Saturday, September 27, 2014

School: Studying

Studying is school. School is studying. You need to study in, and for school in order to succeed. People have their different ways of studying and can vary from just plain memorizing to using a whole lot of flash cards. Here are a few ways you can study, and help improve your studying:

  1. Manage your time wisely and study in half hour chunks. Set a certain time each day for studying. If you have an exam coming up, start studying for it once you find out about the exam. That way, you can study a little each day leading up to the exam, and the day before, you can just review what you have studied already and go over anything you missed. When you study for long periods of time, you need to take breaks. You don't want you brain to mentally overheat.
  2. Find your spot for studying, whether its in your room, at the library, at your dinning room table or even outside in your backyard. Make sure you remove any possible distraction, like your phone, iPod, magazines, unnecessary books, ect. This way, you won't have the urge to stop your studying to do something else. Make sure your spot is comfortable, but not too comfortable that you end up falling asleep on the spot. 
  3. Flash Cards for key terms. Flash cards are a method that's been around for a while. Actually writing down the word and definition help as it is, so once you start using flash cards, you will get your study on. Plus, flashcards are at a size that you can easily take anywhere you go, in case you want to get a quick study session in somewhere.
  4. When taking notes, underline or highlight things your teacher repeats, because they will probably be key things to remember for your next exam. When you go over your notes, you will know to make sure you focus more on underlined or highlighted areas. Also, when taking notes from a lecture, don't write everything the teacher says, summarize as much as you can. Make sure you write down any definition your teacher says or writes down themselves.
  5. Read and re-read. Reading an assigned part for a class once, is simply not enough. Read it once when its assigned. Re-read it again and again when studying till you get what the material is saying. Summarize paragraphs and sections as you go along-it's a way of making sure you get what the section is saying. 
  6. Study guides. If your teacher makes one for the class before an exam, use the heck out of it. When you study and get a concept across and you fully understand it, check it off the study guide, so you know to work on other concepts. A study guide is great for reviewing. Once you have studied a good amount of time, go over the study guide to make sure you hit everything you wanted to. 
Here are just a few ways people use for studying. Some things may be effective for you, and some may not. It really depends on yourself, and how you want to do things.


How do you study? What are some techniques that you use? Let me know in a comment below!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

School: What's In My Backpack

Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by. Today I am going to show you guys what I keep in my school bag. Everyone has their own opinion on what you should keep in a school bag, and here are mine.

First things first, my 'backpack' is a bag I got from Target last September. Its a floral print one, and I absolutely love it. You may have seen it in my previous posts.

The first and most important thing I have in my bag is my notebook, the one I talked about in this post. I have my class notes in this notebook, and any handouts that are passed out, I have in the pocket dividers. I got this notebook from Staples.

Next I have my planner, which is always a must for me. I got this one for free from my school, and it's the perfect size. Not big, but not to small. I have always liked having a planner, or agenda, as some people call it. It helps me keep track of not only my school assignments, but any other event I have coming up.

I have a miscellaneous folder in my bag for any random papers I may get in school. I also keep loose leaf paper in here, just in case. I got this zombie folder from Walmart. Yeah, I just really like zombie related things.

Another thing I have in my bag is a black pencil pouch. I have pencils, pens, highlighters, post-its, an eraser, lead, and white out. I was never really that person who carried only one pencil and pen. I have always liked to carry more than one pencil and pen, you know, just in case. I really like to be prepared.

Next I have my wallet, which I also got from Target. Yeah, I just really like Target. Anyways, a wallet is pretty much self-explanatory. You can get one similar to this here.
Front & back
Lastly, in the two of the pockets in my bag, I have chapstick (EOS Lemon Drop Lip Balm Sphere with SPF 15), a mirror and tah dah! More post-its. I am really into sticky notes and post-its. 

That's it! Let me know in a comment below what type of things you keep in your backpack/bag. Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

little decisions

I am sitting on a bench waiting for class to start and watching the people walk by. Imagine you as well are sitting somewhere, watching people walk by. Any one of the people walking by can be in your life one day. That girl who just passed by may be a future friend of yours. It's crazy to think how one decision, experience, and moment can change your life. If you decide to take a morning class instead of night you may meet someone in that class that becomes good friends with you. If you would have taken the night class you would have never met that friend. That same friend might have saved your life later on. Therefore, without that decision to take a morning class, you may not have been alive. Crazy, right? Every little decision, isn't so little after all when you think about it. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

School: Note Taking

I have decided to do a little series on school related subjects, hoping to help you guys, using my opinions on these sort of things. I am not quite sure yet how many post the little series will have, so if you have any suggestions, let me know in a comment below! Have a nice day, everyone.
I am a lover of writing, not just writing stories, but the actual act of writing with a writing utensil. I have always loved taking notes and writing in notebooks and on paper. In school, I like taking notes, I always try to make my notes as legible and as pretty as possible. It makes me want to look at them later on. Writing legible and pretty notes in a notebook helps me study more, than if they were to have been boring notes on separate pieces of paper. I absolutely love using highlighters, colorful pens, and even post-its when taking notes. When I am having an off day or a day when I don't want to do anything, I'll just write my notes on a piece of paper with a pencil, and I'll copy them into a notebook later. It makes me look over my notes twice, and helps me study more.

I usually highlight key words, and words that have definitions attached to them, because most likely, they will be on a future exam. My titles and subtitles are different colors from the actual notes, to differentiate between them easily.
my 3 subject notebook

notes from before I bought my notebook

This school year I bought a three subject notebook for the three classes I have right now. So far, I am pleased with how my note-taking has been coming along. I have also started using flash cards. I have never really used flash cards as much as I do now. They help me immensely when studying.


Once again, if there is something you would like to see in my school series, let me know in a comment below!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

9.12.14 aka one of the best days of my life

WARNING: loads of One Direction talk & pictures

If one year ago, someone told me I would be going to a One Direction concert, I would not have believed them. 

At all.

But guess what, it happened.

I actually managed to save some money for when a pre-sale came up, and I actually bought two tickets. Ok, so I had a majority of the ticket money, my mom and aunt payed off the rest. Anyways, I was excited. I was excited, I was going to their 9/12/14 show at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 

My mom came with me to the concert since none of my friends like One Direction. It was one of the best days of my life. I got to see the band that makes me happy, that make my day, every day. My seats were toward the back, but I didn't care, I could still see the stage from where I sat. It was magical. It was amazing. It was fantastic. Hearing their songs live, and actually seeing them sing them was an amazing experience, one I will never forget. 

Oh yeah, when some of the boys arrived to the stadium in separate cars, they passed by right in front of me and my mom (Louis waved, apparently). I just, gah.