My goals for 2021

Now this is NOT a typical new years resolutions, new year new me moment, where I list everything I will achieve or change about myself this year. I think if 2020 taught me one thing it’s that you really can’t predict what life will throw at you nor make concrete strict plans to achieve/do. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have some goals. Personally, I want my goals to be open and based on personal growth. So It wouldn’t be realistic for me to make travel goals in 2021 since I’m living in a current lockdown. But I could make a goal to be financially smart and really be intentional with my saving and spending this year. My top goal in life is always to be happy in everything I do and everywhere I go. So no matter what I achieve or set out to accomplish this is always the overall end game. That being said; here are my goals for 2021.

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First, I want to practice photography. I have always been interested in photography but never took the time to really practice and improve myself. But I do struggle to find inspiration sometimes… When traveling inspiration is at every corner, taking in the new beauty of this world. However, I am realistic and see that this year might mostly be spent at home. But I hope to be able to find more beautiful pictures I can take close to home and really improve this skill. Please follow me on instagram to follow along this journey with me.

Secondly, I want to be intentional with my spending in order to optimize my savings. I want to make sure I budget well (check out my post on budgeting tips when moving and my post for daily budgeting tips). I hope that by being really intentional with my spending; I will be able be able to limit it to the necessities and have more saved for fun activities or a bigger purchase or even my future.

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Lastly, I want to make sure to always follow my passion. I am currently obtaining my masters and am definitely really enjoying the whole experience. I feel that passion for what I do and I want to carry that on into work or wherever I may go next.

Although these may seem small goals, to me they are very meaningful. I believe I will be able to achieve them and really keep them in my heart for 2021. There will of course be small things I want to do or want to accomplish along the way but I try not to make them hard goals. I think that in the moment you get opportunities to follow when the time is right and setting a strict 2021 list such as taking a cooking class will restrict the new experiences waiting for you around the corner.

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Life update autumn 2020

In 2020 our world was turned upside down. I don’t think any of us could have anticipated that 2020 would be such an impactful year. But here we are… The country I live in was sent into a lock down and I thankfully got to spend that time with my family. Most days staying at home. But I also got to finish my university classes online. This was a huge blessing, giving me some work every day.

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During this lock down, I decided to move out of my studio apartment. The costs were too high especially considering that I didn’t stay there during the lock down and probably wouldn’t return until September. I had a job waiting for me but when the lock down began I couldn’t work there anymore. The country I live in still have some measures in place for the virus, so my university has is still offering classes online. However… BIG NEWS. I graduated my bachelor in law and am now completing my masters in law. My official ceremony is in October, and I am really hoping it can still take place as planned. Of course in a corona virus safe manner.

Since the official lock down ended, I have been spending time renovating my new home. My partner and I hope that we will be able to move in soon. I will have some blog posts coming soon about the renovation process as well as the decorating and moving process overall so stay tuned for that.

Now we are at the end of this lock down, I hope to get back into a better schedule. I loved waking up early every day and getting to work out in the morning. Sadly, I lost some of this motivation in the past few months. I want to get back into my routine and spend my days focusing on what makes me happy.

Please let me know what you have all been doing or what you are doing now the lock down has ended. I would love some inspiration for safe activities to do during these times.

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I made an acrylic pour painting!

I have a lot of free time on my hands lately so I wanted to try new hobbies. I have always loved painting and acrylic pour always seemed fun and cool to make. This is my first ever attempt so please be kind. First, I’ll share my tips from my personal experience and then the final result.

First, I got all my materials ready. The materials I used are:

  • acrylic paint
  • pouring medium
  • canvas
  • cups
  • optional:
    • hairdryer
    • chef torch
    • gloves
    • a painting shirt
    • plastic bags

I used plastic bags to cover my table and floor around the painting because once you start pouring it can get very messy. You may want to wear gloves to keep your hands clean but paint does wash off so it’s really just personal preference. I also wore a paint shirt.

Once your table is covered in for protection, you may want to lay out some cups so your canvas can be elevated off the table. This helps you pick up the canvas once it has paint on it.

Now, you are ready to mix your paint. First, you will need to choose which colours you want to use. I chose 3-4 colours per painting but if you want to make a more colourful painting you can always choose more. You will want to put each colour paint into different cups, I used reusable plastic cups. You need to then add a bit of your pouring medium to each cup in order to get a less viscous consistency of paint, which makes it easier to pour. I simply kept adding little amounts at a time to the paint and stirring it together until i got the perfect consistency for my paint.

