Saturday, 11 April 2015


So, I was introduced to studyblrs on Tumblr by a Medium article by Kaite Welsh, The Rise of Studyblrs. They're primarily girls who reblog pictures of desks and study notes, and their blogs are so pretty.

I think what hooked me was when the author described studyblrs as "the online equivalent of the Ravenclaw common room." I want that room so bad. 

So anyway, I checked it out and studyblrs are actually pretty inspiring (and damn do they update often). The studyblrs I follow include:


22-03-2015Does anybody else have one of those working days where you just want to lie on your bedroom floor and work, whilst listening to music and drinking tea/eating strawberries? Well, today has been that day for me. I wasn’t feeling the library, or venturing into town on a Sunday to be faced with reams of tourists filling the coffee shops either. So: my bedroom floor it is, where I can spread my mess (or as I like to call it, ‘thoughts’) all around me. Today, I would like to talk about working at your own pace.I am just about to start writing up my second year dissertation on ‘Nature and Art in Milton & Marvell’. However, I am a lot later in doing so than most people doing 2nd year English with me, and over the past few weeks I have secretly felt very troubled by this. You probably know the feeling - when everyone discusses where they’re at with work at lunch or something, and you have a little bit of a panic as it seems everyone is so much more ahead (!) . Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve repeatedly tried to avoid ‘dissertation chat’, but its been nigh on impossible, and to be completely honest it was starting to stress me out a lot. Which is never a good thing.Had I been Superwoman (or Hermione armed with a Time-Turner), I would have written my dissertation on top of my portfolio essays, weekly essays, and practical criticism classes last term; only I’m not, and last term didn’t happen to work out like that. Luckily I had done a substantial amount of my dissertation work previously in anticipation of this, but ultimately dissertation work was momentarily pushed aside by me due to my weekly essays, while others had some extra time last term to work on their dissertations instead. Whenever I happened to mention that I’d only met my dissertation supervisor for one out of the four hours we could have had last term, others looked at me in varying states of shock; eventually it seemed that practically everyone apart from me had a complete first draft sorted by the 15th March. I could have cried as panic began to set in. But then I reminded myself that dissertations are due on the 23rd April. My dissertation supervisor isn’t worried in the slightest by the time-frame we are working to: I’m meeting him next week with my first draft, which means I have 7 days to write 5000-ish words, all of which I have already meticulously planned. Things could be worse. Had I forced myself to write my dissertation last term, just to have been writing at the same time as others, I feel that it wouldn’t have been of a very good quality because I would have rushed it, and I wouldn’t have been happy with it. It ultimately wouldn’t have said what I really wanted it to say, as I wouldn’t have had the time to put as much thought into it. Moreover, had I taken the time to write my dissertation last term, my weekly work and portfolio of essays would have been drastically affected, both of which were a more pressing matter at the time. So:Even though it is now technically the Easter holidays, I am at university writing my dissertation whilst also fitting in a bit of Medieval/Shakespeare revision: however I feel happy with myself. I have so much time to really think about my own work and really engage with my dissertation. I feel calmer. The thought of writing it doesn’t make me want to cry anymore. To get so caught up in what others are doing/how far others are in work is nothing but stress, and its really pointless. As long as I am content with the quality and (seemingly snail’s) pace of my own work, I need to stop measuring myself against others. Realising this today has meant that I have felt a lot less stressed about dissertations than I have done for the past two months. I only wish I had realised this sooner. Try not to think about how great you feel others are doing (chances are they’re actually feeling exactly the same); work at your own pace, and focus on getting the job done well when it comes to big deadlines. Right - this dissertation won’t write itself! -Sarah 

10-03-2015 Sorry I haven’t posted in ages, hopefully after today I’ll be able to write a few interesting posts!  (FYI this is really just a boring look-how-pretty-my-library-is post).It’s the deadline for my portfolio of essays tomorrow, but I have a 21st birthday to go to this evening so for me, the deadline is THIS AFTERNOON. I only need to tweak & format one essay out of three, so I feel like I am on track- feeling positive! I was the first person in Girton library this morning ~so keen~ Term ends of Friday, and I’m only going home for 4 days before coming back here to work on my dissertation. I can’t concentrate on work at home, and I also weirdly love Cambridge during the Easter holidays (I did the same last year). College is a lot emptier and less distracting, and I can spend days working in various cafes/libraries in town without worrying about contact time/supervisions to get to. It gives me time to chill and reflect as well as be productive. There will be a few more ‘active’ and interesting posts during Easter in preparation for revision/exam term. This has been a difficult term, but the end is near! 😊 -Sarah

Her blog is super pretty, and it's awesome that she's studying at Cambridge.

This is Emily of Revise or Die. She's studying something English Lit-related and makes gorgeous notes.

Just finished these notes on a Jane Austen Persuasion extract. Took ages as I hadn’t studied the extract in class time. Fewww.

A Book and A Brew

crewfitty:March 27, 3:13pm // So I obviously took this picture a lot earlier but I finished my work, went home, and slept. For… A long time lol. Spring Break means (still) working my ass off, but in more desirable places! 😊 Hopefully my Stabilos, pencil case, and travel mug are here soon!

Oh yeah, here's an example of something I wanted to talk about. So many studyblrs use the Chrome extension you see in the photo, and now so do I. It's called Momentum and it's really pretty. 

The Organised Student

This one is particularly awesome, and I always see her posts on my dash and in the #studyblr tag. 

She's so helpful and makes great printables, one of which got me to finally start my history research essay. 

I've been pretty inspired by them, and while my camera (webcam) quality is awful (I'm so looking forward to getting that iPad I won later this month), I'll post them anyway. 

So those are the results of my recent foray into studyblrs. They can get monotonous after a while, but when sprinkled through my dash I like them. 

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