hey! so i had an anon or two ask me about music for studying, and i was inspired to be extra as usual, and make a masterpost. If the authors of playlists are not stated, their urls
these recs by @prcserpina
flourishment and spatial by @areistotle
epic classical by @spotify
an intro to classical music by @violaboss
a mostly instrumental mp by @studyaim
classic rain by @mssyblr
keep it classycal
late morning studying
sit down and revise
wdym you dont like classical?
this mp by @littleant-studies
with two sugars, please
mostly indie by me
feel good indie rock by @spotify
peaceful indie ambient by @spotify
record shop by @filtr
ultimate indie by @spotify
so we drift
songs i never skip
this int’l mp by @passionatepolyglot
this french music mp by @studyplants
german music mp by @languagebean
je vole by @flowerylatin
this icelandic and french playlist
french studying playlist
multiple ways (portuguese and spanish)
la vita italiana
this super cute masterpost by @post–grad
in the hogwarts library
find beauty by me
panic attack by me
jolie by @studyplants (this was made for me and is adorable and the best gift i have ever ever ever received it is my favorite playlist pls listen)
late night reading by @spotify
something new (victuri!!)
pretty sad songs to make me feel happy
duvets and heartbeats;;
7 spotify playlists for focus~
study by @studyplants
deep focus by @spotify
superior study playlist by @areistotle
yours, vincent: a mix inspired by van gogh
a walk with virginia woolf
creativity boost by @spotify
focus by me
nonstop studying by highschoolering
my playlist on spotify
acoustic by @studyplants
ultimate singer songwriter by @filtr
winter acoustics by @spotify
the love letter you never sent
cuddles and studies
at night the city breathes
it was another planet
And so here it is, fam! I hope this helped you guys tune into your inner Hermione! (pun intended)
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- study in shorter intervals and take breaks (ie, 40 minutes studying and 20 minutes break)
- during your break don’t watch tv or surf the internet. get outside if you can and go for a walk. or at least listen to some instrumental music and walk around your hall. or meditate or do some art. anything that doesn’t require super directed attention. this allows your attention to be replenished. it’s like a muscle and you gotta give it time to rest. tv doesn’t allow for that.
- relate the information to yourself and your life. creating visual images will improve your memory.
- when studying, take notes by hand and put them in your own words. generating material yourself will encode the material better in your brain, and you’ll remember it better
- don’t just reread, rehearse! quiz yourself on the materials. if you use a visual image “memory palace” technique, walk yourself through it. you’re likely to remember information you’ve tested yourself on better.
- organizing information into groups that make sense create more connections in your brain and allow you to remember things better. the more meaningful connections you make, the better.
- make sure the last thing you do before bed is study. no phone, no netflix. your brain will process what you’ve just done while you sleep and this improve recall.
(feel free to add any!)
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Hi everyone! Here’s my May Study Challenge. The tag for this challenge is #maysc. Please tag your posts for it with this tag so I can see them! Please don’t tag #heynay in your posts, as I’m reserving that tag for non-maysc posts that people want me to reblog! I’ll also be being a little more selective with what I reblog this month than I was with the April study challenge, but if you put it in the tag I’ll probably reblog it! Have a great month of May!
1 (M). Describe where you want to be right now (academically or otherwise).
2 (Tu). What’s your life philosophy, in one paragraph or less?
3 (W). What are your goals for this month?
4 (Th). May is AP Exam season! What are your tips for studying for tests?
5 (F). How do you sit while you’re studying? What’s your chair like where you study?
6 (Sa). How much of your stationery and study materials travel with you to class? How much is left at your study space?
7 (Su). What is one good experience you’ve had within the last week?
8 (M). Have any teachers changed your life?
9 (Tu). How do you keep yourself motivated to study for a class when the teacher or professor is bad (i.e. mean or doesn’t teach effectively)?
10 (W). How long do you spend studying and doing homework each day?
11 (Th). What is one thing that you did within the last month that you’re proud of?
12 (F). How has the studyblr community affected your studying in real life?
13 (Sa). What’s your favorite song at the moment?
14 (Su). What tips do you have for other students who are in your grade specifically (i.e. for high school or college freshmen/sophomores/juniors/seniors)?
15 (M). What subject is hardest for you? How do you go about studying for it?
16 (Tu). What’s your favorite study method?
17 (W). Do you prefer group projects or individual ones? Why?
18 (Th). Do you like background noise while studying, or do you prefer it to be silent? If you listen to music, what’s your playlist?
19 (F). What’s your daily routine?
20 (Sa). What’s something you enjoy doing outside of school? Do you ever have any conflict between academics and hobbies?
21 (Su). Do you prefer to write with pencil or pen? Why?
