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Tips to Become a Better Writer

To some people, writing is as easy as breathing. They can sit down at their desk, open their laptop, and crank out a fabulous paper. For others, it is not…

To some people, writing is as easy as breathing. They can sit down at their desk, open their laptop, and crank out a fabulous paper. For others, it is not that simple. For those people who aren’t natural born writers, having to write a paper can be miserable! With the end of the semester approaching, there is a lot of paper writing looming. If you are someone who struggles with writing, here are a few tips that have helped me become a better writer.

  1. Stay organized: Once you know the topic you are supposed to write about and have researched it, organize a draft. Diagram out, using bullet points, what information will be in your intro, body paragraphs, and conclusion. This will help you during the writing process to see where you want to put what info so you don’t forget it! Or, if you are writing a blog, once you find your topic, figure out what you want your main points to be so you can focus your paper around them.
  2. Know your audience: Are you writing for a professor? For a group of peers? For a scholarship? Know who you are writing to! Is the paper supposed to be serious? Humorous? Informative? Know the tone of the paper as well. Once you know your audience and tone, you can use your wording in your paper to relate to your audience and communicate your point.
  3. Get feedback: It can be scary asking for feedback, even if it is just from your mom or from a friend, because it could mean rejection or they could have a lot of corrections and make you feel silly. But, the only way to improve is to get feedback about what you could be doing better!
  4. Read!: How are you supposed to know what good writing looks like if you don’t read? Become a reader. It will help you know what style of writing you like best, and will teach you how to become better!

Just like any skill, writing takes practice! Becoming a great writer is not impossible, and it is a great skill to have! You can do it!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Beat the Mid-Semester Slump

I hear my friends saying “How many more days until school is over?” and I bet you do too. But who can blame them? It is almost half way through…

I hear my friends saying “How many more days until school is over?” and I bet you do too. But who can blame them? It is almost half way through the second semester of the school year, and this is what I like to call the “mid-term slump.” It is the part of the year where you feel like you have been in school forevvver and your motivation is seriously lacking. It can even be a bit depressing. Don’t let the slump rule your life, take control! Here are a few ways to overcome it.

  1. Find what isn’t working and change it: If your grades or slipping or you feel like you are losing connection with some of your friends, make a change! Change the way you study, and change the way you stay in touch and stay close to your friends.
  2. Take care of yo-self: When your mind is in 20 different places and when you aren’t feeling motivated, it is easy to put taking care of yourself on the back burner. Don’t do that! Take care of yourself emotionally by writing in a journal or talking to a friend, and take care of yourself physically by taking a study or work break and going on a walk or working out. Keep yourself healthy and feeling good, it will help keep you out of the slump!
  3. Talk to a friend: Let them know how you are feeling. Odds are, they are feeling slump-ish too! Talking about it can help, and you can both try and come up with ways to stay motivated!
  4. Realize it will be over soon: Summer will be here before you know it, I promise. Counting down can sometimes make the time seem like it goes by slower. Quit crossing off the days and just enjoy the moment! These are some of the best days of our lives, so make them count!

Stay far from the slump, you will thank yourself in the long run!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Things to Remember During Finals Week

Finals week is one of the most stressful weeks of the semester.  Whether you’re in high school or college, we all dread the finals study guides, study sessions, and finally…

Finals week is one of the most stressful weeks of the semester.  Whether you’re in high school or college, we all dread the finals study guides, study sessions, and finally the tests.  There are a few things to keep in mind during the week that can help you stay positive, and most importantly ace your tests to end the semester on a good note!

  • Don’t study too much.  Studying too much especially the night before can cause you to burn out on all the information you’re trying to retain.  Studies have even show that studying till early hours in the morning isn’t effective and leaves you exhausted for your test the next day!Chelsea Crockett - Finals
  • Treat yourself!  If you don’t allow yourself breaks during your study time, then you won’t last very long!  Treat yourself to a break every 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Sleep is important!  I’ve realized that when I don’t get enough sleep, all my motivation goes away.  Sleep is almost just as important as studying for doing well on your test!
  • Your grades don’t define you.  When it comes down to it, your final grade probably won’t make or break your entire semester.  Just know that whatever grade you get back doesn’t define you!  It probably won’t matter that much in a year anyways.

What tips do you live by during finals crunch time?  Share with me below!

XO – Chelsea

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Stress Relievers to Get You through Finals

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Everyone’s ready to escape from the long, tiring school days, but not before our much dreaded finals. Finals equal stress… so I…

The end of the school year is bittersweet. Everyone’s ready to escape from the long, tiring school days, but not before our much dreaded finals. Finals equal stress… so I thought I’d share a few of my secrets for coping with the end of the year stress!

First things first… come up with a plan that allows you to Chelsea Crockett - Finals Plannerprioritize what tests will be first and what exams will be the hardest.  Then take some time to think about how you will prepare.  Studying notes, writing out notecards, rereading chapters, reading over past tests, etc. can all be good ideas.  Plan for study time.  Write out times for studying on your calendar and then stick to the plan.  You’ll feel organized and ready to work.

