Whoever thought that spending time on the internet could actually motivate you to study?
Surprisingly, with the rise of the ‘studyblr’, this perhaps isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.
A studyblr is a blog created on the blogging website Tumblr, dedicated to studying and academic success.
It’s a bit like the first day of term, when you buy a nice new planner and convince yourself that you’re going to be super productive, except these bloggers go hardcore.
A glance through the studyblr tag brings up images of cute stationary, organised journals and motivational quotes to encourage you to crack on with work. These kinds of posts are referred to as ‘studyspo’, which is shared with the intent of inspiring study, and ultimately, reaching goals.
The studyblr world seems a bit scary a first. Everyone seems like the perfect student: driven, organised, dedicated, and there’s a strong focus on the aesthetic of perfect handwriting. However, bloggers also share helpful tips and advice to help their followers up their studying game.
People have created ‘masterposts’, with resources for writing essays, presentation advice and even playlists with music to aid concentration. Some bloggers design and offer free printables, such as daily planners, which is a great way for budgeting students to keep organised. There’s a feeling of online community, as users answer questions on revision problems, common study struggles, and share their academic experiences.
Everyone has felt overwhelmed by their workload at some point, which seems to be understood all too well by the studyblr community. I noticed several posts – where bloggers were feeling stressed by their studies – received swathes of kind and encouraging replies. Sometimes a supportive comment is all it takes, even if it is from a stranger on the internet.
Overall, I found delving into the studyblr world did have a strangely motivating effect. After looking at all that studyspo, I felt inspired to tidy my desk, buy a load of nice stationary and create a colour coded study plan. It’s easy to see why keeping a visual log of your studying habits can keep you driven, but of course, balance is key. Scrolling through blogs and learning someone else’s study tips might give you the illusion of getting stuff done, but it’s no substitute for actual work.
Studyblrs may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking for some studying tips and inspiration, they’re definitely worth a browse.