So this is the most efficient way I’ve found to create a study schedule. I’m sure I’m not the first one to use this method, but these are my pictures. Sorry if I couldn’t be more of a perfectionist when it comes to the aesthetics of it all cuz i’m really busy right now now! let’s begin.
1. Write a task list
write down in a random piece of paper (you can throw out later or not) every little study task, assignment, etc. you need to do for the time you want to schedule.
make the tasks as detailed as you possible can so you can get a better grasp of what you actually have to do.
You can do as many sheets as you feel comfortable, I did a bunch because I’m trynna do the most for my exams.
2. Fit your tasks in your calendar
Depending on the time you have to complete all your tasks, divide them day by day or week by week. That’s why it’s great to start early, cuz the sooner you start, the less you have to do each day.
The less you have to do each day, the more likely you are to stick to the plan.
e.g: have 20 tasks to do in 10 days. That means 2 tasks a day.
It’s crucial that you manage your time wisely. Some tips for not overscheduling:
be super duper realistic, even if you feel kinda bad. Just because you want to finish that task in 30 minutes, doesn’t mean you’ll do it. some things take time and you know it, you’ve probably worked enough to know how long your usual study tasks take you.
if you have absolutely no idea, schedule a day (per week if you can)for catch up. All the tasks you couldn’t finish during the week go to that day.
If you end up doing everything that week, just skip the catch up day and continue with your schedule.
2.1. Write everything down
Write down in a separate piece of paper or your planner the tasks for each day. Doesn’t have to look pretty. The big list looks scary and the division day by day or week by week should make you feel much better. I have 8 weeks till exams so I divided by week.
3. Make stuff look pretty now
If you don’t have a weekly planner you don’t have to, just get a random notebook or your bujo, your prettiest post its & washi, or just your pens and start making daily spreads so you can check your tasks more easily, copying from that previous messy spread. Make it as spaced as possible, I made a spread per week.
You don’t have to make all of your spreads at once, I did the first 2 weeks. After a while you can always go back to that messy spread and continue your planning, adjust what you need.
4. Daily planning
If you want to make 100% sure you are managing your time well, get a daily planner if you can, doesn’t have to be brand. This one has half an hour time blocks from 8 to 21, but there are tons out there, cheap ones too.
I colour code each of my subjects, and some other important tasks like exercise and reading.
I start by marking my meal times first.
Then any events. That day I only had swimming practice, I would also mark class the days I have it.
Finally, you are left with all the time of the day to complete your tasks. Fill time to complete each task. Make sure you give yourself plenty of breaks, not too many, not too little. With practice it’ll come easier to you.
If you fail, wich will happen at some point, don’t give up, keep learning from your mistakes and schedule accordingly to what feels better to you. Everyone’s different.
So, if something doesn’t go as planned, push your tasks to your catch up day, and try your best to be as disciplined as possible.
keeping a positive mindset is very important not only in facing school, but in our daily lives as well. i am by no means a ball on sunshine and am actually quite the opposite but here’s how i try to keep myself positive even when things are looking pretty crap.
1. using bad grades as a motivation
bad grades are inevitable unless you’re some genius who gets all A’s all day err day. i usually take these bad grades as a motivation for myself to study harder. i mean sure it’s completely normal to be upset but use it to bounce back and get yourself in the mood to study.
2. it’s just a bad grade, it does NOT determine your future
one fail grade doesn’t mean you’re a failure, that you’re stupid. no, no, no and NO. everyone has topics or subjects they’re better at. it’s okay to fail a couple of tests but the most important thing is that you’ve put in you best effort into each test. it also doesn’t mean you’ll do badly for the rest of the year/term!! with hard work and a little help from your teacher or your friends i’m sure you’ll be able to pick yourself back up :)
3. hard work always brings results
and by this i don’t mean working hard aimlessly. i mean studying hard and ensuring you clarify what you don’t understand and then practicing to make sure it sticks in your mind. not just writing notes for the sake of writing them and then not understanding a single thing. if you are highly unconvinced about this, i am pretty much your living proof. i’d failed my secondary 3 additional math exam with the second worst grade and managed to pull myself up to a distinction during o’levels, with the help of tuition and me hardcore practicing add math and asking my tutor and friends for help along the way. ((i don’t mean to brag btw!! ><)) so yes, it is possible to improve. if you already decide that you can’t improve, you really won’t.
4. talk/rant it out
ranting or talking about it to a friend may be able to make you feel better, releasing any pent up frustrations. this honestly works for me because i am an explosive af person ((whoops)) and would always ranting about it to my friends. the worst thing you can do, in my opinion, is to swallow everything and keep everything to yourself because that’s the easiest way to a breakdown, which we would want to avoid going through.
