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my bullet journal set up
hey guys! i get a lot of asks about my bullet journal so i decided to make a post about my set up and how i use my bullet journal! feel free to send me a message/ask if you have further questions :)
note: i took these pics a while ago it just took me a while to put this post together so all the dates will be kinda old:)
pic 1: materials
these are all the materials that i use. pictured:
not pictured: my stabilo pens. i hadnt used them to set up my bullet journal initially but not i use them for color coding.
- muji dot grid journal
- love love love the paper and this was only $5.50 at the muji store in nyc!! :’) the only thing i would complain about is that it’s not that durable bc im clumsy and i always throw my things around and im worried this will rip apart on accident
- crayola marker
- because i’m super cheap and im not ready to get mildliners yet so i just use this old marker for colored accents
- muji 0.38 gel pens
- my favorite things ever. hands down
- uniball signo 207 pen
- i like the gel in this pen but holy it skips SO much. it’s really annoying and i can’t believe i’ve dealt with it for so long bc im almost done with it now…this pen used to be my main pen before muji but now i just use it for a “bold” effect
- sticky notes
- these were cheap (found them in my house) and i like the color pop it adds
- white out
- definitely necessary bc i always mess up; i think i’ve used it on every page lol:)
i also included my symbols legend. i almost forgot about this because i don’t use it that much since i’ve memorized all the symbols in my bujo, but i just keep this index card on hand in case i have new symbols to add.
pic 2: table of contents
simple table of contents. in hindsight i wish i put this on a right-hand side page like most books are supposed to start so that it would start on an odd page (if u get what im saying?) but thats okay. if i have a lot of lists together, i would group it under one listing.
pic 3: yearly overview
most people just like to put a 12 month calendar with color coded dates for their yearly overview, but i chose to do a calendar and a list describing each thing i marked. this was super helpful for me because i forget everything so i knew i needed a description for all my markings. left side is a 6 month overview with color coded dates circled (see legend in first pic) and right side is a list view of each month with dates and event descriptions under each month.
pic 4: monthly overview
im gonna start with the right side, because that’s the page i set up first. i’m not very happy with the neatness of this page; i wish i left more room for the daily events list on the side! anyway, this page is set up like my yearly overview page, with dates circled and explained on the side. the difference is that i chose to put more specific short term events like deadlines, tests, and appointments. in the bottom left i put goals and tasks that span the entire month, which i wouldn’t be able to include in my weekly spreads.
the left hand page is for any useful notes, monthly tasks, or is simply a goals/planning page. as you can see, i planned a club meeting on this side, and also wrote down some random notes.
this was my first monthly overview page and im not v happy with it; next month i will definitely leave more room for the events list and have more of a focus on my goals.
pic 5: weekly spread
i’ve experimented with this a lot in my old bullet journals and previous pages, but this is my favorite way to organize my week (as of now) because it looks good and i save a lot of time not worrying about perfect calligraphic dates or nice straight lines or cute drawings.
1. write the date neatly in a bolder pen. i use a 0.7mm uniball pen.
2. underline it with a mildliner or a pastel marker. i use a light pink crayola marker.
3. list tasks, events, and notes in a thinner pen. i use a 0.38mm black muji pen.
4. put future tasks on a sticky note and transfer to daily task lists as necessary
pic 6: test schedule
sometimes, having a scattered list of dates and tasks in my bullet journal is not enough, especially when it comes to studying, because i often get distracted by less important immediate tasks, instead of my long term study schedule. this test schedule is super helpful when i have a lot of upcoming tests so i can see what dates are coming up and when i should take time out my schedule to study!
i made a chart of the next three weeks, listed everything i have to study for, marked the dates of the tests, and shaded in every day i was going to study for. this is definitely something i would recommend if you are a visual learner and you’re super forgetful (like me!!)!
pics 7&8: daily task format and symbols legend
after experimenting with a lot of daily task list formats, i like this one the most. i also included my legend last because most of the symbols are only ever used in the daily task lists.
if you’re new to bullet journals, a circle is usually used for events and a box is used for tasks. a “migrated” task means the task was not completed, but it has been moved to be completed on a different day.
for those of you who are familiar with bullet journals, you may notice some symbols that i use that aren’t bujo standard:
- water droplet/apple/moon
- these are health trackers. inside each symbol, i evaluate each aspect of my health respectively
- water: # of cups of water
- apple: nutrition. i just put happy or sad faces based on how satisfied i am with my nutrition that day.
- moon: # of hours of sleep
- colored boxes
- these are priority indicators. i include these within boxes when i have a lot of tasks to do, and i like them bc they keep me organized while keeping my bullet journal minimalistic.
