Struggling With Studying? Not Anymore!

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Do you ever feel like you’re just not cut out for studying? Perhaps you have a low attention span. You can only stay still, reading a book for five minutes before something distracts you. Before you know it, you’ve spent a good hour staring at a bird sitting outside your window. Or, maybe no matter how long you study for nothing seems to go in. It’s possible too that you pick up all the information when you’re outside the exam. You can recite it, explain it, but as soon as you sit down in that hall…poof! It’s gone.

If you have problems like this, it’s time to look at some different methods for studying and the techniques that could help you ace that next paper.

Not Everyone Learns The Same Way

It’s important to understand this because it will hardly ever be mentioned in school or even college. We don’t all learn in exactly the same way. You’ve probably been told that to study you should read information and then answer questions on that information. However, some people are just better off reading the same information around ten times until it sinks in. Others will find it more useful to learn it like a speech, reciting it back. You might even find that the best way for you to learn is to put the information on a recording and listen to it while you’re asleep. You may not realize it, but subconsciously, you can pick up a lot of information while you’re fast asleep.

Science Can Help

Did you know that there are actually supplements that can help improve cognitive performance? It’s true, and these are called nootropics. Finding the best nootropic stacks and trying them out could lead to immense improvements in your test performance. Taking a substance to improve exam performance isn’t a new idea. We’ve all heard of the people who chugged back litres of Red Bull to stay awake and study for longer. However, unlike Red Bull, nootropics don’t have any nasty side effects and really could improve your learning ability.

Stress Induced Failure

You know you studied, you know you knew the information, and you are quite sure you understood it. Why then, does your mind go blank once you take the actual exam? This is stress induced, and it’s a lot more common than people realize. To the teacher or professor, it will seem like the student hasn’t studied. Actually, they could have studied more than anyone else in the class and still not been able to put down the right answers. To fix this issue, you need to make sure you feel relaxed as you enter the exam. Beta blockers can help here but if you don’t want to use medicine, try breathing exercises. Regulate your breathing, and your brain will receive more oxygen. This will allow you think clearer as you are about to start the exam.

I hope you enjoyed the post and that it helps you out!

But always remember, a grade on a piece of paper will never define who you are, nor what you can be.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

May 23, 2017
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Figuring Out Your Future

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When you’re in that strange place between childhood and adulthood, it can feel like the future is this huge weight that’s constantly pressing down on you. Everyone around you seems to be constantly telling you that you should be thinking about what you want to do with your life, as though now is the only time that you can make that kind of decision. It can often feel completely and utterly overwhelming to the point that it’s almost impossible to actually make any decisions. The best thing to try and combat that feeling is to break things down so that it doesn’t seem quite so all-encompassing and scary. Here are a few things to remember when you’re trying to figure out what to do next.

Follow what you’re passionate about

 

If you want to figure out what to do with your life, then one of the very best places to start is with your passions. What do you really love to do? Think about your hobbies and interests. While parents and teachers might try to tell you that they are a distraction from more important things like school or college, your hobbies can actually tell you a lot about the kinds of careers that might make you happy. Do you spend every weekend playing sports with your friends and know everything there is no know about your favorite sport? Well, then there’s a good chance that you’d enjoy something in that direction. Even if you’re not playing professionally, there are hundreds of careers available for people with a knowledge and passion for sports of any sort.

Think about stepping stones

One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of kids make is that they assume that whatever decision they make now is going to have to be the thing that they stick with forever. This is far from the truth. Plenty of things that you do can be stepping stones towards what you really want. You might not be in a position to start the career that you really want because you don’t have the right amount of experience, but things like volunteering and internships can give you that experience so that you can go into that career further down the road. Thinking of things in terms of where they are taking you in life, rather than as destinations in and of themselves, is a great way to avoid letting the future seem so big and intimidating.

It’s okay not to know

 

Here’s the big secret that a lot of people won’t tell you: no one really knows what they want to be when they grow up. Even so-called “grown-ups.” If your teachers and parents were really honest, they’d probably tell you that they are just a filled with uncertainty and confusion as you are. There is nothing wrong with feeling like you don’t have a clear direction to follow. Sometimes you have to try a bunch of things and see what sticks. Life is long, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your time and figure out what you want to do at your own pace.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you think about your future a lot? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Pictures are from Pexels and are free stock images.

