Etavitom– Media that motivates (This is really useful)

Thank You Too

Wordle– Love love love this site!

English Idioms– For the true bookworm

Should Do This– Get inspired to do something

Published in: on January 17, 2009 at 3:00 am  Comments (1)  

Developing a Proper Studying Schedule


My first piece of advice for developing yourself a study schedule is to see how you spend a typical day. This Flash exercise is particularly helpful in doing just that. Once you’ve done that determine how you spend a typical week.  This is really helpful. Having done that you’ll know how much time you have on your hands and ways to find more time to study.

♥ Study at a regular time and in a regular place

♥ Study as soon after lectures as possible

♥ List your priorities then study in that order

♥ Study in short, frequent sessions

♥ Keep study supplies in a handy place, such as a box, so you don’t have to keep rummaging around for them

♥ Try to study at the same times each day

♥ Study your hardest subject first since this is when you have the most mental energy

Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Things I Love Thursday

♥ Jewellery my mum gave me from a friend from Lebanon

♥ 4 1/2 hours of delightful shopping with successful purchases AND penguin pyjamas! Totally loving them

♥ Yummy freshly squeezed orange juice

♥ Jotting down random plans in my lovely list journal

♥ Dinner with my family tomorrow at a fancy hotel (belated birthday party!)

♥ The thought of a new semester with new courses and professors (yes I know, I’m a nerd at heart)

What are you relishing this week? Jump in with your own ”TILT”’

Have a very enjoyable weekend my lovelies!

Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Extremely Efficient Note Taking

I’m back to college in less than 2 weeks & it’s the beginning of the Spring semester. This semester also happens to hold a high place in my list of major goals for this year. That goal happens to be attaining a GPA of 3.6. I really want to do this. Not only for me, but also for my family.

So this is my first post on what’s going to be quite a few college related posts. Here goes.

Taking notes is a 3 stage process in which there are certain things you should do before, during and after class.

Before Class:

♥ Make sure you have all the material you’ll need for class such as pens, pencils, notebook, lecture notes etc

♥ If possible go through the lecture to get an idea of what’s ahead

♥ Please make sure you’ve had enough sleep so you’re alert and focused! And yes, I do know that’s not possible all the time

♥ If you record your lectures make sure your audio recorder is ready

♥ Make sure you’ve had something to eat and drink before you go to class. Trust me, from experience I know that trying to concentrate on an empty stomach is not easy as pie

♥ If you have any assignments due make sure they are done!

During Class:

♥ First and foremost: listen!

♥ Write down the date and the topic of the lecture. Remember to number your pages as well

♥ Sit in the front and the middle of the classroom where there are fewer distractions (I usually skip this part if I may say!)

♥ Train yourself to focus—and to write—for longer intervals

♥ Write more, not less. Rule of thumb: 15 minutes = 1 page of notes

♥ This may not work for some of you but I take notes for each lecture in a rough notebook then when I get home (the same day!) I re-write them neatly in the corresponding notebook

♥ Look for clues-  your professor may repeat something several times, change the volume or tone of their voice, or write something on the board. These are all important points. Write them down!

♥ Put a question mark in pencil next to anything you’re not sure about. The reason I say pencil is that when you’ve got it cleared you can erase it and you’re good to go

♥ Write notes on one side of the page only

♥ Indicate main points and supporting points as you go along. You could use numbers for main points and sub-numbers for supporting points

♥ Jot down key vocabulary, important facts, formulas and definitions. Try to get down the professor’s definition of a term, word for word

♥ Remember PowerPoint’s are not enough for you. They are only a professor’s way of remembering what to say. You need all the explanations and details

♥ Ask questions. If you’re confused, it’s better to ask while the material is fresh in your mind. If at the end of the class you have some doubts, just go ahead & ask

♥ Add titles and subtitles for easy referencing

♥ Make use of a highlighter

♥ Don’t use other people’s notes or ask a friend to sit in for you to take notes. Taking notes for yourself is the single best way to engage in—and remember—the lecture

After Class:

♥ Get into the habit of filing away all exams, quizzes, and notes in chronological order

♥ Go through the notes you have taken in class and start to re-write them neatly. Make them precise and neat

♥ Before your next class make sure you have gone through the previous class and know what you’ve taken

♥ Make good use of office hours. I wish I had before!

