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anonymous asked:

Hello! Can you talk to me a little bit about Valyria? Is it 100%unsavable? Anything still hiding there? Maybe some dragon eggs? I'm sure my question is answred somewhere in the books, but I've just started reading them! And I love the idea of Valyria being rebuilt.

Hello! I am sorry I took some time to answer your ask.

Look, I made this PDF document for you - the 12 pages dedicated to Valyria from The World of Ice and Fire (I created it from my own PDF file of TWOIAF so it’s safe to download). They will make you understand Valyria much better than I ever could! :) There are some other minor passages about Valyria in the book (like a description of the wars between Valyrians and Rhoynar but it’s some obscure lore for a beginner and I didn’t think you’d want that), but this is the main text about it.

I love Valyria! It was such a beautiful and modern place in comparaison to all the rest of Planetos. While the world in ASOIAF seems to be forever stuck in a sort of Early Middle Ages, Valyria’s era equivalent would be somewhere in between the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery, with many aspects of ancient Rome, and of course many elements of Fantasy. Valyrians were really an advanced civilization. 

At its apex Valyria was the greatest city in the known world, the center of civilization.

Apart from taming dragons, and mixing their blood with dragon’s blood (the expression “blood of the dragon” is not a metaphor, Valyrians did mix their DNA with the dragons’ DNA, to have a better affinity with them), they also practiced magic. We don’t know much about their sort of magic, but we know that they used it to build castles and skycrapers and roads, just as they used it to forge Valyrian steel. Nobody knew how to make Valyrian steel apart from Valyrians themselves, and since the Doom the knowledge and art of it was lost. And only the most skilled armorers could hope to re-work the existing Valyrian steel (for example, Ice was re-forged into 2 new blades, Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail, but the process was difficult and the armorer couldn’t achieve the coloring he wanted).

In A Dance with Dragons, Tyrion travels along Valyrian roads.

During one stop, he used the time to have a closer look at the road. Tyrion knew what he would find: not packed earth, nor bricks, nor cobbles, but a ribbon of fused stone raised a half foot above the ground to allow rainfall and snowmelt to run off its shoulders. Unlike the muddy tracks that passed for roads in the Seven Kingdoms, the Valyrian roads were wide enough for three wagons to pass abreast, and neither time nor traffic marred them. They still endured, unchanging, four centuries after Valyria itself had met its Doom. 

Come moonrise, they were back in their saddles, trotting eastward under a mantle of stars. The old Valyrian road glimmered ahead of them like a long silver ribbon winding through wood and dale. For a little while Tyrion Lannister felt almost at peace. “Lomas Longstrider told it true. The road’s a wonder.”

Valyrians also practiced a pre-modern form of democarcy, a bit like the Roman Republic according to GRRM. They did not have a King or an Emperor, and every one had a voice, though of course some were more influential and powerful than others.

Women in Valyria were treated differently from women in Westeros - Valyria seems to have been much less misogynistic. We know it thanks to Visenya who was a warrior and who trained since very young age apparently without facing disapproval from her family; and thanks to her blade, Dark Sister, which was originally forged for a woman’s hand back in Valyria - which suggest that Valyrian women could be warriors. We also know about a Valyrian woman explorer, Jaenara Belaerys, who flew on her dragon to discover the unknown lands of Sothoryos.

Jaenara Belaerys flew her dragon, Terrax, farther south than any man or woman had ever gone before, seeking the boiling seas and steaming rivers of legend, but found only endless jungle, deserts, and mountains. She returned to the Freehold after three years to declare that Sothoryos was as large as Essos, “a land without end.”

The negative side of Valyria was the practice of slavery, which started following the fifth and last war between the Freehold and Old Ghis (the ancestor of Slaver’s Bay). I can understand why the Ghiscari people were enslaved (they were defeated enemies, and Valyrians decided to put an end to these wars forever) though I do not support this choice, but there was absolutely no need to continue with slavery. Valyrians were already extraordinary and powerful and superior to all the rest, and they achieved their greatness through their own effort and own work, not through slaves. Slavery was a very dark chapter in the story of Valyria, and was what probably brought the Doom.

Unfortunately, I do not think Valyria could be rebuilt. I like this idea too, and after I first finished reading the novels the ending of Daenerys rebuilding Valyria was very appealing to me, but now I understand that it’s highly unlikely to happen. Valyria is a shattered, ruined land of very active volcanoes, haunted by “demons”, and is uninhabitable for normal humans.  

This is a passage from a Tyrion’s chapter, when he is sailing towards Slaver’s Bay and passing well south of where Valyria once stood, 400 years after the Doom:

A dull red glow lit the sky to the northeast, the color of a blood bruise. Tyrion had never seen a bigger moon. Monstrous, swollen, it looked as if it had swallowed the sun and woken with a fever. Its twin, floating on the sea beyond the ship, shimmered red with every wave. “What hour is this?” he asked Moqorro. “That cannot be sunrise unless the east has moved. Why is the sky red?”

“The sky is always red above Valyria, Hugor Hill.”

A cold chill went down his back.

And this is how the people perceive it:

Every man there knew that the Doom still ruled Valyria. The very sea there boiled and smoked, and the land was overrun with demons. It was said that any sailor who so much as glimpsed the fiery mountains of Valyria rising above the waves would soon die a dreadful death.

Whatever happened to Valyria was not only a simple volcanic eruption (like in Pompeii) - it was a much more cataclysmic event. When the spells the Valyrians used to control the Fourteen Flames collapsed, it appears that all these volcanoes exploded at once, and rained down magma and ashes and acids. Earthquakes broke the land and provoked great tsunamis that destroyed the cities.

“So those are fires of the Fourteen Flames we’re seeing, reflected on the clouds?”

“Fourteen or fourteen thousand. What man dares count them? It is not wise for mortals to look too deeply at those fires, my friend. Those are the fires of god’s own wrath, and no human flame can match them. We are small creatures, men.”

“Some smaller than others.” Valyria. It was written that on the day of Doom every hill for five hundred miles had split asunder to fill the air with ash and smoke and fire, blazes so hot and hungry that even the dragons in the sky were engulfed and consumed. Great rents had opened in the earth, swallowing palaces, temples, entire towns. Lakes boiled or turned to acid, mountains burst, fiery fountains spewed molten rock a thousand feet into the air, red clouds rained down dragonglass and the black blood of demons, and to the north the ground splintered and collapsed and fell in on itself and an angry sea came rushing in. The proudest city in all the world was gone in an instant, its fabled empire vanished in a day, the Lands of the Long Summer scorched and drowned and blighted.

