education · Reviews · Stationery

Zebra Pastel Mildliners review

My new highlighters have arrived! I’ve been so exited for them to arrive so I can use them for my revision and now they’re here I can make cute notes! I thought in tie with my studyblr post I would review them in case any budding studyblr bloggers were interested in buying them!

  
I purchased my highlighters from Amazon, and bought the pastel version of the product. So far I’ve seen two different versions of the pack, with different colours which are linked below the product page. But as I am a pastel nerd, I obviously chose the pastel ones.

  
They are a Japanese brand, and come with 5 different colours; yellow, pink, green, blue and orange, and they have a slight neon tone to them, which is nice because I don’t like really bright colours but it still allows important information to stand out.

  
They also have TWO ENDS! I didn’t know this when I bought the highlighters, I just thought that it would be a slightly thinner version of a highlighter but it’s so much more! There’s a wide slanted end for all your highlighting purposes and on the other end…

  
A pen version! It has a pointed tip so you can write in colour without having to use the wide highlighter which makes everything untidy and ruins your notes causing you to go into a never ending pit of regret and sadness. (Totally haven’t tried to write a title in highlighter before…nope…*insert crying*)

Anyway, the product was sent on the 16th July, and I received them on the 1st August, so two weeks is amazing considering they had to make a world trip from Japan all the way to England. They were in great condition and also came with a note to say thanks for buying the product, thanks Dai Dai!

  
Overall;

Price; 9/10  (I paid £3.6)

Shipping; 10/10 (so fast!)

Packaging; 10/10

Quality; 10/10

Communication; 10/10 (I received regular e-mails notifying me that that they had been dispatched and delivered)

Overall; 10/10

I thoroughly recommend this product if your going back to school in September, and if you do get them, you should tweet or instagram me your notes!

Here is an additional link to the supplier’s websites;

http://www.daidai.biz

http://www.sukiyaki.co

What do you want me to write about next? Comment below!

Articles · education

The rise of the studyblrs

Back in the day, no-one liked revising and learning. Revision was left to the day before exams, and skipping lessons was a daily occurrence. Fast forward to 2015 and a new type of blog has surfaced on the leading procrastination site; tumblr.

Meet the studyblrs; bloggers who write (and photograph) their daily revision antics, top tips of how to revise efficiently and what supplies they love. Scenic pictures of notebooks, tea and flashcards flood the tag and questions about how to create the ultimate planner are answered by current students, from GCSE to university students and everyone in between, (hello to all the other A-Level students~) all sharing their positivity.

  
So what has sparked this uprising? Well, it’s no secret that an immense pressure is put onto all students to achieve top marks in order to get a well paid job. And with the internet, procrastination calls as we all try to remember countless facts and formulas. I think it’s safe to say that everyone has experienced a lack of motivation to do anything- let alone revise- at some point and if left, can seriously affect grades in the long term.

There seems to have been  a sudden, intense drive to succeed and do well, by our own means. To work hard, love what we’re doing and what we’re working forward. And it’s great. Every single studyblr has their own aesthetic, their own methods and their own goals to aim for, and every single one of them is inspiring more people to do the same.

I asked two (of the many) studyblr blog  admins, why they started their blogs and what tips they would give to those itching to revise better.

Ellen from “needforcaffeine” says it was the opportunity to help others that inspired her to create her own blog. ” quite often have people come to me at school and asked for help,” and when she discovered their was an online community which did the same, “need for caffeine” was born!  

“I want everyone to be able to learn to the best of their ability” she says “If I can help them to do this, I feel almost privileged in a way.” Many people in the studyblr community share printouts of organisers and compile master pairs of where to find online textbooks or articles for revision, as a way to help everyone get the best out of their revision. 

  
The three tips that Ellen shared for unmotivated students are;

1. Remember why your studying

“You’re not just studying so you can pass a test. You’re studying so that you can find a new cure, save someone from an incorrect conviction, to find a new kind of particle. Learning doesn’t end with a test result.” 

2. Ask for help when you need it!

As mentioned, lots of studyblrs make their own free resources for people to use and have their ask boxes open for you if you need help.

