Tips & Tricks for staying organized during midterms & finals.

It’s midterms week for many, including myself, and instead of actually studying here I am writing to you all. Though, I swear I have a logical reason for it. Personally, I’m the kind of person who is an absolute freak about being organized. This isn’t about me, though. I am here to hopefully help you all succeed and improve upon your academics through being organized! ( these are not my own ideas and by far are not in any way scientifically proven anywhere. these are things I have tried at home and noticed help me in my personal studies. ) Without further ado, let’s get into it!

  • USE AN AGENDA!! you guys, this is my number one tip for a reason! Agendas may seem like just another notebook you have to lug around with some extra lines and words in it, but this will seriously be a life saver. Agendas not only are a glorified, adorable notebook to write down your thoughts and important dates. It also means you have all your important dates, times, appointments and so on in one place. So when you go to look up what time you scheduled that study session with your friend from psychology class, there’s your friendly reminder that the day after that you have your next midterm. how useful is that?
  • Color code // doodle in your notes – okay so you’re probably reading this and thinking, huh? yes! draw all up in those notes. put bubbles around the main topic, lines under your sub topics. use purple on the definitions, green on your bullet points. Color coding and doodling has helped me immensely when it comes to taking notes and remembering certain things. If you have messy handwriting, colors can help the important things pop out so you’re less likely to miss it. If you have lecture and you type out notes, use colors and highlights with bold letters in word. Whatever makes note taking fun to you will help you absorb that information better!
  • Spread out the studying // take breaks – Cramming for tomorrow’s history exam at one in the morning and then throwing back three cups of coffee before you even leave the house is NOT the right strategy to get you a solid A on the test. It may seem like the best  option at the time when you’ve just gotten back from dinner with a friend or a party at the frat house but I promise you, nothing gets retained like it should. Instead, set aside a couple of hours in your day to study. Take on one or two chapters at a time depending on the length, read and take notes. Then, PAUSE! stand up, stretch, meditate. Turn on your favorite song and dance like nobody is watching! Whatever you need to do to de-stress and take a few ‘you’ moments can help you start back up on new information like you just sat down.
  • Fuel up – So maybe I’m being biased because, well, I love my food. That being said, it is so important you eat and do it right so you can keep focused while you push through those dreaded three chapters of science homework you have due. However, throwing back a big meal like a turkey dinner or eating a piece of cake that makes you feel all sorts of full won’t do you any good. You’ll simply become lethargic and ready to crawl into bed. Instead, things like apples and peanut butter, or maybe a small salad loaded with yummy vegetables will help you keep satisfied but also still alert while you finish that homework.
  • Location is key! – Sitting in your bedroom or your dorm with the tv on, or your comforter thrown over you like you’re about to fall asleep likely won’t help you focus on your study guide in front of you as much as it will put you to sleep. Find a desk or  a nice straight chair and keep good posture so that blood keeps flowing and you keep thinking! Something as small as a straight back can make the biggest difference in your attention while working on that homework.

I’m no scientist, nor am I an expert on studying strategies, but I’d like to think that in my 10 + years of schooling, I’ve learned and developed good habits of study that have helped me achieve better grades and ultimately feel better about myself as a college student. Hopefully you try out some of these tips and see a difference in your perfomance, too! If you try any of these comment below because I’d love to see what works for you.

 

XX BW

Fall Mood Board

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It’s Tuesday evening where I am. I haven’t posted in more than two days and didn’t realize it until I was sitting at school during one of my breaks looking for something to do with my time. So, after much contemplation and some brainstorming, I have come up with this! A fall mood board. It’s more like a random compilation of photos and clothing items that describe my personal interests in the fall months to come. I was feeling extra inspired because today was the first day I could actually get away with a chunky sweater and not sweat to death! Talk about exciting!

Without further ado, let us dive into a brief summary of what this mess of a ‘mood board’ is made of.

  • The words are self explanatory, I adore a warm mug of cider on cloudy fall says, love pumpkins and picking them with my family, hay rides ( though I haven’t been on one in forever ) and the pony rides just happened to be featured in this image.
  • I love with all my heart when the leaves begin to change colors. The world never looks quite as beautiful as it does with the change in the seasons.
  • My beauty routine in the fall is a ton of smoky eyes looks, but also really light on the foundation / contour. I personally love a more natural looking face in the fall with all the cold weather and the layering of clothes. However, I do love my wild pop of color on my lips.
  • My personal favorite part of this is the fashion. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite of all the seasons. I love layering my looks, big cozy sweaters, boots and so on.
  • My all time favorite fall look is a sweater with a collared shirt under it, a vest on top, jeans and knee high boots. the perfect look for any preppy loving, fall adoring fashionista.
  • On the flip side, when i’m relaxing at home on a day off studying or simply enjoying my day of nothing, i love chunky cardigans and leggings with big scarves and messy buns. Nothing more simple and cozy than cuddling up in a warm cardi!

 

I’m not too sure I did that right. In fact, I know this isn’t how an average mood board goes but I figured I’d give you a taste of my personal fall favorites on a broad scale. Hopefully you’ll come back in a couple of days for my planned fall haul & an ‘everything is 1 dollar’ haul!

 

wishing you all a beautiful rest of your week.

 

xx bw

Who am I?

Well let me start of by saying this is not my first attempt at a blog. However, I’d like to think that my blogging skills are a little more advanced than they were when I was sixteen. So, without further ado let us dive into the lovely world of, well.. me!

My name for starters is Bri! Short for Brianna, and spelled with the “i” not the double “e” that just about every other Bree I knew went by.

I was raised and still live in suburban Illinois, somewhere around an hour north of Chicago. So, yes, if you ask me I’ll probably say I’m from Chicago because nobody knows the little village I actually live in. Nor do you need to.

I’m a few months short of officially being one of those obnoxious twenty-somethings that everyone swears are out to destroy the world. Although if you ask me I’m pretty sure I don’t have a clue what i’m doing with my life so destroying the world is a little too much for my plate right now.

I’m a college student currently attending community college for two more semesters before it’s off to university to expand my horizons a little bit. ( quite literally considering I haven’t lived anywhere but this home for almost twenty years ). I am also an aunt of three nieces, three nephews, and one unknown on the way! Beyond that I am a sister and the youngest sibling of three. Two older brothers and a half sister as well.

The little things in life I consider important include coffee, looking up pictures of insanely cute desk organization photos, complaining about my math homework because let’s face it, math and I will never be friends. I also have this wild dream of moving to Ireland one day and living on a bunch of land and raising sheep, but if you want to be more realistic I’ll probably move to Chicago after college and ( hopefully ) get a job teaching considering that’s the major I’m studying. Anything involving french culture, count me in, because I also have this dream that one day I’ll own a vacation home in the south of France where my dream family and I will go every summer. In the words of Clueless, As if!

To top it all off, I am hopelessly in love with fashion and all the art that goes with it. My style is a mess of neutral and preppy ( how those can go together.. well, they can’t, but I made it happen ). I love layering and big cozy sweaters, but I’ll also find a way to wear Lilly Pulizter in the winter and call it holiday wear. For being a broke college kid, I have a bad habit of shopping and hopefully one day my dream closet will magically appear.

Hopefully my dry humor and my love for fashion and lifestyle tips will bring you back for my next post in the coming days. If so, I can’t wait for you to see what is in store.

And as I always sign off on all my work,

XX BW

( having the same initials as the fictional character of blaire waldorf does in fact make me feel a little more classy )