5 Things To NOT Do When Studying

I’ve covered various studying topics such as stress, revision tips and productivity, but I’ve never mentioned what I believe you shouldn’t do whilst you’re studying. Obviously, the aim of having a study session is to get as much information into your head as possible. Not doing certain things maximises the information that goes into your head and so I thought I’d share with you some things I recommend you never do when trying to study:

Don’t…

… Study Without Water!

No, never study without water (and I mean WATER). You must keep hydrated in order to keep you brain engaged and focused on what you’re doing. If you want to have another drink as well, such as coffee, you need to make sure you have a cup/bottle of water as well. This is because coffee etc. is not nearly as hydrating as water. Water is clean and fresh and your brain will like you a lot if you drink it!

… Watch something whilst studying!

Whereas it might sound like a great idea to watch the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy whilst revising for your American History exam (two birds one stone, am I right???), it is not. Likely you’ll be too far sucked into the world of Seattle Grace Hospital are more likely to remember the last person Meredith kissed (because who knows who that was!!), than any actual American History. If you’re studying you should focus completely on what you’re meant to be doing, not anything else. Otherwise, what’s the point? You can use watching things as a reward to do after studying! Unless you have to watch a TED talk/webinar etc. I don’t recommend watching anything until you’re done!

… Have too many distractions!

This links with the last point but this time, I’m bringin’ out the big guns! Distractions include: Social Media, Tumblr, Friends who are not studying, noisy siblings, the PlayStation, your phone and more. I know you’re thinking, how do I avoid these? Luckily, I have solutions!

For anything distracting on your computer/phone/tablet, I highly recommend the Forest app. I’ve mentioned it before. On your phone/tablet, you select the amount of time you want to study for and it grows a little tree in your phone. If you leave the app, it dies! On a computer, it’s a similar concept except you type in distracting websites and it kills the tree if you go onto them. If you’re not that disciplined, you could ask someone to take your phone for you whilst you’re studying and you could use a temporary website blocker to block distracting websites (still allowing ou access to websites you may actually need).

For dealing with distracting people around you, I highly recommend a trip to the library. You can study in there almost distraction free. You get a decent amount of space and most libraries offer free computer use/WiFi.

Listening to quiet, not too overpowering, music is fine. It has been shown to help some people study!

… Not take breaks!

It’s very important to take breaks because your brain can’t deal with too much information and you’ll become tired. You should take an at least 30 minute – 1 hour break (minimum) for every 2 hours of studying. You can’t study all the time, you need to relax too.

… Study too late at night!

I don’t know if I’m weird or not, but I love getting up early because I feel much more energised and like I have loads more time to do the things I want to do! That isn’t the point I’m trying to make here, I’m not saying we should ALL get up at the crack of dawn! I believe that you shouldn’t study too far into the evening to the point it interferes with your wake-sleep pattern. Your sleep is just as, if not more, important that your studies and in order to study well, you need adequate sleep. You see, it’s all connected! This isn’t a problem for me as I do things much earlier in the day!

You also shouldn’t cram all night! This isn’t healthy and your brain will not appreciate it and your exam performance may suffer. What you should do is revise/create revision materials of the course of the year/term/module so that you can revise near your exam without it affecting your sleep pattern!

I hope this post is useful for some of you and improves your studying experience!

Thanks for reading – what are you currently studying?

What I’m Doing At University #1

I’ve mentioned a few times now that I was going to do a post about my university plans, and now I’ve decided to do it! No, I haven’t yet applied for university yet. Applications can be submitted from the 5th September and they have to be in by the 15th January. However, I have chosen the courses I want to apply for (You can choose up to five!) and I’ve near enough finished my application. I thought that now would be a good time to explain some of my future plans as in September 2019, I could begin pursuing them! Obviously it is still early days, anything could happen. Of course, I’ll be updating you along the way, but this is what I’ve got so far:

My University Plans

You’ve probably seen my University Open Days post where I mentioned that I already knew where I wanted to go prior to the open days, but I didn’t say where! The university I have chosen to apply for is the University of Sussex. Out of the three I visited, I liked Sussex the most. It’s closest to home, it offers the courses I want to do and it’s a good, well respected university. The other two, unfortunately, didn’t get that adrenaline running so much even though they are also great universities and lots of students love them. Sussex is the place for me though, I can feel it. I’m planning to go back to another open day in September or October so I can find out as much information as possible before I need to focus on passing my A Levels.

I want to live my first year in university halls. I know it’ll be tough living away from home and my parents, but I feel like I’ll be able to absorb myself and appreciate university life more. Obviously, having not applied yet, I haven’t applied for accommodation either. That’ll come in another update! I want to able to adjust and get in a proper routine in my first year, when not much matters, before I get chucked in the deep end! If all else fails, I’m only an hour and half away on the train, or half an hour by car.

