tirsdag 22. august 2017

16 Study Tips That Will Help You Survive University

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Considering that I finished my Bachelor/undergrad degree this spring, I know first hand how stressful university can be at times. Thankfully I've learned a few tricks during my years at university to get me going so that I could do my best, at time with the help from a great academic advisor who kicked me a certain place when needed.

As the school year is about to start or has already started a few places, I wanted to share with you a few tips to aid you at college/university (though I think some of them would be relevant for high school as well).

  • Revise daily. Otherwise, you will struggle remembering what was taught during lecture the other day.
  • Study for 30-50 minutes at the time (with a 10-15 minute break) is probably THE best way to learn something. You'll learn less if your mind is too "loopy".
  • Turn off all distractions; yes, both social media, cell phone, laptop and what-not. You know the feeling - "I'll just quickly check Facebook" and then you have to wave goodbye to studying for at least 20 minutes. This tip isn't just for studying, it's also for lectures. You have no idea how many students with a laptop that has been on FB during a lecture.. 
  • I might have said it indirectly in the previous tip, but pay attention during class/lecture. Facebook and other "fun" stuff can wait until a break or after the lecture is finished. It's disrespectful not only towards your teacher, but also your fellow students wasting precious time you could have used for learning.
  • On test days - eat a healthy breakfast, like something with oatmeal, eggs, fruits etc. You will need something that will keep you focused and alert.
  • Have a routine. It doesn't help you trying to cram everything the last week before a final exam. 
  • Sometimes it's important to do something you like, whether it's playing an instrument, read a book or watch a TV show (just don't binge watch TV-series).
  • Exercise regulary. It will help you stay focused and relaxed.
  • Eat and sleep well. No matter how much you study, it will not help if you're hungry or sleep deprived.
  • Have a narrow focus while studying/revising. It's better to learn one/two things 100 per cent before moving to the next topic instead of do a shallow revising of a bucketload of stuff.
  • Use mind-maps and/or flash cards to get a better overview of your topics.
  • Write a list over all your assignments, supervisions, tests, deadlines and exams. It will aid you in knowing when you need to be finished. Trust me, I've heard quite a few "oh crap, is the deadline TOMORROW?".
  • In terms of routines and the previous tip; write an assignment plan as well. Then you'll know when to have read what. It is not fun realizing you should have read two chapter for the lecture tomorrow just before heading to bed.
  • Read relevant reading materials and/or do relevant homework before said lecture. Then, if there is something you don't understand, you'll probably get the help you need and you will in general have a lot more benefit of the lecture.
  • The day before a test/exam; put all study materials away and do something fun, like have a coffee date with a friend or something. Just don't get drunk and have a big hangover on the test. If you haven't learned it until the day before the test, you probably will not to it then. It's way better to just get a proper break from the books.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help, either from the teacher(s) or fellow students.

mandag 21. august 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 34

It's Monday again, which means it's time for yet another Menu Plan Monday post thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. Sometimes I'm having a wee bit of "meh" when it comes to dinner ideas, but it does really help having a menu plan in terms of planning the week and have some quick dinners when I'm busy.

Stock photo from Pexels
Here is my plan for the week.

Monday; Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday; Leftovers from Monday
Wednesday; Norwegian Fish Cakes
Thursday; Leftovers from Wednesday
Friday; Taco
Saturday; Nachos
Sunday; Pasta Formaggio

What's on your menu plan this week? Feel free to comment below.

lørdag 19. august 2017

Weekend Cooking; 10 Meal Prep Lunch Ideas

Oh well, this will be the third week I'm talking about lunches in a Weekend Cooking post, but since it is back to school and work for most of us (though I'm still in search for a job - feel free to let me know of any vacant jobs in the Stavanger-area, Norway).

Lately I've read a bit about lunches made in a big bulk (often four portions at the time), where the result is having several lunches for one week. For me, it sounds like a good idea, considering you make it in one go and don't need to prep lunch every day and you get more time to do other stuff.

Stock photo from Pexels
Here is some of the recipes I've collected for you to check out.
Healthy Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Chicken Pad Thai
Greek Chicken Bowls
Jerk Chicken Meal Prep Bowls
Chicken Enchilada
Lemon Roasted Salmon With Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini
Honey BBQ Baked Salmon Bowls
Shrimp Fried Rice
Curried Chickpea Bowls with Garlicky Spinach
Easy Roasted Meal Prep Bowls

fredag 18. august 2017

Friday Finds; New Items From IKEA

I'm not going to deny the fact that I have a weak spot for IKEA, esp. considering that I live 20 minutes from one (by car, that is). Whenever I've moved, I've always ended up purchasing something that I needed from that blue and yellow warehouse from Sweden. It does help that they have "everything" that one need under one roof. Considering that the new catalogue is out at the moment, I wanted to share some of my faves from their new items.

Have you ever been shopping at IKEA? Do you like the items there? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

torsdag 17. august 2017

Thursday Movie Picks; Rescue

It's Thursday again and time for a new Thursday Movie Picks post, thanks to the blogger behind Wandering Through The Shelves. The theme of the week was "rescue" and here are my picks.

Schindler's List; About a man trying to rescue Jews during WW2.

Saving Private Ryan; A group of US soldiers who go behind enemy lines to save one of their own.

Behind Enemy Lines; The plane to Chris Burnett is shot down and manages to get photographic evidence of genocide in the Balkans. His commanding officer go against orders to rescue him.

tirsdag 15. august 2017

Two Great Deals on I Love Dogs.no

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Even though I only "borrow" my father's dog at times by being a dog sitter, I do enjoy searching for fun dog items. The Norwegian online shop I Love Dogs.no does have a couple of decent offers at the moment.

The first one is a monthly surprise box for your dog, where you can recieve the first box for NOK 99 (offer valid until August 31st). It varies what you'll get in the box, but some of the things that is included are treats and doggy bags to pick up you-know-what.

The second offer is 10 per cent off an entire purchase if you use the discount code "apote" during check out (valid until December 31st).

So feel free to spoil your furry friend a bit if you like.

mandag 14. august 2017

Menu Plan Monday Week 33

It's a new Monday, which means it's time for a new Menu Plan Monday post, thanks to Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This week will be a bit fractured in terms of dinner planning, as I'll be dogsitting my father's Leonberger a few days, but the days I'm at home, I know for certain that I will be cooking dinner.

Kasper, the beach boy

So here is my short menu plan for this week.

Monday; Pizza
Tuesday; Fish Gratin
Sunday; Sheek Kebab

What's on your menu plan for this week, if you have one? If you don't have one, have you ever considered doing one?