And this is what happened to the Isle of Cedar, located hundreds of miles away from Valyria:

On the day the Doom came to Valyria, it was said, a wall of water three hundred feet high had descended on the island, drowning hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children, leaving none to tell the tale but some fisherfolk who had been at sea and a handful of Velosi spearmen posted in a stout stone tower on the island’s highest hill, who had seen the hills and valleys beneath them turn into a raging sea. Fair Velos with its palaces of cedar and pink marble had vanished in a heartbeat. On the north end of the island, the ancient brick walls and stepped pyramids of the slaver port Ghozai had suffered the same fate.

It does not seem to me like a salvageable place. There are a lot of things hiding there I do not doubt, from beasts like firewyrms to the remnants of Valyrian buildings and sorceries (if Euron’s armor is really made of Valyrian steel, and if he really got it from Valyria as he boasts, then it’s safe to say that more Valyrian treasures could be found). About dragons’ eggs I am less sure, though it is not impossible I guess (Euron, again, claims he found a dragon egg but threw it overboard in the sea “during one of his dark moods”, though he didn’t say where he found the said egg) but anyway the only dragons that will be important for the plot of ASOIAF are Daenerys’ dragons. Maybe after the War for the Dawn these potential eggs would come into play? I certainly do not want the dragons to die (a fantasy world without dragons where dragons once were is a sad world), it would be nice if Valyrian eggs could be found and hatched for the beginning of a new era of dragons. I cannot say that GRRM will go in this direction though.

I am sure we will see and learn more about Valyria in Winds of Winter! There were a lot of world-building around it and a build-up of information in the fourth and fifth novels, and a prominent villain (Euron) is heavily associated with it. I also believe that Daenerys will cross the demon-road (a Valyrian road north of Valyria that runs from Volantis to Meereen and that everyone is afraid to go to) on her way to Volantis, and maybe divert her trajectory and fly over the ruins of Valyria, if only for a short while. It would be great if she found a cache of Valyrian steel! If anyone should have a Valyrian steel armor in the story then it’s definitely her, the last true Valyrian and the last dragonrider. Not to mention that it would be very helpful in the fight against the Others! But two Valyrian steel armors may be one too many for GRRM. 

We only have to wait now :)

PART ONE - IPHONE

So this is my first post that isn’t a stupid text post or overly bright photo of my stationary, so I hope you’ll like it! It will consist of two parts, one for the ios apps and one for google chrome extensions. Feel free to send me recommendations!

bolded = favourite, cursive = apps I use every day

Note taking and co

  • Pocket - very useful app to save websites, articles, posts etc and read them offline.           
  • Keynote, Pages, Numbers - basics if you have an apple device. I actually like keynote better than powerpoint c:
  • Notability - Very popular app and it really is worth its money. Great for note taking, especially in class!
  • Evernote - On my phone for over 4 years now. The group feature is so great and I use it for preparing posts
  • Werdsmith - very clean and minimalistic app for writing, I use it mainly for creative writing.
  • Microsoft One Note - Simple app for note taking and making online notebooks.

Languages

  • Leo - a great dictionary in 8 languages. If you log in you can save problem words and make vocabulary lists.
  • Memrise - My favourite app to learn languages for free. I’m learning Japanese with it!                                                              
  • Duolingo learning languages for free is always fun and duolingo is so easy to use, it’s even more fun! I use it to practice my Spanish.

Studying

  • Forest - Who doesn’t know and love forest yet? It’s such a cute application and I use it when I have a long study day/night ahead.
  • Brainscape - My to go app for flashcards. It has a giant library and it’s easy to make your own. Honestly, I’ve been using it for 3 years now and I still love it.
  • Mindly - A very beautiful app to make mind maps. I use it for story ideas and school work.
  • MindNode - also an easy way to make mind maps.
  • Uberchord - learn how to play the guitar for free c: 
  • TheSimpleClub - videos, and tutorials of all important school subjects, mainly in German, I think
  • Notenapp - keep track of your grades - German 
  • Khan Academy - like the simple club but with a broader spectrum and in English.
  • Tide - promodoro app with nice background sounds & inspirational quotes 
  • Swifty - learn how to code in a very fun and simple way! 
  • Flow timer - another great promodoro timer (they are everywhere). I like the minimalistic look and nice colours.

Inspiration & Motivation

  • Vantage - Simple but beautiful designed calendar
  • Calm - Helps me calm down with breathing exercises backgrounds and sounds.
  • Elevate - games and exercises that help to keep your mind fit 
  • Pacifica - an app that helps with anxiety and mental disorders with a very kind community
  • TED Inspiring, interesting and motivating videos on a wide variety of topics.

Others

  • Textgrabber & Scanner Pro -  Essentials. Scans photos and grabs texts of pdf and other documents and converts them into word/text documents.
  • Sleeptown - From the makers of forest a very cute app that helps you keep a healthy sleep schedule. I try to use it but I forget it often, sadly. 
  • Tydlig - not free but honestly the best calculator you can have on your phone! Beautiful and simple it makes math so much more fun!
  • Spark - organizes your emails (even from multiple accounts) and notifies you if something important comes in. Very neat design.
  • Moon - cute app that shows the phases of the moon depending on the date.
  • Plant Nanny - keep track of your water intake by watering cute plants (they have something similar for walking and keeping track of expenses!)
Study tips! - 2017

Hi guys! These are the tips that I have for now, the truth is that they work quite a bit at the time of studying and I hope they do the same for you.

1.      Make summaries and/or schemas:

I’m a girl more of summaries than schemes (concept maps, or mind maps), but any of these are good to analyze, understand and remember better what one is studying at the time. I know that many people, like me, have the problem to put what they were studied in either of these two methods, for example, I’m not very good with the schemes, therefore I support more on summaries and to make them as small as possible, carefully not to forget anything about what I am summarizing; This is why I want to advise you that no matter how difficult and complicated it seem any of these methods, try it. Eventually, you will handled the way to do it and you’ll not realize when you will be all experts.

2.      Uses colors:

Yes, I won’t deny it, I’m 100% a girl of colors. I feel incomplete, weird, as if something will miss me when my notes do not have color, at least highlight my titles, I need it, it’s something that is a part of me.

Careful! Use colors doesn’t mean that our notes are freshly come out from a fairy oven and it looks like a rainbow, no. Use them, but sparingly, as fair and necessary to put your notes look cute and you can difference the titles of the rest, or the term of its meaning… and of course the most important thing, that are organized and clean so that when it comes the time for studying, you can understand everything.

More than for aesthetics, I occupy the colors in order to have a more dynamic vision in my notebook, allowing me to better understand, memorize better and above all to find what I want more easily. However, I won’t deny that I also like to have my notes beautiful and colorful, I say, who don’t like to have their notes organized and beautiful? To nobody.

