basically doing everything to not revise

Hello, it’s #optomstudies here again with another Sunday Study Tip on catching up when you’ve fallen behind!

A masterful skill that not even the best studyblrs may have tackled. A lot of advice in the studyblr community regarding this seems a little airy-fairy (I almost question if they remember what they themselves went through), so hopefully my post will shine a different light on it (or so I hope anyway!)

1. Work out what’s essential and what isn’t. You’ve basically wasted time right to get to this point right? With limited time left, use an Eisenhower matrix of Important vs. Urgent to determine what you need to do left. 

  • Important and Urgent - any and all due assessment tasks
  • Important but Not Urgent - studying lectures for exams, compulsory readings
  • Not Important but Urgent - additional homework tasks that need to be handed in but aren’t worth much, like logbooks
  • Not Important and Not Urgent - additional readings (although it’d be great if you did this, sorry, you’re out of time)

Then cross out everything that you can afford to not do. Ironically, I find that when I use the Eisenhower matrix when I am not strapped for time, studying (in the Important but Not Urgent category) usually gets the short end of the stick. But when I’m already falling behind, all the additional readings and homework tasks get thrown out the window and I just work on studying instead. 

2. Do everything that will take you less than 10 minutes to complete. Get all those pesky emails out of the way, all the small team meeting notes, everything else you need to do for someone else. That will cross out a whole chunk of things from your list. You’ll be left with the meaty stuff like studying, completing assignments, etc. 

3. It’s a little damn late for you to regularly revise, so just binge everything. Honestly, this is the best way to get everything done. Don’t switch tasks or subjects. You don’t want to spend about 20 minutes just getting into the flow before switching subjects once the hour’s up. Plus, since you’re already panicking, turn that fear and panic into motivation for you to really focus for long chunks of time - just think about what you do the day before a final exam - because the threat of the exam is imminent, you basically study the whole day right? Trust me, if you’ve really screwed up your study schedule, you won’t have to worry about common procrastination (assuming you don’t want to fail). 

University is just one assignment done, moving onto the next before you even have time to breathe. It’s usually quite different to high school in that everything is quite closely packed together since it’s a 13 week semester. In high school I thought that 3 assessments in a week was the end of the world (lol pls kid). 

So just do whatever needs to be done first, and then if you finish before the day the assignment/exam is done, then great, you can study for the next assessment task. 

Still, I do recommend chucking your phone out the window just in case, since people usually all study last minute, meaning they’ll be asking you “hey do you know wtf Prof was talking about in lec 5?″

4. Break up your courses into hour-long chunks. Although we’re bingeing, it’s important that you make a list, even if it just says “Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3″ so that you have a direction to go. Don’t allocate too much time for any one lecture, but at the same time, be realistic about how much you can cover in an hour. For example, if you’ve got 6 hours until an exam, you’re either going to study Lectures 1-3 really well, Lectures 1-6 so-so, and Lectures 1-10 superficially. 

So choose wisely based on what you know or don’t know. If there’s a topic you know quite poorly, consider if it’s worth the time to study and learn the concept, or just bank on the subject not showing up in your exam. I’m actually pretty poor at gambling what will be in the exam, so I always choose to just study everything at a basic level. 

A common pitfall I find in this area is skipping the basic stuff. You think you know it, but when you close your book and try writing it out on a blank piece of paper, you suddenly falter. This has happened to me repeatedly in an exam. I know all the really complex stuff like the back of my hand before I get into the examination room, and then I suddenly get a really simple question and I’m like wait, what was the answer again? I advise making lecture outlines that you just rote learn - this comes in useful for long response questions because you’ll often remember the small details, but will forget the next section, meaning you miss out on a massive chunk of information if you forget. 

5. Rinse and repeat. Usually after about 2 weeks(?) of catching up like this I finally see the light of day and I can return to my normal schedule. If need be, I usually cut back on sleep to about 6 hours vs. 7.5 hours, but never pull an all nighter. You cannot do this unless you have breathing room the next day (which you won’t because you screwed up in the first place). Unless it is the very last assessment task, there’s a massive risk of ruining your next exam. 

6. Try and never do that last minute ditch again. 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana. 

Never again right? Remember that starting early and finishing early is the key to good grades. We’re all just young uni students at the end of the day though, so do remember to forgive yourself if you end up repeating the procrastination. I’ll be cheering you all on! 






Understanding the Topic
This is the most important part. You have to understand what you’re reading and the concept behind your topic. If you don’t understand what the topic is about, how are you supposed to ace your test? With that being said, read over everything and if you don’t understand something, go over it again until you do. What I like doing is using a dictionary or thesaurus to help me understand words I’m not too sure about. This definitely helps me a lot and it also increases your vocabulary.

Making Notes
This step connects with the previous one, as it allows you to show what you’ve just read and understood. It can also assist in further understanding, and help you out with preparing for essays etc. This is where I basically summarise the important points and have definitions of the key terms. Summarising is extremely useful because you’re writing it in your own words and it helps you with the structure of your sentences for your essays. You can also make sub headings and have a few dot points if it makes it easier for you to memorise. Flashcards are good too!!  Remember, highlighters, sticky notes and tabs are your best friends!! Don’t neglect them!

Revise, revise, revise!! By now, you should understand pretty much everything, and all you need to do is memorise! Read over your notes and do practice questions! Don’t slack off after writing your notes by reading over them just once after you write them! Read over it a few times a day whenever you can. On the way to school, on your way home, while ads are playing on your tv or if you’re bored! Never sit down complaining about how bored you are but not wanting to do work, because trust me, I’ve been through this countless times and it ain’t helpful!! If you want, you can also ask a friend or family member to quiz you using your flashcards you made!

Good luck studying! But remember, health before study!!

Okay, so, a couple of people recently have asked for advice on digital lineart, so I just filmed me lining this recent phanart of Phil (sped up 4X). The drawing software is Fire Alpaca, and the tablet is a Wacom Intuos Draw. 

Here are some basic tips: 

*** Make really big swooping strokes, and overlap the strokes/objects/lines - and then AFTER, erase the lines you don’t want to see. This is instead of just trying to meet lines up with the ends of other ends to close boundaries, and will ensure that overall, your lines look a lot smoother. 

*** Try drawing the lines multiple times - play around with different curves and arcs - not only will this give you more practice, which is never a bad thing, but it will make everything flow better. As you can see in the video, with some lines I drew them several times before settling on the final one. 

*** Use the transform tools in the software! The program comes with a lot of really useful tools that you can use to easily manipulate your lineart - resize, flip horizontally or vertically, move around, etc. It’s usually better to just re-draw it, to get more practice, but simply transforming the lines can be really efficient and save you a lot of time :) 

*** Flip the canvas to make errors more obvious - this is good to do at ANY stage in your art. You can do this traditionally by holding your art up to a mirror, or flipping it over and shining a light through it. Trust me, it works!! It basically tricks your brain into seeing everything for the first time. Flip back and forth a few times, making small adjustments along the way, until you’re happy with it. 

