cram school

Hey, so usually I’m very early and prepared for exams but this time for my Christmas exams, I’ve left EVERYTHING until 5 days before the exams! There’s too much to memorise in such a short amount of time! And I have a busy schedule so I can’t do revision 24/7! Any tips? 

Pssst! The best tip for cramming is actually to not cram!! 🙃 But if you have to, here are some tips that actually work! 💲💲


Throw out all distractions, and palm off as many commitments as possible to others.

You’re a student at the end of the day. That’s your job, so do it properly. Before you are a retail worker, a movie buddy, a chauffeur for your siblings, or a studyblr blog manager, you are a student

You don’t have a lot of time left, so give your phone to your parents or someone you trust to keep it away from you. Add StayFocusd to Chrome and turn on the nuclear option so that you only use the internet for study purposes. Get your friends/siblings or parents to do chores for you and make it up to them after the exams. 

Know what’s likely to be tested.

This is much more important than anything else. There are going to be important concepts that you learn that are not going to be tested. No point studying for something that won’t be asked about. Pro tip: think about the homework exercises that you got and what they tested. 

Just as a general rule, the most basic things such as definitions (skim read these), as well as the most complex cases, will not comprise the majority of the test. For complex cases, you can’t just skim read them, but you should get an idea of the skills/processes that you need to solve them. 

For example, when learning about different diseases, the point is to make you a practitioner which can deal with the most dangerous (life-threatening, sight-threatening no matter how rare), most common (>1% prevalence) and uncommon (0.1-1%) diseases, which will comprise the majority of the points. The rare conditions (<0.1%) will either be right near the end of the test or be bonus point questions. The other thing is that if even if they do ask about rare conditions, it’s going to be a distinguishing sign, or it is related to a more common condition. And the question they most likely ask is “what further tests would you do to aid diagnosis?” which relates to basic concepts of disease diagnosis. 

Also, just keep in mind that there are university exams which literally ask you minutae in the multiple choice questions. For example disease exams have asked things like “What percentage of people with diabetes mellitus have diabetic retinopathy?” and have four really similar options for percentages. You just have to had studied that, and odds are you won’t be able to remember a hundred different stats prior to your exam if you’re cramming (just don’t cram, you literally can’t cram for uni exams). 

Divide your time appropriately (not necessarily equally) between understanding the course content and doing practice exercises/ examination style questions.

If you just launch into doing practice questions without having some sort of knowledge, you’ll get stuck on a lot of questions, get the questions wrong, and need to refer back to your textbooks and do a lot of searching and flipping through pages, which wastes your time.

So start off by going through the concepts first so that you know enough not to constantly look back. You should try to allocate as much time as possible actually answering questions though, because there’s no better way to prepare for an exam than to do exam-style questions

Step-by-step: Count the number of chapters/lectures you need to cover, and divide it equally amongst about 40% of the time that you have left, so that you know how long to spend revising each lecture. 

Focus on one exam at a time, and study the hardest concepts which require a lot of reasoning and understanding in the morning. 

Studying in the morning allows you to be at your freshest and most switched on. If you’re strapped for time, focus on being able to explain things. Explain it to your parents, siblings, or gudetama plushie. Explaining is an exercise in summarising which tests your ability to understand causative elements and how they relate to different consequences. 

Ask questions to yourself whilst studying. 

This tests your knowledge, and is a good way for you to check what you know and what you don’t know. When you’re cramming, you likely don’t have someone to help you at such short notice, so you need to be that person for yourself. Plus, it primes you to think like an examiner/exam paper - you’ll start realising what’s likely to be tested, which helps you narrow down what to study, and it helps you for the next part: practice questions. 

For example: geometry - to give a simple example, yes, you need to know what an angle bisector is, but are they likely in the exam to ask you to “Write the definition of an angle bisector.”? No. They’re going to get you to actually get your tools and bisect one. 90% of the time, you don’t need to know a definition in maths - it’s only the foundation knowledge so that you can answer actual questions. 

For example: medical/health science. Yes, you need to know differentials for diseases, but are they going to ask you to “List the differentials for ___”? No, that’s too simple, they’re obviously going to get you to eliminate a differential by considering the similarities and differences in signs and symptoms. So it’s much better to spend your time learning which conditions have similarities and what the distinguishing signs are e.g. Fuch’s Uveitis has stellate KP that is scattered all around the corneal endothelium - all other forms of uveitis pretty much have the KP scattered in Arlt’s triangle because of the convection currents in the anterior chamber. 

Chunk information together. 

This is a much more effective way of summarising all the information you need to study. Think of your memory as a mind map or a expandable list or like a set of folders in My Documents. You should try and sort things into topics and sub-topics that you can simply expand by just thinking of the title of that sub-topic. 

Step-by-Step: Cover up the information you’ve written under the sub-topics, and then try to recall it all just by looking at the title (acts as a trigger word)

  • Topic/Chapter/Lecture 1
    • “Sub-Topic 1″ #Try and recall all the info below by reading this#
      • #cover up this information#
      • #cover up this information#
      • #cover up this information#
    • “Sub-Topic 2″
    • “Sub-Topic 3″

Not only does this 1) actually test your knowledge through a smaller form of the blank paper method (previously written about here) but it also 2) allows you to chunk and remember massive amounts of information just by seeing the trigger word (the title of the topic). 

It helps to make a mental note of how many points were written for each section.

Tie everything together with a mnemonic. 

Of course, the issue now is that if you don’t have the trigger word then you won’t remember that chunk of information - so you need to counter that by using a mnemonic to remember the top level of topics and link everything together in your mind. 

Using this method is what I’ve always done to remember large chunks of information. That way, when key words turn up in the question, you will be able to remember all the information under that category and hence answer the question flawlessly. 

Practice by doing one exercise for each type of question. 

Particularly useful for studying for maths/science. You just need to know how to solve one question in the set to know how to solve the rest. Pick the hardest question at the end of the question set because it will involve the most skills to complete. 

Study in a different order. Study your concepts in reverse. 

Make sure you change things up, because you don’t want your brain to only be able to answer a question if all the topics lead on to the next. The questions in the exam are going to be covering all your topics in all different orders. Jump from Chapter 3 to Chapter 5 to Chapter 2, and do the same for the sub-topics. 

