Evening note organizing session with my diligent study buddy 💖
Evening note organizing session with my diligent study buddy 💖
Okay, so I ghosted again and I deeply apologize for that… I’m back to say I managed to pass everything on the first try and that today I passed my last exam so I’m officially done with 2nd year of uni!!!!!! I have the entire summer in front of me so I’ve decided to get a summer job, and practice my german and chinese. I will post updates of my progress on that :D
Although I have a fairly large Tumblr following, I don’t actually use Tumblr that often, logging on mostly occasionally to queue posts and say hi to the community. Most of my online activism occurs on my other social media profiles, which I’ve recently set to private in accordance with advice for anyone protesting these past few days.
Nonetheless, I have a platform here and I just want to use it to say Black Lives Matter. And black lives always matter. Not just now, in the wake of public horrific police brutality, but always.
It would be wrong of me not to recognize that law and academia, the topics of my blog, are both deeply racist institutions. The Bar Exam and ABA Accreditation itself are tools intended to prevent POC from becoming lawyers and in turn, challenging the laws that continue to oppress their communities. I stand in solidarity with my POC friends and followers and hope that together, we can challenge and change and, where necessary, dismantle these institutions to create a more equitable world.
If you are able, I want to encourage you to donate (link to donate to Black Lives Matter, Act Blue link to split donations amongst a number of bail funds). Recurring donations are more helpful to organizations than large influxes of money right now, as it helps them plan their budget for the long run.
But I recognize that many of my followers are young students with few resources and only pushing donations may not be the most practical way to encourage involvement. One of the small ways the students in my school have come together at this time is to compile class resources for the week in Google Drive folders so that anyone who might miss class because they are out protesting or have found themselves too overwhelmed to attend won’t fall behind - this is particularly important because it is likely POC who are missing class at this time, and, as mentioned above, the academic world is already stacked against them. Making these resources generally available in the form of a google drive rather than saying something like “email me for my notes” is the best way to go about sharing them because it eliminates the burden or embarrassment of reaching out to request them. Students are also attempting to encourage professors to record their lectures, although these efforts are usually met with more resistance. These are small ways to help that could make a big difference in your spheres. If this is a model you think could work for yourself and your classmates at this moment, I encourage you to adopt it.
Black lives matter.
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My current study corner 😍
Since lectures got moved online, I’ve been feeling so much better! I love working from home. I have a hanging rope chair on my balcony and I get everything done there. So much more motivation when working outside in this beautiful weather!!!!!!! Bonus points for my cute study buddy being with me all the time ♥️♥️♥️♥️
I am absolutely not consistent and I just ghosted from tumblr for months… It’s been a mess lately so to my 2 followers if you’re still there I’m so sorry
I’ll try to get it together for this next semester 💀
I love my friends, I hate uni
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Youngster: how do you cope with exams/anxiety/time management
Me, who just had a panic attack while eating a bagel at 2 pm:
I may be an absolute disaster of an adult but when someone younger than me asks for advice I turn into a Wise Professor
- it’s not as pretty and put together as dark academia
- you’re wearing two cardigans, mismatched socks and some jeans that are bordering on “just about clean enough”. nothing will stand between you and your next cup of tea/coffee/hot chocolate and adding extra sugar.
- emptying your pockets at the end of the day and coming to a total of four pens, a pocket notebook, two receipts, and a highlighter.
- your hair keeps falling in your face. you use a rubber band to tie it back. your fringe falls in your face. a paperclip is used to keep it back for the next ten minutes. you probably need a haircut.
- the floor is the best place to study. there are so many books and pages of notes scattered around that the carpet can’t be seen anymore.
- a rush before you leave class. your ID? got it. keys? got them. wait, where did your ID go again..? did you put your phone in your backpack or in any of the nine pockets on your person.
- trash is piled up neatly in the corner, ready to be put into a rubbish bag and taken out. you’ll do it tomorrow, you say. you said the exact same thing last week.
- you’re typing and you miss a letter. you go back to fix it. you miss a different letter. you go back to fix it. somehow you have fewer letters than you started with. you take it as a sign to take a break.
- it’s time for a quick break. half an hour later you realise that you still haven’t gone back to work. Whoops.