*** PRACTICE A LOT. Seriously. I’ve been drawing with a tablet for over 10 years, and I still have a LONG WAY TO GO. Getting good at ANY skill takes a lot of patience, practice, revisions, and more practice. The rewards are sooo worth it though!! Keep going :D 


fifteenth of august twenty seventeen // 10:04 pm // d-2 to exams I actually want to cry

basically my exam revision over the last two days was just spent on doing practice papers and telling my hand “no, rightie now is not the right time to feel tired”

also!! a million hugs and chocolates to @nothingbutaspeck for everything ( I just love you so much thank you for encouraging me )

currently listening to: don’t wanna cry by seventeen

A guide to new spec History

New spec history is a damn tough cookie to crack, so I figured I’d compile a list of some of the tips I’ve found so far…

For a summary, just read the bullet headings and italicised text.


  • Revise as you go                                                                                                    I can’t stress the importance of this. There’s so many key terms, names, and years to learn that it’ll be impossible to cram it all in at the end. After every sub topic make a revision resource that you can easily go back to, and actually use it, as often as possible
  • Know how to evaluate the usefulness of sources                                                                          A really useful way of remembering the main points to consider here is NOP- the nature, origin, and purpose of the source. What is it? Where is it from? What is it for? You can’t go wrong with these, and then just talk about whether it matches your own knowledge. 
  •  Learn to make links between people and events                                            This is especially useful in 16 mark questions. Form cross links between people and events to reinforce your argument- if you’re saying that Jenner’s vaccination was a turning point, you could link it to the knowledge that it began to change the government’s opinions on helping ill people, and elaborate. It makes not only your knowledge, but also your understanding leap out 
  • Make sure you know your eras                                                                       This focuses on the thematic study. Make sure your knowledge on what happened when is perfect. Questions will have boundaries (e.g. from 1700-1900) so you want to make sure you’re not dropping marks for including things from the wrong era. It also makes it easier to think of points quickly in exams if you’re sure about them.    


  • Make clear distinctions between topics                                                           One of the worst things you could do is confuse your revision resources and then include the wrong thing in the exam. Make sure your resources are separate! 
  • Prioritise years, key events and people                                                                               A lot of the time just knowing the names or year etc kickstarts your long term memory in the exam. Be totally solid on all of this important stuff and focus what’s left of your revision time on the extended points. You can’t make considered points if you don’t know the basic info.
  • Don’t do it last minute                                                                                    Whatever you do, don’t do this. The info from above won’t become ingrained into your memory overnight. They need to be in your long term memory so they don’t get muddled- which they might if you go over them too quickly!
  • Use all of the resources available to you                                                           Cross reference everything. Make sure you have your facts straight. Revise from your book, revision guide, text book… anything! If you have it, it’s probably useful, so don’t ignore it! There’s so much to learn, nothing is too much. BBC bitesize is also a great resource for quizzes and summarised notes.

In the exam

  • Don’t get carried away                                                                                 It can be easy to write three sides of paper for an 8 mark question, but don’t do it. Make sure you’re writing enough to get the marks for the question, but don’t overdo it- you’re just wasting time for the bigger questions.
  • Be concise                                                                                                          Instead of making more shorter points, make fewer shorter ones. Allow yourself the time to elaborate on the point, as just a few well developed points will earn way more marks than a lot more undeveloped ones. 
  • Be as calm as possible                                                                                 Almost all of the questions need longer answers, and you won’t be able to answer them well if you’re panicked. Prepare yourself for writing these answers beforehand so you don’t become overwhelmed once you’re actually there. 
  • Double check as much as possible                                                                 Read through your answers. Check all of the important dates and key information to ensure it’s right. You often don’t notice the mistakes you make as you’re writing, so going back through it eliminates the possibility of losing marks that you could have easily avoided

And finally…

  • Enjoy it!                                                                                                                  It’s a hell of a lot of work but it’s actually really interesting. Don’t just memorise, enjoy your learning and you’ll get so much more out of the course. It seems obvious, but enjoying your work really really helps

So that’s it! Sorry it was so long… please don’t scroll past because it’s so long, it’s actually halfway useful.

These were pretty generalised points, so if anyone wants more in depth explanations/tips, just drop me an ask or a message :)

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does anyone else get really angry when they remember about the library of alexandria???

We don’t believe what’s on TV - Chapter 12

<<…Chapter 9 / Chapter 10 / Chapter 11 / Chapter 13 / Chapter 14 / Chapter 15 / Chapter 16 / Chapter 17 / Chapter 18 /  Chapter 19 /  Chapter 20…>>

Resume: I had an ordinary life, or that’s what I wanted to believe. I lost myself in the TV series that I listened to forget the normal boring life. What I didn’t know, however, was that my life would change completely overnight.

Finding myself in 2013 at Beacon Hills County.

This will be a Stiles x Reader but only further in the story

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In this chapter: The plan. The bank. Saving Scott and Derek, keeping Boyd and Cora inside. But I’m not part of the equation and my simple presence there could change the entire scenario.

Word count: 3299

A/N: So many words omg!! And again, none of the gifs are mine !

Originally posted by raquel-lostgirl

I hardly closed my eyes that night. I couldn’t stop crying, thinking about my mistakes, my defects, how my life had become so hard and complicated. To regret my choices. My family that I was just missing more and more, as well as my friends from my world. It was unreal, I didn’t belong to this world. And all through the night, sobbing and fighting against sleep, I kept telling myself that maybe I should have left when I had the opportunity. That I should only give up.

I had lost the trust of the only person who had given it to me. All this because of the curse and the voice. I was a virus, I was breaking the rules of the supernatural. And I didn’t even know why I was here.

The only time my eyes closed for sleep was to dream of nothing. I was asleep but it was as if I remained awake, my energy wasn’t coming back. In my dream, I was standing in a room without limits, without color, without sensation except the cold that bit my bones. Alone in silence and darkness, standing and waiting.

I was pulled from my sleep by the bell of the front door and by a tired voice that went to open. Melissa had a day off but was working tonight if I remembered well. I heard her open the door and talk to someone, then call me.

“Y / N, Allison and Lydia are there, get ready for school,” she said from below down the stairs. Obviously Scott hadn’t come back, he still didn’t trust me. I groaned in my pillow before getting up, getting ready and going down where Lydia and Allison were waiting for me.

“Looks like a car passed in your face.” Lydia pointed out. Allison gave her a Shut up, it’s not polite! Look, to which she replied with a “What?”

“I’m going to look for something at work to help you sleep tonight,” Melissa mumbled, stroking my arm before going up.

“Thank you …” I whispered, head down before walking out. “Come on,” I snorted.

The ride was quite normal. I sat in the back and Allison was normally talking to Lydia.

When Allison parked her car in the parking lot, Lydia came out and started talking as if I wasn’t there.

“So mystery girl leaves a bruise on our arms that turns out to be the logo for a bank? What’s she trying to do? Give us investment advice? ”

“Not at this bank. It’s been closed for years. “Allison answered without looking at me and I went out of the car to follow them, head down.

"Why aren’t you telling Scott?”

