How to motivate yourself to study (10 steps) // Study motivation tips 

I haven’t done a non-book-review post in ages!😂

I am a freshman in college, and my first semester just ended. Can’t motivate yourself to study? Trust me, there is no one more sympathetic than I am. But if your finals are near, and you just CAN’T sit long enough to study, here are some things that can help you to concentrate more, and be more inspired to study.

Comment below if you already use any of these tricks or found this article useful! ^_^

1. Get inspiration! : Studyblr

Studyblr is this community on Tumblr that post pictures and tips and tricks about studying. They post about everything study-related, and I swear this is SO inspiring. When you see other people studying and working hard, it triggers this part of your brain, and makes you go, “Hey, I can do this too!”. If you aren’t on Tumblr, you can search with the same keyword on Google Images or Pinterest.

However, like all things Tumblr, studyblr is also very addictive, and sometimes you just end up wasting a lot of time looking at pictures of other people working instead of getting your own work done. So I’d suggest you do this a while before you start your actual preparations. That way you’ll be inspired, but it won’t take away the crucial hours of the week before the finals.

2. Dress for success 

I am not telling you dress up like you are going to a party, no. Dress comfortably, be relaxed. But sometimes getting too comfortable makes you feel lazy, specially if you already have a habit of falling asleep while studying. So dress a LITTLE less homely, maybe wear a pair of jeans instead of PJs?

3. Search for your study space. 

It doesn’t matter where you study as long  as you can concentrate there. I know everybody says that you shouldn’t study on your bed, but I don’t own a study desk, and my bed is where I get most of my studying done. It’s completely your own decision. You can also try a library or somewhere outdoors if that’s what works for you.

4. Tidy it up!:  Clean your study space

This one is a no-brainer. The moment a desk or your bed is cleaner, you’ll feel more motivated to begin working. So pop those headphones and start cleaning that messy desk before your finals week, and KEEP IT CLEAN.

5. Start planning: Schedule

You don’t need any fancy BuJo (although I am guilty of using a DIY-ed one 🙈 ). Just get a clean piece of paper, decide your study schedule for the day or preferably the whole week. Working with a checklist next to you is VERY motivating and you’ll definitely be more driven to finish your work, and put that tick on your schedule page.


6. Words mean a lot: Inspirational quotes

I used to hate those typical inspirational sayings, but during exams they just make so much sense. By nature I am an unambitious person, and that is VERY detrimental to my studies. These quotes make me want to work harder and achieve something, even if the feeling is temporary.

Tip : You might want to put these quotes somewhere where you’ll see it often. Like maybe as your phone wallpaper?

Check Pinterest for more, but REMEMBER TO GET BACK TO STUDYING.

7. Phone a friend!: Discuss studying with friends

I am against group study because I love my friends and I have too much fun with them to put all that aside and actually study. But, when you aren’t together, it’s easier to change the topic when you are texting. Try texting about studying. Ask them what they are studying now, how much they have completed. Also, if they have any doubt, explain the topic to them, and you’ll be done with your own revision that way.

8. Take what you need

Before sitting down for a study session, take out all that you might need, so that you don’t have to get up again and again to bring over stuff. This decreases distractions. (I feel like making a post about “Things you need for a study session” 😂) (I am on a roll)

9. Keep away distractions

I ALWAYS need my phone to study because I study a LOT of things online (Sparknotes, JSTOR, Wikipedia :p ), so it’s very difficult for me to keep away distractions. I can neither switch off the phone, nor turn off the WiFi. So what I do is turn off notifications for Whatsapp and other apps, and I also close any tabs that might distract me (like Kindle. How many times have you started reading a book when you should be studying?)

10. Be creative : Make your notes pretty 

Don’t spend a lot of time on this. Most people think this is an utter waste of time, my friends have even laughed at my notes, but this works for me. I like being creative and artsy, so decorating my notes is one way to make myself sit with my notebook and read the material. If you are a very studious person who uses up every second to study, or if you are a person who does not study AT ALL and won’t know where to draw the line, I suggest you don’t do this. But it’s fun. And colourful notes help you remember things better.

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However, these are just some tricks that worked for ME. I hope it works for you, but obviously we are all different people and I can’t guarantee you that these tricks will work for sure.

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~ Sripurna ❤

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Review: Valley Of The Moon by Bronwyn Archer

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Valley of the Moon
by Bronwyn Archer
Publication date: April 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult

Blurb:
There’s just one semester left at the Briar School for Girls in Sonoma, CA. But it will take more than straight As for Lana Goodwin to survive . . .

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Senior year is not going well for 17-year-old Lana Goodwin. Her father’s vintage car business is about to crash and burn, the nicest (and cutest) teacher at school was fired under a cloud of scandal, and her hot sort-of boyfriend may or may not have something big to hide.

She’s also totally over being the class pauper. It’s bad enough her dad was briefly married to the head of the board—the rich, cruel, impeccably groomed Ramona Crawford. What’s worse is going to school with her vindictive ex-stepsister, who never misses an opportunity to make her life hell. Not ever.