May 22, 2017
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All-Natural Spring/Summer Skincare | Guest Post

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Spring is in full swing, and summer is just around the corner, which can only mean one thing – it is high time you up your skincare game and make some changes in comparison to the skin regimen that was ruling during wintertime. The popularity of organic and natural skincare companies and their products is soaring through the roof – and with good reason, as with natural you know your skin is safe from potentially harmful chemicals and tended to gently and with tenderness. As much as we are appreciative of this new trend and the fact that companies care about the environment and the safety of our skin, why not bring your skincare game to an even higher level and make some of the beauty concoctions in your very own home? Test these recipes that have been tried and tested, and we guarantee, your skin will adore them. The ultimate goal is to stay safe, even save some money, and ultimately simplify your skincare routine without compromising quality.

First things first

Whichever number of steps your skincare routine entails, everyone is always in need of a great facial wash, and it is easier to make than you might think. This recipe includes ingredients that help clarify and tone the skin, as well as ingredients that are extra-gentle and help maintain skin’s natural balance, making it suitable for even those with the most sensitive of skins.

Here is what you need:  1 cup filtered or previously boiled (now room temp) water. 1/4 cup liquid castile soap; all-natural, extremely concentrated soap made from 100% plant oils. 5 teaspoons of jojoba oil followed by 2 tablespoons of raw honey: a wonderful antibacterial that helps to gently eliminate breakout-causing bacteria, and also helps calm the skin. This gives the wash its honey color. Next in line is 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil: another great, all-natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal that will not only help kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin, but also help preserve the wash. 15 drops lavender essential oil: great for all skin types, it helps calm inflammation and eliminates bacteria. Finally, 10 drops rosemary essential oil: another great, all-natural antibacterial.

One thing to bear in mind is that the ingredients should be added in the order they were listed. Stir the mixture gently, mixing everything together, pour into an empty face-wash container and voila! One or two pumps will be more than sufficient as the wash is very concentrated, which also means it will last a long time.

Next in line…

Is of course, toner! Easy to make, and with fewer ingredients than the wash, and you probably have the ingredients in your pantry. Here goes; you need 3-4 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 1 and a quarter cups of water. Place the mint and apple cider vinegar in a small mason jar or some other jar with a screw-top lid and let it sit at room temperature for a week. The mint will infuse the vinegar and give it a lovely scent. Strain the mixture into a large measuring cup and add the water. Stir well and pour into a clean bottle or jar and store in a cool place and apply every day with a cotton ball or cotton pads. There are a lot of other wonderful recipes for different conditions and skin types you should try and find the one that works for you.

Lock in moisture

Unfortunately, there are some products we cannot concoct at home. One of those are moisturizers that both lock in moisture and serve to even your skin tone and bring out your natural glow. Luckily, among many brands that offer synthetic products, there are more and more companies that have turned to providing natural skincare products that are safe for you to use and give amazing results at nourishing and protecting your skin. One such product is Dr Hauschka Moisturizing Day Cream that even organic and natural-loving celebs like Jennifer Aniston swear by due to its amazing soothing effects. If you cannot make it – buy it, but be sure to buy natural products with a list of ingredients you can actually pronounce and you know with absolute certainty are safe and effective.

Bonus round of love

This product is not something we use (or should use) on daily basis, but it is one that shows your skin just how much you love it by providing some extra pampering once a week. You’ve probably guessed it – it is face mask we are talking about, and the one we have in store for you is super easy to make. Its main ingredient is – honey! Honey is a wonderful ingredient for natural homemade facial masks as it is a natural humectant, attracting moisture to the skin, and has valuable skin care benefits, helping to protect, restore and rejuvenate the skin. For all skin types, the best mixture is 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and one egg yolk. Mix the ingredients until you get a homogenous paste, then simply apply and keep for twenty minutes, after which you just gently remove the mask using warm water. Fresh, soft and replenished skin in less than half an hour!

Here you have it ladies, easy-peasy, so do not waste any time, get those hands busy and start stirring your new favorite products.

I hope you enjoyed the post, a big thank you to Mia for wanting to guest post for Rae Chic again!

 

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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May 19, 2017
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What Are The First Things To Do When You Get To College?

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The moment you arrive at college for the first time can be a seriously exciting and intimidating experience. It’s often enough to leave a lot of people with their heads spinning and no idea what they’re supposed to be doing. However, the first couple of weeks can be the most formative period that you’ll have in your first year at college, so it’s important to try and make the most of it. But where should you start? There are so many different things going on that it can be really difficult to figure out how to make sense of it all. Well here are just a few things that you should definitely do during your first few weeks at college.

