the less than adequate math student’s guide to not failing

Don’t even @ me, if none of these work. I probably failed too.

I’m kidding, totally kidding*

It’s that time of the year, and as always I’m late with a post that should’ve gone up earlier but had to be rewritten because I accidentally deleted it and forgot about completely but hey, it’s here now.

*I’m being deadly serious

These tips aren’t anything special, and I have no doubt in my mind that you’ve heard them before but you’re here, still reading, which means whatever *insert person’s name here* told you was a lie and you’ve come to me to save you.

Which is probably the worst thing you could do considering my math grades have been filled with D’s since the third grade.

Are you still reading?

Wow, you either have tons of faith in me or are just using this time to procrastinate. But I’ve wasted enough of your time so here you go, 3 things that might just save you:


Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against teachers. I think they’re wonderful people and my English teachers give me good grades I don’t deserve but some of them lack what all my English teachers so far have had: the ability to get me to understand whatever irrelevant topic they’re teaching

Which is where Youtube comes in. And it won’t just solve your issues with math, it’ll save you in a bunch of other areas too.

Fall asleep during class and have homework assigned to you which you don’t understand? Youtube. Looking for more ways to procrastinate? Youtube. Trying to figure out how to achieve Cara Delevigne’s eyebrows? Youtube.

Just type in the topic and thank me later.


This is for all you angels who did the bare minimum throughout the entirety of 2018, somehow passed and are now in a predicament because you know your lack of work is coming back to bite you.

Use the time you have during the holidays! Now I’m not saying everyday because NOBODY (me) cares enough about a grade to do that BUT taking some time away from your busy schedule mainly consisting of watching Gossip Girl reruns won’t hurt you.

I basically buy my textbooks in advance and then start learning the topics beforehand, not in a bunch of detail but enough so that I’m able to understand what’s going on.

This saves me from looking like an idiot on the first day because I’m able to understand more than just the first 5 minutes of the lesson.

Make Detailed Notes

Math is about all about practice but practice won’t save you 10 minutes before your final math exam when you realise you don’t know nearly as much as you thought you did. But the notes you made next to the million math problems you forced yourself to do will. Make them basic. Make them easy to understand, we’re talking 5 year old child understandable.

Just make sure you have them.

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And that’s it. You don’t have to by me flowers or anything, besides, I prefer cake but I would like a shoutout in your valedictorian speech.

But if this advice doesn’t in fact save you, remember math is stupid,you’re incredible and you don’t need math or a grade to prove your worth.


MY GOALS FOR 2018|Blogging|School

Heyyyy guys💛

As you know I suck at intros 😂😂 so let’s get right into it, yeah?

Blogging:300 followers

Right now, I have 123 but 300 is totally achievable. If I went from a clueless blogger to a semi-clueless blogger:I can do anything 😂

  • 5 collabs throughout the year

As you know, 2017 was my first year of blogging and I had the opportunity to collab with so many amazing bloggers and just utterly amazing people. It was honestly so much fun, so I cannot wait to do it all again!

  • Share some of the poems I’ve written+artwork

I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time now, but some of my poems are very…real to say the least. Like I honestly don’t know how to describe it, but I only ever write poems when I’m sad, so my poems aren’t exactly the most…lighthearted.I started getting into drawing this time, last year and I love drawing. I don’t have many “drawings” because I prefer to doodle but like my poems I only doodle when I’m sad.

  • Resume Girlboss//Guyboss

I had so much fun getting to know more about all the amazing bloggers in the blogging community, there are so many more people I’d like to get to know better and I’m sure that you would too (winky face)

School:80% average

I’ve wanted an 80% average since grade 5 and don’t get me wrong I’ve come pretty close, but I still haven’t achieved it. Like I can get a 91% in History but not an 80%average??

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  • Athletics//Cross-Country team

If you guys have been part of the fam for a while now, you know I work hard to like, be fit and like I tried out for the athletics team for the first time this year and even though I didn’t make it, I did cross country which was a blast! I am honestly so glad I didn’t make the athletics team but 2018’s a new year, so who knows what’ll happen! It’s honestly the funniest thing because when people see this app on my phone they assume I’m tryna lose weight😂like nahh the app is free😂😂

  • Participate! I’m being completely honest and maybe this is just completely abnormal to say but:I don’t like people. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a people person and I can talk for days about the most random things with strangers and even best friends but I don’t like people. Even reading it sounds weird😂 but like I’d much rather be at home alone having like a productive day with nobody in a 6km radius of me.Let me know if that makes sense to you in the comments and this has nothing to do with me being an ambivert btw😂😂

Socials:Twitter-250 followers

Recently, I’ve been getting like a flood of followers completely random btw which is super nice!! And I’ve been making more of an effort to be more ‘active’ on Twitter, so it’s really cool to see my ‘hard work’ paying off.

