8 Phases Of Studying

8 Phases Of Studying

We keep saying we'll do better next time.

School is hard. Studying can be boring. But it's all something that high school and college kids have to do on a regular basis. If you're one of those people who can just sit back and read a textbook for hours on end, then congratulations. I wish I had your will power. If you struggle to focus for long enough to get through one page of a textbook, then don't feel bad. I'm here with you. There are many stages of studying that most everyone goes through.

"I have two weeks until my test. I'll start studying in a few days."

Mistake number one. Always start studying super early. That way, you don't have to cram for hours and hours the final few days before the test. Study for just a few minutes a day for a couple weeks beforehand and be amazed at how much you've retained.

"This material is easy. I don't need to study it."

Although it may have been easy at the time, a good review can never hurt. When it's been weeks since covering the material, it's likely you definitely forgot some stuff. If it's easy, still go over it--just maybe not as much as you would the more complicated concepts.

"Okay. It's time to start, but first I have to..."

Distractions aren't going to make studying better. It's just delaying the inevitable. Start studying and don't worry about anything else! You don't really have to do anything to prepare.

"I don't feel like working on *insert class here*, so I'll just do *insert other class here*."

It's important to give equal attention to all your classes and not delay working on one because you don't like it. Make a schedule and stick to it. Dedicate a small amount of time to each class, then rotate to keep things fresh and interesting.

"I'll just wake up early and do it in the morning."

Although this isn't a bad option, it can be detrimental to your studying if waking up early never happens. Know yourself and the way you operate. Is it really that likely that you will wake up an hour or two earlier than normal just to study? Probably not.

"I guess I'll just stay up all night to study."

Also a bad idea. The later you stay up, the more tired your brain becomes and is less likely to retain the information that you take in at three and four in the morning. Instead, start working earlier in the day, and that way you can be done studying at a more reasonable hour.

"I really wish I would have studied more."

Just moments before the test, we all have experienced self-doubt and regret at not studying more. But at this point, there is nothing we can do about it. Just embrace the test and do as best as you can and learn from this experience for next time.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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High School Seniors Should Be Excited For College, Not Scared

Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


Going into the summer after my high school graduation, all I could think about was college, and how I was going to prepare to go to a new school and move away from home. Just know, it is not as stressful as you prepare yourself for it to be. You don't need to worry about not having any friends or not knowing how to get to all the different buildings because you have to remember everyone else on campus has been in the exact same position you are in, and there are tons of people on campus to help you.

One of the things I was most worried about was classes and how to know which classes to take. My advice is to go to counseling and plan out your classes before you register. Planning out classes will drastically help you stay on track and the counselors will help you make a balanced schedule that you can actually handle.

Another piece of advice would be to not bring as much stuff for your dorm as you think you will need. By all means, bring the essential things that you will need, but remember a dorm room is very small and you share it with another person. You won't have a ton of space for extra stuff and you want to have space to move around and actually live in your dorm.

Finally, if you are concerned about meeting people and making friends, just try and be as outgoing and open as possible. Everyone else in the dorms is just as nervous as you are too meet people, it really helps to try to branch out. Joining clubs or greek life also helps you meet people around campus with common interests as you.

College is not something to be scared of. Even though it seems stressful and it is a big new place, it will be some of the best memories you will have for life.


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