Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Study Tips: In Class

Next in my study tips series is how to take better notes. What you do in class in the foundation of all your learning and studying. If you don't take good notes, it is extremely difficult to study properly. So here are a few tips that I find work and help me take the best notes!

I mentioned this one in my study tips for the semester post because I think it is that important. I just believe it helps you remember things better. But if you have to type, don't freak out this one isn't a biggie.

If your professor draws something out while doing notes then copy down that drawing. Whether it's a table or a graph make sure to put it in your notes. You may think you'll remember it, but that usually isn't the case.

Many professors use Power Points as an aid to their lecture. It is not the only important information. I'm not saying don't write it down, just remember to write down what he or she is saying as well. And if your professor puts the Power Points online then maybe print them out, that way you don't have to write that stuff down you can focus solely on their explanations of the presentation.

I have learned that many times professors will give an example in class to help the class understand, then later they put that same example on the test. Granted this may not always be the case, but the example will still help you understand. It will help you put definitions in context and truly understand the concepts.

When you are confused ask a question. If you don't want to ask it in front of everyone then just go ask your professor after class. It is better to ask as soon as possible rather than wait and get even more confused.

If your professor mentions the same thing over and over there is a reason. Make sure to take note of what has been mentioned several times, because those are the things that are often on the test.

Well I hope you keep these in mind while you're in class and feel free to tell me if they help or if you have any other tips that I missed tell me those too! 

xoxo Lauren

*Image not mine, but all graphics and edits are.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

How I Organize My Agenda

To me, agendas are the core of studying and working effectively. After all it's hard to do well in school if you're always forgetting to do your work. Throughout the school year I have figured out how I can most effectively use my agenda. So here are some tips for you!

Well first you need an agenda. This one is pretty easy, but at the same time extremely difficult because of the choices. Here are some of my top favorite but ultimately I chose a Lilly Pulitzer one.

I like color coding my planner. There is more to this then the fact that it is pretty (although that is true as well). I like color coding because it makes things stand out. When wondering what chapter you had to read for your Economics class your eyes can easily search for that color (in my case green) and find the information you needed. I use Le Pens because of how smooth and colorful they are. Also, this can get sort of confusing so I make a legend (like the one above) of all the colors and what class they represent on a post it note. After a week or two the colors become second nature and you won't even have to worry about it.

I also like to highlight the things that I've have done already. Not only is it easier to see what you've done it is also pretty satisfying to mark something off your list!

Another helpful thing is to use these big, lined post it notes (mentioned in this post) to write down to do lists. I put them on the inside cover of my planner, and they are the perfect size. Of course I write all of my assignments on the day they are due in the weekly view but I also like being able to see a list of all the things I need to get done. It really helps me visualize all I need to do and put it into perspective. Also I have this inspirational quote given to me by my sorority advisor to keep me positive!

I also use the monthly view of my agenda. This way I can quickly see what I am doing each day. Here I only write important events or meetings. This view is really important when you are trying to see when you are busy or free. You can just glance at the month and know!

And the final quick tip is using these little tabs. I use them to keep track of what week I'm on and easily find it.

As always I hope this was helpful and maybe you at least learned one new tip or trick to try! Feel free to leave any comments and questions below.

xoxo Lauren

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Study Tips: Before a Test

As a college student, I think most of us are always looking for better ways to study. Sometimes its really hard and you don't even know where to begin. Well today I have for you seven tips that should improve the way you study. And in case you're thinking "what does this freshman in college know about studying?" I have to admit these aren't really all my study tips. Most of them came from a professor at my university. Not only has he done research on this he was also a student himself and said these were helpful. And from the semester that I tried them out I have to agree! So here are some tips to get you studying smarter.

So this will definitely be the hardest to do, but also probably the most effective. When you take a "study break" to check your phone or Twitter or whatever you are taking your mind off the information you were just studying. So that when you go back to studying your brain has to restart and relearn all the information you were just studying. It's like all that you just studied didn't really happen. So my advice is to turn off your phone and tuck it away if you have trouble with your phone distracting you. If it is your computer then I suggest you get an app like Self Control to block certain websites while you study. Then you're not even tempted to check social media or whatever distracts you.

