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How to Practice Effectively

Mastering any physical skill, be it performing a pirouette, playing an instrument, or throwing a baseball, takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. 

There are many theories that attempt to quantify the number of hours, days, and even years of practice that it takes to master a skill. While we don’t yet have a magic number, we do know that mastery isn’t simply about the amount of hours of practice. It’s also the quality and effectiveness of that practice. Effective practice is consistent, intensely focused, and targets content or weaknesses that lie at the edge of one’s current abilities. So if effective practice is the key, how can we get the most out of our practice time? 

Below are 4 tips for practicing better for just about anything!

1. Focus on the task at hand. Minimize potential distractions by turning off the computer or TV and putting your cell phone on airplane mode. In one study, researchers observed 260 students studying. On average, those students were able to stay on task for only six minutes at a time. Laptops, smartphones, and particularly Facebook were the root of most distractions. 

2. Start out slowly or in slow-motion. Coordination is built with repetitions, whether correct or incorrect. If you gradually increase the speed of the quality repetitons, you have a better chance of doing them correctly. 

3. Next, frequent repetitions with allotted breaks are common practice habits of elite performers. Studies have shown that many top athletes, musicians, and dancers spend 50-60 hours per week on activities related to their craft. Many divide their time used for effective practice into multiple daily practice sessions of limited duration. 

4. Finally, practice in your brain in vivid detail. It’s a bit surprising, but a number of studies suggest that once a physical motion has been established, it can be reinforced just by imagining it. In one study, 144 basketball players were divided into two groups. Group A physically practiced one-handed free throws while Group B only mentally practiced them. When they were tested at the end of the two week experiment, the intermediate and experienced players in both groups had improved by nearly the same amount. 

As scientists get closer to unraveling the secrets of our brains, our understanding of effective practice will only improve. In the meantime, effective practice is the best way we have of pushing our individual limits, achieving new heights, and maximizing our potential.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How to practice effectively…for just about anything - Annie Bosler and Don Greene

Animation by Martina Meštrović

What if

The swimming club from Free!
The basket club from Kuroko no Basket
The volley ball from Haikyuu
The SKET DANCE from Sket dance
The baseball club from Ace no Diamond
The soccer club from Inazuma eleven
The American football club from Eyeshield 21 
The tenis club from The Prince of tenis
The Kurata club form Chihayafuru

- Were all clubs in the same school.

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“We’re like an old couple, it’s like we’ve been married for 30 years. We started skating together at 8/9 years old and spent more time growing up with each other than with our respective brothers and sisters. It’s really a special relationship… We have a deep history.”

anonymous asked:

Hey have any recommendations for some bellarke social media aus?

We have a great tag for that here!

Anonymous said: ‘ I’m looking for a fic I read a while ago where Clarke is dorm mates with bellamy’s kind of girlfriend (maybe Gina) and Bellamy tends to “sleep over” even if Clarke is there. But end game is bellarke. I think it was either a one shot or a two shot. It would’ve been on ao3′ 

This is so, so familiar, and I know I’ve read it, but I cannot think of it! Can anyone help us out?

Anonymous said: ‘hi i was reading a bellarke pride and prejudice au that i lost it was on ao3 and they were in modern la and minty was getting married and bellamy was lizzie and clarke was darcy thanks so much for your help!’

We think you’re looking for Dawn.

@clarkkeee asked: ‘Hey, I’m looking for an end-of-the-world esc fic. Not their current situation but a modern au where there’s a earth quake or tsunami. Or where they are the ones who escape the nukuler war caused by ALI and escape into space.’

We have an apocalypse tag!

But some  other ‘end of the world’ type:

Anonymous asked: ‘Hi, just wondering if you know any fics where they’re still stuck in Mount Weather and forced to participate in a breeding program. Thanks.’

Drawings on the Cave Wall is a good option!

