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Reflecting on January 2021 | Personal Reflection

Asalamualaikum/hello everyone and welcome back to my blog 🙂 Today’s post is a new kind of post I want to try out and is something a little more personal than I’m normally used to sharing on here – so let me know what you think about the change!

Usually on this blog, at the end of the month I have tended to do “monthly reading wrap-ups” but even though I have been reading this month, I haven’t managed to read a whole book. That being said, I thought it would be fun if I could personally share how I found this month as the first month in 2021… highlights, the good, the bad, general struggles, etc! I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on this month especially considering (being in the UK) it was the start of our third lockdown and so many things happened! I’m especially interested to also see your guys’ thoughts on this month as well and the different things I discuss 🙂

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Blogging Hiatus – Exams!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re having a good day!

Unfortunately, I will be taking a break from blogging for a bit over a month due to exams. My exams end on the 8th June, but I’ll also have a lot of other things going on at the same time, but I hope to post as soon as possible and hopefully participate at the end of the #RamadanReadathon 🙂

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How to Keep Track of HW, assignments, Exam dates, Revision + more!

Hey guys!

Now, if you know me well, you’d know that being “organised” in general, isn’t really a word you’d use to describe me. You know it, I know it. But with studies, it’s a different story!

I prioritise my studies (like I know many of us do!). I make sure that I’m organised with my work by keeping track of everything to make sure it all happens. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you guys some of my top tips on staying organised while studying (aka, how to have happy teachers – submitting homework on time! Yay!).

Now, these tips are directed more to organising things like your assignments so they get done on time, tests so you have enough revision time, etc. With things such as organising your workspace… I’m not really the greatest at, to be honest – but working on it 🙂

Purchase a yearly planner  These are great with keeping up with test and exam dates, as well as significant days in your courses and most importantly – holidays (so you can plan your revision for then – of course – *cough*). The issue with me now is that although my planner is on my desk I don’t usually remember to check it, but I’m developing a habit in going through it every morning.

Make a revision timetable (or calendar?) – Now, I know a lot of people are like, “I can’t stick with the timings” and I get you – I can’t either! But at least count all the topics you need to learn for your exam (check your exam specification) and then count all the days you have left to revise. Then divide all the topics amongst your remaining days to ensure all the material necessary is learnt. 

Have a to-do list – Last year, I got a chunky to-do list thing from Paperchase, and it is the most helpful thing in the world. When my mind is abuzz of assignments I need to complete and tasks I need to get done, I just jot it down onto that list which is always planted on the corner of my desk.

Set notifications on your devices for the deadlines of your assignments – This is the most helpful thing. Despite the to-do list (which can sometimes be cast underneath a pile of books), Google Calendars and also Reminders (on my Mac) are so, so helpful. Sometimes a homework on my to-do list can escape my eye in the long list of other things I need to get done. Google Calendars pops me an email every time something I need to get done is due, so whenever I open my laptop, those emails shoot into the top left corner of my screen, reminding me.

Sort out your desk every morning and evening – It’s become a habit for me now. Every morning before I start working I take out the textbooks and notebooks I will need for the day, and every evening I get rid of whatever notebooks and textbooks I won’t be needing until next week.

So these are my tips for keeping organised with homework and exams! I hope you all found this helpful, in one way or another!

Let me know which tips are most helpful to you, and whether you would like more study-orientated posts 🙂

Speak soon!