There are many methods to make an acrylic pour painting. I decided to pour every colour into one cup. I started with the lightest colour and went darker, so that the lightest would be on top of the canvas in the end. Then I placed the cup upside down on the canvas and lifted the cup. After which I tilted the canvas until I got a pattern I liked.

After I was done I went over the canvas with the chef torch, in order to pop air bubbles which appeared in the paint.

Other techniques I really want to try next time, are to place the paint into a cup on the canvas with the bottom cut open. You then put paint on the canvas, the open cup over the paint and fill that cup with layers of different paint. This will create a beautiful array of colours, and if you use the blow torch it will create bubbles of paint. I also want to use a hairdryer to make the colours go in beautiful patterns against a white or black background. I also really want to experiment with more colours and a black base colour to contrast from.

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Top 10 favourite TV shows

At the moment we all have a little more time on our hands. If you have been wanting to start watching a TV series but don’t know where to start, here are my 10 favourite TV shows that I recommend.

Friends

Friends is my favourite TV show of all time. It is funny, positive and the story line will have you hooked. This is a light hearted tv show. If you’ve never watched it, I would definitely recommend you start, it will not disappoint.

How i met your mother

How I met your mother is also a favourite of mine. It is also a light hearted comedy show with a storyline that will also have you hooked. Definitely worth watching.

Brooklyn nine nine

Brooklyn Nine Nine is a really funny comedy show. I love the story line throughout the show.

Modern Family

I have been watching modern family for years and is one of my favourite comedy TV shows. It also has a great story line to follow.

Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon is spin off comedy show of the big bang theory, showing Sheldon Cooper as a child.

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls is an awesome show which is funny but also has a great story line to follow. This show will have you hooked.

House

House has been a favourite of mine for years. Every episode is unique and will keep you hooked until the last second. There is also a really good background story between the characters which you can follow along with. Without giving away too much, I will say I loved the ending to this show.

The x files

The X Files is a science fiction classic, with a drama story line which will keep you hooked until the very end.

Suits

Suits is a great drama series with a captivating story line. I personally find the legal cases in it super interesting as well.

Stranger Things

Stranger things is a thrilling drama and a definite must-see. I loved all seasons of it so far, it will not disappoint.

I hope this list helps you find the perfect TV show to start watching. Let me know if you have any TV show recommendations for me. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will see you again next time, for my weekly blog! 

10 great personal Mother’s Day gift ideas

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1. DIY

DIY is a perfect mothers Day gift. It is personal and you can make something special your mother will love. You can try embroidery, building furniture, tie-dye clothing, buying plants and making special made pots, or painting a painting.

2. Spa day

This can be at home or to a spa nearby. If a spa day isn’t something your mother would like to do then another day trip would be nice, such as a more sporty day out, playing football or basketball with your family. This can also be adapted at home, such as board games or badminton. For an at home spa day you can buy face masks, make special cucumber lemon water and snacks. You can also buy special kits online.

3. Gift card for a place to visit or a favourite shop

Gift cards are a great gift. You can get a gift card for a place you want to visit in the future but cannot attend now or for a favourite shop, sometimes its nice to let your mother pick out her favourite items if you don’t know which one that is.

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4. High tea

Going out for High tea is an amazing experience. This offers a special memory and a personal present for your mother. I find that experiences are always the best presents.

5. Jewellery

Jewellery is the perfect Mother’s Day gift. This can be personalised in a necklace or bracelet with a nice message or simply a pair of earnings she has always wanted. This is a nice gift which will last forever.

6. A tasting set

Online there are gift sets which provide a range of products to taste different kinds; Such as wine, beer, coffee or tea. There are also companies which bring wine tasting to your home and also offer gift cards for this.

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7. Pottery

Pottery making or painting is a fun activity to do together and you get a great gift at the end of it. There are also gift cards for this if this cannot be done at the moment.

8. Favourite dinner

Making a favourite dinner is a special mothers day gift. You can make a special Mother’s Day menu and set the table nice to create a restaurant experience in your home. You could also take her out to her favourite restaurant or get a gift card to take her out at a later date.

