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A Stash of Tiny Study Tips

STAYING MOTIVATED

  • Create realistic goals: get ___ grade on next ____
  • Manageable let down; get back on track
  • Keep track of grades: focused, know where stand, no surprises
  • Start small
    • Low risk confidence builders
  • Take time to relax/give self rewards
    • Days off, breaks, rewards
    • All work & no play =/= living
  • Little organization goes a long way
  • Reward achievements!
  • Keep balance with exercise, clubs, friends
    • 2h/d: friends and exercise
  • Remember that hard work pays off
    • Isn’t a breeze to try to get a 4.0 GPA; but it’s possible
    • You’re smart enough and can achieve it
    • 90% there with these tips, 10% is just pure hard work
  • Only chill on weekends
    • Monday-Friday: school mode
    • Have time for some fun
    • If work as hard as should during week, will need weekends to blow off steam
  • Be self-motivated
    • Grades can matter, not everything, but follow through on what needs to be done
    • Not most important part of college but underperform? You will regret it
    • GPA cutoffs exist and matter to employers
    • College is full of distractions and opportunities
    • Nobody will hold hand and the work will suck but all the prouder of yourself to be
      • Suck it up, buckle down, get it done
        • If think need break, probably don’t
  • Turn off the little voice
    • Realize not alone in questioning ability
    • Avoid people who tend to burst bubbles no matter what 
  • Physical triggers to stop
    • Incentive to get something done when know have something else during the day
    • Don’t have a gaping abyss of study time
  • Work has to get done, in the end
    • Books, examiners, and especially your future self isn’t going to care about your excuses for not doing the work
    • Take the first step
      • It will almost be fictional how hard you thought the task was going to be
      • Just keep going because you simply can’t afford NOT to do anything today, nonzero days
      • Leeway, don’t give your perfectionism control over your life

MUNDANE HABITS

  • Sleep! Think and function, mind & body
    • CAN sleep if keep up with coursework instead of procrastinating
    • Will miss out on some fun stuff
    • Need to stay awake in class
    • Figure out what need for full speed
    • Stay relaxed
  • Stay physically healthy
    • Diet and exercise
    • 1 hour exercise during week
    • Weekends off
  • Traditional breakfast not necessary if value extra sleep
  • Systematic habits: neat, prepared
  • Master material
    • Look for real world applications
    • Learning is a process: be patient, don’t expect to master off the bat
  • Designate study area and study times
  • Do trial runs
    • Practice tests
    • Ask a TA to listen to your oral performance
    • Study groups
  • Don’t copy other people’s psets and solutions

BEFORE SEMESTER

  • Spiral bound notebook, can color code with folders/etc if need be
    • Lecture notes: front to back
    • Reading notes: back to front (if fall behind on)
    • Seminar notes: mixed in with lecture notes, different pen color/labeled
    • Outline format
      • Bullet points for everything
    • Same NB for one set of class notes, separate notebooks for all classes
  • 5-subject notebook
    • Midterm and exam material in it
    • Mesh sources, study guide
    • All study material from week/month in one place
  • Pick the right major
    • Indulge in favorite hobby feeling
  • Pick professors & classes wisely
    • Take a small class
    • Pick classes that interest you so studying doesn’t feel torturous
      • Want to learn

GRADES SPECIFIC

  • Prioritize class by how can affect GPA
    • More credits: more weight
  • Work enough to get an A in your easy classes: take something good at
    • Don’t settle, don’t slack off, don’t put in minimal effort to get that B/C. Just put in a tiny bit more effort to ensure A
    • Will have harder classes and need to counteract
  • Take electives can ace
    • Anything but an A in an elective is kinda mean and an unnecessary hit for your GPA

FIRST DAY/WEEK/HALF OF CLASSES

  • Get to know teaching style: focus most on, lecture/notes
  • Pick and follow a specific note taking format
    • Outline
    • Date each entry
    • Capture everything on board
  • Decide productivity system
    • Google Cal
    • Todoist
    • Agenda: remind meetings, class schedule, important dates/midterms/quizzes/tests, no homework 
      • Always wanted to be prepared
      • Rarely last minute
      • Have plan, stay focused
    • Homework notebook
      • Good redundancy
  • Study syllabus
    • Know it thoroughly
    • Plot all due dates after class
    • Penalize if fail to abide by
  • Study the hardest for the first exam
    • Seems counterintuitive
    • Hardest/most important test
    • Pay attention to content and formatLess pressure: just need ___ on final to keep my A 
    • Easy to start high and keep high
  • Go into crunch mode at the beginning
    • End softly
    • Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and good food in the finals days before the exam

