I, like many others right now, have my uni exams within the next month, and, understandably, my usual exam revision routine has completely gone out the window. I normally handwrite all my notes, using my lecture notes and textbooks, and then make flashcards from those notes, because I'm very much a handwriting things kinda person, I find that I don't learn by typing things. I'm also definitely someone who needs to have visually pleasing notes, because I struggle to learn from reading big chunks of text. If you follow me on instagram  then you've probably seen that I normally study using mind maps and fancy highlighters and pens. But, all of my exams have been changed to open book exams, and the memorisation that normally happens doesn't need to, meaning I don't need to put in the time and effort into revising that I normally would.


So, I've had to change what I'm doing in terms of revision for exams, and I thought I'd share what I'm doing in case it helps someone else! So for most of my modules, I don't know what will be on my exams, and so I'm working on just building up a set of key notes from my lectures from the whole year. I'm still trying to make my notes as I normally would, as some of the things I've learnt this year, I'll need to know again for next year, and so I think it'll be helpful to have those notes ready, so I don't have to worry about re-doing them at a later date. I have one exam where I know the question in advance (I'm not sure why either), and so for that, I'm going to write out the answer beforehand, so it's less for me to worry about on the day.

However, my working situation for being at home is very different to being at uni for revising for exams. My house is generally quite quiet, meaning it's easy to find somewhere to do my work, but I find it hard to find the motivation to revise when I know I could be outside in the sun reading, or doing something else. Also having a chronic illness has meant that my routine isn't fantastic right now, and I sometimes struggle to get up before the afternoon. In my daily routine in quarantine post, I mentioned that i'm taking each day as it comes, and struggling to make any sort of routine, which in turn is making it difficult to make a revision schedule of any kind. Instead, I'm doing work when I feel up to it, which isn't as often as I'd like, but is better than nothing. I'm lucky that I don't have a lot of exams, and they're quite spaced out, so I'll hopefully be able to revise well before they start but also in between my exams.

So basically, I'm currently trying to revise as best as I can during this situation; it's by no means perfect, or my usual way of revising, so it's a learning curve for me. I'm trying to not put too much pressure on myself, but it's difficult to do that when exams are soon approaching. I think the main thing, I, and anyone else reading this who's a student can do, is do the best you can do, given the current situation, and reach out to someone, friends or an academic member of staff, if you're struggling.

How are you revising for your exams in quarantine? Have you got any advice for motivation and effective revision?

All my love,

Em x
  • April 26, 2020

How i'm revising for my uni exams in quarantine


 I, like many others right now, have my uni exams within the next month, and, understandably, my usual exam revision routine has completely gone out the window. I normally handwrite all my notes, using my lecture notes and textbooks, and then make flashcards from those notes, because I'm very much a handwriting things kinda person, I find that I don't learn by typing things. I'm also definitely someone who needs to have visually pleasing notes, because I struggle to learn from reading big chunks of text. If you follow me on instagram  then you've probably seen that I normally study using mind maps and fancy highlighters and pens. But, all of my exams have been changed to open book exams, and the memorisation that normally happens doesn't need to, meaning I don't need to put in the time and effort into revising that I normally would.


So, I've had to change what I'm doing in terms of revision for exams, and I thought I'd share what I'm doing in case it helps someone else! So for most of my modules, I don't know what will be on my exams, and so I'm working on just building up a set of key notes from my lectures from the whole year. I'm still trying to make my notes as I normally would, as some of the things I've learnt this year, I'll need to know again for next year, and so I think it'll be helpful to have those notes ready, so I don't have to worry about re-doing them at a later date. I have one exam where I know the question in advance (I'm not sure why either), and so for that, I'm going to write out the answer beforehand, so it's less for me to worry about on the day.

