with the classroom. Thankfully, one of my classes is college dual creat so I will finally be able to go in and actually be in the environment.
Happiness is crossing out your works Ｏ(≧∇≦)Ｏ in your to-do list ..
I tried many ways to be productive but writing down your works with a time limit period works like magic. Believe me. When you cross down each works that’s a marvelous feeling.
Instead of wasting paper I prefer the in build sticky note app in my laptop to jot down things and in this online days posting sticky notes on your screen works better than writing it down on paper.
- Day 1/10 of being productive.
- Small steps matter.
So, I know that it always depends on the country you live in, but here in Austria the next university semester starts on the first Monday of October. I have been at University for 3 years now and I remember how lost I was when I came there first. So I thought that I´d share my experience for those that start university this semester.
Important: This guide is written especially for universities and not for colleges of higher education as they have a different system when it comes to lectures and such.
1. Inform yourself as much as possible about your university.
Nowadays, all universitys have their own homepage. What might be confusing however is that most universities don´t have only one. Big universities normally have a general homepage for all things that regard the university as a whole, like registration, academical celebrations or for example the actions that the university takes because of corona. This page is important for the first steps you have to take, like registration, getting your student ID and also for important news. This page will also show you what your university stands for, how they present themselves (for example if or how they support gender equality, students with physical or mental issues or their stance on climate change and what they do about it).
Often times, there are also one more pages for student services that help students with their questions and are responsible for organisatory stuff. Always check out their FAQ, it might help you a lot and sometimes they even have explaination videos. Most of the time, there are also contact options for you, like a telephone number, mail adress or even (when there is no lockdown) consultation hours in their offices.
At big universites, every faculty has at least one homepage, sometimes even more then one (for example one for students and one for the professors, sometimes another one for the curriculum and such…). And no, all these websites often are not linked to each other, so better safe them with a bookmark in your browser because otherwise finding a certain homepage again might cost you quite some time…On these pages, you normally can find the curriculum and sometimes even the recommended studying path - basically meaning which course you should take in which semester.
2. Find out where the buildings are and get to know them
Many universities have more than one building or campus. When you have to commute between them, it is important that you know how to reach them, how long it takes you to reach them (from home and from another building) and where the most important lecture halls and seminar rooms are. In most countries, the university buildings are open to the public you can just walk in and look around as long as you don´t walk into a seminar or lecture in the middle of it! If you can´t find a certain room, you normally can also ask the
concierge for help. Maybe even take notes how to reach each building and the most important rooms so that when you are in a hurry and get overwhelmed by all the new experiences, you have a backup in case you forget something.
3. Plan your time wisely
You have to register yourself for the lectures and seminars you want to
take each semester, so make sure you plan your time wisely. If you have to commute between buildings, don´t make yourself a tight shedule! You never know if you have questions for a professor after a lecture, if you want to exchange numbers with other students, if a lecture takes longer than planned or if the public transport arrives on time. Also, your first semester will be way more exhausting than you expect, no matter what you are used to! Never plan a full day at university for your first semester and I would also advice you to register for less courses than recommended. You can still do more in the following semesters and the first one is always the most difficult as you are not used to the new system. Keep days free for the asignments you have to or the notes you need to rework.
4. Get to know the surroundings of the buildings and the reading and studying halls.
Sometimes you will have some time between courses so it is important for you to know, where to spend these breaks. It also depends on what you want to do during this time: Talk to friends, eat, have a nice walk or read/write something for university? Most universities have rooms for studying and reading, where you have to be silent but also some where you can work together with other students and talk to them. Search also for bakeries, take-aways and a refectory so that you know where to get a meal from, if you have forgotten to bring something. Sometimes it is best to walk into some side-streets for normal grocery shops, as they often sell sandwiches and salads but are way cheaper than the refectories and restaurants in and around the university itself.
5. Have a student planner AND a calendar on your mobile phone
If you have a stundent planner, it easier to take notes about your assignments or write something down quickly. It is not dependend on a battery and you have a lot more space than on calendar or to-do-list apps. However, it can happen that you forget it on some days, so always a phone calendar as a backup to remind you of which lectures you have where and when!
6. Try out which way of taking notes works best for you
There are so many ways how you can take notes during courses, so try out which of them works best for you. I will soon make a special post about the different ways of talking notes and organizing them, so if you don´t know about this topic, make sure to check out the upcoming post!
7. Networking is key
You are not in a normal class anymore. You won´t see the same people in every course, so try to meet new ones in every course. You don´t have to be friends with everyone, but just exchanging numbers and helping each others out with homeworks or when you can´t visit a lecture every now and then is a great help. Also join Facebook, Discord or Whatsapp Groups and read what other students write in them. If there are none - make your own and invite as many students that you meet as possible. Ask other students - especially some from higher semesters - if you have quesions about organizational stuff, rules for thesis papers and recommendations of professors or courses.
8. Document your semester
Don´t spend too much time on it, but make sure to document some important details of your semester. Which professors do like or don´t like and why? Make sure to write down their names too, not only their courses, so you know where to register again. Write down which studying or note-taking techniques work beste for you and which don´t. Write down at which times of the day you are very productive at home and when is the best time for you to be at university.
10. Read the curriculum and the recommended study path thoroughly
The curriculum includes which courses you have to take, where you can choose and if there are requirements for some of them. It also includes description what you will learn in which course and approximately how much effort it takes to complete a course. Of course these descriptions are not always completely accurate but they will give you a good overview and especially which requirements are needed is very important to know and keep in mind.
