"I’m afraid I’ll never finish college. I’m afraid I’ll finish college with student loans I can never pay back. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree and won’t be able to find a job in that field. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree, get the job I dreamed of, and hate it."
- A Mental Illness Happy Hour listener whose list of fears matches mine four for four. Glad I’m not the only one.
(via thishaskilledme)

(Source: insensiblenothingness, via college-journey)

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mindofamedstudent:

Tutorial: how to make a study schedule.

  1. Make a reference sheet with separate lists for each subject. This reference sheet is used to orient your daily studying.
  2. List the material you need to study for each subject. Be more specific than you would be on a study schedule and make sure you put down everything you need to go over.
  3. On your schedule, highlight the exam dates and deadlines and put down any relevant information.
  4. Using your reference sheet, assign certain material to go through each day.

Scheduling tips

  • If you haven’t been working on study material throughout the semester; schedule days before your study leave to work on study sheets for revision, flash cards, summaries, whatever you use to study. 
  • Take a day to gather your study material before your study leave begins. Like the weekend classes end or so. This will save you a lot of time when you sit down to study every day.
  • Schedule your studying so that you start studying for the last final first, and the first final last. Make sure you start this early enough to give yourself time to revise for the subjects you need to.
  • If you have a day between each of your finals, take the night of the final off and revise for the next exam the day after. If not, take the couple of hours after your exam off then revise for the next one.
  • Schedule the harder/heavier material in a subject first, so that you work on that material when you have more energy.
  • If you’re taking subjects that you have difficulty with, or subjects with a heavy workload; schedule catch up days. However, don’t let that encourage you to slack off. Try to stick to your schedule and only rely on the catch up days if you really need to, and if you don’t; then it’s a day off!
  • Also, schedule days off… a day or if you can’t afford it, half a day. I can’t stress how important it is to take time for yourself, it’ll help you avoid burnout. 

Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making study schedules since I started college. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.

I’m sorry I’m posting this by the end of the year when a lot of people are already done with exams, but perhaps it’ll be helpful for people taking summer courses now? And also for next year :)

(via academic-and-goal-driven)

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study-hack:

Power Naps are a great way to boost your energy in the middle of the day!

If you are feeling drowsy and tired and still have a ton of homework to do, take a 20-30 minute power nap! It doesn’t take too much time and helps increase productivity

1. They are most effective if they last 15-20 minutes;
2. They are good of alertness and motor performance
3. BETTER than caffeine. Caffeine just postpones your fatigue, while power naps actually get rid of it. 

Best time of day to take a nap: 1-3 p.m. If taken after 4 p.m., you may disturb your sleep at night. 

Sources + More Info: 1, 2, 3

Happy napping! 

(Source: study-hack, via academic-and-goal-driven)

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accommodationforstudents:

PHinisheD! 10 Dissertation Writing Tips
Dissertations - the dreaded word we hear during Uni, but push it to the back of our minds, convinced it’ll never happen: until third year rolls around and catches us off-guard. It’s probably the biggest piece of work you’ve ever faced in your education, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the hardest. Here are 10 tips to hopefully ease those dissertation blues.

1. The Rule of 8
This golden tip was given to me by friends of mine who have already graduated. To ensure you get enough work, sleep and other activities done in a 24 hour period, break your day down into 8 hour periods. Get 8 hours sleep, set aside 8 hours in your day to write and research, which means you can justify 8 hours of food shopping, socialising and procrastination.

2. Structure
Set yourself a plan for what you are going to write where in your dissertation; where each paragraph will come, and what the content of each paragraph will be. This means you can dip in and out of various subject matters if you get too bogged down.

3. PEE all over your work!
No, not literally. PEE stands for “Point, Evidence, Explain”. It’s a writing technique that was taught to me by my year 9 English teacher, and it changed my writing style forever. Whenever you make a POINT in your dissertation, make sure you back it up with EVIDENCE, and EXPLAIN why that point is relevant to your study.

4. Talk to your personal tutor
That’s their job - to help you! They can help refine your ideas, give you suggestions on which journals to cite, and even critically analyse any draft you have done.

5. Give it to someone outside the subject matter
I find giving essays I’ve written to my dad for proofreading works wonders! He doesn’t know anything about Marketing or Business Ethics - if HE can understand my essay, anyone can! Use your housemates to get an outside perspective that doesn’t end in “oh, well I wrote this…….”