However, my working situation for being at home is very different to being at uni for revising for exams. My house is generally quite quiet, meaning it's easy to find somewhere to do my work, but I find it hard to find the motivation to revise when I know I could be outside in the sun reading, or doing something else. Also having a chronic illness has meant that my routine isn't fantastic right now, and I sometimes struggle to get up before the afternoon. In my daily routine in quarantine post, I mentioned that i'm taking each day as it comes, and struggling to make any sort of routine, which in turn is making it difficult to make a revision schedule of any kind. Instead, I'm doing work when I feel up to it, which isn't as often as I'd like, but is better than nothing. I'm lucky that I don't have a lot of exams, and they're quite spaced out, so I'll hopefully be able to revise well before they start but also in between my exams.

So basically, I'm currently trying to revise as best as I can during this situation; it's by no means perfect, or my usual way of revising, so it's a learning curve for me. I'm trying to not put too much pressure on myself, but it's difficult to do that when exams are soon approaching. I think the main thing, I, and anyone else reading this who's a student can do, is do the best you can do, given the current situation, and reach out to someone, friends or an academic member of staff, if you're struggling.

How are you revising for your exams in quarantine? Have you got any advice for motivation and effective revision?

All my love,

Em x


Wherever I look on social media at the moment, someone's sharing their productivity tips, showing how much they've accomplished as they work from home, seemingly perfect self-isolation daily routines, top workouts, how far they went on their run, and how they're coping so so so well with this isolation thing. The reality is, most of us aren't coping that well, and feel guilty because of it. It took me a couple of weeks, but I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that productivity isn't everything, and it's okay to take life slowly, especially at the moment.

As I write this, I've been in self-isolation for almost 4 weeks. As someone with a chronic illness, elderly nan cared for by my mum and a dad with asthma, I wasn't taking any risks when the government first suggested isolating yourself if possible. I'm blessed that as a student, I would be "working" from home anyway, and the pub where I work as a waitress over the holidays put all employees on furlough, and I appreciate not everyone is as fortunate as I am to be able to do anything I need to do from home. Isolation started off really well, and I did 4 straight hours of uni work the first day, watching back lectures, making notes and revising. 2 hours the next day. Nothing after that. And it's taken me a couple of weeks to be okay with that, when all I seem to see everywhere else is people being productive.


I'm currently enjoying an unstructured routine a lot, and it's so different to my usual routine at uni, or when I'm working. Most of the time, I wake about 9:30 with a cup of tea (thanks mum), and catch up on some social media in bed, and do some blog and social work, replying to emails etc. I get up around 11:30, shower, and try to get dressed, even if it's just into loungewear instead of my pyjamas. I normally spend my days in the sun, reading my book, or reading some magazines (my dad bought me loads for my birthday!), listening to music, painting and spending time with my family. I tend to shower again at around 5, change into my pyjamas and spend the evening blogging, watching tv and playing animal crossing. I think, most importantly, it feels really nice to take life at my own pace. This isn't something I normally have the luxury of doing, and as someone who doesn't thrive under pressure, I'm enjoying doing things when I want to and not feeling guilty, like I should be doing something else. Taking the time to enjoy iced coffee, spending time baking and cooking, and enjoying reading in the sun has been a blessing.

I have exams in a few weeks, and I'm still really behind on the work I brought home from uni with me, but right now, that isn't my priority, and my priority is keeping my mental and physical health as best as it can be, given the current situation. It's undoubtably a difficult balance between what I need to do, and what I currently feel capable of doing, which isn't a lot. Don't get me wrong, a lot of this situation is difficult for me, and I miss my friends, boyfriend and extended family more than words can say, but for now, I'm appreciating this time off from life, because I know it'll probably be a long time before I get a 'break' like this again.

What's your daily routine in quarantine like? Are you being productive, or taking some time off from life?

All my love,

Em x
  • April 12, 2020

my daily routine in quarantine



Wherever I look on social media at the moment, someone's sharing their productivity tips, showing how much they've accomplished as they work from home, seemingly perfect self-isolation daily routines, top workouts, how far they went on their run, and how they're coping so so so well with this isolation thing. The reality is, most of us aren't coping that well, and feel guilty because of it. It took me a couple of weeks, but I think I've finally come to terms with the fact that productivity isn't everything, and it's okay to take life slowly, especially at the moment.