Secondly, study concepts in reverse because this is how exams test who really knows their stuff. For example: instead of learning that Disease A has Symptoms 1, 2, and 3, force your brain to think “What Disease has Symptoms 1, 2, and 3?” - because this is exactly the type of question that comes up in exams. 

Drink water, take breaks, sleep. 

Still needs to be done to maximise your productivity. Not taking breaks will make you less efficient and less effective. You also said that you have other commitments so try to get that stuff done in the short breaks between your study sessions so that you can be productive. Take a 5-10 minute break every hour and get out of your seat and stretch. Sleep is essential for our brains to consolidate information and retain information. 

Best of luck!!


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Japanese Schooling System

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As a some people asked me on Twitter for writing purpose, I thought I’d share this with you all too.

The Japanese school system is slightly different from the western one but has some thing in common with the European one.

The first thing to know about the Japanese schooling system is that the school year starts in APRIL and ends in MARCH. Everything in Japan “starts” anew in April, and even companies ends their year in March. This is extremely important because the start of spring scans the start of the new working and academic year.

Generally the students have around two weeks of vacation between the end of the academic year and the start of the new called “spring vacation” (春休み). They also have generally a week off during Golden Week in May, around two to three weeks of vacation in August (お盆休み) and around ten days between December and January. That’s all about their school vacations for the year.

The first day of school they have the entrance ceremony, something that might be well-known to Americans but not to Europeans as most schools don’t have entrance ceremony.

The Japanese school system is divided in five parts:

  • Kindergarten (幼稚園) 3-5 year olds (day-care for younger children)
  • Elementary school (小校) 6 years
  • Middle school (中学校) 3 years 
  • High School (高等学校 or 高校) 3 years
  • University (大学) 4 years (6 to 8 for medical school)

The biggest difference is that their elementary school years are 6 and the university years are 4 instead of 3 (in Europe).

There are also a lot of vocational schools (専門学校) that are generally private and can be either high school-like or college-like. They are typically 2-to-4 years long.

Japanese education is compulsory until middle school but 99.9% of Japanese people go up to the upper secondary level of education.

Both public and private education are present in Japan, but while until middle school generally kids go to public schools, private schools and college are famous for high school and university.

Hours

School in Japan starts at 9 am and ends at 3 pm with one hour for lunch around 12 pm. They go from Monday to Friday. In some private schools, they also go on Saturday and their school day ends at 12 pm. They have around 30 min of ‘homeroom-ing’ where they talk about activities, school festivals and others. After school hours, students clean their own classroom in turns. In elementary school often they serve lunch at school and students are required to manage the lunch serving in turns
After the end of lessons, most students go to club activities or crams school, the few ones who don’t, go out or return home.

Entrance Exams

The toughest part of the Japanese schooling system (and the reason of most stress, suicide, mental health problems and bullism) are entrance exams. Generally Japanese kids have high pressure from their parents to get into a good school as the society values the name of the school more than academic success (you’ll see why in the University Section).

Generally the toughest years for Japanese students are the high school ones (and the last year of middle school if they are trying to get into a good private high school).

The entrance admission exams go from October to February depending on the school and depending on the school they’re trying to get into.

This is why 3rd years are “forced” to quit their clubs after summer and study for the entrance exams, especially if they are in high school. So the summer tournaments are the last ones where they can participate.

Clubs

Something widespread in American schools but not much in European schools are school clubs. There are a various range of clubs depending of the school. Most secondary level schools value their sports clubs very much if they win in leagues because they make the school famous. It’s very important if the school doesn’t have any academic prestigious (that is, the chances of being able to enroll into a top-tier university) and the pressure the club members sometimes get into keeping a name in high school sports leagues is extremely high.

Clubs generally needs to have from 4 to 10 joining members and an adviser teacher to exist. If not, they get closed.

Often sports club have training before lessons (from 6am to 8am) especially during tournaments, and during these periods they also often have practice during school lunch hours. But generally clubs activities starts after the end of lessons at 3pm until 6pm. Schools with dormitories for sports club members often have their practice until 11pm, especially before and during tournaments.

Seniority system

The biggest part of Japanese schooling that also reflects the Japanese culture is their seniority system. The senpai-kohai relationship are extremely important and the ones who don’t respect this system are either: expelled from clubs, get disciplinary reports or get isolated from the rest of the class.

Of course it also depends from school to school. The more renowned the school is the more the rules are strict.

It’s very rare that a underclassman talks casually to a upperclassman and it’s important to always use honorifics (they don’t exist in English so there is no problem when writing), it’s mostly the “way of talking” (words, expressions, the ‘desu-masu’ form etc.) that makes the difference and even the biggest hotheads generally respect the seniority system. Even if you become close friend with a upperclassman unless you mutually agree to tone down the level of politeness you are required to speak formally to them. 
This is something that cannot be conveyed in english 100% so my advice it’s not not make the underclassman using slang expressions and swearing words if they are talking to a upperclassman unless they already do that in canon.

Lessons

Contrary to the American system the Japanese students don’t change classes during periods. They are always in the same class with the same classmates and they move only for gym and home ed periods.

It’s also rare albeit not impossible to find students repeating a year.

The students (male and female) take turns to change in the classroom into gym clothes if they don’t have locker rooms (which is usually the case because more than one class has gym class in the same period. Locker rooms are mostly used by sports club members).

The students might change class when the new school year starts because class members get assigned randomly at every start of the academic year.

Generally, as I said that even for companies the year starts in April, it’s very rare that a transfer student gets transferred in another moment of the year (it’s mostly and anime-like thing lol).

Uniforms

I’d say 90% of Japanese schools use uniforms. There are cases where public elementary schools don’t use uniforms but I’m almost sure is compulsory for the second level education. Generally the uniforms are divided in western style and sailor style for girls and western style and gakuran for boys.

Rules for Uniforms

They depend from school to school, and usually the more prestigious is a (generally private) school the more strict the rules are going to be. 
For girls, there are cases where for their uniforms, they have to wear their skirt not up their knees, they are required to use the bows, under-the-knee socks and often they also need to have their hair styled in a certain way (ponytail, braids, other), cannot use any make up and cannot have their ears pierced. There are some even more strict schools that requires that all the students -the foreigner ones too- dye their hair black. 

