30 August 2015

The Homework Guide (B2S 2015)

  1. Write Down Your Homework. When I was around the age of 10, I used to be the laziest person when it came to writing down my homework, and as a result, I used to (regularly) forget what the homework was. Some schools supply planners to keep note of your homework, and at others you have to buy your own. (If you need to buy one, I found one that isn't expensive at all that you could take a look at if you need to --> http://www.amazon.com/Student-Planner-2015-2016-School-Content/dp/B00PB10KLW/ref=sr_1_9?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1440949417&sr=1-9&keywords=school+planner+2015-2016 (US) or http://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-2015-2016-Academic-Fully-bound-August-August/dp/B00XPAU3HM/ref=sr_1_45?s=officeproduct&ie=UTF8&qid=1440949749&sr=1-45&keywords=school+planner (UK) )
  2. Do it the night it is set. This is the best thing to do with homework, especially if you get lots of it. Once it's done, it's done, and for every piece you finish, that's one less piece to have to find time to finish. Plus, once all your homework is done for the day, you'll have the rest of the evening to yourself.
  3. Don't keep procrastinating about getting it done. Procrastinating does nothing except mean that you'll have to do your homework later, and probably end up rushing it. I'm not saying not to take a 5 minute break every hour or anything, just don't turn a 5 minute break into a 20 minute one. Your homework is going to have to be done at some point, and it's better to get it done sooner rather than later.
  4. Pick a quiet environment. For me, this is really important, I can't focus on anything with even the slightest amount of unwanted background noise. I listen to music while I do it to block out the rest of the sound around me, and because when I listen to music it's more like being in my own little bubble away from the world, instead of at home where my family is talking constantly in another room.
  5. Put away any distractions. I think we're all guilty of stopping halfway through our homework to flick through our social media at one point or another, but that's honestly just going to make your homework take longer. Put your phone on the other side of the room and keep it on silent, along with your laptop if you aren't using it (if you have your own laptop, that is)
Credit to weheartit.com

I hope that this was somewhat helpful in some way, if it was let me know in the comments.

I doubt it was.

Oh well.

I tried.

(I just realised that I start school in a week...)

Amerelle x

PS. Good luck to those of you who have already gone back to school or are going back this week!

27 August 2015

New look & New Teachers (B2S 2015)

You would've already noticed when you clicked on the link for my blog today that my blog has had bit of a makeover. It took around one to two hours to completely redesign it, as there is a lot of settings that needed to me changed or added.

I will admit that it was a little bit stressful at times because it took a lot of playing around to get some of it as I wanted it.

I'm really happy with it now, and I hope you all like it too.

And now back to the actual topic of this blog post.

New teachers.

(I can imagine you all groaning at this point)

You all know that starting a new year generally means a new set of teachers who probably don't know you, and generally you want your teachers to like you.

So this is my attempt and guiding you when dealing with all the new teachers during the first lesson, because it's all about first impressions.

Credit to weheartit.com

  1. Don't be late to your first lesson
  2. Be on time to your first lesson
  3. Do everything you're supposed to do during class
  4. Restrain from talking to your friends in class.
  5. Don't forget anything that you need (Pens, rulers, glue etc.)
  6. Make your work as neat as possible
  7. Try not to draw during class (this note is kind of to myself, because I draw most of the time at school.. oops.)
Hopefully that kind of small list was of some use to some of you.

Unlikely haha.

Amerelle x

26 August 2015

Back To School Q&A - Part 2 (B2S 2015)

I do believe that the other half of your Q's require A's

And that's what I'm going to do.

Right now.

I didn't think I'd get this many questions.

You guys who follow my instagram (@/that.awkwardfangirl) are insane, literally.

Thank you all so much.

Now, please enjoy my A's for your Q's.