As I write this, I've been in self-isolation for almost 4 weeks. As someone with a chronic illness, elderly nan cared for by my mum and a dad with asthma, I wasn't taking any risks when the government first suggested isolating yourself if possible. I'm blessed that as a student, I would be "working" from home anyway, and the pub where I work as a waitress over the holidays put all employees on furlough, and I appreciate not everyone is as fortunate as I am to be able to do anything I need to do from home. Isolation started off really well, and I did 4 straight hours of uni work the first day, watching back lectures, making notes and revising. 2 hours the next day. Nothing after that. And it's taken me a couple of weeks to be okay with that, when all I seem to see everywhere else is people being productive.


I'm currently enjoying an unstructured routine a lot, and it's so different to my usual routine at uni, or when I'm working. Most of the time, I wake about 9:30 with a cup of tea (thanks mum), and catch up on some social media in bed, and do some blog and social work, replying to emails etc. I get up around 11:30, shower, and try to get dressed, even if it's just into loungewear instead of my pyjamas. I normally spend my days in the sun, reading my book, or reading some magazines (my dad bought me loads for my birthday!), listening to music, painting and spending time with my family. I tend to shower again at around 5, change into my pyjamas and spend the evening blogging, watching tv and playing animal crossing. I think, most importantly, it feels really nice to take life at my own pace. This isn't something I normally have the luxury of doing, and as someone who doesn't thrive under pressure, I'm enjoying doing things when I want to and not feeling guilty, like I should be doing something else. Taking the time to enjoy iced coffee, spending time baking and cooking, and enjoying reading in the sun has been a blessing.

I have exams in a few weeks, and I'm still really behind on the work I brought home from uni with me, but right now, that isn't my priority, and my priority is keeping my mental and physical health as best as it can be, given the current situation. It's undoubtably a difficult balance between what I need to do, and what I currently feel capable of doing, which isn't a lot. Don't get me wrong, a lot of this situation is difficult for me, and I miss my friends, boyfriend and extended family more than words can say, but for now, I'm appreciating this time off from life, because I know it'll probably be a long time before I get a 'break' like this again.

What's your daily routine in quarantine like? Are you being productive, or taking some time off from life?

All my love,

Em x
Without a doubt, March has been one of the weirdest months I've ever experienced; to try and keep some sense of normalcy, here's what I've read, listened to and watched over March (let's be honest, I've had a lot of free time).

What I've Read

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
One of the best books I've ever read. I genuinely loved this book so much that I already can't wait to re-read it. The way this was written was so beautiful, and I felt so immersed in the book from the very first page. Although the plot of this was focused mostly around a murder, it is by no means your typical murder book, I got so attached to all of the characters, and cried several times whilst reading it. It's happy and heartbreaking at the same time, and I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone.


My Sister the Serial Killer by Oykinkan Braithwaite 🌟🌟🌟
I really loved how this was written, the writing style was amazing, and the mixture of story and poetry within the book was amazing. I really liked the plot, and thought the characters were all really interesting, but I hated the ending. I wish the book had been longer, and was frustrated reading the ending.


The Flat-Share by Beth O'Leary 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have seen this book all over instagram, and for good reason. This was one of the loveliest stories I've ever read, was truly heartwarming and I got so attached to the characters that I really didn't want the book to end. Just a lovely book. I leant this to my mum after I finished it, and she loved it just as much as I did, so if you're considering reading this, just do it.

You can follow me on goodreads here.


What I've Listened To - March's Playlist 

Here's my march playlist for you! I haven't really discovered many new albums or artists this month, only a few new songs, so I've rounded them all up for you in this playlist! You can follow me on spotify here.




