Fall College Morning Routine – Blogmas

Hello Lovlies! I know fall quarter is over for many of us, but I decided to share with you my typical school day morning anyways. This quarter I had classes at eight a.m. every morning, so I started my day pretty early in order minimize my stress levels while getting ready for the day. With that being said, let’s get into my college morning routine.

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5:30-5:45 a.m. Wake Up 

I wake up between 5:30 and 5:45 each morning depending on if I need to take a shower. While this may seem really early to you night owls, I go to bed pretty early so I still sleep the recommended amount each night.

5:45-6:05 a.m. Wash Face and Do Make Up

After I wake up, I immediately wash my face and put on my moisturizer. I sit and let my moisturizer sink into my skin for about five minutes. During that time I will either catch up on social media or make green tea. Once my moisturizer has sunk in a little bit, I begin to do my make up. Although my makeup for school is minimal, I still like to take my time doing it.

6:05-6:10 Get Dressed

Once my make up is done, I quickly pick out an outfit for the day and put it on. My typical school outfit consists of a v-neck shirt, jeans, and a sweatshirt.

6:10-6:30 Eat Breakfast

This is easily my favorite part of my morning. I usually eat scrambled eggs and a banana in the morning, since it is quick, easy, and full of protein. During this time, I also drink my green tea that I made earlier.

6:30-6:40 Brush and Style Hair

Once I finish breakfast, I usually head to the mirror to do my hair. Typically, I just brush my hair, add some dry shampoo, and let it be. However, if my bedhead was really bad, I take a couple minutes to straighten my hair.

6:40-6:45 Pack Backpack

This step of my morning routine is pretty easy since I usually pack my backpack the night before. However, I always like to check and make sure I have everything before I leave. If you’d like to know what is in my backpack check out this post.

6:45-6:50 Pack Snacks and Fill Water Bottle

The last thing I do at my apartment in the morning is pack snacks for the day ahead. This usually consists of a kind bar and some carrots.

6:50 Leave Apartment and Walk to the Bus Stop

Once my backpack is all packed and I have snacks and a water bottle to get me through the day, I put on my head phones and walk to the bus stop. I usually take the first bus to school in the morning because I have to walk across campus to get to my classes in the morning, which is why I leave so early.

Overall, it takes me about an hour and a half to get ready for school in the morning. I love how calm and destressing my mornings are. Although I woke up pretty early, I had a lot of time to have a quiet, chill morning before exercising my brain all day at school. I hope you enjoyed my fall quarter morning routine!  What are your mornings like? Let me know in the comments! Hope you are having a lovely day!

♥Haley

Check out my last Blogmas post: Ultimate Guide to Surviving Finals

Ultimate Guide to Surviving Finals – Blogmas

Hi all! The most stressful time of the year is just around the corner…FINALS WEEK! I don’t know about you, but I always lock myself up in the library or at a coffee shop studying twenty-four seven leading up to and during final weeks. Over the years I began to perfect my study methods in order to make finals a less stressful time. Why keep my survival study guide secret when I can share it with all of you? Get ready for my tested and approved method for finals madness!

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Week Before Finals

  • Create a Study Schedule! This doesn’t have to be super in depth if you do not want it to be. However, I have found that if I physically write out every thing I want to do each day leading up to each final. This can be as broad or specific as you want, from study biology to review chapter 2 of Biology and make flash cards. A study schedule keeps you accountable and allows you to know exactly what you still have to do in order to be prepared for the stressful day to come.
  • Create a Study Guide for Each Class! I have found making study guides to be the most important thing I do when studying for finals or midterms. They allow me to revisit all important concepts I have learned throughout the quarter/semester and create an organized place to condense my notes. Study guides only have to be as in depth as you think the final will be. If the final is cumulative, then it will probably be more in depth in sections you do not understand or haven’t reviewed in a while. In order to make a study guide, pretend that you are making a cheat sheet for a test. (DO NOT ACTUALLY USE THIS ON THE TEST UNLESS YOUR PROFESSOR ALLOWS YOU TO!)
  • Create Flashcards for Classes that Involve Memorization! Flashcards are pretty straight forward. I like to use these for classes like Organic Chemistry and Biology, which are more concept based classes and a bit harder for me to learn.
  • Do Practice Problems/Practice Exams! Once you feel like you have a good handle on the material for the exam, start doing practice problems or exams if your professor provides them for you. Do not use any study materials while doing this so that you can figure out which concepts you do understand and which concepts you need to spend a little more time on.
  • Have Someone Test You on Your Study Guides and Flash Cards! I love to be able to verbally talk to someone about the material I have learned. My biology  professor always told us that if you are able to teach somebody the material you learned, you are prepared to take the exam.

