8 College Back-To-School Tips & Tricks
Well, friends….my summer is two days away from being over and my husband and I start our last semester of our college undergraduate degrees on Monday. That seems absolutely CRAZY. Where did the last four years go, amiright? In those last four years I have learned a trick or two about how to stay sane and get stuff done during that crazy back-to-school time. So today, I am bringing you my 10 tried-and-true tips for taking back your sanity and killing it this semester.
8 Back-To-School Tips & Tricks To Keep You Sane
This post is sponsored by Herschel Supply Co. All opinions are mine and mine alone.
TIP ONE: Productivity is a science.
What you need to figure out now is WHEN you are most productive. For me, it is right after class, in between classes or pretty much anytime before 6pm. There is no way I am getting up before my first class at 10am (college will do that to you) and after 5pm I have a hard time focusing on school and I want to play. So what does that mean? It means the hour breaks I have been classes need to be optimized. It means not going home and watching tv between class. I go straight to the library with Adam and do my assignments and studying there. That way I have minimal distraction and I can focus. It also means that when 6pm rolls around, I can hang out with my friends or my husband and work on Blonde & Ambitious. Makes my life a LOT easier.
TIP TWO: Plan out your day.
I have a cute planner that I use to keep track of assignments and due dates so I can stay on track. I like to make neat little to-do lists in my planner and check the boxes off. I feel accomplished when I look down at a list full of checked off items. Try it. I promise you’ll feel accomplished too. Another way I stay organized is to order things by importance. I like to make sure all of my assignments are completed in accordance to their due dates. For example: If I have 3 things on my list — homework due in class the next day, studying for my test in two weeks and working on a group project due this weekend — which item would I want to do first? The homework due the next day! Then the group project and THEN studying for my test. That way, if for some reason I don’t get the last item done, at least my most pressing items are completed.
TIP THREE: Get your jam on.
Making study playlists are the perfect way to keep on track. Science says that in order to stay most productive while listening to music, you should follow these easy tricks:
- Pick music without lyrics (or choose lyrics that aren’t in your native language). Scientists say that when you listen to music with words, you pay more attention to the words than what you are studying. That means your mind is split 50-50. You aren’t retaining nearly as much information. So choose songs without words to maximize your productivity!
- Make two playlists. One that has slow, build-up songs. Like the beginning of movies. Songs that start slow and end a little faster. The other should have battle music, faster music. Play the first playlist when you are just doing your homework and studying without being on a time crunch. This will help you retain information. Play the second playlist when you have a fast approaching deadline (like writing a paper due the next day or cramming for a test).
TIP FOUR: YouTube is now your best friend.
Get reallllll acquainted with YouTube. I swear half my college education was gained by watching videos to help me learn. If you are a visual learner this tip is definitely for you. We live in an AMAZING digital age. This means there are hundreds of videos on the topic you are studying. This has been especially helpful in my biology classes. I can watch videos of things like DNA replication to get a much better, 3D understanding of the concept. Talk about amazing! This won’t completely replace your classes (obviously) but it can seriously be a game changer when studying for tests.
TIP FIVE: Take better notes.
This one should be obvious. Part of the reason you aren’t doing as well as you should in your college classes is probably because you aren’t taking the right notes. Stop trying to write down every sentence the professor says. Grab four colors of pens (I choose black, blue,, red and green) and start color coding the important stuff. I do definitions in red, concepts in blue and important tips to remember in green. The rest I write in black. That makes it easy to pick out the things I should be studying and I don’t get lost in a sea of black pen.
TIP SIX: Actually get ready.
I know it is easy to get up and go to class in your pajamas. Trust me, I know. BUT. Don’t. Studies have shown that when you are wearing real clothes and not in your sweats from last night, you actually perform better in the classroom. You sit up a little straighter, you aren’t prone to falling asleep in class. Your teachers will respect you just a little bit more, as well. I don’t like going to class all gross from just waking up because I feel like I’m still groggy. If I am able to get a shower in and throw some makeup on then I can honestly say I do SO much better in my classes.
TIP SEVEN: Aroma therapy is a real thing.
Aroma therapy for studying and keeping concentrated is a real thing. Rosemary, sage, peppermint, and eucalyptus are great choices for improving concentration. They have been tested for improving memory and concentration in students and children with ADHD. Test scores increase by up to 50%. A good part of why this works could be because essential oils (the right ones, anyways) calm your senses. You do much better on quizzes and exams when you aren’t stressed out of your mind. So take a deep breath, kiddos. You got this.
TIP EIGHT: Carry the right backpack.
When you are carrying 10lbs of books to and from class, you can’t afford to carry a bag that doesn’t give you the support you need. Sure, the over the shoulder bags are cute but they WRECK your shoulders and back. You need something with support when you walk on that college campus. That is where Herschel Supply Co. comes in. Not only are they fashionable, but they have a ton of support as well. Well-made, built to last and able to hold countless notebooks, folders and your laptop as well. Pictures don’t lie. Herschel has it all together. You should absolutely look into getting one of these bags for the start of your semester.
Well, friends. Those are all my tips right now. Hopefully these help you to survive your college semester! I hope you enjoy it and that you KILL all your classes. Keep your head up and don’t get discouraged. You are worth more than your grades. As long as you pay attention and actually study (come on, don’t cram), you should have no problem doing just fine on your exams this semester!
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