For males, the strict schools requires them to have their shirt buttoned up and tie tight tied if they have western-style uniforms and their gakuran buttoned up if they have gakuran. They cannot dye their hair, cannot have them any longer than a certain cm and cannot pierce their ears.
In summer, the schools that have gakuran as uniform let the students have a short-sleeve shirt usually without any tie. 
Gakuran have the school’s symbol embodied in the buttons and often on the collar they have pins that represents the school year and some times the class rank (eg. class rep)

Public schools are more loose with rules, especially with the western style uniforms. Often in winter the students can choose the sweater they’d like (generally suggested by the school) to wear or the kind of socks they’d like, and they usually let the students dye their hair and have their ears pierced. But depending from school to school, the ‘how much’ you can dye your hair and ‘how much’ you can have your ears pierced can vary.

Uniforms are important because they become part of people’s school lives, and are nostalgic for adults. Young people in uniform are a symbol of ‘youth’ and ‘carefree-ness’, of a time that passed and that contains sentimental memories.

Student Council committee

Something again that is also in American schools but not often in European ones is the student council. Generally in anime the student council is a sort of god-like presence that has the same, if not more, power than the principal, they have access to any kind of budget and can do whatever they like. 
In reality, it’s not like that. While the student council committee often has words into managing the clubs and the budget, school trips and such, because the student council is a chance the school gives the students to ‘govern’ themselves to a certain extent to let them experience how democracy should work, they have not as much power as the exaggerating anime and manga tends to give. Generally the ones elected for the student council are the more popular ones, and when I say more popular ones I mean the most academically achieving student, which is the most important thing in japanese schools. Popular students are often not popular for their external appearance but more for their academic or athletic achievements that brings prestige to the school.

Differences between High School and University

High School in Japan is said to be one of the most difficult periods of their lives because they have to prepare for the university entrance exams. As I said before, especially for students in private (but even public) schools who aim to enter important universities, the pressure is high and cause of extreme competitiveness and bullism between the students. 
Both private and public high school are not free. Of course private schools are more expensive but even for public ones the yearly price goes around 300,000 yen (around 3000$). The uniforms are also very expensive, and they might cost between 200 and 1000$. This is why often poorer families buys bigger uniforms hoping that their children would ‘grow up to fit’ it in their third year.

Generally High Schools have two kind of courses that are the college-preparatory classes and the vocational classes. The first ones aim to train the student to pass the college entrance exams while the second ones are for the students who are expecting to find a job right after graduation. There are schools where depending the class you are in, the more high your academic success is.  (Eg, often being in the 3-A class means you’re part of the best students of the school, while being in the 3-B means you are also very good, but not as good as the first ones. It’s not always like this and it depends from school to school.)
It IS possible to change from the vocational course to the college-preparatory course but integrating the lacking parts is often difficult and nerve-wracking (though not impossible).

University in Japan is far different from Europe and America. In fact, university years are often called ‘college summer vacations’.
While they almost give up their mental and physical health to be able to enroll in the top universities, once you are able get in you generally do nothing. 
They don’t have any kind of oral exams, their written exams are often multiple choice ones, the evaluations are mostly based on group presentations and works and they don’t have much pressure as they know they are going to graduate in march of their fourth year anyway. 
The only thing required to fully graduate is attendance. In one year you have only 3 days of permit and they require you to come unless you’re basically so sick you gotta go to hospital. This varies from college to college but it’s generally the same. 
Students go there and literally sleep on desks (in fact, often assistants go around the class waking up students) 

Students in University 

The cost of University in Japan is around 1 million yen per year (around 10000$) and to pay for it most students either work a part time job or enroll in the japanese scholarship association.  Assistance is also offered by local governments, nonprofit corporations, and other institutions.

The top university in Japan is the Todai (Tokyo Daigaku) which is considered one of the best university in Asia. It’s ranked 1st in Japan and 5th in Asia, and around the 20-25th in the world. It’s a public university but it’s been said to have one of the most difficult entrance exam of universities in Japan. Who manages to get into Todai has a shining employment future ahead of them. Other top-tier universities include Kyoto Daigaku, Osaka Daigaku, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Nagoya Daigaku and more.

To be able to get into top-tier universities usually high schoolers go to cram schools (Juku) after their normal school hours. Often, the teachers in cram schools are currently top students at good universities. 
The ones who cannot get into the school of their choice on the first try become ‘ronin’ (which literally means samurai without master), this happens if they decide to not enroll in any of their other choices but aim to get in that one university they failed to get in. Usually they take one year off after high school graduation to concentrate on studies and pass their top-choice university entrance exams.

Generally, university students starts to search for a job between their third and fourth year of university, and, generally,  they get hired before they even graduate. They will start their job as soon as they graduate (that’s why also the working year starts in april, even though it’s not rare to get into a company in other moments of the year) and 99% of university graduates is said to find a job once they graduate. I’d have to say, it depends a lot on the student’s university name since as I said before, the employers valuate more the university name than anything since university students basically don’t have any academic merit in general and their degree mark is not even listed in their resume. 

They often have clubs also in university and there are some private universities that requires uniforms, but they are rare. 

They don’t have brotherhoods in university. They don’t make parties, especially in their own houses because: 

1. Japanese houses are small. Very small. Even if you are rich, your house is small. Especially if you live in Tokyo.


2. Usually college students are off-site, they live in small apartments or in share houses. The only share houses I know that host parties are the ones for foreigners and are always fully controlled by the house agency and they end at 11pm.


3. Japanese people are not that kind of social animals who like to go wild in parties in a house. The house is a sacred territory where things like parties don’t happen. They drink and have fun outside (usually at izakaya restaurants or karaoke) but never in their houses, especially if it’s the family house. In fact, it’s very rare to get invited at a Japanese’s house. If they want to study with friends, they study in cafes or libraries, if they want to have sex often they go to hotels unless one of the two lives alone.


4. Japanese houses are not the same as american single-family houses, they are narrow and full of things.


Another important thing is that underage drinking is way less widespread than one might think. 
Drinking is part of japanese culture and it’s considered a step into adulthood (you can start drinking at 20), so japanese people value very much this important moment and they don’t rush it by drinking underage (there are exceptions of course). 
Drinking in japan is important: as soon as you turn 20, you are able to ‘join’ the adults drinking in izakaya, restaurants and karaoke, you can go to your friends and/or company ‘飲み会’ (lit. drinking parties) and often you are even forced to drink even if you don’t want. Often you cannot decline your superiors asking you to go drinking with them and you have to drink if they fill your glass. It’s considered rude refusing because of the seniority system and because of the importance of the drinking culture. In fact, I had to learn in school how to ‘politely decline’ a drink and find a way to say the reason why I declined in the most polite way possible in order to not offend my superior.
It’s ordinary to see salaryman/woman and generally working people passed out in their own vomit on friday nights. Nobody considers this inappropriate because that is just ‘what they do’. It’s their culture and they just think ‘ah, they probably spent a good time with their co-workers’. 
I have to say that often police has to run around picking up these lifeless bodies all night and bring them home and I’d say not every wife loves to see their husband come home stoned and covered in vomit but hey.

