Study Party!

by Katelyn Block on January 27, 2011 · 24 comments

Hi lovies!! I hope your day has been great so far:)

Your comments on my last post were so sweet, thanks for being the best bloggy buddies! I can’t wait to go to more meetups and share the amazing raw love with you guys:)

(by the way, if you haven’t tried Cookie Dough in a Bowl, you have not lived. Just saying)

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You’re probably wondering about this party a la studyudying that I’m talking about.

Having just finished my last midterms and finals of senior year, I thought I should share some super-handy study tips I’ve learned over the years so you can throw your OWN study party…with your textbook!

All taking vodka eyeball shots can now leave the blog, please and thank you.

No, really.

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Whaddafuh? Sorry, but that doesn’t look like that much fun. Painful is more like it.

Anywho, grab your textbook, snackage, and here we go!

Chef Katelyn’s Study Tips:

  1. Organize your study space.

    I know that when I see clutter, my brain is cluttered. I can’t focus for the life of me if there’s a stack of laundry sitting on my desk (or on the floor..cough). Make the space yours and fit for focus (how’s that for alliteration?).


    Turn off your computer monitor, put the magazines away, and throw away that plate that is now covered in pretzel crumbs. Which brings me to number two!

  2. Get some serious snackage.

    I’m talking crunchy, delicious, and munchable. When it comes time for me to study, I can’t focus much since it involves sitting still, which is no bueno for a girl with boundless energy. My favorites are carrots/crudités with hummus, pretzels or an apple with almond butter, or just anything crunchitizing. It keeps me awake, keeps my mouth busy, and keeps my tummy happy! Over the past week, I’ve been enjoying loads of hummus with raisins and Cookie Dough Bowls :)


    I also like to sip on a green smoothie every now and then. It’s a giant boost of energy (GREEN!), and is the perfect vehicle for my favorite protein powder, almond butter, or some fruit all of the fruit in my house. (Beeteedubs, I’ll be doing a how-to post on Green Smoothies in the near future! Many of you are wondering how to make one, and make one taste GOOD. Never fear, CK is here!)

  3. Exercise!

    Not just for your booty, but for your happiness and general sanity. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, and I get SUPER stressed out about tests (probably more than I should). A girl’s gotta let that stressful energy out somewhere! Enter the Dreadmill. Or circuit training. Or ellipticizing, or whatever it is that you do to GET YOUR SWEAT ON:) Plus, exercise is clinically proven to boost energy and ability to focus, so go and Just Do It!

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    Orange you glad we don’t dress like this any more? If you do, I’m very sorry to disappoint you, but it looks like you’re wearing your underpants on top of your body suit. Just sayin’.

  4. Skip the caffeine.

    Yeah yeah yeah, I hear your groans. I used to be a java queen, drinking coffee like it was my J-O-B back in the seventh grade (I kid you not). I could not function without my daily cup of brown stuff or else I would be a terrifying monster. Centuries later, the only caffeine I get in my diet is from chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. So instead of the $5 espresso, why not double-fist some delicious holiday tea? Or even better, Yogi Tea’s Gingko Clarity.

    I sip this non-stop when I’m studying! It’s specially formulated to enhance your memory and help you focus (score!) and tastes REALLY good (double score!).

    But, if you REALLY can’t go without caffeine and turn into a shuddery wingnut, try some Yerba Mate on for size. The caffeine won’t send you on a spin/crash cycle; instead, it contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and B vitamins, as well as fatty acids, chlorophyll, flavanols, and polyphenols (the reasons why red wine, chocolate, and berries are so fantabulous for you!). It is said that Yerba Mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life" (you can read more on Yerba Mate here). You can hardly say as much for coffee, which in fact is highly acidic and causes cortisol levels to rise, decreasing your body’s ability to burn fat or gain muscle. Yowza!

    Even better, munch on some chocolate. It’s a gift from God, so eat it and don’t feel guilty at ALL because you are a butt-whoopin study fiend!

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  5. Keep it interesting.

    Change locations every hour, and your brain will process the information better. A change in environment can enhance your brain’s alertness, allowing the information you read to be remembered more efficiently when it is associated with different memories in your brain.

    To step it up a notch, switch subjects every hour. This is mainly for the reasons above, but also because it’s boring to study the same subject for hours on end. You’ll get more done (and enjoy it more!) if you have variety.

    Now that you’re keeping variety, take a break for a few minutes every 20 minutes to a half hour. Your brain needs breaks in order to stay alert! No wonder you’re falling asleep on your textbook;) Stretch, do some jumping jacks, grab a snack, go to the bathroom, whatever. Just get off your toosh!

  6. Determine what is most important.

    Dedicate yourself to what you know is going to be tested, especially parts that you don’t understand. Skim the rest, and you’ll be fine. Short on time? Use a review book or write down the most important sections, and study only that. I’ve found the Princeton Review and 5 Steps to a 5 books especially helpful!

  7. Don’t cram!

    Do NOT cram and end up in a jam (that rhymes:)). Instead, space your studying out for a few days, a week, or two weeks ahead of time. It sounds like it takes a ton of work, but it’s really not. You’ll thank yourself when you aren’t freaking out the night before!

