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Brace Yourselves, Finals are Coming!

Finals week is fast approaching.  My finals start the first week of May.  So now is the time when I create my study schedule.  I know everyone is barreling toward summer at supeLast Minute Study Schedule For Finalsrsonic speeds.  So when I create my schedule, I try to keep that in mind.  I block out my classes as they are scheduled
.  From there, I write in major projects and homework due in each class on each day.

My schedule is laid out so it shows EVERYTHING on a single page (from April 15 to May 4).  That way I can see it all without having to flip pages.  I always start by assessing my grades in each class, and whether or not it is of significant importance if I happen to slack on the c
lass a little.  You can make one on Excel or any spreadsheet program, but since I like a single page, and Excel refused to shrink everything to a single page, I just made a table in Word, and smashed it all in.  I also throw this thing into my Google Calendar, so my SectoGraph app will give me a clear view of my schedule for that day.

Since I have a paper due on the 19th and a quiz on the 18th and 20th as well as an exam on the 20th, I have to devote some serious time to those particular classes along with doing all of my other work.  If this paper weren’t such a huge chunk of my grade, I’d probably slack a little on it (to be honest, I did put it off to the last minute sort of).  I don’t recommend anyone putting off a huge paper until 4 days before it’s due.  However, this is how I work best.  It seems counterintuitive, but I have done all of my research and have notes and outlines that I’ve done.  I just haven’t actually drafted my paper yet.

As you can see in my schedule, I’ve blocked out times with breaks to work on my paper, and other things.  Having this type of schedule is handy.  It forces focus and if you stick to it, you should have plenty of time to study.

As you can also see, I have plenty of blank space in the evening to just decompress and vegetate in front of the television or computer.  My gym times aren’t on here, because I Finished Study Schedule for Finalswork out at an ungodly early 4:00 in the morning.  Some people study or listen to lectures when they are working out, I use it to get my pent up stress out and focus on other things that have nothing to do with school.

These are the three weeks where my diet goes more to hell than anything.  I try to keep fruits and veggies to snack on around, but I also tend to grab bags of Twizzlers and tootsie roll pops and go through them while I’m reading.

Anyway, I hope this has been helpful in getting you motivated to create your own finals study schedule!  Happy studying!

Planning for Next Semester

It’sPlanning Fall Semester 1 that time in the semester when all the projects are coming down to the wire, exams are constant and I want to tear my hair out.  So, why not think about fall semester classes on top of everything else?  Since I go to a satellite school, I have a very limited amount of classes I can take, and I sometimes have problems fitting exact classes in my schedule.  So, the first thing I do is meet with my advisors to make sure I’m taking the right classes.  Since my physics advisor is on sabbatical this year, I’ve been shuffled to another brilliant advisor,
Dr. Levine.  He’s currently researching dark matter.  He is Planning Fall Semester 2brilliant, and also very nice.  I had a conflict with my upcoming physics 3 class and my linear algebra class, and he was kind enough to move the physics class.  This is wPlanning Fall Semester 3here small universities can sometimes be more awesome than large ones.  We have tons of research opportunities at the university.  I met with my math advisor to ensure that I was on track with taking 3 math courses next semester:  Linear Algebra, Calculus 3, and Differential Equations.  (I love me some math.)  So, knowing that I needed these courses, I created a new time table that has fifteen minute steps and started it from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.  None of my classes will go past that this nePlanning Fall Semester 5xt semester.  My classes only run Monday-Thursday, but I keep Fridays in the layout because it helps me plan out library blocks.  This way, I can record the class and section number, the
professor, the room/building (if there is one), and time blocks.  This gives me a visual to look at so I can figure out where I will have study blocks and library time.  Three math and two physics classes are a heavy load to take, but I am happy with it as long as I have time to decompress and study between classes.  This semester, once my classes start, they are back to back, and I don’t get a chance to eat lunch or really do any processing of notes and lectures between classes.  It’s frustrating.  I have to remember things through four to five hours of classes.  I am happy next semester I will have more than 15 minutes to gather my brains together and prep for the next class (not to mention GRAB LUNCH).

I’m So BUSY!

Alright ladies and gentlemen.  I have been spinning my wheels with school and no time to update my page on the regular.  Whoever thought taking less credits would mean more work?  Holy cow!  I have papers, regular homework, presentations and so much math.  It seems as though this semester has been speeding along a lot faster than the rest my semesters.  I’m actually enjoying my classes, despite the intense workload.  It keeps my mind off of what is going on outside of academia.  I know everyone has different opinions.  However, as a believer in science, facts, and the system of checks and balances, these last few weeks haven’t been fun to watch.  As someone who has anxiety, not having consistency is a detriment to my mental health.  So my constants are the fifth floor left-most study room in the library, homework, and studying 10 hours a day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  I know it sounds extreme, but I do what I can to achieve my goals and to keep my focus.  It also allows me to watch television during the week (by television I mean twitch.tv).  I have my favorite geek programs that make me happy, including Dice Camera Action, and Critical Role, and my favorite podcast StarTalk.  I finally finished up my Netflix binge of the Magicians and also Supernatural.  I keep thinking I will pick up an actual book, but I tend to do audio, because it allows me to do other things, like planning the week and whatever bits of homework I have straggling along.  I’ve managed to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  It’s just the first book of the series, and I’m looking to grabbing the next one during Spring Break.  In the meantime I’m reading Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen (again).   It’s easy to pick up and read and drop it when I don’t have time.  Anyway, I’m sorry I haven’t come around here.  I will try to do better in the future.