Get to know your roommates

 

Let’s face it, the idea of having to spend a full year living with someone you hate is pretty much at the top of most freshmen’s list of fears when it comes to arriving at their dorm on the first day. That’s why it’s a really good idea to get to know whoever you’re sharing your space with as quickly as possible. The longer you leave it, the more awkward it’s going to be. There’s nothing weirder than trying to make awkward conversation with someone that you barely know despite the fact that you’ve been living together for months. Not only that but it’s much harder for you to be patient with each other if you don’t know or get on with each other. If your friend asks to borrow your milk, then that’s no problem, but if your roommate, who you barely know, decides to use it then that’s practically a declaration of war! Go out for some food on the first night, find out what each other’s major is, do what you can to learn what they’re like. Not only is this going to make those precious first weeks a lot less awkward but it’s also a great way to deal with that feeling of isolation that can often come with being away from home for the first time.

Join a club

When it comes to college, there is always something to do. That might sound like an exaggeration, but it’s one-hundred-percent true! There are so many clubs and organizations on every college campus that you’re never going to find yourself in a position where you don’t have something to do. Whatever kind of person you were in your hometown, you’ve now got the chance to try something new. Check out some of the clubs that are available on your campus and see what piques your interest. You might be surprised by what you find. You could end up joining a sports team, or perhaps spending your nights playing D&D with a bunch of people you’d never expect to be friends with. One thing to be careful of though is that you might find yourself discovering a passion that you never knew you had that may well take over your life. You might check out the marching band during the first week just to see what it’s like, and before you know it you’ll be buying a new color guard accessory every week as your dorm room slowly fills up with more and more stuff. Then again, as problems go, that’s one of the best ones you could possibly have. Not only are you likely to find a new hobby that you can throw yourself into with plenty of enthusiasm, but there’s also a pretty good chance that you’ll be able to make a whole bunch of new friends.   

Get lost

You’re going to get lost during the first couple of weeks after you arrive at college, there’s nothing you can do about that, so it’s better just to come to terms with it straight away. The best thing to do is to take some time where you don’t have to be anywhere, and just wander around campus, getting lost and getting to know the space a little bit better. There are few things more stressful than finding yourself totally lost when you’re already late for class, so it’s definitely a good idea to learn your way around when you don’t have anything to do. Not only is getting lost a great way to make you campus seem a little less intimidating but it can also help you find some fun little places that you’d never discover under any other circumstances. College campuses almost always have all kinds of surprising little nooks and crannies that make the perfect places to study, relax, or just get some alone time.

Find the best places to eat

The food halls at any given college are usually something of a mixed bag. Some places are going to offer you the best sandwiches you’ve ever had in your entire life, and others will be legendary for the dangers of eating their tuna melts! The only way you’re going to figure out which is which without trying them all out. Don’t just assume that the place you found on the first day is the best you’re going to find. Experiment, try things that you wouldn’t normally give the time of day to. Not only will you discover the places that serve the best food, but you’ll probably find new foods that you never even realized that you liked. At least that way you don’t have to tell any white lies when your mom calls and asks if you’re eating properly.

Create a schedule

College is such a busy experience that it can be pretty intimidating for a lot of freshmen, and nothing makes that more difficult than trying to fly by the seat of your pants the entire time. If you really want to make sense of all of the things that you have to do at college, then it’s best to create a clear schedule that you can easily follow. Print it out and stick in on the wall of your dorm room so that no matter what you’re doing to you can keep track of where you should be next. You could even color code it so that you only have to glance at it to know whether you should be in classes, clubs, or if you just have some time to yourself where you can actually relax. Trying to wing it is just going to leave you feeling weighed down by the sheer amount of things that you need to do every day.

Start writing everything down

Seriously. Write everything down. You might think that you’ll be fine to hold the information from your classes in your head, but unless you’re a very special case, then you’re almost certainly going to forget every single world within a few days. Learn to take notes quickly and efficiently so that you can keep up with your professors and still be able to read what you wrote. There’s nothing more frustrating than looking over your notes a few weeks later and having no idea what the scribbles on the page are even supposed to mean. But don’t just limit it to your classes. If you’ve never been the kind of person who kept a journal, now is the time to start! You are probably going to change more over the next few years that you could possibly imagine and you’re going be amazed to look back over the things that you wrote in the first weeks of your freshman year and see how different you were. No only that but it’s a great way to hold onto memories that might sleep away when you’re constantly being bombarded by all of the amazing, exciting things that can happen in your first year of college.

Go to your classes! Seriously!

