Before our Classes Begin: A Checklist

A quick checklist to prepare for the upcoming semester.

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1. Office supplies.

The most important step of all (probably not, but why can’t it be?). Go out and get yourself some cute stationery! Journals, pens, pencils, highlighters, extra paper, sticky notes, etc.

2. A planner.

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I don’t know about you, but a few weeks into any quarter I stop using my planner completely. I feel confident enough in my memory, despite the numerous times I’ve forgotten to turn in assignments. A new year is the best! time to go out and get a new planner. Some posts: Free printable weekly to-do templateplanners online, filofax love, chronodex planner, bullet journal.

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

Note Taking Methods
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.

Good luck to everyone in this coming quarter!

The stars in the spotlight this week:

Mostly Morgan
Nitty-Gritty English
By Hannah Joy
Keistuolis 

 

Shopping at Paper Source

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At Paper Source.

On a bit of a personal note, I want to share what I’ve purchased on this year’s Black Friday shopping spree. I’m not much of a shopper, but when it comes to little paper and sticky notes goodies, nothing can stop me. Yesterday my little sister and I went to Paper Source  to get started on our Christmas/New Years gift shopping. The trip was successful in terms of buying presents, but not so hot in terms of my budget. Nevertheless, I’m happy with my purchases. Here’s a few of them:

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You can see a Sephora bag lurking in some of the photos: I couldn’t stop myself from buying makeup, yet again. Reading a ton of Beauty Blogs on Bloglovin‘ is not good for my budget.  This time I bought the Benefit’s Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer and Clinique’s Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup. Hopefully this will be my last purchase for the next few months.

Oh well, I’m off to studying for les finals. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

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GIVEAWAY

My friends, it is here!

This week I’m giving away a box of office supply cuteness- folders, sticky notes, to-do lists, fancy pens, decorative boards, and a 2015 Weekly Planner! The poll will close in exactly a week, but until then you can enter as many times as you like.

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Anyone is welcome to participate, no matter where you’re from. You can get points in by signing up for the weekly newsletter, sharing this post on your social feeds and Tumblr, and commenting on any article on this site. All I ask of you is to be considerate of your followers and not go overboard with the sharing. Just please make sure to use your email and/or Facebook so I can reach you in case you are the WINNER! 

As a bonus, the first FIVE participants will receive a free monthly subscription to Transtutors.com– an online tutoring center. You can see my review of it here, it’s quite nifty! 

*Note: if you clicked subscribe to newsletter, you actually need to enter your email in the left sidebar to actually subscribe!

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Are you ready for the next school year?

With only a few weeks left before Fall quarter starts, it may be a good idea to start looking ahead.

  • If you already have your schedule, go down the list and look up the classes you’ll be taking. It’s good to know a little background info before you show up on the 1st day.
  • Professor ratings (my favorite!): look up your professors‘ names on RateMyProfessors.com. It has reviews from students who have already taken classes with that instructor.
  • Know what to expect: look through the textbook material, maybe some introduction videos, etc.
  • Buy office supplies. This might as well be on the top of this list.

Add your suggestions in the comments!

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Reading with Post-it Notes

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Hey everyone, I’ve received a few questions about using post-it notes for reading and taking notes, so here are a few pictures of how I do it:

(To make it less complicated, I used a children’s French cook book called “The Young French Chef.”)

1. On the tiniest, green little flags I wrote down the # and name of chapter.

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2. On the pink one (which I actually cropped a little), is the important part of the recipe I want to highlight. The top border of the paper underlines that part also.

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3. On the biggest, bright blue note, I summarized the chapter.

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So all together it looks like this (this is very minimalist, though)

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