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I'll be graduating high school as part of the class of 2015 so right now i'm a senior! AHHH COLLEGE ADMISSIONS AHHHH OKAY ANYWAY I'll be using this blog to make review posts and stuff because I'm really trying to be more organized this year. Hopefully this blog is helpful for anyone who is interested in following it, especially if you're also in high school(:



How to Keep a Light Backpack
Unless you’re living on campus, packing a light backpack is proven to be very difficult. If you have classes all day, you need to have your life with you to function. Having your life with you comes with a price: your back. If you are an independent woman who don’t need no man, I’m assuming you carry a lot of things. Here are some tips to keep your backpack as light as possible:
1.    Notice that I say backpack, not purse. Someone once told me that if you’re carrying a purse to university/college, you’re not serious with what you’re doing. I halfheartedly agree, because I can see the logic in it. However, everyone is different. If you can manage a minimalist approach to your purse, I’m all for it. I just hope you don’t require more than one textbook that day. If you can carry a 10lb purse on one shoulder without side or shoulder problems, that’s fine too. It just so happens that I’m unable to do that. I don’t like all of the weight distributed on one shoulder. I use a backpack—a nice-looking, durable one that makes carrying heavy things feel lighter. It’s tough finding the perfect backpack, since there are so many on the market. I suggest looking at reviews for certain backpacks, as well as type in the search bar: “Top Review Backpacks.” A lot of results will pop up. I don’t trust the people selling bags at the stores. They will typically say anything to get you to buy something.
2.    Reconsider what you put in your backpack. For example, do you really need that mason jar instead of a water bottle? From experience, carrying mason jars around are a hassle—they’re glass so they have to be wrapped individually and they’re heavy. Think about these traits. Think about your essentials, if you really do need them, and if there are any alternatives. I weighed a binder and an accordion folder and I opted for the folder. I thought about the pros and cons to having a binder (Pros: More organized, everything is in one place. Con: Unneeded papers that make the binder heavier), and I decided it’s not worth the heaviness.
3.    Imagine 5lbs more in your backpack. Those extra five pounds will be your imaginary lunch. For commuters, this is what gets them. Those extra five pounds makes commuters reluctant to pack necessary and healthy foods and, thus, compelling them to eat fast food on campus. Pack whatever you need and imagine the weight of your lunch and dinner in there. Too heavy to lug around all day? As hard as it sounds, leave some things out by priority.
4.    Pre-pack your bag at night. Know what’s in your bag before stacking more things in. Plan for your next day. Say, you have four classes today and you have two tomorrow. Pack your notebooks and papers for those two classes; none of the material for those four classes. Not knowing what’s in your bag can weigh it down.
5.    Clean it out every day/every other day. Clean out all of the trash, scraps of paper, stray pens, and whatnot. The littlest weight in your bag contributes to a bigger weight. Being organized doesn’t hurt either.
6.    Try the e-route. Textbooks ruin lives—I mean, backs. Textbooks are the main reason we have back problems. My first year psychology textbook is five pounds alone—I’m kidding when I say that I put it on a scale once. Sure, it’s great to have the print copy: we can highlight, underline, easily flip back to, physically go back and re-read to recall. While all of that is great to have, but… a five-pound textbook! Try to have efficient studying with e-books (if they are available). Like everything we tend to have, e-books take some getting used to working efficiently with. Having e-books is the most convenient way for people who can’t afford to carry textbooks. The e-version is much less expensive too. I personally pair the DropBox app with my e-books, so I can carry all of my textbooks and readings anywhere and everywhere. The DropBox app is amazing – get it (not even sponsored here). I would bring either my smartphone or bring my laptop. Personally, I don’t prefer reading the textbook through my smartphone because the screen is too small. If that doesn’t bother you, using your smartphone is the best idea.
7.    The 2 Subject Rule. If it so happens you’re unable to get the e-book, I always remember my dad telling me this: Carry two subjects maximum. If they are small books, push it to three or depending on the weight. I doubt you’d need the textbook in class anyway. I personally haven’t experienced a class where you need to flip open your textbook during lecture or tutorial. But if you do, bring them. The rest should be at home.
8.    (Optional) Get a locker (if available). To be specific, get a locker at the gym where you can store your gym stuff. This is so you don’t need to carry your shower and gym things every day. That’s tedious… and heavy. However, if you work out at home or if you choose to shower at home, pack a small bag for your gym things and keep it small and light. Not possible? Locker.