5. remember that you aren’t alone
there will always be people struggling with their studies as well, you aren’t the only one struggling/stressed/frustrated/upset. and that’s okay. you don’t always have to have your shit together 24/7, 365 or 366 days a year. it’s okay to mope around for a while but what’s most important is that you pick yourself back up again. in fact, those who look as though they have their shit together may actually be breaking at the seams as well. so no, you aren’t alone. and it’s okay to not be okay. as cheesy as it sounds, it’s true. you can’t be perfect at everything; it’s unrealistic.
i hope this post kinda helped and if you have any requests on what kind of masterposts i should make, don’t hesitate to drop me a message and let me know!
also, if you need to talk to someone, i’m always willing to lend a listening ear. just send me a private message, i’ll get back to you as soon as i can.
stay strong, hang in there and you can do it!! xx -alysa :)
As part of my orientation for first year uni, I attended a session on how to make the most of lectures. Some of these tips and tricks are pretty straight forward, and can carry on from high school depending on the type of student you are/were. However, some of these also encourage you to become a more critical thinker, and help to better understand the content you’re learning in your lectures!
FIRSTLY, it is important to know WHY we go to lectures.
Lectures give us the essential and practical information we need to know about each subject we’re learning - Typically, lectures give you all the information you need to know for that week, and then you use that information in your tutorials later on.
Lectures provide an expert’s perspective of the content - Lecturers are usually well equipped with the knowledge surrounding your subject and provide useful perspectives, ideas and points of view regarding what you’re learning. This helps you to understand stuff more thoroughly, even if you don’t feel that way at first.
Following on from the previous point, lecture help to understand difficult concepts - Having someone talk through the information can help sort it out in your head rather than just reading a slab of text. Many lecturers will also use examples and anecdotes to substantiate the content, which not only helps you to understand, but can also be useful in assignments.
Lectures also encourage discipline specific styles of thinking - Different subjects require you to think differently eg. languages as compared to philosophy or a science. Going to lectures can expose us to these different thinking styles, which we also may adopt to other subjects should it suit.
PREPARING FOR LECTURES
Before your lectures, it’s important and helpful to have a general idea of what you’ll be expected to learn.
Review your lecture outline - This would usually be in your subject outline if you have one. It should specify what you’ll be learning each week. Try to determine what the aims of the lecture will be.
Consider how the topic fits in - Think about what you’ll be learning and how it’s connected to your subject. This causes you to think critically about what you will be learning.
READINGS - Make sure you read all the required readings before your lectures and tutorials so you can apply them to what you’re learning in class.
Make up questions - So while you don’t exactly know what you will be learning yet, you have a kind of general idea. Make up some questions of what you want answered in that lecture. If you have questions that follow the lecture or are during the lecture, write them down so you can ask them in your tutorial.
Now that you’ve prepared for your lecture, what do you do? Let me tell you that it is not to use the free uni wifi to do some online shopping!
Make a written record - Write down what you hear, see, feel. Obviously you want to mostly be taking notes of what your lecturer is actually saying, but adding reflective commentary helps to make your notes more memorable of the moment in which you actually learnt the content.
Listen for main ideas and clues to details - Your lecturer will be emphasising certain parts of their spiel so keep an ear out for them because they’re important!
Copy/create graphic aids - If your lecturer has included them in their slides then it clearly is meant to be helpful. Creating your own also helps you to better learn and understand.
Write down examples - Your lecturer may often refer to examples which help back up and explain what they are trying to say. These are important to help you understand and can also be useful in your essays and papers.
Write down any questions - Keep these for your tutorials so clarify anything you’re unsure about.
Actually listening in a lecture can be hard when there’s one person at the front of the room monotonously saying words that somehow sound like gibberish. So how do we make sure that we’re taking in everything we need to be?
Posture - Make sure you’re sitting up straight and not slouching in your chair! This engages your muscles, making you more alert and encourages blood to pump more efficiently through your body. Also try to sit in the first third of the theatre, closest to the lecturer to help you engage with the lecturer and reduce your likeliness to get distracted.
Look up from your notes and engage with your lecturer - Lecturers like this because it means you’re actually interested, and it can also force you to actually learn something instead of passively looking at your laptop or pen and paper.
Anticipate - Try to be at least one step ahead of the lecture. Not literally, but try to think about what they could be talking about next. This means you’re processing what they’re saying and grasping a better understanding.
QUESTIONS! - I’ll say it a million times, questions concerning anything you’re confused about are so important because it means you know what you don’t know and you have some intention of figuring it out.
Alternate listening, thinking and writing - You’ll have to be doing al three in your lecture so it’s important to master the rotation of them all.
BALANCING LISTENING AND NOTE TAKING
Sometimes note taking can affect our ability to listen to what the lecturer is actually saying, or sometimes we get so invested in what the lecturer is saying we forget to write it down. So where’s the happy medium?
Listen for clues - These may be any notes or graphics they put up on the screen, repetition, pauses or emphasis, their tone of voice, or the amount of time they spend on a particular topic. These are good to keep an ear out for as they can help you what to write down.
Listen for sign posts - These include words such as “this illustrates…”, “we know this because…”, or “scholars debate…” Lecturers are providing examples, evidence and issues within the topic here, which are important for you to have a better understanding and influence you to really reflect on it later on.
All this stuff about note taking, but why do we actually do it???