“I would always advise seeking help from your teacher if you need it and if that isn’t an option, you can often ask a studyblr for help (we don’t bite!), or else there are a myriad of resources online.”

3. Start a studyblr!

It’s so simple to start a tumblr and once you follow a few blogs, easy to navigate the site and find tips relevant to your studies. There’s always pretty revision notes being posted to the tag daily so it’s worth checking out.

“I personally take a lot of inspiration from the studyblrs around me, and the amount of effort they put in. Good studying habits seem to be contagious.”

Jools from “joolsallie”  started her blog at the beginning of her GCSEs to help her studies.

  
“My sister already had a study blog, and told me how welcoming and supportive the studyblr community is – so after stalking the studyblr tag for a few weeks I posted my first picture.”

She plans to study medicine in the future, as she has always been interested in how the body works. 

“I was also attracted to the variety of work within medicine – there’s so many fields within medicine, and every day will be different – never just a regular 9-5 working day.” 

The field of medicine is a difficult know, and motivation is key, which is something every studyblr is strivin to achieve or improve. 

 “The challenge of medicine also interests me. The fact that I’ll always be learning, and that it will be hard work to get there. But that just makes the job even more fulfilling and worthwhile.”

I’ve seen so many quotes about how our generation is the generation that can, the generation of the future and so forth, and I think you’ll agree with me when I say, it’s true. We all have amazing plans for the future, to be successful and do everything we want in life, despite being told our dreams aren’t “realistic.” Well if one person has done it before, why can’t we? And why can’t we do it a bit different? 

  
So, if you don’t have a studyblr, or you don’t follow any of them, I highly suggest doing so and you’ll see your motivation increase and find so many helpful blogs and posts to help you when your a bit confused as were to start revising.

Good luck with the upcoming school year and good luck with revision!

Jools’ tumblr; http://www.joolshallie.tumblr.com

Ellen’s Links; http://www.needforcaffeine.tumblr.com / http://www.youtube.com/needforcaffeine

education · tips

Exam Tips

Exams get to everyone, the stress, impending fear and the squeaky shoes of the invigilators…but here’s some tips to relax and go in with a fresh mind, ready to ace that test!
 Make sure you know your seat!
 
 
Check the day before what your seat number is, where it is in the room and what room your in. There’s nothing worse than going to an exam and having to push your way to the seating plan so if you know before hand, then you can save the stress later. Don’t write it on your hand though because they might think your cheating!
 Go through key notes before!
 
It may be useful to go over some key points you may not be sure of before the exam. Make sure if you are you have time to do so, as you don’t want to be late due to putting all your notes back.
 Make sure you have your equipment
There’s nothing worse than realizing you have a calculator test…with no calculator! Make sure you know what you need to have and check you have it all before the exam!
Check your paper!
In my textiles exam, we were in the same room as the electronics exam and I was given the wrong test! Check before the exam starts so you don’t loose time!
Answer all the questions!
It’s better to guess than to get no marks at all! On the last question on maths, there was an a* question which I didn’t even know what it was asking! We weren’t taught the really complex stuff so I just guessed and found out I got one mark out of three! You never know if that mark is a difference between a low grade or a high grade so answer everything!
 Don’t panic!
Don’t worry about it before you go in because that will just put you in a state of worry and you might not be able to think of answers! Just go in do your best and when it’s over, it’s over. You can be happy! You can’t change it after you’ve left the hall so don’t dwell on it if you think you did awful.
Don’t be late!
I don’t know what happens if your late, I’m pretty sure you can’t take the exam so don’t do this! Turn up around 5 or 10 minutes early so you can get in quick and be ready!
 Eat!
Make sure you have breakfast and if you get hungry during the long exams (I do) eat a snack beforehand. Don’t forget to hydrate!
 Do your best!
Try your hardest and think about what your writing!
education · tips

Sketchbook tips

As a textiles student myself, and previously an art student too, I know exactly how it feels to be running on a deadline and running low on ideas. It sucks, so I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get out of the artists’ block and finish your pages before your deadline.gcse textiles sketchbook