School activities and Festivals

If you read manga or watch anime that are set in school, you would often see these ‘school festivals’ and ‘activities’ that are integral part of Japanese school live. Let’s see what they are. 

  • Cultural Festival (文化祭い)

The cultural festival is one of the most important days in the school year, because it’s when students can often show the results of their artistic and cultural achievements and often former students get to visit their old school again. The activities done during the cultural festival are planned at least one month before and the students work on it usually during their club hours and sometimes during lesson hours. There are usually concerts, dance sessions, plays, art displays etc. and most classes get turned into cafes and themed cafes, little restaurants and other little activities (such as horror houses and such) where the students can display their creativity and management skills. 
Usually the culture festival is held on Culture day (November the 3rd) which his a national holiday in Japan. It might also be held in the Saturday and Sunday close to this day. Often students use this opportunity to visit other schools, especially if they are planning to get into them.

  • Sports Day (運動会 or 体育の日)

Sports Day is on the second monday of October and it’s a great chance to polish the students’ cooperativeness and enhance their physical and mental health through exercise. Generally they are divided by class and do a various range of physical activities such as baton-pass races, three-legged race, soccer, volleyball and such. This day was established to commemorate the olympic games of 1964, that were held in october because summer is the heavy rainy season (梅雨) in Japan.

  • School Trips

While they often are done mostly during elementary and middle school, there are a lot of high schools who also plan school trips. They are part of the school’s activities and are usually one twice a year, in spring and fall. Usually in their last year of school in every grade they experience overnight school trips. They visit naturally and culturally important place such as Nara, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Okinawa, all depending where the school is, or often they take one-day trip to visit factories and show kids how the adults work. 

  • Overnight Camp

Often during summer the school organizes a overnight camp over the sea or on the mountains. This is generally something that mostly elementary and middle schoolers do. They are in contact with nature and learn various things about the species living in the surrounding area.

  • Appendix: Sports club training camp 

Often sports club organize overnight camps or summer camps especially close or during tournaments. These are a chance to make the members get close with their teammates, concentrating only on training and work on special-menu training to enhance their physical and mental health in view of the upcoming tournaments. Overnight camps are a 1-to-3 days full immersion where the members sleep all together in the school’s gym/facility while summer camps are either done over the sea or in the mountains or joined with other schools’ same sports club, to give a chance to the members to experience training with different students and enhance their sportsmanship.

Schools dormitories

There are some schools that give their students a chance to live in dormitories if they have. Generally it’s either if they are part of a (school with a famous) sports club or if the school is rich and private and difficult to get to with transportation. There are also a good number of universities that give their students the chance of stay in dormitories, this applies often to foreigner and exchange students.


Dormitories are often cleaned by the students themselves (though it depends from school to school) and they have a communal area where often they have a canteen and a relax area. Sneaking into a school dorm at night is almost impossible as there are guards but generally since most dormitories don’t have single rooms and in japan the act of ‘bothering others’ is seen as one of the most rude things that can ever be done, almost no one tries to break the rules. 


Generally if someone disrupts the dormitory life gets immediately chased out after a few warnings. 

I probably forgot something so if you have any questions about a specific theme, you can message me!! 
Thank you for reading until the end! (*´ω`)

Source: I live in japan and I teach English to high schoolers and college students.

Common mistakes when studying

1. Studying what you’re good at

It can be quite tempting when studying, to study what you know, rather than what you’re not so good at. It’s okay to sometimes study something you know to give yourself that little confidence boost, but don’t forget to go over the things you are weakest at. Make a list of the topics you struggle with - you can identify them perhaps by doing test papers. It’s quite likely that those topics will come up so make sure you understand them

2. Underestimating work loads

When i had my GCSE exams, i went over what i had to study before i had the exam in February (exams in may), and made a timetable for studying; it turned out i had so much more to study than i realised and so little time left. I was glad that i checked at that point in the year and not any later, because my timetable brought me right up to the first day of exams, and that was just to study things once. I really recommend at the start of this school year or now (depends where you are in the semester/term) to check what work you have and make sure you don’t run out of time.

3. Passive studying

If you’re like me, there’s no way information can go in your head just by writing it down. It may work for some people, but chances are, just copying down notes straight from a textbook isn’t going to get you that A*. There are plenty of other ways to study that are effective - flashcards are great, as long as you condense the information - quizzing yourself and getting others to quiz you - trying to visualise things rather than read them, perhaps draw pictures related to processes to help you understand them.

4. Focusing too much on memory

Memorising is vital, yes. However, it isn’t any good if you have no idea what the things mean that you are memorising. Your brain works best when it can make connections to things, so if you try your best to understand what you are memorising, you’re more likely to remember it. I found that when i read something that i didn’t understand and then re-read it and tried to make sense of it, it was one of the things that i never forgot, because i took the time to go over it. 

