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3 Essential Tips for Studying

1. Time. Be ready to give some hours and completely dedicate your effort for that time. Studying doesn’t happen in 10 mins. You study when you read the chapter, take notes, ’re-read your notes and rereading the chapter. This is truly studying, and it takes time so prepare for that.

2. Food. To give hours of your time to study, you need to keep your body healthy too, and keep adding fuel to keep you going. This is essential because it encourages you. Keep small healthy food on your desk such as nuts, water, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, granola bars, low calorie foods such as carrots, cleary, or maybe a sandwich if your spending a lot of time at your desk.

3. Repetition. Keep reviewing every day, or every couple of days. This can be quick, with the essential topics and things to remember, (maybe written on index cards). Take the information and make convert it in several times in many ways such as index cards, study guides, quick notes, messy notes into decorative pretty notes, annotated notes, etc. This is a well rounded way to study so you are always active and not bored with the information so you’ll trick your brain to pay more attention!

SIX OF CROWS dice!

They come complete with a branded Six of Crows velvet pouch and game rules. (We played the game at Crow Cottage this weekend and it is ridiculous fun.) Want them? There are two ways to make them yours.

1. Come out to see me on tour, buy a copy of any book from the Grisha Trilogy (paperback or hardcover) at the event store (yes, we’ll have them at YALLFest too) and the dice are free with your purchase. Supplies are limited so heed my warning!

10/31 - Grisha Halloween at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL 7pm

11/1 - Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA 5pm

11/3 - Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA 6pm

11/4 - Gibson’s, Concord, NH 6pm

11/5 - Jones Library (w/ Odyssey Books), Amherst, MA 6pm

11/6 - Books of Wonder, New York, NY 6pm

11/8 - YALLFest, Charleston, SC (details TBA)

11/9 - Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN 2pm

2. Reblog or retweet this post with the tag #SixofCrows and be entered to win one of five sets we’re giving away online! Contest is open internationally.

*All goodies designed by the inimitable Kayte Ghaffar, Master Fabrikator.

Tips You Need to Know on Preparing for Exams (in college)

1. You need to know the format of the exam. Is it multiple choice, essay, open response, oral presentation? It really helps to know the format because you can start from there. 

2. You need to know when the exam will be. Its usually in the syllabus, but if not, as your professor. Write in down in your calendar. Circle it in big, bright colors. If you miss your exam, you are doomed! Know as you are studying throughout the weeks and count down to the exam so you know how much time to spend studying. 

3. You need to know where the exam will be. Is it going to be across campus in a building you have never heard of? If so, you need to go see it for yourself exactly where it is at least the day before, because you will panic when you don’t find it 5 mins before the exam starts because you ‘thought you knew’ where it was, but there was no one in there or you walk in on a psychology class looking stupid as you ask, “I thought this was my Calculus 127 Exam class.” The professor will not care that you got lost. She or he will expect that you know it or at least ask a day before the exam. 

4. You need to know that you have to schedule your study time however you need to. Yes, you, all by yourself, need to go to the library without your mom calling you, and telling you to go make something of the thousands of dollars she is spending on you. You know your schedule. Make time to study, or you will fail. 

5. You need to know not to have an anxiety attack the night before. Did you do everything you were supposed to? Did you space out your studying and spent enough time and effort into it? If the answer is yes, then don’t stay up late worrying, or worse, pulling an all nighter because you think you will learn more information. All nighters are terrible before the test. You are better off going to the gym the night before, shake off some nerves, and sweat it out. 

6. You need to know to eat before the test. Hearing your stomach growl as you are trying to concentrate on passing this class is not going to help you, only put you in a bad mood, which is scientifically proven reduces test scores. So, go eat and be happy. Also, keep a water bottle with you, so you don’t have to go find a water fountain on the other side of the building and save time. Finally, go to the bathroom before the exam starts, that saves some more time :) 

7. You need to know to come prepared for the exam. Do you need certain books? Are you supposed to hand in an essay due before? Bring extra pencils and pens, you’re not in kindergarten anymore. Are you allowed to bring a calculator? Does your teacher let you have some helpful stuff for it, such as class notes, etc?

8. You need to know specifically what will be on the exam and what will not. Sometimes students try to learn everything when the professor told them the specific pages/chapters/lecture slides that will be on the test. Don’t waste your time memorizing or reading things that are never going to be asked of you. 

9. You need to know to go to class review sessions. Students often think this is useless because its only an hour or two, but this is so not true. I had a professor who went over the actual exam in the session and people who came to the session scored As and the ones who didn’t show, maybe because they thought they could study better on their own, scored much lower. Ask specific questions that you need to clear up. But also, if you didn’t go to class all semester and you show up asking, “so what is calculus?”, the professor will not be so amused by you. 

10. You need to know that the first exam actually counts, and is most likely the easiest test out of the whole semester. If you fuck this up, you will need to try so hard to balance it out with a  good grade, however exams get typically harder as the semester goes on.

—  Me

Okay, guys, here it is! The Dregs shall hereafter be known as (insert trumpets, crashing cymbal noises, someone screams in the distance)

SIX OF CROWS

So why the title change? There were concerns that the word “dregs” was unfamiliar to a lot of readers, but it also came down to the fact that while some of the members of Kaz’s crew are also members of the gang known as the Dregs (one of the worst in the Barrel natch), some aren’t, and this book is about Kaz and his crew more than it’s about the gang.

Why Six of Crows? Well, crows are allll over this book and they’re important to Kaz in particular. More to be revealed in 2015 and you can come on out and ask me all about it on my tour!

10/31 - Grisha Halloween at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL 7pm

11/1 - Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA 5pm

11/3 - Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA 6pm

11/4 - Gibson’s, Concord, NH 6pm

11/5 - Jones Library (w/ Odyssey Books), Amherst, MA 6pm

11/6 - Books of Wonder, New York, NY 6pm

11/8 - YALLFest, Charleston, SC (details TBA)

11/9 - Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN 2pm

We’re going to have an amazing Six of Crows related gift with purchase at all of these stops (while supplies last blee blah bloo) and I’ll be reading from the new book at most of them. (Not at Yallfest because honestly that would be weird. But you should still come to Yallfest because YALLFEST.)

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a little bit more about Kaz, Inej, Wylan, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias this week. I can’t wait to share more about them and this story in the new year. And I can’t wait to see some of you on the road in just a few weeks! Come stare directly into my eyes and tell me of your customs.

xo

Come see the following UMass Amherst MFA students read short selections from their fiction next Wednesday, November 20, at 5:30 pm at Amherst Books, 8 Main Street in Amherst:

  • Shastri Akella
  • Jane Dykema
  • Rachel Hinkel
  • Anu Jindal
  • Zoe Mungin
  • Ryan Shea
  • Mike Schoch
  • Duffie Taylor
  • Jeff Wasserboehr
  • Kyle Whitmus
  • Daniel Williams