Now for the important bit, choices! Choosing courses was tough for me because I’m not going to come out of college with three A Levels, which is the entry requirement for most courses. I’m coming out with two full A Levels (Photography and Psychology), an AS Level (Biology) and an EPQ (Psychology based, worth an AS Level). So, I’ll have the equivalent of three A Levels, but I won’t actually have three A Levels. It’s complicated. I have used up all five of my course choices, and they’re all for the University of Sussex. My five choices are Biomedical Science BSc, Medical Neuroscience BSc, Psychology Bsc, Biosciences Foundation Year and Psychology Foundation Year. I have to apply for the two foundation years because I have to accept that I don’t, and won’t, meet the exact entry requirements for the full bachelor degrees from the get-go. I spoke with someone from admissions and they said that I should apply for the full courses too as I might be able to go in as a special case (as I didn’t choose to drop my third A Level). This way it saves me from having to go into clearing, or adjustment on results day.

My top choice is Biomedical Science, or the Bioscience Foundation Year if I don’t make it straight on. The foundation year allows me to get my skills up in order to partake in the full degree (in my case it could be either Biomedical Science or Medical Neuroscience) after successfully completing the year. If I do Biomedical Science, I would ideally like to go on to do Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, or St George’s University, London. This is what I really want to do, but of course I have alternative options if this doesn’t go as planned.

I chose Medical Neuroscience as well as Biomedical Science because having my full Psychology A Level means I have a better chance of getting onto the course as it is one of the entry requirements. I can still go on to do GEM from here, but I chose Biomedical Science over this because I think that I’d be more interested in it, and it’d be more useful. But this course certainly holds a lot of interest for me too, otherwise I wouldn’t have chosen it.

Then there’s Psychology. I’m good at Psychology and it’s currently my favourite subject, but it’s now serving as my back up plan. Psychology is my back up plan because ideally I won’t need the foundation year in this course (though I’m still applying to be on the safe side) and so I can get straight onto it. I don’t think I want to make Psychology my career though, as my as I enjoy it. I wouldn’t turn it down if there was absolutely no way of getting onto my top choices though. I wouldn’t be unhappy, it’s still medical related and I can still help people, which is my prime goal I guess.

I’m trying everything I can to get onto my top choice. I’m doing hospital work experience, I’m teaching myself A Level Chemistry (the college won’t allow me to take up another course, not without dropping photography anyway which would leave me with only one A Level) and I’m going to be delving deep into some Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Future Learn courses. So, nobody can say I didn’t try!

This is all I know at the moment, I’ll be sure to write updates as the situation progresses! My UCAS application is pretty much ready to go, just got to polish off those final details in my Personal Statement!

Thanks for reading – what are your future plans?

GRWM: Gymnastics

I’ve never done a Get Ready With Me post before because I don’t really go anywhere, except gymnastics! I thought that I’d try it out! I’m going to explain the steps I take almost every week in order to get ready to go to gymnastics. I always have gymnastics in the evening and I have it every Thursday and Friday and occasionally Wednesday. So, let’s get ready for gymnastics:

GRWM: Gymnastics

STEP ONE: Bath

I start getting reading for gymnastics at roughly 4pm, as my classes (except the Wednesday one) start at 6pm. Most of the time, especially in the winter, I start off by having a warm bath. This is to warm my muscles through a bit so that I am not really really stiff when I go to stretch. After I get out the bath, I tend to lightly moisturise my arms and legs so that it isn’t too horrible when my coach goes to spot me!

STEP TWO: Stretch

I like to stretch immediately after I get out the bath while my muscles are still nice and warm so that it is a bit easier. I also like to do it so that it doesn’t matter so much if I haven’t stretched properly during the proper warm up!

STEP THREE: Get Changed

I would then get changed into my leotard, and usually shorts as well. For some reason, I always wear shorts at my Thursday class, but I haven’t be wearing them at my Friday class lately!

STEP FOUR: Wash Face

I like to wash my face before gym so that I can remove any makeup I may have on and so that I feel a bit fresher.

STEP FIVE: Hair

After that, I would sort out my hair. It must be tied up for gym. I usually opt for a pony tail with a scrunchie! A good hack I discovered for sweeping away all those baby hairs at the front, is to spray some hairspray onto an old/unused toothbrush and gently brush back the hairs towards your pony tail! Trust me it works!

STEP SIX: Practise Basic Skills

If I have time before dinner, I would usually use the time to practise some skills! If it’s nice outside, I would go on the trampoline, or if it isn’t then I just do what I can in the house! I don’t do too much though or I wouldn’t have the energy to do anything at gym!

STEP SEVEN: Dinner

At around 5pm or before, I would have dinner. I don’t like to have it much later than that because I need it to settle in my stomach before I start leaping around!