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9. Day trip to a city nearby

Day trip to a city nearby is a great present for mothers day. You could stay at a hotel overnight and go to tourist locations or even just a simple shopping trip. Another option is to buy a gift card for the hotel or book the hotel for a few months later, this still provides physical present which can be given on mothers day.

10. Special family picture

There are plenty of websites which make a large canvas out of a picture, a personalised calendar or mug, or other personalised products from a special picture. You can select a family picture and this will make a perfect present for your mother.

I hope these tips help you find the perfect, more personal, gift for mothers day. Please leave a comment down below if you liked this post or have future posts you’d like to read. Please follow me on Instagram for more behind the scenes stuff. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will see you again next time, for my weekly blog! 

5 simple and affordable at home date ideas


Date nights are fun but sometimes can be expensive. Therefore, I always try to think of ideas to have a fun and affordable date night at home. Here are my top 5 at home date night ideas.

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  1. Movie night

A great idea for an at home date is to watch a movie. I always buy movie snacks and drinks, such a popcorn or candy. Another great idea is to make the movie snacks together or come up with a competion for who can make the best snack. This could be home make popcorn or ice cream or even a delicious cupcake.

I normally pick a movie together that we have never seen before. There are loads of online providers where you can rent a movie to watch, or search through old DVD’s or check out a service you already pay for, such as Netflix.

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2. Cook a meal together

Another favourite of mine is to cook a meal together. I normally choose a new recipe but this can be anything from homemade pizza to an amazing risotto. This could also be a dessert, like a cake or ice cream. I always choose a recipe and get all the ingredients at the supermarket. Then carve out a couple of hours to prep and make the meal together. I always make sure to set the table with candles and flowers to make it more of a romantic date night.

3. Tasting evening

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A cool date night idea is to have a tasting evening. This could be buying different types of wine or champagne, beer, tea, coffee or whatever you are interested in trying out. This could also be food such as different types of chocolate. There are websites where you can buy small tester bottles or sets of whatever you want to try. Another way to do this is to buy small wine bottles or different types of beer you have always wanted to try. You can also buy different types of ground coffee and buy a cafetiere. This way to can make the perfect taster amount. This also works with different types of tea. Either buy the tea bags or the separate leaves to be able to control the amount you put into the cups. For food, you can prepare small portions of recipes you want to try or buy different bars of chocolate. This is definitely a fun and different at home date idea.

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4. Have a game night

Having a game night is such a fun way to spend time together at home. This can be with small games, such as a simple card game, or one big monopoly night, or even just doing a puzzle. Video games are also fun to do together and you can make a little competition out of it. You can buy or make fun snacks and have fun drinks with it. You can make snacks together or make a competition out of who can make the best snack. I find it a nice and fun way to spend time together at home.

5. DIY

DIY is a great way to spend time together and is always entertaining. This could be to paint a painting, there are loads of tutorials online, building a table together, tie dye clothing or make candles. I would recommend trying to find an activity you both would like to try. You can find most of the necessary items you need online, if you cannot go to the store. there are loads of ideas on Pinterest and tutorials on Youtube.

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25 before 25: what I want to achieve before I turn 25

I am currently in my early 20’s and I have realised that there is still a lot i want accomplish long term as well as short term. So I decided to make a list of things I want to be able to do within the next few years. Hopefully through my blog I can take you along my journey as I complete each thing on my list. Here are the 25 things I want to do before I turn 25.

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  1. Travel outside of Europe

Travelling outside of Europe is a big dream of mine. I got to visit america when I was younger but I have a lot of other destinations on my travel bucket list. I am most excited to visit places like Hawaii, Canada, Japan and Australia. Hopefully in the next few years I can visit at least one of them. This will take a lot of saving and hard work! Please visit my blog post on budgeting tips for inspiration.

2. Visit two new cities in Europe

I really want to start visit more cities in Europe, even for just a weekend. There are so many beautiful cities in Europe, which are easily accessible, by train, car or plane. My top favourite cities which I am very excited to one day visit are; Paris, London and Porto.

3. Learn a new language

Currently I speak 3 languages however I would love to learn another. One language I have always wanted to learn is Spanish. So I hope I can save some money to be able to take a class one day soon and work on teaching myself some basics too. Here are my top tips for learning a new language.

4. Get a pet

I love animals. Getting a pet of my own is a big dream of mine. However, I do want to make sure I am financially stable enough and have a home with enough space to give a pet a good home.

