Hey guys! So I’ve been receiving questions regarding my note-taking style and strategy for quite some time now but I believe I have never answered them in detail. The good news is, I finally decided to make a post about this (plus, I had fun making the graphics :D). Note that I am a visual learner, so my note-taking methods may not be effective for some of you, but I hope you can all learn something.

Class Notes

I only use one notebook for all my class notes, an A4 grid notebook whose pages I divide into two columns.

I use the outline method for in-class notes, which means I write information chronologically, in the order that they are taught. Some teachers do not have properly structured presentations/lessons (good thing my physics teacher does) so when in need, I use arrows to connect related information.

Abbreviations to me are one of the most important things to master when taking notes. I personally make them up as I go along. Some examples of abbreviations I use are:

  • w/c - which
  • w/ - with
  • cpd - compound
  • envt - environment
  • digenz - digestive enzyme

It might be confusing, but to me, knowing the context and part of speech are enough for all abbreviations to be comprehended.

Here’s an example: ‘Indonesia’s tsunami pre-warning system is made up of two types of components’ could become ‘Indo’s snmi pre-warn sys 2 type comp’.

After Class

The first thing I would do is highlight keywords and terminology (and sometimes formulas). For physics, since my teacher is relatively succinct, I don’t really highlight, but for humanities and biology, I look for words that would be expected by a mark scheme, words that are crucial to the understanding of each particular piece of information.

I would then check if the material taught coincides with the syllabus, and if not, note down any points that are missing or have yet to be taught. You could write these on a post it or on the syllabus itself, but I prefer to highlight the syllabus’ pdf file.

Rewritten Notes

My rewritten notes are arranged based on the order they appear in the syllabus unless there are pieces of information that are related to more than one topic.

I use a black pen for rewriting notes as well as colored pens to write keywords and terminology only. I know some people who write whole sentences in colored pens but to me that is ineffective; we all have our own learning styles. When making tables, I usually use different colors for different columns (see the table for different types of radiation above) which is most often the color I associate with each word. For example, water would be blue, ocean would be a darker shade, ice would be a lighter shade, and water vapor would be purple.

I still abbreviate words in my rewritten notes, but they’re not as condensed as the ones in my class notes. Another thing I find helpful is leaving a bit of space between separate points especially if the page doesn’t have a lot of diagrams. I can’t think linearly, so I can’t remember super lengthy bullet points.

I use mildliners and a drawing pen to make my diagrams (more of these in my biology notes) but I only start with pencil if it’s a complex diagram. I rarely highlight my rewritten notes, but even if I do, it’s usually only the headings and formulas.

I don’t have a rough draft for my notes, but I try to visualize the layout. I try to alternate between words and pictures/diagrams so that when I’m sitting for an exam, all I have to do is imagine that I’m looking at that page and I can remember where everything is.

Well, that’s all from me. I hope that this information could be of some use to every single one of you. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions if you’re confused about note-taking or any other problems you might have :)

Ok so, we all know the chumhandle abbreviations consist of the letters for the four DNA bases (ATCG), so consider a kidswap based on what the inverse of their handle is. If my 10the grade biology memory is correct it’s A is the inverse of T and C is the inverse of G.

So it’d be:

AA-TT: Aradia Lalonde
AT-TA: Tavros Captor
TA-AT: Sollux Nitram
CG-GC: Karkat Pyrope
AC-TG: Nepeta Strider
GA-CT: Kanaya Zahhak
GC-CG: Terezi Vantas
AG-TC: Vriska Makara
CT-GA: Equius Maryam
TC-AG: Gamzee Serket
CA-GT: Eridan Egbert
CC-GG: Feferi Harley
GT-CA: John Ampora
TT-AA: Rose Megido
TG-AC: Dave Lejion
GG-CC: Jade Peixes


Saturday 17 december || 007/100

As promised, the tutorial on how I make my flashcards!

The flashcards I use are from HEMA. They are 10.5 x 7.5 cm, ruled and made from very sturdy paper. I recommend getting pre-cut flashcards because cutting them yourself 1) will cost you a lot of time and 2) you probably won’t have thick enough paper available

  • I like to use flashcards for information that is easily summarized into a handful of bulletpoints and doodles!