  Know what you need to do!
I find that making a list of the things you need to do helps organize my thoughts and it’s pretty satisfying to tick/cross it off when your done! Post-it notes are also handy, especially when it comes to the editing and adding stage. When we were finishing out textiles GCSE coursework folders, our teacher would have post it notes for each page stating what we needed to add in or correct. It seriously helps a lot and is a bit less overwhelming than a list as you can take it one page at a time.
  Know when you need to do it by!
If you know when your next deadline is, you can avoid leaving it all to the last minute and focus on making your pages look carefully thought through and put together, not rushed and carelessly done. You can loose marks if your page looks like you’ve thrown it together aimlessly.
  Make the pages flow!
Especially for the pages which lay next to each other. If you have one page in bright pink and the next in yellow, it won’t look like your thinking about the layout and the project as a whole. Make sure the pages compliment each other and show progression through the project.
  Cut, tear and re-size!
(NOTE: This probably doesn’t apply to GCSE, as usually you work in A3 folders for textiles, and as for art, I’m not sure at all.)
When we started out first project in textiles around 6 weeks ago, out teacher told us to ‘cut into the pages and change the size!’ Needless to say, we were horrified! Why would you do that?! Towards the start of our next project all of us had added pages in, cut them down, and…completely ripped out a few which we got irritated with. It’s best to check with your teacher/lecturer before you do this. Your also told not to rip pages out (“you can work over them and make them better”) but sometimes….its needed.
 Inspiration!
If you really have no clue how to lay out your pages, then search online for examples to inspire you. Here are some of the websites that I use;
 
Textiles Arts (I haven’t actually used this yet, but it looks helpful and it was on the main page for my college)
 
Design Instruct (These sketchbooks are more personal than course work books so there aren’t notes and stuff on the pages, but they drift from the standard layouts so it might help to look at them for inspiration)
  
Pinterest (Pinterest is amazingly good at creating mood boards to collect inspirational images, I practically live on here. If you like it, feel free to stop by my page and follow me, or check out my sketchbook inspiration board!)
Tumblr (Another place to find awesome sketchbook ideas, which I am also on, follow me here if you’d like 😉 )
Image result for textile sketchbook pages
Side tips:
  • Colour schemes work well and make your work look aesthetically pleasing
  • Texture can help with bringing a background to life.
  • Play around with positioning your work, try putting it in a corner, at the bottom, ext.
  • Add your own drawings onto the page to explore your samples.
  • Sometimes time away from your work will help you return with a fresh outlook, but don’t procrastinate!
education · textiles

My life revolves around textiles

I’ve just finished my first year in college (no longer a noob) and let me tell you now; I didn’t realize just how much of my time went into my textiles coursework, until I finished the course.

As textiles doesn’t have an exam apart from the 5 hours of moderation where you create samples, you finish the course around a few weeks before exams start. During this time I felt as if a considerable weight had been lifted off of my shoulders- not enough to stop caring about exams, but enough to actually have time to revise for them- and I had so much free time over the weekend to do things in between revision.

Don’t get me wrong, I love textiles. I love the course content and its something I want to do as a career, but it is the most stressful subject I take and it really does cut into other subjects time. I take 4 A Levels; English Literature, Language, Business and Textiles, but I also take the extended project as well, so I have a lot on my plate. In regards to Business, there wasn’t much of a problem with not studying for it as 1. I’m not good at maths so I had to make sure I revised or I wouldn’t understand 2. We got stuck with a substitute teacher so homework was forgotten half way through the year.  As for EPQ, its something you can leave until the summer and the classes are only once a month so that also wasn’t a problem. But…my English classes…. I began to forget my language homework simply because it didn’t seem as important compared to the closer deadline of my textiles coursework and I sometimes forgot my Lit homework (not as much as lit is considerably more demanding) and I didn’t mean to and I felt so bad when I did, but one page of a sketchbook can take around 2 hours, possibly more if you want it to look good and there wasn’t enough time in the day.

Admittedly, my time management skills suck. Point blank. But we’re expected to study 5 hours per subject and I think textiles takes around 20… and don’t forget about the people who took Art as well….

I don’t really know where this blog post is going…I guess if you take a creative arts subject in college you need to know that it will eat into your time and if you have other subjects that are demanding like law or….anything…..its important to make sure you get the work done or at least review the work so you know what you understand and what you need to go over later.

Also I need an organizer.