- you’ve replied to an email. while doing so, three more emails needing a reply came in. you put them off til tomorrow
- yes you have a calendar to keep track of classes/meetings. you also have a weekly planner and a daily to-do list. you forget to fill any of these out
- your last pair of trousers got a hole in and you don’t have time to go trouser-shopping, so it’s leggings/shorts/skirts for the rest of term, gender presentation be damned
- it’s the first week of term. you look away for five minutes. it’s the sixth week of term
A MIND MAP ABOUT MIND-MAPPING
If you know me, you’d know that I am a highly visual person. I love learning from images and layouts, and my spatial intelligence is probably my strongest type of intelligence. Because of this, I often use mind maps to study, and so do a lot of other people. However, there are people who don’t really know how to make and utilize a mind map effectively. That’s what this post is for! Here’s how you can make your mind maps more effective and thus enable you to retain more information. (P.S. you might wanna zoom in)
By no means am I an expert in mind-mapping; these are just some habits I have when making a mind map that successfully does its job of helping me remember the topics I’m studying.
If you have any questions, feel free to drop an ask!
we’ve all been in this situation for different reasons, anxiety, procrastination, work, way too many assignments in a week. but fear not my friends, hopefully, this masterpost will help you get A’s and organize your study schedule.
also please only do this every time you need to study for a test, cramming is not good for learning and pulling all-nighters frequently isn’t healthy.
- all-nighters (the last resort)
how to pull an all-nighter and pass your exam
all-nighter survival tips by @rookiemag
how to pull and effective all-nighter
stay all night without feeling sleepy: pt1 / pt2
expert-approved guide to pulling an all-nighter
pull the most efficient all-nighter
how to pull an all-nighter
how to pull and all-nighter : from the special forces
do’s and don’ts of pulling an all-nighter
really do them if it’s absolutely necessary:
- the night before the exam
study the night before by @renaissence
study the day before by @getstudyblr
night owl study tips by @lawjournalsandwine
the night before the exam by @studyspoinspo
how to study the night before a test
the night before the exam tips
top tips for the night before and the morning of the exam
how to pass an exam if you forgot to study the night before
study the day before the exam
10 things you should do the night before a test
7 mistakes you make on the night before an exam you’ll never make again
- i have less than a week to study
five day study plan by @brandi-studies
how to study for an upcoming exam by @noteblr
how to remember everything for a test in 3 days by @getstudyblr
when you have a test really soon
study well in short time
study for exams in limited time
ace an exam that’s around the corner
25 study tips by @studyign
how to study more efficiently
fastest way to memorize by @studyign
common study mistakes by @studyign
tips on study last minute by @milkystudies
how to get things done by @lattenotlate
study smart not hard
10 tips to study smart and save time
useful tips to study in short time
how to study for an exam effectively
prepare for a exam in a really short time
study for an approaching exam
the secrets to study effectively in short time
nice time management advice
how to study in groups
how to stay focused by @elkstudies
finals week masterpost
22 science based tips to study for an exam
20 study hacks to imporve your memory
- tips for during the exam
- 15 tips to boost your exam performance
- how to answer exam questions
- 7 last-minute exam tips
- 28 top tips for exams and tests
- top 10 tips for taking exams
- last minute revision tips
- how to mentally prepare for a test by @eruditicn
- anti procrastination masterpost by @elkstudies
- beat anxiety and stress in 1 hour and start studying!
- how to stop procrastination
- deal with exam anxiety by @attackonstudying
- scientifically the best ways to prepare for an exam
So I was stressing a lot over uni lately. I’m feeling unmotivated, down and tired. I didn’t do well on the first midterm and I have two more coming next week, which is the start of a whole list of deadlines and midterms weekly until the end of December. I’m super worried, scared, and stressed, to the point where my body started acting up due to stress.
I told my mother, who pushed me the entire elementary and high school to have the best grades possible, and you know what she did? She stopped me, hugged me and told me my grades no longer matter as much as they did. I got into the uni. I don’t need to destroy myself trying to have amazing grades. As long as I pass, it’s enough. Employers won’t look at my grades, they’ll look at my degree.
I’m a perfectionist so I’m not happy with mediocre grades, but… It felt nice, not being pressured, not being afraid of telling her about my grades. I think I feel a bit better now. A bit. But a bit is still better than nothing, right?