Helpful Tips :3 Although, I prefer binders .
13 Secrets To Earn A High GPA


1. Start the course off STRONG. If you want at least an A, strive for an A+ on the first exam. Keep it up strong, and then if you falter later on, your A+ can help you balance out. DON’T start off with a B because it becomes harder and more stressful to raise your grades later.

2. Get a 100% on…

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How to Remember What you Wrote Down in Lecture



From a question I answered here

  1. Listen actively- think about what you’re hearing, connect new and old information and write things down in your own words
  2. Pay attention and ask questions: it helps if you understand what’s going on.
  3. Review your notes after class (in the evening)
  4. Study a little every weekend- it’s better than studying for 12 hours in 1 day. 


Working on research papers at any time can be a tedious process. It’s so easy to become distracted by anything and everything around you. Here are a few tips that have helped me with a more efficient study/writing session: 

1) Clear your mind.  Turn off your cell phone. Keep away from the internet. Anything that diverts your attention will only slow you down. Of course, if part of your research requires a browser, then just make sure you hold yourself accountable and go directly to the sites you need. If you have an urge to blog, don’t give in! 

2) Get a snack and something to drink. An empty stomach is an uncooperative stomach. Restlessness is sure to set in if you don’t listen to your body’s needs. Research shows that if you have eaten citrus fruits like oranges, that you will focus better. Even chewing a citrus-flavored gum will do the trick!The Vitamin C is always a welcome energy boost and stimulates your senses. Drink healthy liquids like Green Tea for an added calming effect. 

3) Listen to music. Some aren’t able to concentrate properly with tunes playing in the background, so keeping your music nice and light will be more pleasurable. Listen to instrumental music like a soft classical piano solo. Your brain will thank you in the long run. 

4) Hit the books. Once you’ve set the mood, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Take out the books and materials you need to get started. Read over the rules your professor has set for you and your class. If you spend at least 5 minutes preparing yourself and thinking about what you are going to write, you will be able to coax yourself into getting started. Also, reading an assigned or leisure novel for 15-20 minutes will help you become inspired. 

5) Brainstorm. Open that blank Microsoft Word page and construct an outline for your research paper. Include any possible options for a  thesis. Allow yourself to concoct ideas and ask questions. Make web charts or jot down a few notes if you are a more visually-oriented person.

6) Sit down and write! Don’t put it off any longer. Procrastination will haunt you right up until the deadline for your research paper or novel. Remember, you made a promise. It’s up to you as a a student, a freelance writer, to complete your mission. Be professional and start writing! 

Take deep breaths and relax during your study sessions. The key to all good writing is optimism. You can do it! 

Good luck writing! 


Amanda J. Bruns

timetravelingowl’s Guide to SAT Prep

Hello, lovelies! I know that many of you are planning on taking the SAT within the next few months. The SAT can be is very stressful, and oftentimes the struggle isn’t so much knowing the material as it is knowing how to prepare.
Before we begin, consider this disclaimer: I am only an 11th grader. While I have taken the SAT 10 times (through unofficial programs not related to the College Board) and the PSAT 4 times, I am by no means an expert; this list is meant to serve as a suggestion, not a fail-proof method for success. 

