I don’t see a lot of posts about how to effectively study for history classes, so I’m going to give it a shot! Warning: long post coming up!
Practice identifying the significance of something. The entire point of history is to learn the significance of different events and people. I guarantee that at some point you will be asked to state the significance, which is where this comes in handy. Also, knowing how to do this will vastly improve your essays.
Use timelines. Even if your teacher doesn’t make it mandatory to know dates, you should understand the order that major events happen. I will either write out a timeline or order my cue cards in the order they belong in after studying. Also, if your teacher does mark dates, you can at least be sure you know the decade it happened in even if you don’t know the full year.
Write extremely thorough notes. In some classes, like math, if you get something really well, you can kind of relax on the depth of your notes. I do not recommend this in history! Write down everything that seems important: names, dates, symbols, fun facts. The more you know, the easier it is to get full marks on a test without bullshitting.
Don’t rely on crash courses or internet research while studying. Your teacher taught you what they want you to know. While watching a crash course video might be a good way to start preparing for a course while on summer vacation, it is not an effective way to study for a test. The information in the video is not what you were taught in class, so it won’t be that helpful. Internet research is the same – you can easily find dates and locations, but the specific information taught in class can only be found in your personal notes.
Talk to people in the class. Some things in history are open to interpretation. A good way to get lots of opinions and viewpoints on a certain subject is to hold a study group and discuss the material. You guys can also help each other remember small details from the notes. Certain things will just stick in your brain while others won’t, so reviewing the notes with other students is a really good way to make sure you aren’t missing anything.
Write essay outlines. In a history class, you will probably be writing a lot of essays. So many of my friends have massive problems with history essays because they don’t organize them prior to writing. If you just start talking about an event and don’t know where to go next, you’re going to have a total trainwreck. Organize your thoughts!! Plan what you are going to write!! It doesn’t take that long and it will save your life every time you write an essay.
Read “Politics and the English Langauge” by George Orwell.
Learn how to write footnotes manually. Writing footnotes and formatting your paper yourself isn’t that hard to do. It will help you out a lot when Word isn’t working or something goes wrong with the formatting feature.
Be an expert during presentations. If you are doing a presentation, be an absolute expert in the topic. Try not to read from any notes and be sure that you can answer any questions the class or teacher might have. Presentations are a good way to boost your mark, so try and be super knowledgeable and impress your teacher.
Learn how to write a thesis. If you’re writing an essay, your thesis should be clear. In high school, you can usually figure out what your thesis should be by figuring out what the main question you’re trying to answer is, then answering it. Make sure that your answer is focusing on just one viewpoint, not somewhere in the middle. And, ask a teacher or friend to look at your thesis before you start writing!
This is all I can think of for the time being, but I might add more later. Or message me if you have other ideas you think I should add to my list!
There is nothing more capitalist bullshit then the fact that there is something called an “intelligence quotient,” and it is a single number that represents something as abstract as your entire intelligence, and it is found by taking a bullshit test, and white dudes sit on the internet and brag about their “scores.” Like you’ll never find more capitalist bullshit than that. This is what capitalism reduces us to.
I still think about that art history teacher i had in high school who just flat out told my class that “if we didn’t already know how, she was going to teach us how to bullshit essays” bc that genuinely set me up for academic success in college
I had a fidget cube sitting on my desk at work bc I got a bit too close to mental breakdown after a round of notes came out and it helps ok? So it’s sitting there, and a coworker comes by, sees it and comments about how I have a fidget spinner, which one, no, it’s a cube not a spinner. and more importantly, coworker, you know me, you have met me. During rendering and processing time I do origami and my desk is covered in tiny things. when you ask me a question I click my nails together until I find the answer. I spin pens when I’m designing. I got overwhelmed when it was too loud and had to walk away. I slowly shred napkins. I have four fidgets in my purse at any given time and I will fidget with absolutely anything. So. coworker, seriously? and he laughed and made a joke about trends, and I’m not upset he said it, but I am kinda upset I didn’t have a better response than a baffled Yes???? I wish I got solid eye contact and said in a dead pan, “Dude, I’m autistic.”
because it occurs to me now, six hours later, that my boss made a comment recently about the nail clicking and if it has a purpose, and another coworker said something about how I’m very strange, which, yes, I am, thanks. And then ANOTHER coworker saw that I had a ten hour loop of light of the seven in my headphones and asked how I hadn’t gone crazy, and this thing doesn’t have a point, but I am pretty sure that conversations were had about me and at some point someone is going to ask me straight out.
I hereby announce June 27th, 2017, 11 PM to 12 AM PST, as “Crash Test Dummies Hour”, where we reblog every single post on the 90s Canadian band Crash Test Dummies and tag @staff in an attempt to piss off Tumblr staff for the Safe Mode bullshit
Don’t feel pressured that high school will be ‘the greatest 4 years of your life’ because your not going to think that when your there. Youll either hate it, or it’ll be whatever. People only say it’s the best because nostalgia.
Go to a bunch of school events. Dances, games, pep rallies, whatever. They’ll probably dumb, but your entire school will be dumb together.
Youll have that one teacher that you fucking hate, but everybody loves. Youll have that one teacher everybody hates but you love. And they’ll be that teacher that everybody fucking hates. The best way to make friends in that class and make it bearable is too shit talk that teacher with your classmates.