3.      Organize your time:

Sometimes when we sit at our study site we spend hours on the same subject, without advancing in others that also we have to study, so to avoid these types of mishaps that make our work to study more heavy, because it leaves all for after, we must organize our time of study. Some occupy the “bullet journal" method for studies, others, the timer. I used the timer until I met a wonderful applications that help you concentrate and at the same time, takes your time. For example, we have a well known application called “Forest” which is available for both IOS and Android, with the difference that in Android you can download the free version, which in IOS is not yet available, but there are other applications that are similar to “Forest” that are free, such as “Be Focused”, an application that also helps you manage your time , where you can save time and designate them for return to them whenever you want, you also have the option to have breaks. The only difference between “Forest” and “Be Focused” is that the first you have the option of listening to sound of fund for greater concentration, while the second handles you only the time, without the option of background music. These two earlier applications are part of many more that you can find both Android and IOS (if you want, later I will let a post with a list of applications to study that I personally find the best of them).

To organize your time, you must rely on what you are studying, because it all depends on the amount of content. For example, in biology is usually much content, concepts or terms to memorize and understand, so I left a full hour to study everything and make sure that I understood. If the content is very complicated, I can add a couple of more minutes, but without passing me in the hour and a half, because you have to keep in mind that there are more to study.

4.       Explains what you studied:

That’s right, explain in your own words what you studied. This may be by voice or video recorder, the idea is that once you’ve explained everything in your own words you can hear the audio, and ensure that you’ve understood all or at least the vast majority. So you will see your failings and strengthen your weaknesses., correct your mistakes and learn from them. Personally, I recorded my voice explaining the best that I can what I’ve understood, and if I’ve doubts about having it explained well or have covered all, I send the audio to my friends or classmates, that way I can have a second opinion and make sure I have done well.

5.       Record your classes if possible:

If you need to take notes in a class, but for various reasons, are a - b or c, you can’t be able to complete them, I recommend that you carefully get your cellphone and begin to record the class quietly, and when you will be already at home can play the audio and complete your notes without missing anything.

Although, to tell the truth, I recommend over talking to your classmates and ask for

permission from the Professor, and then record the class, both in audio as an image. If the teacher still not authorized it (because it’s supposed to record the classes within an establishment is not allowed), can get a little rebellious and record, put your cellphone somewhere in the room where it isn’t seen. Sometimes be a little rebellious is not bad, it all depends on the reason why you are, right?

Carefull! This doesn’t mean that you don’t take notes in class or not pay attention because you are recording, if you don’t understand the class less you will do it through an audio or video, where you don’t have the support of your present teacher.

6.      Creates memory cards (flashcards):

Although it seems typical, they are quite effective. There is the option of to make them yourself or you can download any application that can make them, as for example Quizlet, an application that is available both IOS and Android. This will help to quickly memorize definitions of concepts, or important dates, people and their works, etc.

7.      Transfer your notes in order, rewrite:

If you are one of the people who, like me, prefer to make a draft of his notes, and then pass them in clean (rewrite them), you’ll know that this tip really works. I won’t deny that it is more work, but everything has its reward, isn’t it?

Personally I’m of people who have better visual memory, which read and write helps me to memorize better. Thus I memorize and order my notes, both at the same time. In addition, it said that rewrite is equivalent to five readings, I don’t know if that is true, but I at least feel that I memorize best rewritting, well in my time to study I remember things I’ve written and I can understand them better.

8.       Listen to music to concentrate:

The truth is that this tip is pretty ambiguous and personal, because it depends on each person. Many people can’t concentrate with noise, so they only can study in complete silence, and others simply cannot withstand be studying with so much silence. I’m of people who are in the middle.

For me is inevitable listen classical, instrumental music, rain, nature or just a relaxing study melody sounds. It helps me enough to concentrate and accompany me at the time of study. There are a variety of videos on YouTube with relaxing music, classical or instrumental music, or sounds of nature to study, as well as on Spotify playlists that are pretty good.

Personally, I listen to music when I do exercises such as mathematics or physics, and as for readings or review, normally I do without music or with one that does not have too much rhythm, as sounds of rain, wind, etc., to be able to concentrate.

9.      Search material of support:

If you feel that you still don’t understand the subject, either because it is very difficult or because you don’t understand your teacher, you can’t stay still and do nothing. You have to auto-teach you, learn and learn any other way what you are passing in classes.

For example, looking for videos that teach you what you are going through, search exercises online, Power Point presentations, PDF documents to help you supplement your notes or your knowledge. There are many channels on YouTube that can help you to study, as also pages with books, exercises, and documents about what you’re going. The idea is to find supporting material that will help you to understand what you’re learning in class, so to be able to reinforce.

10.   Stay away from your social networks:

I know that many of us it has happened that from being studying we went from one second to another to be checking our Instagram account. Best for these cases is to put the cell phone as far as possible, if needed elsewhere in your home (obviously, if you’re studying at home), and in airplane mode so that nothing interrupts your time of study. Now, to avoid entering your networks through the computer or laptop that you are using at the time of study, you can download applications that will block certain pages by a certain time, and once activated cannot be it reversed, yes or Yes you should spend that time so that the pages are unlocked. These applications exist for both Windows and Mac.

11.  Uses Post-it (sticky notes):

These help me to write down something that perhaps the teacher said in class and would not have seeing completely with the theme that we’re passing, or be any possible question test, any dimension, a concept that I don’t know.

12.  If you have any doubts, questions, ask:

As they say the teachers, or at least of my school, “There no are silly questions, only fools who don’t ask”. So, if you have doubts, ask. No matter if you make a mistake, you must solve all your doubts because that will help you better understand what you are seeing. If you are in classes and you don’t understand, ask, solve all your doubts with the professor, because once you get home to study you won’t understand almost nothing, if it is that it is absolutely nothing, by not having asked.

If you’re at home or out of classes, studying, grab your cell and ask your classmates. The idea is to clear your concern in one way or another.

Personally, I really like to be able to solve my doubts with my classmates, because in addition to answer all my questions, we can exchange notes, complementing our notes, we can learn new techniques to solve exercises, etc.

13.   Review constantly:

I know that the work of reviewing every day is quite heavy, but it works. It’s truth. At least in my experience constantly review has helped me be able to memorize better what are passing to me in classes, since the constant review helps to retain longer the lessons learned, and a day before the test it doesn’t need to study too hard, ‘cause everything I learned it was be engraved on the head, and just only a small study session will need. Therefore I recommend that when you get arrive home after school review your notes at least 15 minutes that day, and everyday, in that way you will retain in your head more time what they are seeing.

14.   Gets emails from your professors/teachers:

In my case, some of my teachers send us documents PDF or PPTs we use during their classes, to study and reinforce what we saw, as well as complement our notes. Course, I recommend that if you are still in school, you can put on agree with your classmates and create an email as a group so that way you will not have problem in contacting your teacher. This is ‘cause in some schools have problems for contact their professors outside the establishment, and there are some schools that are quite strict in that area. If you’re in university, I don’t think that will be a problem to contact you through your personal email.