The SAT is comprised of 10 sections. Three of these sections are devoted to Critical Reading; 3 are devoted to Math; two are devoted to Writing; one contains the essay portion of the test, and the final is not counted in your final score. This section could be devoted to any of the aforementioned subjects (with the exception of the essay), and is used to determine the difficulty of future test problems.
The SAT is scored a 2400 point scale. You can receive a maximum of 800 points in Math, Critical Reading, and Writing, respectively. Your essay is included in your Writing score.
The essay is scored on a 12 point scale. It is determined by two scorers, who rate your essay from 1-6. The sum of the two scores is your essay score.
Preparing for the SAT:
Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make improvement. You should take the SAT unofficially one or two times before you sit for the real test.
Remember that the SAT is NOT the same as the PSAT. Different levels of comprehension and ability are required on the SAT. 
Make sure you are aware of the test’s requirements before you take it. For example, you should know the level of mathematics required, the general difficulty of the vocabulary, and the formulaic structure to the essay.
This is the official SAT prep book. It’s distributed by the College Board, and it contains multiple practice tests as well as study materials and test tips.
Tips for studying:
Take breaks. After two hours of intense activity, your brain simply cannot retain anymore information. You’re wasting your time. Take 10 minute breaks ever hour or 30 minute breaks every two hours.
Stay hydrated. Water will help you preform better and feel better.
Eat foods high in protein. Your brain needs the excess energy provided by protein-rich foods.
Study in a different room every day. The change of scenery helps your memory.
Keep the room slightly cooler than normal. Cool air keeps you awake and increases brain activity.
From time to time, stretch, jog in place, or preform some other physical activity. This increases the circulation of your blood and results in a higher concentration of oxygen deposited to your brain.
Critical Reading:
Read. That’s the best way to raise your Critical Reading score. The books don’t have to be classics; it’s the act of reading and comprehending that matters. Go to the library, collect any book that looks interesting, and check out the whole pile. Read at school, at doctor’s offices, while you’re waiting for someone or something. Read constantly. And more importantly, understand what you’re reading.
Vocabulary is an essential part of the SAT Critical Reading section. Use this website to access word lists; try to memorize one set a night. In order to insure long-term retention, use any of these digital flashcards or download a similar app. 
Use practice tests to test your comprehensive ability.
Read each passage thoroughly. With the exception of “tone” questions, each question is fairly straightforward, and the answer will probably be directly taken from the passage.
This is an amazing resource for SAT prep. While all three subjects are available, I primarily use Testive for the math section. While there is a hefty fee for infinite daily problem sets, the site is free to use for a limited amount each day. It’s easily customizable, and the staff is interactive and friendly—I’ve emailed them quips about including Doctor Who monologues in their Short Passage section, and they replied promptly, telling me that this was their favorite request they had ever received. The cool thing about Testive is that it’s entirely at your pace, and it’s designed to help you reach your personal goal.
This is a great resource for understanding the SAT math section.
Pinpoint your troublesome areas. For me, it’s geometry; thus, I must concentrate more on geometry than, say, ratios, which I understand much better.
If you can afford the yearly fee, this site is excellent for math prep.
Remember: certain formulas are given to you within the SAT booklet. The rest you must memorize. ALWAYS make sure your calculator is fully charged before the test. You can read the College Board’s calculator policy here.
Memorize grammatical rules; they’ll be your best friends.
Watch out for tricks; false equivalencies are especially favored by the College Board.
Just because a sentence sounds right doesn’t mean it is right. Conversely, a correct answer might sound clumsy; if it is grammatically correct and the most succinct and clear answer, however, it is the right answer.
This website contains a fantastic guide to the Writing section of the SAT.
The Essay:
Read this.
Remember: the essay is formulaic. You need a strong, decisive thesis, two or three arguments/examples, and an effective conclusion.
The topic will be extremely broad. Your job is to make it specific. You must take a definitive stance and argue convincingly. Details are key.
Commentary is essential! The best example is totally worthless if you don’t explain what it means. Don’t assume that anything is self-evident; remember, books belong to their readers, and you perceive an example in a different way than your grader will.
That being said, don’t story-tell. Don’t rehash the whole book/film/event. You only have 25 minutes to write this essay; you don’t have time to describe each act of Julius Caesar.
Have a clear “path.” Insure that your transitions are clear and consistent. 
Personal experiences are just as valuable as literary or historical examples.
Don’t feel pressured to cite “real” literature; this essay is not testing your knowledge of classic texts, it’s testing your ability to connect examples to a broader context.
HOWEVER, there are some examples you should try to avoid. They are overused to the point of tedium, and you must remember that your essay graders are human. They’ll get bored. It’s not the end of the world if you use these examples, and there are fair cases to be made for all of them in the right context, but try to avoid:

Martin Luther King Jr.