  • I start off with a nice front card that tells me clearly what subject the cards are for, the content and the date.

  • The color of the header sets the color code for the entire set of cards. This way, it’s easier for me to retrieve lost cards.

  • A key/legend can be added to the back of the front card. Here you can for instance write down all the frequently used abbreviations. Since they might be unusual abbreviations, you may want to jot them down here so you won’t forget what they mean!

  • Then come the actual flashcards. I start off with the course abbreviation and card number (this is also to retrieve lost cards and prevent the cards from getting switched).

  • Then I write down the question. It needs to be long enough for the answer to fill the card, but also not too long. Sometimes I will add below that what kind of answer I need (e.g. 5 examples, 2 names and 2 main points)
  • Add doodles! I like doing this whenever the material (and space) allow it. Add anything that will help you remember the facts.
  • I get the questions and answers from lecture slides, my own notes or e.g. from a textbook.

Studying with flashcards is easy:

  •  Read the question on the front
  • Answer it in your head, but out loud if you can
  • Check the answer(s)
  • If you got the right answer: go, you!
  • If you didn’t get it right, read the right answer thoroughly. Then put it back into the stack, a few cards later.
  • Repeat :)
  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT make a separate stack for cards you keep getting wrong. You’ll only wire your brain to remember that this info is something that you do not know. Keep repeating them together with the other cards, and keep going until you get (almost) everything right!

I hope this will help you guys to start studying with flashcards. They can be immensely helpful as they encourage active learning and you can carry them basically everywhere!

Study on!

soul eater typing styles
  • maka: she lets her phone autocorrect most things, and while she's a fan of proper punctuation, she doesn't really bother to capitalize things unless she does it for Emphasis. when her syntax is perfect, however, you know she's pissed.
  • soul: this boy must hate holding a phone. he shortens all his words, abbreviates a bunch, and is generally extremely inconsistent w/ his style. most people think he's crytyping because he doesnt bother to correct typos. uses the word "prolly" a lot.
  • black*star: this kid will hurl every fucking emoji at you dont even test him. the 100 and laugh-crying emojis are his favorite. caps lock is his best friend. you'll never want to read the phrase "MAD GAINS" again after talking to him.
  • tsubaki: generally, a warm and welcoming typing style! she loves to use exclamation points and typed emoticons, such as ":0" and ":)". sometimes she shortens words, but not very often. replies very late.
  • death the kid: proper syntax, also he doesn't understand shortened abbreviations one bit. what does LOL mean? google is his best friend.
  • liz: cattiest damn typing style ever. she loves the word "binch" and over-uses the side-eye emoji. she wont capitalize even if her life depended on it and often doesnt really use punctuation.
  • patti: XD i maed u a cookie but i eated it O.o
  • (no but seriously. she puts up this typing shtick sometimes to rile people up, sometimes because it's fun. she can be pretty damn intelligent with her typing if you let her, though.)
#106 - For hermosadecadencia, thesambuca, & placidus

Filling the prompts “van being in love with this girl while meeting the reader and they become friends and all but she breaks up with him and van is a fucking mess like drunk everyday and all that and the reader just stays with him and they slowly fall in love” from @hermosadecadencia and “a relationship … built on music” from @thesambuca and  "van dating a guy when you meet / before you get together ? because van mcpann is a blessing" from @placidus

With a record in each hand, a decision had to be made. Bowie. Joy Division. Technically, both could have been bought. It would just mean you’d be eating more two minute noodles that week. You quickly surveyed the room to see if there was anyone around that could help. There was a girl at the counter, but she was a) on her phone and looked busy with that, and b) was so pretty you felt nervous at the thought of even asking her opinion. There was a group of girls over in the ‘just in’ section frothing about The 1975. A guy with a mohawk that reached high into the air appeared to be also agonising over a decision; his was between Cannibal Corpse and The Doors. You hoped he picked Jim. The only other person in the store was a normal looking guy. He was flicking through the film soundtracks. 

Approaching him slowly, he turned to you. His smile was invitation for conversation, and you held the two records up. “Please help,” you said. He laughed and took them from you.

“Well, both are staples in your collection, yeah? So you can’t go wrong. But, would 'ave Joy Division done so well if Curtis hadn’t… you know?” the guy said. 