Carefull! Teachers are not always so cool, or so nice, to give you their mail, some of they put many excuses since in some schools the teacher-student ethics is fairly strict with contact outside the establishment, so they are usually quite reluctant to give them, especially if the teacher is handsome, so you have to prove that you are really interested in the material support and not in him, or in harass him (even while actually are haha, the key is prove otherwise 😉).

15.  Lean on your textbooks:

Many times in our schools deliver us books of the subjects that we will see that year (either whether we should buy them or they are delivered by the same school), and either that the professor uses them little or nothing within classes, we must have in mind that the book yes serves us and helps, or at least the vast majority of them because it is a support material that contains descriptions, images and vocabulary, and to answer key in some, that helps us to know in what we were wrong (for example, the books of mathematics, following exercise can confirm your answer with the solution key), this can serve when you are studying for a test, and also the test obviously. So it is best to always bear in mind that texts that give schools if you serve, independent of whether the teachers based their class in them or not, there will always be material that will help you to complement what you taught the teacher in class.

16.  Have a fixed study site:

To study well and be able to focus without any impediment, we need a fixed and comfortable place. This place has to be clean, orderly, and as much as possible wide (extended desktop), so we can have all our scope and not deconcentrate us to go for something that you need or miss. The best thing is study in a desk in your room, or in the table of dining room of your house, but is completely forbidden study in bed, as to be overly comfortable us enters laziness and sleep, interrupting our study session, and practically ensuring a long nap.


17.  Keep a schedule of fixed study:

Personally, I’m kind of people who aren’t very organized when it comes to schedules or events. Simply plans and me not get along very well, but I don’t deny that for a time I tried it, being constant in my moment of planning what to do later (in my bullet journal) and I found it quite beneficial. Apart from planning everything and organize my time, and comply with what I should do of course, I could see the progress of my studies, but as I said the plans and I don’t we get along very well. But that doesn’t prevent that recommend you organize your time, plan what to do, and between that define a time of day that is dedicated only to study. It can be in the afternoon after school, can be in the morning before going to school, or can be at night before going to bed, no matter the time, what matters is that you should defined a time to study and you can’t move that time, this will help to discipline your brain and accustom him that in this period of the day must be aware, attentive and concentrated to absorb everything, of course without forgetting small breaks in the study session. Over time you’ll see the results, giving you features that you do better absorb the information, that in that period of time your brain will be more attentive to what he reads or exercises, so you can understand much better than before.

+ Bonus: Organize your times.
For this, the best is do the technique of bullet journal, you can also go to the planner, but personally I like the BJ more, although like I said, I didn’t last long because a I’m really bad in planning constantly, but during the time I did it worked perfect, so I recommend that even if you are just as bad planning constantly, like me, try it. Who knows? Perhaps you become experts in the bullet journal.

Regards! 😄✌💕

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WRITING COMMISSIONS! BY ME! FOR YOU!

Hello, all!

I recently had surgery, and to help with my finances, I’m opening up writing commissions! Here’s a static link for the commission details, but since you’re here, keep on reading below!

Signal boosts for this post are much appreciated! If you’re not interested in a commission but want to help with my medical bills, I wouldn’t say no to a Ko-Fi! Thank you so much for helping out.

COMMISSION INFO

I’ve written fanfic for over 15 years, and have written professionally for 5 years. I can safely say I have been a fanfic rodeo clown for a real long time. Here’s my AO3 account for samples of my work!

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  • Tales Of (Zestiria, Berseria, Vesperia)
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Attention Fanfiction and Imagine Writers!!

A lot of the fics and imagines I read have announcements at the top from writers saying things like: “sorry if there are any errors, English isn’t my first language”.
If this is you… I’m here to help.
If you’d like please message me and I can help you proof your stories and make sure the grammar is correct.
I was the editor of my high school newspaper and English is my first (and so far only) language that I speak. I’d like to reach out and help members of the tumblr community with their work so they can put their best foot forward.
Even if you speak English and you want someone to look over your work please message me!
I could help in a lot of different formats, you could share me in a google doc with the power to comment, or you could email me a PDF or word document for me to mark up.
I really admire people who speak two languages and I would love to help out, even if in a small way.

there were 105 songs in lofam 4. all of them were high quality. none of them were fillers. none of them were unfinished. the transitions were really good. and every single one of them had both art and a detailed description on a pdf document.

the stream maintained 150 viewers for the whole 8 hours.

i’m puzzled. how many types of satan do you need to sell your soul to for a release this successful?

sunsggyu  asked:

Heya! I just read your post on how to achieve a band 6 in english and it was super helpful! I was just wondering if you can give tips on how to make a study timetable. I've always tried to make one but because since my days are obviously very different each week, I always found it hard to stick by it. Also, can you go in more detail about how to write essays? Sorry for the super long question!

Hello friend! So glad I could help out!! Aw noo I’m very flattered, thank  you!! I hope some of my tips will help you further, but remember that everybody learns in different ways, so it’s totally ok if you don’t want to try some of these/if they don’t work for you! It’s all about getting creative and knowing yourself, try as much as possible to be interested in what you are learning, and more will be attained!

Study/Weekly timetables

A study/weekly timetable is a great way to keep organized, and not just around exam period! It’s great to get into the habit as soon as possible, and yeah they can be really annoying to write up, but it’s so much better having a plan than being all over the place!

  • First, draw up a weekly table of the seven days, and make a space for each hour that you are awake (try to get an early start and don’t end too late! It’s different for everyone so don’t worry if you’re not necessarily a morning person!)
  • Next, fill in all your social outings, out-of-school commitments, appointments, extra-curricular activities, job shifts, and every other obligation that does not involve school. This is what you will be basing your timetable off, not your schoolwork.(it’s very important to have a life outside of school! Just make sure you have a balance)
  •  So you should end up with something a lot prettier than this
  • Feel free to use funky colours and stuff
  • Ok, now it’s time for the study (ugh). First of all, write a list of subjects/tasks you need to prioritise this week, and what date they are all due. (You might want to keep a separate list for this) Then, try to fill these into your timetable- make a fair estimate about how long it will take you to get them complete. Don’t worry if your guess isn’t perfect- after you try out your timetable you can write down your progress to see whether or not you’ve overestimated or underestimated your time.
  • Once everything’s filled in, you’re all set!
  • In addition to a timetable I like to have a whiteboard in my room that I divide into a weekly planner, with set goals each week. If that’s your thing, maybe try it out! You should be able to find a cheap one at a bargain store.