5. Move to a new town

When I started my bachelor at university I moved to a new town, however I do want to move one more time for myself. I want to move to a town where I can build a home for myself.

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6. Watch the sunrise and sunset

Something that I have always wanted to do but have never consciously made a lot of time for is watching the sunrise and sunset. Therefore, its on my list and I will be making more time to watch it. This also helps take a moment to pause in the chaos of life and just enjoy these beautiful moments that happen every day.

7. Visit more of the country that I live in

I have realised that there is still so much I haven’t visited in the country I live in. I want to make sure that I visit more cities and more beautiful tourist spots.

8. Improve my photography skills

A dream of mine has always been to become better at photography. Therefore, before I am 25 I want to take time to improve my photography skills.

9. Obtain my bachelor degree

I am in my final year of my bachelor so I want to have my bachelor degree before I turn 25.

10. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Something I am really passionate about is having a healthy lifestyle. This includes healthy eating as well as healthy daily habits. I want to make sure I maintain this every day, at least until I turn 25.

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11. Learn piano

To learn piano has always been a dream of mine. I have tried to self teach but for the next few years I want to make this more intentional and really stick to learning how to play piano.

12. Learn a new recipe

I enjoy cooking and learning new recipes. I am definitely not a highly skilled cook but I think it would be fun to learn some new recipes.

13. Go skiing

I used to go skiing when I was younger. However, it has been a long time since I was last able to go skiing. Therefore, I want to be able to go on at least one ski trip before I turn 25. I also want to take a ski lesson before I go so I can practice this.

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14. Take a vacation to the beach

I love visiting the beach. It can be so beautiful and relaxing. So I want to plan one beach vacation even if it is just an overnight trip to the beach. Make sure I make the most of every aspect my beautiful country has to offer.

15. learn to scuba dive

This one might be more difficult to achieve and more expensive but I really want to learn how to scuba dive. I have always been interested in it but never go after that dream so I hope that before I turn 25 I get to do this.

16. Go snorkelling

I have also never been snorkelling. I really want to be able to go snorkelling somewhere beautiful.

17. Start a masters degree

Since I will be finishing my bachelor degree soon, I want to take that next step and start my masters in law.

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18. Take a spontaneous trip

Taking a spontaneous trip is something I think will be really fun to do. I want to just pack a bag and leave. It doesn’t have to be to another country but at least a one night trip or a spontaneous day trip somewhere new.

19. Go horse riding

When I was young, I used to go horse riding. I would love to do this again, possibly on a beach or at least somewhere beautiful.

20. Go to an art museum

I love visiting art museums. There are so many which I still have not visited, for example, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam or the Louvre in Paris. I hope that before I turn 25 I get to visit one of these.

21. Learn how to play squash and be good at it!

I love playing sports. Squash is a more complicated sport but a lot of fun. By the time I turn 25 I want to learn how to play Squash and intentionally practice it to become good at it.

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22. Swim more often

I love to go swimming. I used to go swimming ever week. I have really missed that since social distancing started. So, I really want to make sure that when it’s safe again I keep swimming as often as I can.

23. Grow my own plants

Growing my own plants is one thing I am excited to do. I want to grow plants which produce food and I want to grow them from a seeds. I am excited to see that successful process.

24. Volunteer

I love helping others and being a part of something bigger than myself. Therefore, I really want to take every opportunity I can to volunteer in some way.

25. Wake up early and make the most of every day

I want to make sure that before I turn 25 I make the most of every single day. I want to wake up early every morning and fill my day with things that I want to do; work on completing this list as well as being happy and intentional with how I am filling my days. We only get so many hours every day and I don’t want to waste them.

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Day in my life in quarantine

Life nowadays have changed drastically for everyone. I feel that social media is filled with posts about work out progress or using this time to work more. This puts A LOT of pressure and expectations on people. Some days in quarantine will be productive and busy but other days will still be hard. I think that’s OK.

Everyone handles situations differently and everyone needs different things for their own mental well being. So I don’t think putting one goal or routine onto everyone works in a time like these. Some days I just want to relax and watch TV a bit longer than usual and THAT’S OK. Other days I try to stay busy and make plans to fill my day and that’s also OK. I think each person needs to do what makes them happy and take a break when they need to as well.

That being said I here is a day in my life during quarantine. Some things I try to incorporate into my days is a work out, a spiritual session, time carved out for my blog or studying, some days I have to attend classes and I always try to make sure that after 6 pm I don’t have to work anymore. This obviously varies from day to day depending on how I feel.