Anonymous asked: ‘Hello! I see you have accidental marriage fics, but do you know of any assumed marriage fics, where through some miscommunication people are under the impression they’re married?(preferably in canon verse, but anything’s lovely)’

We are unaware of anything that fits into these specifications, but perhaps our followers have suggestions!

Anonymous asked: ‘Hey, are you aware of any 4x11 speculations fic? I’d love to read some in-canon bellarke angst’

@happywholidays asked: ‘This might be a long shot, but are there any dancer/ballet bellarke AUs at all?’

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TFC  Dance AU

So I sat down with @fox-number-ten and @t-basilton-g-p to watch some 1Million dance videos when we… kinda maybe made a TFC dance AU. (Some links may only work in a browser.) This got sooo long I’m so sorry. So without much further ado here it is:

The Foxes is a college dance crew at Palmetto State University. They’re competing in competitions all over the country.

  • Let’s start off with Neil. Neil is still a runaway this time he just really wants to dance. Neil is always moving and he uses dancing to get that energy out. Dancing was a way for little baby Neil to express himself and get lost in himself.
  • Neil learned dance from youtube videos and what he saw in movies, training when his mom wasn’t looking.
  • He’s a surprisingly good dancer in heels but to unlock this secret he has to be either Drunk™ or have Andrew in the audience.
  • Neils favorite is when he did My House (https://youtu.be/f79Vr-pCdow) and Wiggle (https://youtu.be/Q1Lo2bangnk) ((RIP Andrew))
  • He mostly dances alone but if you get him drunk enough you might be lucky enough to see his exclusive 7/11 choreo with Nicky, Allison, Renee and Dan. (https://youtu.be/dDnYHX7opnk)


  • Andrew dances. 
  • He’s absolutely amazing, and rumour has it he once beat Riko in a 1 on 1 dance off.
  • He never trains with the team and will only dance at competitions. If you see Andrew dancing outside of a competition RIP, he doesn’t even stop dancing to kill you he just shimmies out a knife and throws.
  • Somehow Andrew always dances really happy songs, back when he took his meds it fit his deposition really well, but after getting clean…Well, let’s just say it’s hilarious or terrifying depending on how you see it.
  • Personal favourites include Cant Stop The Feeling (https://youtu.be/0VmSTcPz_wo) and Uptown Funk (https://youtu.be/7uw9TAXJTIc) with Kevin.
  • Andrew takes an interest to Neil and they start training together. Later on when they get together their favorite thing to do at parties is whipping out choreo for Love Never Felt So Good and make everything everyone in the near vicinity doubt everything they ever thought they knew. (https://youtu.be/J5xLYEusTz8)
  • It’s one of the only things that can make Andrew really smile and Neil adores it. It’s Hilarious every time and the first time they did it Nicky literally fainted.


  • Aaron twerks.
  • There is no other way to put it.
  • Aaron is a booty expert and he will physically ruin competition with his butt.
  • No one really knows how that happened, some suspect it was a girlfriend, others a crazy dare. But really, one should probably just not question it.
  • He mostly dances with all The Monsters in group numbers.
  • A classic Aaron dance is his choreo for Doctor Pepper (https://youtu.be/rbNaIJoGqXI)


  • Kevin can seamlessly attain almost any style. He’s a fast learner which made him a very valuable No. 2 for the Moriyamas.
  • He danced pairs with Riko growing up and now mostly does singles or groups with The Monsters.
  • Kevins favorites after he started dancing with The Foxes are his choreo for Stressed Out (https://youtu.be/iLNbtXjOGEA) and Gangsta (https://youtu.be/Po6hxP5oVpQ)


  • Nicky doesn’t really have a thing. He’s mostly dancing because he loves it.
  • He dances in The Monsters group numbers and with the girls later on but can be convinced to do solos.
  • His own personal favorite is choreo for Sugar that Kevin made for him (https://youtu.be/96Xd1lzbfLk) and Side to Side (https://youtu.be/bsz_Ew3ISCU) with Neil.
  • (These are coincidentally also Erik’s favorites.)