Now, I understand that a study timetable fixates more thoroughly on studying, in which case you can follow the same general steps as above. Fill in your commitments such as job shifts, appointments, activities etc, then write a list of the work you need to get done, prioritise your tasks based on due date and slot them into your timetable. Trust yourself in giving an honest estimate about how long you should study- it’s not necessarily about how long you spend on it, but how much you get done. So, it’s important to discover what time of day your brain is most active- if you’re unsure, then experiment! Find out which time of the day you can concentrate the most because you’re in your ‘zone’, then organize your most difficult/time consuming/important study for those hours. For example, if you’re having trouble with the Blueprint of Life unit in Bio, and you’ve found that you’re most productive between 11 am-3pm, try splitting up sections of the syllabus over that time period. Have breaks in between studying subjects- after you study something with a lot more information to take in, switch for half an hour or so and just go over some notes and answer some questions for a different subject. When planning how long each study session will last, keep in mind the following

  • Don’t study in more than 55 minute blocks. Otherwise, your concentration levels will fluctuate and you’ll stress yourself out and exhaust yourself.
  • Only associate one environment with studying. Make that study environment an emulation of an exam environment- that means a clear desk with no distractions- no tv or computer or phone. It’s recommended not to listen to music either.
  • Stick to your break time. Have a five minute break after a maximum of 55 minutes- do not check your phone or social media during this time. Although it might be tempting, you will almost always set yourself back in time, and in every break that you do this, more and more time will be eaten up from your work time- which means, less study done, and more stress. You can reward yourself by checking tumblr after your study is done for the day. (btw, you’re allowed longer breaks after every 1-2 hours!)
  • Only follow your study timetable as a guideline- DO NOT BE STRICT ON YOURSELF! If you follow it too closely, you won’t end up sticking to it for more than a week or so anyway. If you become obsessive over whether or not you’re sticking to your timetable, you’ll become too stressed and anxious if you miss something in your schedule. Don’t worry about it! Just try to compromise with yourself!

When to start making a study timetable

Start your study period at least three weeks before the exam. It’s up to you how you want to learn and retain information, but try out this guideline:

  • Spend the first week writing/completing your notes. Always have your syllabus next to you. Write out the dot point you’re working on, write a summary of your notes underneath it, and keep going for each dot point. Keep it organized and in order. Keep your notes as brief as possible! (To shorten your notes, use abbreviations, trigger words, mnemonic devices, and only include what you don’t know and what is most important)
  • Spend the second week revising your notes. Finish up any incomplete notes, read them, highlight them, rewrite them, whatever helps you internalize them. When I was writing notes,  often found it helpful to write myself some questions on a separate sheet of paper based on each syllabus dot point, then I’d test myself to see if I’d remember what I wrote.
  • Spend the third week only doing practice papers. Download some past HSC papers from the Board of Studies website and try to complete them under exam conditions. Try to do at least three per subject. Practicing questions, especially exam questions, is what’ll help boost your marks, so please please please do practice papers. If you can, try to get a teacher’s feedback on your responses. Note that you don’t have to complete all of them under exam conditions! You’re allowed to have an open book exam to boost your confidence, but try to do at least one without your notes with you.

Sites to use

If my information was really unclear or not helpful enough I’m so sorry! Here are some links to help you get a better idea of how to make a study timetable:

How to write an English essay

Writing an essay is different for every subject, so I’m assuming you’d like me to fixate on how to write one for English! So, English markers love essay structure, and they absolutely love when you answer the essay question based upon the unit you are studying. For this reason, I highly recommend that in your English class, you take notes based on what your teacher is saying about the topic. Also, take notes on how the text you are studying links to the unit you’re studying. For example, you may be studying comparative texts this year, which requires you to compare two different versions of the same text. In this case, you will be focusing your essay on textual form, and the similarities and differences between your texts. So, try to write down ideas about what the form is (e.g. a movie, poem, play) and why the writer chose this form to portray meaning. Then, compare how both of the texts portray their meaning. Your teacher will probably be telling you some vital information about your texts and their purpose during class, so I recommend paying attention to that! Those details will really set you apart.

  • Have a clear structure. As you know, English essays follow a very logical structure, so it should come naturally to you while you’re writing. Whenever you’re stuck, remember that each paragraph should follow this order: Point (your topic sentence in relation to the question), Explain (explain your topic sentence further- remember, the word ‘explain’ means that markers want cause and effect), Evidence (This is where your textual techniques such as quotes come in), and a Link to question. You can remember it as PEEL!
  • Have a strong thesis. Your thesis is the statement you are arguing in your essay. Generally speaking, it’s easiest and most logical to agree with the essay question. Always base your thesis around the question being asked- think of your thesis as an idea or a theme, and you must constantly thread this theme throughout your essay. Brainstorm some thesis statements to come up with the right one, and see which one sounds strongest- if you don’t feel confident with this part of essay writing, ask your teacher for some feedback. A thesis can make or break an essay, so it’s important to master!
  • Be clear and succinct. What brings students down in their assessments is that they’re so caught up in trying to use fancy elaborate words that their sentences actually don’t make sense, or don’t explain their point very well! Don’t fall into this trap! When you’re writing your essay, just try to be as clear as possible, even if it’s really simple. In fact, the simpler, the better! You can always edit it later! That being said, never focus on whether or not your essay sounds sophisticated. Sophistication is presenting a comprehensive idea clearly, not using big words.
  • Pay attention to directive terms. You’ve probably heard this a million times from your teachers, but it really gains you the marks. Many English essays call for a discussion; therefore you must provide both sides of an argument. If you’re told to explain, then you must justify the essay question with a cause, and state the effect of that cause. Whatever the term may be, underline/highlight it, and when you look back at your writing, assess whether or not you’ve answered the question properly.
  • Have strong textual evidence. A lot of kids provide very simple techniques such as similes and rhyming, and that’s all well and good, but it all comes down to how you use that evidence to support your statement. Your evidence must always be relevant to your topic sentence, so avoid using irrelevant techniques, even if they sound fancy and like they’ll give you more marks. I would always choose evidence that reflected the type of text I was studying, so I could prove to the markers that I knew the difference between different texts, and that helped to compare them well and show how they portrayed meaning. For example, a movie may use lighting, music, colours, and camera angles to portray meaning- a poem may use enjambment to break the flow of the text, or metaphors to elucidate an object. If I talk about a camera angle in a sentence, the markers will know that I’m talking about a film, and that I know these little things in the film that portray meaning. If I began talking about a metaphor, they’d think “ah yes, this is a literary text”. This is particularly helpful in a comparative text assessment.
  • Interpret your evidence differently. It’s one thing to take a literary technique from a textbook and chuck it in your essay, but it’s another to actually think about the effect of some techniques, even if they’re more unseen. Markers will automatically notice this, because presenting a more comprehensive and analytical thought really proves to them that you understand the text thoroughly. My teacher said that what set me apart from some other kids was that they would throw some techniques into their essays, which is all good, but I took it a step further and attempted to understand why they were used and what effect they had, and that’s what answered the question. And to prove that I tried to understand the text, I would always include my own interpretation of ideas and analyse them based on the unit we were studying. So, keep an open mind, but don’t get too caught up in things- sometimes the simpler, the better! But if it’s a valid and analytical thought that answers the question, try arguing it in your essay.
  • Integrate your evidence well in a sentence. This is also something that trips some kids up. What makes a lot of kids lack sophistication in their essays is that they signpost their evidence, for example “this metaphor shows the inner disillusionment of the old man” or “this quote shows…” That’s alright, it could still get you marks, but it’s not what the markers are looking for- they need it to be integrated more smoothly in your essay. For one, it’s good not to follow the “x shows y” technique, because it’s not very smooth. Instead, we could blend the technique into the sentence so that it flows, e.g. “the inner disillusionment of the old man is highlighted in the metaphoric…” So you see, try not to include the word ‘metaphor’, but stating that the expression is ‘metaphoric’ insinuates that you can identify a technique, and that you can work it into a sentence. This is important for quotes too. Never say “this quote…” Make it sound like part of the sentence, e.g. “constant enjambment is reflective of the swans’ “wings” that form the “great broken rings” in the lake, creating the illusion of the swans’ ability to break the bands of time”.
  • Always link back to the question! This is super important. Don’t feel like a dying record, you need to always prove to the marker that you’re answering the question! Just try wording the statement in slightly different ways, and if you’re having trouble, use similar words the question is using.
  • Always write practice essays and submit them to your teacher. Even if you don’t have an assessment coming up, it’s great to have some practice, even if it’s just writing one paragraph. Always submit your work to the teacher, and pay attention to their feedback! Then, rewrite your work based on their comments until you get it perfect. Whenever you get an assessment back, ask what you could’ve done better, and try to tweak your response a little bit more. That’s what will stop your marks from flat lining!
  • Always receive teacher feedback. Don’t ever be afraid to ask your teacher for feedback or help! It’s their job, and no question you ask will be stupid! Whatever you write, ask your teacher for feedback, and always try to contribute to class discussions! 
  • When your essay is complete, read it out loud to check for errors, and evaluate whether or not you’ve followed that PEEL structure.