- i use the eisenhower urgent/important principle to prioritize. you can read more about it here, i might make a post about it soon!
and that’s all! that was a reaaally long post so im sorry if you just had to scroll through all that, but i tried to be helpful based on my experience with a bullet journal. if you take away anything from this post, it’s that i experiment a lot with the style and format, which is actually one of the reasons i love the bujo system. i hope you found this post helpful! reblog or like if you did, and feel free to ask questions in my inbox!
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OKAY GUYS LISTEN UP
so there’s this website called slader.com and it has EVERY FUCKING ANSWER TO EVERY TEXTBOOK EVER. It has answers AND shows you ALL the work so you can understand it (or be a slacker). This website has literately saved my calculus grade. It even has free tutors if you need the extra help.
Guys, it’s free to register and it will save your life
- sparknotes aka the king of literary analysis sites
- litcharts - my fav!!!
- shmoop - the funniest one ever honestly
- bbc bitesize
- crash course
- english 101 (english literature)
- english 102 (american literature)
- tip: google ’[your text name] analysis’ and you’ll find a lot of helpful sites!
billy shakes yo B)
- shakespeare plays in easy everyday language!
- how to shakespeare!
- interactive globe theatre!
- thou/thee/thy/thine ft. swearing
all about poems
- approaching poetry analysis in an exam
- rhythm and meter terms
- tons of poems!!
- understanding and explicating poetry
- how to read a poem
- key literary periods + defining characteristics
- british literary periods
- elizabethan literature characteristics
- these notes are really pretty
- the best character flashcards ever imo!!
- rad macbeth mind map
- this gorg mind map + how to make one
- BOMBASS CORNELL NOTES
i <3 annotations
- how i annotate :)
- hella helpful guide on annotating
- how to annotate
- how to annotate #2
- how to annotate #3
- annotating tips
- 3 annotating methods
- detailed post
- studyign’s rad annotations masterpost
- cute colour coding scheme
- using multiple highlighters
- colours and post-its + tips
- this is cool idk
- this is really neat
- lots of colours
- flag your strategy!
- neat poetry annotations
- highlighters + post-its
- loads of highlighting + post-its
- my tips for studying lit
- how to study for lit
- really useful tips
- summarising books!!
- lit help from teatimestudies
- reading complex texts
please message me for any other masterpost requests or broken links!!
Catching up on late essays cause I’m a twat 👍🏻 jungle white noise is amazing, just sayin’ 🙊 Also! Whatcolourisit tells the time and changes colour, it’s super calming 😍 Great if you’ve got anxiety or want a different type of clock while studying!
Kick ass guys, or try not to give up, either way, have a good day! :)
Hello everyone! I just found this wonderful app called TimeTune which is,quite frankly, AMAZING!
You can set up routines for yourself including reminders for imp stuff and all.
The app even shows daily/weekly statistics so that you know just where all your time is going! (Like I found out that I tend to waste a lot of time after waking up, walking around like a zombie *shrugs*)
Its especially helpful to schedule your day so that you can seamlessly move from one activity to another without wasting time.
What’s more, you can also customize the tags and icons( so cute!) and put in little notes for yourself (like I did lol)
I seriously recommend it to everyone! ( its free too!)
PS: I AM JUST 6 FOLLOWERS AWAY FROM 200 WTH?!!
For those of you with anxiety
- here’s a website that translates the time into hexidecimal colours,
- here is a website where you can create your own galaxies
- here is a website where you can play flow
- here you can interact with organisms in different environments to see how to music changes
- here you can play silk which is an interactive generative art designing website.
- Here is a website where you can travel along a 3D line into the infinite unkown
- here is a website where you can listen to rain with or without music
I don’t have anxiety but some of my followers might
Here are some links for you:
And here are a couple of sites that I find helpful:
My new To Do list notebook 😍 it matches my subject color coding perfectly! I’m so excited to use it!
Hi there (: Before reading this post, I recommend sitting down with a hot mug of tea/coffee and a packet of biscuits because this post is going to be quite long!
I stumbled upon one of my very old blogposts from my fetus blog and there was a very extensive “study + exam tips” post, so I thought I’d repost it on here with some of the information tweaked (that is, fix up my grammar mistakes and make the language sound somewhat more sophisticated and structured):
Every exam that I study for, I always write a set of notes and summaries. Personally, they’re quite useful for me because as I write notes, I also remember what I write. It depends on what types of study methods you prefer but for note-writing, here are a few tips:
- Making it visually appealing:
I recommend writing notes in a set of different colours and font sizes since it’d be easier to remember. For example, write all the main headings in capital with a highlight, and write the subheadings in red.
By using a wide range of colours, you’re able to remember and visualise it easier later on.