“Because according to someone, I need to find something real.” Allison said as she opened the trunk to take her bag, revealing the metal clamps hidden underneath.

“Which reminds me, I can’t drive you home today. I had an errand to run after school.” She added with a glance at me meaning her sentence concerned me. We went back to school and Lydia walked to her locker, muttering something about a cute guy and I found myself alone with Allison.

“We meet near my car after classes, don’t be late alright? And I want to remind you that’s dangerous… ”

“I know,” I mumbled. “I know. But I want to come. ”

“Do you only know why I want to go?”

I thought for a moment before turning my head and grabbing a sheet with the pictures of Boyd and Erica, both missing. Allison nodded positively without really understanding how I knew, and that’s when the doors opened on Scott and Stiles. The latter only gave me a brief look before turning his attention elsewhere, while Scott, for his part, looked at me with sad eyes. He wanted to trust me, I knew. But he couldn’t, not yet. They both passed by before leaving to class. I sighed as I reminded myself that I had the same schedule as Scott. I put back the sheet of the missing on the wall.

“Something happened with Scott?” Allison asked me. I didn’t answer and started to go to my class.

“See you after class,” was all I told her.

The day was long and I passed it alone. Usually I was eating with Scott and Stiles, being a bit ecstatic about the classes and the characters, but not today. Because tonight I was going to enter the bank with Allison and try one last time to change positively the future. And that stressed me, I didn’t mind listening in class, let alone talking to people. Especially with Scott, who no longer spoke to me, which broke my heart even more. And then I was so tired that I fell asleep even on my desk during Mr. Harris’s class, which was strangely patient with me, contrary to the way he treated the others. He came knocking on my desk to wake me up, making me jump as I glance around and saw everyone staring at me.

“Sleep at night, Miss McCall, please.”

“Sorry …” I mumbled as I straightened up.

After the class, I saw Scott hesitating to come and talk to me. I was about to leave when he finally decided to come to me.

“Hey …” He started and I turned slowly toward him. “Nightmares?”

I shook my shoulders as I fixed the floor.

“Haven’t slept …”  I answered. The discomfort grew between us.

“Y / N, I wanted to apologize for …” Scott started but was interrupted by Stiles calling him near the door. I took the opportunity to check the time and noticed that if I didn’t hurry I would arrive late by Allison’s car.

“I have to go,” I hurriedly say before leaving the classroom. I had to pass by Stiles, who pushed himself to the side without a word to let me pass. My eyes didn’t leave the ground, unable to cross his gaze. The gaze of no one actually. I picked up my breath that I didn’t know I was holding back when I heard Stiles talking to Scott, which froze me on the spot outside the classroom.

“Are you still worried about her?”

“I know she doesn’t want to do anything wrong …”

“But you don’t trust her anymore, right?”

“You could say that… ”

I kept a sob before running awkwardly out of the school, where Allison was waiting for me near her car.

“Is Everything fine?” She asked me, seeing my eyes reddened.

"Yes,” I answered dryly. I didn’t want to talk about it, my heart hurt too much. “Let’s go.”

Allison wanted to wait until the sun went down before going to the bank. So we revised her plan, which basically consisted of strolling through the abandoned bank and finding clues. I felt like laughing, if only she knew.

We went back to her car and she took us to the place. After breaking the chains with the clamps, she entered first, beckoning me to follow her. The interior was very dark and a lot of debris littered the dusty floor. We had to be careful where we put our feet and stay silent so that we don’t get heard. I almost said “by whom?” But I abstained. It was a crucial moment of my plan, if I failed everything else was going to fail as well.

I had no right to make mistakes.

After turning back to watch if no one was following us, Allison turned on a corridor I recognized. I stretched out my hand and pulled her out just in time, as Deucalion’s druid darted towards her to stick her against the wall. Ms. Morrell knocked on the wall instead and looked at me with surprise and incomprehension. How could I know what she was about to do?

Allison was too surprised to see her guidance counselor to notice that I saved her.

“Ms. Morrell?”

“Keep your mouth shut, and listen close. You have no idea what you just stepped into. Right now you’ve got maybe 20 seconds to get your ass hidden.” The druid tells us and I grabbed Allison by the hand to take her into the storage room before anyone continued the useless discussion.

“Okay,” I said, opening the door and putting Allison in it by force, closing the door and locking it. Allison gave me a suspicious look. I was acting strangely again.

But I didn’t have time to worry about losing her trust, I had never really had it anyway. I put my ear against the door and heard footsteps. My heart accelerated in spite of myself and I curse myself. I made a sign of silence to Allison, looking for the bottle of ammonia, which I waited a little before pouring on the ground. The footsteps passed near the door and I heard someone stop. Kali. I closed my eyes strongly by putting my hands on my mouth to block the strong sound of my breathing hoping that she would pass the door without trying to find out.

Eventually, the sound of footsteps resumed and I was able to let go of my breathing silently. Seeing that the liquid from the bottle was going to reach the bottom of the door, I motioned to Allison to remove her jacket, which she did without asking me any questions. Once put on the liquid, I put my head against the door trying to calm my heart rhythm.

“How … do you do,” Allison whispered.


“To stay so calm, know exactly what you have to do,” she added just as low.

I kept a little nervous laugh. In truth, my heart was about to explode. She didn’t know the fear that gripped my throat. I wasn’t part of the equation, I wasn’t supposed to be there, so the plan could mess up and deviate from the original episode at any time. Kali could have easily smashed the door on hearing two hearts beating wildly. Everything could go wrong.

“You don’t know how frightened I am,” I whispered, closing my eyes.

I didn’t saw Allison open her phone light. But I heard her scream, which she stifled and then I remembered.

Erica was with us in the room. I knew that if I looked, I was going to be sick again and scream. I just couldn’t look at her body. So I positioned myself so that my gaze was placed on the door and not on her.

I don’t know how long we were locked in the room. But I knew we couldn’t get out right away. If I remembered well, we had to leave only when the sounds of fighting began. So I listened, paid attention to all the noises, hoping with little luck that Scott listened to me and repelled their rescue another day.

But I doubted it.

And my doubts were confirmed when I heard noises. Sounds of struggle mixed with howling wolf screams.

It was the alarm, so I opened the door and signaled to Allison to follow me.

“Scott …” Allison mumbled, but I didn’t answer and opened the door looking both ways. The path was clear, so I ran down the hallway, following the noises and Allison beside me tensed.

We arrived in front of the open vault and in front of me I saw for the first time a werewolf battle. It was dark and only the moon illuminated the bloody fight that was happening.

Derek was fighting his sister while Scott was fighting Boyd and neither had the advantage. Allison rushed to the circle in order to break it.

“No!” I shouted as I approached Allison to keep her away from the circle, while Derek shouted at her not to break it. Allison pushed me violently.

"Stay out of it! Don’t stop me from saving them! ”

“By releasing them into the wild?!” I shouted at her, my embarrassment and shyness suddenly gone. I couldn’t fail this part of the plan, even if I had to knock Allison down to do it. I walked quickly to the circle, detailing it. Then, my gaze landed on the fight, Boyd who was killing Scott, his claws planted in his stomach. I couldn’t break the circle, but I could undo it long enough for Scott and Derek to get out and then close it to lock up Cora and Boyd? But for that, they had to move away from each other, otherwise everyone would go out at the same time.