22 (M). Who do you consider a role model? Why?
23 (Tu). What type of learner are you (visual, kinetic, etc.)? How does this translate to your study methods?
24 (W). At what part of the day do you usually study?
25 (Th). What’s something you’re trying to improve on (academically or otherwise)?
26 (F). What’s your style?/What do you like to wear?
27 (Sa). What subjects do you find the easiest?
28 (Su). What’s your dream life like?
29 (M). Why did you start a studyblr?
30 (Tu). What inspires you?
31 (W). Look back at your goals from day 3. How did you do?
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Although the title says speeches, you can really use these tips for writing and presenting any sort of oral presentation. Hope they help :))
- Research the topic: Duh. This is really basic but very important. If at all possible, try to have a deeper understanding of the topic than needed, you don’t want to be caught out by a difficult question.
- Have an introduction: Include your name, the topic you’ll be discussing and why you chose it. Even if you were given the topic, try and say what you found interesting about it (make it seem like it’s not just for a good grade). Personally, I wouldn’t outline any key points in your talk here, you don’t want people to zone out due to an information overload.
- The main body of your talk: Try and link the points together with phrases such as: to reinforce the previous idea, similarly, to clarify, in contrast to that, conversely etc. Just try to make it sound cohesive and not like you’re saying whatever pops into your head. I’d say to include a minimum of 3 points, but that can vary depending on what’s required.
- Devices: List things as triads (in 3s), this gives a nice rhythm and flow. Use rhetorical questions(!)- this is especially important in speeches and persuasuve writing. You want your audience to really think and examine the information you have given them, not just half-listen to whatever you’re on about.
- A brief conclusion: Summary of main points, pretty standard stuff. But you should thank the audience for their time, it just leaves a really good impression and clearly says you’ve finished speaking.
- Have confidence: If you don’t think you’re worth listening to, no one else will either! You know this topic like the back of your hand, you’ll do great.
- Speak clearly: Kinda to do with confidence. Nice and loud so you can be heard, enunciate (but don’t be too overdramatic lmao-people can go a bit crazy with this one).
- Know your notes: Not necessarily off by heart (sometimes I think this just gives you more problems bc if you blank, you’re screwed), but don’t stare at them the whole time. Look down every know and then but don’t have your nose glued to the page!
- Practice: Similar to knowing your notes, I wouldn’t recommend learn it off by heart. If something throws you and you lose your train of thought, you’re screwed. Most importantly, you need to practice out loud, and in front of a mirror- if you have one. Again, you’re building confidence and creating a routine so it’s not as daunting when you do the real thing.
- Visual aids: Use colours, graphs, images or whatever else to get your point across. Power points are great, but even just a poster works. I put this one last because it’s not necessary but if it’s possible, 100% you should do it because:
- Takes the focus off you (great if you’re self-conscious/worried about going up in front of a group to present- this is the main reason I use visuals)
- A reminder in case you blank
- Stops you rambling/getting distracted and going off topic
- Grabs the audience’s attention (why do you think studyblrs often use cute images at the top of posts?- it draws people in!)
Well, I hope that helps out and that you have a few new tricks up your sleeve! Good luck with your presentations/speeches and feel free to message me if there are any bits of this post that don’t make sense or if you have any thoughts/ideas :)))
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- My first tip is what I am going to call a ‘daily goals list’. Write down your goals, things you want to change or things you want to do better in your life. Now, this alone is not going to make you do the work you need to do. Write down a plan, some steps you need to follow in order to reach your goal. Make the plan something you can do every day or something you need to do at least a couple of times a week. I for example wrote down that I want to do better in school. My plan to do that is to attend all lectures, revise lecture notes every day, summarize, etc. A list like this is perfect to create a daily planner because you know what you need to do. It has another use that I like even more: at the end of the day, I grab my daily goals list, and check if I did everything I need to do in order to reach my goals. Did I attend the lecture? Check! Did I revise today’s lecture? Check! If I didn’t do something, I need to give account to myself. Why didn’t I do it? How am I going to do better tomorrow? If I didn’t have enough time, I should plan more efficiently. If I felt tired, I have to go to bed a little bit earlier and relax more in order to get my things done.
- My second tip is to breaks your tasks down into chunks that are so small that you cannot find excuses to not do it. The task will take so little effort that other tasks that you want use to procrastinate on this task will take more effort than this task. (Does this make any sense to you?) By breaking bigger tasks down into smaller tasks, it won’t feel as hard anymore and it will be easier for you to get your work done.