 The Great Gatsby

The Scarlet Letter

Charles Dickens

Romeo and Juliet

et cetera…

Being a voracious reader will aid you in this section, too. You need a large pool of examples to pull from; additionally, reading will present new ideas to you and will help to improve your writing abilities. Consider checking out any of these titles.
If you’re looking for books to read for pleasure, here is one of my “recommendations” lists.
This website allows you to answer questions and donate to impoverished families at the same time.
This website is just fantastic in general.
I’ll be posting additional tips and links at, so feel free to check out the blog! You can send me your essays for critique and advice; additionally, feel free to shoot me an ask if you have any general questions!
Apps for taking notes on an iPad



Hello everyone!

I started putting together a short list of some apps you can use to take notes on an iPad (or any tablet they are available on).

I am still in the process of updating it, but here is the link to what I have so far:

This is obviously not a full list of every single app I know, so if you have something in mind, message me or comment below and I will most definitely add it! I would really appreciate it :)




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   How I get motivated
with motivational songs  → Study Songs
with quotes → My favorite Quotes
I like to look at pictures of inspirational people ex. Emma Watson (reading their Wikipedia sides is great too!) → This is nice too: The Motivational Speakers..
I love to read “studyspo” blogs
with planning my study time (draw a timetable etc.)
   Other Ways
meet friends that motivate you
read a biography
watch a documentation
go in the library
write your goals down (break them down into small steps)
Think positive (What do you already have? etc.)
watch Youtube Videos → MotivationGrid, Elle Woods studies for..
What motivates some of my Followers

Yale University 

Hey guys! Finals are upon us and we’re all pretty done with learning at this point. Despite how painful it is, the best thing you can do is push through. Here are some of my weird tips for surviving and studying! Everyone is different so try things out, but for me, these tips keep me sane. 
Avoid cramming. Or rather, do not put yourself in a position where you have no choice but to cram. Be brutally honest with yourself and admit that no course is designed to make you cram. If you find yourself with 24 hours left, and nothing accomplished, you did that. Start studying early and in smaller more tolerable amounts. Research indicates this is much more effective, and you’ll thank yourself. 
Health is important. This follows the last one. Don’t make it so that you no longer have time to eat properly or sleep. No matter our excuses, we all know that we do better in school when we are healthy. Again, start studying earlier so you have time to care for yourself, and even when you are cramming, force it to be a priority. You’re allowed to eat, and you’re allowed to sleep.
Know when to push forward, and know when to protect your sanity. If you are upset, frustrated, tired, or just generally depressed about finals, take a break. It can be a long one. Having a mental breakdown won’t help. No matter how important people tell you school is, taking care of yourself is just as if not more important. 
Take showers midday. Sounds weird, but personally, I start to crash and feel gross in the late afternoon. Taking a shower is so refreshing and relaxing, and it is a really quick way to take a study break. 100% guarantee you’ll feel better. But make it quick so you don’t get sleepy.
Schedule your day. Down to the hour. I like to plan what I am going to do and alternate tasks every hour. It keeps me productive and allows me to take guilt free scheduled study breaks. Try studying for 50 minutes, take a ten minute break, and then switch to something else, and repeat!
Quizzing yourself is always better than reading. Obviously you have to read everything at least once, but testing yourself is overwhelmingly supported by studies as the best method. Reading can often fool you into thinking you know things because it gives you recognition. It does not give you the ability to recall the information though. Make cue cards, or do what I do and essentially make a test covering all possible material.
When it comes down to it, be prepared and don’t let finals get ahead of you. If you start studying properly, and early enough, you will be able to avoid stressful last minute study sessions. Exams don’t have to consume your life if you allot your time well!
Happy studying!! If you have any of your own tips, reblog, and add them!
Five More Creative Ways to Take Notes


Submitted by Cornell University Campus Ambassador, Jordan Harrison

Having trouble finding ways to take notes in class without being distracted by Facebook or the back of your neighbor’s head? Well check out these fun, new ways to take notes and stay productive!



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The obsession I have with Princeton University.



