Do Study Blogs Really Help Me Study?

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Hi everyone! As you might know, I’ve been busy with school lately, hence the many school-related posts. I was busy over the winter holidays for mocks in January, and I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time in general looking around study blogs like studyblr, Youtube, and such. I’m here today with a discussion post on whether study blogs actually help.

Firstly, I have to say that I just love looking at pretty aesthetic things. (SORRY BUT I DO.) It makes me SO happy to watch videos of people making pretty bullet journals or pictures of cute revision notes. These fill my with an intense, inexplicable joy, and they also make me go ‘Wow, I really want to make something as pretty as this!’ So I find it a lot of fun looking at those.

But does appearance translate into any real life effects? Personally I’ve found it pretty difficult to replicate what I see online. Sometimes if I get so focused on trying to make something beautiful that I’m less concentrated on learning the actual content. This probably isn’t helped by the fact that I’m not actually very artistic so I just. Can’t. I CAN’T.

I do find study blogs motivating. They make we want to go out into the world and do all the productive things. However, I think that’s only true up to a point, because productivity and schoolwork are NOT the only things that matter. Personally, I’m a motivated person anyway; in fact, I think that sometimes I make myself feel worse by trying to do too much work.

Recently my mental health hasn’t been great, and I think that part of that is due to a constant feeling, made worse by looking at all these blogs, that I’m not working hard enough, not being productive enough, not making the most efficient… Hell, I even feel bad for not RELAXING enough. Which is ridiculous, right? But although this ableist idea that productivity equals worth might have negative effects on me, it hurts disabled people way more. (Thank you @StealthClock for tweeting this threadย on the topic back in January.)

Even self-care gets turned into a chore, something that I have to complete, which, well, it just kind of sucks. So although I like looking at pretty pictures and working my bullet journal, it’s not always good — and I think it’s important to approach these blogs with caution.

Finding useful revision resources is really cool, and some resources have absolutely changed the way I work, but searching for themย can also just be a way of adding to my procrastination. Sometimes just doing some questions from the textbook is the way to go, you know? Another thing is that I find it can be quite hard to find specific resources for what you’re looking for.ย I don’t see that any GCSE things and also there are sooo many different exam boards with slightly different courses. IT’S SO FRUSTRATING. Also, my school is really extra and my year is doing some really weird things like Maths iGCSE? Why are we doing iGCSE? Does anyone know?? I’m pretty sure the younger years are doing something else.

So, overall, although I think study blogs can be really helpful, they should be used with moderation and caution. I feel like I’m just repeating all the stuff that adults complain about, the internet doesn’t show an exact representation of real life.

what do you think of study blogs? do you use them? how are you today?

By the way, I’m planning to post my Q&A next week so if you have any more questions then do let me know! They can be on anything (books, school, LGBTQ+ stuff etc.) as long as they’re respectful and not weird. ๐Ÿ™‚

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18 thoughts on “Do Study Blogs Really Help Me Study?

  1. Hello! I have some thoughts, hehe. As a student who struggles with time management and other subjects involving studying, I think this a really cool topic to discuss. I find it that specific blogs about subjects like math and science aren’t always as helpful for me because they tend to take a different style on the learning. Math Youtube videos can be 100% on or 100% way off from what I’m learning, so those are tricky. A site that helped me a lot was:

    https://www.collegeraptor.com/find-colleges/articles/tips-tools-advice/10-free-online-study-tools/

    This article on https://www.collegeraptor.com helped me discover some really great study sites it’s a study blog but with a lot more to it. Its down to the core study tips that are really helpful. I discovered the site:

    studyblue.com

    It has helped me so so much. I’ve never found flashcards helpful and I feel that they are kind of boring but for some reason I study these little cards I am able to make and it helps me so much! Although I’m not in college yet I have 3 more years and these sites are really preparing me take a look when you have a chance.

    -Taylor @ hearwhatsup.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I actually use Youtube videos during my revision, I find they’re very useful.

      Thanks for your tips, I will absolutely check those out! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also don’t really make flashcards but I do like to use Quizlet.

