During my middle school years, I was the type of girl who did not study at all for exams. I used to leave everything for the last minute and sometimes I did not even know whether I had a test or not. But this changed when I was about to fail in almost three subjects. After that I learnt what really study meant. Each year I did better than the previous one and I started my career at university with the right foot. My marks were good most of the time and I was always the student who got everything done with a lot of anticipation meanwhile my classmates stayed up until late to finish a project. I never went to bed later than 12 pm during my University years, not even during finals. Today I will give you some of my tips to get good marks whilst avoiding last minute study sessions.

Use a calendar, always. It is important for you as a student to be completely organized within your subjects. You need to know exactly when your tests, projects or homeworks will take place. Having knowledge of the important dates is key to be succesful in your studies. Apart from that, you can visualize how many days you have until your deadlines. You can either create your own calendars or download one. There are also some really cute planners you can buy on Etsy.


One thing I used to do at University was doing projects or studying for a test with anticipation. Every weekend I started my morning writing down all the important things I had for the week. I used my time wisely to finish everything on time and If I had more time left, I was proactive in order to finish some projects or study for tests I had in two or more weeks. This is my best tip for you: try to do everything you can in advance. When you procrastinate and think that you will have all the time of the world, you are probably wrong. Time flies really fast, specially when you are at University or school. Whenever I have a very tight Schedule, I use the chronometer from the web page tomato.es, you work 25 minutes and rest 5, then work for another 25 and rest 5, and so on.

Always think that you have less time to do your school/university stuff. Maybe you have an important test on May 30th, but somehow manage yourself to believe that the test is before that date. Your mind will try to be prepared for that test sooner and you are going to have more study sessions after all. That way you will succeed and your marks will reflect that.


When I was little I heard so many times that short study sessions in several days is better than one big study session before a test. I did not believe it at that time, but now I do. When you study in short sessions, you give your brain a small but manageable dose of knowledge, and you also have more free time after all. Also, give yourself some rewards after each study session. If you really want to play a videogame, do it! After half an hour or one hour of anticipated work, allow yourself to rest and have fun. Go out for a walk, have a date with your friends or lover, read a book, watch a movie or just sleep. When you know you worked hard, the reward feels simply amazing because you don’t feel anxious. Do this everyday or weekend and suddenly you’ll have the results you want! (and you will also be relaxing in between).

So grab your favourite pens and highlighters, find a confortable place and study. Soon that will pay off!

Sofía is a 22-year-old woman living in Chile. She has a degree in English Pedagogy for High school teaching. She is currently enrolled in a master’s course in Digital marketing and Web analytics. She is also working in the Social Department of her city, which is part of the Development Ministry of her country. She has been studying Korean for two years and has planned on studying several languages throughout her life. She also plans on taking a course on nutrition next year because she wants to work with clients in order to help them to reach a more healthy lifestyle, encouraging them to eat better. Another dream of her is to be a Konmari consultant and help people to live in a decluttered home. She has always loved writing and she wants to publish many novels during her life. She has written two fanfics (both published on Wattpad) and two novels: Agapi and Seliger (none of them published yet). She has a blog called Inaayat, where she posts about everything regarding a healthy, relaxing and balanced lifestyle. She also posts on her Instagram account @inaayat.health where she shares everything she posts on her blog.

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Como tener buenas calificaciones evitando estudiar a última hora

Durante mis años de enseñanza básica, era el tipo de chica que no estudiaba para los exámenes. Solía dejar todo para último momento y a veces ni siquiera sabía si tenía una prueba o no al día siguiente. Esto cambió cuando estuve a punto de reprobar tres asignaturas. Luego de eso aprendí lo que realmente significa estudiar. Cada año lo hice mejor que el anterior y empecé mi carrera en la universidad con el pie derecho. Mis notas eran buenas la mayor parte del tiempo y siempre fui la estudiante que tenía todo hecho con mucha anticipación mientras mis compañeros se quedaban hasta tarde en la noche para terminar un proyecto. Nunca me fui a la cama más allá de las 12 de la noche durante mis años universitarios, ni siquiera durante los exámenes finales. Hoy día quiero darles algunos de mis tips para tener buenas calificaciones mientras evitan el estudiar a última hora.