Not all but many faculties also offer recommended study paths.These recommend, consdering not only the official requirements but also your knowledge and the efford, which courses you should visit in which semester. Often times, these are really helpful, so ask students from higher semesters if these are helpful and if they agree, then definitely stick to them!
11. Use Apps for students
There are many apps that can help you. Some of them are specifically made for connecting you better with your university by giving you direct access to your account, your mails, your time table and the latest news of your university. Other apps help you focus or keep organized. I will do another post on this topic too, so make sure to check it out too!
12. Don´t get a job immediatelly
If you can, don´t get a (part-time) job immediatelly. If you can afford to not earn money for some months, wait at least until your second semester to get a job. The first semester is challenging enough and no matter how tempting it seems to earn a nice amount of money, it is important that you can find your place at university.
13. Start studying early
I swear to you that during your school time, you never wrote an exam with such a huge amount to study - most likely not even your A levels. So either revise every weekend what you learned during the week or start studying at least some weeks before your finals to make sure you don´t underestimate it.
14. Keep yourself motivated
A semester at university can be very exhausting and challenging. You might not like all the courses you are registered for but also can´t drop out of them. So you need to keep yourself motivated, even in the middle of the semester when the next holidays and the rewards for your efforts seem far away. Keep your goals in mind, reward yourself every now and then for all the studying you are doing and use stationery that motivates you.
15. Bring enough food with you
You won´t always have the time to buy a meal at university and even if you have the time, more often then not they are overly expensive. Bring food from home that you can eat during your breaks, if possible even while walking - you may need to eat while walking to the next lecturing hall. Make sure the food won´t go bad during the day and bring brain food to. Also bring water with you and refill it during your breaks. Bring something like coffee, black or green tea, energy drinks or coffeinated gums too for long days or when you have to start very early in the morning.
16. Keep pencils and some sheets of paper everywhere
Modern technologies like mobilephones and laptops are nice and handy, but they are always dependend on their batteries. Therefore you should keep pen and paper in every bag you use, every jacket, every trouser or wherever you can keep them. By doing this, you make sure that you can always take notes, no matter what else happens. Also make sure you have a drawer or a place near your desk where you can collect these notes so you won´t loose them!
17. Keep the balance
A lot of people think that university means partying and having lots of free time. Others study all the time, having barely any free-time. With most of the exams taking place at the end of the semester, one can easily forget how much studying it takes to complete a course. On the other hand, all the new testing formats and the complex topics can seem overwhelming. Therefore it is very important that you keep a good balance between studying and freetime. Especially outside the finals week, it is good to keep one or two hours free per day that you use only for hobbies and leisure time.
18. Don´t let others pressure you about your grades
Yes, a lot of students like to brag about how fast they get on with studying and how good their grades are. Fact is, that you can´t see their university certificate, so you can´t even know if they are saying the truth or are just bragging. Furthermore, even if they say the truth, everyone goes their own path with their own pace. You don´t have to be the best or better than anyone. Do the best you can but never harm you physical or mental health for your grades!
19. Don´t be scared to change your field of study
In school you barelly get to know the different fields of study. Even subjects you have at school like a language or maths are totally different at university. If you realize that a field of study is not right for you, it is totally okay to change it! There is nothing to be embarassed about. It is important that you do what you like and what you can do - not everyone will be successful in every field. That does not mean that you should give up because one course becomes a bit difficult or because you got a negative grade on a final. Throwbacks and some troubles are normal in every study and don´t mean that you´re not qualified for it. But if you realize that it is not what you are interested in, it is better to choose a different field.
20. Don´t expect everything to be interesting
No matter how much you like a field of subject, there will always be some courses that you will find less interesting than outers. Keep yourself motivated when you have to do such courses and don´t give up because of them if you like most of the other courses and lectures.
21. Inform yourself about the types of courses before you register for them
Most faculties offer many different types of courses, all of them meaning a different effort and different ways of performance controls. Lectures normally don´t require you to be present (although it is helpful) and only have one test at the end of the semester. Seminars don´t have finals, instead you have to write a portfolio or thesis paper. Exercise courses normally have at least one test in the middle of the semester and one final plus multiple assignments or homeworks. There are many more kinds of courses, depending on your field of study.
22. Don´t expect too much from yourself
University is actually way harder then colleges or school. It´s the most difficult type of education you can choose, so don´t expect perfect grades from yourself. No matter how good your grades where at school, it is totally fine if you don´t keep them up at university! That does not mean that you became less intelligent, just that university is way harder than school!
I hope this post is helpful for some of you! I will be doing an own post soon on how to go about your first digital semester!
things to do in your target language for studying
- write down sentences/words & make sure you say them out loud
- make flashcards (digital flashcards to be more sustainable!)
- start a journal to write down new vocabulary that you learn
- watch a show and repeat what you hear out loud
- listen to music and translate parts of the lyrics
- narrate your actions out loud
- find a friend to practice speaking or texting with
- try to incorporate new vocabulary as much as you can in your sentences
- write journal entries everyday (this especially helps if you’re struggling with immersing yourself)
- while watching shows, actively write down new words that you find interesting
- learn vocab of objects, places, emotions, people, etc. around you (aka vocab that you will use the most often in daily life)
- learn synonyms of words that you already know
- create a small, achievable goal to complete everyday (ex. learn one new word, write 3-5 sentences, read lyrics or a small paragraph out loud)
- change one of your app’s language settings; don’t change your whole phone’s language, it’ll stress you out even more (coming from experience). baby steps!
- follow influencers on social media that are native speakers (captions in their posts are good for learning new vocab)
- be confident! it’s okay to struggle, you’re still learning :)