This week I wanted to share with you some Study Productivity tips by the Study Medicine Europe organization. Random little tips all over the internet are great, of course, but having them in one place, like this infographic is even better :) Save it, print it out and follow these suggestions to improve your studying!
Last (wow, it’s 2015!) summer, my best friend and I went on a trip to Paris. It was a magical experience, and the city was more beautiful than I had expected. Tons of pictures, colorful experiences, meeting people in hostels and of course drinking gallons of coffee in Parisian cafe’s, everything was perfect.
Now I consider myself a pretty good gift giver and maker, hence why I would like to share with you something I’ve made for her birthday. I found a vintage map of Paris, a poster, in my university’s bookstore. I thought this may be a cool background or even wrapping paper for a gift, but didn’t end up thinking of anything clever to wrap it around, so this ended up being a poster. Ugly but precious pictures and my secretly-hidden tickets and flyers make up the frame of the board, little thumb stamps point to all the places we’ve managed to hit in 3 days, and tags have some of our best jokes and memories.
You will notice there are some random pigeon heads sticking out of the photos. What is Paris without pigeons? Unfortunately, this time we had the worst experience with these beauties… I won’t go into details, but there was a time when one pigeon was hitting against the glass window right above our heads for at least 30 seconds. Yuck! Anyways, enjoy some pictures!
My oh my has my desk suffered through a lot this year! I’ve been trying to come up with a nice little system to keep things in their places for a while now, and now the opportunity has come! As part of these Christmas/New Year’s gifts, my favorite person ever built me an organizer to keep all my papers, pens, sticky notes, and other office supplies. It has a very nice rustic look, which I love, and comes with a variety of pockets and dividers for all sorts of things. I’ve placed it near the corner of my desk so it wouldn’t cover anything, and am very happy with how things are looking here.
If you are looking for a nice excuse to reorganize a desk – look no more! I definitely recommend getting one of these super duper awesome organizers. They are sold in our regular office supply stores like Staples, Office Depot and Target for sure. If you’d like to get a more artistic, handmade or vintage look, here are my favorites:
3. Check the classes
Make sure to take a look at the class websites and read the syllabi (syllabuses? that sounds weird). Take a look at the textbooks and see if there are any assignments that need to be completed prior to the first day. See some reviews on ratemyprofessors.com, get an idea of what to expect from a class.
4. Have some note-taking options
This is my favorite part of all. Lately I’ve been using my iPad to take notes. I must say I’m very pleased with how it turned out, although you definitely can’t do this for every class. There is no need to decide on a note-taking method right away – it would make sense to attend the first one or two classes to get the feel for the way it’s taught. However, once you do decide on a method, try to stick to it. There is nothing worse than having to figure out disorganized notes on the night before an exam.
As a special thanks to everyone who has been following this site, I present to you a Printable Weekly Schedule Template! I’ve created it with the help of a certain talented someone and am eternally grateful for all his help. For now it’s only available in monochrome colors, but come 2015, we’ll post them in a variety of color schemes.
I am thinking of creating an Etsy page to post similar digital planners. The idea right now is to create printable note sheet templates for language, science and math classes, weekly schedules and college planning pages. What do you all think? Let me know if you have any requests/suggestions/questions and I’ll make sure to put them to action!
Of course, my fellow followers (social media and email!) will receive a promo code to get one for free as soon as it’s available. Here’s a little preview:
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So sorry about my long absence from the blog – things have been getting kind of busy and crazy around the holidays. I’m struggling to finish some gifts I decided to make myself this year, work enough hours (to actually keep my job) and do some catching up with the friends.
I promise I will start posting things as soon as I get a free minute (possibly at work, ha ha!) and show you what I’ve been working on these last few days.
Meanwhile, I have some additions on the sidebar! Shout out to these awesome blogs:
Mostly Morgan – one of my favorite blogs to read! (Hey Morgan, nice theme!)
Nitty Gritty English – a guide for the un-enthusiastic writers! I absolutely love the writing tips Jacqueline comes up with (I’ve been feeling a bit rusty here), her site is definitely worth following!
Keistuolis – a wonderful Tumblr blog I’ve been recently introduced to!
By Hannah Joy – “The Stressed Out College Student’s Destination.” Oh, the title here speaks for itself.
Hope everyone is having a blast on their winter break! Happy holidays and I’ll talk to you all soon!
P.S. Thank you all for the kind comments and emails. I promise I will get back to you as soon as possible!
Who has never binge-watched several seasons of Netflix shows in one night? I can’t say I haven’t, as this is my perfect way of procrastinating, aside from exploring Tumblr and trying to figure out this blogging stuff. TV is a great way to sit down and unwind after a long day, although I do feel very unproductive when there’s lots of homework to do. Nevertheless, you should always allot time for yourself to relax . Here I present to you my most recent Netflix faves, in no particular order.
1. Gilmore Girls.
Yep, I’ve mentioned it in my last post, but I’ve been getting pretty hooked on Gilmore Girls. It seems like such a simple show to watch, with very light drama and not much information to process, and it’s perfect for some crafting background. I can really relate to Rory in her academic pursuits and habits, although I still have some room for improvement.
2. Arrested Development.
My favorite show on Earth, up to maybe the fourth season. From now on, every line and joke from the show is a reference to any life situation. Easy to watch and with clever humor, Arrested Development is my go-to show when I can’t decide on what to watch. Me on any test now:
3. Parks & Rec Leslie Knope inspires me to achieve great things, period. Also, I would like to have Ron Swanson’s mustache and be literally as positive as Chris Traeger. Let’s enjoy this for a minute (or a few hours!).
4. Orange is the New Black
A little bit more serious and at times quite intense, Orange… is the show I go to when there’s not enough drama going on in my life. At one point I did binge watch a season and a half of it, but then things just kind of died down when things got crazy there. However, I’m still planning on finishing the second season soon. Probably around finals time next quarter.
My little sister and I finished watching 8 seasons of Psych in probably less than 3 months, and that’s during a school year. It seemed like a great show to watch in the evenings, and even she was able to understand the jokes. Now every pineapple reminds me of Psych, somebody please help.
What shows do you guys watch? I’m almost done with Gilmore Girls, need something else as a back-up!!