First Week!

Ok, so the first week of the semester is always busy.  Homework, and getting back into the routine of getting up at the crack of dawn to go to get to class on time.  I didn’t get all of my class syllabi in time to plan my semester before it started.  So, I am playing catch up.  However, it allows for me to take more pictures, and slow down a bit as I go.

So, in order to plan, I go through a single syllabus at a time when planning the semester.  This way, my brain has a single focus, and I can ensure I don’t miss any deadlines for the class.  I always color coordinate my classes.  This year the code goes like this:  German- blue, Physics- pink, Calculus- orange, Computer Programming- green.  I make sure I have proper amounts of sticky notes in these colors as well as page flags.  So, basically by the end of my Semester planning session, the monthly layouts are covered in sticky notes before I ever put pen to paper.

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As you can see, I chose to use the peach vertical planner this year.  It was so hard for me to decide.  I thought about rotating through ALL of the colors, but I wasn’t sure I’d like that too much.  I might try it eventually.  I sometimes get bored easily.  However, since I decorate my planner, I really don’t worry much about most of the color.

So, this weekend, my project is to ink and place planner stickers on the important monthly dates on what is due.  I will then add these to my assignment lists, both my master list and my individual class lists in order to keep track.  From there, I will keep a project planner in order to keep track of progress on each major assignment and exam.  As I do this I will keep track and post the photos on instagram if you are curious.  Follow me @coffeeconfessor to see more!

Beginning to Prepare

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Cool School Calendar and Grade Trackers

With the start of the fall semester just around the corner, I have been working on a way to keep classes and their assignments more organized in my planner.  I am constantly wanting to know what assignments, quizzes, exams and projects are coming up in order to better prepare for them.  I also like to keep track of my grades throughout the semester so I know how to adjust my studying or ask for help if I need it before it is too late.  Since I decorate my planner, I’ve found that double writing of information is kind of a pain in the butt.  So, I have created some cutouts to put on my planner as I go, as well as a full page assignment/grade tracker.

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Bright School Calendar and Grade Trackers

I color coordinate my classes and assignment trackers.  I have found that it is the best way to glance at things and see what is due.  I am thinking of changing a few things, so the colors are in families and the darker it is the more important it is (i.e. deep teal or deep berry means exam or final, while pale magenta or pale aqua mean I only have homework).  However, I’m not sure how it would actually work.  I know some people use the color red to denote exams, yellow to denote homework, orange to denote quizzes, etc. for all of their classes.  I just happen to like to know which class my exam is in at a glance, as opposed to noticing that there is an exam, but not sure which class it is for, so I have to turn around and look at my syllabi to figure it out.  It really doesn’t work for me.  However, if it works for you, I did create calendar stickers for it.

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Assignment Tracker

By using an individual assignment tracker for each class School Littles@0,5xI can file away the syllabi and just have the important stuff in my ARC notebook.  This way I’m not  wasting valuable notebook real estate on 5-10 page syllabi for 5 or 6 classes.  The assignment tracker pages coordinate with the bright school calendar labels and grade trackers.  The reason I use both ways to track my grade is because I can write down the individual grade of my assignment in the full page assignment tracker, and I can keep track of my weekly grade in each of my classes with the smaller trackers.  I know it seems a bit obsessive, but I like to know what my grade is at all times, and if something is wrong, I can always double check, and I have information as to which grades are wrong in order to get these things changed if necessary.  I also keep a seven pocket file folder for the semester to put my class assignments, tests, and quizzes in so I have them handy if I need to show them to the professor.

I wasn’t always this organized, I learned the hard way that one should have information in triplicate in order to prove something is wrong.  Trying to scramble to find an assignment that I had thrown into a drawer in order to double check that I was getting the correct grade became a pain.  So, when in doubt, triplicate the information.  I haven’t resorted to digitizing my former assignments and exams just because I’m afraid that my computer will die with all of my assignments I scanned in and I realize that a grade of mine is wrong at the last minute.

I hope you enjoy the things I created for you.  Remember that these creations are for personal use only, and aren’t to be sold.  Send people a link to my site for them to download these printables!  Also, if you have any questions, comments, requests, please feel free to drop me a line.