More links!

Here’s some more information to help broaden your view on some ideas!

My masterposts

If you ever need them!

I could be missing a thing or two, but I’m pretty sure that’s the basics of what you need to know! I apologise if some of my information was unclear (and sorry for rambling too much!!), let me know if you need me to clarify anything! I’m always more than happy to help, so please don’t be afraid to ask! I know you’ve got what it takes to get the marks you deserve!! Be nice to yourself! xx

Making a zine/book for beginners (long post)

Hi there! Seeing as the book is pretty much done now aside from shipping, I figured I’d make a lil guide for those that wish to do the same. Please remember the scale of which I did it is NOT standard practice. It’s a zine on steroids and can’t really be classified as such.

This is mine, after 4 months of plans and work. I’m proud of it! My first collaborated book.

I’ve already mentioned a few things before when I started the book in September, but now its done I can elaborate on those initial points and give tips on what to remember.

Keep reading

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seeing as the weekend is quickly coming upon us, i figured that it would be a good time to make a post in regards to airport etiquette and expected fandom behavior for all three of the events occuring. (2016 hallyu north, 14th korea times music festival + 2016 shinee fanmeet in chicago.) in regards to airport etiquette: people are always going to have varying opinions on it but, ultimately, fans are always going to try and greet their idols when they fly in to their home countries. in the grand scheme of things, it is alright to do this but it’s important to follow certain rules. all things considered, there above listed as not as much “rules” as they should be linked to common decency. i was originally planning on writing out my own post, but after i saw that the wonder admins at @shineecanada had whipped up their own last night, i figured that it would just be best to help spread their around their hard work. though it was written specifically for fans attending 2016 hallyu north, it applies to fans from anywhere. a link to the original tweet (which you should retweet if you can!) can be found here, along with a link to a .pdf document with a slight bit more information.

all in all: though it’s most likely that shinee are not going to have a lot of free time when in north america, we still want them to feel comfortable both at the airport and at the events they’re attending. it’s not just about leaving a good impression on them, but about making sure that they have a happy time in the short few days that they are here.

anonymous asked:

If you don't mind, when you first get approached with a brief for a book cover, what are some of the first things that you do to start the process of creating it?

Hi anon ^^

Thanks a lot for your question! :)

When I am contacted for a book cover I have very often a precise description of the cover from the publishing company’s Creative Director_description that includes  stuff like the colors, the atmosphere, the numbers of characters_and sometimes a description of the characters by the author themselves (this is very convenient!). Some companies send me pictures as an inspiration too (landscapes, Istock pics, etc..). All these info are sent to me by email in a 3-4 page PDF document that also includes the size (simple or double cover) and technical directions like the size of the bleed or the preferred color mode (RGB, CMYK, etc..). As you can see, creating a book cover is far from being “Do what you want, go wild”.

So, the first step is to picture in my head a cover that corresponds to everything the company and the author mentioned in the PDF, and to take into account elements like the title, the name of the author, etc. The whole thing has to be coherent too, of course. Then, once I roughly know where I want to go, I do several sketches and I send them to the Creative Director (C.D) who chooses one (or even two and asks me to mix them together).

Once the sketch got approved, I start to look for reference pictures and to draw the definitive artwork. I sent regularly screenshots of the cover to the C.D and see if they are satisfied. Very often, you have to change things along the way like the palette (“Can it be a bit more orange…but not too much either?”), the position of the character (”Is it possible to draw the character’s hand nearer to the face?”) or the background (”Yes, the scene takes place in the forest but can we have less trees?”). Of course, it doesn’t mean you don’t have your say as an artist but you’ll have to fight for it exactly like the Beastie Boys fought for their right to party in 1986. The best case scenario is when you have a C.D telling you “Surprise me”. It doesn’t happen very often because as people do judge the book on its cover (before reading the summary), the C.D can’t take the risk to let artists go wild, or at least too wild.

The real nightmare for me is when the characters are inspired by an actor and that, for some reason the author don’t want to tell me or the C.D who inspired them. Then starts a long series of emails where the author tells you that the main character should be “a bit more like this” or “a bit more like that”. Just tell me you had Hugh Jackman in mind for Heaven’s sake, you IDIOT!!!!

That’s about it anon. The process is pretty supervised so the best you can do as an artist is managing to impose yourself and your vision. When it comes to the very first steps, it’s mainly, sketching, gathering reference pictures and tons of emails between you and the Creative Director. :)

Voilà! I hope I answered your question :) Have a great weekend ^^

How to: Use a Syllabus

I have had a disconcerting number of asks lately dealing with syllabi. Which means it’s time for another in my ever popular line of “How to” posts.