My brain was turning at a mile.

"If you do nothing, I’ll do it!” Allison yelled at me as she approached the circle again. My heart accelerated again and I decided to act on a whim. My heart began to pound in my chest painfully. It was a stupid idea and above all, suicidal. I got up by waving her to stay where she was.

“Derek, Scott, as soon as you can, run to the door! Allison …” I turned to her.  "As soon as Derek and Scott have a respite… break the circle but just enough to put it back up after.“

"You’re not seriously going …” She started but didn’t finish seeing me step into the vault.

“Y / N!” Scott cried against the wall, spitting blood.

"Hey Boyd!” I shouted, now in the vault. The effect was instantaneous. The two wolves turned to me and let go of their opponents to scream in my direction as they pulled out the fangs. Fear paralyzed me for a moment. They were about to charge me, they would come and cut me up.

"Go !!” I screamed at Derek and Scott, but I couldn’t see if they followed my plan because I had to deal with two enraged wolves that started running towards me. My legs didn’t want to move, I was paralyzed by fear.

Go, move Y / N, move!

Then I remembered. Something that made me even more afraid than the two beasts that were rushing towards me. Something I feared, which gave me nightmares. It was even more stupid than getting into the circle, but I knew that if I didn’t try I was going to die.

"I come from another w …” I began before being interrupted by the pain, so powerful that my legs began to move on their own. I pressed my hand against my heart, throwing myself behind a row of metal locker and the two wolves missed me.

It was the first time that the pain saved my life, that the voice in me was useful.

However, now I had to survive Boyd and Cora by having this feeling that my heart was being cut in half. I crawled on the floor behind the lockers, searching for my breath, seeing the two wolves recovering from the wall they had eaten in the face and whose golden eyes fell on me with ferocity. I swallowed by not feeling the pain coming down, as if the voice was pissed I used it to my advantage.

And that’s when I told myself for the first time that I was going to die. If it wasn’t for their claws that would shred me, the pain would finish the job.

Boyd was the first to attack. He jumped on me, but I had the reflex to put myself on my back and lift my legs to push him away. However, he grabbed my right leg and planted his claws, which made me howl with pain. He was going to drag me along and both of them would cut me to pieces. And with the pain in my chest, I was never going to manage to get out of it. I wasn’t ready to die, not now. I didn’t want to die!

I closed my eyes tightly while waiting for the end, but instead I heard a voice. Scott.

“Hey!” Boyd dropped his grip on my leg and Cora and him turned to the source of the noise and both received a powerful punch in the face. They fall a few yards behind, very close to me still coughing as I held my throat. I panicked at seeing them so close to me and felt arms help me get up. I looked up at Allison that was helping me getting on my feet and Scott and Derek who were transformed and ready to resume the fight. Allison dragged me out of the vault and my wound left a trail of blood in the way. I kept coughing and took a look at the mountain ash line. It was broken, but only slightly and easily repairable.

Allison dropped me outside as the fight started again. Eventually, the pain in my chest began to go down and I managed to breathe normally again. And I swore that I would never use the pain again to get me out of such a dangerous situation.

My hand landed on my wound which was at the height of my tibia a little under my knee, grimacing in pain.

"Scott… Derek… They… must get out …” I mumbled with difficulty.

But as I spoke these words, Scott and Derek were knocked down and Boyd and Cora took advantage of it to escape from the vault before I could even think of closing the line.

I had to watch them run away helplessly, letting myself fall back onto the cold ground where I held a sob, still holding my wound.

I had failed.

Scott and Derek stood up and walked out of the vault. Immediately, Derek grabbed me by the collar to get up and stick me against the wall, not worrying that I got wounded trying to save them.

“What have you done? They went out! You know what that implies? ”

“Yes,” I answered calmly, suddenly empty inside, staring at his face in blood. “That means I have failed again. That I will never succeed in saving anyone. It means that everything is ruined. ”

“Let her go! Y / N!” Scott added as Derek let me free. I was expecting Scott to stick me up against the wall as well and yell at me how stupid I was, but instead he took me in his arms.

"Never do that again! To put you in danger like that … never again!” He said, pressing me close to him.

"Sorry …” I mumbled as I felt tears coming to my eyes. I snuggled up against Scott. He had an odor of sweat and blood and was breathing heavily against me. I was persuaded that my clothes would be covered with his blood, but I still passed my arms around his chest.

“And you …” Derek muttered at Allison.

“You want to blame me now?  I’m not the one turning teenagers into killers!”

“No. No, that’s just the rest of your family.”

“I made mistakes and Gerard isn’t my fault.”

Oh no. Not that conversation. The conversation I thought I could avoid. No one needed that right now.

“And what about your mother.”

“What do you mean?”

“Tell her, Scott.”

Scott was still holding me up against him and raised his head sadly as he heard his name and understood. Boyd and Cora were in the wild. I had no time to lose with this discussion, but I couldn’t leave Scott’s comforting embrace. His arms around me, he managed to remove a part of all my fears. But I knew I had to take action and get out Plan B very quickly, even if I was slightly hurt. It was nothing compare of what was about to happen. But for now, the fear was making my body shake. So I could just listen, powerless.

“What does he mean, Scott? What does he mean?”

In the next chapter: Plan B. Trying to save the next virgin victim, but for that, I’ll need help. And a driver.

Next Chapter->

Days 22 and 23 of a 100 days of productivity

02.17.2016 - I failed my driving license exam for the second time (the exam is just stupid, only a few people can do it properly, the rest is too nervous to act normally, but after 20 hours training I feel like we all can perform those basic tasks, so…). Ugh! If I didn’t have to pay do try again I wouldn’t be so mad… Worked on a few future posts, let’s see where I can get, and spent sometime revising German (starting from the very beginning again, just to make sure everything is clear). As I’m on this German vibe… Ich weiß nicht, warum meine Kamera so werschwommen ist heute (why such a complicated word for blurry and that comma? German, why?). It seems like I’m still able to build up a sentence? I’m so happy for that! Except the punctuation, that never made any sense… 

Oh, what about yesterday? Finished studying Middle Age with a sassy mind map! Oops, I just love mind maps… 

introduction post

hello everyone! studyblrs literally changed my life. it’s not been long since i joined this community but i can say it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. i had a studyblr prior to this one, but i had to delete as it was not my main blog and it was hard to switch between my main one and side blog. so, here i’m, giving another shot at it.

before the intro (i talk a lot. xD), i want to explain a little about the peculiar name of my blog. ‘moiety’ means two halves or parts of something (in chemistry, parts of a molecule).  basically, it’s about one of the two important parts of me. education and 2. my passions. as this blog is mainly for motivating me to study more, thus the name. i hope i make sense. so, without further ado, let’s go!

about me:

