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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college · history · university

Some Changes In My Life

Now, I know that I have not posted an actual blog post in forever. I hope to redeem myself for that with this blog post.

This is not to say that I won’t still be sharing my youtube videos, which there has not been one in like a week or two, because of final projects because the semester is coming to an end. Which means that I’m stressed beyond belief trying to get multiple papers done, and getting groups projects being assigned (which I have to say if they did not work in elementary school, why are you making us do group projects in college?).

But there are things that are going to be changing for me soon because if you guys have not checked the About Me Page on this blog, you should. But if you don’t want to, it’s just a description of myself what my blog is about and where I am at in life right now. And one of the things that I felt like would never really come was the time for me to start taking my proficiency testing to be able to apply for the credential program to become a history teacher at the secondary school level (aka, middle school and/or high school).

What is great about this is that I can take these tests during the summer, so studying for them won’t be a problem for me. And once I get the CBEST completed and finish off my bachelor’s degree in the fall, I will be able to start substitute teaching if I choose to.

I just wanted to let you guys know what I will be prioritizing during the summer, which is the studying for these exams. The CBEST covers reading, writing and math (which I haven’t taken a math class in over 3 years now, so I’m kinda worried about that section) and the CSET, specifically the history ones (since I’m a history major and want to become a history teacher) covers a lot of history (much of which I haven’t learned since middle school or even high school, so again a lot of studying for that one).

But I will try and make blog posts around my studying techniques and how I’m doing on studying for these exams, and maybe go further to explain the examination process etc.

I just wanted to let you guys know what’s going on if I don’t post as many of my youtube videos on here or post any blog posts during the summer time.

If any of you have questions about the process or more about the tests, leave them in the comments down below!

history · los angeles · los angeles natural history museum

My Trip to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum

Went to the natural history museum in Los Angeles today. I know I have not posted in a bit so I thought I would share some of the photos that I took on this trip.