Bullet Journals are a diy planning system which can be a to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary. They are exteremely versatile and customisable! There’s so much examples online I’ve condensed some helpful resources into one masterpost!
*These are only recommendations, you don’t need any of these for a bullet journal but they’re just an example of some of the stuff I use in mine!*
Your essay’s conclusion can make or break your argument. The impression it leaves the reader with can stay with them long after they finish reading it. Despite it’s importance, the conclusion can be one of the most difficult sections to write, but it can be critical in transforming a standard essay into a compelling one. Here are a few things to think about when writing your next conclusion:
Mountain and funnel analogy The best english lit teacher I ever had once said your essay is like a mountain; your introduction and body paragraphs are your climb to the summit, and your conclusion is your chance to reflect on the journey. What parts stuck out the most? How did the journey contribute to what you see at the summit? Alternatively, she also offered the view of looking at your essay like a funnel. Each idea funnels down from its body paragraph to the conclusion, all contributing to the main idea of the essay or thesis. This is what your conclusion should highlight.
Do more than just reiterate the overview of your main arguments Don’t just give a basic overview of the main arguments, as if reading off a shopping list. This is the opportunity to draw links between ideas which were previously detached from one another. Demonstrate the subtleties of the ideas, how they are all interconnected on some level, and how they support your thesis.
Reference a counter argument or limitation A more insightful conclusion might give reference to a counter argument or limitation explained in a previous body paragraph. This shows to the reader you are capable of higher order thinking and recognising that your approach is not the only one.
Give your essay a sense of completeness A strong conclusion will leave the reader with a feeling of satisfaction which comes from completion. There are a few ways you can go about this:
Restate or echo your thesis - reuse key words in your thesis or the essay question throughout the conclusion to indicate to the reader that you have successfully answered the question
A final sentence largely composed of single syllables implies finality
Of course, these are only a few ways. There are many more!
Highlight the implications of your findings What is the significance of your findings? How does this reflect reality/current times? What is its relevance? These types of questions go beyond the scope of the essay and allow you to draw more profound conclusions of greater importance.
Look to the future Pose solutions to the problem, a potential course of action, or questions for further study! These can direct your reader to draw their own conclusions or to realise the larger implications.
What to avoid
rewriting your introduction - your conclusion is more than a rehash of your introduction; try to include any of the above topics to avoid this!
overused and clunky phrases such as ‘to conlcude’ and ‘in summary’ - these can be redundant and trite in writing and should be reserved for oral presentations
introducing new information or ideas - these should all ready be presented in the body paragraphs
overly sentimental or emotional remarks - this would be highly out of place in an analytical essay
restating your thesis from the introduction without any development - your thesis should evolve in the body paragraphs to allow you to draw insightful conclusions
I hope this is helpful for writing future essay conclusions! My inbox is open if you have any questions!!
I recently took a very helpful youth professional development course and learned some great things I’d love to share with everyone. This post will be especially helpful for first time resume writers, but there might be something in it for everyone.
1. What is a Resume?
A resume is a brief summary of your abilities, experience, and skills. It’s essentially a personal advertisement for your professional career, an opportunity to convince the employer that you are worth interviewing.
The average employer will only take about 15-20 seconds to read your resume.
It’s important that your resume is neat so the reader can find important information quickly.
Limit the resume to one page.
Standard font size is 11-12, but you can play with the font or margins to fit everything.
Start with your personal information at the top of the first page (name, address, phone number, and email address).
Keep the header centered and your name on top in BIG LETTERS.
If you are still in school or have little professional experience, this will likely be the first section in your resume.
Document your education and graduation year.
Include the location (city, state), but do not include the school address.
If you attend a school with a College Preparatory Curriculum, you may list that as a bullet underneath. If you are taking Honors or AP classes (or an international equivalent), feel free to list that as well.
4. Professional Experience
List your work experience in reverse chronological order - start with your most recent experience, and work backwards.
Include the employer name, city, state, and position title for each. Again, no addresses.
Record your dates of employment consistently, using a format like June 2016 - August 2015, or 6/15 - 8/15. Staying consistent will make your resume professional.
Place current jobs in the present tense, past jobs in the past tense.
Write short phrases, not full sentences (”performed experiments”, not “I performed experiments”). Start each description with an action word that describes your skills, responsibilities, or accomplishments.
Make sure you are specific about your responsibilities and don’t undersell yourself!
Most commonly listed skills are computer programs and softwares you are comfortable with, and languages you are fluent/proficient in.
Be honest! If you say you’re fluent in Spanish and you’re not, but your employer hires you for your Spanish abilities…. someone isn’t going to be pleased.
