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A Guide To Studying More Effectively

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Download As Many Books As You Can

We’re in a very privileged position living in the era that we’re in. There’s so much technology around to help us, and we can use it when studying. I often find that going to the library and looking for books is so tiresome. They’re almost always taken, and then you feel pressure to rush through them quickly when you do manage to rent them. Instead, I prefer downloading books on a mobile device or computer. Here, you can use things like MarginNote to write notes and annotations on the pages without worrying about getting kicked out of college for defacing a book! Even if you get a book and take pictures of it, you can often convert the photo to a pdf and then access the file like that.

Or, if you really want to be cheeky, you can sometimes buy eBooks on Amazon, screenshot the pages you need, then ask for a refund within a week. The whole point of this is that you now have study materials that you can doodle on and write notes or underline things without ruining a library book. This helps so much as it keeps your notes all in one place.

Do What Works For You

This sounds like pointless advice, but what I mean is that everyone studies best in different ways. Your friends may want to study in a group as it helps them get out of their dorm and actually do some work. But, if this doesn’t work for you, then you have to say no and do your own thing.

If you work best on your own in absolute silence, then go ahead and do that. If you like listening to music as you work, then crack on with that as well. Don’t copy what other people do because it might not work for you even if it works for them!

Create A Timetable

Personally, my biggest weakness is not knowing where to start. So, to counter this, I made timetables to help me study. Every day, you should split your routine up so you’re studying something for a few hours, then you rest, then you move onto another topic, and so on.

Instantly, there’s more structure to everything, and you feel like you actually have things to do. It makes you feel bad if you don’t stick to the schedule as well, which is an added bonus.

This advice should help you study more effectively, and ensure that you graduate with your college degree! Don’t overdo it with 18-hour long study sessions as this ends up frying your brain. Take regular breaks where you can relax and clear your mind, and you’ll be mentally charged for the next study session.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks so much for reading and good luck on your finals!

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December 19, 2018
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5 Things to Add to Your Holiday Wishlist

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I can’t believe that it’s already December! It’s crazy how quickly this year has flown by. I’m sure that by now someone has asked you what you want for Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate) and you might not know what to give them for an idea. I never know what to ask for Christmas, especially because I’m the kind of person that if I want it – I’ll buy it myself. However, if you need some ideas of some “different” things to put on your list, keep on reading!

Glasses from Warby Parker

You might be thinking, “Rae, what?”, but hear me out! If you need a prescription for glasses, you know how expensive they can be and how hard it is to find a great looking pair for a great price. I spent maybe an hour trying to find the right pair of glasses for me the last time I had an eye exam, I’m pretty sure the guy waiting on me was getting a bit irritated since I was taking so long. Warby Parker offers a FREE Home Try-On option so you can try multiple frames out in the comfort of your own home. You can take all the time you need, just ship them back after 5 days and if you’re not pleased with the ones you selected, you can always grab more the next time. Not only does Warby Parker offer quality frames & lenses for a great price, they also have awesome travel cases, cleaning kits and cases to hold one pair of frames. They also have gift cards which is the bomb, you really can’t lose.

Photos provided by Warby Parker

WeatherTech Car Liners

I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning my car. I feel like no matter how many times I clean it, it doesn’t look clean. The floor mats that I currently have in my car aren’t the perfect fit and so much of the car floor is exposed because of that. WeatherTech car liners are literally perfect to solve all my problems. Since these are a bit on the pricey side, that’s why I’m deciding to put them on my Christmas list! They’re practical and safer (since my floor mats constantly shift). I think it’s really cool that these are specifically made to fit your car perfectly and cover more area than normal floor mats. I think they’re definitely worth the investment.

Smart Home Technology from Nest

I’m not sure how many of my readers are living on their own yet, but I think that having some smart home technology is a great idea. I know that some people are super iffy about this kind of stuff, however, I think it’s awesome. From thermostats that you can control from your phone while you’re away to smart locks and doorbells, they’ve got you covered. Especially around this time of year with package snatchers, it’s always a good idea to have a bit of extra protection for your home.

Weighted Blanket

I’m sure you’ve seen weighted blankets around. They’re a pretty hot topic right now and for good reason. Weighted blankets are good to help reduce stress (there’s science behind it). They are good for individuals who have anxiety or sensory issues but I feel like pretty much anyone would be able to benefit from one. I always have a blanket on me, regardless of the temperature. I just like the feeling of having something on me (that sounds so weird), it’s comforting. I bet you’d get such a good nights sleep with this blanket!

A Voucher for a Class

I don’t know about you, but I love learning and I love making things with my hands. I think that getting a voucher for an art class would be a great gift. You could do a Paint Nite class and leave with a canvas painted by you, or you could do a glass blowing class – there’s so many options. I think this would be awesome to receive and you could even use the class to make something for someone else or yourself. I definitely want to take a glass blowing class in the future or maybe a ceramics class, where you would work on the wheel.

I hope you enjoyed the post. What’s something on your wishlist? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

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December 3, 2018
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Managing Your Finances After You Graduate

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When you study at university, there tend to be plenty of different resources and professionals at hand to help you manage your finances. You will receive notifications from your institution regarding when scholarships, bursaries, and grants will enter your account. You can access materials that will teach you how to budget. You may also have a student bank account that allows you to monitor your spending. However, when you graduate and leave university, you may feel like you are flung into the big, wide world with little advice or assistance regarding your finances. But not to worry. There are various steps that you can take in order to avoid slipping into major debt! Here are just a few to consider.

Create a New Budget

Whether you head out of uni and don’t have a job, or whether you walk straight into employment, you are going to have to create a new budget. The amount of money making its way into your account will inevitably be a little different. Your outgoings may change too, as graduates have to fork out extra expenses, such as taxes, that students don’t. So, take a look at your income, deduct necessary expenses and note down your new disposable income. If this is more than you are used to, great! If it is less, make sure to avoid overspending. Live within your means! I find that making a spreadsheet of my monthly expenses is super helpful, I can keep track of my bills and how much I make in a month or spend in a month. 

Consider Student Loan Repayments

When you leave university, you’re going to have a lot of student debt to your name. So make sure you are familiar with the process of repaying your student loan. Generally speaking, you will only have to pay this back once you exceed a certain income. If you are employed and exceed this limit, payments will automatically be taken from your wages. If you are self-employed, you will have to put contributions aside and pay these when you submit your tax return. If you come into a lot of money, you can always pay off your student loan in advance. You can find out more about this at https://budgetboost.co/how-to-pay-off-student-loans-fast/.

Sell Unnecessary Belongings

Many of us purchase multiple expensive textbooks throughout our university experience. If you are never going to use these again, you should consider selling them to people in the year below you on your course. They will be glad to have a second hand copy at a cheaper cost, and you will free up space and make a little money back at the same time!

Managing your finances following university can be relatively complex – after all, it’s untraversed territory. However, hopefully, the above advice will help to get you started in the right direction! Incorporate them into your financial regime as soon as possible!

I hope you enjoyed the post and learned something from it!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

November 30, 2018
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