The Ultimate Study Guide

    Ahh studying, the thing we all love to hate, but if you want to achieve great marks then studying is inevitable. So, I have compiled a list of tips to make studying as effective and painless as possible. And believe me, I have had plenty of opportunity to hone in on my study skills – I was that kid in high school that voluntarily chose to do subjects like physics and Maths C (more challenging maths for those of you who are unfamiliar)… for fun.  However, perfecting my study skills over the years has allowed me to maintain a high GPA at uni without even having to study most weekends – I believe it’s all about studying smarter, not harder. So try out some of the suggestions below and see what works best for you!   Study Tips:   It is best to go over the content straight after class when it is fresh in your memory. This will help cement your understanding of the content. Don’t put off small tasks. By getting them out of the way as soon as possible, you will find it easier to start tackling bigger tasks. Environment is everything. Find a comfortable and quiet place to study with good lighting and minimal distractions. This does not include your bed- the temptation to nap will be too strong. I also find that I study better when my environment is tidy and uncluttered. Relaxing music. For some people, having calming music in the background on a low volume can improve their concentration. Find what time of the day you study best. Do you prefer working in the morning or later in the day? For example, I’m a morning person and therefore try to get most of my study done in the mornings, because I know if I leave it to the evening I will most likely fall asleep and get absolutely nothing done. Have all your study material in front of you– lecture/class notes, textbooks and anything else. Start by studying the most important information first. After all, that’s most likely what you’ll be tested on. Take notes and write down a summary of the important concepts as you read through your study material. Learn the general concepts first. Do not even worry about the details until you understand the main ideas, otherwise they won’t make any sense and it will only leave you… View Post

Get Clear Skin Now: Natural Remedies

Now that we’ve discussed all the lifestyle, diet and hygiene suggestions to help you on your way to clear skin (Get Clear Skin Now: Part 1), let’s look at some topical natural remedies! Not only are these remedies cheap (you’re welcome uni students), but they don’t contain any nasty ingredients that might damage your skin in the long run! Garlic: Garlic has high levels of antioxidants, as well as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, making it a pimple fighter. Try to include more of this miracle worker in your meals, as it purifies your blood and prevents future break-outs. If you have a pimple emergency, then crush some garlic and mix it in with some water for 10 minutes or so and then apply this garlic water onto the pimple. This was something I always did when I had troubles with my skin and it definitely stopped those pimples in their tracks! As well as ward off vampires.. Just remember to wash it off really well before venturing out of your house, otherwise people may avoid you. Honey, I’ve shrunk the pimple: Honey is a natural antibiotic which works wonders for healing and shrinking pimples. Plus, it’s stickiness helps to remove excess impurities. Warning: it will get messy!! What I did was create a mask by mixing two tablespoons of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon and applied it on my problem areas for ten minutes. Why add cinnamon? Because it draws blood and nutrients to the surface of your skin, as well as being anti-bacterial. Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is great for cooling your skin down, reducing the inflammation and redness of pimples and removing oiliness. I have several aloe vera plants at my house so I used to take a leaf, open it up and spread it onto my face. However, I’m fairly sure that you can buy aloe-vera based natural skin care products that will have the same effect (If anyone knows of a particularly good brand then feel free to leave a comment so other people can check it out). Apple Cider Vinegar: Yet another natural miracle worker. Why? It will destroy the bacteria that is causing all this havoc to your skin. Not only this, it becomes alkaline and therefore balances the pH of your skin, making it very difficult for bacteria to thrive. Simply wipe or spray it onto your face in a ratio… View Post

Wednesday Wisdom: John Lennon

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

Get Clear Skin Now: PART 1

  Let’s face it, acne sucks. I suffered with mild acne and cysts several years ago when I was ill and not only was it painful, it destroyed my confidence. To top it off, dermatologists wouldn’t go near me in case they made me more sick. So it was up to me to clear my own skin. This is where the following informations comes in. If you’re struggling with acne or want healthier skin then follow these suggestions! Firstly, what is acne? Acne occurs when hair follicles become blocked with oil (sebum) and dead skin cells. If the openings are large then this clogging will result in a blackhead and if it’s small it will result in a whitehead. Both types of clogged pores can develop into inflammations, pimples or cysts (firm swellings below the skin). Clear your skin now with these 15 tips! You are what you eat: What you put in your mouth is as important as the products you put onto your skin. The food you eat is broken down into vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body uses to create healthy skin. If you’re feeding your body processed food that lacks nutrients, then you’re not providing your body what it needs to create healthy skin. Whatever is going on inside your gut will eventually show on the outside. So adopt a balanced diet of wholesome foods that are mostly organic and rich in nutrients. See my You Are What You Eat post. Cut down on your intake of dairy: Dairy products contain cow hormones and when ingested can interfere with your own body’s hormones causing a hormonal imbalance. When your hormones are all over the place you are more likely to get skin problems (think puberty). Drink up: No, put that wine down, we’re talking about water! Keeping your body hydrated helps to flush any toxins that may be in your blood. Less toxins = Less likely to get breakouts! Just remember the wise words of Derek Zoolander: water is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty.. (Who else is excited for Zoolander 2??). Beauty sleep: It’s called beauty sleep for a reason- the body’s natural detox process is biologically set to take place at night! So make sure you sleep at least 7-8 hours per night (preferably, make some of those hours take place before midnight). Do not stress: I… View Post