class organisation

things i associate with the hogwarts houses

gryffindor

adrenaline rushes, climbing to a rooftop to see the sunrise, bruised knees, sneaking out at nightime, hot chocolate, sitting in front of a fireplace, running through corridors, shopping cart races, midday sun, unstoppable laughter

hufflepuff

passing notes to friends during classes, organising shelves, flower crowns, first warm spring day, fierce protectiveness, large bags of candy, group chats, countless hours of practising one’s skills, holding on tight, reminiscing old times

ravenclaw

intense debates, muffled speech inside a library, pointing out constellations, writing notes on books, a glass of good wine, pale morning sky, ink on fingertips, learning multiple languages, staying up all night, unreadable handwriting

slytherin

marble floors, the sound of running water, lists of good schools in big cities, motivational speeches, winter nights, rooms lit with candles, always having a plan, rarely shared secrets, smirking at the people you hate, expensive chocolate

Communist nostalgia is part of why our movement today is so stagnant. The revolutions of the 20st century failed, the working class organisations were either crushed or institutionalised and assimilated. The demands of ‘68 were largely met by capital and the way we labour shares almost no similarity with the factory workers of fordism. We need to look to the future because communist rose tinted views of history and kitsch obsession with its failed states is stopping the movement from imagining what our future may look like.

I’m back with more printables! 

This time, it’s printables to help you organise your classes/schedule, your assignments, revision and meals. For daily/weekly/monthly printables see my previous posts here and here

“Class information”/schedule printable: a simple table where you can fill in your semester, starting/ending date, finals date, classes you’re taking as well as what time/in which room/which professor. Below that, a table to fill in what textbook is suggested for each class. 

Find it here.

“Class information” for one specific class: a printable you can keep at the front of your binder/notebook filled in with all the basic information for that class. Including room/professor, assessment methods, materials and study methods. 

Find it here

“Assignment planner”: to help you keep all of your assignment information in one page. Includes spaces for the title, type, class, due date, worth, outline, sources and milestones. 

Find it here.

“Revision planner”: a weekly and hourly plan of your revision.

Find it here.

“Meal planner”: a weekly view with spaces for your breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a shopping list and notes section.

Find it here.


I hope you guys enjoy/use these! If you do, please let me know by tagging me. 

PS: Please do not redistribute these without credit. They took a lot of work to make.

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So I started a bullet journal! I chose a notepad I really liked (it’s not an expensive one so the quality of the paper isn’t great but it does the job) and I’ve spent the last couple of weeks (between work and dance/acting classes) decorating it and organising the different pages. It’s really helped me to get my life organised and the colours and drawings add some vibrancy and it means I can make it all my own: I’ve included some examples in this post. I did take some inspiration from photos I found on the Internet of other people’s journals but most of it is all my own ideas. I really recommend a bullet journal but they do take a lot of time to make/decorate if you’re really going for it so it’s a good project to do during the summer or other times of the year when you have more time on your hands than usual. Let me know if you decide to make one of your own and message me for any tips/advice! I’d love to see yours! 📅📓🗒📒📖

By the turn of the 20th century Germany was at the heart of the international socialist movement and home to the Scientific Humanitarian Committee (SHC) - the first homosexual rights organisation in the world. The SHC had been launched in 1897 with the declared aim of overturning Germany’s anti-homosexual law, Paragraph 175. Its most important founding member, Magnus Hurschfeld, was also a member of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), the biggest working class organisation in the world, with a million members and massive influence not only over the politics, but also the social and cultural lives of the working class. The SPD and SHC both emerged in the context of rapid industrialisation in Germany, which had become the world’s second biggest economy by 1900. Some cities had doubled in size within a matter of decades. These became home to a working class which joined the SPD in their thousands, and a gay subculture that flourished in the new urban centres. In both the Ruhr and Berlin, for example, gay areas developed alongside the huge industrial complexes based around electrical egineering, steel and iron.
—  Hannah Dee, The Red in the Rainbow.
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26 September 2015 - anti-gentrification activists held a street party in the London Shoreditch neighbourhood, during the third Fuck march organised by Class War. Protesters carried torches, flares and smoke bombs, and attacked some businesses representing the shitty developers, yuppies and hipsters taking over the working class neighbourhood and making it unaffordable for the current residents. Among these were an estate agents and a ridiculous cereal café where hipsters can go to eat imported breakfast cereal for £4,- a bowl. [video]