Another tip is to set your room up for success.  We all feel better when our study area is cleaned up. It’s one less thing to worry about and gives us a feeling of accomplishment already.  It helps us to think more clearly knowing our space is decluttered.

Before you study, plan a work out like running or yoga.  Get those endorphins pumping!  Make yourself a smoothie or tea and hit the books!  You’ll already feel proud of yourself by your workout so your brain will be in a good place to conquer your studies.  If you have a ton of anxiety about your finals, it’s always good to look up some breathing techniques to help oxygen flow and calm your nerves.

Use summer as a motivation to ace your exams!

Good luck! – Chels

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Conquer Finals Like A Champ

Whether you’re in high school or college, finals week is always a scary time.  Between studying for multiple classes and trying to keep your sanity, the last week of school…

Whether you’re in high school or college, finals week is always a scary time.  Between studying for multiple classes and trying to keep your sanity, the last week of school can get hectic.  In order not to lose your cool, check out these tips for a smooth finals week!Chelsea Crockett- studying for finals

  • Put your phone on silent and set it across the room! I know this may sound impossible to some, but it’s totally worth it. Every 30 minutes allow yourself to check your phone! You’ll be super focused!
  • DON’T study too much! Sitting at a desk for 7 hours reading the same material won’t do much for you. Instead, study for an hour and then take a snack or TV show break. You’ve got to allow some time for yourself.
  • Get a good night’s sleep! If you think staying up till 4a.m. is the way to go you’re wrong! Try closing your books at 10p.m. and hitting the hay.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. It’s easy for our minds to wander, so being in a quiet environment will help with that.
  • Eat brain foods like bananas, blueberries, and almonds.
  • DON’T stress out! If you start to panic about an exam it will be harder to study! Believe in yourself!

Good luck Insiders!

Chelsea

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Studying for Finals 101

With summer just around the corner, it’s hard to find the motivation to study for finals.  The changing warm weather makes it even harder to stay in the library for…

With summer just around the corner, it’s hard to find the motivation to study for finals.  The changing warm weather makes it even harder to stay in the library for hours at a time.  It’s tough to avoid finals when they are usually a huge part of your grade!  Although there is nothing fun about studying, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to help make your next study session a little less painful!

Trying to cram all of your studying and work into one session can actually have a negative effect on your health and your grades.  It’s important to take breaks and give yourself time to breathe.  Although it may seem like a waste of time to leave your studying materials on your desk while you hit the gym, it will actually help in the long run!  Taking a break to exercise will increase blood flow and help improve your memory.  Don’t forget that your physical health is important too!

Make sure to snack!  Carrying around small, healthy snacks will give your brain the fuel it needs to keep on studying and retain information.  It is also very important to get enough sleep.  EvenChelsea Crockett- snacks for finals if you feel like you haven’t studied enough, close that textbook and hit the hay!  Lack of sleep will cause memory loss and confusion while taking a test or writing a paper.  Your brain cannot function properly if it’s running on empty!

Try studying with a group of friends!  Even if you’re not studying for the same test, just having other around will make you feel less lonely and give you more of a drive to study.  Just try not to talk or joke around the whole time!

Although finals may seem like a drag, be sure to treat yourself with proper care and reward yourself once the big test is over with!

Good luck Insiders!

-Chelsea

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My Finals Survival Gide!

It is middle March…You know what that means? Finals are coming!! Finals can be mentally and physically exhausting, so it is really important that you are prepared! Here is Chelsea…

It is middle March…You know what that means? Finals are coming!! Finals can be mentally and physically exhausting, so it is really important that you are prepared! Here is Chelsea Crockett’s Finals Survival Guide!

1. Eat a healthy breakfast.

If your stomach is grumbling like a wild banchee in the middle of your finals, not only will it distract you, your brain cannot function as well when it is not fueled! By eating a nutritious breakfast that will fill you up and keep you full all day, like oatmeal and toast and fruit, you are keeping your brain alert and allowing yourself to stay alert during your finals!

2. Don’t cram!chelsea crockett

Cramming right before you take a test is a recipe for disaster. Not only are you totally jumbling and overwhelming yourself, you are also overloading your brain, which can make you forget things that you have already studied! The best thing to do is to study a little bit each day before the final. It is a proven fact that if you study a bit each day, you remember the information soooo much better compared to when you cram!

3. Dress for the occasion.

I know that it is the norm to dress like a hobo for finals, and I am totally guilty of doing it! The only problem with it is that when you dress dumpy, you usually FEEL dumpy. Dress comfortable, but cute! You don’t want to wear your tightest jeans and lowest cut shirt on finals days because you are probably NOT super cozy in that getup. I suggest wearing a cozy pair of leggings and pairing them with a cute sweater and scarf. Cute but cozy! Also, you can keep your makeup light so that you don’t feel oily or uncomfortable during your tests.

 

Good luck Insiders! May the odds be ever in your favor.

XOXO, Chels

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