Helps us concentrate
Identifying what is most important
Helps embed the content into our memory
Improves analytical skills
Helps in later assignments for that subject
So how do we effectively take notes?
Obvious one, but don’t write everything down! - only what appears to be useful and the key points
Examples are really useful to have so take note of those
Questions (again lol), thoughts and reflective comments
New terminology, references and readings - create a glossary with any new terms you’re unsure of and take note of what your lecturer refers to and recommends that you read because these can extend you in your assessments and exams
Determine if the information is available elsewhere - if you have access to lecture slides then copious notes are not as necessary because the information will be readily available. If you won’t be able to get access to the lecture again make sure you have everything you need to know!
If the purpose of the lecture is to provide background or context, listen more than you write. This information is not vital to your subject, but having a thorough understanding in your head rather than on a piece of paper is very important.
If you are listening to your lecturers point of view on an issue, take note of their arguments and how they structure them. Having an understanding of this can be useful in the formulation of your own perspective on the issue.
Formatting notes seems to be such an important issue in the studyblr community, but really, everyone is individual and we all learn in different ways. These are just some tips that I heard in the session:
Leave lots of space - Negative space in your notes can help declutter your mind. Also if you need to write something else down on that page then you have more space!
Be creative with your notes - You don’t need to make them pretty, but make them yours so you can understand them.
It’s a good idea to write down the title of the lecture and the lecturer on your notes just for future reference.
You can make your notes diagrammatic - Not everything needs to be written down in words!
Use your own abbreviations
At the end of the day, you want your notes to be exam ready so you’re just reviewing them in your SWOTVAC period!!
AFTER THE LECTURE
When the lecture ends, that doesn’t mean you should forget about everything you have just learnt. Reviewing the content is important so our brains don’t give into Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve!!
Engage with the material again - Change the format of your notes, or imagine different applications of the information. This helps to have a better and stronger understanding.
Compare and contrast different ideas within the content.
Ask and answer any of your own questions, or even questions within a study group.
Make flash cards or mind maps or whatever helps you learn.
Discuss the material with your classmates
Try to apply the content to real life or real world issues.
Try to review within 24 hours of the lecture and then regular daily reviews for at least 15 minutes.
I hope that these tips are helpful in your studies, obviously not all of them are for everyone, but be open to try something new!! Good luck and much love, Emmanuelle xx
Hi, guys! So I realized between the last #Study Saturdays post and this one that the task of making a study schedule would be made a lot easier if you first had a study routine. So this week I will explain how to make a study routine. Next week will be about study schedules.
Also, I am defining the two a bit differently. Study routine is more fixed and study schedule is both more detailed and depends upon your work for that week.
(P.S. I didn’t go to public school – I was homeschooled – so I’m not very knowledgeable at how to study for that. This post is based on my experience at college.)
There’s so many different methods to do this. I will explain two of those ways.
The first step to creating any study schedule is having a place to write it down. I recommend working everything out on paper first and, if you prefer digital calendars, to then transfer it to Google Calendars or whatever electronic calendar you use. (The great thing about Google Calendars is that you would be able to make a separate calendar for your studying that’s apart from your personal calendar.)
If you prefer written, then there’s some great free printables made by Tumblr users for the express purpose of making a study schedule. My personal favorite is this one by @theorganisedstudent, or you could browse through my #free stuff tag, because I have a thing for printables LOL.
The second thing is to write down the times. My day usually runs from 7am to 11pm right now, so for every hour I am awake I make a slot for. (However, using printables means you have a limited amount of time slots, so you have to find a way around this. I ended up not including the times of day when I had classes and went by an hourly basis. If you could go by every 30 minutes, that would be great too!)
I started by blocking in all of the permanent fixtures in my week – things like class times, work, extra circulars, commute times, and sleep (I go to sleep a lot earlier on the weekdays than on the weekends). These are events that happen regularly every week and will most likely not change.
Now here’s where we split into different methods.
Method 1 is the looser and more flexible one. It’s great if you have teachers that like to change due dates and suddenly announce homework not mentioned in the syllabus (grr).
There’s three types of “sessions” we’re going to be working with in Method 1:
Study sessions: The title is pretty self-explanatory.
Fun sessions: These sessions are so you can have set times where you just enjoy yourself and don’t get over-stressed by school.
Responsibility sessions: These are for chores, running errands, and just general “getting stuff done.”
Each session’s time will be more or less depending upon what your life is like. For example, although I am currently working right now, during the fall and spring semesters I am a full-time student, so I will be able to devote the bulk of my energy to school. But if you have a job, you probably won’t be able to spend 6 hours a day studying.
Look at the free, unblocked time you have every day and add up how many hours that is. Now it’s time for the math-y part.
Here’s how I calculate how long each session should be:
Study sessions: They say for every one hour you spend in class, you should spend two hours studying. I will be taking 18 hours, so I multiplied that by 2 and then divided it by 7 (for every day of the week). I roughly estimate I should be doing about 5 hours of studying a day then. (EW.) These should then be divided into 2-3 hours long each. (And note that doesn’t mean you should be studying 2 hours straight. I recommend either using the Pomodoro technique or studying for 50 minutes, taking a 10-15 minute break, and then repeating.)
