Burnt Out

If anyone else burnt out?

I have a midterm in about 40 minutes, have not started studying for it at all. I just have motivation to do so. Instead, I’ve been trying to look up was to deal with being burnt out online. Most of the blogs said the same thing. Time management, healthy snacks, exercise, blah blah blah. I need tips that help me right now, in under 40 minutes.One of the blogs mentioned drinking caffeine will give you a temporary boost so I plan on drinking a coke before the midterm.

Another suggestions was to get counseling so, I am asking you, my online peers, for help. What do you do when you’re burnt out?

I’m sure reading break will help a lot but I still have another midterm next week! I need something that gets me immediate results.

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Daniel, Killer of Trees.

A little update on my learning project.

Shout out to all those who gave me their suggestions on studying tips! I will definitely make an effort to try them out!

In my last blog I said I was going to try rewarding myself with snacks, use the flora app to keep me away from my phone, listen to Mozart, and move my study space around.

Things I learned:

  1.  I have no self control. The snacks were gone instantly.
  2. I have no sympathy for trees cause I have killed numerous amounts on Flora.
  3. I don’t like Mozart.

So the tip about snacks, did not help at all cause I ran out of snacks.

Flora made no difference cause I am a cold-hearted killer.

Mozart distracted me more because I just didn’t enjoy it and would take momentary breaks from studying to ask myself “What am I listening to?”

The one thing that did help me was moving my study space. When I felt burnt out from study and can’t study any further, I would pack up my stuff and move to a different location. I found out that physically moving around cleared up my mind a little and studying in a new location makes it feel like I just started studying. I was able study much longer thanks to this tip.

I hope you guys try it out and helps you out!

Studying how to Study

So, for my learning project I have decided to learn how to study better! It would be a really good skill to have since, I am a student and all.

For my first post I have found a site that had some useful tips that I wanted to try out!

Some of the tips I want to try out are

3. Reward Yourself With A Treat

because I’m not gonna pass up on an excuse to get my snack on. So I plan on letting myself have a snack every time I answer a specific amount of questions or if I’m doing something like an essay, for every specific amount of time I work on the essay (with no interruption).

8. Use Apps to Block Distracting Sites

I am sure I am not alone when I say that the biggest distraction is internet. I get messages, someone tags me in Facebook posts, or I just start browsing Instagram on my phone (hopefully I can start browsing Twitter instead of Instagram for EDTC300). Even though it is a huge distraction, it is also my most helpful tool for studying. so I can’t just turn off all my internet connections so having apps to block them for me will be really useful!

The blog recommends SelfControl app it does not seem like it will work for me  so I am going off a friend’s recommendation! Flora is an app where you plant a tree and pick when it will be fully grown. During the time it is growing, you cannot use your phone or it will kill the tree. The idea is that you will feel guilty about killing the tree so you won’t use it.

13. Listen to the Correct Type of Music

I always listen to instrumental music while studying because if a song has lyrics I always end up singing along and getting distracted. I have always listened to my music at a loud volume to drown out the outside noise but their blog about which music to listen to states that it should be listened at a moderate volume. It also recommends Mozart because of something called the “Mozart Effect” where listening to Mozart improves mental performance.

14. Make Your Study Space Portable

I always either sit in the first floor of the Archer Library or in RIC at school to study but the blog states that it improves information retention when you move around.

I plan on studying at a different spot everyday and maybe try moving to a different studying spot during the day.

I really hope some of these tips help me out cause I got a midterm on Friday! I will keep you guys updated on how I do! Wish me luck everyone!

Let’s learn…to decide!

For my learning project I am debating between improving and learning new frisbee throws and learning how to manage my time better.

I play frisbee with my friends in the summer and sometimes for intramural at the UofR. I only have one throw that I am comfortable using and even that one lacks accuracy. The problem with frisbee is that to practice I need a wide open space with nothing that I can break. This is gonna be hard to find during winter time.

For managing my time, I do not really know how I will be able to record the time spent on this other than the time I spent researching but it would be a really useful skill for me since I procrastinate almost all the time.

I will be looking in to both and see if I can come up with solutions by next week!