Let’s begin with finding a syllabus. Hopefully your school handed you one before you even knew you needed it. But as seems to be the case, this isn’t happening as often as it should. Let me tell you now. YOU NEED A SYLLABUS FOR EACH CLASS YOU ARE TAKING. If your school did not provide you one - try asking your teacher for a copy. They might not know that they should be sharing this with you. If they refuse or give you a hard time, don’t stress. Simply go on google, type “[class name] ib syllabus [year]”, and a pdf or word document should be linked in the top 20 hits. example: “HL Biology ib syllabus 2015″ If you need help finding a specific class, let me know. If you have a copy of a recent syllabus/find a really good copy online - PLEASE let me know, I will make a library of links to make it easier for people to find these. Really, so much of success depends on syllabi that it’s crazy and unfair for students to be working without them.

Now that you have the syllabus - you need to learn how to read it.  At the beginning, it may have a bunch of boring information about how that subject is scored. This isn’t critical to the purpose of the syllabus. Right now, we’re more interested in teaching you what you need to know, rather than explaining how you’re going to prove it. The meat of the syllabus is divided into Core topics and Higher Level topics. Everyone (SL and HL) studies the core, but only HL has to study the additional topics. In some classes like Biology, there may be optional topics that your school will choose to focus on. Looking at the syllabus, under Core topics, you will see Topic 1. Think of this as a chapter in a book; it represents an overarching theme of study. Ex. Biology - Cell Biology. Following the Topic are subtopics or section headings. Ex. Biology - Topic 1.1 Introduction to cells. Underneath this subtopic will be a sequence of questions or statements that could be asked or referenced by an examiner. This is what you are expected to know. Exactly. There are rules in place, where professors who write the exams have to prove that the questions come directly from the syllabus. What I am telling you is that if you are familiar with the syllabus there is no possibility that you will see something new on the exam. The IB literally hands you a study guide and says if you know everything on here, you’ll get a 7.

This sounds great right? fool proof? You might then ask me why everyone isn’t getting a 7?  Go look at the sheer length of a blank syllabus and then come back. Yeah. It’s crazy how long they are. Here’s what I recommend: get the syllabus on the first day of IB. Heck - a bunch of my followers are reading this before they’re even in IB. Go get it now. ASAP. As soon as you know about syllabi, get them. Before you start a new topic in class, read the syllabus (don’t waste time previewing the book! There could be a bunch of interesting facts in there that won’t matter at all come exam time. Stay focused on that syllabus). As you cover a topic in class, keep a running syllabus going. You should have a binder of notes organized by topic, subtopic, and the question in the syllabus followed by the answer. If you do this as you go, it will be 100% easier come revision - because all your notes will already be organized per topic and you can focus in on memorizing the information. 

Now the syllabus for each class will look a little different. By now you should understand that a History class is not taught the same way as Biology. However every class is held to the standard of providing a syllabus with topics and subject focus points. Anything you are learning should directly relate back to a point on the syllabus. If you stay focused on the syllabus, then your exams will be much easier.

If you ever don’t understand something in the syllabus, either ask your teacher or feel free to ask me, because I guarantee you there is nothing more important in all of your exam prep than the syllabus.

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Failed new Underdog pitch

DISCLAIMER: Not our characters (except for the added ones) and it is NOT going to be a show! At least as far as we know. This was our third time putting together a pitch for DreamWorks TV. The first pitch was Metamorphosis, but decided to try to make a comic of it instead. A second one we tried was a preschool based show, but didn’t fit in the lineup. All we’ll just say is that it had a Coming to America like story, with Underdog becoming the next Alpha Canis Major to his home on Sirius. Friendships, villains, and adventures ensue. Kind of cheesy. There was an old dusty feel no one could shake off from the existing properties of Classic Media, and we understood. Overall, we learned, and we’re still trying out some more ideas. Don’t be afraid to show your stuff to people, an don’t give up! You never know! Did some of these last year. Yeah, that title is cheesy as heck too. Haha! Part 1 for now. @cazarts did the coloring, and we did the lines and characters. Kind of rushed on the lines too. Haha


For the last image, Vixa Beta was a Cruella Deville, fox-esque being who ruled Sirius B, and has had a rivalry with the neighboring star Sirius (A) and its ruler. Kicked off her own planet, now home to space criminals, she would make up a team called team V.I.R.G.O. To get the only ruler she wants to conquer, she had to go to Earth to catch UD. Better written in a PDF document than this. Heh. This idea is loosely based off the myths involving the paradox between the Teumessian fox, destined to never be caught, and Laelaps, a dog who could catches everything it chased.

anonymous asked:

I recently got an email back from a lab assistant job, and the employer asked for a cover letter. I've never written a cover letter, so can you please give some pointers out on how you wrote yours and also maybe even show an example. Thank you so much!!

Hi! I think the UCLA guide is going to be loads more helpful than anything I’ve been able to do lol 

http://career.ucla.edu/portals/14/documents/pdf/careerguide/2015/ucla_careerguide_2015-2016_082615_1246pm_chapter5.pdf

Cover letter info starts on page 22 of the PDF file~

How To Study and Take Notes

This is T., with some tips on studying and taking notes.

MATERIALS:
-Pens: A bunch of them, black for regular notes, information, and different colors for standouts, titles or subtitles.
-Paper: Any kind, lined paper, graph paper, blank paper, craft paper, whatever kind of paper you prefer.
-Hightlighters.
-Flashcards.
-Post it notes: Page markers, page flags, sticky notes, memo pads.
OPTIONAL:
-Pencils: Some people like to use pencils, for making graphics, drawings, or taking notes.
-Planner