Class Assignment Tracker

Bright School Calendar Labels and Grade Trackers

Cool School Calendar Labels and Grade Trackers

Other School Little Printables

 

Facebook Enabling and Reading Challenges

So, I have come across this Facebook group that basically is a bunch of planner addicts enabling each other and it is great!  There are several on Facebook as well as Tumblr and other places.  I have found them to be a mecca of ideas, free printables, and encouragement.  Having a positive environment for people who share the compulsion to buy tons of washi tape and stickers for the sole purpose of putting it into a planner that becomes obsolete in a year is important.  Not many people understand the excitement of flipping on YouTube and finding out how people set up planners and how different types of planners look from cover to cover.  So, if you are on Facebook at any point and enjoy finding free printables and ideas for your planner check out We Come in Planner Peace.

*Now for something completely different…*

I have been an avid reader since the age of three when I first picked up a book no one had time to read to me and taught myself.  By fifth grade, I was reading (and understanding) Shakespeare.  I learned to hate Romeo and Juliet at a fairly early age.  Finding it to be nothing that girls should be swooning over.  I have read classics, mysteries, horror, pop literature, and even a few bodice rippers with Fabio on the cover.  I even slogged my way through the train wreck of the Twilight series.  I wanted to know what the hype was about.  Girls kept swooning over this mysterious Edward Cullen.  More like creepy stalker that no one should ever want to date.  It isn’t romantic, it is gross and creepy.  One could make it a drinking game:  every time the words “white,” “marble,” or “stone” appear, one takes a shot of whatever grain alcohol you have on hand.  However, be warned, you will need an ambulance on standby because you will get alcohol poisoning before the ending of the first book.  I have yet to lower myself to read 50 Shades of Gray.  Since I started school, my focus has been on education and learn, learn, learn!

I have been slack on my reading since I started back to school.  I haven’t read any book that wasn’t a text book or something assigned for class.  So, I have challenged myself to get 30 books read before school starts on August 22 (Seems ambitious doesn’t it?).  I have Reading Challenge-1also created a printable to share for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to read more books.  The file has 5 colors (because I can’t decide on a color on any given day): green, pink, blue, orange, and yellow.  I hope you enjoy them and they encourage you to read more for enjoyment rather than just reading for classes or work.  Remember, reading doesn’t just need to be done because it should be but it should be done because you can.

You can find the reading challenge printable here.

Remember that these are for personal use only, so please do not try to sell them.  Also, direct people to my website as opposed to giving them the direct link for this and all other printables that I have created.  I hope you enjoy them!

Tour de Planner

So, today, I will be talking about my personal planner.  It is something that I cannot 20160507_102509live without.  It allows me to keep everything organized (due dates, exams, quizzes, lectures, cancelled classes, etc.).  I use this like another part of my body.  I am lost when I don’t have it.  It seems silly to say that, but my planner is everything.

I have tried so many different premade planners, and I have found that none fit me in every way.  The Arc Notebook System from Staples has become something of a blessing because I change my mind on planners so much.  I also use my Arc for my notes and school stuff, not just my planner.  I like to have all of my information at hand in one place.  It is great because I can pull things out of my planner and put other things in at a whim.  I create my own planner inserts, 20160507_102738 (2).jpgbecause I can hybrid what I like between several types of planners into one single planner.  Since my needs are constantly changing, my planner also constantly is changing.

At the moment, you can see that I have adopted the vertical planner method.  I love the look of it, and I feel that it works really well because I have the boxes divided up as morning, afternoon, and evening.  I decided to try this particular method because the horizontal planner wasn’t working for me.  This specific type that you see in my post still 20160507_102603(0)is only a working copy.  I plan on adding a chronodex at the bottom this summer to see how it works out.  I stumbled across this particular little gem while browsing bullet journals on Pinterest.  It is a good way to glimpse a day’s schedule without perusing the entire day’s entries.

I kept looking at the Erin Condren Life Planner, and they are awesome.  However, I can tell by looking at them, that they didn’t fit 100% of what I was looking for.  As 20160507_102610beautiful as they are, I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on something that isn’t going to work completely.  So, I created something similar (not exact, mind you, but something similar that kind of works for me).  I love the colors of the Erin Condren, but they weren’t going to work for me.  I have found that since I color code and decorate my planner with printables from websites, I feel that grey is the best option for me.  It is pretty boring without decorations, so I am compelled to decorate my planner.  In the future, I will post my go-to places for free printables, and there are a TON!  I think I have a list of 20-ish?  Also, there are really cute stickers at Etsy as well (being the poor college student I am, I rely on mostly freebies and ones I make myself).

So, these are just the past few weeks of my planner and how they look.  At the end of the semester, there are classes that get cancelled and stuff gets shifted around.  Sometimes I even get stuff done before hand, and I don’t post it in my weekly layout.

Download my 2016 planner here!  For personal use only!!  Do not alter this and call it your own please, this was work I did and thought I’d be nice and share with everyone since I get asked where I get my planners and note pages.  If you like it drop me a line/tweet (@CoffeeConfessor).  Let me know if you have any requests or ideas, I will put it in my queue to do!