MATH MYTHS: (from Mind over Math)
1. MEN ARE BETTER IN MATH THAN WOMEN. Research has failed to show any difference between men and women in mathematical ability. Men are reluctant to admit they have problems so they express difficulty with math by saying, “I could do it if I tried.” Women are often too ready to admit inadequacy and say, “I just can’t do math.”
2. MATH REQUIRES LOGIC, NOT INTUITION.  Few people are aware that intuition is the cornerstone of doing math and solving problems. Mathematicians always think intuitively first. Everyone has mathematical intuition; they just have not learned to use or trust it. It is amazing how often the first idea you come up with turns out to be correct.
3. MATH IS NOT CREATIVE.  Creativity is as central to mathematics as it is to art, literature, and music. The act of creation involves diametrical opposites—working intensely and relaxing, the frustration of failure and elation of discovery, satisfaction of seeing all the pieces fit together. It requires imagination, intellect, intuition, and aesthetic about the rightness of things.
4. YOU MUST ALWAYS KNOW HOW YOU GOT THE ANSWER. Getting the answer to a problem and knowing how the answer was derived are independent processes. If you are consistently right, then you know how to do the problem. There is no need to explain it.
5. THERE IS A BEST WAY TO DO MATH PROBLEMS.  A math problem may be solved by a variety of methods which express individuality and originality-but there is no best way. New and interesting techniques for doing all levels of mathematics, from arithmetic to calculus, have been discovered by students. The way math is done is very individual and personal and the best method is the one which you feel most comfortable.
6. IT’S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO GET THE ANSWER EXACTLY RIGHT. The ability to obtain approximate answer is often more important than getting exact answers. Feeling about the importance of the answer often are a reversion to early school years when arithmetic was taught as a feeling that you were “good” when you got the right answer and “bad” when you did not.
7. IT’S BAD TO COUNT ON YOUR FINGERS. There is nothing wrong with counting on fingers as an aid to doing arithmetic. Counting on fingers actually indicates an understanding of arithmetic-more understanding than if everything were memorized.
8. MATHEMATICIANS DO PROBLEMS QUICKLY, IN THEIR HEADS. Solving new problems or learning new material is always difficult and time consuming. The only problems mathematicians do quickly are those they have solved before. Speed is not a measure of ability. It is the result of experience and practice.
9. MATH REQUIRES A GOOD MEMORY. Knowing math means that concepts make sense to you and rules and formulas seem natural. This kind of knowledge cannot be gained through rote memorization.
10. MATH IS DONE BY WORKING INTENSELY UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS SOLVED. Solving problems requires both resting and working intensely. Going away from a problem and later returning to it allows your mind time to assimilate ideas and develop new ones. Often, upon coming back to a problem a new insight is experienced which unlocks the solution.
11. SOME PEOPLE HAVE A “MATH MIND” AND SOME DON’T. Belief in myths about how math is done leads to a complete lack of self-confidence. But it is self-confidence that is one of the most important determining factors in mathematical performance. We have yet to encounter anyone who could not attain his or her goals once the emotional blocks were removed.
12. THERE IS A MAGIC KEY TO DOING MATH.  There is no formula, rule, or general guideline which will suddenly unlock the mysteries of math. If there is a key to doing math, it is in overcoming anxiety about the subject and in using the same skills you use to do everything else.
 Source: “Mind Over Math,” McGraw-Hill Book Company, pp. 30-43.
Revised: Summer 1999  Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) Southwest Texas State University

Another myth:  Arithmetic is math.  It’s one little bit and lots of mathematicians hate arithmetic.

I disagree with number 4.It’s absolutely ESSENTIAL to know how you got the answer. Because even though the cornerstone to math is intuition, it’s a series of logical steps. It’s a science. And science must be repeatable. If you can’t explain how you got the answer, you can’t write a coherent proof or explanation, which is necessary for your answer to be valid.

I think there are some really helpful videos on Youtube so here are some:
Study Area Organization
School Tips: Notes
School Supplies + Study Tips
How I set up my Bullet Jounal
Memory Techniques 
Concentration Tips
Taking Notes and Studying
How to Study for a Test
How to Manage Your Time Better
How to Stay Organized/Motivated for School
My Successful Study Tips
How To Get Straight As
Be Mentally Strong
How to Stop Procrastination
If you know other helpful Youtube Videos for students or if a link isn´t working please message me!