Yeah I know, this one sucks too but it makes a big difference. Your brain holds onto the information better when you sit down for hours at a time to study. It sort of goes back to the first tip. If you study in little amounts of time your brain doesn't grip onto the information very well. So plan out an hour or two at a time to study.

Don't start the night before a test, you're not really going to remember anything. Instead study for three straight nights leading up to the test. That way the information has time to stick and you've really drilled it into your head.

Our brains hold onto to information better when we use more of our senses to learn it. So don't just read, but also say things aloud and rewrite things. Find different ways to learn information then just reading.

This is a disaster waiting to happen. We associate beds with sleeping, not studying. So reading or studying in bed is distracting and will make you sleepier.

All this will do is tire you out when it comes time to take the test. Also you don't hold onto information very well while you're tired. Make sure you are well rested and ready to take the test the next day instead of sleepy and confused

Even if it isn't. Make sure you know the difference between concepts. Don't just memorize the definitions. Be able to explain why two things are different from one another. If you are able to write an essay about something and explain it then you know the information.

Hope this was helpful and you ace all of your exams!

xoxo Lauren

Favorite Finds: Le Pens

Well it's been a while since I've done one but today's post is about a new favorite find of mine. Favorite finds are things that I've bought and really love and want to share with you! If you would like to see some of my other favorite finds then click the page at the top of my blog called favorite finds or you can just click here. So now let's get onto todays favorite find, Le Pens!

I like colored pens. I am definitely one who color codes my planner and so I need a good assortment of colors for different classes/organizations. These pens not only look pretty but write smooth as well. They write pretty similar to Sharpie pens but a little better in my opinion. They also are skinnier and more sleek in my opinion. Also I like it when the packaging of the pen is the color of the ink so I don't get confused and you can easily find the color you want. Here is the actual colors in the same order as pictured above.

I love these colors. I got them all from Amazon for around $15. The only pen that is not included in this set is orchid. I bought that one separately form my university bookstore. The pens can get a little pricey, individually they usually sell for about $2. However I have found many different sets that are cheaper to buy together than individually. I must admit these pens can be a little hard to come by. I have seen them at some Targets and online. My bookstore has a few as well as mentioned before but they only sell them individually and that gets pricey. However, I still believe they are worth the price. I haven't had them for too long so I can't speak to how long they last but since I only really use the colored pens for writing in my planner I believe they will last me a while. Black is a different story, because I use those for taking notes so we'll see. 

Well I hope you liked this post and maybe found some new pens to try! If you have any questions or comments leave them down below. I love hearing from my readers!

xoxo Lauren

*all pictures and graphics are mine

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Study Tips: The Entire Semester

It's a new semester, and I'm sure just about all of us had "study more" on our new years resolution. When you think of studying you probably don't think about doing it until a few days before the test. While you definitely should study before the test, there are also a few things that you can do throughout the entire semester as well that would make studying before the test a piece of cake. Here are some of my best tips.

Writing things by hand helps you remember. Then if you want them to look more neat as well as drill the information into your head even more, you can type your notes later. I do this for every class and it really does help because you are re-reading all the information again and really committing it to memory. I put the if possible part because I know that there are some professors that you have to use a computer to type up their notes because you couldn't keep up otherwise. If this is not the case though I highly suggest hand writing and then typing them up later. Trust me you would see a difference.

You know that time you spend on Facebook and Pinterest while you are waiting for your next class to start? Yeah that could be probably be put to better use. First thing you need to do is find a quiet spot on campus that you can see yourself being productive in. It might be the library but it doesn't have to be! In fact that is where everyone else goes so it might be distracting. Explore your campus and find that one place you feel comfortable. If you stay there between classes and actually do something (example: type up your notes from the class you just went to), you are more likely to get it done then if you were to wait until that night when you know you're going to want to watch TV instead. Treat college like high school; that entire time you are on campus you should be working on something so that when you leave you are free and can do what you want! Also you can make a to do list, here is a link for a free printable. That way you can see what all you need to get done and you are more likely to do it!

