college · university

How I stayed sane in college…

I can officially write this, now that I am finally done with my bachelor’s degree. Here are some of my own tips and tricks that I used throughout my time in college & university.

 

#1 Grammarly

This website & system has saved me more times than I can count. When I found out about it through a Facebook ad of all places I thought I would try the free and then soon saw how much more options there were with the premium plans, but I thought against it because of the price tag and because I was a college student with a limited income at the time. I went through and would proofread all of my essays and papers before I would print and submit and it honestly saved me from getting a lower grade due to common mistakes that the standard proofreading software on Word or Google Docs wouldn’t find.

Then as soon as I transferred to the university, I learned that the premium software was free to download through my university (you should check your university’s free software, and see if Grammarly is an option, cause it will save you so much money!) Grammarly has saved me as well when it comes to essay writing, because of the plagiarism check, which helps when writing huge research papers.

Plus, the new update to the program lets you tailor the proofreading of Grammarly to fit your type of paper (informal, formal, academic or business) so you get the right type of proofreading.

Also, a new update to Grammarly is for those that use google docs (which I use and I remember the pain of having to reformat my papers before there was a Grammarly extension for google docs). But now there is a Grammarly extension for google docs, and it works just like Grammarly but you know don’t have to leave your document to proofread all of your work.

There is also an extension that you can download if you are using a chrome browser and would give you suggestions for spelling, grammar and punctuation corrects so that when you are surfing the web, you won’t make any more mistakes!

And as a final note for this one, this and all of my previous postings and future postings are all proofread through grammarly!

#2 Survey Junkie

This one is something that I’ve used to get some cash through answering surveys. And it works too! You answer surveys and accumulate points, and once you hit 1000 points (which equals to $10) you can choose which gift card to cash it out on, or deposit it directly into your bank account. So this one takes some time but really is worth it in the end, because it’s something that I would do to kill some time.

 

#3 Citation machines

This is more for academic papers, but really it makes it so much easier when it comes to writing those long papers. What you do is if you need help with citations you can look up a citation machine, like http://www.citationmachine.net/. You pop in what you need to find a citation for a book, article, video, or newspaper article. And after you select the appropriate one that matches your source, you can choose which citation type you need it in and then just copy/paste into your paper, easy as that.

#4 Scheduling breaks, and don’t do anything school related

When I would have either a break between my classes at the university, or taking the walk back to my car I would pop in a podcast to listen to or would listen to an audiobook to just let my mind not think about school or upcoming assignments. Because I know that things get hectic, but that doesn’t mean you should have some time to yourself.

I even got into the habit of watching shows on Netflix or Hulu to catch up on the shows that I would miss because of my late classes in the evening times.

And reflecting back on that time I would give myself, made it so I could take a breather, and come back to my assignments more energized and focused because of the breaks.

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New Starbucks Cold Brew Review Vlog

Back at it with vlogging. In this vlog, I just catch you guys up with what I’ve been doing during the summer break, tell you what I’m studying for now, and give a brief review & my thoughts about the new Protein Cold Brew from Starbucks.

 

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Bullet Journal Spreads · college · university

June Bullet Journal Layout

I always like adding quotes to the cover page of a new month. This one especially is something that I want to keep in mind since June is the start of me having to study for examinations that are coming up in July.

The expense tracker, because then written out I can see how much i spend, where I spend it on, so i don’t get surprised when i check my bank account.

This is especially important this month because I plan on downscaling on my uploading on youtube to 1x/week and I want to start pre-filming because of the summer months coming up with trips.

Same goes for the blog post tracker, and I just want to have a visual representation of how much i upload on here, when I edit them and publish them.

Something that I added for May that I used towards the end of the month as more of a reflection of the month, how I felt, big things that had happened during the month, etc, etc.

The event pages for the month, personal (vacations, my own events) and work (youtube filming, editing/uploading days, blog posts published etc etc).

Individual habit trackers for the things that I want to try and fill out completely and get to color in blue ( wake-up around 7am, sleep by 10pm, studying, filming days, working out, writing (blog posts, fanfiction etc etc).)

This i realized as I was flipping through the spread a couple days ago (cause i worked on this during my finals week) and saw that I had monday as the first when friday was the first. Just want to share my mistake with you guys.

The first weekly spread that I have. I find that instead of extending the week to 2 pages, I think I really like having the week on 1 page.

 

So, that was the June Bullet Journal Spread for this month. Hope you guys liked it, and hopefully I can stick to my goal of writing more blog posts on here that are youtube video-centric.