Simple Study Tips

Whether your studying for a crucial final exam or for a math unit you don’t quite understand, we could all use some extra tips and tricks to help us to turn our ordinary grades into outstanding grades! I’ve compiled a list of things I do to help prepare myself for a tough test. Let me know if you have any strategies that help you to study and if any of mine may have helped you out.

1. Study right after school

You wake up, go to school, and take in that productive learning mood. Then, you go home, prepare some popcorn, and stream 3 hours of Ellen, This getting you out of that productive mood. After that it can be truly difficult to get back into the proper learning mood. Instead of heading straight to the TV try saving those 3 hours of Ellen for later and instead do 30 minutes to 1 hour of studying, it will be much less stressful.

2. Make a study plan

We’ve all been there, you forget about an important test and end up cramming in all the material at 3 AM the night before. My way of avoiding that irritating situation is to create a structured study plan. Simply use a weekly planner to plan out what you need to be studying for throughout the week. Make sure to start studying a week in advance, this will also help with the last minute cram session issue. You can find some gorgeous weekly planner printables here

3. Put an end to distractions

When studying you should always make sure that you have surrounded yourself with a proper study environment. Make sure to have a drink and nutritious snack by your side to keep you powering through the session. Keep away any possible distractions, such as your phone. Turn it on airplane mode and you wont have to worry about any pesky notifications keeping you from your work. You can also download applications for you computer or laptop to temporarily block websites such as YouTube or Twitter to stop any mid study browsing.

4. Rewrite, Rewrite, Rewrite

Anytime I am required to memorize large amounts of information Rewriting is always my go-to way of studying. You can surely do this whatever way you’d like to but personally I prefer to rewrite all of my notes, then turn those notes into jot notes, then (again) rewrite the key information. For classes such as French or Spanish using index cards to quiz yourself on your understanding of a word,sentence, or question seems to also work very well for me.

5. Test yourself

I find that giving myself a review test at the end of each study session can help me assess myself and find out what I need to focus more on studying. Finish off your study session by closing your notes and write up a short test for yourself to complete, then next session try focusing on the things you got incorrect  or struggled on remembering.

6. Take reasonable breaks

Make sure to take limited breaks throughout your study session. It’s important to give your brain a break so it can process the information it has been given. A quick 10 to 15 minute break can help you to re-focus and concentrate on what you are doing. Continue to avoid social medias and your phone while taking a break, we all know that 5 minute Instagram check will turn into a 30 minute Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook check. Instead do something healthy such as going for a quick walk, tidying up your space, cooking a healthy meal, stretching or do some yoga, the options are truly endless!

Those are just the basics. If you’d like to hear some more let me know and i’ll be sure to do a follow up post on some more specific strategies that help me study.

Holiday Favorites 2016

Since the new year has arrived, I have decided to take a look at all the little things that made this holiday season memorable. From cozy cardigans and hot chocolate to Grey’s Anatomy and fairy lights these small things can make an outstanding difference to the spirit of your holiday.

 

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A lovely smelling lotion can’t ever hurt

 

 

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Dry lips are my absolute worst enemy

 

And dry skin wont stand a chance

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Currently binge watching this show

 

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Netflix, sweatpants, hot chocolate, and fairy lights; the perfect combination

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Cold times call for fuzzy mittens

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Sweater weather (:

 

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Definitely in my top 10 purchases ever

 

 

 

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Get lost in a book

 

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Without a doubt worth the money

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Don’t forget the Christmas PJ’s

 

 

 

 

My 2016 Holiday Playlist

It’s finally December, which means listening to holiday music is perfectly acceptable now! Though I’ve been jamming to Santa Baby since around mid August, now with Christmas décor covering all the walls and table tops of my house I’m surely getting in that much loved Christmas spirit. I created my playlist with a mix of old and new Christmas tunes, everything from Elvis to Ariana Grande. This Playlist is sure to keep any Christmas soul satisfied!

 

Ipsy October Glam Bag Review

For the past year I have been an ipsy subscriber. So far I’ve been loving it. For anyone who doesn’t know what ipsy is, it’s a $10 monthly subscription bag filled with 5 different beauty products. Each month there is a new theme and bag. This months theme was ‘Black Magic’. You can find out more about ipsy on their website: https://www.ipsy.com/

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Glam Bag & Theme: This months bag was totally my style! The Halloween themed pattern was absolutely adorable especially with the light pink background. Overall the theme was extremely appropriate for this time of year and the bag was beautiful as always!

Ciaté London Liquid Eyeliner: This eyeliner was super easy to use. I rarely wear eyeliner which means I don’t have muck skill or experience with the product but I found using this liner was a breeze!  I had very little transfer and no problem getting the right shade of black every time.

The Balm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush: The Balm shadows are always very common in ipsy bags so its not surprising to see one in my bag. I must say that I have been sent a lot of products with practically the same pinky-gold color as this one. Although I do frequently use that color I think by now I have probably got over a years supply of this shadow.

Preventive Measures After Hours Lip Balm: This balm is the bomb! I used this lip balm just before bed and woke up with some super hydrated and soft lips. I can’t wait to use this with my favorite lip scrub all winter long.

Noyah Natural Lipstick: I received ‘Current news’ which is a gorgeous deep berry shade that would be perfect for a fun Halloween makeup look. This lipstick does not dry out your lips, instead it stays creamy, lightweight and is even said to hydrate with Shea butter and Vitamin E. All around this natural lipstick is the best yet!

Elizabeth Grant Green Power C Hydrating Cleanser: This vitamin C infused cleanser left my skin feeling clean and fairly hydrated. It wasn’t the most amazing cleanser I’ve ever used but it sure got the job done well. This product has a very nice rich formula that you only need to use a small amount of to lather and clean the face.

That’s everything I got in my glam bag this month. I would rate the bag about a 7/10, I loved the variety of products I got but there were a couple things that could have been better (ex. Shadow color) but as always I loved my bag. Also remember to check out ipsy using the link at the top of this post. Thanks!

YouTube, Besties and Candles

You can find a lot about me in my ‘Welcome to my site’ page but I felt like an introduction to my life was necessary. I don’t have loads of friends but the ones I call my besties I know are always there for me when I need them the most. I’m practically obsessed with YouTube! My absolute favorites include ThatcherJoe, Zoella, Tyler Oakley, Maybaby, Dan and Phil, Connor Franta, and loads more. I’m a beauty fanatic whos always up for a trip to the mall, and never wastes a ounce of product. My favorite Friday night includes a warm cup of hot chocolate, paired with the perfect Netflix series, and an oh so good candle:)

P.s. I’d like to take a minute to say I’m not some sorta ‘cool girl’, and I never really try to be, I’m just me and I’m fine with that.