Fun way to study vocabulary?
I hate to break it to you, but there really is no fun way to study whatsoever. Sorry, if there was I would've discovered it by now because I hate studying (with passion).
How do deal with bullies?
Bullies are tough to deal with (I know from experience), but it's always best to just walk away. If they say something, just walk past them and don't look back. They aren't worth it. They want a reaction, so make sure you don't give it to them. Also remember that there's always people that you can talk to if you need to, you should never have to go through that alone. (If you do need to talk about anything, please just drop me an email (amerellerose@gmail.com) because I'd be happy to help. Also I know this was on the last post too I just wanted to make sure that everybody sees it)
What books do you recommend to get from the school library?
ALL OF THEM. GET THEM ALL. (I'm being serious.)
How do you make sure you don't forget any homework?
Do it the night that you get it! Once it's done, it's done. Once you've finished it, put your book/folder in your bag so you can't leave it at home (if it's a sheet of paper get a plastic wallet to keep all your papers in, and keep it in your bag too)
How to avoid breaking into song when the answer to a question in math class is 13?
(Apparently this person is obsessed with the musical 13)
Write down all the lyrics to a song in the back of a notebook or tap the tune with your fingers on a notebook (quietly!) haha.
How to get motivated to learn?
At the end of the day, tell yourself that you can do something you really like (Eg. Watch YouTube/Netflix for an hour, have a chocolate bar, spend time on Skype/Facetime with friends etc.) if you've worked hard and done everything that you have to do that day.
Credit to weheartit.com
What's your YouTube?
(Not exactly school related but I thought I'd answer it anyway) I don't have a YouTube channel. I watch YouTube from another Google account but I've never uploaded videos or anything like that.
How do you know that someone is really your friend and they aren't just using you?
If they are using you, then they'll probably be asking for you to do or help with their homework regularly, ask for money and ask for favours etc. but spend a lot more time with other people than they do with you, and maybe not seem that friendly around you unless they need something. If this is the case, then remember that there are better friends out there, it just takes time to find them sometimes.
How to make projects with boys less awkward?
Just be nice and seem approachable and relaxed. If you seem fine with it then then he will probably become more relaxed too.
Which teacher do you hate?
I'm not going to say anything about her identity, but she's very strict, she sets us three times as much homework as we're supposed to get, she also asks us very personal questions which nobody wants to answer and she also forces us to do things (to individuals) that we mentally cannot handle.
How to bribe a sixth former into buying you coffee?
Find a sixth former that you vaguely know (or get to know one somehow if you need to) and just ask them because if you kinda know them then they'll probably be happy to do it.
How to stay awake long enough to get ready
(because you spent the whole night watching Sherlock)
1) Don't watch Sherlock for too long!
2) Have a cold shower as soon as you get up, it'll wake you up. Also have a coffee if you want to. (See the last question if you need a sixth former to buy it for you too)
And that is all the Q's that you wanted A's to.
No more parts.
I hope you found these somewhat helpful. (If you did please let me know in the comments!)
If you have any other questions just leave it in the comments and I'll reply to you tomorrow!
This probably wasn't helpful at all.
Oh well, I tried.
Amerelle x
PS. I know some of you are already going back to school, so if you are, Good Luck!

25 August 2015

Back To School Q&A - Part 1 (B2S 2015)

If you follow me on instagram (@/that.awkwardfangirl) then you'll probably have seen that I asked you for questions for this post.

And, so, it is now time for me to give A's to your Q's.