Organisation Guide

Organisation Guide:

Classes:

  • For your main courses or the courses with a lot of assignments/tests/worksheets… Keep a Binder. Although, I would not suggest that you carry the binder with you at all times. Unless you need it, leave it at home. Place old assessments/tests in them.
  • Label the binders. To avoid putting the material in the wrong binder.
  • If you want to study for a test, but do not want to carry the binder, I suggest that you place your notes/assessments in a pocket folder. It is much lighter to carry.
  • My system for my class notes is: Notes—>Pocket Folder —> Place in Binder (After I finish re-writing my notes in another notebook)
  • If you prefer pocket folders, then use it. But, it can fit only so much. If you know that you are going to be taking a lot of notes and have a handful of exercise sheets, go with the binders.
  • Dividers for the binders can be of help if necessary.
  • *Reminder: Assure yourself to organise the binders at least once a week. Assure that whatever you have in that binder, belongs there.

Before Sleeping:

  • Before going to sleep, prepare ahead for the next day.
  • Prepare your lunch.
  • Plan out your day.
  • Write down some important memos.
  • Put your assignments/books in your backpack for tomorrow’s class.
  • Charge your electronic devices.
  • Set an Alarm.
  • If you use the Cornell Note-taking System, then draw out the lines for the boxes, so you are not spending class time doing so.
  • Assure that you have loose leafs. And, that you put your pencil case in your bag.
  • If you commute to school, check your bus schedule. Just to know when you have to leave the house. (In the Morning)

Additional Tips:

  • Textbooks. Unless your teachers specifies that they are going to be using it every class, do not bring it for every class. It gets heavy. Most of time, textbooks are just used as reference for yourself.
  • Course Packs: Bring this for every class. You are going to need it.
  • Dictionary: Sometimes you need it, sometimes you do not. Most of the time, if you have a writing or in-class assignment, then you will require it. But, the teacher will most likely tell you.
  • Schedule: Have it. Whether it is a paper copy/a picture of it on your phone/written somewhere.
  • USB Key: It is useful to carry around.
  • Calculator: Just carry it in your pencil case.

Best of Luck.

This antagonism [to immigrants] is artificially kept alive and intensified by the press, the pulpit, the comic papers, in short, by all the means at the disposal of the ruling classes. This antagonism is the secret of the impotence of the English working class, despite its organisation. It is the secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power. And the latter is quite aware of this.
—  Marx - Letter 1870
This antagonism [to immigrants] is artificially kept alive and intensified by the press, the pulpit, the comic papers, in short, by all the means at the disposal of the ruling classes. This antagonism is the secret of the impotence of the English working class, despite its organisation. It is the secret by which the capitalist class maintains its power. And the latter is quite aware of this.
—  Karl Marx, Letter, 1870.
Every day college tips

From what I’ve learnt in my first two years of university, here’s some tips that have worked, and what I’m going to be doing this next course as a student:

Preview your classes

Reading subject material before your classes helps a lot to better understanding of concepts and to remembering details. It can be content the professor has shared, readings from a textbook, or information on the Internet.

Be present in your classes

First of all, listen in class. Make eye contact with your professor, and understand what is being said. Take notes on key concepts and ideas, but also on important phrases your professor says, on book references, on quotes, names, and dates, and on schemes and important vocabulary. You can even record on a post-it the daily topics covered in class, to organise yourself better afterwards.

Take care of the student

Take care of yourself to be a happy, fresh, healthy student. Get your hours of sleep, and never skip breakfast (overnight oats, banana with peanut butter, mango smoothie… whatever you feel like!). Always have a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated, and a snack in case you need some extra energy. Take breaks, go to the bathroom, use lipbalm, and wear comfortable clothes.

Review your classes

After finishing your classes, take some time to review what you’ve done that day. It’s really helpful to retain information in your brain, and you’ll be extremely thankful you did this when finals approach! I usually type the messy notes of my notebook on my computer, and improve them with extra information and graphics.