  • i go by the name zara
  • i’m 20
  • third year in uni/ class of 2019
  • biotech 
  • virgo
  • ravenclaw
  • infj-t
  • she/her
  • besides my mother tongue, i’m fluent in english and very little in german.

my interests:

  • music. it is a major part of my life. one of my biggest passions.i listen to every genre. although k pop and classical music has a huge influence in my life. my favorite artists are bts, alicia keys, shakira, smyang piano and a few others. i also enjoy top 40 (yes, your girl is basic :P). 
  • art. i’m quite good at drawing and painting. i remember drawing and painting since i was very little. my mom is really good at drawing and she is my inspiration.
  • i love watching youtube videos. literally living there. my favorite youtubers are jem, krist yu, kristine, hanami, studyign, lavendaire, michelle phan, emma and muchelleb.
  • i love anything everything aesthetic. it’s almost like a therapy to me.
  • food. i love food. i want to travel and taste different cuisines.
  • i like photography. my favorite apps for editing are vsco and foodie. 
  • dance. i’ve been dancing for 7 years now.
  • organic everything. food, skin care, makeup, etc. i want to be more healthy.
  • poetry. i love rupi kaur. her works are so raw and beautiful.
  • astrology. seriously, it is everything.
  • honestly, it would be wrong if i didn’t include kim taehyung and zhang yixing in my interests. lol. i adore them both.

currently studying:

  • my current semester subjects ( seven in total)
  • korean 
  • basics of chemistry, biology (revising my high school subjects)
  • art history 
  • basics of piano
  • also preparing for gre/gmat 

reason for starting this blog:

  • i started this studyblr because i wanted more motivation to do well in school and also to study more regularly. 

my inspirations:

@studyblr  @revisoin @elkstudies @pianoandstudy  @emmastudies @briellestudies @mlykstudy  @apricotstudying @nerdastically  @perryneils @queenofambitionn  @meloncremekr @studyign  @studyquill @studyquill @letslearnhangul  @hannhstudies  @wannabe-pharmacist  @almondmlkstudy @flo-studies  @studhylife  @sarxhstudies  @itscandyeyes  @hazelnutmilks, @studyingncoffee  @19tc  @thecampusghost   @h-eonno  @phctcsynthesis @medicine-student-blog  @bangtanastrology 

thank you for your inspiration, guys! 

so that’s all for this post! i hope you guys liked it! thanks for reading it! let’s motivate each other to do well! xx

Study Sunday

Good morning all!

 So, I always go through a period called Study Lent. This is the period before and during exam time were I fully concentrate on my studies. It is a bit hardcore but that’s because I’m actually really bad at revising so I have to be really strict with myself and keep myself from giving into to my temptation Anyway, I have some tips here on how to get through your own study lent. That’s if you think it can work for you. Of course, its affective for me but it might be a little different for everyone

            • Meditation

It’s all the stress of exams, work and my social life that really get to me and distract me when revising and meditation is one of the ways I use to calm my mind down, leave things behind and focus on the task ahead. There are lots of apps like Headspace or YouTube videos or even praying could help if you are religious.

          • Delete distactive apps

This is the one I find the hardest to do. I delete apps like you tube, BBC, IPlayer, Amazon prime, Pinterest and basically anything that gives me joy and everything that distracts me from working. The good thing is that you can also access most of these on the internet but you would have to go through less effort and as someone who is extremely lazy, I just do not bother and I then spend less time on my phone and therefore less time procrastinating.

          • Read some books

If you read books more than you use the internet, then skip this entirely and maybe cut down on the number of books that you read. But as someone who spends more time on Pinterest, pinning books that I wanna read than reading them. It’s a great replacement to social media because I find it much less addictive and easier to pull away. And no, I’m not talking about reading from your favourite genre Try something different like autobiographies or maybe a book on astrophysics or on biology or sewing.

            • Music

Now you all know how I feel about music from the previous episode. But sometimes you need music to motivate you. And you need that perfect playlist. So, make sure that you do not waste time trying to find it, prepare them for most of your moods and situations i.e. I have a playlist called studying while sad and studying in the lib…I usually use Spotify because they make brilliant playlists anyway. You could also make your own using most music streaming sites like apple music or google play etc.

        • Find different study spots

Because routine is great but it can also be very, very boring and demoralising. So scout out great areas to work at to make studying more fun and less tedious. I’m not saying you should find the coolest café in town and spend lots of money on a cup of coffee. I’m saying find a library, study in a different room in your house, study at a relatives. Although, I did plan a trip to London with my friend, found a cool library and spent a few hours writing my report then explored the city. So, try and be creative but also on budget.

So this is it on episode 2. As usual, feel free to comment, add on and ask questions.

Remember to study honey, and make some money

Rose xx


However, before you read this please be informed that I have two breaks throughout the school year, the first break being the midterm break and the second break being the one over the holidays. Okay, now you may proceed hehez.

1. GIVE YOURSELF A FEW DAYS OF LIBERTY - It’s a break. Basically, have some time for yourself and distance yourself from any school-related crap you have in your house or room and relax. For example: in my midterm break was for a week so I took a day off from any school-related crap while my holiday break was two weeks so I took a week off.

2. LIST DOWN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DO OVER THE BREAK - List down your homeworks, reading assignments, projects, revisions you intend on doing, and if you feel like it, do some advance readings (it really helps, I swear). List down school supplies that you need to replenish so when you get back to school you’ll be once again armed to fight the forces within your school grounds. 

3. SCHEDULE THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO - Write down the days up until the day before you go back to school. After that, schedule those things you have to do. You could see I have two tables; one titled Reading Assignments and the second one titled with Revise, HW, MI (projects), and so on. In the list that I made before, I color coded the tasks so when I scheduled them there’s only dots as the tasks with its corresponding color. I shaded with a gray marker the days wherein there’s an event that will keep me from studying.

4. MAKE A TIMETABLE - Make a timetable and follow it. Be a bit strict with yourself. If you’re not able to follow it, it’s fine; however, you’ll be delayed in accomplishing your tasks and will have to adjust your schedule.


hope this helps :))

anonymous asked:

how do u take/organize your notes?

Generally, I take notes using OneNote - and it’s like the best thing ever.

I’ve tried Notability and Word before, but nothing is as organised as OneNote (esp for class notes), so you may want to try that too. (plus i use OneNote for bullet journal and other things too - it’s basically my life)

Class notes: what I do basically is that i would usually have the pdf version of the lecture slides on the left hand side and add my own lecture notes on the right hand side (in red color). (btw I use “-” to connect the words i want to jot down / the words that i heard, i don’t necessarily do complete sentences since this is faster and it helps me to capture so much more information)

Readings: Yes, I take notes for readings, and i personally think that this saves me time from looking at the whole thing before exams. I either do outline of the articles from scratch, or just add some summaries and notes next to the pdf printouts of the readings. The same thing goes for textbooks if I want to do an outline of them. (I use blue for my own summaries and notes)

Study Guides: this is the part where i combine everything into one word document. Since i personally love to study printed notes before exams, I would basically go through all my notes mentioned above, and compile (through copy and paste mostly since you have already done everything) them into one word document - sorted by topics. So, the only thing I need to study during the revision period for exams is basically one Word document (or a booklet).