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Some headcanons about Oswald and Ed’s childhoods/earlier lives, and then of their lives together.

(the childhood sections are both pretty depressing, and Ed’s in particular has some details of ableism and emotional and physical abuse)

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deh technology headcanons

- connor texts with absolutely no punctuation/capitalization and it drives everyone nuts, but he likes it bc it makes him feel edgy

- except friggin jared who uses all the dorky text lingo/abbreviations/can’t (or doesn’t) spell

- jared will have days where he only texts in emojis 

- evan doesn’t send a text without reviewing it multiple times for spelling/grammar

- evan is inconsolable over the smallest of typos 

- grammar nazi evan??

- jared hates it when he has to leave his game/youtube video/website to respond to a text(bc his ghetto off brand phone is lame and he has to leave apps to reply) so he refuses to reply to anyone unless they message him via google’s chat feature bc that’s the one messaging system he can utilize while multi tasking

- jared’s wallpaper is a selfie

- connor loves snapchat filters 

- alana’s guilty pleasure is whisper 

-EDIT- when i say grammar nazi Evan, i just mean that he’s hyper aware of grammar, not that he would be a brat and correct others

AD is the new NAT

(Hey guys! It @lying-little-legend back with another theory. Upon doing a re-watch of the second season of PLL, I couldn’t help but compile a mass of different thoughts pertaining to the NAT Club into a new theory. I don’t know if anyone within the fan base has made similar allusions to the significance of the mysterious entity of AD or written a theory quite like this before, so I am open to your input! Warning: This theory is incredibly LONG but I definitely think it’s worth the read! …I hope you guys will enjoy it and without further ado, let’s jump right into the theory!)

What does NAT stand for anyway, Need A Therapist?

To provide a bit of a preface, I’d like to discuss the formerly notorious group introduced in Season 2. I’m sure that fans of Pretty Little Liars are familiar with the infamous Latin phrase, Nos AnimadvertoTotus, translated, “We See All”, in English. Abbreviated NAT, this secret club was thought up and founded by Jason Dilaurentis – Alison Dilaurentis’ older half-brother. Alongside the likes of Garrett Reynolds and Ian Thomas, (as well as an alleged mystery-member), Jason ran a covert operation intended to film unsuspecting Rosewood citizens, gathering personal information and untold secrets in the process. They were more or less, outsiders looking in.

…Why is this relevant to A.D.? Well, I’m inclined to believe that it is all the bit relevant in understanding the mythology and origin of our new big bad! Because –A has always been one step ahead of the liars’, one to see all, with his/her eyes on ultimate endgame. Marlene King, executive producer of Pretty Little Liars, has been quoted recently, hinting that the letters A and D account for one of the BIGGEST and most crucial clues in discovering the identity of our endgame menace. Well, I think that’s because A and D stand for something; not initials to a name or signal of the afterlife, but a particularly telling phrase… in Latin!

Absolutum Dominium, translated in English as “Absolute Domination”, could very well be what the letters A and D stand for. It is my belief that A.D. has taken a page out of the NAT  Club manual, adapting the use of a forgotten language to conceal his/her identity – all while making clear that THEY are the ones in complete control. Similarly to how the uber in Uber A describes a supreme presence, the phrase absolutum dominium is directly linked to a presence of extreme ownership or power. So whether the two entities are separate or working in either alliance or rivalry, Uber A and A.D. have their hearts set on total control over the –A game!

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So a particularly sassy barista called Antönias serves the characters of The Mortal Instruments in present day Alicante’s sole mundane business. 

Things get interesting.

(Loosely inspired by this glorious post.)

Math issue of the day: you give me |A|. I ask you: is this an absolute value? A length? A determinant? It does not matter, you say. It is all just |A|. 

(Later, you abbreviate parallel as ||. It does not help matters.)

tfw you start writing a fic but you’re still in Tumblr Mode™ (all lowercase, abbreviations/acronyms, informal modern slang, bad grammar) and forget to write properly, but then when you finally get into the writing, you go back onto tumblr and are suddenly in Fic Mode™ (proper capitalization and grammar, formal writing appropriate to the time period, everything spelled out) and forget you’re back on tumblr

anonymous asked:

Hi Julia! Any tips in making a poster for a conference? What did you use to make your poster?