  • Instagram

I really wanna follow more bloggers on Insta so if you could follow me it makes it so much easier to find you than asking you to leave a link/name down below😂Lol do you think we can get it to 450 before March 1st??❤️

  • Snapchat-Not that I really care or anything because I just use Snapchat to be random with my friends but it would be really nice to get to know you guys better and also its a great way for me to embarrass myself more😄

Stop doubting
start living🐬

A Week In Exams❤❤


So I thought it would be fun(a good way to procrastinate) by writing an a week in exams post because I haven’t posted anything in a while. (I wrote this like a week ago)


So today I wrote English Paper 1 and History. And then I realised I was writing Afrikaans and EMS the next day neither of which I had studied for yet. So I spent the rest of my day doing an EMS past paper even,though I write Afrikaans first and watching Youtube videos.


I wrote EMS and Afrikaans today both were 2 hours papers!!! Like I said before, we wrote Afr first and it was surprisingly easy but like I honestly was so surprised, because so far with the exams I’ve written: they’ve all been really easy and I’ve whizzed through them and written in-depth answers and I think I might actually get a good mark! Then later, we wrote EMS. There were a few questions that should’ve been easy but I had to think about because I hadn’t really studied but I calculated the mark I think I’ll get and it was like an 88% so if that actually happens, I’ll be really chuffed with myself.


Today I suffered through Math and Creative Arts. I feel like suffering is the wrong word to use but to be honest I’m slightly freaking out. Failing math, means you fail the year. It means all the work I put in was for nada and I ain’t about that life. Math was okayy I’m not overly confident about it but I’m not hysterical either, CA was pretty much the same, my drawings weren’t tooo bad, I just got stumped on a few questions that I probably should’ve known but apart from that it was pretty decent. I honestly feel like the teachers were so extra about how hard our exams were gonna be, but,like I don’t wanna jinx anything so I’ll shut up now.😂😂


Legit can’t be bothered to study. Also I kinda died inside today-way too much laughter😂😂


Lol today was so hilarious

I could not.stop.laughing.

Honestly one of the best days of my life but I’ll say no more I like this mysterious vibe😏😂

Also I’ll be doing an update once I get all my grades back so you can find out how good or bad I did with my lack of studying😋

Hope you enjoyed this completely random post about absolutely nothing😂😂

And I hope you’re all having the most amazing day?Day’s?Days?



Life is short.

Buy the dress.


The year is ending.

It’s sorta bittersweet coz I start high school next year. And you know what that means:leaving friends, friendships ending, saying good riddance to teachers I didn’t like, making new friends, one year of boarding school, change. And all the other stuff that comes with starting high school.

But I figure, it ain’t over yet. There’s still a bunch of crazy stuff I wanna do with my friends and I’m still setting goals so, today I’m sharing my goals with you!

Okay, so first I want to share my long term goal with you:



Okay, so I’m the typical teen who has no idea what they want to do with their life 99.9% of the time. Recently tho, I randomly decided that this was something I wanted to do when I grow up (also is weird that I used past and future tense in that sentence).

Anyway, I was researching the subjects you need to do well in, if that’s what you wanna do and pretty much every single subject I hate and suck at(btw)  was on the list so I gotta up my game!

Legit, that is my only motivation for math.


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  • +80 IN NS

  • +2 A’S




  • Sleep
  • Sleep
  • Sleep
  • Be more active on social media
  • 400 followers on Insta(6 away)
  • Start a Youtube Channel
  • Finish my journal
  • Make more blogger friends

Oh darling,

It’s true

Beautiful things 

Have dents and scratches too


ps:Photo by Andrew Peloso on Unsplash



It’s not your birthday but we’re celebrating!!!



This is a speech I did a while back in Afrikaans, about my best friend Victoria. I love her to bits and she means the world to me, so I wanted to share this speech with you because 1) it’s probably the best speech I’ve ever written and 2) I got a really great mark on this and I really wanted this speech to be perfect so that made me super happy!!!

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“SO this was supposed to be a speech about Conor McGregor, but there’s someone really special to me who deserves it more! Victoria Rosilan West-Russel is the most inspirational person I know. She has always been with me no matter how horrible I’ve felt.She’s the person I can call at 2am when I’m crying and the goofball who takes Snapchats of me when I’m eating candy. We talk about everything:church, food, boys, books,boys. She always sees the best in people and she’s every bit as crazy as me.She’s gonna be a world famous author,and she doesn’t even know it yet.She honestly is the most incredible person I know and I love her to bits. She’s funny and she’s kind and she’s worth so much more than she thinks she is. She deserves the world, and all the stars and all the galaxies, she deserves infinite love and friends who truly, truly know her worth.