What do you do when taking notes for college? Participate and let me know!

Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Acts of Kindness

Practice Random Kindness

♥ Hold open the door for someone

♥ Visit someone who is sick

♥ Call a lonely friend

♥ Do a favor

Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 12:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Things to Get Started on Today

We Heart It

To spare you the boredom of compulsively refreshing your home page and the misery of sitting down doing nothing here are a few things you can get started on today. Hop to it!

♥ Plan a party!

♥ Plan yourself a new delicious haircut

♥ Get dressed up with false eyelashes and sparkly lips and take plenty of fab photos

♥ Have a long conversation on the phone with someone you like

Published in: on January 12, 2009 at 1:52 am  Leave a Comment  

The Power of Now

There are far too many people waiting till they lose weight or buy the top of the range Audi so that they can finally settle down, be happy and enjoy life. Eeek! Let me say this, please please don’t wait until everything is perfect. Don’t wait until you graduate or until you empty the entire contents of your wardrobe and go on a massive shopping spree or until you travel to New York to start enjoying life. You must remember that nothing will ever be perfect. Never. There will always be obstacles and imperfections. Always. The way I see things is that the only time which is perfect is indeed now and it is up to you to make the most of it. Accept it for all it brings, the ups and downs, the rights and wrongs. Now is the only time you have. Don’t spoil it by over thinking about what you don’t have or what you could have.

The past has gone, it cannot be changed and the future is a result of all today’s  actions and thoughts. You might find yourself clinging on to the past for a bit too long or endlessly planning for the future. It is OK to give some time and thought to thinking of the past and future but dwelling on it for too long is destructive. In the process you miss the present. How sad! Learn from the past and plan for the future. Other than that direct all your attention to the present. We must live in the now, and not the past, or the future.

”We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it”  (Lyndon B. Johnson)

Dream of now. See what huge potential there is for you today. If you fancy learning Chinese, or getting your driver’s license or opening your own beauty parlour start now. You always have today.

”The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for” (Dan Millman)


” For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit… start whenever you want… you can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again” (Benjamin Button)

Published in: on January 12, 2009 at 1:35 am  Leave a Comment  

A Little Reminder

Daily Reminders

Published in: on January 11, 2009 at 6:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

My 2009 Wish For You

“ May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. ”

Neil Gaiman

Published in: on January 11, 2009 at 2:17 am  Leave a Comment  



Penguin Flash E-Card

You Are Among Friends

What links have you been compulsively clicking this week my sweet?

Published in: on January 10, 2009 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Flickr Special

1. Retro Cupcake, 2. Sleepy

Published in: on January 10, 2009 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Activity: Write a Biography


Think of someone. Anyone. It could be a scholar, scientist, dancer, actor, doctor or a writer and write a biography about them. You can include as much or as little information as you like. If it takes your fancy, add a picture or two to make it more exciting.  Get educated!

To help get your creative juices flowing, here’s a few names for starters:

♥ Albert Einstein

♥ Beethoven

♥ Florence Nightingale

♥ Mark Twain

♥ Oprah

♥ Mother Theresa

Get writing!

Published in: on January 6, 2009 at 11:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mark the Arrival of 2009

A new year has come upon us and here’s a wee reminder to keep you on the golden path:

♥Walk away from whatever it is that doesn’t make you happy

♥Learn to let go

♥Do something fabolous

♥Allow magnificent things to happen

♥Rid yourself of all sadness, grief, remorse, anger, regret and fear

♥You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think

♥Be different

♥Give the world the best you have. You may get hurt but give anyway

♥Don’t rely on anyone

♥Dont give up and you will stumble onto something terrific

♥Dwell in possibility

♥Laugh often


♥Take a risk

♥People will let you down

♥Be all you need

♥You really can endure

♥Waiting is hard

♥Realize who and what matters

Wishing you a very magical 2009!

Published in: on January 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm  Comments (2)  

A Little Reminder

♥ Never take someone for granted. Hold all the ones you love close to your heart. You might wake up one day and realize that you’ve lost a diamond while you were collecting stones ♥

Published in: on January 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm  Leave a Comment