TIPS!!!
1. Have a plan.
Yes, I know that I said that have a planner is an opcional thing to have, because you can use a notebook, post it notes, or even a chalkboard for that. But you need to have a plan, so you know what to do and when to do it.
That way you are not stress about don’t know what you need to do, and your due day is next week or the next day.
I just a Bullet Journal, a simple Journal where I write my plan for the week, usually I write there every night, what I need to do the next day. On Sundays or the day, that they give me the assigment I write a simple plan, that then I transfered to my Bullet Journal.
2. Make some flash cards.
This one is an easy way to learn and study everywhere, because your flashcard don’t take so much space. You can carry them in your purse, backpack, even to the gym.
You can make them simple, or really colorfull. I used them more, when i have a vocabulary test.
3. Organize your notes.
You really need to hava your notes organized, folder, notebooks, binder, journals, theres a lot o thing you can use to have organized notes. Is better if you have a section or a notebook where you can write everything you need of that especific subject. If they are messy don’t worry, my notes are never pretty, just if I make them pretty later.
I see on some blogs, that they have just one notebook for summaries, thats a good option to, because ther you have in a small and colorful way all you need to know about that lesson, and you can use it for study and carry it everywhere, because I don’t think so that you like to carry a lot of notebooks and papers everywhere you study.
If you use a binder, is good if you have one section for the subject, and everyday organized everything. Because if you are like myself, I usually forgot about them, and later I lost half of the semester, and thats really bad. I’m trying to be more organized.
4.Color code:
Pens, markers, highlighters, pencils, color pencils, crayons, whatever you have to make information, keywords, or little notes to standout, use them. This help you to want to read your notes, to used them, because sometimes, you really don’t want to read all black boring notes.
I know a lot of stublyrs have really colorful notes, to be honest, their real notes, maybe can be boring and black, mine are, leater I make them really colorful and pretty, well if you consider pretty with a lot of black. I love my notes with black ink.
By the way, to the point, you can create your own color code, different color pens, for especific notes, different hiaghlighters for especific things.
The Basic are:
-Black: for notes.
-Red: for titles.
-Blue: for keywords, subtitles.
-Gree: for extra little notes.
-Yellow highlighter: for standout information.
5. Take notes.
I already told you about things you can use, but if you don’t use them, is not really worth it. Create your onw way to take notes, some persons like to write everything, then tod summaries, somes like to use Cornel Notes (I’m learning how to use them), them re-write them with extra information, some like min-maps (the look so pretty, even that I like drawing, and I want to be a graphic designer, I just can’t make them, they are so hard for me, please someone show me how), or take pictures, record your lectures. There are a lot of different ways, try them, and use the one that work the best for you.
6. Read.
One thing you need to do, is actually read your information or textbook, just don’t stare a it, for hours pretendng you are studying, that doesn’t work (believe me, I do it for the most part of my highschool years).
Read until you understand the information, if you don’t put a post-it there so you can ask later about that part or do a research. have a pencil, pencil or a highlighter with you when you are reading, so you can mark important information, that maybe it’s on a test, or later in your life you need it (I know, a lot of stuff we learn at high school, we don’t se them, until your older sister ask you “if theres not enough fresh water to drink, why they don’t use water from the ocean?” and you stare at her for an hour with a blank face, trying not to slap her… true story).
You have notes, handouts, textbooks, internet, pdf documents, to read, so actually read them.
7. A study aera.
Your bed, even that theres people who said is not a good idea, all my study I do it on my bed… and my desk is next to it. I’m lazy ok. A desk, living room, a coffee shop… ok whatever place you can have everything you need, ant you can feel confortable.
Even when I’m out on vacation or going to my grandparents’ ranch, I look for a place to study, where I can have some background music, and a table to put my stuff, even a the beach, I use a tote with my stuff, a confortable beach chair, a towels for my legs, and a parasol for the sun, (I’m really pale the palest one in my family, I need to cover my self from the sun, I know probably a look ridiculus, but they understand and they love me.)
8. Snacks, breaks and drinks.
Yes you can be 8 hour straight, but you at least need a 30 minutes break in between, or going insane. Drink water, tea, juice, hydrate yourself, more if is hot, is the worst thing in the world, you can go even 3 days without food (don’t do it), but not without water, you need your body need it, your brain need it.
Eat something, yeah probably a lot of people told you, to eat healthy, and it’s true, but, those days when you have test, finals, projects, papers, a lot of stuff to do, and probably you are sobbing and even maybe dying because you don’t do your work when they told you, you don’t want to waste some time on makeing some healthy food, so eat a pizza, pizza is good, pizza is heaven (I love pizza and tacos, real mexican street tacos), pizza is the best thing in the world, and someone is doing it for you.
9. Ask for help.
Yes, if there is something you don’t understand, or don’t know how to do it, ask for it, your classmates, are good because they can explane you everything on ther own simple words, but if you still don’t understand, ask your teacher, they are for helping us, like really, they like to help, is their job. Never doubt about asking them.
And probably you can do a study group, where everyone help everyone, because you don’t understand physics, but you are good at english, and another classmates is the worst at english, help eachother, but really study, and don’t end doing nothing and eating pizza (even when pizza is the best thing in the world)
10. Background music.
Some persons like realxing and classic music, I’m one of them, but theres times, when I put some realxing playslist, and I end up sleeping for like the whole day.
There’s people who like everything on silence, I personally can’t do it in that way, or I freak out (thanks anxiety for be with me when nobody else is… sarcasm), I need to have, music, a movie or a TV show, so i can concentrate.
If you like pop music, rock music, indie, alternative, country (i love those two) put on, not to loud, but put it on, you need for concentrating, if you thing is insanity to have, you are insane. there’s people who need it, and there’s people who doesn’t, so please, never be like “I DON’T WANT TO HAVE A SHOW ON, BUT IF I DON’T I CAN’T STUDY”, you have it because you need it.
Like myself, when I’m at school, and everything is really quite, I star feeling bad, so I crack a joke, or star singing in my mind, I need some noise so I can still feel alive.

So I hope all these help you, it help me when i was on my last year of high school (four years ago), and I hope it help me when I star University (maybe on the summer).
Have a nice day.
A lot of Love.
T. xxx

im-not-one-of-your-demons  asked:

Hi i was curious were ypu going to make an ap exam study guide? If so i would love a copy to check out

Hello! I have posted some study guides. They can be found here. All of them are public Google Docs so you can download as PDFs, Word Documents, save them to your Google Drive, etc.

While I haven’t finished them all, here is where I get outside sources, along with the notes I already have. Have some topic outlines from the same site for more in-depth information! Practice tests, key vocabulary terms, timelines, and essays are also in abundance.

Happy studying!

anonymous asked:

I am a freshman this year and I was hoping to get a position in the daily bruin as a photogrqphy intern or social media handler. But I'm unsure how exactly my resume should look like since I don't have much of a work experience and don't know what it should contain and how it should look.

http://career.ucla.edu/portals/14/documents/pdf/careerguide/2015/ucla_careerguide_2015-2016_082615_1246pm_chapter5.pdf

This is from the UCLA Career Center. It gives tips on how to construct a resumer, and then if you scroll, it gives all kinds of sample resumes for specific purposes. There’s even a resume for “limited experience” if that applies to you!!

anonymous asked:

(Almost diagnosed anon) sorry, it's me again. I want to clarify about the diagnostic test thing. Obviously traits have to be present when your younger but younger kids have a diagnostic test which involves a specialist filming you as making you do activities and maybe asks you questions to see what you do, for older people you are asked questions on a paper. The former happened to me and I looked it up it's for 4-7 year olds being diagnosed, which is why it's uncommon for older people like me

(Diagnostic anon) as an update, I was allowed to email questions so sent a three page PDF document with sources about the errors in her points as I had a melt down and couldn’t be explain well in her office. I sent it through my mother and they only meet on Wednesdays so I am unsure what will happen. I meet the criteria for ASD even by her standards apart from the social reciprocity. Which I was explained, as it doesn’t come naturally to me at all, so I do qualify in that respect too!!


Uh, then we do things differently in France then ! Most adults actually do get a filmed interview as well as written questionnaires, even if I didn’t. Hopefully this won’t penalize you.

I think sending the document through your mother was an excellent move, if she supports you in your diagnosis process then you’re that much more likely to be taken seriously by the doctors.

I hope everything ends up well for you !

- Sister Cat