Fun sessions: This is pretty fixed. You need to about 6 hours every week just to relax and chill. You can divide this up however you want and place these 6 hours anywhere you choose. I like to have 30 minutes every evening to just pamper myself and then the remaining 3 ½ hours I spend with my best friends on Sunday.
Responsibility sessions: I don’t have a lot of adulting I have to do right now (thank goodness), so this takes me about 1-3 hours a week to get all my errands run, my space tidied, and my chores done. I usually reserve these tasks for Saturday.
Now that you have roughly the blocks, it’s time to place them into your schedule. There’s really no other trick for this than to work and rework it until it suits you. Be realistic, but don’t overwork yourself. Try to leave one day a week (I choose Sundays) where you have a significantly lighter workload, and use this day to recharge.
Notice that within your studying blocks, you don’t have to decide what subject you will be focusing on. If you don’t feel like working on X right now, you don’t have to – you can work on Y. It’s for this method that a study schedule (which will be discussed next Saturday) is most useful.
The first step to Method 2, which is a bit more rigid (and which I personally work better with, since I like structure) is to take a look at your subjects and rank in levels of difficulty: easy, medium, and hard. Factor in whether a subject requires a lot of reading or is a struggle to understand or takes practice (like math). @thaniastudies has a great method for ranking classes here.
Hard classes get 2 hours per day of studying.
Medium classes get 1 hour per day of studying.
Easy classes get 30 minutes per day of studying.
Then block in your schedule. This is really up to you LOL, customize it as you want. Because this method says what you should be studying, it’s requires more discipline, but if you ever have those moments when you look at your workload and don’t know where to start, this should help conquer that feeling.
This took so effing long to write. 😂😂 Hope it was helpful thougggghhhh and next week is Study Schedule. Have a lovely week, y’all!
“You’ve come to a custody agreement on your own?” The judge put on her glasses as she looked over the mountain of paperwork in front of her.
“Yes your honor.” You and Bucky both nodded as you waited for her words.
“It all looks good to me.” She looked at the both of you over the top of her bifocals. “And your property?”
“We divided it without dispute.” You were trying to remain calm as your whole life was being split down the middle in a stuffy courtroom. It didn’t seem fair. You got the house and your car and a guarantee of child support every month. But none of that would replace the feeling of losing your husband.
“That’s true, Mr. Barnes?” She turned her gaze to Bucky.
“That’s true.” He nodded, his hands folded in front of his body.
“Then I see no need to delay. Let’s move on through all of this and we’ll grant the divorce.” Your heart sank with her words. So this was it.
A/N: HERE IT IS LOVES I made it longer as a make up for it being so late xx Part 1Part 2
Also this has some parts of the newest episode (Jug’s birthday) but not exactly like the episode, I don’t want Cheryl and V to have beef so I cut that out and made it that they just crash the party for the lols ;) don’t hate me xx
Warnings: Fighting, swearing, angst, drinking etc
Word count: 3687
You got home and set up the couches for Archie and Kevin, then you and V cried about your failed love lives.
Then there was a knock at the door
You were still quite drunk, so the knock made you do a double take, you turned and counted how many people were in the room, Archie, Kevin, Veronica, Me. Who else was there?
You stood up and stumbled towards the door, you opened it slowly, hoping it wouldn’t be Jughead or Betty, they would dare show their faces, would they?
You were greeted by Chuck Clayton, “Chuck?” you asked, never in your life did you expect Chuck to be on your front door, “What’re you-” before you could finish your sentence, you noticed Reggie sitting on the ground, head leant back against the wall.
“What happened to him?” you asked as you noticed the bruises on his face, the blood coming from his nose and mouth, and his hand all cut and bruised.
How mocking new artists does not help them improve
i´m trying not to get obsessed by this shitshow but i cant help but think how people who think like plebcomics when it comes to mocking others drawings are actually harming art itself.
Like they go on to mock others under the label of constructive criticism, but these are too different things, you can give people advice and not be a dick about it.
when you mock someone who is just starting out, and yes this also includes beginners that are adults they actually feel discouraged in putting their stuff out there, they post their stuff online and then instead of ok your art needs improving heres how, they get your art sucks!!!! And i have seen this happen, that artist well stops posting their art , maybe they stop all together because they feel they aren´t good enough or maybe they do but do it in private.
And the damage is, that if they dont put their art because they dont feel confident out they wont get the constructive criticism they need to improve their own style, so it becomes a vicious cycle.
And i know what some are gonna say that they had their art mocked once but they learn to bear it, move on and improve and that people should stop being so sensitive and if you can´t handle “criticism”(if you can even call that) then they shouldn’t have posted online in the first place.
But here is the thing everyone deals with things different, a person who gets devastated by the insults of others is no less valid, saying those things won´t help them get better, .