Hi Anon! I’m happy to help!

I use Powerpoint to make my posters (which can also be saved as a pdf file if necessary). 

Here’s one of mine at 26% zoom (actual size next to me here!). (Sorry I can’t show any more detail; the stuff hasn’t been published yet)

You can adjust the size of the powerpoint to the desired poster size by going to File > Page Setup and then choosing “Custom” for “Slides sized for:”. Adjust the Width and Height and confirm the “Orientation” of your Slides is what you want (Portrait or Landscape). I used the following dimensions for my above poster:

Determine your poster size before starting on your poster as resizing after the fact may crop some images/text. 

Be sure to a) check with the size requirements as per the conference poster guidelines, as well as b) the maximum printing size for wherever you’re getting your poster printed at (places usually have a height maximum due to the size of their paper). 

If you google image “academic poster samples” a bunch of posters pop up for you to draw inspiration on layouts, but in general it’s these main categories

  • (Title, Authors, Affiliations, Institutional logos if desired)
  • Abstract
  • Introduction (can include separate sections of Background, and Purpose & Approach if desired)
  • Methods
  • Results (Figures/Tables/Graphs) - usually in the middle of the poster aka the center of attention
  • Summary of Results
  • Conclusions/Discussion
  • References/Bibliography (not required, only put if you have room or want to give a shout-out to your lab’s papers)
  • Acknowledgements and/or Disclaimers (such as funding sources)

Some other general tips:

  • Check out other examples of posters at your institution. Take a mental note of what you like/don’t like. Also check with your mentor or program if they have templates ready to go. Every institution will also have official logos you can use (or even a quick google image should do it, though ones provided by your institution will be of higher quality). 
  • The figures/tables/graphs in the Results section are the most important and should be easy to read and understand. They should be of high image quality, have titles (one title can be used to described a group of related figures if applicable) and figure legends (that can describe the figure alone without the need for the reader to go through the methods or results). This should include explanations of all abbreviations, symbols (such as stats), what any arrows mean, etc. Essentially someone who has a basic understanding of your field and methods should be able to look at your figures and understand your entire poster. In addition, when you present your poster, you will be using your figures to guide you, so make sure they tell the whole story.
  • Also consider if you need any figures/diagrams as part of the Introduction, Methods, or Conclusions (say to explain a biological process or proposed theory or complicated protocol). 
  • Fonts should be legible to the audience. 25 or 28 pt font is the smallest I’ll ever go. 
  • I have a separate powerpoint file that I use to dump all my figures (even those i don’t end up using). It’s also a good way to organize the order (as ppt slides are easy to move around). I also don’t like to do any figure manipulations on my actual poster file (the less moving pieces on a file that large just makes life easier imo). I do all that in my figures dump ppt and then screenshot the final version for my poster. That’s just what’s worked for me though; you may find another method to be more streamlined. 
  • The less text, the better. Enough text is necessary so someone reading your poster without you present will understand it, but not too much text to intimidate someone from approaching. 
  • Get feedback and go through multiple revisions. Very important! I usually will have my PI look over my poster continuously at least 2 weeks before printing for feedback. For example, sometimes wording is really important, or I may miss a technical detail in a figure legend, and these nuances are best picked out by someone with much more experience (like a PI). Also you never know what your PI or mentor may not want you divulging to a general audience (for fear of being scooped). 
  • And related, proofread to the best of your ability. Will you discover a typo an hour into your poster presentation that you didn’t catch before? Probably. Happens to all of us. That’s ok, but try your best to make sure your care and attention to detail shows. 
  • Make it aesthetically pleasing. I know it’s all about the data and information of course, but also think human psychology and what catches someone’s eye–color*, organization, flow, neat lines, clear images, etc. If your poster draws the attention of someone who wasn’t planning on stopping by, then that’s one more person who got exposed to your hard work! (*Don’t always rely on color to organize your variables on graphs, etc; use shapes too, to be considerate to the color-blind)
  • Also keep in mind that some colors on your computer screen may look different (lighter or darker or fuzzier) when printed (depending on the paper and ink quality). It’s best to have some buffer time between when you need to leave/present and when you receive your printed poster for any issues related to a final print of your poster in case you need them fixed. 
  • Somewhere in the poster (like at the very bottom) I like to put a disclaimer that states: “This presentation is the intellectual property of the author/presenter. Contact them at __my email__ for permission to reprint and/or distribute.” We had to do it for a conference I went to and I thought it was a really good idea. Doesn’t hurt, and somewhat protects me/my data. 

