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Something I've wanted to do for a while is to go to a pick your own farm. I didn't get a chance to go in the summer but we decided to check out the Ansty Farm for my Mum's birthday just to have a wander around and see what was left. The Ansty PYO and Farm Shop is only 10 minutes down the road from us and I really don't know why we've not been before!

As it's October I knew there wouldn't be a massive choice of things to pick, however, the main thing I wanted to find were raspberries and luckily there were still some about. Due to the recent bad weather, the people working there weren't sure if there would be much to pick but after having a walk around we actually managed to find some really nice raspberries.

We also were able to get some golden raspberries, which I'd never had before but was definitely intrigued. It was quite strange to see yellow raspberries but they tasted pretty similar to the usual ones and I'm surprised you don't seem …


Since the academic year has recently started I thought I'd do a quick post to share some tips that I used or wish I knew at the time! I often found myself feeling pretty prepared and motivated at the start of the year but hopefully, some of these will help that to continue all year round, or more at least!

Attitude and Behaviour

Put in the effort now - when you get further into the year you'll thank yourself for putting in the time to learn everything properly, especially when it comes to revision as you'll already have materials to look back at.
> Mistakes are good - it can be disheartening when you make mistakes or don't get the feedback you hoped for but learning from them is a really productive and useful way to help improve.
> Strengths and Weaknesses - everyone has things they are better at and things they may struggle with, finding that out now and setting time aside to focus on the things you find harder will help reduce stress. You could also study with a friend who has different strengths and that way you can help each other out!
> Try out revision techniques - assuming you'll be taking some sort of test or exam at some point, revision is a huge part of school life and finding what technique works for you is very useful. Try different things out and see what suits you best, it's often good to have a couple you can use.
> Be prepared - always write details about the work you need to complete and the deadline, sometimes I'd put something really brief and wish I'd written more information down at the time. Similarly, if you need to bring something additional to a lesson or there is some sort of change to the usual routine then I'd advise you write that down somewhere too as you don't need the stress of feeling underprepared!


> The right pen - a pen is a pen right? However, I always found that I could write much easier and neater with certain pens (usually an average biro), and that makes a huge difference when it comes to writing essays, you want to feel comfortable and prepared.
> Lots of highlighters - I always found myself reaching for highlighters, they're particularly useful if you know you're going to need to come back to a certain piece of information. I also found colour coding really helpful when revising too!
> Expanding folders - you get given so many loose papers, especially as you get older and then you often have individual papers to hand in too, so an expanding folder is really useful. They take up less room and you can organise them according to subject or topic.
> On the go snacks - I could never focus when hungry so I always made sure I had something small to snack on, some sort of cereal bar was usually my go to. This was especially useful during A Levels as I could have a quick bite during a free study period and then didn't have the embarrassment of a rumbling stomach (we've all been there!)
> Handcare - whether it's writing, typing, painting or experiments, you use your hands a lot at school. I liked to always have a hand sanitiser on me if I ever felt like I needed a bit of a cleanse. I found hand cream was useful too, especially in Art as paints and other materials can dry your hands out pretty easily.
> Plasters - nothing worse than being on the go and walking to different classes with blisters is there? So I always made sure I had a spare couple in my bag, just in case! 

Other useful stuff

> Browse websites - there are some great ones out there to help with your studies, one that I used a lot was Get Revising. There was a lot of content for revision but I also liked 'The Study Room' where you could post queries and talk to other students as it was interesting to compare things!
> Utilise your phone - similarly, there are also some really great apps. A favourite of mine is one called 'Notebook' which is ideal for creating checklists but you can also add text, images, documents, drawings or audio. 
> 'StudyTube' - something that I definitely wish I would have looked into whilst I was at school is the content made by study Youtubers. Some of it is really helpful and it's great to relate to people in the same boat as you. The first person I came across was Jade Bowler or 'Unjaded Jade', she's been featured in various media for her videos and work as a study Youtuber and I'd definitely recommend checking her out! There are also lots more including Eve Bennett, Ruby Granger and Jack Edwards who all give great advice with regards to school and university. 
> Saving money - any sort of student discount is great but recently I stumbled upon Honey which is a free tool that automatically finds deals and vouchers for loads of well-known stores and brands. You can add an extension to Chrome and then you can make sure you have the best deal just by clicking on it. Head over here if you'd like to sign up!

Hopefully, some of these tips are helpful to some of you out there! I actually really miss school and look forward to studying again at some point, but of course, there are good and bad days so good luck to everyone for the next year! 


  1. I wish I knew those tips when I started out university! Back then I was leaving everything to the last minute instead of putting the effort in right now! Also saving money instead of partying all the time! I am glad it is over though !

    1. Haha yes I bet! So annoying when you find things that could have made things a bit easier isn't it, thanks for reading!

  2. These tips are so important! Perfect for anyone that is starting university!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  3. These aren't just great for studying - some of these are great for work as well, especially the right attitude and hand care! Lovely list - I actually miss the days of reading for a highlighter!

    1. Ah yes that’s true actually, glad they can be applied to work too! Haha yes me too!

  4. Love these tips you're sharing for back to school! YES on how mistakes are good. Sometimes, we learn better that way. It's not the end of the world either. I am a huge sucker for collecting colorful pens and highlighters. Color-coding goes a long way. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

    Nancy ♥

    1. So true isn’t it! Ooh me too, I just can’t help myself! Thanks for reading xx


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