The lifestyle blog of a high schooler juggling everything under the sun

Emily's Eye

Emily's Eye

The lifestyle blog of a high schooler juggling everything under the sun


Work Weekend Wardrobe

Work Weekend Wardrobe

Hi friends! Welcome back to Emily’s Eye.  Today, I wanted to share with you the contents of my overnight bag that I took with me to a Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia. The contents of this bag are particularly important because they are so […]

Chocolate Espresso Cake

Chocolate Espresso Cake

Hi friends! I’ve been meaning to share this recipe with you all for ages, but I just got around to it now. I found this one sick day I spent home from school pre-Netflix , which left me watching Ina Garten re-runs. Fortunately, I found […]

How To: Study for Midterms

How To: Study for Midterms

Hi friends!

If you’re anything like me, you had a wonderful winter break, full of family, friends, and food, with one little drop of sabotage: the looming threat of midterms.

Midterms start about 3 weeks after winter break ends, which means 3 weeks of teachers trying to cram in new material while students are trying to recall what the heck they learned in September. I by no means have mastered the art of achieving perfect midterm grades. However, for those of you who need a little guidance, I believe I have been successful enough in the past to spread a little wisdom. So, here are 5 steps to take to study for midterms:

  • Start before the day before the test
    • Yes, your friends will laugh sympathetically when you tell them that you’ve been up until 4 in the morning studying, but honestly, you won’t be laughing long. My Algebra 2 teacher in middle school once said it best, “You should be able to go out and see a movie the night before your midterm because you are so well prepared.” So, start studying!
  • Focus on September and October
    • While you should of course study all  of the material from the semester, the material that if the foggiest will be the material that you learned in the beginning of the semester. So, start off studying September/October content and spend the majority of your time on it (but leave enough time to study November/December/January).
  • Study in pieces
    • Studying a whole semester’s worth of material can appear to be daunting at first, but if you study little bits at a time, jumping from subject to subject every few lessons, you won’t get as easily bored.
  • Study everything 
    • Every piece of paper your teacher handed out, every link they told you to check out if you wanted to do some extra learning, every homework assignment, textbook reading, quiz, and test should all be reviewed. Don’t leave a single resource unturned.
  • Seek help
    • Peers (the ones that pay attention and do well in the class) and your teacher are valuable resources. We want to be able to say that we can do everything by ourselves, but we can’t. No one will judge you for asking questions and confirming that you know all of the material for the test.
  • Bonus tip: Everyone says this, but it really makes a difference: get a good night’s sleep.
    • Your GPA will thank you for it.

Good luck on studying! And if you know of any tips that I haven’t already shared, let me know in the comments below!

Best,

Emily

Guacamole Greens

Guacamole Greens

Hi friends! So, I’ve recently become obsessed with Sweetgreen since they added one to the KoP Mall, particularly the guacamole greens salad. I was hoping to make a cheaper, vegetarian option at my house, so I stole the recipe from A Beautiful Plate and gave […]


Throwback

Little Blue Dress

Little Blue Dress

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Photographs by Jack Thompson

Dress: Pearl

Shoes: Bandolino

Scarf: Somewhere in India

Clutch: Forever 21

When most girls have a nice dinner or semi-formal party occasion, their go-to outfit is typically the LBD (Little Black Dress): dependable, flattering, and classic. While I do have my own LBD, it’s covered in sequins and is a little too much for a nice dinner. So, I have my own trusty version of the Little Black Dress, the Little Blue Dress, a similar concept to the Little Black Dress except, you guessed it, it’s blue. I’ve worn this dress countless times, and it’s just a great thing to have in the back of your closet for a last-minute emergency or for when you simply do not have the time to shop.

XO,

Emily