DURING SEMESTER: PEOPLE

  • Get to know professors: go to office hours, care about grades/course/them
    • Easier ask for help, rec letter
    • Get to know interests and what they think is important
    • Figure out their research interests, 60% of their job is research
    • Learning is dynamic
    • Discussion helps
  • Get feedback early when not sure what doing
    • Take comments constructively
  • Consistent class participation: ask questions, give answers, comment when appropriate
    • Understand material
  • Find a study buddy in each class: don’t have to study with
    • Somebody can compare notes with, safety net
    • Pick somebody who attends, participates, and take notes regularly
    • Make some friends
  • Participate as fully as can in group activities
    • Be involved
    • Learn – not be taught
  • Be punctual
    • Good impression, on human professors
    • DON’T BE LATE
  • Skipping class =/= option: It’s “cool” to get attendance award
    • Make all the classes: it’s hard to feel confident when missing key pieces
    • Get full scope of class, everything will make a lot more sense and save a lot of time in long run
    • Mandatory class: higher graduating cumulative GPA
    • Go to class when no one else does/want to show up, reward
    • Get to know professor, what’s on test, notice, r/s build, material not in reading
    • Unless optional and super confusing professor
  • Sit in one of the first rows
    • Don’t fall asleep
    • Fake interest if you have to
  • Tutors

DURING SEMESTER: THINGS TO DO

  • Take notes! Provided is bare minimum, accessed by students who aren’t attending lecture
    • Based on lecture and what read –> test; it’ll be worth it
    • Write it down
    • By hand
    • Bored? Doodle instead of going online
  • Read all assigned–even if need to skim
    • Seems cumbersome and maybe impossible
    • Figure out what’s important
    • Look at the logical progression of the argument/what’s important/what trying to prove
    • Understand everything that you do read–even if don’t read everything
    • PIck 2 examples from text per topic
  • Complete course material on time
    • DO NOT WAIT UNTIL DAY BEFORE IT IS DUE
    • Begin as soon as possible
      • Sometimes it’s just straight up impossible
    • Have it look attractive
  • Library doesn’t just mean = study
    • Social media in the library is still social media
  • Confusion is terrible
    • Read other textbooks, review course material @ another uni/by another professor, google the shit out of it
  • Review
    • Do not wait, do throughout semester
  • Exam prep
    • Ask for model papers, look at style & structure, thesis, how cite
    • Get old tests
      • Look at type of questions (detail level and structure)
      • Can solve old exams cold
      • If give out paper exams in class: probs won’t repeat questions, focus more on concepts but still learn the questions
    • Have class notes and psets down cold
      • Do all the practice problems
      • Read through notes a few times; rewrite into a revision notebook
        • Highlight major topics and subtopics
        • Different highlighter for vocab terms
        • Overall picture, go from concept to detail
          • Look at overall context and how specific idea fit into whole course
          • Ideas, don’t memorize all your notes
    • Better understand = more able to use and manipulate info and remember it. Understand = manipulation.
      • Charts, diagrams, graphs
      • Lists
      • Practice drawing labeled structures
      • Flash cards for memorization
        • Every school requires some degree of grunt memorization
        • Say it aloud, write it down
        • Get friends to quiz you
      • Self-test: severely challenge self, have a running collection of exam questions
      • Explain difficult concepts to your friends; force yourself to articulate the concept
    • Never pull an all-nighter
      • Do not spend every hour studying up to the exam
      • Eat, shower, sleep
    • Don’t wait until night before exam to study
      • Prep takes time even if reviewed throughout semester
    • Ask about format–don’t ask the professor to change it for you
    • Law of College: it will be on the exam if you don’t understand it
      • Ask professor, internet, textbooks
  • Night before exam
    • Jot what want to remember/have fresh
    • Read through in morning/before exam
    • Physical prep
      • Sleep, have test materials
  • Day of exam
    • Don’t cram every single spare minute
    • Go to bathroom before exam
    • Never miss an exam/lie to get more time
      • You won’t be any more ready 2-3 days after when supposed to have taken it
  • Slay exam. Get A. 

