• Academia,  Lifestyle,  mental health,  study tips,  wellness

    How to Force Yourself to Do Stuff You Don’t Want to Do

    Are you tired of doing work? Do you procrastinate even the simplest of things? Are you behind in your schoolwork? Are you filled with a constant need to take a mf-ing nap? If you responded yes to any of these questions, then you may be entitled to compensation. And by compensation, I mean this blog post. Also, quick note: you should probably talk to your guidance counselor/therapist/doctor because you may be experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

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    Knowing When to Hold ‘Em and When to Fold ‘Em – for Productivity Systems

    In the productivity world, creators are constantly sharing new systems and apps they use to achieve "optimum productivity". And if that works for them, then great! But you, dear reader, shouldn't feel pressure to constantly revamp your organization system just because someone else does things differently. I say this because I felt a lot of pressure to change up my systems because other people were doing something else, and frankly, I'm impressionable. If I see someone I look up to like Matt D'Avella using TeuxDeux then I want to try it too. But this is the place where you should stop and reasses.

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    My Picks for Eco-Friendly Notebooks

    One of  my big goals for my life is to be more environmentally friendly. I’ve been thinking about the whole paper notes vs. iPad debate and others like it. For example, instead of going out and buying a Tesla or Prius, it’s actually better to keep the car you currently have provided it isn’t  a massive gas-guzzler like a Hummer (or some other mechanical abomination)! So, I’m keeping my 2003 Camry until the wheels fall off, and then, I’ll replace those wheels! Anyways, the iPad vs. Notebooks debate is sort of inconclusive. But what is clear is that if you’re using notebooks made with some fraction of PCW (Post Consumer…

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    How I Bullet Journal as a Student

    The Origin Story I use my bullet journal as a glorified collection of to do lists. I’ve used a planner to organize my homework since 6th grade. I’d write down what homework was assigned that day. I didn’t bother with due dates – everything was almost always due the next day. Long term projects and due dates went in the monthly calendar. I’ve kept this system, at least some variation of it, throughout all of middle school and high school.  When I was a mere freshman, I was suddenly faced with a lot more work. I actually didn’t have a ton of homework, but I had a lot of extracurriculars…

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    10 Secrets of Highly Effective High School Students

    Successful people have habits. Successful high school students have habits. While they may not be secrets, not everyone knows or understands these important habits. My goal is to share the wealth. Here are some of the most helpful strategies I have learned over my *illustrious* high school career.  1. Writing it Down When in doubt, write it down. Your teacher said something you didn’t understand – write it down. You thought of an interesting idea for an essay – write it down. You don’t understand how to do a certain problem – write it down. Keeping a log of questions and/or ideas will help you when you have a chance…

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    What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Reading Edition

    Honestly, the reading and writing part was the easiest for me. It’s also one of the hardest parts to prepare for (or for which to prepare if you’re really into grammar). My First and Best Tip:  Read, Read, Read! You should practice reading high level articles, books, and such to prepare yourself. I’d recommend reading from the following publications The New Yorker The Atlantic The New York Times (specially the Saturday Essays) Foreign Affairs The Council on Foreign Relations The Washington Post The Wall Street Journal You should also challenge yourself by reading some fiction. Here are some books my English teacher recommended: Wuthering Heights – Bronte Invisible Man –…

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    I Just Discovered Classical Country Music, and I Think I’m In Love

      Not Our First Goat Rodeo, by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile A few weeks ago, I had the house to myself. And as one does, I asked Alexa to play classical music. Background: I’ve been really into classical music lately. Since quarantine, I’ve been listening to SO much music – but the constant flow of lyrics was beginning to feel oppressive. It felt like sensory overload – I wanted to listen to music but sans words. Words were too much; they required too much brain power. I can’t be the only one who occasionally feels this way. Anyways, back to the original story, on like…

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    What You Need to Know to Crush the SAT: Math Edition

    Here is the second installment in my series on test taking and prep strategies for the SAT. My parents paid an arm and a leg for SAT prep, so your parents won’t have to! 😉 General Test Taking Tips Test questions are ordered from easiest to hardest. The test is ordered from least missed questions to most often missed questions. For the grid-in problems the difficulty resets. So as you go on from the first grid-in problem to the last grid-in problem, the questions will get progressively more challenging. You can either focus on doing as many easy problems as possible with reasonable assurance that you got them correct. OR,…

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    The Website EVERY Student Needs to Know About

    This is going to change your life. A couple of days ago, I was just minding my own business, looking for an explanation for a question I had been assigned in my SAT prep class. Then I stumbled upon this website called Soft Schools. Initially, I was like “WTF did I just click on?!?”. I lowkey thought it was going to give me a virus. Luckily, it didn’t. But. Y’all. It’s amazing. It has articles explaining pretty much everything you would cover in grades 1-12. I was really excited by its offerings for AP Chemistry. I just took AP Chem this year and I never had enough resources to practice…

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    Must Have Supplies for High School

    Ahh, high school – what a time! One of the things that stressed me out about entering high school was the utter lack of school supply lists / the lack of consensus on what you need for high school. As a Type-A, ESTJ worrier, I was super freaked out an overwhelmed. And I’m the oldest out of the kids, so I didn’t have any older siblings to tell me what to buy. First, high school is very different from middle school, but the supplies you need basically stay the same. The thing that will change the most is probably your organization system, but that’s a *whole* other blog post. Anyway here’s…