STEP EIGHT: Sort Out Bag

I would then make sure I have everything I need in my gym bag! If you’d like to see what’s in my gym bag, check out THIS post!

STEP NINE: Look Presentable

Just before I leave, I go and put some proper clothes on over my leotard etc. especially when it’s cold in the winter!

STEP TEN: Leave!

Finally, I would either get in the car to leave or walk to gymnastics!

I hope you enjoyed my first GRWM post!

Thanks for reading

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review

You may have seen my Glossier ‘Balm.com’ review back in April, where I did a mini review of the free sample of Milky Jelly Cleanser I recieved. Now, I finally took the plunge and bought myself a full sized bottle! I quite liked the free sample and luckily I like the real thing just as much! Although some of Glossier’s products can be slightly expensive I do honestly think that it is worth it! I’ve had a very good experience with their products so far! Anyway, here’s my experience of the Milky Jelly Cleanser:

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser Review

I thought I’d start by explaining what the Milky Jelly Cleanser is, that would probably make sense! Milky Jelly Cleanser is a conditioning face wash that can be used on wet or dry skin. It comes in a 177ml (6 FL OZ) bottle with an easy to use pump. Now, it isn’t just another moisturiser. You can’t just rub it in and go about your day. You massage it gently onto your face and then rinse it. I tend to use a wet flannel to rinse it off. It’s a face cleaner, you see. You can use it to simply wash your face but it also removes makeup. Result!

I didn’t expect to like it that much, but I really do! Using it at the start of the day wakes me up and it makes your skin so soft! I apply it using my hands, but I’m certain there’s other ways of doing it! A great bonus is that it SMELLS GOOD! I actually want to put it on my face! I can also see the bottle lasting quite a while! It can feel slightly sticky at first but that goes away really quickly and leaves you super soft!

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this product. It soothes, moisturises and the best part is that Glossier’s brand is cruelty free! Milky Jelly Cleanser costs £15 on glossier.com for the full sized bottle or £8 for a mini 66ml (2 FL OZ). Click HERE if you’d like to get 10% off your first Glossier order, you won’t regret it!

I hope you enjoyed my 2nd Glossier review! I also hope that you’ve enjoyed all my recent posts!

*This post contains no affliate link however using the 10% off link allows me to gain store credit but this doesn’t affect you or your order in any way, except the fact you get money off*

Thanks for reading – are you going to try out Glossier?

How To Care For Your Retainer

On Monday (23rd July), I returned to my orthodontist to get my retainer fitted after having my braces off a couple of weeks ago! She spoke to me about the care of the retainer and I thought it would be really useful to share my knowledge with you. I’m hoping that this will be useful for people with braces now, getting braces soon or people who have forgotten how to care for their retainer! If you like to find out more about living with braces themselves, I wrote THIS post a while back, you could check that out!

*Also I know the photos may seem a bit gross but I promise, I photographed my spare set… These have never been in my mouth!!*

How To Care For Your Retainer

I’d just like to put it out there that when you first get it put on, it does hurt and it does feel weird, but the more you take it out and not wear it, 1) your teeth may move back and 2) it will hurt MORE! Taking good care of your retainer should make the experience more comfortable for you!

Use The Box!

Firstly, you will hopefully be supplied with a small box/case to put your retainer in. I would recommend putting them back in the box every time you take it out to eat, drink, play sport, brush your teeth etc. This prevents them getting lost, broken or dirty! Sometimes you may be given a colour option for your case, so make sure you pick a colour you like! I wasn’t given a choice unfortunately, but I was given a nice purple sparkly one. Ooooo! It might be worth sticking your name on it as well, in case you lose it at school or out in public!

Clean it!

Next up is washing! Your orthodontist may try to sell you a bunch of nifty retainer cleaning products. Whereas it’s up to your personal preference, you don’t actually NEED,need them! My orthodontist told me to just run them under cold water when I take them out to brush my teeth, and perhaps use your/a clean toothbrush to clean them a bit! That’s all it needs! You should know that you definitely shouldn’t use toothpaste or soap to clean your retainer! Water and a brush does the trick just right!

Wear it at appropriate times!

Another way to take care of them is making sure you’re not wearing them when you’re eating, drinking (anything but water) or playing (particularly contact) sport. Wearing them at these times could cause them to get sticky and may even break in your mouth, which could damage your teeth or cause other problems!

If possible, purchase an extra set!

I understand that retainers are expensive to replace, thus taking care of them is really important! If your orthodontist offers you a second spare set at a reduced price, I’d definitely recommend taking them up on that in case something does happen! But, you should always make sure you’re taking care of them!

I hope this post was useful for those who need it! I understand that this doesn’t concern a lot of people! I hope you’ve been enjoying my recent posts!

Thanks for reading!