(disclaimer: this is from purely personal experience and is not a substitute for seeking professional help. these are just personal tips as i was formally diagnosed with depression and anxiety in the third year of college, but had been showing symptoms even in high school. different methods help for different people, but i really hope some of these things can help a struggling student out, because one of the reasons i went on studyblr in the first place was that i felt really lost and anxious.)
1. done is better than none.
sometimes an assignment you have to turn in would be objectively easy to complete, but it takes longer to do so because you’re afraid that the final product won’t be as good as you want it to be, or as good as a professor expects it to be. it’s hard to remove those expectations, but it is a little easier when you remember that getting some points (no matter how many they are) are better than getting a deduction for late submissions or not turning in the project at all. many people – including myself – suffer from perfectionism in university, but it is overall more important to complete something to the best of your own ability, and learn from the feedback on the project later on.
more importantly, often, you’re doing better than you think you’re doing, so surprise yourself. you can do it. just start.
2. keep careful track of your deadlines.
much of my undergrad anxiety came from the fact that i knew something was due, but couldn’t keep track of it, or didn’t want to confront it. it’s better to confront it because you have more time to do it slowly and thoroughly. as soon as you hear about an impending exam or paper deadline, keep track of it. personally, i use google calendar. from there, you can make smaller plans and break down your goals to make it more doable!
3. don’t be afraid to ask for help.
there used to be a huge stigma against mental illness, but thankfully, many educational institutions are much kinder and more considerate about it. if you really can’t meet a deadline or come to class, let your professor know. most professors are kind, reasonable people who genuinely care about you and your well-being. even one of my scariest professors granted extensions to a girl who was genuinely struggling with serious depression, and the college of law i’m in takes mental health very seriously to the point that they instruct faculty how to deal with such cases.
if you’re not able to talk to a professor, try to ask help from a classmate or a friend who can share notes or fill you in on how they accomplished a certain assignment. many people will be happy to help. you are not a burden, love.
4. be kinder to yourself.
mental illness is like any illness. it often keeps us from doing as well as we’d like to be because it’s a genuine and serious health problem. sometimes it helps to keep this in mind when we flub a report in class (as i did several tens of times in undergrad), get a bad score, say something ridiculous during recitation, or mess up a paper. it’s okay to do your best while you heal. you know you’re trying your best, and slow growth is still growth.
5. on that note, care for your other needs.
one of my happiest and most fulfilled semesters (even though it was my busiest) was when i had time to see a psychiatrist, run, pack lunches and fruit to school to eat healthy, and have a reasonable-ish sleep schedule. this was during my thesis semester. while i had to take an incomplete, and finish my thesis the next sem, because i was attending to my own needs, i felt like a living, breathing, learning, happy person. and i finished my thesis the next semester. it’s better to look after your own physical health and needs before your academics.
6. sometimes, it’s better to do nothing and rest. you deserve it.
part of the reason i’d been doing horribly in law school was that i didn’t sleep and it was making me mildly unbalanced and incredibly suicidal; not to mention the fact that i wasn’t really retaining any information or performing well.
rest days are just as important as days when you study because rest IS productivity.
7. take your meds. see your psych or therapist if you have one. avail yourself of mental health services on campus if there are any. these genuinely saved my life at a time that i thought i was beyond saving. please go seek help if you can.
BONUS: MY STUDY SETUP ON A TERRIBLE MENTAL HEALTH DAY (like today)
- i try to clear the space and clean up as much as possible. it makes me feel like i have things under control, and have my work things where i can see them.
- i eat something healthy, like fruit, and get a lot of water. i keep a water jug on my desk because it clears my thoughts and helps me replenish the fluids lost from crying (1/2jk). it also really keeps up my strength for the study process.
- i turn on a calming playlist, like a jazz or lofi or ghibli playlist. in another window, i turn on a rain sound video on a softer volume, and it helps center me.
- it helps when you have a soft or calming scent to calm you down. i use a lavender room spray, and it makes me feel cozy and productive, but in undergrad, i used this tea-tree lavender mix and it smelled like sunny afternoons and guitar coffeshop playlists. it really is nice.
- there are breathing exercises and gifs all over the internet. they help calm you down when things seem Too Much.
i really hope this helps, guys. don’t hesitate to message me if you’ve been having a hard time with school or life or anything. please, please care for yourselves. you can do it.
How to distract your kid when he’s running around and you’re trying to study: give him a tablet. Guaranteed peace.