- My third and last tip is to create a routine in your daily life to beat procrastination. The problem with studying (or exercising or whatever you are procrastinating on) is that it feels like a chore to you because it takes so much effort and you really don’t want to do it. By creating a routine (morning routine, after school routine, weekend routine), you will notice that the things you need to do won’t feel as hard as before because you are used to it. If you are used to studying for 3 hours a day in your weekend, it won’t feel as a chore to you but something you just do every day.
- Do what you love, love what you do. This is a quote from one of my notebooks and it is so true. If you do what you love, the task won’t feel like a chore to you anymore. It is not work, it is like a hobby. Try to only do things that you love and you won’t mind working hard on it. I for example love law so when I am studying it often doesn’t even feel like studying because I am very passionate about it. If you don’t like what you are doing: fake it until you make it. Pretend like you like it, even if you don’t like it at all. Your attitude towards something can change the way you think about it. To quote the movie Paris, je t’aime: ‘By acting like a man in love, he became a man in love again.’
- Just do it. This sounds so obvious but this is the one that is the hardest: just do the work. Open your books, grab your pens, and then do it. Stop thinking of excuses, just do your work. Sometimes you have to be hard on yourself. Of course it would be great if there was a video, a quote, a picture, a tip that would make you do the work but in the end it is you who is responsible for your life and for your actions. You can decide to be lazy all day and not do a thing, but you can also get up and face it that you have to work even if you don’t want to/don’t feel like it. You have one life, and you get to decide what you want to do with it.
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- The first thing you are going to need is a good planning. As you cannot afford to lose any precious time it is important to use the time you have. Make a list of all the important things you need to do and try to fit in as much as possible.
- Don’t plan too much. If you know you don’t have 5 hours to study but you plan in things that will cost you 5 hours, you won’t finish your to do list and you will feel even more stressed because you couldn’t do all the things you wanted to do. Be realistic and honest when you are making a planning.
- Get up as early as possible to do the things you want to do. I think mornings are amazing to get work done because it is so quiet and nobody expects anything from you everyone else is asleep. There aren’t a lot of people on social media and if you live in a house with multiple people like I do it will be great to have a few hours of quietness in the house. While the whole world is sleeping, you are chasing your dreams.
- Try to multitask. If you have to sit in the bus for an hour to get home, use that hour to your advantage and study/revise something. Especially if you have to do other things first when you get home like cooking or playing sports. I personally like to write articles in the train or edit pictures or new videos.
- If you have classes where you barely learn something, do something else instead. Not every teacher will allow this but in my university the professor won’t even notice if I am summarizing his/her subject during the lectures. I mean, you spend 4-9 hours at school every day so make sure you are doing something there that is worth your time.
- Try to do as much as possible on days where you don’t have to do a lot. If you for example don’t have a lot of time to work on weekdays, try to finish all your homework in your weekends so you don’t have to do a lot on school days. You can also prep exams/tests by making summaries in your weekend so you only have to study a little bit on weekdays.
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So here are the tips:
- Before you start making a summary, you should consider if it is a good idea to summarise the course. Not every subject and not every book is ideal to summarize. For example, if your book contains a lot of details and you know there are going to be a lot of detailed questions on your exam, it is a smarter idea to just start studying instead of making a whole summary.
- I always use the first page of the notebook that I use for writing my summary to write down all the important things the professor says about the exam, what the exam is going to look like, to make a content table for my summary and other important things. This is something really useful because when it’s time to start studying you’ll have a page with all the important things you need to know about the exam.
- Use a color coding system that works for you. I personally don’t like to use a lot of colors in my notes and summary. That’s why I use a fineliner for titles and articles and a highlighter for all the definitions.
- Make sure your summary is very clear, so you have a good overview. I like to use bullet points and I make sure that in every bullet point, there is something important, a main idea.
- While you are summarizing, keep the content table open next to you. If you do this, you’ll keep seeing the bigger picture and you will also see everything important.
- My next tip is to don’t use highlighters until you have written a whole page or until you have finished a paragraph. After that, highlight all the important things. This way, you are forcing yourself to read the summary so you will remember it a lot better. It’s also helpful to see if you still understand what you wrote down.
- Make sure you have read the book at least once before summarizing. If you do this, you will understand everything a lot better while summarizing and it will make sure you summarise a lot quicker, because you already have an idea on what’s important and what isn’t.
- If you have trouble with finding the most important things in your books this tip might help you. In every paragraph, there is a main point or a main idea. There is something in there that is the most important thing you need to study and understand for the exam. A lot of the times, it’s the first or last sentence of the paragraph. Try to look for the main point/idea in every paragraph.
- My last tip is to read your summary on a regular basis. Making a summary is going to help you remember a lot of the information and understand it, but making a summary doesn’t necessarily mean that you studied everything. Make the summary, read it often and study it to be fully prepared for your exam.
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