A Day in the Life

Greetings everyone!

For today’s saturdaystudying @ maryplethora I decided that I would do an A Day in the Life post of a day where I mostly spend the entire day studying. So get ready for an epic tale of Chemistry and Maths revision, noodles and a trip to my Gran’s.

A few weekends ago I was so lucky as to have the entire house to myself. As I am still in the Norwegian equivalent of High School, I still live with my parents and my younger brother, so being all alone is quite uncommon. Anyway, my parents were away and my little brother was as well. This means that for most of the weekend I was able to do completely as I wished, and therefor get quite a lot of work done. Sunday was only one of my work days, and I thought I’d take you through how such a day can go for me.

8:33 – Woke up after a night of hectic dreaming. I can’t remember what about, but I didn’t really feel rested when I woke up. Oh well. Time to get out of bed.

8:45 – First cup of tea of the day is steeping and the kitchen is mostly tidied after yesterday’s dinner. Now to making breakfast, as I can’t get anything done on an empty stomach.

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8:50 – Eating breakfast and having tea while reviewing yesterday’s and today’s to-do lists. Actually I realised after taking this picture that I hadn’t made today’s list yet, which was surprising as I’m always several days in advance when making them.

9:00 – Deciding that it was time for multitasking and started some light blog work while finishing up my breakfast. It’s still a bit soon after waking up to start on actual schoolwork.

9:30 – Finished writing and posting blog post, as well as a tumblr post about the post. Shameless self promo for life. Now to the next thing on the newly made to-do list: Chemistry.

9:42 – After some more time spent on the blog, I’m actually going to start the Chemistry.

10:17 – Back from a break from work. This one involved reading emails, a change of clothes, some washing up and making a second cup of tea.

10:44 – Took out the rubbish and had a bathroom break. I’m maybe halfway through Chemistry now.

11:10 – Finished Chemistry and got hungry again. Seeing as I’m not having dinner until four, I made noodles. Also, I decided a break was in order before starting Maths.

11:40 – The break turned out to be longer than it probably should have, but at least I got some pictures for a future blog post. Also, doing stuff while eating noodles is pretty difficult.

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12:00 – Still not finished the noodles, but I’m at least getting started on my Maths work.

2:30 – Third cup of tea made, still working on Maths.

3:20 – Finished Maths, finally. I hate binomial expansion to the depts of hell. Now to get ready for dinner with my Gran.

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3:45 – Leaving for dinner. My Gran lives about 15 minutes from us if you walk, so that’s what I’m doing. It’s so sad to see that it’s already getting dark, and I even had to put on my winter coat to keep warm. I’m dreading the winter.

4:55 – Dinner is eaten and it was delicious. As was the strawberries we had afterwards!

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6:15 – Post-dinner nap is done with and now we’re having cake. And I was only planning on staying for an hour.

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7:15 – Just got home and cleaned up some stuff, and now I’m starting my second maths session. Yay productivity.

8:20 – Finished maths for the second time! Now to some work on another blog post, while watching Suits. I swear that it was easier to stop after one episode in the last season!

8:55 – Finished typing up another blog post. Next stop: Bathroom! Then another episode of Suits and bed time. Ah, I miss my bed.

9:40 – Finished the Suits episode and got inspiration for another blog post. Bed time postponed.

10:07 – Blog post all typed up, just lacking the main photo. Now to bed, finally. God, it’s been a long, but fortunately productive day.

Do you guys have any special routines for a day reserved for studying, or do you start off without plan and just go from there? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

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Study Tips Review

So today I’m going to be going over what I’ve been doing lately to study for my Chemistry class, as well as what I like and don’t like about everything. These things could be helpful in any subject, but some things might be more relevant in science subjects.

Taking notes from the syllabus:

This was the basis for me improving my understanding of the subject. I’d been taking it for a year, but I’d not yet had the “Aha!” moment of understanding. Since I do the IB and the syllabus is the same all over the world I found some very handy videos to help me. They are made by Richard Thornely and there is one for every learning outcome. I found this really helpful, for several reasons. It took me through, at length, the entire syllabus and I got a revision that way. I also took notes, which helped me learn it. And finally, these notes were very helpful later, especially as my textbook isn’t very good explanation wise. I refer to these notes a lot, and I know that they’re correct.

Rewrite notes / Make mind-maps:

For one of my options in Chemistry, I rewrote my syllabus notes, making them neater, shorter and more condensed. This form suited this chapter really well, as there was a lot of lists and explanations, rather than formulas and the like.