5. Cramming

We’ve all done it. Sunday night up until 11pm. It’s not nice. You wished that your past self had done some work. Your brain can’t handle cramming, especially late at night. If you do find yourself in this situation, don’t study everything; pick out the biggest topics, the ones your teachers emphasise the most, and the ones you don’t understand. Leave the rest behind and pray it doesn’t come up lol :)


so that’s all my tips for fixing bad study habits, i’m hoping to do more original help posts like this soo please follow to see them! 

basic japanese high school schedule for you, fic writers

  • students attend class from monday thru saturday, with saturday being a half day. sundays are off
  • the high school day usually runs from 8:30am to 3pm, but many students stay after for after school clubs or attend cram school in the evening
  • the school year runs from april to march with a summer break come the end of july. first term is from april to july, second term is from september to december, and third term runs from january to march
  • your favorite high school anime doesn’t have separate classrooms for no reason. japanese students don’t rotate classes like american students do; instead, they have a fixed classroom and class number (i.e., 3-A), and the teachers do the rotating
  • they also don’t have the same classes every day
  • they do still have homeroom teachers; however, “homeroom” is more of a class meeting at the end of the day rather than at the beginning
  • the students are required to help clean the school at the end of the school day before clubs start
  • school uniforms are a thing for high schoolers. dress code used to be much stricter but recently they’ve allowed more basic alterations to the uniform
  • please stop writing them like american schools you’re embarrassing yourself
Survival tips for exam week

TO SURVIVE EXAMS LIKE A BOSS

1. Get your electronics out of the way. I’m a huge advocator of technology in the classroom. But no so when you’re in your bedroom. I remember I had a chemistry exam the next day and I slept at midnight reading a novel. Even though I knew the material and the answers, I couldn’t finish the test on time because I was slower than usual and couldn’t concentrate. SLEEP IS IMPORTANT. So get your phone, tablet, laptop all out and just sleep. Learn from my mistakes people. 

2. Take a day off and meal prep the shit out of your week. When I’m in exam week, I forget to eat. My bodily needs go on vacation to a dark corner of my mind and I simply forget about them until I’m at the verge of collapse from hunger and dehydration. What I did last year to avoid this is to have healthy food at hand all times by meal prepping inexpensive, light and nutritious snacks that can survive in the fridge. 

3. Have your professor’s email or phone number. We are not perfect so from time to time, we are bound to cram everything in a day. In these days, it’s very beneficial to have your professor’s contact info to ask relevant questions. Be bold and ask right away if they have past tests so you can train with them in those lasts couple of hours. When cramming, it’s best to practice instead of reading. Your professor can make a huge difference in this game. 

4. Make an efficient summary. If your professor isn’t willing to help (I see you Law Prof), then I recommend you to take notes using the chapter outline. You know that one page where they outline the chapters paragraph and give it numbers? It’s been extremely useful to me. Why? Because the paragraphs are usually named after the main ideas of the subject. Let me give you an example. One of my introductory classes was Marketing. The first chapter is named Wat is Marketing? The first paragraph is The definition of marketing, the second The marketing concept and the last one The role of marketing in a corporation. So knowing the answer to these 3 paragraphs should give you a strong idea of what marketing really is. A 20-page chapter was easily summarized in only 3 paragraphs. This saves me lots of time and I’m able to identify the most important info right away.

5. Organise a study session with your classmates. I have saved and have been saved by these. Just gather around 4-6 people from your class. Then make sure each one of you has mastered a part of the study material. Then teach what you’ve learned from the others. At the same time, you get to learn too without doing a lot of research.

6. Search it up. If you understand something, the esier it is for you to remember. So if you don’t understand the explanation the professor gave you, ditch him and go look on the internet for a video or article that explains it easier (or slower) for you. 

7. Don’t cram it at the last minute. Yes, don’t do it. It’s likely not going to stay in your mind and it will only give you more stress. I would rec to stop learning all together some 5 hours before the exam and take a nap instead so you feel more fresh and relaxed. 

8. Once you get your test, write all formulas, mnemonics and models. I like to do this before even reading the first question. This way I get all the tools I need out of my mind right away. Therefore I’ll have more space in my mind to think about the actual questions instead of thinking “what was the formula for that again?”  and enter in panic. 

#100daysofproductivity and #100studytips

STUDY TIP! TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR NOTES

Have you ever written notes so badly that you can’t stand to look at them? And it just bugs you each time you try to study from them… and then you get in such a bad mood about the subject in general. 

There’s one simple fixer for that. Just take pride in your notes. Don’t allow yourself to study from obnoxious average notes. It will most definitely put you in a better frame of mind at least, and decrease brain cloudiness.

Here’s some quick tips:

1. Write neatly. It’s kinda obvious. 

2. Have a proper system for note-taking. eg. Write in sections on the page (not left to the right); Use columns (like the Cornell Note-taking system); Use mind-maps and diagrams etc.

3. Use colour associations. Learning is so much easier when the page has colour and context. Try it. 

4. Make it look good. If it looks bad, seriously you don’t want to look at it for any length of time. If you think you don’t have great handwriting, then just try your best to make it better than your average.

5. Doodle for visual appeal and context. Notes without context creates confusion. So a doodle here and there that relates to the content, even if you’re not an illustrator from heaven, will make a difference. 

6. Finally, just love your notes. It just helps. 

Hope the study is going well!! 

Me in the shower: *Thinks up extremely complicated and amazing personality for character*

Me in math class: *Comes up with unique yet not too outlandish names for characters*

Me at cram school: *Comes up with tragic backstory for characters*

Me when I’m supposed to be sleeping: *Comes up with plot twists, complicated relationship problems and fun and awesome scenes/dialogue*

Me in front of the computer: wut r wurds

“The moon is beautiful,” Yuuri sighs into his palm, his voice muffled.

“Of course,” Viktor replies.

“No, Vitya, you don’t get it,” and only now does Viktor look up from his book to see Yuuri looking at him intently, his beautiful brown eyes like molten gold behind his glasses. “If there were actually people who lived there, I imagine they would be ethereal. All elegant lines and graceful limbs. They’ll take the earth people for a dance when they descend, and after that, we’re just left to admire them. But we’ll be okay with that,”

Viktor likes hearing Yuuri tell stories like this, has been in love with his words and purple prose since they were but kids, playing make-believe with wings made of burrowed snow. Yuuri’s voice always gets so dreamy. Viktor wears it around his heart like a caress he’s reluctant to let go of. “Go on,”

“They’ll have the deepest blue eyes, like an ocean where you can drown, but they won’t let you. They’ll pull you up to meet them where they are, and,” Yuuri frowns. “Um. Can you lie down?”

“Sure,” Viktor says easily, straightening his knees and sliding down the headboard of Yuuri’s creaky bed to make himself comfortable.

“So, the people from the moon, I think they’ll glow. So bright, and so steady,” Yuuri leans over him, his hands busy around Viktor’s head. He can hear Yuuri’s heartbeat, hammering and loud, how it matches Viktor’s own thrumming pulse. Yuuri is so close to him, they’re almost touching. Viktor can count his eyelashes, can feel his warm breath against his cheek.