Seems obvious (especially with Lilly Pulitzer agendas around) but there is a difference between owning a planner and actually using it efficiently. Write down all your assignments. You are more likely to do something when you physically see that you have something coming up. It puts things into perspective. Also to be more efficient make a to do list in order of importance.

Here are some great posts about picking out an agenda and how to organize it!
Lily Pulitzer vs. Kate Spade
How I Organize My Agenda
A Look Inside My Kate Spade Agenda

Well I don't have many tips but these three are important and will help. Also another quick tip, go to class! If you go to every class it is almost impossible to fail. Hope these were helpful!

Here are the rest of posts in the Study Tips series:
In Class
Before a Test

xoxo Lauren

*all pictures are mine

Saturday, January 18, 2014

First Week of Class Outfits

I love the first week back to class. I always have so much more energy and because of this I definitely dress a lot better. Plus its a nice first impression for your professors and fellow classmates. So here is what I wore this week!

This camel blazer from Target is one of my favorite pieces. I pared it with a white lace top, jeans, and nude flats. Perfect first day outfit.

Tuesday was a little more relaxed. I love infinity scarfs and this light pink is nice and cheery. I wore it with a plain gray shirt, jeans, and taupe riding boots.

On Wednesdays we wear pink! Yes I actually did do that on purpose. Also on Wednesdays my sorority wears a shirt with our name on it so here is mine! I also have on jeans and my new white converse which I am absolutely in love with.

Well you can't really tell from the picture but I'm wearing a gray chevron scarf with my monogram on it! Also wearing a dark gray top, jeans, and brown riding boots.

And heres Friday. Not so great I know. I only have one class Fridays so it's a little hard to find the motivation to dress well. So I chose a long sleeve t-shirt, leggings, and my brown riding boots. We all have to have one lazy day, right?

Well I hope you liked my outfits! If you have any questions leave a comment.

xoxo Lauren

Monday, January 13, 2014

What's in my school bag?

In case you were wondering what I am carrying around this semester here you go!

This is a picture of everything I have in my tote! So now I will break it done on where you can get everything!

First I have the Mead Trapper Keeper notebook. It's a spiral that has a clear front like a binder so you can put your syllabus in front or maybe just a cute binder cover!

Next is my I have my Lilly Pulitzer pocket agenda in Let's Cha Cha. An agenda is a must of course and as I've mentioned before Let's Cha Cha is my favorite print. I chose the pocket sized one because I carry a tote and its smaller and so it fits easier.

Then is my Moleskine notebook with an added monogram of course! It's the perfect little notebook for random lists and to do's. Whatever I need to remember and write down I can do it here.

And lastly is a set of Lilly Pulitzer sticky notes. Inside there are several different sizes, and post its are always handy. But unfortunately this are an old print and you can't get them anymore.

I just love this chevron accordion folder! I got it from the dollar section in Target and I love the way the gold monogram looks on the blue. This is where I put handouts, like syllabi and such.

Next I got a set of three lined Post It notes. Once again, post its are handy and these are a perfect size to put in my agenda and scrible down more to do's are assignments

I also got these Post It tabs for sectioning off my notes. Its really helpful to put a new tab for each day of notes to find them easier when studying!

And very last is my Lilly Pulitzer pencil case in my all time favorite print First Impression. I adore this pencil case. This is usually one of the first compliments I get when people see my school supplies!

Well I hope you enjoyed peeking into my school bag! And I hope maybe you got some ideas on how to make your semester a little more efficient.

xoxo Lauren

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Free Printable: Assignment Tracker in Let's Cha Cha

Wow, this is my FAVORITE print this season. I have this on my planner, my iPad case and my phone case. Yes, it's a crazy obsession. Anyone I might as well go all in and get a new assignment tracker as well! So here is a new free printable for the new semester! I wish you all the best of luck and may you never forget an assignment again!

xoxo Lauren