Hey there! I'm Emma! I hate school, love stationery, and think studying is somewhere in between. I'm here to give you real, actionable study advice that'll help you ace even the trickiest of classes.

By no means am I a perfect student. I procrastinate like there's no tomorrow, hate certain classes with a burning passion, and have definitely numbed the pain of a bad grade with a pint of ice cream before. 

But I've picked up some handy tips that have helped me succeed in school, and I'd like to share them with you in the hopes that they might be able to help you as well.

the 3 core elements of our mantra

  1. Effort is what matters most. It's possible to study your unicorn butt off for a test only to be rewarded with a less-than-thrilling grade. It's happened to everyone before, and it can be one of the most painful, confusing experiences. It is important, however, to acknowledge that effort and the will to do well in school matters far more than a silly percentage or a measly letter. The painstaking hours of dedicated studying is what you should proudly remember when you think back to your exams, not the grade.
  2. It's okay to be "nerdy" or to "study too much." It can be considered a sign of natural intelligence if one is able to earn a high grade on a test and "not study." People might think, "Wow! That person is so freakin' smart! They didn't even have to study to do well!" But the truth is, studying a lot and working hard doesn't make you stupid. Working for what you want is an important life lesson that you can take away from your school career, and it is a skill that you will have to rely on later in your adult life. The people who ridicule you for "studying too much" or for being a nerd? They'll never learn those lessons. They'll never acquire the same grit or determination as you. And it's those things that allow you to succeed.
  3. Nobody defines who you are or what your capabilities are except for you. We are told countless times what their "boundaries" are. Whether it be by our grades, our age, or our fellow peers, it's hard not to be influenced by external judgements and determinations. But the truth is, no one determines the course of your life, or how successful you are, or what you can achieve except for you. As the amazing Emma Watson once said, "If you truly pour your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen."

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