Viktor dimly realises Yuuri has rearranged his hair so it’ll spread out and frame his face as some kind of a halo when Yuuri finishes moving, steadying himself with both arms caging Viktor inbetween. “They’ll glow, like such,”

And how can Yuuri lightly make comparisons like that, like Viktor’s the one who’s magical, when Yuuri burns so brightly everytime he smiles, taking down even the sturdiest mountains of a heart with him? When Yuuri is the dancer with purpose in his every step, the wizard who bewitches Viktor’s breath out of his lungs just with a lift of his dainty finger? When Viktor’s the one who can’t say no to whatever he says, including this?

Their lips are centimetres apart. Viktor is this close to short-circuiting. “My sun,” he whispers, letting the nickname kiss Yuuri instead of doing the deed himself. Yuuri blinks. Viktor is a goner.

“Ah. Sorry?” Yuuri asks, unsure, straightening his elbows to put more distance between them. Viktor’s lungs almost collapse from the amount of air they’re finally able to take in.

“If I get to be your moon, then you should be my sun,” Viktor clarifies after he’s recovered from being in Yuuri’s proximity for too long. “The way you shine,”

“A-ah,” Yuuri stammers out. “I’m not sure if that fits me, really. I don’t–I’m not a person with bright vibes. I cry a lot. I’m not special–”

“Don’t you dare finish that sentence,” Viktor cuts him off. This is his short window to snatch Yuuri up from the underbelly of vicious waves, before his enigmatic poet wilts into a mimosa that won’t unfurl no matter what. A stubborn mimosa, just like a stubborn sunlight that beats down upon your back. Viktor is so in love with him. “You’re magnificent. The centre of my universe. I can’t shine without you,”

The corners of Yuuri’s mouth soften at that, even though the rest of him is having a hard time taking Viktor’s words on face value just yet. “Okay, then,” he lets his forehead boops Viktor’s gently, rests there as he continues. “My moonlight. My stardust,”

“My sunshine,” Viktor replies, obedient. His eyes trace the perfect, familiar, perfectly familiar lines of Yuuri’s eyes, his nose, his jaw, the slope of his lips. Oh, how Viktor longs to taste the flares of his system’s star. How he longs to burn.

30 december 2017

it’s the last couple days of my winter break so i’m finishing up the rest of my assignments early so i can prevent cramming the night before school begins. i just finished up some more apush textbook assignments :)

currently listening to: friends by raury

day 5 / 100 of productivity

What I learned through A levels

So I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I wanted to make a list (because I like lists) of stuff I learned over the last two years because why not. I’m going to include academic and non-academic stuff so yep.

Things I learned:

1. How to be alone

Most of the time I spent in school, I spent on my own and that was fine. I think you just have to always look busy with something. Check your phone, check your emails, read a textbook, read a book, revise, make notes. And remember you don’t look like an idiot.

2. How to revise

My favourite method was to read through, then highlight, then make notes, then do questions. Read -> highlight -> notes -> test. It takes ages but you know what you need to know by the end.

3. Enthusiasm is really, really fucking important

Don’t do A-levels that make you cry unless you’re stupidly determined. Biology was favourite subject and turned out my best. Maths made me cry every week. At least. It was torture. Unfortunately I needed it because I didn’t have any other sciences but oh my god it was a painful subject.

4. Running is good for everything

Run. Buy pretty shoes. Get a sports bra and run. Ok you don’t have to run. But do something. You CAN spare even just a couple of hours a week to do some exercise or just something that makes you feel good. A-levels are hard. They’re painful and tiring and demoralising and make you want to cry. You’ve got to find a good way of getting out all the stress and tension you’re carrying all the time. If that’s painting, do it. If that’s running or swimming or watching films or walking or gardening, do it.

5. The things that make you weird are often the things that make you happy (and don’t sacrifice that for the sake of being ‘normal’)

My mum made no secret of thinking I was ‘weird’ because of how much I love reading pop science books. But I don’t give a shit because I love reading pop science books. So whatever people think you’re a weirdo for doing, embrace it. Become the nerdy one or the arty one or whatever. That’s you and that’s ok.

6. You don’t have to like going out all the time

Sometimes stumbling home drunk at dawn is great but you know what else is great? Books, TV and tea and going to bed at 9pm.

7. You can blame your teachers but only to a certain extent

Ok so we had the shittest biology teachers. Ol so one of them was ok, the other… well, if he showed up at all he’d run out for half the lesson for a smoke or a coffee or to go the shop and then he’d show up and tell us what we needed to learn (“so we’ll need to go over photosynthesis and respiration because people struggle with that”) then proceed to not teach us any of it. The other teacher bombarded us with paperwork which was far, far too much for us to read so I think we all just ignored it tbh. I got an A in biology. It’s possible. Yes, shout about your teachers if they’re shit, but the sad fact is, you can complain all you want but it’s still you sitting the exam. If you have a shit teacher, resist the urge to give up. You’re going to have to work even harder, read around more, ask people from other schools what they’re doing, where they’re up to. And honestly (at risk of sounding like I’m telling you to skive) skive. Be honest with yourself and if you would honestly learn more not going to class, don’t go. Don’t waste that hour just because you might get an earful later. Use it.

8. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”

It’s cliché time! But seriously. You have to remember that you can’t just give it 100% all the time for a whole two years. You have to give yourself breathing space and allow time to chill out because otherwise you’ll get to christmas and be done already.

9. You can cram anything

Ok by ‘cram’ I don’t mean the night before, but you can probably get up to a pass in a couple of days if you work super hard. Disclaimer: DO NOT TRY THIS. Don’t rely on this. Seriously. You will cry. It’s a last resort. But if you get to a week before the exam and realise you don’t know anything, don’t panic. It is possible. It’s scary, but it’s possible.

10. Keep the big picture in mind

Have a big goal. Whether it be a uni course you want to get onto or a job you want or a place you want to go or something like that, hold onto it. Put pictures on your wall, surround yourself with dreams and plans and remember that you can do it!