I did get a fair few questions too, which is really nice because I love it when you're all a part of my blog too!
How do you get a good night's rest?
I'm the worst at this, but I'd recommend putting your phone and laptop on the other side of the room, and give yourself a set time that you have to stop reading (or anything else that you might be doing) and go to sleep.
Any tips on how to deal with presentations when you have social anxiety?
I'm not really the best person to ask this to, but make sure to take deep breathes throughout and practice at home until you feel comfortable when you do it. You could also ask your friends if you could practice it a couple of times in front of them so you've practiced with people watching before you have to present it.
How do you make new friends?
DO NOT TRY TO BE FRIENDS WITH "POPULAR PEOPLE" OR PEOPLE THAT ARE ALREADY A GROUP OF FRIENDS. I cannot stress that point enough. Approach people who are sitting nearer the back or seem quiet or alone, because they might be too shy to make friends themselves, and the chances are they'll probably be really nice people. Also, don't try to change/hide yourself to be friends with people.
How to get homework done faster?
Turn your phone (and laptop if you aren't using it) off. It's honestly that simple.
How do you adjust to a new school?
Before starting, go onto the website and find out as much as you can about the school, your classes and how the school day works etc. that way you'll know quite a bit beforehand and you'll just have to settle into a general routine with your classes and friends.
Best tip to get through gym class?
I feel your pain, I hate gym. Just spend as much time as you can with your closest friends and it'll be so much easier as you'll be able to talk while to you do whatever you're doing.
How to stay organised/remember things when you don't have much time to make note of things?
Write the name of the subject that you have to remember something for so you've got a note of it and then when you have a minute or two write down whatever you have to do in full in a planner.
Credit to weheartit.com
What is your favourite subject?
Art. Art is life. I literally draw on anything and everything, anywhere. A few days ago I was in a shoe shop buying my school shoes and while I was waiting I drew a braid because why not.
What do you hate the most about school?
Talking in class and people. I'm just the quiet one to be honest, and people, well, yeah. I find it very hard to trust people now because I've had a lot of bad experiences regarding friendships.
Do you do your homework as soon as you get home or sometime after, what do you recommend and why?
I do my homework as soon as I get home, or even sometimes at the school library during lunch because I don't like coming home and having lots of homework. I get it done as quickly as possible and then it's over with. So I definitely recommend doing it ASAP because once it's done, it's done.
How do deal with bullies?
Bullies are tough to deal with (I know from experience), but it's always best to just walk away. If they say something, just walk past them and don't look back. They aren't worth it. They want a reaction, so make sure you don't give it to them. Also remember that there's always people that you can talk to if you need to, you should never have to go through that alone. (If you do need to talk about anything, please just drop me an email (amerellerose@gmail.com) because I'd be happy to help)
Do your friends always see you being busy in the library?
No, I go alone. They don't ever really go to the library unless they need to print something off.

That is the first half of the questions answered.

I'm answering the other half tomorrow so don't worry if I haven't answered yours yet!

Thank you so much if you did ask one.

I had no idea it would take this long to write.

(And now my laptop is running out of battery.

Somebody please invent 500% battery life.)

If you have any other questions just leave them in the comment and I'll reply to them tomorrow!

Let me know what your favourite subject at school is in the comments and why.

Amerelle x

PS. Thank you so much for 3.3k on Instagram!

23 August 2015

Huge Stationary Haul (B2S 2015)

So, I went shopping.

Surprise, surprise.

(As a note, I love shopping.

A lot.)

It's that time of year when every single student is rushing into WHSmith or Paperchase (etc.) to buy two tonnes of stationary for the new school year.

(Which 99.9% of us are dreading.

No surprise there)

Today was my turn.

And as part of my Back to School series, I thought I'd tell you what I bought.


  • Zoella Eyes Beauty Bag - I'm using this as a pencil case because the ones in the general stationary stores weren't big enough and this one is just so much nicer. It looks really cute on my desk too.
  • Black Biro's (Bic) - These pens just work really well for me. Usually I'd have a variety of colours and brands but this year I thought I'd just stick to black because.. I don't actually know, to be honest, I just wanted to.
  • Bic Cristal Pens (4) - These come with a pick, purple, pale blue and lime green colours and I just thought they'd be handy because I didn't buy fine-liners this year (I didn't use them much so I'm just not taking them now)
  • Stabilo Original Highlighters (4) - We all need highlighters to, you know, highlight stuff.
  • Helix 30cm fold-in ruler - #foldinrulersquad
  • Bic HB Mechanical Pencils (5) - I have soo many of these pencils, BIC stuff just suits me really well for some reason. I don't even know, guys, I don't even know..
  • Helix Protractor - This needs no explanation.
  • Helix Rubber - No explanation required (I hope..)
  • Helix Sharpener - You're going to need to sharpen stuff so..
  • WHSmith Correction Pen - Practically Tipex in a pen, for those of you wondering. I go through A LOT of these..
  • Helix Compass - That's the thing about circles.. they demand to be drawn.
  • Pritt Stick Glue (Original) - Should I need to say anything about this? Just your average glue..
  • Maped Stainless Scissors (Pink & Black) - Everything is better when it's pink and black.
  • WHSmith 6 Sketching Pencils Set - B to 6B pencils because I'm really into Art and I thought it would be handy.
  • Casio Scientific Calculator (Pink) - Everything's better when it's pink. Even physics.
  • Big Pink Sticky Lables - for, you know, labelling stuff. As you do.
  • Clear Zip Wallet with White Spots - I swear I will loose ALL my sheets without this. And I mean all of them.
  • A4 Black Lined Notebook - For all your notes. That is sort of what a notebook's for..
  • 5 plastic wallets (X3) - They were on 3 for 2, alright? I use these SOO much.
  • Floral Plain Paper Notebook - I may or may not spend most of my classes drawing instead of listening to the teacher. Oops. #SorryNotSorry