WEEKLY 

  • Friday morning: go through each syllabus, write down in HW notebook
  • All hw during weekend; study/reading assignments during week
  • Save everything
  • Divide big tasks into small pieces to help propel self
  • Standard study schedule: block off lectures, labs, regular commitments
    • Note the weeks that have assignments and tests that will require extra studying
    • Don’t oscillate too heavily every day with study times (i.e. don’t study 2-3 hours for weeks and then 10-12 hour days right before an exam)
    • Eat and sleep to make more extended work periods liveable and enjoyable

DAILY

  • Set an amount of time would like to study every day
    • Try to study most days
    • Avoid vague/zoned out studying –> waste of time
    • Do a little bit daily but don’t let studying be your whole day
  • Review notes: 30mins/day, each class from that day
    • Look at important ideas/vocab
      • Prioritize new vocab because language is most fundamental and important tool in any subject
      • Circle abbreviations and make yourself a key somewhere so you don’t forget what the hell that abbreviations meant
      • Check spelling
    • Rewrite/reorganize notes if necessary
      • Format of ideas is just as important as the concepts themselves, esp. when it comes time for exam review
    • This helps you retain the material so you’ll be ahead next time you walk into class
    • Chance to ID any knowledge gaps that you can ask about for next class
  • Keep up with reading
    • Skim text before lecture or at least main topic sentences
    • Jot down anything don’t understand; if lecture doesn’t clarify, ask the professor
    • After lecture: skim again, outline chapter, make vocab flashcards
    • Highlight similar class and lecture notes
      • will definitely be tested on
    • Review and make study questions
  • Study
    • Disconnect from anything irrelevant to study material: help focus and your GPA
    • Don’t limit studying to the night
      • Study whenever, wherever between classes
        • Variety helps focus and motivation
      • Especially if tired at night and can’t transition between subjects
    • Try to study for a specific subject right before/after the class

i think that in being antifa, it’s useful to understand how people become nazis. Once ages ago I backread the blog of a nazi on here all the way to the beginning out of morbid curiosity, and I learned a lot from that reading. His parent are “liberal”, he used to be “liberal”, even an sjw according to him. I see a lot of other fascists, both current and former fash, whove said the same thing.

I can see paths in my life in which, had things gone differently, I was at risk of being indoctrinated. Fortunately it didn’t happen, but even though I always hated nazis since the holocaust/ww2 was and is personal to me, for much of my life it was in a more liberal way and I did not become truly antifa, that is nuanced, radical and understanding in my hatred of them, until like 2013.

this by the way i think is why liberals, politically ignorant people, etc, are at risk of being indoctrinate by fascists who just happen to use the right words to play to their insecurities and win people over. Thats also why i think its important that leftists try to win over their liberal friends if they can (whether or not its feasible to do so depends on the situation), and it will be necessary to have a little patience, speak to their concerns/experiences and find common ground with them in order to do that. (And frankly, you’re not going to find common ground with people by saying stalin is good and making gulag jokes, but i digress)

Like most polish youths, I was originally indoctrinated into the polish national victim complex, the narrative of history that frames the polish people only as victims, never as perpetrators, and as being noble for having suffered, like christ on the cross. I didn’t know anything about this until like maybe last year or something when I learned the term “christ of nations” for this complex and started thinking about it and how polish nationalist narratives happen to relate to my own family situation.

So i suspect that back when I was politically ignorant and didn’t know anything about any of this, a white nationalist could have indoctrinated me by not using nazi language, but by using polish nationalist language, pan-slavic nationalist language. I felt (and still feel) out of touch with my heritage (Diaspora Problems™) so pan-slavic nationalists could have easily played to that.

Fortunately I never met far right polish nationalists (or at least people i knew to be far right polish nationalists) until a lot later, just frustrating liberal/conservative people who grew up with the narratives normally. but if I had, im not sure what might have happened.

bleh tldr: it’s ok to understand the things you hate and in fact I believe it is practically beneficial to fighting hate.

the NHL don’t cry challenge
  • goalies getting scored on in big games
  • post game interviews for teams after they’ve lost in the stanley cup final
  • locker clean out interviews with players who won’t be coming back
  • reading the trade logs 

pohjolanlouhi  asked:

omg, this is so random, and I'm sorry, but I was backreading and saw the post about Bäckström being a startled cat, and I COULD NOT AGREE MORE because I actually named my cat Nicky after him because she's got such stare-y, startled eyes and face, lmao!!