She is my best friend and I love her.”❤

Please don’t ever forget this, I know you’ve heard this speech and so has my entire class and my Afrikaans teacher but the internet deserves to see it too 😂❤ AND I LOVE YOU!!!!!



 AMAZING PHOTO-Sebastian Mantel So I’ve been really busy studying but I wanted to make this post because I know, I am not the only one and exams are stressful and I believe that if you find the motivation and work hard then there is absolutely nothing stopping you from achieving an A+ THIS PART HERE […]

HOW TO SLAYY THE NEW YEAR//2018 Girlboss Guide

Heyy fam❤️❤️

 Let’s face it. 2017 could best be described as the struggle between blogging, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and socializing.There really wasn’t much time to get all that done and fit in time to study for exams and make study notes.

Obviously you’re gonna let school work be a priority but we all get de-motivated and procrastinate or make notes and don’t study from them.



This is the first step because this stage can make it break you. I find that writing a to-do list is always the best way to start off a productive day. Knowing that you have a set plan of what you want to achieve is only gonna make you want to get it all done.


What’s the point of doing anything if you don’t have a goal? A goal is gonna push you towards working harder for your dreams,no matter how far away it may seem.My whole thing is that I wanna inspire people. And I wanna pass math because I wanna get away from school and watch Netflix and travel and blog without any distractions.


If I go to school, unhappy about learning or listening in class, it’s gonna be really hard for me to actually get stuff done when the time comes. I love school don’t get me wrong, but I don’t love it because of work or anything, I love it because I get to see my friends. Knowing that in 10 minutes the bell is gonna ring and I can hang with my friends, is one of the only reasons I bother in NS😂


Knowing that at any second a teacher is gonna catch you talking is a great way to get you to focus, lol. But it’s been scientifically proven that if you sit in the front, your teacher just assumes that you are one of “those” students.



Not only will it make it seem like you care about learning the stuff, but it’ll help you understand and remember the topic better. Never be too afraid to ask questions, because trust me, when you know the answer to that question in the exam and everyone’s sitting there clueless, you won’t regret asking.


I’m one of those people who always seems to have their life together but like, in reality is such a mess. And like, the only reason that happens is because I spent a year watching organisation YouTube videos for fun. Honestly still obsessed with them but, the one major thing I learnt from them is that it’s important to make notes as you learn about the stuff and not wait till two days before the exam to do them. I obviously, being me, didn’t make notes throughout the year for all of my subjects. But for the really content-heavy stuff like EMS, History and NS I did, and that saved me so much time. Because when everyone got their study notes they had to do everything and I was having such a joll because I’d done over half of it.

Also these aren’t my study notes because I’m on holiday in Australia and I don’t need them so I left them at hometumblr_nmirfudga81u9hg3jo1_1280-1.jpg


THE TEDDY BEAR METHOD4857d2f92eca6c6a28ea51783fcd74dc7b0ed4ed_hq.jpg How it works: You place gummy bears or any other sweet of your choice at the end of every paragraph.When you’re studying the information, as soon as you’ve studied a section and reached a gummy bear you get to eat it.


How it works: You read through a page in your textbook once or twice, close it and quickly write down everything you remember.You then, re-open the textbook and add the bits of info you forgot in a different colour.


Finding out which type of learner you are can help you find the study methods that work best for you.I’m a visual and auditory learner, mostly visual.So I’m gonna break it down so it looks aesthetically pleasing and isn’t just a bland paragraph looking thing. What am I even saying 😂😂

Visual learner

  • Learns best by seeing things
  • Flashcards, colour, diagrams, charts

Kinesthetic learner

  • Learns best by movement
  • Walk around while revising, use games or activities to help you remember,toss a tennis ball around while studying

Auditory Learner

  • Learns best by hearing
  • Study groups, reading aloud, videos,recording yourself and playing it back

NOTE TAKING There are so many different ways to go when it comes to making study notes: flashcards, mind maps, bullet pointing

So this is the Cornell Note Taking technique, the thing I love the most about this, is how visually appealing it is.I tried it for a bit and I loved it so much and then I lost my ruler so😂


PS:If you wanna see more ways of taking notes comment the word “blue” down below

img_0602-1How long do you study for? Favourite subject? Would you like to see a part 2? Are you following my socials? What type of learner are you??


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