List skills that are relevant to your job - patience might be a good skill for working with children, while organized might be more suitable for an office setting.
6. Honors & Awards/Extracurriculars
List any honors or awards you have earned, including a brief explanation if the nature of the award is unclear.
List any activities that you have been involved in, making sure to include years of participation (again, be consistent with formatting). These can be in-school or outside-of-school activities.
7. General & Miscellaneous
Some safe fonts: Times New Roman, Garamond, Calibri, or Book Antiqua.
Make sure your email is professional! This has been repeated to death but it’s so, so, so important.
Likewise, if you list your personal cellphone number, make sure your voicemail message is appropriate. When in doubt, just revert back to the standard voicemail greeting.
I hope this was helpful for anyone just starting out with their resume. Please share this for those who need it. Best of luck!
Spell Checker - Checks your spelling and grammar and it gives you options on correcting your sentence.
Learn French - Learn French for free with worksheets, videos and through Skype Calls.
Vocabulary - Find vocabulary from books or type in your own words to get definitions. This is really useful for when you are reading a book and need a list of new vocabulary.
Fact Checker - Checks if any research and facts you have are correct or incorrect.
Dragon Dictation - Speak into the microphone and the app turns what ever you are saying into text. This saves time instead of typing out long essays you could just say it out and let the app type.
Periodic Table - Interactive periodic table where you can see information about each element
OneNote - You can make lists, take notes, and even share your notes with anyone. You can have these notes on any advice. (Also an app)
Popplet - Make a web diagram to put all your ideas on.
Evernote - Take notes and have them on any device. (Also an app)
Jot - Allows you to take notes on the “New Tab” page. (Google Chrome Extension)
Blocking Distracting Websites - Blocks websites you put into the blacklist for a certain amount of time. You are allowed a certain amount of time on the blacklist websites and you get to choose the time to set. (Google Chrome Extension)
Timer - This is a timer that stays in the corner of the web browser. This is really useful for allowing yourself a break and setting a timer for when your break should be finished.
Calendars - This website lets you make free calendars and print them.
Place a sticky note somewhere around your work area that says “Do Homework” or “Stay Focused” so when ever you see it you are reminded to do your work.
Make a list before starting homework or an assignment. Write down what you want to get done, what you are focusing on and what you want to learn after doing the assignment. From experience, when you have a list where you prioritize your work it is easier to focus on it.
Taking a Break:
Watch a TED Talk. They’re educational and entertaining. Use the Topics page to find a talk about something you like.
Take a walk outside to stretch out and to get some fresh air so your mind can focus later.
Grab a snack. Try to eat something healthy and light, avoid anything with a lot of fat and oil.
Draw or colour. If you aren’t very good at drawing then just scribble with a marker on a white board to do something relaxing before getting back to homework which can be stressful.
Do not go on the internet to check your email or notifications because you may get caught up and not realize how much time you are spending on the internet.
Do something you enjoy. This can be play an instrument, write, sing, dance, etc.
Tips/Tricks for School:
Join clubs that focus on things related to the classes you are taking. If your school offers science clubs join them because they could possibly make science class more fun and explain various topics you learned.
Keep a water bottle with you at all times during the school day because you never know when you might feel tired or nervous.
Listen to the daily announcements ! They usually talk about events coming up, what they are selling in the cafeteria, and about new clubs.
Keep extra pencils, sweatpants, pads, gum and granola bars in your locker just in case something occurs.
If you take public transit to school see if there are special offers for students. Most areas have some sort of discounted fare for students.
Pick your outfits for the week so you are prepared in the morning for every day of the week.
Take at least one fun class each year because that class allows you to relax and be in a positive environment. It also reduces your stress you may have from other classes.
Talk to your teacher, guidance counselor, and adults in the school so they can help you out with school work and possibly be easier on you when it comes to marking.
this post will consist of more general tips than how to, for instance, study intensively. i’ve linked some other helpful masterposts that’ll cover that more in depth than i will. good luck in all of your classes! you can do it!
there’s always gotta be that one class that’s harder than the rest to beat and maybe even harder just to pass. here are some tips and tricks that i hope can get you by and even exceed your expectations!
the night before:
review any and all material taught before your next class. skim over older notes that you have reviewed more in depth before and really begin to understand the ones from last class or a few before that.
you can do this by rewriting the notes from the previous class, making flashcards of definitions, or do whatever suits your studying style like walking around and reading notes aloud or making a mind map.
pack your bag! this is a general tip for all your school days but it’s important that you don’t forget anything for this class. one day without your notebook or binder can really set you back.