Another thing that i have pointed out this stuff has also start to affect the confidence and behavior of even more experience if not talented artists as well, to me there is nothing more heartbreaking that seeing someone sheepishly posts their art that i actually think its good with the caption this is one my characters that sorry if it sucks haha. And just what say to those artist no you are being hard on yourself, you have actual talent, this is really lovely.
maybe at one point someone gave them shit for it, and they just putting a face of being humble and self-hating in other to appease some of the smug trolls. i keep thinking who hurt you for you to think this way.
and i have also been guilty of doing this myself, i once posted a few drabbles of story dialog with the disclaimer i dont know if this is any good because i have seen how nasty people on the internet can be, i wonder if its even worth posting anything if it means sacrificing my emotional well being. I have to slap myself and say that im just starting not everyone is prefect.
And for all their talk of we are just mocking shitty art trends which might even be subject for what is good or not (again not just talking about plebcomics and others as well) they are preventing new talent from showing in the art scene, those people are the true obstacle of self-improvement. Artists who could have gotten better even continue practicing their craft some well into adulthood had they still felt confident.
Trolls who mock first time artists who haven hurt anybody are the destroyers of artistic potential since they put down the joy of creating art, they are just as bad as those Su fans who almost drove a fanartist to suicide by harrasing them.
Tip to release resistance when negative thoughts are too much.
As you know, the first way the law of attraction affects you is by assisting you in your thoughts process, and matching same feeling thoughts to the ones you’re already thinking, creating a momentum, that will then translate to the vibration you’re sending out to creation.
But sometimes, we get caught in a negative momentum, and it can lead to severe anxiety or depression, where we feel like those negative thoughts are the only things we can think. We may try hard as we can to find a subject to feel better, but because the negative momentum is so strong, we often end up turning what used to be a positive into a negative, and we feel trapped there.
Whenever that happens, when there’s too much negativity going on in your head, I suggest that you don’t try to do positive affirmations right away, and meditation can also be difficult, because even if the goal is to quiet your mind, the momentum can be so strong that being left alone with your thoughts can turn against you. Don’t get me wrong, meditation is a great tool, but it has to be practiced daily, and not just when you need it. It’s like starting practicing for a marathon the day before, it won’t do much good.
In other words, you can’t make the jump from here to there.
In those case of extreme negativity, we need to find a way to soften the resistance before even trying to get your vibration up a positive momentum. One thing that I’ve found works great for me when I’m feeling stuck in a negative loop, is remembering the following :
“Whatever I’m thinking right now, those are only opinions, not facts !”
Actually, you can make it a rule to never believe the negative thoughts to be true when you’re feeling down, they are temporary opinions, nothing more. The law of attraction is just doing its job, by matching the vibration you’re sending out, but it’s doing it in an absolute neutral manner, it doesn’t convey facts, it just brings you what you asked for vibrationally. Saying that sentence can help you take a neutral state on what you’re thinking about, and by doing that, instead of fighting the negative, you let it be there, you observe it without judging, and you decide that it doesn’t have any meaning.
During or after that, you can use other techniques, like focusing on the sensations in your body and describe how they feel physically, without associating any thoughts to the sensations. The emotions you feel and the sensations that come from it are just your inner guidance system doing its job, telling you there’s a gap between what you’ve been thinking and what’s actually true for you. So use the body scan technique to let yourself feel those things, and also find some form of gratitude for your guidance system working as intended.
For ur ao3 thingy, you should do something about Marvin's parents finding out he's dating whizzer and not a woman
“Whizzer, I’m telling you, we’re gonna get caught.”
Warning tone fades into a moan as Whizzer presses a line of fervent kisses up his neck, and he can practically feel the smug smile on the lips against his skin.
It had been a risky move to hang out in Marvin’s house to begin with, despite the concrete knowledge that his parents would be at work for several more hours. Whizzer would have plenty of time to slip out of the house before they came home, but that didn’t mean Marvin wasn’t going to be on edge about it regardless. Paranoia crept under his skin, hot and as prickly as the static caused when you’re trying to wake your foot up after it’s fallen asleep. Every noise puts him on red alert, afraid his mother or father had decided to come home early. Whizzer seems less concerned. Of course, hanging around Whizzer’s house just wasn’t an option. That was a solid given, considering Whizzer doesn’t even speak about his house or parents to anyone, Marvin included. All he knew was that the Browns ran a strict, conservative household that Whizzer wanted no part of. That was enough for him to put the rest of the pieces together himself.
pretty please???? tell me more abt ur adhd+dyslexic kim headcanons??? bc i never knew i needed it. feel free to reply to this on private/public or just message me, w/e you'd like
(thank you for asking me i’m so happy afdsklgjrbgaag i’m sorry if i hc something wrong about adhd and/or dyslexia because i haven’t been diagnosed with adhd but find much of it recurrent in my daily life and habits (and at this point i’m questioning), and i’m not dyslexic, but omg yes i believe kim is :DDDDDD here are some of my hcs)
-kimberly learns about dyslexia in middle school, and adhd, not much later
An info post about Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Please signal boost
Sadly Dyspraxia is hugely under-diagnosed in comparison to its sister conditions; Dyslexia and Dyscalculia both of which have been well-documented for nearly 100 years. It is believed that Dyspraxia affects four times as many boys as girls but girls with mild Dyspraxia are generally quicker at learning the social norms necessary to hide their condition so I never considered this hugely accurate.
