Textbook Study Tips

Hi everyone! Recently I have been studying like crazy and it has been hard to post all the time.  With all that studying came the inspiration for this post. Today I am going to share how I use my textbooks to study. Keep in mind that I do buy all of my books oppose to renting them. If you are renting your textbooks some of these tips may not work for you!

The first thing I use when reading my textbook are highlighters. While reading I use different color highlighters to mark vocabulary terms, definitions, examples of the vocabulary or key words, and any other information I think is important. This makes it easy to spot any important information.  The colors I use are; pink for the section titles, blue for vocabulary/key words, orange for examples of vocabulary/key words, and yellow for any other important information.

The next thing that I use is bookmarks. I like to place a bookmark in every chapter that I read. I do this until I have a test. This helps with studying because I can see what chapters will be on the test. Placing bookmarks in each chapter also help so that I can get to each chapter faster and not have to flip through all of the different pages. I highly recommend using bookmarks because it will make your life so much easier! To see what bookmarks I am currently using take a look at my last post where I talk about my favorite bookmarks.

The last thing that I use is post it notes. I use the post it notes to write thoughts and questions down and stick them on the different pages. Sometimes I will just use a pen and write in the margins but post it notes are also great to use!

These are just a few of the ways that I study. I want to know what you do to study. Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Nanny Diary- Burned Out

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share with you the chaotic and busy week I had, and  by the title I am sure you can tell it ended in me being burned out and not feeling to great.

This past week I took on extra hours at work so I was working full time. I also told another family I would do daycare drop off and pick up/bedtime routine. It was very exhausting and I was rushing between the daycare and my job. Even after getting home I did not get to relax like I had hoped. I would begin to do homework and post my blog post for that day. It was not until this morning I realized I was burned out and really needed a break!

Even though I had a crazy week it was also very eye opening and helped me to realize I could make some changes so that I do not get overwhelmed in the coming month when I have to balance a full time job and going to school full time. The biggest thing I realized I could do is do one assignment a day and not all of them on one day. This would not only help me have a less stressful week but I also would do better in school because I am giving my attention to one lesson instead of three. The second thing that I learned is that I am able to schedule my posts to post to my blog by itself. This will make it so that I am not rushing to type and format posts.

At the moment I am working on homework and rushing to type this post. However, I do look forward to trying these new ideas this week and hopefully will be able to relax a little bit! What do you do to ease your work load? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

My Majors

Hi everyone! Classes started for me this past week, and with that I decided I would talk a little about my major. Monday was the first day of my classes that are completely centered on my major, which I am super excited about.

For those of you who do not know I am majoring in speech and hearing sciences. My plan is to get my masters in speech language pathology and my doctorate in audiology.  I plan to specialize in a few things, but as of right now I am planning on working with children and veterans.

I originally decided to major in speech language pathology, because of my experiences in speech therapy. I was very blessed to have a great speech therapist, and was able to correct my lisp in a short amount of time. I want to be able to make a difference in someone else’s life the way my speech therapist did for me.

A few months into my major I decided I also wanted to be an audiologist. After becoming more familiar with cochlear implants and hearing loss I realized that this was my ultimate goal, and that I wanted to be an audiologist. I wanted to see the excitement people feel when being able to hear clearly again for the first time in their life.

I love my classes so far, and look forward to the rest of the semester. I also am looking forward to completing my major and starting to work in this field. What inspired you all to choose your majors? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Studying for School

Hey everyone! I am typing up this post from my phone as I am babysitting a group of kids. This is going to be a relatively short post for that reason. With all that being said I want to talk about my studying habits for school!

I am a huge fan of rewriting my notes. I will write everything in different colors. I do this for every class, and I feel like it has been working for the most part! After I rewrite them I will go back and re read them a few times to really lock things in.

Another thing I will do when studying is make flash cards and go over them whenever I get the chance to. I will put the flash cards in my purse and take them out whenever I have time to look through them. This also helps me to memorize everything!

I really only do those two things and they work out well for me usually! What are some of your studying techniques? Let me know in the comments below.

-A

Thanksgiving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! Since today is Thanksgiving I decided that instead of doing a book review for text Thursday I would do a Thanksgiving Day post about what I have been thankful for this past year.

The first thing I have been thankful for this past year is my friends. I had a very close friend decide that they did not want to continue our friendship, and it was extremely difficult. I went from talking to them every day to not at all and it was definitely an adjustment. Without my other friends I would have been a wreck! They texted me every day and they were there for me when I needed to vent about something or needed to celebrate something. I am so glad that I have such great friends to turn to!

The next thing that I am thankful for is my family! My brother was on a trip for a couple months this year and it really helped put things in perspective on how much he plays a role in my life. It was just little things like lighting a candle or supporting my crazy cup collecting habits that made me realize how much I needed him home. I will say that it did bring my other brother and I closer though. We really began to talk more and would spend more time together. He would come shopping with me, and sometimes help control my need to spend money! Not only am I thankful for my brothers, but I am also thankful for my parents. They are so supportive of me and my education. Without them getting my degree would be so much harder and would most likely be impossible. I am so thankful that I can have a great relationship with my family and am glad I get to keep building on that relationship.

The last thing that I am going to mention is my education. I am so thankful that I am able to continue my education, and that I am able to go to college and go for a degree that interests me. Even though it is super hard at times I know that it will be worth it in the future!

Those are just a few things that I am thankful for. There have been so many people I am extremely blessed to have met. I also had a lot of experiences and changes in my life that have made my life better.  This year really has been such a great year so far, and I am looking forward to the rest of it! What are some of the things you are thankful for? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

P.S. Text Thursday will resume next week with book reviews. I am so excited to be able to share the book I have been reading with you!