6 Study Tips For College Kids (And Other Busy People)

Hey there everyone! As a current college student, sometimes I feel like my life is totally consumed by my classes and schoolwork. Nursing requires hours of studying from the textbook every night, and it can get really overwhelming. So I wanted to share with you some of my tips for successful studying and keeping the stress levels controlled. I think that these tips work not only for college kids, but for busy bloggers as well! Read on for more!


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1. Use Your Resources.

Tutors aren’t just there to look pretty-they’re there to help you succeed! Same with your professors. Their job is to help you learn, so take advantage of that and go to office and tutoring hours to review any questions you might have and stay on top of your work.

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2. Set aside a specific time to study each day.

It’s hard to make study time a priority in college with so many time demands from friends, clubs, and work. Make sure to set aside a specific time every day to study, so that you get into a routine and get used to doing it each day.

3. Put away distractions.

Turn that phone off and put it where you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind! If you don’t need it to study, put your computer away and just focus on the textbook or notes you took. Which brings us to number 4-

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4. Take good notes.

Taking notes might seem time consuming and difficult while in class, but they’re so helpful to look back on and connect the material from the textbook to what your professor is saying. Studies have shown that if you don’t take notes, 60% of what you hear in class is forgotten after just 9 hours- yikes! Avoid this by reviewing and rewriting your notes after class to help you retain the information.

5. Eat Healthy Snacks.

Snacking is something all of us do, but when you’re stressed and studying it’s too easy to sit down with a new bag of chips and find it’s empty an hour later! Stock up on healthier snacks like blueberries, yogurt, and almonds that contain brain-boosting compounds (and taste delicious too).

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6. Leave time for yourself.  

Sure, studying is really important. And you’re in college to learn. But breaks are important too; they give your brain time to recharge and help you do better in the long run. Take a 15 minute break for every hour of studying, and you’ll find yourself much less stressed than trying to do all of it at once. Grab dinner with friends or binge-watch some Netflix (I recommend Once Upon A Time 😉 ). It won’t kill you or your GPA to take a break every once in a while!


I targeted this post towards college kids like me, but I think these tips can be applied to blog work as well! What do you think? What study strategies do you use? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Love Kiki

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4 Ways To Make A House A Home

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Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope your week is going well 🙂 Today I want to talk about something I love doing-decorating! This past Saturday I moved into my first ever house! Granted, it’s still technically campus housing, and I’m sharing it with two lovely housemates, but it’s still the first time I’ve been living away from home outside of a dorm! I’m super excited. It’s so much fun to have your own space to do what you like with, but at the same time, it can be super stressful to have the added responsibility of caring for an entire house. Here are my favorite low-maintenance ways to make a living space feel lived in with minimal effort!

1: Plants!

Plants are the perfect way to making your surroundings more aesthetically pleasing and add a little freshness to a room. I prefer succulents and cacti, because they require less upkeep than regular plants, and they’re still gorgeous! If you like, you can plant them in cute pots like these ones from Etsy to fit the theme of your space.

Gold Ombre Pot

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Kitty Cat Planters

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Dinosaurs!

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2: Decorate Your Walls

Tapestries and posters can instantly transform a space. You can find something to suit any style. I love my concert posters and mandala tapestry, but if your tastes don’t lean toward a boho style, there’s lots of different ways to decorate! I love motivational posters like the one below. If you do like tapestries, you can find my blue one here!

Dreams Don’t Work Poster

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Woodstock Poster

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3: Set Up Your Space

One great (and free!) way to make a house feel like a home is to rearrange the furniture the way that you like it. If, like me, you’re living in a prefurnished house or in a dorm room, the way the furniture was left by the previous occupants may not suit you. Rearranging it to the way you prefer it will make you feel more like the house is really yours, and you’ll feel more comfortable there!

4: Make Your Workspace Appealing

Since I both love blogging and am a student, big part of my life is sitting at my desk. I’m sure a lot of you are in the same boat! It’s so much easier to get work done when you want to be sitting in that space, as I’m sure you know. Sunshine is essential for me, as well as fun desk accessories! Here are some of the desk decor items I’ve been loving!

This Mean Girls inspired mousepad

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Mascara and Caffeine Mug

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Paperweight

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I stuck to a color theme here, but you can find pieces to match anything! I find that metallics and bright colors make me feel more energized.

What are your favorite ways to make a house feel homey? Do you like to decorate too? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, and have a lovely day! 🙂

Love Kiki

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How To Be A Good Roommate

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Roommates! We’ve all heard horror stories, or maybe we’ve lived them. I was lucky enough to have an amazing roommate my freshman year (Shoutout to the lovely Monica!), but many of my friends were not. Living with someone you’ve never met before can be a daunting concept! As the next school year rapidly approaches, whether you’re done with college, are currently attending one, or have yet to apply, the thought of living with a random person for nine months or so is enough to set anyone on edge. As a rising college sophomore, I thought I’d share my tips for making living with another person go smoothly!