Widespread knowledge of the condition was pretty much non-existent until the 70s and 80s so many people may have a parent or older relative with Dyspraxia who has never been diagnosed. It was originally believed to affect those born prematurely or even to be a very mild form of Cerebal Palzy but to this day no-one is 100% sure where it comes from though in many cases it does seem to run in families. In a class of 30 or more children at least one of them with have some level of Dyspraxia but the number could be as high as three or four.
Dyspraxia is on the autistic-spectrum and as will all autism-related conditions will present itself slightly differently in everyone but there are many indicators in people of different ages that they may have it; I’ve outlined these below.
The pre-school aged child with Dyspraxia may not appear very different to other children of that age, because of this, diagnosis under the age of five is exceedingly rare. They may be slower to talk and make less noises as an infant and they may bump into things more regularly than other children.
The 5-12 year old with Dyspraxia differs quite a lot from their peers and it is at this age that they are most likely to receive a formal diagnosis through school. They may read at a higher level than would be expected of their age but have trouble with strange fonts and larger bodies of text, hand-writing will likely be messy and misshapen though the child may perform well in IQ tests. They may talk too loud or too quietly and have trouble interacting with large groups of their peers. They will doubtless have trouble with many sports as coordination skills will be poor. They may need help dressing or brushing their hair. They may be overly sensitive to criticism and take longer than expected to learn and perform basic tasks. Because they develop emotionally at a slower rate than normal children but intellectually faster they are more likely to befriend children younger or older than themselves. As with autistic children they may begin to develop a specialist area of interest and have a better than average memory.
It’s important to remember that each basic task has several steps and the Dyspraxic child may forget or mix up some of these. For example just leaving the house to get to an appointment will require them to put on shoes and socks, make sure they have their keys and keep track of the time so that they aren’t late. They may forget their keys or put on shoes but no socks, difficultly tying laces or doing up buttons is common in Dyspraxic children so the very act of putting shoes on may take twice as long. They also have little to no concept of time passing so five minutes may feel the same as two hours.
There are no obvious visual signs that a child is Dyspraxic. They may be thin and wiry because of their sensitive palette and aversion to eating a wide variety of foods or they may be slightly overweight because of their dislike of most organized sports. Some people suffer from Verbal Dyspraxic and may have more trouble shaping sentences and expressing themselves. They may also tire more easily for no obvious physical reason because their brains have to process a lot more and they tend of over-think things.
During the teenage years many earlier difficulties with coordination, time-keeping, socializing and organizing themselves may present less of a challenge or they might have just gotten better at hiding them. This is when - through the different ways boys and girls are expected to act and behave - Dyspraxia begins to present itself differently in both sexes.
The teenage boy with Dyspraxia may have a few close friends or he may be a bit of a loner. He may be good with computers as they may have been his saving grace in avoiding the struggle of writing by hand. If he is bullied for any aspect of his condition he will likely cover it up. He may be awkward around the opposite sex. If he does get a girlfriend his lack of spatial awareness may cause problems depending on how physical the relationship becomes. The tragic thing about teenage boys and young men with Dyspraxia is that they are often creative, imaginative and highly intelligent but he may appear disorganized, unwilling to take part in activities that don’t interest him and may disguise genuine difficulty performing a task as apathy and boredom. For this reason boys with Dyspraxia often have trouble reaching their full potential academically.
The teenage girl with Dyspraxia may also be very clever but may present as shy and introverted. She may struggle with things expected of a girl her age such as applying make-up or shaving. If she has long hair she may have trouble styling and managing it. She may stick to plain clothes and express a lack of confidence in her own style or she may wear bright clashing colors and have trouble determining what suits her. She may be much better at subjects like English, Drama, History and Art than STEM subjects and practical tasks. Because Dyspraxic children need to ‘anchor’ themselves when seated to retain a sense of gravity she may sit like a boy with her legs far apart. She may struggle to manage birth control and menstruation.
Contrary to what was originally believed about Dyspraxia people do not ‘grow out of it’ and those who received no help at school and were simply labelled ‘clumsy’, ‘lazy’ or ‘easily distracted’ are much more likely to be affected by their condition in later life. Adults with Dyspraxia can be very good at hiding the effects of their condition from others so symptoms like those of children and teenagers are rare but there are many aspects that will continue to affect them.
The Dyspraxic adult may over-compensate for their lack of organisational skills and time-keeping by having a detailed planner or time-table and setting timers/alarms to remind themselves to leave the house on time for work/appointments. They may need high levels of structure in their working environment and may budget intensely to be sure that rent, bills and other expenses are paid on time. They may dislike admin jobs like filling out forms (though this is common in most people, Dyspraxic or not). They may have a higher level of empathy and be great with children, old people and animals. They may still be poor at reading body language and ques from others that what they’re saying isn’t what they mean. They may have very low self-esteem especially if they’ve never been formally diagnosed and are statistically more prone to anxiety and depression because they still doubt their ability to perform basic tasks.