6. Set small goals
Set yourself a mini deadline to help ease the load. “Today I’m going to write 1,000 words” or “I’m going to finish this paragraph before I can go to McDonald’s” should work. Incentive is your friend.

7. Don’t burn yourself out
The optimum time to write continuously and still produce high quality stuff is 45 minutes. At the end of this time, step away from the computer screen and make yourself a cup of tea. Your eyes and brain will thank you for it!

8. Do something dissertation-related every day
Your deadline may be months away, but that doesn’t mean you should put it off until the last minute. Whether it’s content writing, research, or even adapting your plan or structure, it will make the final panic process a little easier knowing you’ve done SOMETHING.

9. Don’t Panic!
Keep a level head and don’t lose it - that’s just what the dissertation wants! Show it what you’re made of and finish it!

10. PARTY!
Once you’ve written, finalised, bound and submitted your dissertation - let off all that steam! You’ve earned it!

Written by Julia Warnes
Read more on the Accommodation For Students website. 

accommodationforstudents:

PHinisheD! 10 Dissertation Writing Tips

Dissertations - the dreaded word we hear during Uni, but push it to the back of our minds, convinced it’ll never happen: until third year rolls around and catches us off-guard. It’s probably the biggest piece of work you’ve ever faced in your education, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the hardest. Here are 10 tips to hopefully ease those dissertation blues.

1. The Rule of 8

This golden tip was given to me by friends of mine who have already graduated. To ensure you get enough work, sleep and other activities done in a 24 hour period, break your day down into 8 hour periods. Get 8 hours sleep, set aside 8 hours in your day to write and research, which means you can justify 8 hours of food shopping, socialising and procrastination.

2. Structure

Set yourself a plan for what you are going to write where in your dissertation; where each paragraph will come, and what the content of each paragraph will be. This means you can dip in and out of various subject matters if you get too bogged down.

3. PEE all over your work!

No, not literally. PEE stands for “Point, Evidence, Explain”. It’s a writing technique that was taught to me by my year 9 English teacher, and it changed my writing style forever. Whenever you make a POINT in your dissertation, make sure you back it up with EVIDENCE, and EXPLAIN why that point is relevant to your study.

4. Talk to your personal tutor

That’s their job - to help you! They can help refine your ideas, give you suggestions on which journals to cite, and even critically analyse any draft you have done.

5. Give it to someone outside the subject matter

I find giving essays I’ve written to my dad for proofreading works wonders! He doesn’t know anything about Marketing or Business Ethics - if HE can understand my essay, anyone can! Use your housemates to get an outside perspective that doesn’t end in “oh, well I wrote this…….”

6. Set small goals

Set yourself a mini deadline to help ease the load. “Today I’m going to write 1,000 words” or “I’m going to finish this paragraph before I can go to McDonald’s” should work. Incentive is your friend.

7. Don’t burn yourself out

The optimum time to write continuously and still produce high quality stuff is 45 minutes. At the end of this time, step away from the computer screen and make yourself a cup of tea. Your eyes and brain will thank you for it!

8. Do something dissertation-related every day

Your deadline may be months away, but that doesn’t mean you should put it off until the last minute. Whether it’s content writing, research, or even adapting your plan or structure, it will make the final panic process a little easier knowing you’ve done SOMETHING.

9. Don’t Panic!

Keep a level head and don’t lose it - that’s just what the dissertation wants! Show it what you’re made of and finish it!

10. PARTY!

Once you’ve written, finalised, bound and submitted your dissertation - let off all that steam! You’ve earned it!

Written by Julia Warnes

Read more on the Accommodation For Students website. 

(via studyforyourself)

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freeeebitch:

I hate it when people try to scare high school students by saying the words “the real world” like shut the fuck up there is no fake world there is only one world and we are all living in it right now whether you have a fucking high school diploma or not

(Source: rebelzx, via studycation-dedication)

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"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."
- Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories (via observando)

(via tiafitness)

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studying-like-a-champ:

Things that keep me awake while studying! Okay…so studying my not-favorite subjects have this tendency to make me fall asleep faster than any sleep pills ever will.
So I use some stuff to make it all more bearable. Not drugs, mind you. Things you can get at your local stores.
First up, water. If you drink enough water you WILL stay alert. It also forces you to get up every once in a while to go to the bathroom. I also drink coffee, tea, and occasionally energy drinks.
Also try listening to music. If you’re trying to stay awake then maybe not lounge or classical. Personally I take a small break and listen to a few songs before pulling the earbuds out and continue with my work.
Another option is to use stuff that contains menthol. Or feels cold and minty in some way. The small tube on my table is menthol oil from Thailand. I hear it’s very popular there and yes it works. There are two ends: on one side is a sniffer and on the other, plain oil you can rub your temples with.
The square bottle is Rohto Z eye drops. They sting, but if dripping this stuff in your eyes doesn’t wake you up, I honestly don’t know what will. The eye drops also are extremely refreshing in a good way-try googling for reviews.
Airwaves-I’m sure you know what I am talking about.
And at last, the silver package is facial wet wipes. Not the ones you clean a baby’s butt with. These minty wipes clears off oil and debris, basically dry-washing your face (does that sound weird?) And they have this cooling effect.
Okay. End of my show-and-tell of wakeup products. Stay awake and study on!

studying-like-a-champ:

Things that keep me awake while studying! Okay…so studying my not-favorite subjects have this tendency to make me fall asleep faster than any sleep pills ever will.

So I use some stuff to make it all more bearable. Not drugs, mind you. Things you can get at your local stores.

First up, water. If you drink enough water you WILL stay alert. It also forces you to get up every once in a while to go to the bathroom. I also drink coffee, tea, and occasionally energy drinks.

Also try listening to music. If you’re trying to stay awake then maybe not lounge or classical. Personally I take a small break and listen to a few songs before pulling the earbuds out and continue with my work.

Another option is to use stuff that contains menthol. Or feels cold and minty in some way. The small tube on my table is menthol oil from Thailand. I hear it’s very popular there and yes it works. There are two ends: on one side is a sniffer and on the other, plain oil you can rub your temples with.

The square bottle is Rohto Z eye drops. They sting, but if dripping this stuff in your eyes doesn’t wake you up, I honestly don’t know what will. The eye drops also are extremely refreshing in a good way-try googling for reviews.

Airwaves-I’m sure you know what I am talking about.

And at last, the silver package is facial wet wipes. Not the ones you clean a baby’s butt with. These minty wipes clears off oil and debris, basically dry-washing your face (does that sound weird?) And they have this cooling effect.

Okay. End of my show-and-tell of wakeup products. Stay awake and study on!

(via studyandmotivation)

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omgsuperladyblog:

8 Ways to Study Better:
1.) You can prevent yourself from forgetting up to 80% of the material by reviewing a lecture or study content within 24 hours.
2.) Instead of re-reading information again and again, close your eyes and recite as much as possible from memory. This can cement long-term memorization.
3.) If available, take practice tests. One study showed that students retained 50% more of the material if they testing themselves after learning something.
4.) Become more efficient when studying with flashcards by using the Leitner System. Repeat flashcards that you have difficulty with more often than those you’ve memorized.
5.) Listening to classical music while studying may activate the parts of your brain that can help you pay attention and make predictions. It can also improve your mood.
6.) Consider exercising before your next study session. It may help make your mind more alert, and give you the endurance you need to study for several hours.
7.) Instead of trying to memorize information, make connections between the material’s ideas. This may help you remember more material in less time.
8.) When you study, focus on only studying. Multitasking can handicap learning as your attention is split between each task.

omgsuperladyblog:

8 Ways to Study Better:

1.) You can prevent yourself from forgetting up to 80% of the material by reviewing a lecture or study content within 24 hours.

2.) Instead of re-reading information again and again, close your eyes and recite as much as possible from memory. This can cement long-term memorization.

3.) If available, take practice tests. One study showed that students retained 50% more of the material if they testing themselves after learning something.

4.) Become more efficient when studying with flashcards by using the Leitner System. Repeat flashcards that you have difficulty with more often than those you’ve memorized.

5.) Listening to classical music while studying may activate the parts of your brain that can help you pay attention and make predictions. It can also improve your mood.

6.) Consider exercising before your next study session. It may help make your mind more alert, and give you the endurance you need to study for several hours.

7.) Instead of trying to memorize information, make connections between the material’s ideas. This may help you remember more material in less time.

8.) When you study, focus on only studying. Multitasking can handicap learning as your attention is split between each task.

(via psychstudentstudy)

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