How to NOT Get Bored Studying

School has started for me, and after only a few days, I’m already feeling pretty bored with the homework. Throughout this weekend’s fine Sunday I was very hard at work to find some ways to cheer myself up! Although it involved some relocating and redecorating (I know, it was supposed to be homework time), I was able to successfully finish everything I had planned to do. Behold:


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1. Change your study locations

I found it surprisingly refreshing to relocate myself to a different room and start on a new assignment there. With a cup of tea in my hand, I felt pretty motivated to study. Didn’t expect this from myself, especially since I came to that room looking for a distraction, but actually ended up completing some work!

2. Use the Pomodoro Technique

I have underestimated the power of the 45-15 rule! Turns out, if I focus on something reaaally hard for a short period of time and then take a break, I feel like I’m not losing a lot of energy and am able to get back to it easily after the break. The only thing to watch out for is the timing: perhaps the Pomodoro Timer App can be helpful in doing that.

3. Switch Subjects Every Hour

Okay, well, this actually works out well for me every time I do it. I tend to think “If I don’t finish this whole 50-page reading right now, I’ll never finish it” when really, I can just do a little bit of reading in the evenings and actually process it better (smaller chunks of information). Switching subjects can distract you a bit from the already-boring essay or textbook chapter and give your motivation a little boost!

4. During Breaks, Do Something ‘For the Soul’

I added some recent photos to my wall and felt very creative :)



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What do you do to keep studying and not get bored?


5 proved tips for writing a fresh book review

I’m very pleased to introduce to you my friend Chloe from blog! Most students have had to write book reviews or responses at least once in their academic careers, so here Chloe explains how she likes to approach the task.

Do you know how to write a fresh book review? You may have already faced with this unordinary task but we have some tips for you to do it at your best. Some basic things you should know is that a book review is intended to describe, analyze and evaluate. It also should render your personal opinion in accordance with a plot of a book. Let’s see what needs to be remembered to write as a master.

1. Look for a literature to get prepared.

Gather as much information about your book and its author as you can. Search results may contain what you need, otherwise use online libraries.

2. Use simple and neutral language.

Try to express your thoughts in an ordinary manner which is understandable and simply readable. Avoid difficult sentences and phrases but rather use short ones. Write as simple as you think and speak. This skill should be practiced but the more you do it, the faster you learn to write without making the things sound difficult.

3. Seek advice in some online tools.

Increase a vocabulary for your report in seconds with the help of some tools like synonymizers or programs to find antonyms, English dictionaries, etc. To determine how many words you have overused or repeated in your text try this great online service named Wordcounter to check it out.

4. Do not plagiarize!

There are possibly the sources in the Internet offering a report on the same book as you have. You will want to use it for help. This is a good idea if you try to inspire and utilize it as an example. But it is also a bad idea if you try to copy some parts of it. Copying somebody else’ ideas is always not the greatest decision, especially when it is checked by your professor. Stay original, use your own words.

5. Give somebody to read what you have written.

It’s better to ask somebody who didn’t read a book. If a person understands everything outlined in your report then you have done a good job! Ask that person to make a list of questions for you on the parts which were not understandable for him/her. This is a good trick to come to a thought that you could miss something important. On the contrary ask him/her opinion on the whole.

Be cool at your reports writing, train hard and train harder than before. In case you need somebody’s help, you can use for an expertly written paper from scratch made in the short term and use it as good example.

Check out Chloe’s blog and say hi! 

Taking Notes: Things to Keep in Mind

Hey everyone! These kinds of posts seem to be the most popular and requested posts all in all, so let’s focus a little bit on the tips now :)

With the school year rapidly gaining speed, I think this is as good a time as any to review some tips on taking notes by hand, in class. It’s one thing to type on the computer, where the only option to do it quickly is with an outline method. When using a journal, however, we have more freedom about how and where to write things down, which note-taking system to use, etc. No matter what the preferred way is, there are some things I like to keep in mind when starting a new class.

Taking Notes- keep in mind

1. Figure Out Your Method.

~There are several ways of structuring your notes. Here are a couple to get some ideas, but a simple Google search can really expand on that.

2. Keep the Structure

~ Once you pick something you like and try it out for a couple of lectures, it’s important to maintain that structure. Otherwise notes will be disorganized and will be hard to focus on the actual info

3. Highlight and Comment Later

~We all like to highlight and use pretty pens, make the class notes look perfect from the very start. I found that for me personally, leaving the highlighting and marking of notes till the evening actually helps with studying and is a good reason to review those notes afterwards. Not only will simply rereading those notes help the new info settle better, but also you can take your time with the marking of the text.

4. Look Up What You Don’t Get

~If you missed something in the lecture or simply don’t understand what the professor is saying, don’t be afraid to raise your hand to clarify. Even if it seem like a silly, awkward thing to do at the moment, no question is stupid enough when studying. You’re learning stuff to gain knowledge, not to look good in front of people. So ask away. And if this problem comes up during a review, take the time to reread the section in the textbook or look it up on the internet!