NICKLAS, LOOK LIKE A CAT? I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT. Neither do you because it’s been a billion years since you sent me this I’m sorry

That moment when you suddenly fell in love. You didn’t know why and how it happened. Its likes a flower that bloom inside the garden. You never know that things will happen right away. But time goes by, butterfly came and from there, you were able to know that person and that makes the feeling grow.

tumblr mobile ever jump u backward and u backread through an entire past section of your own blog and realize youve shed like 50% of your personality from just 8 months ago

anonymous asked:

Suggest blogs na nagpopost mas madalas ng positive content. I get depressed easily kaya gusto ko lang maging balanced yung dash ko. Di naman kailangang puro positive things lang nakapost, at least bloggers who don't always post about heartbreaks, etc. I have a lot of those na sa dash ko. Nagagandagan ako sa mga gawa nila I would never unfollow them. Gusto ko lang ma balanced yung dash ko. Thanks po!

@dakilanggerlpren
@buhaybabae
@jeuzthegreat
@thousand-miles-lovestory
@walang-por-e-ber
@aranola
@babaengloyal
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Check mo na rin yung iba pang mag like nito anon. Kung i-follow mo lahat ng yan balanced na ang dash mo at siguradong maaaliw ka. :)

I like to watch Andi Mack because it’s a super good hearted show with delightfully corny lingo and an Ultimate Frisbee team called the Space Otters. It’s my once a week cheesiness to help offset the bleakness of Fargo and The Handmaid’s Tale.

What I’m confused by is the weather in episode that aired last week- everything indicates that it’s been nice weather out, light jackets if anything, with no mention of later autumn or winter or anything- and then all of a sudden it’s snow EVERYWHERE in the background of one scene! Which is not seen again in the rest of the episode! WTF?

Then I backread the tag for the past week and no one else seemed to care? Also WTF?

Bitty Adopts Tater Like He Did Chowder

Stay with me here.

Aside from them having food names, Chowder and Tater are like adorable rays of sunshine who will fuck you up on the rink. Both of them really like Jack. More importantly, both are a long way from home.

Of course, Bitty would mother the fuck out of Tater. What the hell kind of question was that? He and Jack are the least subtle boyfriends ever in the history of secret relationships.

So say Jack talks about how Tater seems a bit down and maybe he’s feeling homesick? Bitty doesn’t even think twice about it. Because that sweet Russian ray of sunshine. He researches Russian dishes that could survive the trip to Providence and he sends Jack a care package for Tater (along with things for Jack himself).

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may time talaga na hindi ko alam ibblog ko kaya tumatambay na lang ako sa dash para mag like tapos mag stalk kay ganto at ganyan habang nakikinig ng mga kanta sa youtube. kapag sa twitter at facebook kasi parang walang sense mag backread dahil wala ring sense ang mga tao doon kaya kahit medyo boring dito, naglalaan pa rin ako ng time. naks special pala tong ulupong na to.

hello friends your favourite person is back!

a brief summary of my holiday:

soooooooo much driving. its a lil island but its v hilly and v jagged coastline and all the roads are oold (most of them single lane/no road markings/just a line of asphalt in the grass basically lol) so everywhere takes ages to get to

by tuesday i was in too much pain to actually do stuff, so i was like “k ill stay home today and then ill be able to do stuff tomorrow” and then on weds i went out with them, but realised itd be a 2 mile walk down to the beach (which was rocky and they planned to walk along it for a bit–not a relax-on-the-sand-beach) and then a 2 mile walk back up the hill, so i just sat next to the car and read in the sun for a few hours (which was nice!) and then on thursday i stayed in the car while they went walking again (& tried to join them for the second walk but basically collapsed halfway up the hill so i had to sit on a rock and wait for them woo), and then yesterday i stayed home again lol

but i got to see most of the views we went by in the car so its ok? and i enjoyed sitting and reading/sitting on the porch and sewing/watching birds. yeah id have been able to get better photos if i had gotten out of the car but also my body would have hated me forever?? 

i also couldnt get away with being in my room all the time, had to sit in the living room (if i wasnt outside) otherwise dad would moan at me. no one was even talkig for most of it, but its still soooo exhausting to keep up walls 24/7 for an entire week??

ALSO. I only saw ONE cat the ENTIRE WEEK!!! and that was only a few seconds of a cat running away through a forest. bertie and lola came to say hi as soon as i got back and I MISSED CATS. such good creatures.

skye is so pretty and peaceful and i love it. i wish i could go on my own with like..a motorbike and a tent and a camera and a functional body. id never leave

tl;dr im in lots of pain and am fed up of peopling, but skye is gorgeous and i love it there anyway

anonymous asked:

1 to 20. sagutin mo lahat.