- Picking out what to write:
Something that I struggle with whenever I write notes is choosing what to write. I’m a major word-hoarder, meaning that I’ll write everything in my notes, which is really bad since it’s not actually summarising. It’s more of copying the text word for word. Over the past few exams, I’ve learnt that in my notes, I only need the “super” main points like topic sentences at the start of each paragraph in a textbook. In text book paragraphs, most topic sentences summarise everything that will be discussed in the paragraph. Don’t go through the trouble of summarising everything because the rest of the paragraph will most likely contain examples, context, and definitions. I recommend taking small notes on these and expanding on the topic sentence.
- Media, images and diagrams:
As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in notes, that is quite true. Diagrams and charts can show the same amount of information as two or three paragraphs of text. In my notes, I always aim to draw as many colourful diagrams, charts and cycles as possible. Since they’re colourful, they’re easier to visualise and remember during the exam and also, the points in which you’re meant to be studying are basically explained in diagrams.
You’ve written notes; now what?
Well, after writing notes, you’ve got to start studying them. I find it good to find points that you have no clue about, and remember and practice those.
- Create/Take quizzes:
A great way to see how much of the content you’ve remembered is taking or creating quizzes. During 8th and 9th grade, I remember creating tons of quizzes for myself about the points I was meant to study. The questions were very general but they did help me to remember my notes. I recommend creating them on Powerpoint and scrolling through the slides to quiz yourself. If you aren’t bothered to create quizzes, there are always many online. Tons of educational websites have quizzes about a wide range of subjects from maths to science. At my school, my teachers used to give us past exam papers to do. If possible, you can always ask your teachers for those, or search for some online. I recommend marking down the questions you get wrong, so you can study them later.
- Read through them:
Another studying technique is also skimming through a section of your notes then reciting them aloud to test your memory.
- Study with other people:
Your classmates are probably cramming and studying for the exam like you are, so wouldn’t it be a good idea to study with them? I recommend joining Skype calls or chats with your friends who are also studying. It’s a good way to share and examine content, as well as learn new material.
How to prepare for your exams:
Okay. Now this section, I learnt through ALOT of experience. When it comes to preparing for exams physically and mentally, I absolutely suck at it. But through experience, I’ve learnt essential things that you should do to prepare for them.
- Get enough SLEEP!:
I 100% recommend you get a full night’s sleep before your exam.
I used to stay up until 3 or 4am just writing notes, reciting them and repeating the procedure over and over. I would only have 2 or 3 hours sleep, having to wake up at 7am to prepare for school. The hours leading up to the exam were torturous. I was tired, groggy, and couldn’t keep my eyes open. Not to mention, I was also in a grumpy and foul mood since I was too tired. When the time to actually do the exam came around, I remember my mind just going blank as I sat there and tried to remember my notes. But I couldn’t! Because I was way too tired to remember anything!
So yeah, get a good night’s sleep!
- Eat all your meals!
Back then, I used to skip meals frequently since I couldn’t afford to lose or waste time that could be spent studying. So I would go from the afternoon till the next morning with little to no food or meals. Thinking back, that probably was extremely unhealthy since I’d go to school with no food or energy in my system.
I recommend taking regular food breaks, just to get your energy back up, and to make sure that you’re staying healthy!
- Study early!
Most people lose sleep and don’t eat because they have NO time at all. Study early and write your notes early for your exam. It definitely pays off in the long run and you don’t have to stuff up your sleeping patterns at all. I believe starting to write your notes when you get your assessment notification is good. It may be hard to start, but remind yourself that it’ll be beneficial in the long run!
- Calm yourself down:
Most people, including myself, panic or develop extreme nerves before an exam due to a number of reasons. The main one would probably be the idea of failing the test. I believe eating some food, drinking something warm like tea or coffee, and just ignoring the fact that you have an exam are some good ways to calm yourself down or cope with the knowledge of having an exam. It’s easier said than done, but trust me, once you persuade yourself that you’re prepared, and that you’ve studied as much as you possibly could, you’ll be much more calm.
Talk to some friends about an interesting or controversial topic in the media. Or repeat to yourself that you’re going to get it over and done with, and then you’d be able to relax.
Those are some of the study + exam tips that I’ve learnt from experience for studying for exams and coping with the bucket of nerves that come with it.
Good luck studying (:
heyoo!! essays can be tough so i thought i’d compile a list of some tips when writing an essay + share it w u all. i hope this comes in handy nd make sure to send me an ask if u have any masterpst requests! :]
dear mentally ill people:
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for taking a shower
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for finally finishing that one homework assignment that’s been missing for weeks
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for going a few hours without wanting to die
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for going a few hours without thinking about your traumatic experiences
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for eating
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for raising your hand in class
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for not having to make your friend talk to the cashier for you
you are allowed to be proud of yourself for things that neurotypicals might find easy and/or insignificant
you are allowed to be proud of yourself because you are strong and you can do this and i love you
Now that my English essay is done, it’s time to get my shit together. This is my to-do list for history, let’s get organized while my teacher is off!