  8. SLEEP.

    In all truthfulness, the most useful and important tip of all. Set a “cut-off” time for yourself, and make sure you close the books at that time and get to bed. You’ll want to stay up late and read those last few chapters of notes, but when it comes down to it, none of that is going to matter if you’re tired while you’re studying or falling asleep on your test the next day. Your reasoning skills will be way sharper with a good night’s rest! Plus, you’ll probably be a lot more cheerful:)

  9. Rewrite your notes.

    Make flashcards, redraw drawings, or simply copy over your notes. Writing or drawing it over again will help to cement it in your memory. Plus, flash cards are great for quick reference and quizzing yourself! Hollaa

 

So now that you’re a pro at studying, let’s study party it up! Who’s bringing the cookies?

To read study tips from the experts, you can check out:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gab at UneVieSaine!! She just turned 21 aka real party, not one with textbooks. And her blog is awesome, so go wish her happy birthday! All of us at CK are sending you love and giant margarita glasses:)

So, tell me…

What are your favorite study tips?

Uh, duh. Scroll up please.

What are the best ways you’ve found to stay focused?

Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. And Dreadmilling!

Will you send me a new loofah? Mine broke:(

Seriously, this is a problem. How am I supposed to suds up with this?!

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Sorry, body wash. I’ll be seeing bar soap for a little while.

(p.s. If you see me and I smell less than delectable, blame the loofah, not me.)

On the agenda for tonight?

  • Dinner
  • Catch up on blogs
  • Going to SLEEP!

I have been getting hardly any sleep because of exams, and yesterday I took a napsky that ended up being more like a hibernation. I take my naps seriously, people!

Have a good night, and see you tomorrow for Indulgence Friday! I’m already planning a scrumdiddlyumptious brekkie, stay tuned!

xoxox,

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Stephanie January 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I drink Yerba Mate and love it. Definitely no crash. I knew people would think that I couldn't enjoy the greatest gift to mankind…chocolate..duh…on the all raw diet. Glad to see you provin otherwise!

I love to run (treadmill or trails) before a great study session. :)

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Kelly@rahraw.blog.co January 27, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Never tried Yerba Mate, but sounds interesting. The only other tip I have for studying is right before you plop your head down on the pillow, reread your notes (or if it's something you have to memorize). I always remember things better in the morning when they are really fresh in my mind right before I go to sleep.

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Gillian January 27, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I love your study tips! These days it's more 'work concentration' then studying for me, but I find lots of herbal tea, green tea, brisk walks outside, and of course, chocolate help! Also exercising first thing in the morning, because after a long day at work I'm wiped!

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Haha yes, ALWAYS chocolate!! :)

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runyogarepeat January 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Seriously great tips! I always type up my notes to review them and/or make flashcards. I'm actually a notetaker for a class this semester (for students who have trouble studying, etc.) and get reimbursed with meal point coupons enough for coffee/tea/snack. It's awesome!

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM

That's genius!! Slash I love flashcards, they are my fifth appendage when it comes to study time

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theamazonprincess January 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

My loofah did that once too! :( It was a sad day.

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:25 PM

I know I had a funeral basically, how am I supposed to use body wash now?!

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Hollie @ Lolzthatswi January 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Always keep a neat clean study space. I cannot even begin to work in my room when it is gross and grimey.

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Ohhhmygoodness, me too! I am such a neat freak!

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Sophia @ Raven Waves January 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Great tips!! My best study tip would be to make your own study guide. It always helped me to re-write out some of the most important points I learned in class.

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Same!! It's the perfect way to put all of the important stuff in one place:)

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Laura January 27, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Good tips! I have my last exam tomorrow- bio provincial.
I always rewrite notes in my own words so it makes sense to me, and draw out diagrams, examples etc.

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM

That is my favorite way to study, even though it seems tedious at the time:)

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Olivia January 27, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I'm so lucky to have stumbled upon your blog, you are too cute and have such good looking meals:) I'm a teenager too with a passion for living a healthy, happy life full of great food, fab fitness and everything in between! Check out my blog, I certainly can't wait to read more of your's girl!! :) (oh yeah, and i'm trying your protein cookie dough bowl tomorrow..omg it looks amaze)

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Thanks girl!! I will check out your bloggity blog:)

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Molly January 27, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Cute post Katelyn! Loved the study tips, I need them! I really need to work on #7… Cram is my middle name :P
Night!

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Girl me too! It's okay though, I am trying to break out of the habit:)

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movesnmunchies January 27, 2011 at 8:52 PM

i could not agree more with these! my big ones are sleep, exercise, snack, organize and prioritize! i love your advice about changing locations!

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Organizing is my big thing! I use my planner for EVERYTHING

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Stefanie January 27, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Awesome tips!! Besides for the caffeine one–I still need my cup o' joe! ;) Although I do switch to tea at night!

I've never had Yerba Mate–but with all of those benefits it's on my list of things to try!

I always re-write my notes! In fact, I type them up so they're organized and easy to read through. Works like a charm. :)

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Good for you girl! That's such a great tip, my bio teacher always suggests it and I SOMETIMES use his advice:)

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Hungry Dancer January 27, 2011 at 11:31 PM

Ew eye vodka shots!! That looks/sounds awful!! Great tips!!

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Katelyn January 28, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I know, doesn't it?!

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