  2. I get what you mean about trying to make work aesthetically pleasing – I try but tend to just go for the quantity over quality method most of the time! I do find study blogs helpful as I like hearing how other people revise and often I’ll pick up things they’ve said and implement them into my own routine. Lately I’ve been watching a lot of study YouTube channels and have been super motivated and productive, so I guess it helps to an extent?? But sometimes study blogs just make me feel guilty about the lack of work I’m doing ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Yeah that’s usually what I end up doing! That’s really interesting, I’m not sure if I’ve actually picked up any studying habits to be honest… Mostly I just use Youtube videos to actually teach my the stuff that I didn’t understand in class (*eyes Physics*)

  3. I don’t use study blogs. I tend to create notecards, but not for things that I am unable to do. My hardest class to study for is Western Civilization: he has this rule said you must pass all classes to pass the class: I failed the first one, but I can still pass by taking a test after the final exam. Plus his tests are open-ended. I am doing the best I can in this. For that class, I am going have to study word to definition instead of definition to word. What works for someone studying may not work for someone else.

    1. Yes, study blogs aren’t useful to anyone! We don’t have this system of ‘passing classes’ here in the UK so it’s very weird to me — we just have to pass the final national exam for the subjects you’re taking.
      Absolutely, different techniques are useful at different times depending on the person! Good luck with your test ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. That does sound annoying.

        I have a teacher this semester, who really said YOU MUST PASS ALL TESTS TO PASS THE COURSE and that is in Western Civilization and that is so annoying. I failed on but there is a makeup opportunity but that drives me nuts. Because of that rule, that class is quite difficult and due to a class dealing with ideas instead of events.

  4. i really feel ya on this one. i have chronic fatigue syndrome, a heart condition that causes extra fatigue and “mild” chronic pain on top of that, and add/adhd on top of that. if i go too far down the study blog rabit hole, it becomes a well of self hatred, for me. that being said, as someone with add/adhd, i HAVE found study blogs, particularly those on tumblr, to be helpful in one area: they often lay out *how* to organize yourself and/or *how* to study in a really helpful, concrete, step-by-step way and as someone with add/adhd, i *really do* need direct instructions on how to do those things. when i read these posts, though, *especially* the ones that i *know* are written by ablebodied and/or neurotypical people, i remind myself that it’s okay to modify techniques due to circumstance. i guess part of it is that, as a differently abled and neurodivergent individual, i’ve become very accustomed to automatically modifying directions and advice and underlying that is that i’ve also become very accustomed to the idea that i can do anything that an ablebodied/neurotypical individual can do, i just might have to do it *differently* and that’s okay.

    1. Thanks for commenting! I’m really glad to hear that you find study blogs useful in that way. Though I do see posts occasionally, I haven’t looked as much into study blogs on tumblr. And yes absolutely to what you say!

  5. I relate so much to this. I have a ~studyblr~ that I literally only use when I’m not actually in school / university at the moment, because that’s when I’m usually the most pumped about being productive and motivated and studying a lot. I didn’t even think about my study aesthetics blog all through last semester, because when I’m actually studying I don’t have the time or motivation to make it look pretty while getting everything done. And the ableism of it all worries me as well, and I try following blogs that are honest about needing breaks etc. Still, a community revolving around productivity can’t make that go away, lol.

    Also a maybe weird question for your Q&A, but I’m curious: Have you ever gotten around to reading Juliet Takes a Breath? Because it’s one of my FAVOURITES. Also, what’s you all time favourite book? (which you might have answered before, in which case: sorry ahaha.)

    1. Thanks for commenting! Yeah, I have so much motivation to be super organised during the holidays, but it sort of goes away when I go back. And yep!

      Thanks for your questions — the Q&A post is going up this afternoon so look out for the answers there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Yepppp, I get this. I’ve stopped looking at online ways to productively study because it stresses me out and makes me feel worse about myself. I’ve come to the realisation that if I do work, GREAT but if I don’t work for a bit, it doesn’t make me bad or a failure. Thanks for this post, Eve!! xx

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