This was originally for an article writing assignment, but I thought “why not write something I can also post on my blog?” so here are three study methods that I haven’t seen a lot of in the studyblr community but are definitely worth mentioning.
The Leitner System
Flash cards have remained one of the
most popular ways to study. Some people use them to memorize vocabulary,
remember answers to specific questions, or even associate dates with events.
Although the use of flash cards is convenient, their effectiveness has been
reduced due to most people’s habits of prioritizing each card equally and
therefore spending too much time memorizing the information on them.
The Leitner System, created by a German
popularizer of science named Sebastian Leitner, is a more efficient method of
studying that implements the concept of spaced repetition. All the cards start
off in one pile. You would first scan through these cards, then test yourself.
Each card you answer correctly goes to a second pile, while those you answer
incorrectly should be revised then placed at the bottom of the pile. When you
review the cards in the second pile and get them correct, they will be promoted
to a third pile. An incorrect card will always get demoted to the first pile,
even if they had previously been promoted to the last pile.
The reason why this method is so
effective is that you end up reviewing the first pile of cards more frequently—the
cards you don’t know very well. Some people choose to review their Stack 1
cards every day, Stack 2 cards every other day, Stack 3 cards once every three
days, and so on.
Once all your cards have been promoted
to the highest box, study them thoroughly and then start over. The continuous
revision trains your speed so that you may reach fluency, which allows you to
recall the information faster.
The name tells it all: you memorize a
certain text within a time limit, normally around five to ten minutes depending
on your fluency and memorization abilities. When the timer starts, you begin
memorizing. When time is up, you flip to the next page, even if you haven’t
finished the previous page yet. Continue until you’ve gone through all your
memorization helps you to discipline yourself because your brain thinks
that there’s no time for messing around; you have to do this here and now. Make
sure to repeat the things you missed and revise everything frequently. This
method is actually one of the most effective for cramming as it gives a better
coverage than if you spend a whole half hour memorizing one subtopic.
The Memory Palace or Mind Palace
familiar? In BBC’s Sherlock, the ‘highly functioning sociopath’ uses this
method to remember vital information and facts. A mind palace is a systematic
arrangement of information, each detail corresponding to a specific object in a
familiar place. To ensure that you really remember everything, the objects have
to appear shocking and conspicuous.
example: if I wanted to memorize “crimson, 11, delight, petrichor (the smell
after rain)”, aside from imagining Amy Pond or the Doctor saying it, I would
first choose a place, let’s say my school. I’d imagine myself walking up to the
front gate and seeing that the entire building has been painted the color of
blood—crimson. The building would then rise as though it were lifted from the
earth and crumble into rubble, controlled by Eleven, the character from
Stranger Things. Now, since I can’t really picture delight specifically, I’d
probably end up visualizing a colossal sign that simply reads “delight” posted
in front of my school. As for petrichor, I’d imagine curves rising out of the
puddles on the asphalt after a rainy night, a visual representation of the
smell of the rain. Of course, these visualizations have been created to suit my
memory. (I wouldn’t know if you watched Stranger Things.)
I used this
method when memorizing case studies for geography, although I chose to
visualize fictional places from television series and cartoons. Some people do
opt to create artificial places, but these often become blurry and are easily
As with any
study method, repetition is vital to storing the information in your long-term
memory. Visit your “palace” as often as you can. Soon enough, you’ll remember
the data as well as you remember the place associated with the data.
So there you have it, three lesser known methods of studying that have proven to be immensely efficient. Now, there is no “correct” way to study, but there are methods that can ease your learning process.
I don’t know who the fuck is responsible for the sudden spike in popularity of these things are. These “fidget spinners” were meant to be for students who have sensory issues and/or attention problems in school. Two specific diagnoses that pop into mind are: autism and add/adhd, but these tools are NOT limited to just them. They were meant as a TOOL to aid these students in the classroom.
What sickens me is that advertisers are taking advantage of the clueless public (or are ignorant to the real purpose of these) trying to market these as the “cool, new toy that everyone wants!” NO! Unless your kid has actually been diagnosed with something where your doctor says this would benefit them, DO NOT GET THEM THIS!
Please, as someone in the mental illness community, I beg of you, DO NOT BUY THESE to be “just toys” for your kids. Unless your doctor has told you this would be a beneficial tool, DO NOT BUY THEM.
A/N: This idea was sprouted by one of those ads we’re the two people are texting about something really agnsty or suspenseful and you have to download the app to see the whole story. I loved the idea so much and thought no one would be more suited for it than Void. I want to thank @writing-obrien for seriously helping me out with this when I was completely stumped. Also @celestial-writing because this fic would not be finished if it weren’t for her motivating me to push through up until the very end. And @sarcasticallystilinski too for all her feedback. I think they all edited this at some point too so thank you beautiful babes, I love you all more than most. Lastly, Koneko is Japanese for kitten so says google translater. I’m sorry if I got that wrong.
