• Academia,  Lifestyle

    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.

  • Academia

    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 –…

  • Academia,  study tips

    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,…

  • Book Reviews,  Books,  Lifestyle

    Book Review: The Year of Less

    The Year of Less by Cait Flanders Rating: ★★★★☆ This book convinced me to stop buying sh*t. That in and of itself is an accomplishment. Really. If you don’t believe me, you should see my amazon account … Yikes. Anyways, I really enjoyed this book. One, I *love* memoirs that are narrated by the author. It just feel that authors know exactly where to put the emphasis and it just works. Ya know? I’m a big fan. Since lockdown, I’ve been doing a lot more chores. Normally, during the school year, I barely have time to sleep, so my parents are pretty lax about my not doing chores. In lockdown, my…

  • Academia

    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…

  • Books

    Battle of the Books: The Bullet Journal Method vs. Dot Journaling

    Recently, I got into bullet journaling. In quarantine and remote learning, I quickly learned that my beloved Lilly Pultizer Agenda just wasn’t what I needed. I need a place where I could keep all of my tasks and random thoughts. Basically, a place to brain dump. I had dabbled bullet journalling earlier. In October 2018, I bought a superrr dot grid journal from Walmart on a whim. I *hated* how my spreads looked. I was so frustrated that they didn’t look like the picture prefect spreads I saw on tumblr and pinterest. Long story short, I quit. I’ve been using my bullet journal (bujo) off and on since then, mostly as…

  • Lifestyle

    It’s OK if you’re struggling.

    It’s okay if you’re struggling. I am too. This is a hard time. It’s hard to be productive and feel good all the time, most of the time, or even some of the time. I struggle to focus every day. I have a hard time even starting my work, much less actually doing it. And that’s okay. We have to be kind to ourselves. It’s the only way we’re going to be able to get through this time. Here are so ways I’m practicing being kind to myself Not beating myself up when I have an unproductive, depressed day. Eating healthy foods – so I can avoid the groggy and…

  • Academia

    Biology Study with Me + Tips

    Hi y’all! Today, I will be sharing a time-lapse of me answering some questions to study for my upcoming biology quiz and some of my favorite tips for studying biology. Link to my study with me.  Right now, I’m taking Honors biology as a junior. Honors Junior biology at my school goes into the same depth as AP Biology, but covers fewer topics and doesn’t really have the label emphasis that AP Bio has. Bio has been my hardest class this year, so I’ve really had to sharpen my study skills. Here are my tips! Read the textbook before class. This is huge. I cannot emphasize this enough. Biology isn’t…