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It's Selene (@spiritfully) back with yet another article! (I know, I'm on a roll, right?) Anyways, thank you all again for clicking and reading this article I love you all xx

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It's reaching the end of the year which means finals. Often times people have a hard time studying for them or completing assignments in general. So, I've compiled a guide with all my study tips from when I was in high school to help all you beautiful people out! Without further ado, here's the tips, I hope you find them helpful :-)

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1. Prepare Your Workspace โ€” Find a place where you can study peacefully and concentrate on getting your work done. This could be your bedroom, a library, an office etc. Really, you could study anywhere as long as itโ€™s clear of distractions and interruptions. Make sure to stock up on materials such as highlighters, pencils, pens, and notebooks and make sure they are within reach so that you donโ€™t have to stop to find them later.
2. Have a Positive Mental Attitude โ€” Often times, you may find yourself stuck or frustrated, believing that your work is impossible to finish, either because it is too difficult or too time-consuming. However, when you are about to start studying, it is always helpful to have a positive outlook on whatever you are about to do & be confident that you can do well on whatever the assignment is. Tip: Remember that studying is useful no matter how tedious it may seem at the moment and will be a valuable resource later on whether it is on that test you are dreading, or in the distant future.
3. Donโ€™t Procrastinate โ€” Though it may seem like a good idea at the time to go out with friends or stream that tv show you love on Netflix and putting off your work until the last minute, in the long run it will stress you out more as working on a time crunch is never helpful.

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4. Prioritize Your Work โ€” Organize your work by due date and how long it will take you to do. It is often helpful to get the quick and easy homework done first so that you have more time to focus on what you are struggling on later.
5. Take a Break โ€” However useful studying may be, it is inevitable that you will get tired or bored after a while. After a period of studying, maybe 1-2 hours, set a timer for a break, be it 10-15 minutes to take a snack break and stretch, or 30 minutes to nap. Be sure not to go over the break time lest you not have enough time to get the rest of your work done.
6. Keep Healthy Snacks โ€” Working on an empty stomach is very distracting, make sure to keep light snacks around such as fresh fruit or a granola bar to snack on while you work. Tea and water may also be helpful to have around; water to keep you hydrated and tea to calm down and de-stress. Tip: Black tea and chamomile tea are especially helpful for reducing stress.
7. Put Away Electronics โ€” Shut down and put away your electronics (phone, computer etc.) before you work. Social media is distracting and you may be tempted to go on Instagram or maybe check your Snapchat which would only slow down your work. You can always check your phone after you are done with your work.
8. Set a Goal โ€” Setting a goal for how much and what you want to get done can prevent distractions and help you focus. Say you want to finish an assignment by a certain time; set a goal and write it down. Once you reach it reward yourself.

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9. Write Out Your Notes โ€” It may be easier and less tiring to simply read the chapter or text that is required but you may not be able to remember the content that you just read. Writing out your notes (not typing) is proven to enhance memorization 7x more than just reading is.
10. Organize Notes โ€” Have two notebooks: one for when youโ€™re in class (this one can be messy and unorganized) and one for at home (this one is the neater one, for color coding, formatting etc). Take quick notes during class just so that you donโ€™t forget what you are learning and once you get home you can format them into sections, bullet points, numbering. Whatever floats your boat. Be sure that whatever you do, make sure it is organized and easy to find when you need it.
11. Keep Old Quizzes and Tests โ€” Sometimes you may get a bad grade on a test and want to throw it out and just forget about it. But, often times, teachers will ask similar questions on finals that they have already used on small quizzes and keeping the quizzes and re-working the questions that you got wrong will help you get a better grade on bigger tests later on.
12. Make Flashcards โ€” Use your notes to create flashcards with main ideas and key details on them. This will make for a quick and easy on-the-go study method that you can use on your way to school or right before class to make sure you remember everything.

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13. Donโ€™t Plagiarize โ€” Do your own work! Plagiarizing may seem like an easy solution so that you can do something else that you would rather do. But, Plagiarizing is CHEATING and THEFT of othersโ€™ intellectual property. Most schools have heavy anti-plagiarizing policies and you can fail your class, get suspended, or even expelled for doing so. Are the consequences really worth it?
14. Keep Track of Due Dates โ€”Use your phoneโ€™s calendar/task checklist app for all major assignments, due dates, exam dates, study plans, appointments, etc. Set reminders so that you donโ€™t forget to turn your work in.
15. Do Extra Credit โ€” Anytime that you have the opportunity to do extra credit, DO IT. You may not think that you need it at the moment, but later on you might and itโ€™s always helpful to have as a backup cushion for your grade.
16. Reward Yourself โ€” If you ace a test or get a good grade on something that youโ€™ve been struggling with: treat yourself. Buy yourself that necklace youโ€™ve been looking at for the last few weeks, go to a party, marathon that Netflix series you love. Whatever you do make sure that it makes all the hard work youโ€™ve done worth it; hard work pays off! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Easybib.com โ€” cites your work for you and prevents plagiarism.
JSTOR/EBSCO โ€” Databases for credible scholarly sources if your assignment requires that.
Rainymood.com โ€” Plays a 30 minute loop of rain sounds; good for focusing!!
Readable.io โ€” Critiques your writing for free based on readability, grade level, formality, tone, grammatical errors, etc. A LIFESAVER!!
App.grammarly.com โ€” Same as readable.io
Wordcounter.net โ€” Literally what it says, counts the number of words in the paper for you ; helps you follow the word limit

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Girl, you can do it; go get that 4.0!! ๐Ÿ’•

xoxo,
selene ๐ŸŒน

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