Morning

My day normally start around 7 am to 8 am. I always try to start with a spiritual session, for me that’s meditation. After that I eat breakfast, today that was just some toast with some green tea. After my breakfast I went for a walk with my adorable rescue dog. I am pretty thankful because I live in the countryside so when I go for a walk I don’t see any people and there is always enough space to pass by while respecting social distancing. Some days before my walk I will work out. I do this to get my exercise for the day out of the way so I can focus on work. This morning I didn’t feel like it so i decided to move my work out to this afternoon.

Here are some pictures from my walk!

Afternoon

After walking, It was lunch time. I decided to make some pasta for lunch and it did not disappoint.

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After lunch I always grab a cappuccino and I start studying for a couple of hours. I normally try to set goals of what to finish, for example, read a chapter or read certain case law. I found that setting a specific time for me to study didn’t help me focus or stick to my goals well.

After studying I worked a little on my blog and then I did my workout. Nowadays I try to do indoor workout routines, I always look up certain exercises for my core strength and some cardio. I always finish with some yoga poses and my favourite right now is the sun salutation.

Evening

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At this point, it is 6 pm and I have finished work for the day. I normally try to relax a bit before cooking dinner. Tonight, for dinner, is a salad with some vegetarian sausages. It was very delicious. After dinner I always watch some TV shows or a movie on Netflix. Tonight I watched the movie Oceans 8. I’ve been waiting 2 years to see it because I just missed seeing it in cinema and wanted to wait till it was on Netflix. This week it finally is! I ended my evening by video calling loved ones. I am very grateful for technology these days, makes isolation a little less lonely.

I hope everyone is safe during these times and is abiding by the rules set out in your country. I hope everyone is taking care of their mental well being during these times and if you’re struggling you can always reach out to a loved one or friend or even a professional for help.

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Top 5 cities to visit in the Netherlands

I’ve had the opportunity to visit many Cities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is a smaller country which makes travelling to between cities easy, either by car or by public transport. So if you are thinking of taking a trip to the Netherlands, you should definitely try to visit one of these amazing cities during your trip. These are my top 5 favourite cities in the Netherlands and everywhere I love to visit while I am there.

  1. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great city to visit in the Netherlands. Being the capital city, it is a great tourist location. Amsterdam is filled with beautiful canals, which you can enjoy by take beautiful pictures from the bridges or by take a ride down the canal by boat. There are so many different boat tours available for everyone.

There are many museums in Amsterdam, truly something for everyone. Amsterdam is home to the famous Rijksmuseum, but also the Van Gogh museum and the Moco museum, which has held exhibits for artists such as Banksy and Roy Lichtenstein. It is also home to the famous Anne Frank House, which is perfect for a more historical and educational visit. Other tourist attraction, such as Dam square and A’dam tower where there is a a 360 degree lookout over the city, ensure that there is always a lot to visit in Amsterdam. Throughout the city there are also the famous Dutch tulips to be found, either at the markets or in plant pots within the city itself.

2. Maastricht

Maastricht is a smaller dutch city located in the south of the Netherlands. It has many churches, beautiful terraces and many shops you can visit. I personally love the character of the building and the beauty of simply walking through the streets. However, if you want a different tour around maastricht, there are also many tours you can take by bus and tour boats. There are also a few art museums. The most beautiful attraction is the Vrijthof and the surrounding churches. There are also caves you can visit in maastricht and a vineyard.

3. Den haag

Den Haag, or in english the Hague, is one of the larger cities in the Netherlands. It houses the Dutch parliament and the Peace palace, as well as the international Criminal Court and other international organisations. There are some tours available of these buildings, which provide an interesting look into the history of Den Haag. Den Haag therefore has so many interesting places to visit, as well as beautiful tourist attractions. My favourite tourist attractions to visit is, Binnenhof and Madurodam. Another beautiful aspect of Den Haag is that it is located next to scheveningen, making the beach easily accessable by tram from the City. Therefore, offering you a beautiful City and the opportunity to have a beach holiday too.