Hey!! I wanted to tell you that I love your art so much!! I hate to be [that person] that requests something but,, if the master could say something to himself as a child, what do you think that he would say?
1. frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
Did you know that when you
push someone so far off a ledge,
their heart stops beating for minutes at a time
because they’re scared you’re gonna
push them all the way off?
Did you know that when
you decide you’re not going to push them
all the way off that ledge,
they’re not going to want to stay with you
any longer; they’re not going to want to
stick around to see if the next time,
you will push too far?
I push people so far away from me,
arms length isn’t in my vocabulary.
This is bodies of water worth away;
the Pacific Ocean has nothing on me—
I’ll push people so far,
they won’t be able to see my face but
when they finally decide they need to leave,
I will swim the length of the ocean to
pull them back to me.
Did you know that it doesn’t matter
if you swim oceans worth of water
to make it back to the person you don’t want to lose
because you almost killed them when you
teased them, holding them off
that ledge; do you realize that
they aren’t going to want
to stay, no matter how much you wheeze
from the trek to and from where
you left them?
2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
Touch me on the shoulder and
push my hair behind my ear and
whisper to me that you love me and
tell me I’m beautiful and that you
need me and need me and need me and
I will never stop loving every inch of you
one morning you wake up and you
leave too early or you
forget to say goodbye or
you just exist as you are but
don’t remind me that I’m okay and
I decide that you’ve begun to hate me
and in turn I hate you right back
I remember that I love you and
if you leave me I will never be able to breathe again and
I love you and I love you and I love you and
it feels like you’re ignoring me and
I just want you to love me
I realize I have to leave you before
you leave me; and you, inevitably, will leave me so
I decide you no longer mean a thing.
3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
Laugh and I’ll laugh with you,
cry and I’ll cry too.
Say something cute and I will
say it again later when you’re not there and
tell me your favorite color and
it will be my favorite color too.
Not only will it be my favorite color but
I’ll paint it on my apartment walls and
I’ll buy a whole new wardrobe with nothing
but clothes that color and
tell me that you love high heels and
I’ll buy 60 pairs and when you dye your hair,
suddenly I’ll do my hair the same way.
Laugh and I’ll laugh too,
cry and I’ll cry too.
Hate someone and I’ll hate that person with you and
love a celebrity and I’ll love her too and
I’ll paste her posters all over my apartment walls and
I’ll watch all her movies and
listen to all her music and
you’re gonna think we are just
/ so, so alike / when really,
you make a move and I mimick you;
you make a move and I say JINX in my head
as if we moved at the same time and
you’ll owe me a soda even though really
I owe you a personality but
I don’t have the capacity to afford one.
4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging.
When I drive to therapy I am running late
because I am always running late and
I drive my car too close to the side where
the parked cars sleep for the night
and I hit a side mirror with my own and
drive away so fast I drive through a stop sign
right next to a preschool and
at therapy she asks me why I am being
so reckless and impulsive and I say,
“What are you talking about?” because
I can’t understand that my behavior
is at all impulsive
I don’t eat all day because I want control until
night comes and I eat and
I eat and I eat and
and the toilet bowl calls out to me and
I vomit until the veins in my eyes
streak red lines in their white and
I look like the monster that I feel I am.
5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self- mutilating behavior.
In a moment of absolute and utter hopelessness I think to myself,
“If I kill myself she will feel so fucking bad,”
and I swallow bottles of pills because
I think I want to die and I also want
the people who did me wrong to feel
the same ache that I have in my chest because of
what they did to my heart.
I am angry with my friend and she
thinks that I will cope the same as any
normal person and I go home / after our / fight / and /
I take a blade / to the soft flesh of my wrists ///
and slice ////// until the bathtub fills with red
and /// I think to myself,
“that will fucking show her.” ////
(I don’t tell her what I did. I want her
to know but the pain calms the anger;
the blood is enough.)
6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood
I sit in my apartment with Friends
playing on the TV and I laugh along
with the annoying laugh track and then
I drop an empty cup on the carpet and
I scream out with rage as if
the cup was filled with acid and
it burned through the carpet and hard floor
even though the fucking cup
was fucking empty.
7. Chronic feelings of emptiness
Do I even have a heart
beating in my chest?
How can I be alive when
I’m nothing more than
an empty shell?
8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger
As a teenager, doctors were desperate
to explain away my emotions;
they would say that I was just
an angry girl and that
sometimes kids are angry
and when I punched holes in the walls
and sliced open my skin out of pure rage
it was okay because I was just
The Angry Girl and
it simply didn’t matter what was causing
that severe emotional response.
9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.
These are not my hands.
You can’t help me heal
when I don’t
you can’t see
I’m like this.
Can you see me?
I can’t feel my limbs.
I’m scared. Please,
look at me so I can
know that I exist.