  1. Set ground rules-what’s off limits, what’s okay, what’s not okay. You guys will be spending so much time together, it’s a good idea to lay down the law at the beginning. Think of it as a pre-nup for your roommate-hood! Discuss what’s allowed when, whether overnight guests are okay, what the other party is comfortable with. It will make both of you feel much more relaxed!
  1. Have a study space away from your room. Spending study time outside your shared space gives your roommate some alone time, as well as giving you a better spot to focus on your work. It’s hard to be productive when there’s someone perfectly willing to discuss last night’s Pretty Little Liars episode for hours on end with you!
  1. Make friends other than your roommate. It’s awesome to be friends with your roommate, but it’s also hard to spend a lot of time with them outside of the room, since you’re already living with them! It’s easy to get sick of one person, and since you have to live with them for the whole year, try not to get fed up with them quickly!
  1. Talk about what’s bothering you. This is the biggest one. Bottling little annoyances up is what causes tension and fights. Don’t be passive-aggressive! Do you hate when they throw their clothes on your side? Do their feet smell heinous? Tell them! It’s the only way to really resolve the issue.
  1. Be understanding! Remember, they’re also sharing their space with someone else, and it may take a little while for you to get used to each other.

I hope these help! Any good roommate stories to share? How do you make the roomie situation go smoothly? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Love Kiki

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3 Ways To Relax (That You Haven’t Already Tried)

In today’s society where everything is go go go, it’s easy to feel like we don’t have enough hours in a day. It’s easy to get so caught up in the little everyday things until we can’t see the big picture anymore. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and reevaluate our priorities! Here are some simple and out-of-the-box ways to relax and get ahold of your life.

1. Finish Your To-Do List

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I know it may seem counterintuitive, but getting some of your work done can actually relieve your stress. Once you accomplish a few tasks, you’ll feel so much more in control, and that feeling of accomplishment will make you able to further relax! No one can relax when there’s a pile of work hanging over their head.

2. Garden

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Everyone’s heard that getting outside and getting some exercise lowers your stress levels. Gardening has the same effects on your body! Even if it’s just taking care of a few plants or an indoor herb garden, according to a recent CNN article about a study in the Netherlands, “In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood.” I keep a few succulents and cacti, and even though they don’t need much upkeep, I have to agree that taking care of them definitely relaxes me!

3. Get Your Hair Done

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This one isn’t based on any scientific study, just my own personal experience! I love visiting the hairdresser because they give you a mini scalp massage, and it feels divine. I don’t know, I just love the feeling of someone else brushing my hair haha-it’s so relaxing! It also feels great to being doing something for me.

What do you think? What’s a unique way that you like to relax? Do you use any of these ways? Let me know in the comments!

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4 Ways To Increase Your Productivity

As the end of this semester approaches and finals are looming, my stress levels are rocketing off the charts. With two projects, an essay, and an exam coming up, I feel like I’m working on something around the clock. When you’ve got so much to do, sometimes it seems easier to do nothing instead of tackling it all, but you’ve got to stay productive! Here’s 4 ways that I’ve come up with to decrease my stress levels and increase my productivity.

Unplug

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It’s easy to get caught up in social media online that distracts you from the tasks you’re trying to accomplish. Take an hour and do something technology-free. Take a walk, bake something, read a book-just do it without using your screens. You’ll feel so refreshed without getting tangled up in the day to day minutia of Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Tidy Up

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A place for everything and everything in its place can be applied directly to how frazzled you feel. Having a clean work area can make a big difference in how you feel about getting work done. Tidy your desk or bedroom, and you’ll see a big decrease in stress levels and a big increase in productivity! Getting things done seems so much more appealing with a great work space. I like to keep flowers on my desk to make me want to sit there more.

Treat Yo Self

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When you finish a project or assignment, give yourself a reward! Little treats like cookies or candies tend to work well for me, but you can tailor this to whatever you like. Some like to reward themselves with $5 in shopping money whenever they finish a task. Find what works for you and use it to motivate yourself!

Get Outside

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Getting outside for a breath of fresh air can do wonders for you. A walk, by yourself or with friends, maybe a jog or run, or even just taking your work outside can do wonders for your outlook. The air and gentle breezes make everything feel calming and relaxing, and a relaxed work environment can do so much for your productivity!

What do you think? What strategies work for you? Which way is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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