It also happens to be the tenth anniversary of her mother’s suicide. No one knows why Annie Goodwin jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge the day after Christmas. She didn’t leave a note. She wasn’t sick. Even Lana’s father can’t explain it. Ten years later, someone—or something—starts sending her clues about her mother’s past.

Before Lana can escape to college, she finds herself in a life-or-death race to uncover her mother’s long-buried secrets.

Can she claim her birthright before her future and her life are snatched away?

Valley of the Moon is a modern-day fairy tale with some intense themes.


Review copy provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.

(Valley Of The Moon has a sequel.)

This book is really difficult to rate. It was interesting to read, but I didnt like Lana, the main character, very much. She seemed to me a quite weak character. Or maybe she’s just nice.

Lana’s friend choices are terrible. I dislike them all and I also wonder why Lana claims to love Eden even though she thinks of her like twice in the entire book.

What pulls you to read this book though is the mystery factor. I still want to read the next book in the series (I am also used to Lana now, so I don’t mind her much right now). I need to know what exactly is happening, need to fill the loopholes.

The blurb doesnt mention it but this book does have some paranormal aspects.

Sometimes it feels like there’s too much going on with the story, but it all somewhat adds up by the end of this book. Also, don’t DNF it at the prologue, the rest of the book is better.

Valley Of The Moon seemed also sort of like a mild retelling of Cinderella. Stepmother, check. Two stepsisters, check. A Prince Charming, I am hoping check, atleast uptil now.

If you are searching for a YA mystery novel with a light romance angle and a massive cliffhanger, give this a go.

-Sripurna.

Summer’s over, back to school…

After one month of lazy mornings, zero studying and whole-night readings, I’m finally back to school, for the last time as I’m in 12th grade now. I’m actually happy. School = Friends+ chatting+ seeing this particular person.

But when you add studying to the equation.. Ahem!

So stealing an idea from one of Amy‘s posts, here’s an overview to me and the subjects that I have to endure/ enjoy.

MATHS

  • Best to start with the worst. I HATE this subject.
  • My teacher is… indescribable. Bhramori, can you help??
  • My tuition teacher is not around for more than a month. Yay!
  • I can stand Calculus, or matrices and determinants, but Conics- kill me now!!!
  • I need to say this this again- our Maths teacher in school- indescribable. The root of all evils. Sorry ma’am!

PHYSICS

  • Second-worst subject.
  • Our Physics teacher is also our class teacher, to make matters worse. Lets not talk about her pronounciations.
  • Electricity and Mechanics- can you die??
  • Light and Atoms and nuclei – my saving grace.
  • Numericals- Thy relation to Maths is a sacrilege.

CHEMISTRY

  • I love one of our chemistry teachers! She’s the best!!! She’s so amazing. Its not like she’s all over-friendly and everything, but man, I respect her. Full-stop.
  • The other teacher..umm, well, lets just say that she’s not as good. Or maybe the fact that she teaches Organic Chemistry make her an antagonist in my life??
  • Not that I hate Organic. I just hate the way she teaches.
  • Chemistry Practicals are awesome as well. I have this lab partner who is also one of my best friends since forever, so we both do our work together. We aren’t actually supposed to have lab partners, but do we care?? 😛
  • And again, Numericals- Thy crimes shall not be ignored.

BIOLOGY

  • Anyone heard Only Hope by Mandy Moore? “I  know now you’re my only hope” As far as Science subjects go, Biology is my only hope.
  • Our Biology teacher is weird. She just makes us write notes all day long. Its like handwriting practice.
  • Buuuut, my tuition teacher is AWESOME! He’s a Medical student, and has this tendency of making everything sound interesting. Oh, and he knows quite a lot of Latin and other word origins, and often imparts his knowledge. 🙂
  • Well, this is the only subject which makes sense. I mean, this is the only subject which can be called a NECESSITY. Where would you be without doctors??

BENGALI

  • My dad is a Bengali teacher, my entire family has degrees in this language. And its my mother tongue. Needless to say that I’m good at it. I’m not bragging, I swear. I just am good at it.
  • I love one of our teachers. She’s so cute and sweet and teaches real literature.
  • The other teacher though.. I HATE her.. She gives tuitions at home, and her tuitions students get more marks, and know ALL the questions before the exams! How unfair???
  • But I still got the highest in my section and second-highest in my section  last year, so..*shrugs*
  • And I’m totally modest about this subject. 😛

ENGLISH

  • ❤ ❤ ❤
  • Obviously, its my favorite subject now that I don’t have History and Geography.
  • Thank you Keith Sir (an ex-teacher at our school) for igniting my love for this subject.
  • Good teacher or bad, good marks or bad ones- NOTHING can lessen my love for English.
  • Specially Literature. I love writing essays, but Literature is a whole different place.

😀

I can’t believe I typed so much today! *raised eyebrows*

Try it out guys, this post is F.U.N. 🙂