Hmmmmmm I think that’s all I can squeeze from my brain! I hope it helped, or gave you inspiration for your own ideas! Let me know if you have any other questions, and good luck at the conference! You’re going to do great :)

(If anyone else has any suggestions to add, please do!)

I just wanted to say something about shipping to the newer KHR fans/people that are getting into the fandom from the hype the collab promotional video aroused; many people have become curious about KHR and started to get into it (I’m so happy!! I love seeing new fans/making new friends). A lot of people have been getting confused with shipping in the fandom; the numbers and letters and everything is foreign to people that are in fandoms such as Haikyuu, Kuroko no Basket, Naruto, etc etc.

Most fandoms use name-mashing which is putting the names of characters together to create a ship name. The KHR fandom does not do that.

Say you ship Kageyama and Hinata from Haikyuu; their ship name is kagehina and people abbreviated the names to form the ship.

Now say you ship Hibari and Tsuna (KHR obviously). You’d think the ship name would be something like hibatsuna right? Nope. We don’t do the name abbreviations/mashing. Each character in KHR is assigned a number or letter by the creator or fandom. Tsuna’s is 27 (you see the number on his gloves) and it states that on the wiki. Hibari’s is 18 (also on the wiki) so if you’re shipping them, it’d be 1827. The character Dino Cavallone is abbreviated to the letter “D”. So the ship Dino x Hibari is D18.

Some ships actually do name mashing though! The characters Belphegor and Fran’s ship name is just “belfran”. Technically Fran’s number is 26 but it never caught on I guess? I dunno about that one.

If you look up “KHR shorthands” on google there’s sure to be a list of all the abbreviations; It might take awhile to get used to it, but trust me, it’s pretty useful in the long run. There’s some ships that just… wouldn’t work would a number assigned. It’d just be confusing as hell. Well anyways, I hope that cleared stuff up! It’s pretty simple to follow, just takes a bit to adapt.

– love from mod aubrey 💖

anonymous asked:

I had no idea Miri was short for Miriam... it makes sense, I've heard all the abbreviations. I just never put it together for some reason... or maybe i just missed posts that had it... ANYWHO Congratulations on graduating! College sucks (took me too long to get trough it), but after that things are wonderful! No one to stop you form getting pets and eating family size bags of chips in one sitting. - the Granny Miriam

I can’t wait to eat cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thanks granny Miriam! *Miri*

Originally posted by wonho-be-mine

anonymous asked:

what do u hate about twenty one pilots


ok first of all the band/fanbase seems VERY elitist when it comes to ~not being like those OTHER UNINTELLIGENT rappers~ (see: drake, nicki, travie etc)

u notice a theme there lmao (not to mention lane boy is racist af)

another thing is that the fanbase goes on and on and ON about how ~the CLIQUE IS SO ACCEPTING  WE LOVE EVERYONE~ but will defend a LITERAL TRANSPHOBE over listening to ACTUAL trans ppls complaints

yet ANOTHER elitist esque thing is how the band is like “if u abbreviate our band w NUMBERS and dont TYPE IT OUT u dont ~get our band~” like????????

 ok first of all WHAT is the POINT of abbreviations  exactly???? convenience. and they want u to Not do That

second of all there may be people who find it physically easier to process the post when the abbreviation is  typed out in numbers  (be it dyslexia or not being native to english ) and they want u to Not Do That

third of all???? like… let ppl fuckin abbreviate ur fuckin bands title however the FUCK they want FUCK OFF

ok final gripe i have and its just i dont like their music lmao

7.8/10 too much deep not enough Fun

Random poll for readers of Being to Timelessness

Here on my blog, I abbreviate all the titles to initials: TMMOT, TISAF, and FANA. And I’m curious: do you read those as initials, or as a word?

I read TMMOT as initials, but say “tee-saf” and “fana.” This is a poll with no right or wrong answer–I’m just curious.