I was diagnosed at age 6 and as a result have always had the help and support of family members, teachers, occupational therapists and later university lecturers and career advisers. Because of this I am now for the most part a well-rounded, functioning adult capable of living independently and holding down a job. So if you know anyone of any age no matter how mild their symptoms may seem I would urge you to show them this post and encourage them to get tested. A formal diagnosis however late can dramatically improve your self-confidence and your quality of life.
ASTRO for haru*hana Vol.43: The A-Z Questions (Moonbin)
AROHA. What do you want to do with your Japanese fans? I want to go to an amusement park (Disneyland) BABY. Childhood memory? My most special memory is when I appeared on TVXQ sunbaenim’s ‘Balloons’ music video CF. What ad do you want to appear on? Soft drinks CF and phone CF DREAM. Childhood dream? I wanted to become a cool prosecutor (or a sword-wielding warrior ㅋㅋ) ENERGY. Where do you get your strength and fighting spirit? Exercise and travelling FASHION. Fashion style you like for girls? Girl who looks good in jeans, long wavy hair GROWTH. Point where you realized “I improved” or “my group improved”? When I think “we should do better” whenever a new group debuts HOBBY. What are you into recently? Preparing for the concert and culture ICE CREAM. Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate, cookies and cream, strawberry JOKE. Personal talent that you’re good at or practicing? Angry birds imitation KINGDOM. If you’ll become a king, what roles your you give to the other members? MJ: disloyal subject / Eunwoo: loyal subject / Sanha: head cook / Jinjin: father / Rocky: emperor LAUGH. Recent funny moment? I’ve been laughing a lot lately because of Rocky and MJ hyung. MUSIC. What song do you recommend to Aroha for this summer? Our title track Baby NECESSARY. Thing you always bring? Contact lenses! (I have bad eyesight.) OPPA. Moment when you wanted to call a member “oppa”? When I see my performance? ㅎㅎ PRESENT. Memorable gift? Our donation to the young cancer patients QUIT. A habit that you don’t know you’re doing or want to change? My habit of nail biting when I am anxious ROMANTIC. What romantic confession would you want to try one day? I want to confess on a garden full of flowers SPORTS. Sports you like to play? Football, swimming, badminton. Sports you like to watch? Football, baseball TRAVEL. If you were to publish a travel book, where would to want to go and with whom? I want to go to Greece with ASTRO. At Santorini, everything is white and blue and it’s so beautiful so I want to go there. UNIT. Who would you want to be in a sub-unit with? I want to try performing songs band-style with the vocal line. VALUE. How many points would you give yourself? What do you want to say to yourself? 80? points; believe in yourself and act. WEAK. What do you hate the most? People’s judgement, spiders X-DAY. If it were the end of the world, what would you do on the last day? I would spend it like it’s a normal day then say “you worked hard” in the end. YOURSELF. Three words that describes you? puppycat, red, power ZZZ. What are you like when asleep?Who’s the worst member when asleep? I am well-behaved but I toss and turn. These days, Eunwoo is always tired so he sometimes laughs or calls for someone while sleeping.
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With exam season in full swing, it can be hard to know where
to begin with revision. This time of year can be hard and stressful for many of
us, so as a student currently sitting exams myself, I thought that I would make
a list of a few tips and tricks to aid you in all your exam preparation while
avoiding unnecessary stress!
A week before the exam
Give yourself enough time to revise for the
subject! If you do an hour or so of studying every day for a week
before, it will stick in your brain a lot better than one night of cramming
before the exam will!
Do practice papers instead of rewriting
notes! Unless you find that rewriting your notes helps you, it
is probably better to move onto practice papers for the week before. This will
help to prepare you for what will come in the actual exam!
Teach somebody else about the subject!If
there is a part of the course that you feel you don’t know as well, find a
parent or friend and walk them through what you need to know. This will
reinforce your knowledge while also teaching somebody something new!
Don’t always sit at your desk to revise!
I always feel that just because you know something at your desk doesn’t mean
you know it elsewhere. Mix up your study locations and go to your local library
or a café instead!
The day before the exam
Don’t push yourself too hard! It is
vital not to overload your brain on the day before an exam. Do your best to keep
a calm head-space and stop after one or two papers to avoid unnecessary panic.
Finish your revision early! On the
night before an exam, I usually stop by half past 8 at night to give my mind a
rest and to take some time to unwind.
Do something that relaxes you! Do
something that you enjoy to take your mind off the thought of an exam. I always
go for a walk on the night before an exam as it clears my head and the fresh
air helps me to get a better night’s sleep as well!
Pack your bag the night before! This
will mean that you’re not rushing around in the morning before the exam.
Remember to pack everything that you may need (e.g. a calculator for maths if you’re
allowed to bring one).