Usa un calendario, siempre. Es importante para ti como estudiante que seas completamente organizado con tus materias. Necesitas saber exactamente cuándo van a tomar lugar tus exámenes, proyectos o tareas. Tener conocimiento de las fechas importantes es clave para ser exitoso en tus estudios. Aparte de eso, puedes visualizar cuantos días te quedan antes de las fechas límites. Puedes crear tus propios calendarios o descargarlos. También hay algunos planners muy lindos que puedes comprar en Etsy.


Una cosa que solía hacer en la universidad, era hacer proyectos o estudiar para exámenes con anticipación. Cada fin de semana empezaba mi mañana escribiendo todas las cosas importantes que tenía para esa semana. Usaba mi tiempo sabiamente para finalizar todo y si tenía más horas de sobra, era proactiva y acababa algunas cosas que debían estar listas en dos semanas o más. Este es mi mejor consejo para ti: trata de hacer todo por adelantado. Cuando procrastinas y piensas que tendrás todo el tiempo del mundo, probablemente estés mal. El tiempo vuela muy rápido, especialmente cuando estas en la universidad o escuela. Cada vez que tengo un horario apretado, uso un cronometro de la página web tomato.es, trabajas 25 minutos y descansas 5, luego trabajas otros 25 minutos y descansas cinco, y así sucesivamente.

Siempre piensa que tienes menos tiempo para tus cosas de colegio/universidad. Tal vez tienes un examen importante el 30 de mayo, pero de alguna manera hazte creer que el examen es antes. Tu mente va a tratar de estar preparada para eso desde antes y tendrás más sesiones de estudio al final. De esa forma podrás salir exitoso y tus calificaciones lo reflejarán.


Cuando era pequeña escuché muchas veces que tener muchas sesiones cortas de estudio en varios días era mejor que una gran sesión de estudio antes de un examen. No creí en eso en esa época, pero ahora si lo hago. Cuando estudias en sesiones cortas, le das a tu cerebro una dosis pequeña pero manejable de conocimiento, y también tienes más tiempo libre a fin de cuentas. Por eso, date también algunas recompensas después de cada sesión de estudio. Si realmente quieres jugar un videojuego, ¡Hazlo! Después de media hora o una hora de trabajo anticipado, permítete descansar y divertirte. Da un paseo, ten una cita con tus amigos o pareja, lee un libro, ve una película o simplemente duerme. Cuando sabes que trabajaste duro, la recompensa se siente simplemente increíble porque no estás ansioso. Has esto cada día o fin de semana y de repente tendrás los resultados que quieres (y además estarás relajándote entre medio).

Agarra tus lápices y destacadores favoritos, encuentra un lugar cómodo y estudia. Pronto va a valer la pena, te lo aseguro.

Sofía is a 22-year-old woman living in Chile. She has a degree in English Pedagogy for High school teaching. She is currently enrolled in a master’s course in Digital marketing and Web analytics. She is also working in the Social Department of her city, which is part of the Development Ministry of her country. She has been studying Korean for two years and has planned on studying several languages throughout her life. She also plans on taking a course on nutrition next year because she wants to work with clients in order to help them to reach a more healthy lifestyle, encouraging them to eat better. Another dream of her is to be a Konmari consultant and help people to live in a decluttered home. She has always loved writing and she wants to publish many novels during her life. She has written two fanfics (both published on Wattpad) and two novels: Agapi and Seliger (none of them published yet). She has a blog called Inaayat, where she posts about everything regarding a healthy, relaxing and balanced lifestyle. She also posts on her Instagram account @inaayat.health where she shares everything she posts on her blog.

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