Your English teacher will either be like the one above, or the best person you’ll every meet. Be friends with that teacher, don’t be afraid of being a teachers pet. Don’t be afraid to kiss ass
If any upperclassmen pick on you, chances are they’re fucking assholes and everyone in their grade thinks they’re annoying.
Classes are harder. But if any teacher scares you like “Next year your teachers won’t baby you and give you extensions/extra credit/make up work” They’re fucking liars.
Nobody cares what kind of clothes you wear or back pack you own
You guys are going to be loud and irritating to older people no matter what, so fuck it. Youll grow out of it, and when you hit senior year, you’ll laugh back at yourself. All of the seniors now we’re like that too.
If a senior boy or girl hits on you, you should probably avoid them, chances are they don’t have your best interest at heart.
It you don’t want to shave your legs or pits or whatever for gym or PE, dont. Nobody will fault you.
Sex ed will be stupid and un informative. Don’t take it serioisly. The only part to take 100% serious is if they give you information to clinics and such. Copy that down.
Dye your hair. Get piercings. Fuck it.
Don’t judge others for how they look and you’ll be happier.
Don’t feel pressured to stay in a relationship. It’s normally if they last for less then a month.
Don’t feel pressured to stay with the same friends from middle school. Meet new people.
Every actor on television playing high school students are in their 20’s, it’s okay if you don’t look like that.
If you mensturate, yes, at some point, it’s going to happen at the worst moment, and it’s going to suck. Do NOT be afraid to ask total strangers for a tampon or pad, they will not care.
Join clubs and sports! Join a sport youve never considered playing! Fuck it.
If you join your schools GSA or LGBT club, 90% are going to be straight allies. But I guarantee you, most of then will come out as queer by the time they graduate.
If your queer, don’t feel bad if your sexuality changes a lot. It’s not your fault.
Keep your ID in your wallet or back pack. Don’t loose that shit.
Suprise! You won’t be as emo, scene or goth by the time you graduate. Yours and others interest in wolves/vampires/invader Zim will decrease dramatically
Guys will be allowed to were naked women on t shirts but girls will be sent to the office for spaghetti straps. It’s all bullshit and I’m sorry.
Don’t be afraid to go home and cry sometimes
If you effortlessly got great grades in middle school, you have to reach yourself how to study now. I’m sorry
If you hear a lot of rumors about somebody , do yourself and them a favor and don’t talk behind their backs
There’s no such thing as someone stealing a boyfriend or girlfriend, only cheating boyfriends and girlfriends
If someone says that you slept with them, and you didn’t or didn’t want anyone to know, destroy them. Spread rumors about how gross or bad they were, and warn others about it.
It’s okay to fall in love, but it’s also okay to fall out of love. You might feel like you’ll marry your current significant other, but you won’t.
Don’t put whoever your dating above your friends.
Youll know people that get pregant while in school. Stick by them because they need you.
It’s okay to have anime buttons and shirts, but do not write fanfiction for English class, do not openly talk about explicit smut, do not yell about your feels, do not scream and go up to a stranger who also has those same interests, and do not bombard others with your interests.
You are not better then other people for liking certain stuff or not liking certain stuff.
It’s okay to like pop! It’s okay to like reality tv! It’s okay to like clothes! Its okay to like makeup! Its okay to lime anybof these as much as its okay not to like them! Regardless of gender!! You don’t have to be the quiet shy person who is better then everyone else for drinking tea and reading to be interesting.
All your yearbook pictures will be terrible.
Youll be tires and sleep alot more. If someone asks you to hang out but you’d rather take a nap, take a nap.
Don’t hate things to be cool! Don’t hate your back to school/welcoming freshmen pep rallies! Enjoy the excitment!
Okay, this might sound dumb, but don’t try to ‘seduce’ a teacher. As in, if you have a crush on a teacher, try to get over it asap and don’t be around them as much. It will never be okay.
Alot of guys will be fucking irritating and sexist. Don’t be afraid to call them out on it, especially when defending another girl.
Guys, girls don’t find it attractive pretend to be macho. Men lie and say girls like assholes to justify why they’re single. Girls are complex and d ifferent people who are all attracted to different personalities. There’s no one secret to getting girls to like you.
If your queer and get bullied in PE or the locker rooms, tell a teacher or an upperclassmen. If the teacher does nothing or makes it worst, go to you principal. If they do nothing, go to your school board. If they do nothing, post pictures and shit online and make a HUGE fucking deal about it. It’s a violation of your student rights.
The older you get, the more times youll.listen to someone talk and think “ I could definetly input my opinion here, but it won’t help.thebsituation or conversation, so I better not” and that’s what being mature is.
AP classes are bullshit, but take the tests.
Take your SAT As soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate. Itll be easier on everyone.
The food quality will not improve.
Either take art 1 your freshman year or senior year. Freshman year will be full of freshmen like yourself, but senior year there will be like 7 other bitter and angry seniors that you can dick and round with all year.
MOST IMPORTANT It doesn’t matter if you absolutely know what you want to do and go to college for right now. By senior year, it will change or you won’t know. THAT S OKAY. Talk to the people around you, and 85% of them will be as lost as you are. If you ever feel like your falling behind or are lost, talk to your classmates! Everyone is!
Please anyone else add anything I’m missing
A good example, perhaps the epitome, of excellent game design is that in Bloodborne, when you open up an opponent for a backstab with a charged attack, even if it kills the enemy, you are still given an opportunity to visceral and make them even deader than they were before for that extra catharsis