Create a study guide as you go

I prepare for final exams in a serious way about two months before, but during the course I do some prep as well. As I review my classes, on the weekends I create provisional study guides with class material, extra information, graphics, schemes, vocabulary and key concepts sheets, hints said by the professors, and possible exam questions. These study guides develop and get completed as the course goes on

Take a minute of your day to think about teacher Combeferre
  • Combeferre is at a crossroad in his studies and has to choose between being a biologist or teaching biology and he’s SO.TORN because SCIENCE but also EDUCATION
  • He ends up choosing education because it’s a good compromise. He knows the salary won’t be the same at all, but that’s not what he’s after
  • He’s a very organised person so he managed to organise his classes, make a time table, projects… He aces his education classes, but that’s just theory
  • Ferre is actually terrified to go on the field because kids can be mean and unpredictible, but he powers through
  • He ends up teaching biology in middle school. He loves it
  • He makes science fun and interesting. He makes cool models. He tries to show that science can be cool
  • Bless his heart, he sometimes gets SO INTO IT he rants and nerds out and he’s rambling for like 10 minutes about the dinosaurs and a rad fossil he found when he was 6
  • He organizes science fairs and everybody calls them “Science Ferre”
  • He’s also in charge of teaching sex ed and oh my god. He makes it as inclusive as possible, from contraception to LBGTQIA+ informations because he never had that and kids need that
  • Of course, some bigoted parents got ~concerned~ and Combeferre had to talk with them and the principal. Combeferre took out the official papers from the National Education system and read out loud:
  • “The teacher should strive against stereotypes and any kind of discrimination and provide for the educational needs of the students and adapting his teaching methods to these needs. Now shall I get some magnifying glasses from the lab or can you read it for yourself?”
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About the clenched-fist and cultural appropriation

I’ve seen a number of posts lately on tumblr –and other social media– about the clenched-fist and cultural appropriation. More specifically, it seems a number of African-American activists wants to claim the clenched-fist for themselves. They say the fist alone is a symbol of black power while the fist in a venus symbol is symbol of black feminism. They condemn the use of these symbols by white activists as cultural appropriation. A lot of well-meaning folks are sharing these articles.

Cultural appropriation is a real thing and I think people should be aware that for some people it can be a real problem especially if unacknowledged. However, the use of the clenched-fist by white leftists is not a case of cultural appropriation at all.

Did you ever heard of the Roter Frontkämpfer Bund? It was the German communist party mass paramilitary organisation during the Weimar republic. It was a working class organisation made up of former soldiers whose aim was to defend the communist meetings, strikes and communists stronghold against rightwing militias such as the infamous nazi brown shirts, the SA. It was formed in 1926 and was disbanded in 1929.

In order to fight back against the nazis, the communists developed a number of counter symbolism among wich the bolchevik inspired uniform and the clenched-fist (wich they even trademarked as early as March 1st 1926) where central. It was a way to show communist strength in opposition to the nazis. They are the one who introduced the symbolism of the clenched-fist in the international left. From Germany, it moved to France and Spain in the 1930’s as a symbol of the popular front.

Now, who introduced the clenched-fist in the black liberation movement? It was the Black Panther Party for self-defense. The BPP was specifically a communist and internationalist group and the used of the clenched-fist was a way to specifically link the movement to the international left. The president of the party, Bobby Seal, make no mystery that the founders of the Panthers used symbols of the French resistance –the berets– for their uniforms. He never claimed to have invented anything, he felt he was part of a larger international revolutionary movement and felt as untitled as anyone else to use it’s symbols (and make no mistake, he was!)

About the pictures. On top is the copyrighted clenched-fist of the Roter Frontkämpfer Bund. On the right are pictures of the Roter Frontkämpfer Bund in the 1920’s, while on the left are pictures of the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s.

Fascists talk a lot about class.

But remember that history has proved their allegiance with the ruling class and not the workers. Despite all their promises to help the working class, their pseudo-Marxist posturing and talk of ‘national socialism’ they are fucking paper tigers when it comes to actually standing with the working class.

The Blackshirts in the UK scabbed during the 1926 general strike. 

Hitler destroyed trade unions and working class organisations in Germany. 

Mussolini did much the same in Italy, initially working with the trade unions before repressing working class organisation. 

Franco crushed the unions and the workers in Spain in a bloody civil war.

The KKK and American Nazi Party used to frequently kill trade union organizers and attack pickets.

Notice a fucking theme? All their class analysis went out of the window as soon as they rise to power or actual class conflict arises and they aligned themselves, unsurprising, with the bourgeoisie.  

Whenever fash talk about how national socialism is helpful to the working class just fucking remind them about what side of the barricades they so often find themselves in the history books.