hi guys!
I've been gone for a while, but I'm back! I've learned a lot these past few months and I would love to share my tips with you. So let's get started!

Disclaimer: You don't need straight A's for a good life, they have seriously nothing to do with who you are as a person. I just thought a lot of people could profit from these tips so I wanted to share these with you! Also, these are just things that work for me, that doesn't mean they also work for you. Everyone is different and that's totally okay!

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#1 use a planner
I can't say this enough! Please, use an agenda and write to-do lists to keep track of things that need to be done. If you write everything down, you won't find out about an essay or project the day before. What I do: I write everything down in my agenda, next I write a to-do list every day when I get home from school, with the most important stuff at the top and the least at the bottom. Then I plan everything, according to how much time I have. So, if I have only an hour to do some things, at least I get the most important ones done!

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#2 find a way to learn that works best for you
Everyone is different and every brain is different too, so nothing works for everybody. I'll put some explanations with the pictures, so you will know what I mean. Some other ideas that may work:

  • use flashcards.
  • use the pomodoro technique. (you can look it up, or if you ask me, I can make an article about it...)
  • write things down, several studies have shown that writing things down is equivalent to reading it 7(!) times.
  • Try to teach what you're learning, to yourself or someone else. this helps you understand the things that you're trying to learn.
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You can put sticky notes on your notes to explain some things to yourself.
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A mindmap is a great way to connect all the information.
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If you're more of a visual learning then making drawing or doodles is a great way to remember the information!

#3 take enough breaks
Breaks are really important to actually remember the stuff. The human brain can only deeply focus for 25 minutes, after that time, you'll remember less and that's just a waste of time! If you take a break regularly then you'll remember more. I know, it sounds weird, but it really works for me!

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#4 don't procrastinate
This one might be the hardest one of them all, because we all do it. Not starting with an essay when you know you should and then stressing out because you're not sure if you have enough time to finish it. Procrastinating causes so much stress, when it's actually really easy to prevent, start with something in time!

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#5 ask questions
If you don't understand the content, don't be afraid to ask! The teacher's job is literally to teach you, so that means they need to be helpful when someone has a question. Besides, it's going to be really hard understanding the content if you're not asking the teacher for help, since he/she is probably the best person to explain it to you.

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That was all, I really hope you liked it!
xxx

P.S. I wanted to say that you don't need any fancy items to make notes. It's important that your notes work and all those expensive markers and stuff don't bring that!