For the rest of the chapters, where there were more formulas and equations, I made mind-maps. I managed to condense down every chapter onto one A4 page. This really helped me sort through the information and figure out what was important. It is also super convenient, because now I have 12 pages of mind-maps I can bring everywhere, instead of a bundle of notes. It is also super quick to reference and find exactly what I’m looking for. I did find that mind-maps were not as convenient for all type of content though. There were two chapters I didn’t make mind-maps for, simply because the information didn’t fit the format.

Do ALL the tasks:

Another handy thing about the IB system is that the exams as the same all over the world. This means that the previous exams are relatively easy to find online. Our teacher actually put out a lot of them for us, so we have had tonnes of questions to do. This is so helpful, because when it comes to the exam, even if I don’t know the answer, chances are that I have at least seen the the type of question before.

Also, doing questions – and then correcting them using the mark scheme!!! – is a great way to assess what you know and what you need to go over again. After I do the initial readings of the material, I mostly just do questions, and then read the over the material I struggled with. This way my learning get more focused and I can spend time of the things that I actually need to work on.

Wants – What do I have bookmarked?

Greetings everyone!

I have a lot to do today, so I just thought I’d bring you a short and sweet blog post, giving you an overview over what I currently have bookmarked in my “Wants” folder. And of course, all of these things are somehow related to school or studying.

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1. Bookstand 2. Piccadilly notebook 3. Staedler Triplus Fineliners 4. Monsieur notebook 5. Kikki K. Paper Lover’s Book

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6. Basic Planner 7. Molang pencil case 8. Molang diary

And that’s it guys. Some of the things that I’m wanting to get at the moment. Do you guys have anything that you’re currently itching to purchase?

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2015 Bullet Journal Setup

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Greetings everyone!

I have gotten so many questions about this lately, and something tells me that it’s not just me that is excited to start organising for the new year. Oh yes, and by the way, happy new year and welcome to the first official post of 2015. Now let me try to walk you through what will probably be a very image heavy post about my 2015 Bullet Journal Setup.


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This is what I use for my bullet journal. It is Moleskine Large Squared Notebook. It works perfectly for me. It has a hard cover and an elastic closure, which is super convenient when I just throw it in my schoolbag and bring it with me. The size is also good for this; enough room, but not so big that it’s a hassle to bring with me. As for the pen I mainly use, it is a pilot G-2, which I absolutely love, because the grip is perfect and it writes really smoothly. I also have some coloured pens that I use, and they are of the Stabilo brand. I’ll get to the colour coding in a bit.

I thought I’d do this post in a walkthrough style, so i’ll just flip through the notebook and show you guys the order that everything is in. 

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On the inside of the cover I’ve stuck on my master task list. This replaces the monthly task list that you find in the original bullet journal. Since I’m still in school, I mostly operate in terms, rather than months. However, i also have things that go over several terms, so I just work with a master task list instead of a separate one for each term. Here I just write everything that I need to get done, with due dates if they have a time the tasks need to be done by. On the opposite side I just have my personal information underneath the sticky note and two small “Ideas” post-its.

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Flipping to the first spread, I have my index. I reserved a double page, but if that’s not enough I’ll just make a new one and put a page marker on it. Here I just put all the entires to my bullet journal, so that I can easily find them later.

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For the first section of my bullet journal I have six of the traditional bullet journal spreads, just so that I can forward plan. As a student, it is important for me to be able to plan further than a month ahead. Since I don’t like to reserve space for my dailies, I just put all the spreads in front. Here I put due dates, when I’m hanging out with friends, days off from school or any appointments I have. I think that when I get to May, I’ll make the six new spreads. Or maybe when I get to June. We’ll just see what fits the best. Anyway, June/July is a good place to have that break, I think, as that is a time of year when I don’t have that many appointments and things going on. 

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I have my exams in May, but I didn’t feel like I’d have enough space to fill out all information in the monthly calendar, so I made an exam schedule. Here I fill out the date, time, subject, number of paper and everything. It’s nice to have it there to look it up. On the opposite page, I have my blog schedule until May, so you all have a lot to be excited about on that front!

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After my schedules I did my December dailies. This is what a typical page in my bullet journal looks like, minus the extensive doodling. Here i write everything that I have to do, including any blog posts I’m putting up, any appointments I have or if i’m hanging out with anyone. I also have my to do lists here, and it’s so nice to have everything gathered in one place like this.

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As I finished my december dailies, I decided to do a bit of a 2015 goal page, where I wrote up some of the things I want to focus on doing in 2015. Most likely I’ll fill it up further as we get into the year. On the other side I have my “To Read and Watch” list, which is a list over movies, tv shows and books that I want to get through this year. I find lists like these super helpful when I need something new to entertain myself with.

