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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All opinions are my own; this is not a sponsored post. All photos courtesy of Unsplash.

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Laser Hair Removal- What Even Is It?

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Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Today I’ve got something a little different to talk about: hair. More specifically, too much hair. We all hate the chore of shaving, but as a woman, it doesn’t always feel like we have a lot of other options. But we actually do!

Have you been struggling with body hair in places you don’t want it, but avoiding having laser hair removal because you don’t know enough about it? Do you have concerns about how the process works, how successful it is, and what the risks are? I was in the same boat as you until a lovely individual reached out to me about talking about laser hair removal. I thought this was something we can all relate to! Here’s what I learned.

How Dangerous Are the Laser Machines?

Any cosmetic skin treatment has some side effect risks, but the risks during laser treatment are minimal. At least, they are minimal as long as the procedure is being performed by a fully certified, experienced technician, and also as long as it is an appropriate procedure for your skin type. You see, laser devices have varying intensity levels and skin penetrating capabilities. Some of them are safer and more effective to use on certain types of hair or skin. For example, if a dark-skinned person is treated by a machine that is better suited for lighter skin tones, they could experience blisters and other problems. However, your trained technician should be able to easily tell you which skin treatments are good for your skin and which you would be better off to avoid.

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Do Skin and Hair Colors Really Make a Difference?

Yes, skin and hair colors can make a huge difference when it comes to laser treatments. There are several reasons for that. First of all, those with darker skin tones are more prone to having oily skin, which can blister easily if the wrong treatment is performed. Also, certain lasers can change skin pigmentation, leaving patches of different colored skin in the treated area, which is generally more noticeable on people who have dark skin tones. More to the point, certain machines simply don’t work well on people with dark skin because the machines can’t “see” the hair. Many of them are designed to automatically target dark hairs against a lighter background, which is the surface of the skin itself.

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Should I Completely Avoid Laser Therapy if My Skin or Hair is Dark?

No, you don’t need to avoid these treatments. In fact, there are plenty of medical lasers that can be calibrated to work on those with dark hair or skin. You will just have to consult experts to make sure that your treatment plan is going to work with your skin and hair combination.

Do I Need a Lot of Sessions to Cure the Problem?

Finally, there’s the question of how many treatments you are going to need. Multiple sessions will definitely be required, no matter what type of machine you are being treated by. Contrary to what some people think, you cannot completely cure the problem with any laser treatment, no matter how many sessions you undergo. Since the treatments go right down to the roots, unlike shaving, the hair will take longer to grow back. But at least some of it will eventually return, although some roots (follicles) will become dormant. So, after the initial round of therapy appointments, it will be up to you to decide when you need to come back for more.

What do you think? Have you ever tried laser hair removal? Is this kind of informative post something you like reading? Let me know in the comments, I’d love some feedback on what you like to see! Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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This post is sponsored, but all opinions are honest and my own.

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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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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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