Study Tips 101

Oh look, another study tips list! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE helpful tips to make long nights of cramming easier. So I will most likley keep making these types of Study Tips 101 posts until the day I die… or grauduate university- whichever comes first.

Cut out irrelevant tasks

In middle school and high school, it was instilled in you that you need to have the date and your name in the top corner. The title needed to be on its own line underlined in a different colour pen. This is not the case for your notes. Unless you are a Tumblr Study Blog your notes only need to be legible to you. No need to date them, title them, put your name on them save some time and space by only writing down the relevant information to your studying needs.

Another habit to get into is do not write down the things you already know, focus on the items you don’t understand for example:

If A+B=C and you already know what A and B are and how to get them there is no need to write in your notes A= blah blah, get it blah blah blah, just write the equation.

Highlighting without cause. If you find yourself highlighting things without even thinking STOP.  Chances are you probably don’t know it. Stop write down this information, reread it figure out the problem, say it out loud, understand it. Then the next time you study it go back and highlight it.

Speed up where you can

Besides the obvious of not making your notes look like they are going to be displayed in a museum.  Go look at your computer.  Is there anything you could be doing to it to make it run faster for you? Taking off irrelevant browser extensions, updates, using different programs to type out notes etc. Other things you can do are look at using applications on your computer to block out social media ( or websites you chose) so you only focus on studying. ( see blog post).

 

Figure out what is the best time for YOU to study

This is something that is different for everyone. Think about if you are a morning bird or a night owl. Now think about when you are the most productive and have the most energy. A good way to figure this out is to try studying at different times throughout the day you will be able to easily see when you are the most productive. There are tons of studies out there that show when the best time is to study but remember this is different for everyone. You might be a morning bird with tons of energy in the a.m but are the most productive at night or you could be like me and have your golden hours of productivity be in the afternoon.  I loathe studying at night.  

Another thing to factor in is if you are better at studying certain things with others. I suck at math so when I have to study for any type of math exam I try and meet up with someone so we can tackle problems together.  Also, most universities offer peer tutors in different subjects so at the beginning of the semester it’s a good idea to check in with the peer tutors to see if there is one for what you know you will need help in.

Make Studying Competitive

Ways to motivate yourself fall into two categories: motivation that acts as a reward once you’ve done something, and motivation that makes the actual doing of the thing more fun.

Majority of the studying tips you will find online will fall into the first category – which might be after 1 hour of studying you reward yourself with something, after finishing an assignment you go out and grab a beer etc. These methods accept that studying isn’t fun, and provide a way for you to make it up to yourself afterward. NO GOOD.

More effective for working harder, though, are means of motivating yourself to enjoy the work you’re doing more. This one is tricky, if you are in a course that you excel at you can ask your prof to give you the past exam averages to motivate yourself to be in the top percentile, you can motivate yourself by being so well versed in the subject you hold a study group for peers in your class.

Collect small tasks to do when you have time

Studying is time-consuming, FACT. Sometimes it works out where you have a small amount of time over a few days to sit down and study. Having a game plan for these small chunks of time is crucial. I find the easiest way to do this is to make a list of things to do while studying. This depends on the subject you are studying of course but it can be as simple as: write out 20/100 Cue Cards, Read 3 Pages from the text, Work on 2/10 Physics problems. If you have your planning done it will cut down on wasted time when studying for short periods.

 

That concludes this episode of Study Tips 101 for November. Be on the lookout for another Study Tips 101 next month lol.
xo.

** all photos  used in this post are off WeHeartit
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My Thoughts on the Whimsify Subscription Box

Whimsify Subscription Box

What this box is:Whimsify is a monthly subscription box for readers who love young adult fantasy and sci-fi books. Each themed, monthly box includes a recently released young adult fantasy or sci-fi book, along with several bookish items!”

I am currently in the middle of figuring out if book related subscription boxes are a good idea for me as I purchase a lot of books and book-related items every month. Last month ( October) I got gifted the “Underdogs” themed Whimsify box, after a ton of reading of reviews online I was SUPER excited. They are a great company with great morals and amazing curated items ( that I saw from past boxes and Instagram photos). Looking at their “Past Boxes” section online I saw so many items per box that I was super interested in ( look at their March 2017- Beastly Box it looks INCREDIBLE)

 

The day my box came I was surprised with a $15 charge at the door. Weird-I thought, but not out of the norm if shipping was not included in the price at purchase- i’ll get to this again later.

 

Whats in the box: 
The theme card and product descriptions.  

Jane Eyre Bath Salts
Neville Soy Wax Candle
Stranger Things Bookmark
Losers Club pin
Small Lined Notebook
Printed Photo
Book- Nyxia

To me this was awesome I got things in the box I would for sure use and I was excited about the book as I had heard about it at my local bookstore.


Now comes the fun part, is this box worth my money? Like I said this box was a gift, but I got to see the receipt from it so it made this part pretty simple. To figure out if the box is worth my money I do what everyone does- I find the products online and then total up the prices and add in the shipping totals from each item to the cost. The breakdown looks like this:

 

Whimsify Box Price Actual Retail Price
Box $34.95 Items $56.19
Shipping $22.95 Shipping $4.50
Taxes $4.30 Taxes n/a
Other- charge at door $15.00 Other-   n/a
TOTAL $77.20 TOTAL $60.69

*Note 1-not all the websites showed international shipping… so this price could be higher*

** Note 2-  the bath salts and candle on their websites do not come in the smaller sizes so I used the price online and divided it by the size of the sample I got example: Bath Salts come in 16ox online at $18.45 so 18.45/4= $4.61)**

So going off the amount of $77.20 for the box+ shipping+ door fee this box is NOT worth my time. This might not be the case for you. Since I  live in B.C, Canada I knew that this boxes shipping would be expensive but at the cost of $37.95 ( 22.95+15.00) that is JUST under the price of the box including its taxes. As much as I liked all the items in the box I would not be recommending it to my fellow Canadians or would I be subscribing to this box in the future. I feel like this box is very overpriced for the amount that you are getting, in my opinion, if I am paying almost $80 I am expecting full items- not sample sized. As well as $80 to me also should get me a few more products.

 

*** Two other things to NOTE
1. I did NOT convert any of the American $ into Canadian, so technically this box is way more expensive.
2. On the postage border slip, they said the box was worth $44?***

xo.