5 Ways to Hack Undergrad Studies

* This is a post written by my friend James from Homework Market. Whether you have just been admitted to college or have been studying for some time, read through these tips for help!*

From study groups and final exams to frat parties and sleep deprivation, there are many worries on the minds of undergrads. Social media feeds seem to be filled with tips on how to clean things, how to pack things, and other quirky little life hacks (like, clever things to do with binder clips and duct tape). But there are five hacks that make the undergraduate years more fun, more successful, and even less expensive.

If you need better sleep, better homework answers, better food, and a better overall college experience, then keep reading!

1.      The Food Hack

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6 Tips For Finding Motivation To Study

This week I realized that in order to actually sit down and do some work (any work, really), we must be really motivated to do it. Since there is plenty of tasks we simply can’t get started on, I’ve come up with a few things that could help us get our study/combat/I-Can-Ace-Everything mode going:

How to Get Motivated To study

1. Clean up your desk and room. Like I mentioned in the previous post, clean room = clean head

2. Organize all loose papers. Put them in a binder or folder, keep them in one place and in good order that you can follow.

3. Make a “to-do” list. Can’t do anything without that. Whether you’re using an app or a simple journal, setting your goals and tasks is a priority

4. If time permits, watch an inspirational movie. I usually combine it with cleaning my room. My personal favorite is “Legally Blonde” – I instantly get a wave of inspiration to study something and ace it. What’s your inspirational film or show?

5. Approach tasks in smaller chunks. Do homework in 30-45 minute increments like in the Pomodoro Technique. This is optimal time frame just because you’d be able to focus but not get too tired.

6. Reward yourself with food & breaks. I eat sweets and drink tea.

How do you get yourself pumped to study? It sure isn’t easy for me.

5 Habits of Organized Students

I haven’t posted this type of posts in a while, but I’m slowly getting back in the game. With finals finally being over, I’ve thought and reflected on what I did right and wrong in the quarter and came to the conclusion that organization may be one of the key aspects to good studying. So here are 5 habits that every organized student has and I would like to strive for in the next term:

5 Habits Of Organized Students

1. Studying and reviewing material right after lecture, every day/evening. A little bit of daily review will help avoid late-night cramming before any test. Make a study plan

2. Setting personal deadlines 3-4 days before the actual deadline. This gives some extra time for any edits or even emergencies that could come. No more “Ah, I have a 10-page essay due tomorrow!” at 11 pm anymore!

3. Using a good calendar/planner/organizer will help with seeing what’s coming up and due in the next weeks. I found a great app for any device a few days ago and am loving it!

4. Keeping the room and bag tidy will help with distractions and feeling of clutter in my head. This is definitely a problem and often I spent more time cleaning my room before studying than doing actual work. These are just a few things that affect our concentration.

5. Prioritizing tasks. Asking yourself, what’s due the earliest and what’s more important to get done? What can wait? What can I do later in the evening when my head isn’t working as well? What do I need to be sharp and attentive for?

What are some other things that help you stay organized? 

Study Groups: Why They’re Cool

Hello my dear friends –

It looks like I’m getting back into the groove, I’m feeling some academic-blogging inspiration! Hope everyone has been having a fabulous time! For a little update on my life here, things have been pretty stale except for one very important thing: I applied for a Study Abroad program and am impatiently (as in checking my application even though I know nothing has changed) waiting for an answer, which should have been emailed to me starting on Saturday. I won’t go into too much detail now as I would like a firm answer first, but beware and prepare for a ton of study-abroad related posts even if I don’t get in! In other news, I’ll be going to Europe this summer: first to visit my family in Russia and then on a crazy Eurotrip with some random dude (okay, boyfriend) all over Germany, then Amsterdam, London and Dublin. I’ll be sure to visit all university campuses I can!

**Also, feel free to follow my personal Instagram account, as I’ve been updating it more often now. I won’t publish anything blog-related on it yet but if you’re interested in the slightly lame details of my life, here’s your cue!


study groups

Here on the west coast, the quarter is only half-way through and midterms are in full force. I’ve taken two already and they went alright, but the one that’s coming up, Statistics, is going to kick my butt. That’s why I readily accepted some of my classmates’ invitation to form a study group – and found it to be one of the most valuable study activities.

1. You can teach people what you know

-Which definitely helps with understanding concepts for yourself. Once you are able to explain them to someone else (correctly), you got ’em!

2. Discussion can bear fruit

-Okay, maybe not literally unless you bring an apple with you, but by combining your knowledge you can figure out answers to problems you wouldn’t been able to get on your own!

3. Split the work

-Of course, knowledge comes with great work. But if you are in a group, you can split it and get things done much faster. Be careful though and make sure that you know how it’s done in order to be able to do it on a test.

4. Make friends

-Here comes the obvious cheesy one. Working in groups is a great opportunity to get to know other people and make friends. Think of yourself as a character in “Community”, except maybe a little less weird and offensive.


~What do you find most helpful in group discussions? What do you like the most about it? What are the drawbacks? Share in the comments!~


P.S. Here is a picture of a very pleased dog from my most recent camping trip. 
Pleased Doggy