Junho 2016 - Baroness

domingo, 19 de junho de 2016

How To: Survive Exams

Hello everyone!

I've been away for a while because I'm "swimming" in exams right now and I don't have the time to post anything, so  I decided that since I'm studying to exams I would share my studying tips and on how to survive exams.
I hope you can relate and use these tips to pass all your exams!

1. Have a clean environment around you
I'm that kind of person that can't concentrate on my work if my bedroom is messy or if my desk is full or random things that are not going to help on my study process so I have to clean everything before I start.
A clean environment is a good way to start your quest. 

2. Make sure you have really good notes
One thing that I find really useful is having notes that have the essencial and are very well organised. I think that these kind of notes are super helpful and can actually make a difference. I, for example, have different types of notes:
-colour coordinated
-drawings with text
-essencial text with images
But remember! You have to find what kind of note people are you! - this may sound stupid but I know a lot of people that only study on plain text notes or just text with images.

3.Try to know if any of your friends have exams for previous years
This is a very important step. I'm currently studying in a University and most of the exams I have to take are similar to those from previous years so it's very important to after you revise the subject trying to solve the tests.
 It's a way to help you see if you are capable of doing the actual exam and can help you know if you have a topic that you're not good yet.

4. Make sure you're hydrated during your study
You can't be studying for 4 hours in a row without drinking anything ! Water is the best option! But you can't be constantly drinking water because you'll have to take a break every 15 minutes to go to the bathroom and that's not helpful!!

5. Try not to stay awake all night studying and wake up early in the exam day
This is a thing I've been doing since I was in secondary school which is waking up 1 or 2 hours early before going to school and revise what's important for the test.
I'm that kind of person that can't do a all-nighter studying because I'll fall asleep super easy. 
True fact: A few weeks ago I was awake until 3.30 am with 4 of my friends finishing a paper and presentation we had to deliver the next day and at 2.00 am I was already falling asleep. I stood awake because I had music blasting on my ears the entire time.

6. Make rewards for yourself
If you give yourself rewards after doing something you will enjoy the study. For example, I was studying for my Petrology tests - studying rocks and minerals YAY!- and next to me I had a dark chocolate bar and every time I finished a topic I would eat a square because I would feel accomplished! 

7.Take brakes 
It's not a secret that taking breaks during an intense study afternoon id the best thing you can do. It's not healthy staying 6 hours in a row looking at your computer/notes/exercises! Our brain needs to take a few breaks for a few minutes to recover from the study. I once knew a kid who had to to to the hospital because he was studying for the entire afternoon and night and he didn't stop for eating dinner. It was a very difficult thing to witness. 

8. Eat dark chocolate
Since I was in secondary school my mother always told me that before entering the exam room to eat dark chocolate because it would help the brain work better and I've been doing that ever since. Dark chocolate is the best sweet you can have and it's always good to have a little sugar just before that tension right?

Do you have other tips on how to survive that you wanna share? Leave yours in the comments!

quarta-feira, 1 de junho de 2016

May Favourites

Hi guys! 

As you all may be aware off may as ended which means is time for the monthly favourites!
This month I only loved 4 things but I decided that I still wanted to write about them! I already missed the April favourites and I didn't want to miss May as well!

The first stationary item is a block of sticky notes that I found super cute and adorable in my local supermarket and I couldn't resist! Look at them! And it only cost 1 euro and I've been using them a lot on my study notes for exams! 
I love that they're super bright colours and when I write something on the paper it sticks super well on the paper. 


The second stationary item is the best thing I ever seen! It's a case with 12 fine line colour pens and they write suuper well, don't smudge and are super helpful on important notes! 
With these pens I developed a colour study trick! 
Also they are super helpful on simple drawing on my note book, for example, when I'm studying minerals, I can make a super quick cute drawing to remember which mineral is it and I don't have to spend a lot of time painting with colour pencils and other materials.
The best thing is that this was also a bargain! It only cost me 3 euros on my local supermarket which means that one pen costs 0,25€!

The third item on my list is the TRESemmé Imperfect Waves.
I bought this item because I trust the TRESemmé brand and I've always loved their products. 
This item is great if you have straight or wavy hair and you want to give it a different texture. 
I used it a few times this month and I have to say that it gave me some beachy waves ( which was the look I was going for!). The only thing was that since I have really curly and strong hair, the beachy style was gone a few hours later but nonetheless I really liked using it throughout this month.

This last favourite is my ultimate favourite! It's a video game named UNDERTALE and I have to admite this is the best game and RPG I've played lately! It came out September 2015 but I only knew of its existence this month! 
The story is amazing and it's so well designed that you won't believe me until you play it!
One day a friend of mine talked to me about this game and how was the best game he ever played and that I needed to try. I was a little sceptical but I decided to play. I don't regret my decision! You all have to play it! It's really good! The game is a roller coaster of emotions! I will admite that I cried 3 times while playing ! 
Also the soundtrack of this game is the best ! I've been listening to it almost everyday when I'm studying and I have to say it's really cool! 

What are your may favourites? Tell me in the comments!