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This spread has my Wishlist on one side and some blog post ideas on the other. On my Wishlist I put anything that I think of that I might want to buy, so that when I have some extra money and want to treat myself to something I can buy myself something that I’ve been wanting. In-between the pages I taped this little “Stay Inspired” card that I now look at every time I flick to the page of my blog ideas. It really is a nice message to see every time I want to start a new blog post. 

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This is the start of my January Dailies. I also made a post it note with the title Dailies, where I can write stuff that needs to be done every day, so that I can move that forward with my daily entries to remember to put these things on my to do lists. At the moment it says “Promo” and “Studying”. On the other side I have a little Money page, where I record what money I spend and what I receive. It is by no means a serious thing, just more to see what I spend my money on.

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The last page I have started as of now is my second blog schedule, which is the one for May. This will again be helpful for forward planning. On these schedules I also have boxes where I cross of whether the post is finalised and posted or not. 

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These are the my keys. I drew them out on graph paper and stuck them to the back of the notebook so that I can flip them out and still see them while I have my daily pages open. The top seven colours are for my different classes, and I use that to differentiate homework, tests and stuff without having to write out the separate class names every time. This is basically the way I organise my bullet journal, and I tried to keep the symbols minimal, so that it wouldn’t be too much of a bother. 

So there you go, guys. This is my bullet journal as off right now, and I am really happy with the way that I have it set up. 
I’d love to see you guys’ bullet journals, so if you make a post about yours, tag it with maryplethora so that I get to see it!

What’s in my schoolbag?

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Greetings everyone!

I think it was a few weeks ago that I was asked if I could do one of these, and of course I can! However, when I was going to take the pictures for this post I remembered that I’d very cleverly cleared away all my stuff for the holidays. This will therefore be an overview of what I would usually put in there, what purpose it serves etc. I also keep a separate canvas bag with me where I carry my binder, a notebook and maybe a textbook.

But enough with the babbling, let’s have a look at my backpack!


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  1. So this is my backpack. It is a battered and well loved Fjellreven backpack, which is probably older than I am. Together with the canvas bag I use, it holds everything that I need, and it is a very practical size to carry around. It has one-man compartment, with a very thin laptop pocket that is probably not a laptop pocket. There is also one zip compartment on the front, and two vertical compartments on the sides, where I usually put my water bottle and umbrella.
  2. I always bring my laptop to school, as we usually work on our computers in class and take notes on them. My macbook air is very practical for this as it is super lightweight and very small, making it ver portable. And of course I also bring my charger. 
  3. This is my fauxdori, which holds my current bullet journal and my little blog book. I am not completely happy with the setup, so we’ll see how long it lasts. And I mean, erhm, if I happen to get a moleskine for christmas… Then I might use that one. And by the way, the first post of 2015 will be a bullet journal post, so get excited!
  4. This is without a doubt the most random thing in my bag. It is a pouch, that was actually my dad’s in the 80s, and it just holds a bunch of random stuff. Painkillers, lipsticks, hand cream, stickers, safety pins, a book lamp. You name it, it is probably in there. I just carry this around in case I happen to need something in it. 
  5. This is the bigger  of my pencil cases, where I keep coloured pens, whiteout, extra of everything. Yeah.
  6. This is my main pencil case, which holds my most used writing utensils, an eraser, my ruler etc. I actually did a What’s in my pencil case(s) post, if you want to get a more detailed look at the contents. 

And that is everything I carry around in my backpack! As mentioned I carry a binder, textbooks and notebooks as well, but those go in my tote and are really just very generic.

Now, I am very curious as to what you guys see as an essential to bring with you to school or university! Tell me about it?

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Study Tip: Snapchat Testing

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Greetings everyone!

The next two posts are actually both going to be on testing or quizzing, but in slightly different ways. So I was thinking that we should start with the funnest and least conventional way: Snapchat testing.

Almost everyone uses snapchat these days, and I am here to tell you that it can actually be pretty useful. Especially if you have a friend, or more, that are studying for the same test as you and that are in your class. If this is the case, then this might just be the thing for you.

It is actually very simple. You just snap a picture (or selfie, if you want) with a question on it, and the the person you snap chatted just responds with a snap with the answer.

Alternately you can decide ahead on a topic or type of question, and then just send each other prompts. For example if you decide on dates, you could just send “Stalin’s death”, and the the person could reply with the correct date (5th of March 1953).

As much as you can set up “study sessions” for using this method, it gets even more fun when you just randomly receive these kind of snaps throughout the day and then just have to stop in your tracks for a moment to think about what the answer actually was.

So that was the nice, little and even maybe fun study tip of the day. Please tell me how you get on with it!

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