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8 Study Habits For People Who Can’t Sit Still

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I don’t know about you guys, but I HATE studying. Up until maybe a year ago, I really never needed to study to make good grades. Even freshman and sophomore year of college I did not need to study much, but after that… I found that just skimming the notes was no longer going to be good enough.

So, how do you start studying when you’ve never really had to?

Through some trial and error, I found these practices worked the best for people who have a hard time sitting still (raises hand). However, these practices may seem a bit weird. To find them, I combed through all kinds of blog posts and advice (let’s just say reading and taking notes doesn’t work well for me) in order to find a few tips that could give me an edge, without boring me to pieces.

1.Take adequate moving breaks

Nope, this doesn’t mean check Facebook. It means get up and do some jumping jacks or squats, start a load of laundry, fold laundry, anything to get your mind off of studying and get your body active. I take a break every 25 minutes for 5 minutes, then at the hour mark take a 10 minute break.

2. Drink lemon water

Keeping your energy up is key. One way to do that is to stay hydrated. The lemon helps keep your energy up and keeps you from reaching for the can of coke in the fridge.

3. Lay out note cards like a map.

It’s kind of like creating a real life scavenger hunt for your notes; You make cards with their definitions and lay them around your house or dorm on top of things you can make a connection to, or in the order you need to remember them. For example, the amygdala has a lot to do with memory-I had a stuffed elephant in my room and an elephant never forgets. Making connections helps you remember things easier, the weirder the better.  I also am very good at reading maps and navigating, therefore, when I study I like to go through and make a map of my house. I take the terms or concepts and put them in rooms. Think mind palace from Sherlock. (Learn more about the mind palace, here).

4. Do your notes in class like this:


I know, my notes are never that color coordinated (who seriously has time for this!?!?!) but the concept works SUPER well.  That way, you’re not taking notes exactly from the power point or lecture, instead you focus on key points. These kinds of notes are very easy to follow and even easier to study later on!

5. Keep a fidget gadget

We all fidget, some of us more than others. There are a few different fidget gears out there that are specifically made for people who need to be doing something with their hands, however I have found that something as simple as playing with a tube of chapstick (like EOS) or even playdoh helps! It let’s my hands move while still paying attention, or it lets my left hand move while my right hand writes.

6. Mix it up

Don’t study one particular subject for more than an hour or so. Make sure to add a few different subjects in there to at least review, that way what you’re studying doesn’t just become white noise. I know, I know, you’re like me and you’ve waited until the night before the exam to study, but trust me here. If you can’t sit still for long, more than likely you can’t focus for long either. Make sure to do this after studying for at least sometime and DON’T study two topics at the same time.

7. What about sleep?

DO IT. College is NOT just about pulling all night-ers, it’s about learning how to manage your time so you DON’T have to pull all nighters. Your memory gets extremely impaired after one 24 hour period of being awake. It actually has the same affect on your body as drinking two glasses of wine. Tip: Don’t take a test while intoxicated, thus don’t take a test when you haven’t slept.

8. IF you must study more…

Believe it or not, the earlier you are, the better you study
Believe it or not, the earlier you are, the better you study


Go to bed, and wake up EARLY. I’m talking 4 a.m. early! Don’t believe me? 4 a.m. is a time where our minds will have no other demands or distractions, meaning you are more likely to focus (if you’re not falling asleep, of course). Making a habit of getting up early will allow you to start your day without any kind of hurry or distraction: what better time to study!

There you have it! Do you have any other study habits that have worked for you? Let me know!


Happy Semester Everyone,



Don't be selfish:

Maybe the Best Apple Pie

Don't be selfish:

We’ve had a bit of a trash problem for the past few days- so I exchanged trash service for pie.

Beautiful, delicious, pain staking homemade apple pie.

Actually, if I’m being honest it’s been the last few weeks, and it’s all because I was very stubborn and refused to get a trash service. I like to save money, not spend it, and up until a few weeks ago we used Derr’s father’s truck to take trash back and forth. It was a great system, until someone else decided to use to the truck.

About 2 weeks go by, the trash mostly forgotten, begins to rot. Bad. Oh the smell emitting from that trash can was absolutely horrible. Worse than that? Maggots.

I like gore, but I HATE maggots. My husband is a mighty good man.

Needless to say though, he hates maggots too, and gave me an option: trash service, or a truck.

Well, then I went on vacation, promptly forgot, and by the time I got back we were in the same pickle again. Maggots, rot, all of it. Needed a truck, then and there. Fortunately, one of Derr’s work buddies had a truck and was willing. I felt so bad though, because it was putrid, that I offered to bake a pie.

Here we come, Pinterest!

Apple pies aren’t difficult to bake…ish. Sure, I could have run to Walmart and bought an apple pie, but where’s the fun in that?

So I embarked: homemade crust included.

And I found a recipe titled “The Best Apple Pie EVER.“that I found on Audrey’s Apron.

I followed both the recipe for the pie crust and the pie itself… this is not a small endeavor.

Full disclosure: I’m a decent cook but a baby baker. I’ve made cookies by myself, and a few cobblers under elder cook supervision, but this is my first completely homemade apple pie. Now I understand completely why my grandmothers all said that pre-made pie crust was the best invention ever.

There’s a first for everything right?

3 sticks of butter- just for 2 crusts!
I doubled the recipe for the crust because it’s unfair to send a homemade pie and have none for yourself. What if it tasted horrible?! I couldn’t risk that…

However, note from the picture above that I have deviated from the directions:

  1. I don’t have a food processor- so I used my Ninja.

I.. don’t recommend this. Instead of being the one minute pie crust, this turned into an hour long ordeal. I did mess up and try to do all 2 batches in the blender at one time, but the blender still did not do absolutely great.

2. I put it in the freezer instead of the refrigerator.

This is a good idea if you’re crunched for time, not such a great idea if you totally forget about it and leave it in the freezer for more than an hour. Luckily, this didn’t end up too too bad as it thawed pretty quickly after my mistake.

I did one traditionally rolling it out on my counter with flour, and one with the floured plastic wrap- do the floured plastic wrap whenever possible. So much easier, so much less mess.

Moving on…

Everything else about this recipe looked like it was going to go off without a hitch! Sugar, brown sugar, an ungodly amount of butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and apples. Except… I forgot to check to see if I had brown sugar. Pro tip- before starting a recipe, make sure you have all the ingredients. Baking 101 right?

Now, there is a sub for brown sugar. For every cup of sugar, use two table spoons of molasses- I had that! I know, molasses but no brown sugar…

Shamelessly want to lick the spoon
I may or may not have snuck a few caramel apples…

15 minutes at 425 degrees, then another 35 at 350, and voila!!


So… I will say, this was a fantastic pie. Flaky crust, sweet but not overwhelming filling… all the good things. However a few pointers.

  1. I would like to make a bit more of the pie crust- I had enough to make one pie, with a double crust, and I should have followed the advice and made a bit more just so I could make the lattice better
  2. Use brown sugar? I mean it still tasted pretty sick, but for purely scientific purposes…
  3. Instead of using the caramel glaze over the lattice, I would probably use a simple butter and cinnamon mix on the crust- it was almost too much with the caramel glaze.

If you want a great go-to apple pie recipe- this is it. This pie is delish cold and hot. Just make sure you have brown sugar.

Next time,



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