honestly students with mental disorders such as depression anxiety etc that go to school should get more recognition and support, most people have no idea of what it is to have to pick yourself up every morning and attend class even when you feel like dying
I am so proud of each & every one of you that this post applies to. You are so much stronger, more inspirational, and more resilient than you realize or give yourselves credit for
Hello, friends! I’ll walk you through an organization system that’s simple, quick, and easy–like spaghetti alla puttanesca. ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)
I should say it early on that this method requires both digital and analog media. It aims to minimize unproductive pseudo-busywork/unnecessary effort in the process of organizing schoolwork. The time it frees up can be used for actual learning, self-care, or whatever it is that you like to do! (・∀・)ﾉ
Disclaimer: I deliberately removed social media/gaming apps from my phone. Wifi access is almost always switched off. It’s strictly used for calling, SMS, the occasional photo, and various school-related apps.
Ready? One, two, three–go!
▨ Assignment Masterlist
Jot down tasks (and their corresponding dates, if available) as soon as you get them. Get shit out of your head and filed into a place where you can find them easily.
I keep a list of all the things I need to get done in the Notes app that comes with my phone. Digital lists are that much easier to update–you can remove, add, and rearrange tasks however you find it necessary.
During your downtime (wherever you may be), parse through your list aggressively divide big assignments into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Regroup tasks such that errands are batched together and study sessions are spaced apart. The idea is to butcher the wolf into a bunch of tiny sheep so that they’re easier to tackle later on.
(Alternative App: Evernote.)
I spend a lot of time on my computer for school stuff, so I’m quite comfortable with using a digital calendar–they just make it super simple to color code, schedule recurring events, and generate multiple calendars that run in parallel. I have the iCal app docked on my taskbar for easy access, and I default to the monthly view.
You can see that I don’t encode strict study schedules–excess rigidity stresses me out and from there, I’d find it super hard to find my fucking chill. ( ˃̩̩ ⌂ ˂̩̩ )
It takes a bit of discipline and sincere focus on my part, but I’ve found that the flex time (1-1.5 hours) between my classes is enough to finish a good portion of my readings or to accomplish one block in my programming homework. I also do study stuff after classes without prompt from a schedule–just my calendar with deadlines and my assignment masterlist. These time pockets should not be underestimated!
(Alternative App: Google Calendar.)
Whenever available, I save digital copies of lecture slides, assignment specifications, textbooks, scripts, and anything I could possibly need.
Instead of leaving everything to rot in the downloads folder, I make sure that each course has its own section in my college folder. It takes around 5 seconds of my life to perform this rename-and-move-to-proper-folder ritual.
Each file starts with the name of the course, and then followed by a short description about its contents. It’s a habit I got from my thesis adviser, actually. This makes everything hella easy to find.
I use this app to take notes on everything–academic or otherwise. I have a separate notebook stack specifically for scholastic purposes, and I like that it’s very compact and all my notes are in one place.
In separate post, I will talk about how I manage to learn from digital notes despite all those claims that physically writing down your notes helps you better. ( U v U ) <3
▨ Accordion File
Since I digitize as much of my shit as I possibly can, paper stuff for all of my 5 courses fit into one A4-sized accordion file (with 12 built-in pockets). It eliminates the need for hole punch and the fear of things falling out. It also fits a range of paper sizes!
Each tab is labeled accordingly. Some classes need more sections than others, but in general:
- each class gets their own notes section;
- math-based classes get their answerables section (for problem sets under the works); and
- reading-based classes get their readings section;
- non-academic documents and receipts get their own miscellaneous section.
I use these binder clips to hold small stacks [of readings or of problem sets] together.
They’re super fucking pretty, oh my god. I’m a goner. They’re gold and I’m in love. You can’t stop me. (◕ᴗ◕✿)
And that’s it!
You’ll notice that my system is really spartan, but I’ve figured that simple systems work and it’s really nice to use the time I would’ve spent compulsively making stuff look pretty on things that’re more important to me (like practicing my figure drawing or creating stuff for this blog or being trash with my friends).
I hope you picked up something useful from this post! Tell me if you’ve got any questions/ideas/comments. If you’d like, tell me about how you organize your time and your stuff for school–I’d love to see!
(人^ ∀ ^) ✿
Working on an overdue essay for English Lit. I got really low for a bit, I missed some hand in dates and while I’m still not in the greatest mood, I’m trying my best. I will always try my best given my mental state. Sometimes getting out of bed and actually coming to school is the best I can do for a day. Sometimes I can run 5k, do school work, eat a proper meal, see my friends and not want to hide away. Sometimes, I have good days. Sometimes, I have bad days, but recently there are more bad days than good, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good moments within that time. Appreciate the small things that are good in life, and when you have a really shit day, try to treat the world better than it treated you. My inbox is always open if anyone is feeling shitty, I’m happy to help ❤️