On the day of the exam
Take more than one pen! This will
give you the reassurance that if one stops working, you have backup. I usually
take three pens, but a friend of mine took fourteen pens to an exam so take
however many you think you’ll need!
Take a bottle of water! (if you’re allowed)
It is always a good idea to take a bottle of water with you because sitting in an
exam hall for two hours or more can make you dehydrated. Also, water helps you
to think, focus and concentrate better!
Take a snack for in-between exams! If
you have two exams back to back (e.g French reading followed by listening) take
a snack like fruit or a cereal bar for the break in-between. Keep that brain
Don’t speak to your friends about the exam in-between!
Avoid the topic of the exam if you have back to back exams. Have a chat about
an unrelated topic because I find that comparing answers will only make you
question your knowledge and may cause you to doubt yourself and panic during
your next exam.
Take a break after the exam has finished!
I have a friend who would sit one exam and the go home and immediately start
revising for the next one. I find that it’s good to take time to chill and wind
down after your exam as you will more than likely be drained after sitting an
That’s all my tips! I hope this list will help you to
prepare, but keep in mind that exams are not the be all and end all in life! I wish
you all the very best of luck in all your exams! :-)
Today I got a grade that I’m really not happy with. My first Literature assignment was graded a low C. I spent some time moping in bed before I could even read my tutor’s annotations to my essays, and after reading them, I’m still frustrated. Despite having a clearer picture of what I need to be writing, I feel like I haven’t had practice in what the essays ask me to do.
I’ve emailed my tutor asking if I can submit a practice essay just to make sure I’m headed in the right direction, and hopefully he says yes. I’ve also scheduled in some additional revision.
I thought moving forward in the right direction would make me feel better, but actually I still feel the same. It’s frustrating to get a grade you don’t like in a subject you’re passionate about, and even more so because my tutor said it was well written, just not right.
This has been an unwanted but needed lesson for me. My perfectionism makes it seem easier to not try and not succeed than to put in real effort and fail. I put in effort, my effort wasn’t good enough, and I had to ask for help. And even if it doesn’t feel great, it’s okay, because now that I’ve tried, I can get better. If I hadn’t tried at all, I’d be stuck here forever.
I’ve had a few asks about personal statements and university/college applications so I thought I’d make a post about what to include and what not to include for all you applicants this year!
DO be enthusiastic! This is the number one most important rule - you need to show the university how much you love the subject and want to study it!
DO demonstrate your knowledge. Grades are one thing, but applying your knowledge is another - talk about specific fields of your subject that you’ve explored or wish to explore at university, or discuss an interpretation or particular idea you have formed whilst studying it.
DO show prior research or reading if the subject is something you haven’t studied before. Universities won’t want to accept someone who has no idea what they’re letting themselves in for!
DO link everything to the course you’re applying to. Only include a qualification or achievement if it’s relevant - your Duke of Edinburgh Award isn’t going to make you a more suitable candidate to study history or physics! For example, instead of saying ‘I did Spanish at AS level’, say something like ‘studying Spanish equipped me with a more highly critical method of reading and close analysis’.
DO research the course you’re applying for - there’s no point in talking about how interested you are in 16th century French history if one of your chosen universities doesn’t offer it as part of their course!
DO be yourself (it’s cringe, sorry) - admissions staff are human, and reading hundreds of applications written in the same identical formula must get incredibly boring. Don’t try to be overly funny or too unique as that can be very risky - just write from the heart!
DO get help from your teachers/ anyone who’s willing to read it! There’s nothing better than a fresh pair of eyes to check for spelling and grammar errors, and teachers usually know what they’re talking about.
DON’T say you’re ‘passionate’ about the subject - practically every student writes this in their personal statement and all the admissions tutors I’ve spoken to have said they’re sick of the word! It’s a given that you enjoy the subject - SHOW them you enjoy it by demonstrating your knowledge rather than stating the obvious. Avoid clichés at all costs!
DON’T include a quote unless you fully engage with it throughout your personal statement. They’re a bit pretentious and most universities will completely ignore them - it’s your own words they want to hear!
DON’T name drop - simply listing off all the books you’ve read around your subject isn’t going to impress anyone. Engage with the books - discuss a particular theory or theme that interested you, or even challenge something you’ve read! Its more impressive to fully explore two or three books than to simply list the titles of ten.
DON’T use fancy words or metaphors - write how you would talk! As long as your basic grammar and spelling is right, the university will be far more interested in what you’re saying than how you’re saying it.
DON’T waste valuable words talking about things that are already on your UCAS application. They know your grades - your job is to prove why you got them!
DON’T make any silly mistakes - spelling something wrong, mentioning the name of a specific university etc - universities get thousands of applicants and any mistake will more than likely get your application tossed in the bin. Read and re-read your personal statement!
DON’T plagiarise - UCAS have plagiarism detection software and anything you’ve copied could be seriously detrimental to your application.
DON’T panic! The admissions team are just trying to see if you’re suitable to their course. Your personal statement isn’t the be all and end all!
I hope that was somewhat helpful - if you have any specific questions about personal statements or uni applications, my ask box is always open. Good luck!