4. Utrecht

Utrecht is a beautiful City in the Netherlands located 30 minutes away from Amsterdam, by train. Running through the center of Utrecht is the Grote Gracht, a large canal. This is a must see and definitely a beautiful sight from the bridges. However, there are also cafe’s you can sit at on the edge of the canal. Utrecht is also filled with shops. It is easy to get from the station out into the shopping streets. I love just walking through Utrecht taking in the beauty in every shopping street. There are also many tourist attractions in Utrecht, Including the Dom Tower, St Martins Cathedral, DOMunder and the miffy museum. Some of these attractions charge an entrance fee however it is definitely worth the money.

5. Rotterdam

Rotterdam is another big city in the Netherlands. It is filled with shops for a quieter day, however, Rotterdam also has attractions for everyone. There is the old harbour and Marine museum, the beautiful Cube houses, the Erasmus bridge, the Euromast and Various museums.

The famous Kinderdijk windmills are located only 23km away from Rotterdam. These windmills are a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will get to see typical dutch windmills, learn a lot about the history and how they work. There are also various activities available too, such as a tour boat. This is a definite must see!

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How I study for law school

Have you ever struggled studying for class? Or wanted tips on how to study more efficiently? We’ve all been there! Studying at law school really took some getting used to. I had to give different methods a try before I finally was able to efficiently study and get great results. One thing I always try to remember is that some courses are more difficult than others or we encounter topics we have never heard of before and suddenly need to have expect knowledge for class. It is okay to struggle with some courses and find that other courses are easier to handle. This happens to everyone and differs from person to person. But a good study tips and tricks will definitely help along the way. Here is how I study for my law school classes.

Studying for class

My study routine begins with reading the book to prepare for my next tutorial or lecture. When I read the book I usually highlight the important parts; so key words or topics which are important, in one colour, and use another colour for articles of the law or important case law. This makes them stand out more when it comes to making notes or finding an answer during class.

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I always make notes on what I have read from the book. I try to do this while I’m reading the book and not after the fact because I found this works best for me to understand each part in depth. So I will normally go topic by topic and make notes on that part after I have read it. After this is done, you then have an overview of the topics in your notes so you don’t have to go through the book again and the book is nicely highlighted so if you need to look back it is easy to find.

This helps me to prepare easily for the questions in class as well. Having notes of it all is also handy for the exams so you’re not stuck making the exam notes at the end of the semester, which leaves you more time for practising and memorising for the exam. This is important to leave enough time before your exams because there will always be some courses which are more difficult and need more time to be reviewed and understood.

How I structure my notes

Structure is key for note taking. Personally I like to make sure the headings are clear for topics and sub-topics. If there are multiple subtopics you need to remember then list and number them under the main heading and if there are main topics I always list these as well. This makes it easier to remember.

I also find that bullet points or lists help me summarise using mainly key words and keeps me from writing long sentences. When I have terms or case law I always put them into a table or use flashcards to make it easier to remember, easier to find and easier to test myself for the exam. Once again if you compile this list as the course goes along you save a lot of time before the exam and can focus on learning the material.

I also make sure that in my notes I always have the article for the law and the names of case law relating to the topic. Therefore, you get a feel for what articles and case law relate to each topic and make it easier to memorise for the exam or to find during class.

Time management

Managing your time is very important for studying. Especially as a law student there are a lot of readings to get through every week. I always try to plan out my days. Knowing which days I am very busy and planning in days to rest. This helps me see what time I have to study, for example before or after class, and make sure I leave enough time to get my readings done. I always try to estimate how long a chapter will take me and split it up over a few days, if possible. Then I don’t have too little time to read it all or feel rushed to stay up late every night to finish it. I also try to plan out the weeks to come. When you have an exam coming up, you need to be able to plan out enough study time in between preparing for classes. Therefore, It is very important to plan.

A tip which helps me is to go out of the house to study, if you can, whether that be the university, the library or simply to meet a friend to study. This helps me to stay focused and get my work done. If i stay home there are often distractions.

If I stay home then I normally plan in breaks and/or plan in something to do after I am done studying to motivate myself. Please check out my tips on how to study from home for more information on this.

Ensuring you have enough time to study for the classes is so important because when there is a time constraint, you start to fall behind on reading the material. You also cannot fully participate in the tutorials and get a full understanding of how to apply the material. If you plan into each week, time allocated study slots, this will help you stay on track and helps make sure you have free time to relax as well.

I hope this will help anyone struggling through law school. Some courses are difficult and it’s okay to not understand everything straight away or even to fail. what’s important is to recognise there is more work to be done and to get right back up and try again.

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