Yes, I know that I bought a lot. I had to replace most of my stationary because it had either run out or was years old, so I thought it was about time I got myself some new stuff for school.

I did pick up a couple of other bits which you'll see in a couple of week's time in a blog post.

No spoilers. Hehe.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite thing is that you've bought for B2S this year and also if you like it when I do haul posts? I'm not sure whether to do them more often or not!

Thank you for reading, and I'll see you all very soon!

Amerelle x

22 August 2015

5 Tips for surviving the first day of school (B2S 2015)

The dreaded first day..

Some of you may have already gone back to school. If you have, well, I'm sorry.

The first day is usually the hardest but also the craziest day of the year (except when you break up for Christmas/Summer, and when you've finished your final exam..).

I, for one, generally struggle that day, and I'm sure the majority of teens do.

And so, I will be attempting (the key word is "attempting" here) to give you some tips on how to get through the day.

  1. Try to imagine that this is just another day at school, that it won't be much different from any other day.
  2. Get everything ready the night before. Have your clothes laid out, your bag packed (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED) and your make up (if you wear make up, that is) ready on the dressing table. That way you won't be fussing around looking for things at 7am when all you really want to do is to go back to sleep.
  3. Set multiple alarms. As many as you think you need to actually get yourself out of bed (I know it's hard, I feel your pain)
  4. Treat yourself to a breakfast that you really like, that way you'll feel that bit more positive before leaving for school.
  5. Even though you don't want to be there, try to be as kind, friendly and talkative (with your friends) as you can.
(Photograph from weheartit,com)

These were probably useless tips.


I wish you all the best of luck for the school year, and I hope you all enjoy the Back To School blog posts that I have planned for the next few weeks!

Amerelle x

20 August 2015

Failed Photography (Summer Break 2015)

You're probably all bored of these by now.

These photographs to follow are the biggest failures that I took whilst I was away.

(I was going to post this one last but I thought I'd do my favourites last instead)

They did seriously fail.

See for yourself.
I thought that this would look really cute but it just looks really bad

This fail needs no caption
That blur though
I just didn't like how this one turned out basically

This just failed.
So did this.

Dear Mr Van, you had to drive past just as I was taking a photograph? Like, seriously?

My point has been proven.

They failed.


Amerelle x

19 August 2015

Tumblr Photography Attempts - Part 2 (Summer Break 2015)


I like photography, ok?

I know there's a lot..

There's two more after this one (THEY'RE DIFFERENT BY THE WAY) and then I'll be doing a (very late) couple of back to school posts because everyone is doing them.


You can probably tell that I'm really not looking forward to going back to school..

School sucks.

Why can't I be a full time watcher of YouTube or something?

I wish.

You all probably share my fantasy dreams.

I'm rambling again.


Enjoy the photos!

It's pink - I couldn't leave it unphotographed

It looked cute, alright??
I honestly spent a whole meal trying to take this picture IN FOCUS

You don't see roses like this every day. It's soo pretty

I don't even know..
It honestly looks like a face. On a butterfly.

