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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Supporting the "Study Bug" in Your Life

Confession:  I really struggled with naming this post.  My sorority's mascot is a ladybug, and each week our chapter gave out a "Study bug of the week" award for whoever logged the most hours.  Most of the time, it was my little.  And most of the time, she was sitting in the library Facebooking/Netflixing/eating Einstein's Bagels and drinking Diet Coke.

Down to business - the LSAT is five days away!  Now excuse me while I go have a panic attack, because just typing that stressed me out.  The second hardest thing about studying has been staying dedicated to my studying schedule.  I'm pretty good on my own - I don't let myself poke around Facebook, and I put my phone on "Do Not Disturb."  The trickiest thing has been friends and family members who don't quite understand how important studying is and won't take no for an answer.  (I assure you, I'm not putting anyone down.  I know they all mean so well, which makes it even harder to be firm with them!)

I've compiled a list of tips that I think will help and encourage the people in your life that are studying, whether it be the LSAT/PCAT/MCAT/GRE, finals, a professional licensure exam, or anything of that nature.

1. Take no for an answer.  If you ask someone to do something, and they say no, leave it be.  I can't tell you how many times I've said, "Thanks, but I have to study," only to be hounded for days on end about it.  It makes me feel horrible.

2. Leave the ball in their court.  My best friend SF is amazing and so wise.  (I spend as much time talking to her and hanging out with her as possible because I hope that those skills will rub off on me.)  One day I was just having the worst day, and she told me that she knows how busy I am with studying, but if I ever needed to take a coffee break, let her know!  I loved that; she made it clear she was thinking of me and there for me, but she left the ball in my court and based on my schedule.  It also felt so nice to know that if I needed an escape, I had an option.

3. Respect their time.  Y'all, I currently plan my days out by like 10 minute increments at this point.  (I've also figured out how little sleep I can function on, but that's a different story!)  No one in my family is ever on time, so I can't tell y'all how many times my mom has showed up an hour late to pick me up without letting me know she would be late, dropping me off two+ hours later than I had expected to get home, and stopping to get a spray tan on the way to drop me off.  Normally, it wouldn't be as big of a deal.  But because I have my life scheduled around studying, it sets me off into a panic, and I have to decide which necessary task is least important - eat, bathe, study, sleep, etc.  Long story short - if you know someone doesn't have enough hours in the day, respect their time.  (I'm a firm believer you should always respect someone's time, but I feel like I'm probably in the minority with that thought.)

4. Listen.  Sometimes someone just wants to say that the PCAT sucks or that their professional licensure exam is stupid.  This isn't the time to harp on them and tell them how thankful they should be to get an education (pointing my finger at you, ex boyfriend)  or that it could be so much worse.  Trust me, they know that.  But sometimes people just need to vent.  Be a good friend, listen, and agree - yes, the MCAT is such a crock.  Oh my gosh, I know, the LSAT is so dumb.  

5. Encourage them!  One day, I was having a mega meltdown about studying that spilled over on to twitter.  My friend Katelyn is the most encouraging person I know, and she sent me a text that just made me feel a million times better.  The first time I took the LSAT, I received so many encouraging texts from my friends that I felt like I could take on the world.  Send prayers, good vibes, sweet texts - whatever is your thing - because I promise you, they do make a difference.

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  How's your week going so far?




  1. First of all, al the best to your exam, you can do it girl! And I know what you mean by no. 1! I had 'friends' who were that way and needless to say after one too many times, we are now just associates. I don't need people to make me feel shitty about myself when I had something more urgent to attend to.

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  2. Great tips, have a wonderful day,

  3. My boyfriend is taking the GMAT on June 13th and I'm the one pushing him to study because after a long day at work he never wants to.
    Also, I definitely agree with tip number 3...there's nothing worse than people who don't respect your time. I have friends who are constantly late when I am constantly early and it can be really irritating.
    Good luck on the LSAT this weekend, girl.
    You will rock it.

