Study Warrior Giveaway

LET’S CELEBRATE! 3000 followers!

This blog has come so far…3006 followers? A year and a half ago (I believe…) I started this blog on a whim. As it grew, I got more questions and people just telling how great this blog is. For me, this is unbelievable. To have an awesome community like tumblr support you and follow you…it is amazing. So, I would like to give back to my study warriors. 

I was MIA over the summer because I was in Korea. And when in Korea, you buy cute stationary, pens, and all things adorable. What better way to keep a person organized in style?

The PRIZE:

  • A panda bear pencil pouch
  • A sticky note book
  • A motivational postcard from me! 

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THE RULES

  1. You must follow me since this is a giveaway to my followers.
  2. Like or reblog this post (they both count). You can reblog as many times as you want but please be respectful to your followers.
  3. You should be okay with giving me your shipping info so I can send these items to you. I promise I won’t spam you or disclose your information.
  4.  No giveaway blogs. I will be checking…
  5. Keep your inbox open so I can contact you!

THIS GIVEAWAY WILL CLOSE AT 12:00AM (0:00) ON OCTOBER 10th, 2014. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

PUNCTUAL: Kanban Flow Scheduler

You ever tried to find a time management app that worked for you? Or you had no idea how it worked? Well, I have a suggestion for you. Kanban Flow. Here is the website: kanbanflow.com

It is super helpful for getting you on task and sticking to it…and so I will show you step by step how to get the most out of Kanban Flow. 

Kanban Flow Scheduler

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What is Kanban Flow good for?

It is good for:

  • Planning out daily tasks
  • It can be your internet planner
  • School projects
  • Novel writing scheduling
  • Blogging Schedule (hehe, I use it for this now!)

READY to begin? I put up a bunch of pictures with this guide so you should be able to find everything!

1. Click on administration to change your colors. image

2. WOO! We are in the administration part. This where all the magic happens. You can create more boards. Back on task: click on board settings. This is where you will give your board a name and set your colors, etc…Also if you click on ‘User Administration’ you can invite others to join your board. So if you have a school project this is perfect! 

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3. Okay, color time! Click on color. (But this page is also so you can change the titles at the top of the page so instead of To-do, Do Today, In Progress and Done…you can change it to Today, Tomorrow, Weekend, Done or whatever you want…) 

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4. Edit your colors by changing their names to whatever you want them to be. I have mine set as my classes and these colors coordinate with my the colors I have designated in my planner too. (Meaning: My research class is both green on here and in my planner.)

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5. Now return to your boards by selecting ‘select board’. You should see a color bar at the bottom of the page. So even if you forget what your biology class color is, there is a reminder. 

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6. Click on the green arrow to add tasks. You need to be sure to be descriptive about what you are doing. Sometimes reading book isn’t enough. Give yourself a set and reachable goal. Don’t forget your colors! 

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7. It is okay if you forget! Just right click and you can change colors, delete the tasks, set responsibility if you decide to share this board with others. 

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8. Slide tasks back and forth to their designated area. You can slide tasks up and down too if you don’t like the order.

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9. THE POMODORO TIMER. This thing is amazing. You can set your task and it gives you breaks after it for five minutes. So if you haven’t completed your task, you take a break, then continue.You can look up statistics and it keeps track of your interruptions too. To exit this bad boy you need to press ‘stop task’ and choose an interruption. Yeah, it makes you feel guilty. 

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10. Alright! That is it. That is the basics of Kanban Flow. And if you actually read this all…congrats! You deserve a pat on the back. Have fun. 

Sincerely, 

Cassie

NEAT & TIDY: Calendar Coordinated

Okay, admit it. How many of you have calendars and only glance at them for the day of the week? We have facebook for birthdays and events, so us college students don’t use a paper calendar that much. The paper calendar is an amazing tool and can be a daily sobering reminder that you need to get to work. So let’s get the calendar in order!

Coordinating your Calendar

I like everything to be streamline across the spectrum of study supplies. I pick a color for each class and stick with it for the entire semester. It helps when you are trying to decipher which class that one worksheet is due for at 2am. 

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1. Assign your colors and get out your schedules (from your syllabuses). 

2. Write: Go through every month and write out exams, quizzes, important assignments, volunteer work, etc…put your finals on there if the prof has provided them.

3. Evaluate what you have in front of you. Should you really go to that party this weekend when you have three exams next week? 

Now you can wake up and see how much studying or no studying you need for each week in pretty colors. It is super helpful for people like me who find it incredibly difficult to visualize the week ahead. You can even make it fun by drawing little doodles when you are planning a trip somewhere. Make organizing your life fun…you’ll look at studying with a slightly more positive attitude if you do this.

Sincerely,

Cassie

NOTEWORTHY: Half & Half Note-taking Method

You have your lecture notes and you have no idea what to with them? They are sloppy and frankly you have no idea what in the world you scribbled across the bottom of the page. Wait, is that even English?

It is time to rewrite and organize lecture with textbook notes.  Let’s indulge on the half & half note-taking method (And no it has nothing to do with coffee. Haha.)

HALF & HALF NOTE-TAKING

Taking textbook notes easier…

Half of the page is for lecture and the other half is for book notes. Simply, fold the page in half and get to work rewriting your lectures notes then go back and write your book notes on the other side of the page. I have done this before and it is super helpful. I suggest using different colors so you can quickly identify which is which. This also gets your memory working in a different way. In this image I use a light blue pen for my lecture notes and a dark green for books. I marked green stars next to the  lecture topics I talked about in the book portion page. This is so you can connect ideas with your book notes. 

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When to use this method? 

  • When the book is a large portion of the test
  • When lectures are vague or have many holes
  • When you need to go into detail on some points in your lecture notes
  • Need a change in your regular note-taking methods

Variations

  1. Words and Definitions
  2. Dates and Events 
  3. Names and Chemical Structures
  4. Diagrams
  5. Mathematical Formulas

You can be creative with the way you take notes. Think outside the box and you will most likely remember more information. Everyone remembers the crazy things celebrities do so why can’t we apply this logic to memorizing and learning subjects during college?

Study on, study warriors. 

Sincerely,

Cassie

New Theme, New Blog! (Sort of)

I am back and had a fabulous two weeks of rest from Korea. Now I shall get down to the business of answering your lovely questions and writing blog posts. 

New theme and new blog! Well reused or recycled? Whichever it is…it is beautiful! Thank you, Olle Ota Themes for your wonderful one. Now I have to explain some things because there is now a menu which I will be utilizing. 

The titles are inspired by the qualities we, lazy college students want to be. 

  • Studious- Study skills
  • Noteworthy- Notetaking strategies
  • Neat and Tidy- Organization Tips!
  • Punctual- Time Management skills 
  • Wise- All of the Best Advice posts will be allocated here and quotes.

Now, give me time to sort out these tags. I am going to write blogs all this week so there should be many new posts in your futures. YAY! Study hard, study effectively, study warriors. 

Sincerely, 

Cassie