Tell me you book journal, without telling me you book journal. I’ll go first, haha.
Anyway, here’s a few books I tabbed and my new November spread! I am loving it! (inspo from Pinterest). Also, those little dots in my calendar are my habits (the key’s covered up by the book I’m currently reading).
Current read 📕: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
Ps. For all my American peeps, don’t forget to vote in midterms on Tuesday, Nov 8!
Went to a lovely coffee shop the other day and had this delicious cake and now I’m trying to do some planning to get organised for uni but they haven’t added me to the module yet so I can’t see any of the content to be organised with. Happy Thursday everyone!
I have benefitted so much from the Halo Effect and I always take advantage of it every semester. This is how it works.
The first day of class is for setting yourself up: The professors will introduce themselves and would expect students to do the same. Take advantage of it and introduce yourself, don't be shy, remember your academics is between you and your professor, not your classmates. Take advantage of the "any questions?" I do this all the time. I ask the nitty-gritty questions about the syllabus and I also introduce myself to the professor immediately after class.
Read ahead of the class and participate: I like to come prepared, I want to have an idea of what the professor will teach in class, and this allows me to engage in class and learn as much as I can. Professors like it when students show readiness and are willing to ask questions or give educated opinions.
Volunteer: Today I volunteered to read a paragraph in my Management Class. I raise my hands to ask questions or give my ideas and professors love it. They love it because they also want to please their students, they feel better when students participate. So far, four out of five of my professors know me by my name, and it's only been a week. On Wednesday, my Finance professor asked me to help a student set up his My Finance Lab, it could be little but I am a strong believer in compounding things. It is your atomic habits that become your character.
Stand out: I am the only Black girl in all my classes, if that isn't enough to make me quiet and be an observer but sometimes, you have to put yourself out there, not for your classmate's validation but to be seen by your professor, to develop a relationship with them so that you don't get terrified of asking questions, I never feel alone because I know the authority (my professors). Even if I am yet to make friends I know I would always have a conversation with my professor in each class and it makes me feel wanted, and welcomed like my opinions matter.
The effects: Professors delegate to you, they trust you, and they would seek your opinion on things, often times this is how professors pick their Teaching Assistants. But what does Halo Effect do? Based on your participation, your professors think you are a bright student, who has something to offer, they assume that your participation will be relevant in the workplace as well (recommendations). To you, the Halo Effect subconsciously makes you show up, study effectively, engage with the material, enjoy the class, and do well on your tests. You want to be in class because who knows what amazing conversations you would have. Also, there is a difference between involvement and cockiness, always raising your hands and saying irrelevant things won't get you anywhere, you'd only be a nuisance. With that said, go out and win.
Now that the year is coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to get a planner or calendar for 2023. You can find my Floriography calendars on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BAM, Bookshop, or have your favorite indie bookstore order one in for you.
Scrolling through Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, etc. for study vibes. Lots of people would say this is a waste of time, but getting in the mood to study significantly helps me. As someone that rarely has the motivation to do things and struggles with low-energy levels daily, seeing aesthetic pictures or watching study-with-me videos gives me the inspiration and motivation I need.
Multitasking is my best friend. If I’m interested in what I’m working on, this isn’t always necessary, but usually, having multiple things to do at once is helpful. Jumping between similar assignments, working 20min on one long assignment or chore, then finishing a smaller one, then going back to that longer thing, etc. It helps me avoid burn-out and taking breaks that turn into just giving up.
On the subject of breaks, taking breaks isn’t always the best for me. I know a lot of people rave about the pomodoro method, and while it works to help me get started on something, I eventually let go of that timer once I’m in the groove of working. Taking a break-- long or short-- will usually just incentivise me to stop working altogether because that ‘break’ is sooo much better than working. I much prefer long hours or scheduled out work vs play times.
Having multiple drinks on my desk. This is another form of multitasking to me. Water is always a necessity, but juice, coffee, tea, etc. is a needed addition. Similar to chewing gum, it helps stabilize me and prevent burn-out since my brain has multiple forms of stimuli.
Long to-do lists. I will literally have 20-30 things on a to-do list typically. Sure, I don’t always finish it all in a day, but writing out that to-do list helps get my mind organized and keeps me focused. Plus, it also helps to avoid procrastination. If I only write out 5-6 things, I’d think “Sure, I can wait to do those. There’s only a few” whereas 20-30 things pushes me to work as soon as possible.
A lot of people would disagree with how I work, or tell me that there’s a better way, but these are just some things that work for me. Some of us are wired a bit differently, and that’s perfectly fine. Do what works best for you.