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10 study-related blog post ideas — February 19, 2017

10 study-related blog post ideas

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I’ve been thinking of doing posts like this for a while now, to help y’all if you run out of ideas (heaven forbid). This was the first topic I wanted to recommend on. Maybe because I’ve been watching too many study related YouTube videos? Possible.

1. Your weekday/weekend study routine.

If you have a set study routine, I’m sure we’d all like to know. I’m not sure of everyone else but I personally love knowing others’ routines.

2. Subjects you’re studying in school/college.

I know that quite a few people like to know what others are studying currently. This could also give an opening for others to ask you about those subjects.

3. What’s in your bag.

This could be a general post too, if you carry around a handbag or a purse. Talk about all your essentials you carry with you.

4. How you keep your notes.

Every person’s study method is different and sometimes the major difference is how the person maintains their notes. In notebooks maintained separately for every subject? One notebook for all? Files and binders? Do you also maintain summarized notes for revising before the exam? Do you rewrite notes?

5. How you study ______.

Pick a subject and talk about how you study for it. The same study method cannot be applied for all subjects. You could describe everything you do for the subject and it might be helpful for others—especially if they’re studying that subject too.

6. Websites/apps you use to help you study.

List all of them and what they do. They could be for quizzes, flashcards, locking your phone to cut distractions etc.

7. Favourite study blogs/YouTube channels/Instagrams/studyblrs.

All of those which post aethetic pictures, tips and helpful stuff. Those which motivate you to study. It’s so cool that studyblr is a whole community just like fandoms. Nerds, of both types, are awesome. *wink*

8. How to get motivated to study.

9. How to cut distractions.

Honestly these two are the most required for all of us. Share what you do to achieve that goal.

10. Music to study to.

This would be pretty nice to know, to be honest. Music to help concentrate and get in the zone instead of singing along.

Granted, I haven’t done posts like these yet, but that’s because I don’t really have some good tips to share. These are some things that I would like to read and know.

Do you like reading study-related blogs or watching similar YouTube videos? Also let me know if you want me to suggest blog post topics for a category and I’ll do my best! 

What NOT to do when you are studying — January 11, 2017

What NOT to do when you are studying

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All of us have faced the problem of not being able to concentrate while studying. What is the problem? Distractions. But then, you already know that, and my blogger goal isn’t to tell you everything you already know.

Today, I’m here to mention a few things which could cut down your distractions while studying:

When you have a small doubt, note it down and continue or skip that topic for now. Don’t immediately seek the answer from your friends

Unless, of course, you’re a person who HAS to know it that very moment. Now, why do I say this? Isn’t it supposed to be the opposite for studying better?

Well, sure, it would be. If only you didn’t have to pick up your phone to text or call a friend to ask the doubt. Many times, I’ve unlocked my phone (which I kept far away from me so I wouldn’t check on it again and again) only to find notifications and unread messages. By the time I’m done with them, I forget my initial intent and end up texting useless stuff or surfing social media. This totally defeats the purpose!

If you find yourself doing something similar, I suggest marking the topic to ask someone later and continue with another topic. If it’s a doubt in the basics or is important for further topics, then make sure you only ask the doubt and get back and don’t lose your way.

Don’t study on the dining table or the bed

This was something suggested by my school counselor last year, and it makes so much sense.

A dining table is a place where you eat. If you study there, you tend to think about food and would want to eat, hence not giving all your attention to the subject. Since we’re talking about eating, try not to eat while studying either. Looking for a distraction, your brain might be giving more attention to the food rather than the subject. I’ve found myself taking snacks to eat while studying but end up just eating and not studying.

Similarly, bed is for sleeping. Studying on the bed tends to make you feel sleepy and if you are fighting sleep, you won’t study well. Or worse, (expelled?) falling asleep while studying. Now that will end up in zero productivity, and remorse when you wake up from the delightful nap.

Don’t study passively

What does that mean? Let me explain.

Just reading text and trying to remember wouldn’t do much good, unless you’re one of the very rare for whom this works. If you’re like me, half the information will dissolve away as you read further.

Use highlighters, sticky notes and whatever else. Jot down points elsewhere, make a “summary” sheet or a sheet with all the formulae. Actively doing something while studying helps in remembering and not becoming bored, sleepy and unattentive.

I love making sheets to revise right before the exam, using a lot of colours and highlighting things. And therefore, studying is a bit better, and that bit makes a lot of difference.

When you settle down to study, try not to have other obligations to do after a certain period of time

What do I mean by this, you ask? Suppose one evening, you have to go out at 7 and you start studying at 5. I find that I keep checking the time and rush through studying, therefore not being very effective at it. Once I realised that I was better off studying without a limit and with other events lining up, I changed up my schedule. Now, I do some of my homework or assignments in that period of time. I reserve studying for when I don’t have a very restricting time limit.


These were a few things I noticed and improved on through my studies, and I hope they were helpful!

Do you have any tips for what not to do when studying? How have you adapted your studying methods according to your habits?