  • The Monsters is a subdivision of The Foxes consisting of Andrew, Aaron, Kevin and Nicky (and later Neil). The Monsters mostly do group numbers together.
  • The Monsters biggest hit is the time they did Smooth Criminal (https://youtu.be/HqZ0ruLVHPw)
  • Now I’m not saying they get back together for the Andreil wedding and do Runaway Baby but yes, that’s exactly what I’m saying. (https://youtu.be/o22lOnMY2wM)
  • They really only did it for the pun.

  • Allison grew up taking modern dance classes because of her parents. 
  • She dabbled in hip hop in high school, mostly to annoy her parents, and fell in love with the more fast paced aspect of it.
  • For Allison to do a dance it has to be fast, it has to be energetic and it has to be sexy.
  • Allisons personal favorites are her choreo for Girls Like (https://youtu.be/5Gjtt50p4yM) and Overprotected (https://youtu.be/5trbh40_gwI)

  • Renee learned to dance on the street. She can break dance like nobody’s business but only brings it out at parties.
  • She did ballet when trying to reshape herself and developed a style relying heavily on grace and smooth movement.
  • The combination of ballet, street fighting and break dancing has made Renee virtually unstoppable. Do not try to fight Renee.
  • Overheard on campus: “I heard that Renee has an 8 pack, that Renee is fucking ripped.”
  • Renees personal favorites are when she did Never Be Like You (https://youtu.be/piMsKcY0Auo), Gold (https://youtu.be/xrO3ae1U5O8), and Say My Name (https://youtu.be/-g6rw_HqO4U)


  • Dan has taken dancing lessons her whole life.
  • She can do a variety of different styles and loves to spin things her own way.
  • Her background as a stripper helps a lot with her movements and she’s very grateful for it.
  • She’s the captain of The Foxes and fought her way to the top with all the talent she has. One determined look from Dan could probably kill a man.
  • Dan does a lot of pair dancing with Matt and they are a Perfect Fit™
  • Personal favourites include Diva (https://youtu.be/RjNNYjBaPnk) and Upgrade (https://youtu.be/KFX4MHbtyhk)


  • All the girls of course have choreo for Worth It and honestly, saying ‘the girls’ might even be a misunderstanding because more often than not this includes both Nicky and Neil. (https://youtu.be/zUDXj8REpAI)



  • When The Foxes all combine it gets wild.
  • All the different personalities combines weirdly works and they should never be underestimated based on petty disagreements outside of dance.
  • The Foxes greatest hits are Happy (https://youtu.be/yEeha8ym9eg) and Hood Go Crazy (https://youtu.be/2yOSPeiPaR4)

Bonus Ravens:

  • Riko grew up with personal dance tutors at Evermore Dance Studio and has won many a competition all over the world.
  • Caste Evermore has a YouTube channel and is world famous for their videos featuring Riko and The Ravens.
  • He grew up dancing with Kevin and in single numbers but has after Kevin moved on to doing group numbers with the Evermore crew The Ravens.
  • Riko and The Ravens biggest hits include Cold Water (https://youtu.be/BgEMi0qyJrU), R.I.C.O. (https://youtu.be/BuUuiyEcCdY) and Where Are Ü Now (https://youtu.be/K_s6U9LLfNg )

i L O V E getting discounted as a true athlete all the time!! because i break bones for this sport but i still am expected to walk on that stage and do a 2-minute set like it’s literally a walk down the runway, yet for years i had to watch cry baby cutler limp off the field if he hurt his finger in the first quarter. catch me walking off stage like my foot isn’t broken, choking down some advil in between rounds, and still putting a pageant smile on my face while i hit the floor so hard it shakes your core. dancers are badass as hell but we still have to look like artists while doing everything you can do but we do it better and you have the audacity to tell me i’m not an athlete and this isn’t a sport. fine. let me be so good, so flawless that it looks that easy. so easy that when i tell you to try it, you break more bones than me. kiss my swarovski covered ass.