How I did well in the UKCAT

Its worth saying that I applied to medicine twice before getting in, the UKCAT score I got the first time was well higher than the second time. My application was strong enough to receive offers from higher UKCAT threshold universities as well my back up non UKCAT assessing university. 

I decided to write this post because I found my old notes on how I organised my mind to do well in the UKCAT and thought I’d share with the Medblr community.

Here goes! 

Verbal Reasoning (650)

  1. Read the question/statement and allocate a keyword!
  2. Skim passage, try looking for the keyword.
  3. If its there, read the sentence before and after and decide between true, false and can’t tell.
  4. If you can’t decide between them. Flag and move on.
  5. If you cant find the keyword. Flag and move on. Its not worth wasting time deciding whether or not you’ve selected the correct keyword. 

Abstract Reasoning (750) 

If anything I practiced this the most and scored high in it. The way I arranged my mind for this section is as follows

  1. I formed a set of categories upon which I scanned each question and decided which category it best fit.
  2. The categories were; shape, colour, number, arrangement and the WHAT THE ABSOLUTE HELL category. Usually in that order. 
  3. These categories have sub categories too. For example: type of shape, features of shape that repeat in the set ( e.g. a triangle in each set). It does get more complicated sometimes where categories intermix, like  1 fully shaded triangle in the right hand corner of each box in the set. 
  4. Breathe, I know that was a lot to read. Practice makes you faster.
  5. When your in the WHAT THE ABSOLUTE HELL category, guess, flag and then move on. You most likely won’t have time to come back to this. Make an educated guess. Flagged is incase you have time to have a second look. 

Quantitate Reasoning (820)

Im being truthful here and telling you I hardly practiced QR. Im really good at mental maths. Seriously I never used the calculator throughout this section on the UKCAT and here are some tips. 

  1. READ my child READ! Because sometimes you dont need to look at the information given at all. Sometimes everything you need is in the question itself. Best believe it. 

Originally posted by halloweenmagick

  1. Round, saves SO much time. If the options are in close range, round smaller. 
  2. If you’re not good in maths, practice as much as possible. Revise your times tables and know the basic formulae for area, volume, perimeter etc. Revise stats and make sure you know how to do basic ratios, percentages, mean, range etc. Make sure you know how to read a graph. 
  3. Flag anything that you dont get first time and move on. If something is time consuming, its worth moving on and finishing the easier ones. 

Decision Analysis (500) 

I still cry at this. WHY?

Funny enough, after AR I practiced this the most. When I tested myself this section was always my highest score. Funny. 

Originally posted by thatssocarl

My tips if you choose to take any is:

  1. Don't dig deep into this too much. You begin to confuse yourself dreadfully.
  2. Take your time, these are all supposedly do-able. So each one you get is one worth getting correctly. 
  3. Look for words that indicate what the sentence is about.

Situation Judgement Test (Band 1)

I scored Band 1 both times when I did the UKCAT. The first time I did it, SJT was still being trialled. My main tip for this: Read the GMC guidelines for doctors and medical students. This is what structured my way of thinking in both a professional manner and an empathetic one. Its worth reading. 


  1. Flagging is your best friend. 
  2. Love it because hating it will only discourage your preparation. Love it LOVE IT, you can hate it when its over. 
  3. If you begin to fluster during the exam because its the third question you’re flagging because you really don’t know whats going on. Take a moment. Tell yourself that you got this. Im telling you YOU GOT THIS!
  4. Dont go back, move forward. Even if you’ve flagged ten in a row move forward and only go back once you’ve been through them all. 
  5. Each question is worth a point. Whether the question is easy or hard, its still worth the same. This is why I tell you to flag the tricky ones and do all the easyish ones. 
  6. Sleep the night before and have breakfast. Stimulate your brain. 

I know this gives me a rather average overall score (goddamn you DA) but it was good enough for all the medical schools I applied too. 

Good luck! 

anonymous asked:

You're writing a book?!?! Tell me more!

Oh, I could go on and on. 

The query rough draft at the moment reads

A master magician kidnapped Marguerite Fides two years ago.  After Summoning her through the fabric of the universes to a parallel world, he forced into his army.   For two years she’s been his inquisitor, reading minds for information, desperate to go home. Now that she finally might have what she needs to make her escape, she has to confront what that would mean.

If she leaves, she can live a good, peaceful, simple life.  All she has to do is abandon the friends she’s made to a brutal civil war where magic users are both weapons and targets.   All she has to do is walk away from a man who loves her.  All she has to do is abandon the young political genius trying to heal this world. 

All she has to do is betray everything she’s ever been taught to believe in.

The choice is hers.

But that requires quite a bit of editing.  It’s basically a YA sword and sorcery. There are seven-ish YA characters and two adult characters and I’m in the middle of my sixth revision.   I hope to be querying this summer.   It’ll be a long process, and it’s all somewhat disheartening at the moment.

Starting Your AS Levels

Hello! Here are some tips I have about going from GCSEs to AS level:

  • Keep your GCSE notes- please keep any relevant gcse notes because they can be useful for going over things that you’re doing in more depth at AS. You don’t have to keep them all (for example, if you’re doing art, history, english lit, and philosophy you won’t need your physics or french notes), just make sure you don’t throw away notes that you’ll regret not having later as you may want to look over them to recap basic ideas! Or maybe a friend or sibling in another year may find them useful- you never know so please don’t rush to burn them!
  • Go over things after every lesson- at the beginning of year 12 all my teachers said this to me and I just ignored them because like seriously no thanks, but when it came to spring I deeply regretted not going over things as suddenly I had to recap everything in just a few weeks! So I’d suggest that maybe one night every week, go over everything you’ve learned, rewrite notes if needed, and do extra practice questions on things you’re not sure of- it’ll definitely be worth it in the long run, trust me! Also it’s good to make revision notes throughout the year; for example, if you have a test on one topic of a subject, make some good quality notes and keep them as during exam season you’ll be so happy that you already have some good notes. The night before one of my AS chemistry exams I was trying to cram my way through the whole syllabus (revise early!! I’ll talk about this next) and cried tears of joy when I found a set of notes I’d made previously as it’s much easier to revise from concise notes than it is a textbook or your school notes.
  • REVISE EARLY!!!!!!- I’m currently in the middle of my AS exams and omg please please please start revising early! I kept saying ‘it’ll be fine, I’ll start next week’ from like January until mid-April and by then it was too late and I ended up not being able to revise everything I needed to and to a poorer enough level overall. Therefore please start revising definitely before March- this sounds a bit extreme as that leaves around 2.5 months before exams but ‘revise’ doesn’t just mean ‘write intense notes’: make mind maps, timelines for subjects like history, flashcards, do past papers, make notes based off mark schemes so you know what key words examiners like, etc. Make resources so that when it is April/May time you won’t be panicking (as much) as you already have concise notes to then make even more concise and specific notes off, and hopefully you’ll be much clearer on things from the start of the year that otherwise you’d have forgotten completely!
  • Do your homework- teachers set it for your benefit so by not doing it you’re just setting yourself back! Try to do it as soon as possible after you get it and please do actually try when doing it- don’t just google the answers straight away (I am very guilty of this and it only made things worse in exams as I hadn’t built up technique).
  • USE YOUR FREES- free periods are an absolute blessing and it’s easy to just see them as extra break times. However they are given to you for a reason and it’s soooooo important that you actually use them for what they’re for- working! It’s okay to be ‘free’ in your frees sometimes but more than not you should be working in them; catching up on homework, doing past exam questions, improving your notes, etc. Most sixth forms/colleges have quiet working areas/study centres so do try to take advantage of these areas in your frees- it means you have less work to do at home!
  • Plan- buy a planner/diary (if your school doesn’t provide you with one) and use it! Make sure you write down all your homework and when its due as it is extremely easy to lose track of things, especially if you have multiple teachers for one subject! I’d also recommend having a whiteboard or something in your bedroom where you can write a clear and visible to-do list.
  • Be organised- most sixth forms like you to use files and to write your notes on A4 lined paper, unlike in ‘books’ like you did in lower school. It’s extremely easy to end up with a messy file so please make sure that you organise it well (use dividers and maybe buy a mini hole punch and stapler to go in your bag- teachers are too good at not hole punching sheets…) as this will make revision a lot easier! It also makes a good impression on your teachers.
  • Crappy teachers- there isn’t much worse than having a crappy teacher at A level. It’s seriously frustrating- especially if there’s another class for the subject you’re doing who have the good teacher! If you’re unfortunate enough to get a bad teacher, please don’t let it define your grades! Download your exam’s spec from their website, buy a textbook/revision guide, etc, Basically do as much as you can to make sure you’re learning everything that you should be and that you don’t fall behind. Maybe talk to another teacher if you really need help or straight up tell your teacher that you aren’t learning from them- most are happy to help and don’t realise that they’re so bad! Tell them how you learn best and maybe they can adapt to help you.
  • Buy revision guides/wider reading- please try to get a hold of revision guides as they will save your life during exam season. If money is tight, speak to a teacher as most schools have bursary funds that can help you out if needed. It can also be good to do some wider reading, especially around subjects you may want to continue in the future- ask teachers or google for recommendations.
  • Use online resources- if your school has access to revision websites, etc. please try to use them! Really take advantage of as many resources as you can since A-level resources are more scarce than GCSE ones.
  • Make decent notes- this one is very important! Please make sure that your notes throughout the year are good quality- if you feel like they aren’t then make sure you add to them using a textbook/revision guide as otherwise you might end up revising from sub-par notes and therefore won’t get the top grades.
  • Catch up- if you miss a lesson (even if a friend tells you that you didn’t miss anything important) always go and see your teacher as soon as possible! You must make sure you don’t miss a single thing and also it’ll make your teacher like you more since you’re actively trying to catch up!
  • Give yourself a break- please make sure you have a life outside of school work! But also make sure you don’t get too wild; usually the people who flake out are the ones who party too hard or work too hard. So make sure you find a good balance. Sixth form/college is an awesome chance to make/maintain some amazing friendships so make the most of it! Also please don’t feel pressured to get a girl/boyfriend and if you do, do not let your relationship get in the way of your grades.
  • Good habits- also try to make sure you stay healthy and make good diet/exercise habits. It’s vital that you have an outlet (running, tennis, walking you dog, whatever you like) outside of school. Also, exercise is good for your brain! A levels can be extremely stressful so you need to try to take care of yourself or else you might not make it- I know many people who dropped out because they couldn’t deal with the stress so you need to try to deal with this as best you can. If you do start to struggle, talk to a teacher as this is very common and there’s lots they can do to help you! 
  • It’s okay to fail- there is no way (unless you’re superhuman) that you can continue getting the same grades at GCSE and at AS; for example I got A’s and A*s in chemistry all through GCSE (an A at the end) and in AS I always got B’s (and a few D’s…). AS is such a huge step up in most subjects (some you may find are quite similar- I found this for geography but most are way more complex) so it’s totally fine to not get the top grades; at AS you can’t even get A*s (they don’t exist) and E’s are still a pass so it’s really not expected of you to get the same grades as gcse, especially at the beginning. It can be disappointing but please try not to get down about this! At the start of the year I was getting mostly D’s-B’s and towards the end it was more B’s and a few A’s so there’s plenty of time to improve. Also, if you feel that at the beginning of the year you want to swap subjects, do talk to your teachers as this may be possible within the first few weeks. Remember that you could retake year 12 if thins went terribly wrong so it’s not the end of the world if you fail everything! Also the new AS levels don’t count towards your final A level grade so you do get a second chance.
  • Overall: so overall the jump can be pretty daunting but to be honest it’s really not that bad as long as you stay organised and ask for help if you need it. In sixth form, learning is more your own responsibility so you need to make sure that you are doing enough work outside of school and that you understand all topics being covered. Year 12 and 13 are seriously some of the best years of school (the best yet to be honest) so do also try to make the most of them!

I hope this is helpful and please do feel free to send me any questions you might have! :)


~ 040617 || day 1 / 100 days of productivity

decided to finally try and do 100 days of productivity starting today ! i made some notes on the themes in romeo & juliet, had the best lunch ever, revised some electricity basics and ticked off everything in my bujo ! now im rereading my favourite book and listening to one of my favourite albums :)

song of the day: we, first - elris

CSBB Author Spotlight: trueloveseyeroll

Today’s Captain Swan Big Bang Spotlight features @trueloveseyeroll!

What is your writing process like?

I usually take a couple of days to get the idea formed, writing down in a notebook and on my laptop and basically everywhere. Once I’ve got the idea, I try writing the story without thinking about which words to choose or anything specific. I just write a very detailed outline of the story I guess. And then it’s back to the start, revising everything again and again until I’m happy enough with the result.

What do you think your greatest strength is as a writer?

I tend to focus a lot on the characters, trying to make them seem as human as possible. If a character feels flat I lose all hope for my story. With fanfics I’m always afraid to make the characters too OOC, so I work a lot on making sure they feel true to themselves, although AU’s allow for a bit of twist.

What’s a particular trope or kind of story you’ve wanted to try, but haven’t gotten to yet?

I’ve had this idea for a summer camp AU for a long while, but I’m still letting it simmer. Some of my best memories are from summer camp, and I would love to write captain swan as camp counselors.

Who is your favorite OUAT character to write?

Probably Emma. I like writing Killian too, but it’s often difficult because it’s sometimes too easy to exaggerate his flowery language or too hard to get his thought process right. Emma’s difficult too, but she’s also my favorite character ever, and I feel a connection with her that just makes it easier to write her - and really fun too!

If you are new to the Captain Swan Big Bang, what made you decide to sign up? What are you looking forward to?

I’ve been in the fandom for a couple of years, but i’ve never participated in anything. I’ve been a real lurker. Because the show might be ending soon, I felt that this was my last chance to finally reach out and say hi!

