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Study Motivation
Hello! I'm Emily, and I'm a student currently in my final years of schooling. Here is a blog dedicated to study tips, tricks, motivation and advice!

Find what you need in my links and feel free to ask me anything study related!

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(a.k.a. khaleeesii)

theambitiouswoman:

You don’t have to explain your business to anyone, unless you plan on doing business with them. And all they need to understand is their part in your business. People don’t listen to understand, they listen to reply, to give you their opinion. The thing is, that people who don’t get it, will never get it and the people that do get it, will never ask. These are the ones that will help you grow. You cant spend your life walking people by the hand and explaining your actions every step of the way. 

myusshi:

1 day or 2 won’t make a difference in the long run :) don’t think you threw all your effort away, it doesn’t work that way. 

theemotionmachine:

Psychologists found speaking to yourself in the second-person, for example saying “You can do it!” instead of “I can do it!” improved effort and task performance.

It’s always good to learn new things about how to improve our self-talk and affirmations - I’m looking forward to more research in the future!

studytwice:

How To Stop Procrastination by studytwice

Anyone can procrastinate. It sometimes just happens. And it’s sometimes not that easy to stop doing it. Here’s a detailed guide on how to get rid of it, with tips to combat five common procrastinating habits. If you’d like to know what procrastination is and how to know if you’re doing it, why not check out the previous poster: Procrastination.

Reason 1: You don’t feel well. You’re tired, hungry or are otherwise not feeling 100%.
Solution: If you’re tired, why not take a short nap? Just have a lie down for 90 minutes, and it’s likely you’ll feel much better. If you’re hungry, why not eat and drink something? A hearty snack or sandwich and a fresh glass of juice will do wonders. If you have a headache/stomach ache, why not take some light aspirin? It’s not the ideal solution, but it might make you forget about the pain!

Reason 2: You aren’t motivated. You don’t see the point in learning the material.
Solution: Math sucks, I know. Your AP English teacher is the worst, I know. Studying sometimes isn’t the most fun and can sometimes even be completely boring. But no one can change that for you, but you. Your Chemistry equations are unlikely to magically get super exciting overnight if you hate Chemistry. But in the end, studying will get you your degree, and get you a job and a house and food. If the lack of motivation persists, why not contact your student advisor/study counsellor? Maybe you can take different subjects that will motivate you.

Reason 3: You don’t feel good enough. It doesn’t matter if you study it once or if you study it a 1000 times, you’re just stupid, anyway.
Solution: I hated Math in high school. I had a Math tutor once a week to help me with the material, and I still failed my exams. By contrast, I got high grades in History and was one of the best students in my year. So was I just stupid in Math and brilliant at History? Not likely. More likely: I was studying the wrong way. I study well by repetition. In History, I made detailed notes and even summarized my summaries. In Math, I made detailed notes, but did only the required homework. So you’re not stupid. It’s likely you’re just studying the wrong way.

Reason 4: You don’t understand the material. You want to write an essay about Shakespeare, you really do, but you just don’t understand Romeo & Juliet. “Fatal loins”? WHAT ARE FATAL LOINS?
Solution: What type of subject are you having trouble with?

  • (1) A literary subject, such as a poem, play or novel. Solution: try reading the text by yourself and mark where you have problems. Why not visit shmoop.com? It provides study guides for most English-language works. If that doesn’t work, why not ask your teacher? Remember, they set you the material, so they’re likely to understand it!
  • (2) A beta subject, such as Chemistry or Math. Solution: try doing the equation or reading yourself and mark where you have problems. Why not visit khanacademy.org? It provides interactive videos and study guides for most beta subjects. If that doesn’t work, why not ask your teacher? Remember, they set you the material, so they’re likely to understand it!
  • (3) A linguistic subject, such as vocabulary or grammar. Solution: what are you having problems with? If it’s vocabulary, why not visit vocabulary.com? If it’s grammar, why not visit grammarbook.com? If you’re studying a foreign language, why not ask your teacher for help or resources? Remember, they set you the material, so they’re likely to understand it!

Reason 5: You have better things to do. Seriously. Besides, there’s always tomorrow.
Solution: We all get 24 hours to spend in a day. Of these 24 hours, you already lose 8-10 hours to sleep. If you’re a full time student, you’re likely to spend 6-8 hours in class. This leaves you between 6-10 hours to spend freely as you wish. Why not spend 15 minutes of those 6-10 hours studying? You can then go do something else for the remaining time, like watch your favorite TV show or eat. If you were to spend just 15 minutes each day, you won’t have wasted that much time. It’s just 15 minutes on a scale of 24 hours. And maybe the next day, you can spend 20 minutes, and maybe have your homework for that week fully done. Probably easier than you thought, wasn’t it?

hello emily! your blog is so inspiring and wonderful and i'd really like to thank you for being so lovely :-) can you give me advice please i am so behind my study schedule i have so so so many things i need to revise before my mock exams which are starting end july?? but each time i sit down to study i get so flustered because i don't know where to start? thanks!

Hello! I’m so sorry for my late reply!

Thank you ^_^ I really appreciate that. 

To begin with, let’s take a deep breath and remember a few things: firstly, mock exams are not the real thing. That’s why they exist, as a practise - if you royally fuck up, that’s okay! All that matters is that you’re as prepared as possible for the real thing. So chill.

It sucks to feel overwhelmed by work, I know. The easiest way to begin (which is really the hardest part) is to break things down and do one tiny thing at a time. Maybe you only work for 5 minutes. Maybe you just plan the introduction for that essay. Maybe you only do 3 questions. Start small and work your way up. Once you get started and accomplish a few things, it will be SO much easier to keep going and power through that work load. 

I believe in you. I know you can do it. 

Here are some links:

I hope that helps! Good luck ^_^

  Anonymous mused:
i take amaths, emaths, biology, chemistry, english, chinese, geography, elective history and social studies and my prelims are in august and it feels like i have a lot to catch up w and its just so overwhelming. :(

YOU CAN DO IT!

Here’s a lesson it took me 18 years to learn: life is overwhelming. There’s never going to be a ‘right’ time for things. You need to muster your strength and go for it, no matter what the time or the situation. You can do it. You can always do it. 

Here are some links:

I hope that helps! Good luck ^_^