I always think old fashioned lamp posts look amazing in photo's, agreed?

Amerelle x

PS. I'll be uploading blog posts every day until (and including) Sunday, so make sure to stay tuned every day!

16 August 2015

Tumblr Photography Attempts - Part 1 (Summer Break 2015)

More photos.


Yeah.. I took quite a few photos whilst I was away..

Take my word for it.

I tried to make them very cute and tumblr-y.

That's not even a word.

But I said it anyway.



So, yeah.

I hope you like them and that you think that they didn't completely fail.

Who am I kidding, of course they failed..
I just thought they were cute, ok?
This reminded me of those really cute cobbled alleyways that you see online

Don't ask. Just don't.
The view from the restaurant at my hotel was just so cute, I couldn't resist taking this.

It really was a nice restaurant..

I just thought it looked photograph worthy alright?

This is only part 1.

You're probably getting more of my pretty random photography from my holiday.

I'm sorry if you are.

Comment below which picture you like the best and which one you think you'd fine on Tumblr!

(I will reply - I always do!)

Amerelle x

14 August 2015

Poolside Photography (Summer Break 2015)

You all probably remember that I recently went on holiday.

I did mention it in my previous post.

And the post before that.

And the one before that..

You get the idea; I've mentioned it a before.

Anyway, I took lots of photographs when I was away.

(When I say "lots", I mean lots)

And I thought I would share them with you.

Not all in one blog post, it would get very long and boring if I did that.

I've separated the best photographs into 4 blog posts.

And this is the first.

You can probably tell by the title (and the photographs below), these are the photographs I took of the pool or around the pool.

In the comments, tell me which is your favourite photograph and why. Mine is the one of the lemon at the bottom left hand corner because it stands out, even though it's half hidden by the leaf.

Amerelle x

9 August 2015

10 Ways to Survive Traveling by Aeroplane (Especially if you're as terrified as I am)

  1. Try to get enough sleep the night before the flight (which I did NOT do, as you'll know from my previous post )
  2. Dress in clothes that make you feel comforted and at home.
  3. At the Duty Free store (Dear whoever invented the Duty Free, you are a true genius) treat yourself to something you've been wanting for a while so that you're in a good mood when you get on the plane.
  4. In order to complete number 3; remember your money! (I thought this was necessary to include since I didn't..)
  5. In your hand luggage, bring things that calm you down or that you enjoy (This is my number 1 essential whenever I'm flying anywhere. Maybe I should've put this at number 1..?)
  6. Sit by the window. This probably seems a bit weird but it always helps be to know that the world is still working as normal and that it is just outside (but maybe don't look down if you're afraid of heights..), and I find it very relaxing. I wouldn't recommend actually going outside though.
  7. Make a playlist of your favourite songs that make you feel happy or relaxed, and listen to it on repeat for the whole flight. And resist the urge to sing along.. I had do. Frequently.
  8. I always find that drawing helps me to stay relaxed throughout the flight, but you could do anything that you enjoy or find relaxing, or watch a movie if you're on a long-haul flight (Last time I was, I watched so many movies), or; just like I did, plan a blog post (this one, as a matter of fact)
  9. Breathe. If you start feeling nervous or worried, take deep breathes and maybe put on some music. You could also think about thinks that relax you, like memories or places.
  10. Remind yourself that the flight isn't going to last forever and that you will get off the plane at some point, no matter how long the flight is.

You've probably already guessed that I'm home from my holiday because I'm writing this, but just in case you didn't guess; I'm back.

I'm not going to say too much about my trip on this blog post because I've planned a some to post with lots of photographs and detail about it, which I'll be uploading during the next week or so.

What's you're favourite thing to do on a flight?

Let me know in the comments and I'll reply to them all!

Amerelle x

PS. If you're reading this because I posted about it on my instagram (@/that.awkwardfangirl) I really do appreciate you taking the time to. Leave your instagram name below so I can spam you or give you a little nice surprise.