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How to Ace Your Next College Exam


At the end of every vacation, we tend to overestimate ourselves a bit. Or maybe we’re just underestimating ourselves after a few months of studies – who knows? We keep bullet journals nonetheless, filling out calendars, and trying to stay on top of assignments and exams that are months away – the motivation is unquestionable before we’ve even started.

How we can keep that flame burning throughout the year, though, and find back to the same energy in November is another question.

I’ll try to answer it in this article, making it a bit easier for you to stay sharp and focused when you need it the most – in the examination room, that is. A lot of the tips here is a simplified version of the Straight-A method so that you don’t have to read your way through the entire idea. You have enough reading to do in any way.

Capture the course

The one tip you’ll find all over the web, from professors and study-geeks alike, is that you need to have a general overview of the course before you start. It sounds overwhelming, right? It doesn’t have to be, though, and by getting this over with right away, you’re actually saving yourself a lot of stress and anxiety in the future.

Each course has a code you can crack – an idea your professor wants you to grasp. Before the semester has started, look over the syllabus, make a note of important assignments, and have a look at past exam papers. It’s not necessarily to start the learning process right away, but rather to keep you prepared and focused on the key topics.

It’s the perfect time to plot the assignment and exam dates into your bullet journal or calendar, by the way, making it manageable and way less overwhelming. Have a look at as well to create an awesome study plan.

Don’t waste time

Treat your studies as if it’s your full-time job – even if you already have one. This mindset will help you with realizing how much work you should actually put into your studies to succeed and will pinpoint you in the right direction of managing your time.

Your downtime should be spent wisely so that you have the energy to read when you don’t have class; sufficient sleep, exercise, and a balanced diet are obvious keywords here, yet too many students lead a surprisingly unhealthy lifestyle. Find yourself a good mattress at, first of all, to take care of your sleep deprivation, and get used to waking up at the same time every morning to read. It’s good for you.

Control Your Workload

Some people may disagree with me on this one, but here it goes nonetheless; if you feel like the plan-ahead mindset and long-term overlook of your course is slightly confusing and overwhelming, it’s alright to focus on the small steps.

Everywhere you’ll hear that the only way to success in college is to grasp the big picture and think ahead, always planning for the next couple of months. While it’s definitely helpful and a sure way to success for many, it’s stressful and confusing to others.

You can easily keep your eye on the next assignment, work hard and get an excellent grade, before looking at the next one. Step-by-step is often the best method when you have a lot to get through; plan a short-term study schedule where you focus on your next assignment, as well as a long-term one with a focus on the last exams, and make an honest attempt at sticking to it.

With these three simple steps, you can easily arrive at the examination hall, well-rested and with a head full of knowledge you can’t wait to share and forget about as soon possible.


I hope you enjoyed the post! What do you do to prepare for an exam? Let me know in the comments! <3

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae


September 19, 2017

3 Things You Didn’t Know About College


College is a culture shock for everybody. It’s the first time living away from home for most people and your life will be drastically different to what it was when you were in high school. Most students set off for college expecting things to be different but they underestimate quite how unprepared they’re going to be. These are the biggest surprises that college students get in their first year.


All college students know that they’re going to get freedom when they leave home. It’s one of the things that they look forward to most. Being able to do what they want without their parents looming over them is a liberating feeling, but most of them aren’t expecting the other side of that freedom. When you’re in school, you’ve got teachers to guide you through your work and set hours to do it in. All of that goes away when you get to college. You’re completely free to choose how and when you do your work. For some people, that’s a good thing, but some students don’t know where to start. That freedom suddenly becomes a bad thing and they struggle to stay motivated.

They also aren’t prepared for feeling homesick. In that summer before heading off to college, they can’t wait to get away from their parents. But a few weeks in, they’ll start missing all of the luxuries that they used to take for granted.


Everybody experiences a bit of stress at school, but when you get to college, it’s magnified tenfold. Trying to keep on top of your workload while you’re learning how to live alone in a strange city can be daunting and that stress can quickly build up. A staggering 60% of college students reported that stress interfered with their ability to do their work properly and around 30% reported feelings of depression brought on by stress.  Those are worrying statistics and most students didn’t expect it to be that hard. Before you even get started, you need to look into how students can reduce stress so that you’re prepared when you get there. Setting aside time to relax, and making sure that you’re eating well are both simple ways that you can avoid letting things getting on top of you.

Money Doesn’t Go That Far

When your parents are buying all of the groceries and paying the bills, you don’t always realize how much they’re spending. Before you get to college, you probably thought that $1000 seemed like a massive amount of money, but college students soon realize that, once they need to start paying for all of that adult stuff, it’ll soon run out. Lots of students get into financial difficulty because they start overspending when they first arrive and find it difficult to get themselves back on a good path. Before you head to college, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research into the general cost of things to avoid getting caught out and getting yourself into financial difficulties.

Preparing for these revelations beforehand will help you to survive the trials and tribulations of college.

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s one thing that surprised you when you started college? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

September 8, 2017

High Student Debt? Try These Tips!


Are approaching a mental crisis point because your college debt is becoming too large to manage? There are many in your position, so don’t feel as if you’re the odd one out because you’re not. Student debts have never been as high as they are now because universities feel they can charge more and more in the modern culture. Financial aid is readily available as education is a business to the government as it is also a source of income for the population as a whole. Therefore, you need to think like a business person too. College debt shouldn’t be allowed to interfere with your studies because after all, your grades are the most important thing at the end of the day.

Get your bearings

You need to calculate how much you owe overall. Many debts are different because as universities might have their own payment scheme with regards to how much you’ll need to pay per semester or perhaps annually. Students will normally graduate with a number of loans on their shoulders, which are a mix of federally sponsored loan companies, and private companies who work independently. You should arrange and calculate how much you owe in total, and then how much you owe to each company. Only by knowing how much debt you’re truly in, can you get a clear picture of what you need to do. With these calculations, you can then form a plan a delegate your priorities.  

Bunch them together

It’s to your advantage to wrap the debt around your life, rather than have the debt control you. It’s much harder to pay off each loan in both practical and mental terms because each company you have a loan with has a different interest rate. Sometimes the plans can change after a set period of time, so you may have to increase payments or enlarge them, while also, keeping track of other payments. It can be a really harmful experience, to be chasing up multiple sources of money to pay back the ever-increasing demands. You should seriously consider visiting, where you can learn all about the types of schemes that can amalgamate all your loans into one payment plan. Your interest rates will also go down, making each payment you make, well within your ability, and allow you to keep your living standards high as possible.

Find the priority

To put a stop to the avalanche of debt, you need to make a plan to target the highest loans first. Any debt relief strategy needs to have a plan that gives you breathing room in the first place. One common tactic is to budget in such a fashion that you have enough leftover, to then allocate that money to the biggest interest loan, you have taken out. Once you have got the largest obstacle out of the way, you can then focus on the smaller debt packages. The first months will take a bit getting used to, but the key is to get the big fish, out of the way, as the increased weight can make the small debt looks larger than is.


There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, but you need to be seated at the table if you want to play the game. Think as a business would, and make sure your debts don’t pile up so much that you’re buried underneath them. Make concise plans and prepare for some financial belt tightening.

I hope you enjoyed the post! How are you planning on tackling your student debt? 

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 30, 2017