do i have too many handhelds

How I learnt to study

During High school I was one of those students who never really had to work for my marks, I had the uncanny ability to leave my assignment till the night before and still manage full marks that is ..till I got to university, my first year was a disaster I was barely passing my units I was stressed and depressed, what got me through high school was clearly not working in university. So to stop my second year in university from being a disaster as well and to save my gpa I decided to learn how to study from scratch!  spoiler: It worked and my marks have tripled since I adopted these habits. So here are the things I started doing!

- I invested in school supplies that I NEEDED and not just for aesthetic, example I bought tons and tons of basic cheap notebooks because I knew I was going to do a lot of writing and things like flashcards. My rule of thumb was if its functional its perfect.

- I attended every lecture and every class no matter what the time was! This is essential as it saves time later when you are rushing around trying to catch up. 

- I tried to stay up to date no matter what! Before I would let lecture after lecture pile up but ever since doing this, my study life has been much easier to cope with. 

- UNDERSTANDING EVERYTHING YOU LEARN FROM THAT WEEK, I cannot stress how much this has helped me. If I am learning about a topic in week 5, I have to understand it fully in week 5, not when I am in finals week and stressing out. I use resources such as textbooks and the internet to help me understand or I will ask my teacher. The important thing is I understand it fully.

- Be organised!  Know when you have an assignment due, there are so many ways to do this. Handheld planner, wall planner, phone reminders, there is apps such as my study life. Anything that will remind you to get started on the thing before it is too late.

- Review your notes weekly or fortnightly!!! Memory works by relearning, instead of cramming the night before exams, review weeks before.

- Break down your essays weeks before its due, you don’t have to start writing them right away but at least start thinking about them.

- Utilise any free time, for example instead of listening to music on my 45 min bus ride to uni I started listening to a psych podcast or doing my readings for that day.

- Have mental health days, I found out how difficult it is to study and how necessary it is to take breaks. Studying is stressful, have days/half days where you relax and look after yourself.

-Cut down on caffeine, I was a serial coffee addict, Im talking 4 shots a cup three times a day. Cutting down reduced my anxiety and got me sleeping more, which improved my mood and energy.

- Have a study buddy/group, find someone who is serious about their study and have study sessions with them, you get to study and have a social life.

- Find a study schedule that suits you, don’t feel pressure to get up at 5 am if you find it easier to study at 6pm.

- Have a study place, that you know you will study in! It can be your local library, your desk, your bed. Anything that you find will work for you!

I’m watching the Threat Level Midnight episode of The Office and every time I do I think about this post saying that TLM is just stupid or just doesn’t go with the story because it’s too well shot, like it’s definitely not an amateur movie shot on a little handheld camera. and I do agree it is well shot but you also have to consider when it was shot, like the timeline totally lines up with the shooting of the documentary; karen filippelli is in it for a second and every girl we’ve seen Michael date, it all lines up with the doc filming. so you have to think that Michael is sitting in is office working on his screen play and then he looks up and sees the doc crew doing their thing and realizes he has to take advantage of this and asks the crew if they’ll stay late/do weekends to shoot his movie. and they totally would do it, like they are all about crazy Mike and love doing funny things with the office workers, like when they did that song and everyone sang a line and then went through the whole office filming it continuously. so they’d be down. and they’d probably get paid well for it, like when they took xmas pictures and Michael kept wanting 1 more and the photographer was like okay $20 and he ended up paying like an extra $200 for the photos and there still wasn’t a good one of everyone, so he photoshopped happy faces on everyone. so it’s totally possible that he would hire the doc crew to make his crazy ass spy movie and they would totally do it. and that’s how a high quality nonsense movie gets made.


{2o16} #o2o, #o21 & #o22 (week 6) 

(12o film (fomapan 1oo pushed to iso 4oo), scanned negatives)

this really didn’t work as imagined. one mistake was to use the 5omm lens, which is actually quite an obvious mistake (because the wide-angle lens already distorts the space and with that captures too much of it to make sense in this arrangement) but it seems that i do have to make the most obvious mistakes, it’s just not possible for me to let them pass by. the other problem is the light - bright sunshine and deep shadows and me obviously not knowing how to meter this or how to compensate. though maybe it would have been a lesser problem with the 127mm lens. as the 5omm captures so much space and with that so many details, those become too small in the pictures and eventually lose that what interests me about this place. so i’d like to reshoot this sometime in the future and i hope i will have enough motivation to do that, even though photo class is over. but i love this place and still think this idea could work well here. 

btw: i shot all of these handheld. so if you’re a guy and you can’t shoot handheld with your mamiya in the weirdest positions for like three hours you should put up some weights and work your arms ;p my back was aching afterwards though