What I've Watched



Good Girls 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I found this based on a recommendation from the lovely Hannah (@hannah.kelsey_)! It's about three suburban mums who accidentally join a gang, selling drugs and washing money after they rob a grocery store. It's so funny and at points I was watching hiding behind a cushion, but it also tackles real issues at the same time. The characters are so lovely and relatable, and I can't wait to watch the next series.

Pose 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I discovered this by chance, but it honestly is one of the best things I've ever watched. Set in the 1980's, amongst the AIDS crisis, this series focuses on the LGBTQ+ community and the balls they hosted in New York city. Absolutely heartbreaking, but fills you with so much love and happiness in parts. The characters are all amazing, and have such wonderful but sad stories, and the fashion and music is everything.

Tiger King 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I'm adding this, although I'm only half-way through it as I write this, because I definitely will have finished it by the time this goes live. The weirdest thing I've ever watched, honestly. I can't really begin to talk about what this is even about, but the tag line "murder, mayhem & madness" sums it up pretty well. If you need some distraction from everything that's going on right now, this is honestly perfect, because you won't believe what you're watched most of the time.


What have you enjoyed reading, listening to & watching this month?

All my love,

Em x



  • April 05, 2020

march favourites: what i've read, listened to & watched

Without a doubt, March has been one of the weirdest months I've ever experienced; to try and keep some sense of normalcy, here's what I've read, listened to and watched over March (let's be honest, I've had a lot of free time).

What I've Read

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
One of the best books I've ever read. I genuinely loved this book so much that I already can't wait to re-read it. The way this was written was so beautiful, and I felt so immersed in the book from the very first page. Although the plot of this was focused mostly around a murder, it is by no means your typical murder book, I got so attached to all of the characters, and cried several times whilst reading it. It's happy and heartbreaking at the same time, and I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone.


My Sister the Serial Killer by Oykinkan Braithwaite 🌟🌟🌟
I really loved how this was written, the writing style was amazing, and the mixture of story and poetry within the book was amazing. I really liked the plot, and thought the characters were all really interesting, but I hated the ending. I wish the book had been longer, and was frustrated reading the ending.


The Flat-Share by Beth O'Leary 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Unless you've been living under a rock, you will have seen this book all over instagram, and for good reason. This was one of the loveliest stories I've ever read, was truly heartwarming and I got so attached to the characters that I really didn't want the book to end. Just a lovely book. I leant this to my mum after I finished it, and she loved it just as much as I did, so if you're considering reading this, just do it.

You can follow me on goodreads here.


What I've Listened To - March's Playlist 

Here's my march playlist for you! I haven't really discovered many new albums or artists this month, only a few new songs, so I've rounded them all up for you in this playlist! You can follow me on spotify here.




What I've Watched



Good Girls 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I found this based on a recommendation from the lovely Hannah (@hannah.kelsey_)! It's about three suburban mums who accidentally join a gang, selling drugs and washing money after they rob a grocery store. It's so funny and at points I was watching hiding behind a cushion, but it also tackles real issues at the same time. The characters are so lovely and relatable, and I can't wait to watch the next series.

Pose 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I discovered this by chance, but it honestly is one of the best things I've ever watched. Set in the 1980's, amongst the AIDS crisis, this series focuses on the LGBTQ+ community and the balls they hosted in New York city. Absolutely heartbreaking, but fills you with so much love and happiness in parts. The characters are all amazing, and have such wonderful but sad stories, and the fashion and music is everything.

Tiger King 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I'm adding this, although I'm only half-way through it as I write this, because I definitely will have finished it by the time this goes live. The weirdest thing I've ever watched, honestly. I can't really begin to talk about what this is even about, but the tag line "murder, mayhem & madness" sums it up pretty well. If you need some distraction from everything that's going on right now, this is honestly perfect, because you won't believe what you're watched most of the time.


What have you enjoyed reading, listening to & watching this month?

All my love,

Em x



hello hello and welcome to my blog! I'm Emily, a twenty-something year old blogger based in Lincolnshire, and a psychology student at the University of Durham. I blog about almost everything, including student life, books, my favourite music & living with a chronic illness.

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