get a lot of rest. again, another general tip but depending on how early or late in the day your class is, you’re going to want to be energized and focused.
the morning of:
go through your normal routine with notes close by or flashcards in hand. it’s important for classes like these that you stay on top of things because things can move fast and you don’t want to be stuck on chapter one while the teacher is on chapter six.
a good way to implement this is read your notes while you’re eating breakfast or brushing your teeth. keep your mind active!
drink your tea or coffee, any boost will help. again, you’re going to want to stay focused and not asleep during this new lesson.
give yourself a pep talk! if the teacher is tough or lesson plan is seemingly impossible, let yourself know before you walk in the room that you can do it and everything will be okay.
stay diligent! if the time seems to be passing slower and slower try to remind yourself of what you need to be doing in that class. motivate yourself to keep going!
take thorough notes. write down as much as possible and if there are powerpoints online, print those out and write your notes next to it of what the teacher doesn’t mention on those slides.
try to sit close to the middle, a little towards the front. if this is a class with an intimidating teacher, it’s understandable to stay away from the very front. just make sure that you’re in a place where you can pay close attention to what is going on.
if you have any questions that didn’t get addressed in class, don’t be afraid to ask the teacher or a star student what something means or how it works.
stay away from the material for a bit. take a break! you can study later, just don’t let this class consume you.
get in touch with a friend in the class to do the homework with so you both can have someone to help you out if you get stuck on a question.
when receiving a bad grade:
everyone is bound to get that less than satisfactory grade at least once every semester (unless they’re a literal genius) and you’ll definitely get your fair share in a tough class like this one. here are some tips for dealing with it:
know that you can come back from it. check your grades as they are now and make sure you show yourself that you’re not doomed.
talk to a friend who is in the same boat as you and gripe about the test or quiz. it really helps to vent!
go over questions you got wrong if you can and understand how to do them right for the next time around.
if you can’t access the questions, review the material that the test focused on and go over any weak points.
improving your grade:
start a study group! chances are you’re not the only one struggling and having two or more other people that can progress with you through the class can really help!
if you’re more of lone wolf, make your own fun! play some games with yourself to liven up the studying and set rewards!
talk to your teacher about what you can do. don’t be afraid to ask for help from them! if you’re really in a pickle, they’ll be able to tell you what you have to do to get yourself out.
do any and all extra credit even if it’s inconvenient or tough to do.
Most of you have already started school and others still have a couple weeks left before the college quarter begins, but these tips can be used anytime throughout the semester/quarter! You’ve probably encountered other how-to’s with repetitive tips, (like don’t pull all nighters, or don’t slack or don’t wait til the last minute to do your homework), but I wanted to dive deeper into the understanding of yourself, how to perform your best, and how to avoid doing any of the same tips that you hear! I had to learn most of these while stumbling through school and college, so I hope this will help you start the new school year with a little more understanding about how you can retain new information and make it stick more effectively! Don’t forget to take frequent breaks inbetween studying, stay hydrated and take it easy!!
Hey! If you didn’t know, I have an studygram! I get asked a lot how I edit my posts, so I thought I’d share with you the process!
Step 1 Use natural lighting when taking your photos!! I use my phone (an iPhone 6) to take my photos. Because they’re for instagram, I have my camera set on “Square.” Then I just point and shoot! So this is my last instagram post, unedited:
I want to share this with everyone because when I found this out I was so happy. It’s something really easy to do and I found it out by chance when I was dinking around with my Overwatch graphics settings.
Overwatch allows you to take massive - I mean massive poster sized screenshots. How do you do this? In your Options in the first tab of the menu, the ‘Video tab’ there’s a segment called ‘Advanced’
just under graphics quality display. Click on that and you will open up a slew of options, but scroll down to the near bottom of that list and you will see a drop down menu that allows you to change the resolution of the screenshots you take.
I would recommend you play around with 3x-5x Resolution. 9x resolution will produce a 500MB BMP file which is MASSIVE. It will crash your game/ lag your computer out if you have a weak graphics card.
So instead of getting screenshots that are just probably at most around 1810 X 1018 (depending on your display). You will get a really nice massive scale images and the character details come out much more vividly.
If you haven’t already seen the editorial image for the new ‘Neo Noir’ collection from KIKO cosmetics then Google it now!!
It’s all about the eyes and subtle glowing skin, simply captivating! The PR company for KIKO contacted me and asked if would like to sample some of the new collection and naturally I said ‘YES’.
I just had to recreate the eyes from that image, and of course, I filmed it.