5 Tips for Freshman to Ace a Class!

Hey Everyone!

Back to school season is among us and boy, has it been an eventful week already. If you are an incoming freshman to college this year then you may a tad bit nervous about diving into this wondrous pool of the unknown. Well, don’t worry. College can be so much fun, but it’s definitely as good as you make it. Go into it with an open mind and an optimistic mindset that this year is going to be amazing. Today, i am going to list a few essential tips (5 to be exact) that i have used in my personal life that have aided in my success in school thus far. Now, these may not be for everyone but in my experience, i have improved a lot since adopting these ideas. Lol. Try them out and let me know how they work for you!

 

  1. Buy a binder/set of dividers for each class. I know everyone has different schedules, but the way that i set up my personal school schedule is to try to take one class per day. (otherwise, at least to have them somewhat back-to-back so i am not stuck on campus all day.) In saying this, i have time to either go to my car to switch out materials and avoid carrying all of my course materials with me all day. This really helps me keep super organized and I don’t have to worry about shoving papers in my backpack and losing/mixing them with other subjects. As mentioned above, if you don’t have the luxury of going to your car/dorm/locker to switch out your binders, then i would stick to either a 3 to 5 subject notebook that you can use one section per subject. The point is: SEPARATE FOR SUCCESS.
  2. Get yourself a pack of sheet protectors. I know, random. But they help a lot!  They are the three-hole punched clear sheets that allow you to insert documents in them. I will take those and put a couple in each subject’s binder and put my syllabus in there. This allows me to not have a crumpled paper when i need to go over upcoming topics for reading/ due date changes. Slide it in and out of the plastic sheet whenever the professor makes an adjustment and you don’t have to stress too much or scribble last minute announcements on your hands or random papers. *GUILTY FACE* It also comes in handy with any handouts that the teacher may give out. This keeps them from tearing, getting dirty, or crumpling. (since most handouts are not reinforced around the hole punches).
  3. Rewrite your lecture notes. This one may seem unnecessary and like hand cramps waiting to happen, but hear me out. A lot of times during lecture the teachers will talk fast, change the power point slides mid-sentence or jump subjects around a little bit. I know, in my experience, i have had professors who will jump to three various concepts in a strange order and i would circle certain notes and draw arrows to the ideas it was in common with. Let’s just say, it got messy fast. Rewriting them not only allows you to have neater/more concise notes, but you will also basically be reviewing it again. There is a saying that goes “a short pencil is better than a long memory.” This means that you are more likely to absorb information when you write it down. Imagine writing it down twice? Think of those odds. Lol
  4. Keep your quizzes and tests. This is particularly beneficial when you have professors who give cumulative exams (meaning everything you’ve learned so far is included.) if the professor didn’t hand them back, just ask. Trust me they don’t wanna hang on to them and will most likely trash them anyway. Once you get them back, find the ones that were pretty difficult for you during the exam, that took you the most time, or that you got wrong and re-do them. Get the correct answer from someone else if necessary. Odds are if you got it wrong on the quiz and the same concept pop up again you’ll miss it on the final exam unless you’ve practiced it and learned from your mistakes.
  5. Remember to have fun, talk to people and make friends. Especially on the first day, make sure you talk to people, exchange numbers, and get to know your peers! Kind of self explanatory but this will make class way more fun. Being able to know people and not be alone in a class where you don’t know anyone is awesome alone, but it also helps in cases where you miss a day and need the notes and you actually have others to ask rather than falling behind. Also, you can get together and study outside of class! I know our library on campus has study rooms you can book for free with chairs and whiteboards and tables so we can go in the air conditioning and the quiet and study together before exams. Trust me, don’t do college alone if you don’t have to!! It’s cool to have others who understand your struggles. Haha   

 

So like i said, at least for me these have helped me immensely in my recent semesters. Small changes like these to improve your organization, studies and mood during class can seriously alter your overall grade by the end of the course. Keep up the good work everyone! I pray you all have an awesome semester.

Until next time, i am signing off with a graceful soul and a grateful heart.

xo, leah grace

Dreams (or should I say Hope?) into Plans

Hey Guys!

I promised myself I would only post a couple times a week in order to not completely bombard your feed; however, surprisingly enough that has turned into something that is difficult to do. Not in the way you would expect of course. Everything I encounter I have a quick thought in my head like, “I COULD TOTALLY BLOG THIS.” It’s strange but I like it. Anyway, hi! Today I am going to talk about my Hope Chest. If you are a planner like me, then you might already know what this is, if not lemme’ explain. A Hope Chest is basically a chest that young women can use to buy stuff in preparation for marriage, moving out on your own, or even college. The first option is most traditional, but I’ve even seen it as a graduation gift for someone starting off in a college apartment.  When you’re young and want a gorgeously decorated modern home, but you don’t have the funds to do that; What is a twenty-something year old planner to do? If you are a planner like me, trust me when I say, this is every planner’s dream!

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STEP 1: Find A Chest (Better Quality solid wood will last longest!)

 I know it sounds like I am oversimplifying but really it all depends on your taste. I am super blessed because my Nana has a chest that my Tata gave her before their marriage (OVER 40 YEARS AGO)! Talk about sentimental value. The cool part about it is that you can use it as a coffee table, at the foot of your bed, storage, filing. So many options. My personal one is going to be upholstered with foam underneath for the foot of my bed and storage;  I want it comfortable enough to sit on. I’m also getting it a tufted style. Very chic. LOL.

 STEP 2: Fill it!

This can be with anything that you want! Find your own taste and roll with it! I want mine to be preppy and girly, but also keeping in mind that I am going to have a husband so as much as I want, I can’t have pure Lilly Pullitzer and Kate Spade (a girl can dream). Haha. Now, lets talk bargains! The main purpose is so that you can have the home of your dreams without breaking the bank/hurting your wallet badddd. Wouldn’t you rather spend a few bucks here and there than to move out and have nothing? Starting from scratch trying to decorate an apartment could cost thousands. So start little by little.  Also, if this is prepping for the married life, don’t waste money on things that you can easily just register for or on appliances. A blender may be the cute color you want or it may be on sale, but they easily become outdated just sitting in your chest.  So instead buy decorations, wall art, linens, storage, serving dishes. Gadgets and Gizmos that you would otherwise not register for. But be careful, once you get in the decorating zone, you’ll be tempted to buy more and more to complete each room. tumblr_ndiax4B95W1qm2s94o2_r1_500.gif

**Don’t Count out Discount Stores!** I have found the cutest things at Marshalls, Ross and TJ MAXX. Of course I will also go to my home planet Target, but these discount stores surprisingly have some diamonds hidden in the rough. My game plan is to spend $20-$35 dollars every few paychecks until I have the basics to cover everything. So find a chest and the world is your oyster. I never knew I would like interior decorating as much as I do. There is just so much joy that I take in planning so this is a project that I am so excited for. I will keep you updated every couple months to give an update on what I’m scoring on! Make a plan/vision, keep an eye out for deals, buy little by little and enjoy planning your future home! The wonderful and wise Pumba from the Lion King said, “Home is where your rump rests.” So make that home stylish and totally you! If you end up doing something similar to this let me know! I would love to see your hope chest progress! Tag me on Instagram: @xoLeahGrace ! I want to see the whole journey.

Until next time, I am signing off with a Graceful Soul and a Grateful Heart!

xo, Leah Grace