Tips For Studying + School Life Hacks

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! Can you actually believe how quickly time has gone? I feel like it was only yesterday I was writing my how to have a perfect summer post and now it is all about back to school season. Whether you've already gone back into school or you're going back in September, try to soak up these couple of sunny days we have left and make the most of them! Today I want to share with you some of my favorite and most useful tips for studying and acing all your exams and a few fun back to school life hacks.

I know that once we go back to school after a long, hot summer when we've had all the fun, it is easy to fall back into the laziness and think that you have a lot of time left till the exams, so you simply stop caring about studying. But that shouldn't be the case, because exams start before you know and it is not easy to cram all the lessons and subjects you have to study for in a few sleepless nights. You'll just feel cranky and bad about yourself later and you'll feel like you haven't given your 100 percent and that you could have done a lot more. So here are my top tips on how to study easily and get through all the school work without a headache. Also there are some fun and useful life hacks as well!

My number one tip which I have mentioned in the How To Survive High School post is to not procrastinate! It is easy to just sit around and watch netflix all day, but if you want to Ace your exams you should take school work a bit more seriously. If you study regularly, once the exams come you will not have to study everything all at once, just to revise a bit what you've already learned and everything will be a lot easier.

Also, a good tip is to prepare in advance for new lessons. Simply reading through the chapter the night before a new class can be helpful! Personally, I do not do this quite often, but I noticed that whenever I do it, I pay lots more attention in class and understand even more what the professor is saying. 

What I always like to do is to ''soak in'' new information in class. Just listen and pay close attention to what the teacher is saying and you will remember so much by only listening in class and you will not have to read through the textbooks for a long time.

Another thing that goes along with the previous tip is to make notes! Always make notes in class because the things that teachers and professor say in class will most likely be on the test. So don't just sit scrolling through your phone, and just write down whatever sounds important to you.

Ask questions! Don't be shy to ask the teachers for help, they will actually appreciate it and they will surely try to help you in any way that they can. And if you do not feel like asking the teacher, just reach out to one of your classmates for help. It is important to just ask someone, because you can't just do everything on your own.

Revise in short 30 min bursts then take a 5 minute break. That is actually scientifically proven to be effective!

A few of my tips for when you actually sit down and start studying are:
  • Put on comfortable clothing
  • Turn off all distractions (phones, computers, tablets, everything). It is just you, your notes and textbooks now!
  • Get a healthy snack and water bottle
  • Organize notes and text books and throw out unnecessary papers
  • Take breaks
  • Gather colorful post it notes and pens and use highlighters. That way your notes will be prettier to look at and you will find it easier to study from them.

And now, who doesn't need a couple of life hacks to make studying a bit easier? I am here to deliver to you some of the most handy and useful ones which will make your next exam a piece of cake.

1.This one is for all of you lazy ones who just can't be bothered to proof read your essays: after writing a paper or an essay, copy and paste it on to Google translate and listen to it to find mistakes. 

2. It is actually scientifically proven that eating chocolate while help the brain retain information more easily! So help yourself to your favorite chocolate bar and enjoy.

3. You're more likely to remember something that you wrote in blue ink than in black ink! I found this on pinterest and thought it was really interesting so I wanted to share it with you. I prefer using a blue ink pen anyway :)

4. Peppermint tea stimulates the brain and helps with concentration.  If you are having trouble focusing on the work, just drink a bit of peppermint tea and you'll be set to go!

5. Stuck on a test question? Try reading it in your teacher's voice. The brain has a natural receptor for retrieving information based on familiar language.

6. To make sure you leave the house on time in the morning, create a playlist exactly as long as you have to get ready. When the last song plays, you'll already be ready to go!

7. If you accidentally close a tab, ctrl+shift+t reopens it. So the next time you won't have to be annoyed when you close an important tab!

8. You're 50% more likely to remember something if you speak it out loud instead of reading it over and over again!

9. Always feel tired even after getting a good, long sleep? You're probably dehydrated, drink some water right when you wake up.

10. Listen to classical music to help yourself concentrate.

Those were my tips for going back to school! I hope you have enjoyed this post and I hope you have a wonderful year ahead! Lots of love, M xx

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  1. Great advice, thanks for sharing xoxo

  2. These are great tips! Definitely be using some of these when I go back to uni x

    1. Thank you Emma, I am really glad you found them useful x

  3. I was never good at studying at high school and sixth form, because I didn't enjoy anything I did enough, but these are some great tips! x

    1. I think one of the most important things is to enjoy what you're doing, or else the results don't show. Thank you Holly xx

  4. Great tips!!, thanks for sharing :)

    Greetings from Chile

  5. Nice tips, best wishes from Poland

  6. These are some really awesome tips, I will definitely be using them throughout the exam season :)

    1. Thank you so much Penny, I hope you found them handy x

  7. I've been done with school for quite a while and sometimes I miss it. These are really good tips and now I realize procrastinating was the worst, I wish I hadn't done it so much x


  8. Great tips, thanks for sharing them. Gemma x

  9. I have been preparing non-stop for when I go back to school and this post gives me new ideas on how to do so. Nice post!

    PS: I have that IKEA plant pot at home.

    #sweetreats xx

  10. Listening actively in class can save you so much time out of class! // I never knew about that blue/black ink thing! I wonder what the science behind it is :o So cool! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. Me neither, but I found it on pinterest and thought it was really interesting :) x

  11. My biggest distraction while studying is my phone! I'm kind of addicted to it so it's hard for me to turn it off haha!

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

    1. I am the exact same haha. But this year hopefully I'll try to leave it a bit behind and actually turn it off xx

  12. I loved this, my number one problem in high school was procrastinating :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  13. Nice post, enjoyed reading it xx

  14. Love this, so useful :) x


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