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  4. Love these tips, people should definitely keep this in mind. Good luck on your test, but I don't think you need it! You're so smart and savvy, you got this! #4 is a great essential, lol my bestie & I down the standardized tests the whole day before!

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  5. Good luck with your LSATs!! I have a lot of friends who just finished their MCATs and #3 is so important.

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  6. Hi lovely, Good luck in you exam, these a re some great tips! the best tips for me is respect your time.
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  7. Best of luck lovely!! I can't imagine how excited you are to have that test behind you. These are great tips, I could've used this as a PSA when I was in school!

    xo. A Peachy Sonder

  8. Ahhh good luck with your LSATs! I should be starting to take practice tests for that in a semester or two!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

  9. Super original post, I think this would be so great for college students to read. I wish I would have been able to communicate many of these points more efficiently to my friends in my sorority. I was such a study bug but didn't know how to ask for support.

  10. Love this and it needs to be shared 243254 times! Good luck on the LSAT - you'll do great!!!

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  11. I always have trouble finding the "study bug" in me! Good luck with the LSAT, I wish you all the best!
    xo, claudia

  12. I am so so so incredibly proud of you for working a full-time job, blogging, running MBN with me and Annaliese AND studying for the LSAT! You are a pro, and you're gonna kill it! Can't wait to hear how you crushed it!

    (BTW, these tips are gold! I want to forward this to my family and say LET ME VENT, SEE IT'S HEALTHY! They think that I'm too young to be stressed. I call BS!)

  13. My boyfriend is taking an online class right now - Physics...EW - and #3 is so true - I have to be aware of his space and his schedule, because I would never want him to feel overwhelmed!

  14. Just sent this to my friend:) What an amazing post! Thank you!

  15. OMG so you're incredibly organized. And these are GREAT tips. Thanks so much! And you're going to do great. Just be positive. I have faith in you! <3 Best of luck...keeping my fingers crossed and saying a prayer!
    Lauren Ashley

  16. First of all, good luck! Second, I wish my roommates had this list when I was writing my thesis and doing finals this year. Especially that first tip--they just would not leave me alone about going out or watching movies or anything! But good luck, good luck, good luck, and I'm sure you'll do wonderfully!

  17. These are wonderful tips!! Love how you didn't just write about actual study skills, but also how to encourage someone in your life who is studying for a big test! I am fairly certain that I won't be perusing grad school, so no GRE/MCAT/LSAT/etc for me, but many of my friends will soon be taking exams like those in the next year or two!

    And GOOD LUCK TO YOU! I know you will rock it!! <3 <3

    xoxo A

  18. Good luck for your LSATs! I wish you all the best! These are great tips, haha. All of my friends are 'study bugs' and we are all supportive of each other, it's fantastic <3

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  19. Good luck, you're gonna do great on your test. I'll be sending positive vibes your way!

  20. Good luck to your exam.
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  21. You can do it! These are great tips by the way :)

  22. Studying is such a hard time, it shouldn't be made harder by the people around you.
    Being late is something I dislike even when I am not studying. I think it is disrespectful.

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  23. Very best of luck with your LSATs! My little sister is a study bug, she has so many exams coming up but it all pays off :) and I totally agree that we should support study bugs :) x

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  24. Great post!! I used to be a study bug and know how it feels!! It´s so good to feel supported!
    Wish you the best luck!!
    xx, Natali

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  25. These are great tips!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @

  26. Thanks for the great tips, my week is going well and I am looking forward to this weekend...I will be seeing my inlaws and I love it!

  27. Love this post! It's always nice to have someone encouraging you to study to reach your full potential. These are all great tips. And good luck on your LSAT, love! I know you can do it!


  28. Thanks for these great tips (will be indirectly displaying them everywhere...) Good luck with your exam!

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  29. Just by reading this I can tell you're going to do amazing on your exams! You seem so determined and organized; you'll do great! Thanks for these amazing tips and I really hope the best for you and your friends! Good luck!