Finals Week

  • Finish Any Steps from the Week Before that Have Not Been Finished! I know that it can be hard to have everything done the week before finals week, especially if you have multiple classes to study for. It just isn’t reasonable to be completely ready for every final by the time finals start. Prioritize your hardest and first finals the week before, then study for your easier and later finals. Pace yourself, studying isn’t a race!
  • Sleep! Sleep is so important. If you are staying up all night studying, you become sleep deprived. The last thing you want to do is be extremely tired and not be able to pay attention while you are taking your final!
  • Eat! Eating well makes your body feel better. Do not skip breakfast the day of an exam, it is the most important meal of the day! You do not want your stomach grumbling in the middle of an exam…trust me!
  • Exercise! Go on a walk or something to destress yourself. I have found exercising to be a great escape from the reality of finals week. If you are worried about not having enough time to go on a walk or to the gym, just bring your flash cards or study guides with you and study while working out!
  • Don’t Stress! Try not to stress, it only makes finals week worse. Instead of stressing, just remember that finals is only a week and that there is only so much you can do.
  • Ace Your Finals! You are now prepared to take you final! Don’t stress, you are ready! Know that whatever grade you receive is okay and that you did your best!

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Good luck on your finals! You will do great!

♥Haley

Check out my last Blogmas post: Merry Blogmas!

 

What’s in My Backpack? 2k16 Edition

Hi all! With summer break coming to a close and school quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to share my backpack essentials with you! There are many great backpacks for you to use, however I personally use the North Face Women’s Jester Backpack. I absolutely love this backpack, it is so comfortable even when carrying a lot of books and has designated sleeve for my laptop! The only drawback to it is that there is not a lot of space to hold multiple textbooks and notebooks, however this may not be a problem if you have time between your classes to go home and switch out your materials.

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  • One of the most important things I keep in my backpack is my laptop. I currently have a MacBook Pro which is about two years old. One thing I love about this laptop is how easy it is to take to school, especially with the laptop sleeve in my backpack! A lot of the time my professors will talk to fast for me to physically write down what they are saying in my notebook, so instead I have found it convenient to use my laptop to take notes instead.

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  • Another essential that is in my backpack is my planner! This is so important because it helps me plan out my life and allows me to write down important assignment due dates so that I do not forget.  I definitely recommend everyone have a planner in their backpack! I currently use the Susana Cresce Planner!

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  • Although I take notes on my laptop, I still have notebooks for my classes that I take with me. I have found it hard to study off a laptop, so if I have time between classes I will sit down somewhere on campus and copy the notes from my laptop into my notebook.

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  • Next I have my pencil case, because you can never have enough writing utensils! 😛
  • I also have post it notes in my backpack because it can be easier to quickly jot down something important on a post it rather than taking the time to take out my planner.

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  • An absolute essential in my backpack is my school emergency kit.  In here I keep my daily necessities, such as Q-tips, hair ties, migraine medicine, Kleenex, a Tide To Go stick, oil absorbing sheets, deodorant, and feminine supplies. (Let me know if you want a post on how to create your own School Emergency Kit!)
  • Lastly I have my wallet and keys.

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There you go, that’s what I usually have in my backpack on a typical school day. What do you have in your backpack? Let me know in the comments or on twitter!

♥Haley

How to Study for Finals

Guess what! It’s finals season!!! I don’t know about you, but the thought of finals gives me goosebumps. Those of you in a quarter system are probably thinking ” Haley, you are crazy, finals isn’t until June.” However, us semester system folks have finals rapidly approaching and the panic revolving around finals week is starting to build. Luckily for you, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to make finals week as low stress as possible.

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  1. Start Studying Early!! Don’t procrastinate and wait until the last possible moment to study, you won’t have enough time to cram a whole semester/quarter’s worth of knowledge into your head. Beginning to study a couple weeks in advance will allow you to space out your studying causing you to stress less and feel more prepared.
  2. Write, Read, and Speak!! What does this mean? One of my best ways to study is by create a study guide and read it out loud to myself or other people. It is important that when you write the study guide rather than typing, because it makes you process the information more than if you simply type it on the computer. Every night before bed read the study guide out loud to yourself, this only takes about 10-15minutes! I have found that by writing, reading, and listening to the information I am allowing myself to process the information in multiple ways.
  3. Sleep! People think that they can pull an all nighter and get an A on the final the next morning, however it is very important to let your brain rest. If you stay up all night then your brain and body are physically and mentally exhausted, no matter how many cups of coffee you may drink.
  4. Realize you did the best you could! I know plenty people who go into the test stressing about the outcome and trying to cram the last 10 minutes before the exam. I have found that stressing before a test does no help me when I take the test. Instead, I tell myself that I did the best I could while studying and whatever happens, happens. By doing so, I manage to keep a level head before the test, rather than psyching myself out.

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The important to remember you do not control what is on the test, but you do control how you prepare for it. I hope you find my studying tips and tricks helpful! Good luck on your finals and tests!

♥Haley