Park Jihoon Mafia AU

warnings: sexual harassment, mentions of shock/panic/anxiety

  • everyone in your high school knows who park jihoon is
  • he doesn’t have ANY friends at school and he never talks to anyone
  • people say that they’ve seen him get into fancy black foreign cars after school 
  • and this guy in your homeroom swears he saw tattoos on jihoon one time when they were changing for gym
  • and of course, the rumors conclude that he must be part of 101, a notorious gang in your town
  • you choose to just ignore these rumors, opting for not judging him
  • when the new semester in school begins, he’s assigned as your deskmate
  • you’re a bit intimidated by all the rumors and how he never talks, but you decide to ignore it
  • he just stares out of the window the whole day or checks his phone
  • one day he gets a message and obviously panics
  • during lunch you’re getting something out of your locker when he comes up to you
  • “(y/n), can you cover for me? an emergency came up.”
  • you were surprised that he was even talking to you, but you nodded
  • “(y/n), where did park jihoon go? is he skipping school?”
  • “no, teacher, he felt sick and had to go home.”
  • the next morning, you see him and send him a thumbs up
  • “thanks.”
  • you still try not to be intimidated by how short with words he is
  • you have cram school that goes pretty late into the night, so you often have to take the bus home at 11 or even midnight
  • one night, you’re leaving at 11 when you realize a group of guys is following you
  • they start saying stuff to you, so you tell them to leave you alone and duck into a convenience store
  • you just purchase a pack of gum or something random, waiting for them to leave
  • and you don’t realize it, but jihoon sees you and notices how uncomfortable and scared you look
  • you leave the convenience store and continue walking and get to your bus stop + board quickly
  • and you realize the guys from earlier are also on the bus
  • you want to get off, but the bus already left the stop
  • you take a seat towards the front and try to just ignore them but one of them comes and sits down next to you
  • “hey baby, why don’t you come home with me tonight?”
  • “i asked you to please leave me alone”
  • “ay, don’t play hard to get, babe”
  • suddenly someone’s punching the guy
  • “she told you to leave her alone, punk”
  • jihoon yanks the guy away, glaring at him
  • the bus driver is like uM is everything okay?
  • jihoon reassures him that nothing happened, and turns to glare at the guys
  • “this is our turf, you’re lucky that i’m not calling my hyungs to take care of you properly”
  • you’re still really shaken up from what happened and you don’t really realize what’s happening around you
  • the guys get off the bus grumbling and jihoon turns to you, immediately taking off his school uniform jacket and draping it around you
  • “are you okay? did they touch you?”
  • you shake your head, letting yourself warm up in the jacket
  • “you’re safe now, i’ll make sure those guys don’t bother you again.”
  • you two sit in silence for a while, jihoon periodically glancing down at you to make sure that you’re not crying or going into panic or anything 
  • “what’s your stop? i’ll walk you home.”
  • “thank you, jihoon-ssi”
  • jihoon glanced down at you with a small smile
  • “jihoon-ssi? aren’t we deskmates?”
  • “well yeah but we’ve never talked”
  • “you can just call me jihoon, don’t worry”
  • he walks you home and makes sure that your parents are home and everything in case anything happens
  • “thanks again”
  • jihoon nods
  • “i’ll see you tomorrow!”
  • your parents are already asleep, so you decide to tell them the next day instead of waking you up
  • the next morning you’re shoving your stuff into your backpack when your parent’s like 
  • “(y/n), there’s a boy here to walk you to school?”
  • and you rush to the door and your mom’s like
  • “um excuse me did you get a boyfriend young lady”
  • “no, mom, i’ll explain when i get home!”
  • jihoon is standing there awkwardly, his hands are shoved into his pants pockets
  • “hey, i figured i’d go with you to school since i live pretty close to here.”
  • “oh! let me just go get my stuff, you can wait inside if you’d like”
  • jihoon stands in the hall awkwardly while you rush to get your stuff
  • he’s walking me to school….why
  • when you get back your mom is chatting excitedly to jihoon while he just stands there
  • when he sees you he looks super relieved lmao
  • the bus ride to school is a bit awkward? but jihoon actually talks for once
  • “your mom is nice”
  • “yeah, she can be a bit much sometimes, but i appreciate all she does for my family and i”
  • “she seems sweet”
  • when you guys arrive at school people immediately start talking about how you guys arrived together
  • “do you think they’re dating….”
  • your friends immediately start asking you questions at lunch and you explain 
  • you’re super embarrassed by all the attention you’re getting
  • like geez it’s just going to school together, not posting a couple picture on instagram…
  • he also picks you up and goes home w/you from your cram school?
  • “….i was in the area”
  • that night when you explain what happened w/the guys to your parents your dad wants to drive you home from cram school but you convince him that you’ll be fine with jihoon
  • your mom approves of this new plan bc she likes jihoon
  • (and his face lol)
  • so it becomes a regular thing, him walking with you to school + back from cram school
  • one day this random ass guy shows up on your porch
  • “hi, i’m here to walk you to school!” he says cheerfully
  • “um, who the hell are you?”
  • “i’m jihoon’s hyung, mentor, brother, thing”
  • “…..right.”
  • you get a text from jihoon like a couple seconds later
  • “i’m not going to school today, so i asked my hyung to walk you. be safe please!”
  • wow your heart isn’t speeding up at aaaaaall
  • “i’m ong seongwoo, at your service!”
  • “ok.”
  • you two are riding on the bus when he looks down at you in amusement
  • “you really don’t seem like jihoon’s usual type”
  • “we’re not dating.”
  • “oh, believe me, i know.”
  • you side-eye him
  • he snorts
  • that night after cram school you ask him where jihoon is
  • “oh, he didn’t tell you? he’s in the hospital.”
  • “THE HOSPITAL?”
  • “uh yeah, he got shot…”
  • “SHOT?????”
  • “yeah, his run got ambushed…….”
  • blank stare
  • “oh shit he didn’t tell you.”
  • you stare at him blankly
  • “where the hell is he?”
  • you text your parents some bs about staying over at a friend’s house and have seongwoo take you to the hospital where jihoon is
  • he has a private room
  • and all these super handsome guys in suits are standing around the room
  • you just kind of barge past them
  • “sorry kid, i thought she knew!” seongwoo yelled sheepishly
  • “yah, park jihoon, how the hell did you get SHOT?”
  • “ey, it’s the girl, maybe we should leave…” you hear someone say, and everyone kind of clears out
  • jihoon looks awful and he has a huge bandage over his right pec
  • “you’re here?”
  • he looks really surprised but also a bit pleased?
  • “stop smiling asshole, why are you hurt?”
  • you hit him on the arm, making him groan in pain
  • “don’t hit the invalid, please!”
  • “oh, sorry, sorry” you check to make sure he’s okay, fussing over his blankets and stuff
  • “so you wanna tell me why you got shot”
  • jihoon just kind of stares at you for a moment, reaching over to push your hair behind your ear
  • wow cheesy af
  • you blush obvs
  • “you know the rumors about me at school?”
  • “that you’re an asshole?” you asked bluntly
  • “no, no,” jihoon groaned “that i’m in 101″
  • “oh… yeah? and?”
  • he kind of just stared at you
  • and you stared blankly back at him and then oH
  • “are you trying to tell me you’re in a freaking gang?”
  • Jihoon just kept staring
  • “park jihoon, say something! my crush is literally lying in the hospital because he got fucking shot and he just told me he’s in a fucking gang and now he’s not saying anything?”
  • this stupid self-satisfied smile spread across his face
  • “stop smiling, you stupid jerk!”
  • “you like me?”
  • “what? n-no?” blushies!!
  • “you totally just said you liked me”
  • “…”
  • “yeah”
  • “i like you too~”
  •  “don’t be irritating”
  • jihoon reached down to lace his fingers with yours
  • “aww, young love” seongwoo stuck his head into the room, making you roll your eyes
  • “jihoon, out of all the guys you could have sent to pick me up for school, you sent that idiot?”
  • jihoon starts wHEEZING
  • “lmao jihoon’s girlfriend roasted seongwoo”
    “shut UP jaehwan”
  • jihoon pulls you down and kisses you gently
  • AND THEN HIS FUCKING HEART MONITOR STARTS BEEPING HELLA FAST LMAO
  • (since his heart was beating really fast)
  • you start laughing at him as his face turns bright red
  • “aw, cute”
  • you kiss him again wowow
  • you know that he leaves to go do his duties after school while you’re at cram school
  • and every day you kiss him and tell him to be safe
  • “i know, babe, i will be”
  • you get to know his hyungs pretty well
  • they inform you that he’s been crushing on you since he overheard you defending him that he wasn’t in a gang (before you knew him)
  • “but you were in a gang”
  • “yeah, but you were so trusting in the fact that you shouldn’t trust a book by it’s cover, i couldn’t help but like you!”
  • “and he would talk about you EVERY SINGLE DAY”
  • “shut up seongwoo”
  • jihoon would be like bright red but you’d find it totally adorable
  • if he ever can’t walk you to school, he doesn’t send seongwoo anymore lmao
  • you’re not a huge fan of his involvement in 101 but you understand that it’s not really something he can leave
  • you’re just worried for his safety
  • one time you bring him home to meet your parents and they actually really like him?
  • i mean he’s charming and sweet
  • your dad is suspicious at first but warms up to him
  • and when he’s leaving you kiss him goodbye quickly on the front porch
  • and as you’re heading back inside, he does the wrist grab™
  • he kisses you again but this time it’s way deeper
  • like lip biting, fast heart beat, hands gripping hips deep
  • and you pull away breathlessly, kissing him again lightly 
  • “what was that for?”
  • “just wanted to let you know that i really love you”
  • you hug him, letting your head rest against his chest so that you can hear his quick heartbeat
  • “i love you too, babe”