Sinong blogger ang nagagalingan ka magblog? @kimpoyfeliciano @kinikxmkeem @kinghippolytus @jetmonticello

Sinong blogger ang pinakanagagandahan ka? @bonifaciamadlangtuta @kinikxmkeem @dakilanggerlpren

Sinong blogger ang pinakanapopogian ka? Hmmmm

Sinong blogger ang crush na crush mo? <i> <b> waley </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang sweet? <i> <b> Lahat naman ng nakakausap ko. </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang friendly? <i> <b> @girlbehindthisblog @dakilanggerlpren @kinikxmkeem </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang masarap kausap? <i> <b> Lahat naman din. </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang nakakatawa kausap?

Sinong blogger ang nacucute-an ka? <i> <b> Same din sa nagagandahan. </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang pinakaayaw mo? <i> <b> Hmmm </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang naiinis ka? <i> <b> Hmmmm myself? </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang sa tingin mo masarap kasama? <i> <b> Idk. No idea. Haha </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang gusto mong maging kaibigan kaya lang nahihiya ka? <i> <b> @mrfriesandsundae @adobongmayfeelings @dakilang-doodlero @bonifaciamadlangtuta </i> <b>

Sinong blogger ang approachable?
@kinikxmkeem @kinghippolytus @guywithabrokensmile @dakilanggerlpren @girlbehindthisblog @guiltytoledo

Sinong blogger ang pinakaclose mo? <i> <b> @kinikxmkeem @babaeng-sinaktan-mo @engrhobbit @iyadmirable @unhappypill @shomaiprince

Sinong blogger ang una mong nakausap? <i> <b> @backreader </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang hindi mo ineexpect na makakaclose mo? <i> <b> @kinikxmkeem @babaengplywood @babaeng-sinaktan-mo @kinghippolytus @guiltytoledo (Imy na kuyaaa) @walang-por-e-ber marami pang iba.

Sinong blogger ang idol mo?
<i> <b> @kinghippolytus @dilutedsoul </i> </b>
Sinong blogger ang palagi mong binibisita ang blog? <i> <b> @mrfriesandsundae @adobongmayfeelings </i> </b>

Sinong blogger ang gusto mong makita ng personal? <i> <b> @sorryiwasntenough @babaeng-sinaktan-mo @medyo-gaga @dakilang-doodlero

Effort to sa mobile ha. HAHAHAHA

anonymous asked:

please come back

honestly I salute all of you who still stick around following this blog when the only activity is some very sporadic submissions (I just found a few old submissions in my inbox which I queued up so there will be a tiny amount of content forthcoming), but at this point I think the probability of this blog becoming active again is like… 0%

mainly because over the past year running this blog and making content for it has sunk way way down on my list of priorities (the last original image I made for the blog was at the beginning of last August) until now it basically doesn’t even register on my priorities. Which is kind of sad in a way because running this blog was a huge part of my college (and my first couple of post-college) years, but maybe now I’ve just grown old and joyless and don’t see the humor in a lot of TFLN content anymore (outside of a few classics–the phrase “powerful lesbian wizard” is now forever etched into my mind)

I’m still going to keep the blog around for people to backread content, and for people to submit stuff so that I can publish them whenever I remember to, and to answer directly blog-related asks every now and then, but that will probably be it. You can find me on my personal blog @serenitas​ if you’d like… but that’s a much different blogging experience than this one is lmao

Personal-ish stuff.

tl;dr version: I have MASSIVE guilt issues.

short version: I’d like to do more posts about, er, me – books I’m reading (currently I’m rereading A New Dawn), TV I’m watching (just finished Prison Break), apps I’m using a lot of (addicted to Star Wars Force Arena), my, like, actual life – but I’m never sure if “my actual life” really has a place on Tumblr, which sometimes does feel like a more fannish Pinterest and often feels actively hostile to actual life stuff.  Especially if it’s not pictures of my cats, which I don’t want to post anyway.

Long version: I Have Some Issues, beneath the cut

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The other day, my boyfriend started stalking my old blog. The one I had throughout 2011 to 2014, I think? That was my first personal blog. With personal posts and photos and shit. Kinda like this one. And he just backread through everything. Everything he already knew and probably a lot more I forgot to mention or forgot in general. He ended up saving so much of my old photos. 

He actually does this a loooottt. He saves all my selfies. And even gets the ones I don’t send him. Normally, this would be creepy, right? But it’s fine. It’s kinda cute. Makes me feel pretty, I guess. Yeah, it does. HAhaha