 

This might seem completely obvious, but it’s something that a lot of freshmen seem to forget. There are so many fun things happening when you first arrive at college that it’s surprisingly easy to find yourself forgetting to actually go to your classes. Sure, the parties, clubs, friends and other exciting things might be the stuff that everyone talks about, but you should never forget why you’re actually at college in the first place: to learn. If you’re not doing that, then there’s not much point being there in the first place. If you just want to go to parties, then you’d be better off just staying at home. And make sure that you’re actually paying attention while you’re there as well! There’s no point going to classes if you’re just going to sleep through the entire thing because you stayed up all night partying or talking to your roommate!

College might be an intimidating experience, but once you’re through that first couple of weeks, you’ll barely be able to remember a time before you knew every inch of campus, all the best food places, and had made dozens of new and interesting friends. Getting off to the best possible start is the best way to avoid feeling like everything is too much and getting buried in the sheer number of new things that you’ll undoubtedly experience during your time at college.

I hope you enjoyed the post, what did you do to adjust to the college life?

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

May 16, 2017
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3 Tips On Making New Friends After You’ve Moved Out Of Home

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Leaving your parents house and moving away to college or university can be a daunting part of anyone’s life; I mean, who’s going to make your mac and cheese and do your laundry? Gaining your independence will also be one of the most exciting memories you’ll make, and you’ll have the chance to explore a fresh place, learn new things and make some lifelong friends. However, it can sometimes be a little difficult finding new people that you enjoy hanging out with, so here are some tips on meeting friends when you’re new in town.

Events And Festivals

A specific event or festival is a successful way of bringing together people who share a love of whatever is being celebrated there, ensuring you’ll be surrounded by (at least some) like-minded people. If it’s a particular genre of music you’re into, from folk to hip-hop; there will more than likely be a festival, gig or a night dedicated to that category. Therefore, you’ll have an automatic mutual interest with some of the other attendees, and should be able to spark a conversation (or you can just show off your knowledge of all the lyrics together as you sing along).

However, specialized events are by no means limited to music; food festivals are ever more popular, and if you’re into beauty, movies,  or perhaps crafts, they’ll be something organized by a community that loves the same things. These get-togethers, no matter how big or small, are a chance for you and your potential new crowd to flock together and hang out; giving you the perfect opportunity to make some new friends.

 

Sports And Teams

Whether you’ve competed and practiced a sport your whole life, or you just want to get fit and meet new people; joining a team is the perfect way to integrate yourself into a group and build new friendships. Alongside noticeboards and posters around your campus and local town, a good place to start searching is the internet; well, you’re here already, so you may aswell!

You might know exactly what you’re after; maybe you played soccer or tennis at high school, and are keen to join a team at college. However, if you’re excited to take on a new challenge; why not look into learning to swim, or get more info on cheerleading, you’ll be surprised how many people are there to achieve the same as you, and you’ll come away with new friends, as well as a new skill. Your parents aren’t going to recognize this new person you’ve become! For some more inspiration on what sports to try; take a look here: http://www.raechic.com/?p=1550.

 

(The e-board of the Active Minds chapter at my university! I’m in the green jacket).

Clubs And Organizations

Luckily for you, there are always others who will share your passions and beliefs, so joining a related club or organization is a no-brainer. If you’re of a particular religion, an obvious place to start is your nearest place of worship, and these often provide ways to mingle and get out and about within the community. Perhaps animal rights are where your enthusiasm lies; you’ll be able to find friends who want to meet up and discuss the latest issues and petitions in your new town and on campus.

The club you join might be less of a deep rooted belief and more of a hobby like chess, reading or cooking; the possibilities here are endless! Clubs will ensure when you’re meeting up with fellow members, you’ll always be doing something you enjoy together, which is the perfect route into a new and long lasting friendship. There’s also the option of being brave and forming your own club, which can be as serious or light-hearted as you want; you might be shocked as to how many people enjoy building model train sets are you do. It’s really about finding and embracing your crowd, however unique you all are. Check out some crazy college club ideas here.

Moving out and saying goodbye (until the holidays) to mom and dad doesn’t have to be scary at all. Remember that everyone starting at university is feeling the same way as you are, so everyone will be eager to make friends and form their own security blankets. It’s important to be open to fresh ideas and new cultures that you may never even have heard of before; this way exciting opportunities to meet people and make friends won’t end up passing you by. Lastly, don’t forget to be yourself; strong friendships are built on trust and a genuine like for a person, so make sure new acquaintances are getting to know the real you. Don’t worry, you’re great, and they’ll love you (and if they don’t, there’s plenty more folks out there who will).

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

xoxo, Rae

May 15, 2017
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