Monday, November 26, 2012

Study Tips For The Bad Studier... Like Me.

Good evening Beautiful,

This is going to be one of those “short but sweet” posts because I’m exhausted. I have no idea why, but I think it has something to do with my body being addicted to caffeine and the only caffeine I consumed today was tea, which is a lot less than I drink in a normal day. I’m trying to wean myself off of caffeine, and today was day 1.
I got home from work today around 6pm and cracked open my school books. Some of you probably know but some of you might not know that I'm currently in Distance Education with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in t-minus two years. Probably 45 minutes into my studying, I found myself practically falling asleep while trying to commit the words on the pages to memory. Thank god for study notes. I actually haven’t been doing as much studying as I would like to. Last week I got through a bunch while on vacation, but to be honest, I didn’t do as much as I would have liked. That means that this Saturday is dedicated to 1. Getting my fitness on the AM and 2. Getting my study on from the AM to around 5pm because I have my company’s Holiday Social Saturday night. If I’m feeling ok on Sunday, I plan on doing the same as Saturday. Fitness in the AM, study AM-PM. Boom!
I noticed that when I’m studying, I get easily distracted. I can only blame the fact that I live in an 800 sq ft condo, downtown Toronto where C likes to play video games in the living room and that leaves me to study either beside him while he’s “saving the free world” or go study in the bed. Have you ever tried studying in a bed before? I’ve tried it a couple times. Needless to say it usually results in a nap of some sort… or tv watching, anything but studying. So I decided to look up some tips to help me figure out the best way to get my studying done and thought I’d share my findings with you, because I’ve noticed recently that a lot of people on Twitter are studying for different certifications, so maybe this will help you all out!
  1. Schedule your study time.
    When it’s written down, it feels like it’s holding you accountable. Whether you schedule it in your Blackberry or iPhone, your Outlook calendar on your computer or hand written in an agenda, when it’s scheduled in, there’s no  excuse to skip it.
  2. Give yourself a lot of time.
    Cramming for a test or an exam never works. Seriously. You need to prepare well in advanced. When you start studying weeks ahead you have enough time to read everything thoroughly and ask questions about anything that may be unclear. I’ve done my fair share of cramming, and I could have done a lot better had I taken the time well in advanced to prepare myself.
  3. Study a little bit every night.
    I like this rule. Even if you study for 20 minutes a night for weeks, it’s easier than studying 7 hours the night before a big test. It’s a bit different for me because I go at my own pace but I have a set amount of time to finish the entire course, so I must make more of an effort to study a little bit every night. My goal is 30-60 minutes/night during the week and then a nice 5-6 hour study session one day over the weekend, and then have a day off.
  4. Set up a study area.
    One of my biggest downfalls is the fact that I have no designated place to study in my condo. On the weekends when I study I actually go to the 7th floor common room and sit at a table and study there. There’s no wifi, I don’t bring my laptop or my iPad. I just focus on my book and my study notes and bring a coffee or two with me! I need to start doing this during my 30-60min sessions during the week!
  5. Don’t study the content that you already know well.
    You should start with the most challenging content for you and move on from there. There’s no point in studying something you know, a quick review to make sure you remember the details is all it should take.
Writing this has inspired me to start studying smarter going forward, and to make sure I schedule in my study time daily!
I also wanted to share with you the gifts that I made my family this year! I couldn’t mention the gifts sooner because they read this blog and I didn’t want to ruin the surprise. For most of the family I made this:

Cookies in a jar! I collected all of the dry ingredients for a batch of Christmas cookies, layered them in a 500mL mason jar, and decorated by putting a bow on the jar, some Christmas tape and a tag with the recipe, a jingle bell ornament and matched the tag with the jar top (not shown in the above photo). These jars were a hit! Everyone thought they were so cool, and then for the family members that can’t have gluten, I made a similar jar except I filled it with different types of tea (tea bags, loose leaf tea, tea pearls) and then tied a tea ball around the rim with the ribbon and taadaa! I don’t have a picture of the tea jars, but my one aunt was REALLY happy with it! Usually her and my uncle get wine or baked goods, and because she has a lot of allergies she can never have them, but she’s claimed the teas for herself! J
I got to work today, opened my computer and loaded 300 new emails into my inbox because I was away last week. I managed to get the inbox down to 23, but I have over 100 different membership requests to process… tomorrow? Hopefully I can get through them. Thank god I got my emails down though, having more than 25 emails in my inbox stresses me out. It's also why I didn't partake in any physical activity today... Sorry. I just sent Jenny a text to bring her workout stuff tomorrow, so it should be good :). If not - I promise to workout alone tomorrow.
This week I was actually invited to the Grand Opening of CHOP Steakhouse out by Pearson Airport because I'm a foodie blogger! It’s an invitation only event and I actually got them to extend the invite to C so that he could come with me! What more could a girl want…. Free food… free cocktails… a VIP Invite Only event!? I can’t go. Boo. I have an all-day training at work with a dinner and awards ceremony at The Keg after work with my office mates. I’m going for the “Living The GoodLife” Award…. To sum up the description of this award, it’s someone who inspires themselves and those around them to live their best life in terms of fitness and health. HELLO BOSS-WOMAN! THAT’S ME!!! I actually shouldn’t say anything about it because there’s only 3 awards and there’s like 12 people going, so the odds of me getting an award aren’t that good. Ok – let’s move on now.
I don’t actually have anything else to move onto. I’m going to go study… more. Sorry, this didn't end up being "short and sweet".
Oh! Last two things. Have you started the Frosty Fitness Challenge Week 3 yet? The goal for this week is to complete 100 push-ups on your toes. We already have about 6 people who have completed the challenge and have got themselves entered into a draw for a really nice Girls Gone Sporty tank top! You have 6 more days to complete 100 push-ups, that's almost 17 push-ups on your toes per day.. I think you can do that!
AND the last thing... Tomorrow is the last day to enter my NourishTea giveaway for a can of Jasmine Dragon Pheonix Pearls. A can of it is enough for 40 cups of tea! That's nuts! And it's probably one of the best tea's I've ever tried personally. Click here to go and enter! I know you want to :).
Stay sweet.


  1. OMG I am doing something very similar!! Great minds think alike though right lol?

  2. It's ok it's hard to study around the holidays ;)

  3. I am so bad about studying lately! When I was in grad school, I would be forced to study since there were deadlines and all. Now I'm studying for my personal trainer certification on a self-study program, and man it's hard to stay motivated! I tried to set a schedule, but it always falls apart.. Great tips, but just so hard to do sometimes!
    Hope you can do better than me and keeping up with it! :)

    1. Yaa I feel the same way!! I wish I had specific deadlines, those usually motivate me. I'm going to spend a day studying on the weekend and hopefully every weekend plus a few days over the holidays! Pheeew! :) Thanks for your kind words!

  4. "Don’t study the content that you already know well."

    I tell my students this all the time. Focus on the hard stuff first, the ideas and concepts you don't know and work until you are comfortable with the material. Then once the hard stuff is out of the way you can do a quick review of everything, which is also a great way to see if there are any spots that may need just a little more time for studying before the exam.

  5. I use to take short notes when I was a scholar. It makes studying tasks easier and easy to grasp.

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