Favorite Fics:

The Christmas Experience (AO3)

This was the first fic I wrote and posted for Captain Swan. I hadn’t been writing for a long while, and then inspiration struck for a cs holiday fic. It’s the fic that got me writing again, so that’s why I’m proud of it.

acting with consequences (AO3)

I really liked the idea I had for this fic - an actor AU set in the enchanted forest. I worked a lot on getting the interactions between everyone right, and I’m okay-proud of the result :)

A Sea of Blue Flowers (AO3)

This is the longest cs fic I’ve written so far, and I’m proud of that in itself. I also like the  atmosphere  I managed to create in the story.

Check out trueloveseyeroll on FFnet - AO3 - Tumblr

May Masterpost Challenge! 5/20 Masterposts

May Masterpost Challenge by @educatier, the goal is to make 20 Masterposts in May!

How to: Self-Study

So this is my post on how to study by yourself, not for a course or exam, though some of the information will still be useful if you are studying for a course or exam!

Planning study:

If you don’t have a course to follow or deadlines, making sure that you’re progressing can be difficult.

  • Figure out how much time you can spend on studying each day, and set it aside for studying.
  • Figure out daily, weekly and monthly goals for your studying, and think about how to achieve those goals, then make a to-do list for each day that will help you get where you want to be.
  • Write up a study plan - write the times you can study and what you want to achieve in that time. 
  • Know how you study best. (This is especially important if you have limited time.) If writing notes out isn’t helpful, or only helps a little, don’t do it. If watching explanations on Youtube helps, then do that, and vice versa. When you don’t have much time, it’s important to make full use of it.
  • Don’t try to do everything at once. Whilst self-studying means you can study based on interest and to understand anything you’re personally struggling with, understanding still takes time. Don’t expect to memorise everything the first time you cover it, and be patient with yourself.
  • Revise regularly. If you want to remember the content you’ve already covered, revise. You don’t necessarily have to do this by sitting down and reading - test yourself, try to teach someone else, write down everything you remember, or (for languages) use it in practice. This is the easiest way to find out where the gaps in your knowledge are, and to identify anything you’ve forgotten. 

What to Study:

  • Start with the basics. For languages, this is sentence structure, the verbs “to have/be”, basic phrases, genders, the present tense, plurals, questions, negative sentences, common vocab, and maybe a few conjunctions and prepositions. 
  • Build upon what you know. If you already know something, it’s okay to skip it. Just be careful that you really do know it - if you can’t remember something when testing yourself, revise it before moving on. 
  • Know your needs. Why are you studying? Learn the basics, and learn some more advanced concepts, but if you have no need to know something, touch on it, but don’t spend too much time on it. 
  • If you’re stuck on the actual content to cover, have a look at online textbooks. Make a list based on each chapter, and add to it as necessary.

How to Study:

  • Focus on understanding, not remembering. Obviously you need to remember concepts, but being able to list concepts doesn’t mean you can use them in context. You can memorise a sentence in your target languages, but if you don’t understand how to break it down and build it back up, actually communicating is going to be difficult. 
  • Make sure you don’t need prompts. Prompts are great when you’re testing yourself, but if you don’t know the content without the prompt, it will be a lot harder to build upon what you’re studying now. 
  • Make a list of questions about the topic you just studied. This helps you identify what you don’t understand, as well as more advanced concepts that will build upon what you just learned. 
  • Cross reference, especially if you’re only using one resource for your studying. If you’re reading about the present tense in your target language, google “present tense in x language” and read a few other articles. Other perspectives are helpful, and mean you aren’t totally reliant on one resource.
  • If you don’t understand terminology, Google it. I didn’t know what a participle was until I started learning French again. I made notes about tenses that use participles, but I didn’t know what a participle was, so I didn’t fully understand the notes I was taking. If you can’t figure something out from context, Google it sooner rather than later. 
  • Put your learning into practice. Practice chatting with native speakers, keep a journal, or watch or listen to content in your target language. This is the best way to test what you actually know, and identify gaps in your knowledge. 
  • Overlearn. To get a full understanding of a concept, learn more advanced concepts that rely upon it, and do extra research about it. For language learning, this means researching how a particular structure came about, or learning another tense. Just don’t prioritise learning the more complex information before you understand the basics!
  • Study little and often. Studying without the pressures of a course or deadline means that studying is supposed to be fun! Don’t overload yourself with work, which will make you more likely to give up studying.

I hope this helps! If there’s anything else you find helpful, please let me know!

anonymous asked:

could you give me some tips on how you got an A in biology a level as im going to be studying it next year and i have no idea how to organise my work and time, thank you!


I’m not 100% sure how you get an A in biology but I will say what I did for revision in Biology. 

In Lessons:

A lot of this is more what my teachers did rather than me, but class time is a lot of your time.

  • I get all my things out as soon as I get in so I can start as soon as possible.
  • In class I make rough notes on A4 paper. I don’t write everything down and I don’t spend ages on them, so I can listen closer to the teacher. 
  • I try to actively listen throughout the lessons and focus hard. I personally prefer putting extra effort in lessons even though it tires me out.
  • I do talk to my classmates. Partly about Biology and partly not, but make sure you don’t talk too much about the non-biology part.
  • While I wait outside I might look at flashcards on my phone if no one else is there yet.

In Free Periods:

  • Use your free periods!!
  • I had a free period two lessons before my Biology lesson and I used to spend it doing my homework. I also had one afterwards, which I used to review the work I did the past lesson.
  • Most of my rewriting notes was done in my free periods. I used the library as it’s quiet and the textbooks already there. When rewriting I’d neaten everything up, organise information into a better order, add more information from the textbook and improve my diagrams. 
  • Rewriting takes a lot of time and patience, so it’s not for everyone. I liked it for Biology though as it just solidified everything in my mind and a lot of it is words. 
  • If it’s not your thing, you could do online notes so you can edit them or you could use post it notes to edit it.
  • Free periods are also a good opportunity to study with others, I used them on occasion to work with my classmates.
  • It’s also a good time for getting extra help, if there’s anywhere you can get some sort of tutor or help free periods are the best time to go get this.

Generally/ At Home:

  • I used online flashcards to learn definitions and short facts. There’s lots of pre-prepared ones on memrise, but they do occasionally have annoying spellings. I got round this by making my own, which was good, if you have the time.
  • I also had physical flashcards, but I wrote summaries of the entire course when it got to exam time.
  • Another thing I did when it approached exam time is make lots of large posters with summaries of each area. 
  • Generally, I’d say the best method for revision at the end of the year is to summarise and cover everything. You need to know all the basics and be able to piece them all together as well. If you have a large breadth and depth of knowledge you can take on any of the questions.
  • When you get set tests during the terms, study hard, not only because it gives you predicted grades but also because that extra study/reminder of information helps you remember it better in the long term.
  • The other main idea is to repeat. That’s why I like rewriting my notes and doing summaries, repetition helps you to memorise. You can also make links as you look back and see why what you learnt before is relevant to this or how it links to what you’ve learnt since you were taught it.

I hope this helps! Good luck :)