a nice intro to this mafia universe :) this one was like dipping your toes into the pool to see if it’s cold?

**unlike the harry potter scenarios, i HAVE NOT pre-written this series. as soon as i finish a scenario, i will post it.

Dating Rin Okumura would include:
  • Him loving cooking for you and trying out new recipes on you
  • Often coming back to his dorm after cram school because you know he gets pretty lonely with Yukio working late
  • Him being pretty flustered when he first spoke to you
  • Being even more flustered when he tried to ask you out for the first time and his tail was nervously swishing behind him
  • After you said yes he grinned widely and his tail thrashed about like an excited puppy
  • Going on small, simple dates like to the park or the movies 
  • Him feeling guilty because he doesn’t have a lot of money to take you on a date somewhere nice
  • Even though you insist its fine, it still bothers him so he saves up what he can and at the end of every month takes you out somewhere really special
  • him doing a small task for Mephisto and he gives Rin a half years pass free to Mepphyland and he takes you on a date there
  • Him using his demon strength to win you a huge plush at the games
  • Naming it Rinny, and him finding it adorable
  • Rin bragging about how he wants to go on all the big rides and then feeling noxious when he does
  • After you come of the ride he feels dizzy and you let him rest his head on your lap
  • After coming out the drowsiness Rin freaks out and blushes when he realised his head was in your lap
  • Attempting to help him study in both regular and cram school
  • Study dates turning out into cute, playful make-out sessions
  • Your first kiss was a month after you’d been dating and he tried to cook you a nice meal for your one month anniversary but he was so nervous he accidentally burnt it all
  • he felt so bad although you found it quite funny and adorable, and you cheered him up by kissing him
  • Rin was extremely surprised but extremely happy
  • Ordering pizza after that and watching movies with Kuro on your lap
  • Yukio walking in on you too kissing 
  • “Nii-san, please refrain from kissing my students, and please give me warning if your going to be having guests over.”
  • Despite this, you and Yukio getting along rather well
  • He likes you because your a some-what hard working student and do well on the tests as well as the psychical work
  • And you help keep his brothers human side in check
  • Shima picking on you too but is actually extremely jealous
  • Mephisto making comments sometimes about you two
  • “My little bro’s first love! So adorable! Treat him well!”
  • He then looks at Rin and says “And you treat her well!”
  • Rin making a comment on how he doesn’t need dating advice from a clown
  • Rin being extremely protective of you
  • You being protective of him as well, but feel as if you don’t know how to protect him as well as he does with you, as he’s the son of Satan
  • Being the only one who didn’t really care that he was Satan’s son
  • Knowing that Rin is a good person from the start
  • Asking him if you can touch his tail, and after he agrees being amazed at how soft it is.
  • During breaks you visit him at his monastery and meet the priests he tells you all about
  • Them being very friendly and welcoming you into the family
  • Them telling you embarrassing stories and showing you baby pictures of Rin
  • Of course he is very embarrassed and flames up in defence 
  • You kiss his cheek and tell him its okay
  • Going to visit his fathers grave with him and just sitting by the grave as Rin talks to his dad, and introducing you to each other and he tells his dad all about you.

Originally posted by le-charibo

Originally posted by miidoriyas

If you want another blue exorcist character like this please let me know, I’d be happy to do it for you !!