finals advice

unexpected things from s3 that still make me really really happy and smile: isak and sonja’s conversations, whether it was in the minutt for minutt clip or via their texts, all throughout episode 10.

You know that thing you’ve been putting off doing? It’s just going to keep stressing you out if you keep ignoring it…
Could you try taking little steps toward finishing it? Even if you just make a plan today, that’s progress!
I promise you’ll feel better once you have it done. The hard part is starting the project, but you’re almost there!

can we end this studyblr ideal that you should be eating fruit for every snack and revising on the bus and studying whilst you walk and learning whilst you eat lunch and staying home at weekends and using every single minute of the day to be productive ??? like ??? no !! eat that chocolate that you’ve been keeping in your kitchen !! listen to your favourite song whilst on the bus !! play games on your phone at lunch time !! meet your friends and have a hella fun adventure !! its obviously okay and good to have a balance between your chill time and your study time but please for the love of god do not let studying take over your life. studying is great and its awesome and you should definitely work hard but you need to remember that your life needs to be lived

on editing & repetition;

i’m such a firm believer in the shit first draft. i used to be one of those people who would madly edit as i went and labour for hours over one sentence, just to get it right. spoilers: that is a waste of everyone’s time. the trick to writing is becoming good at editing, but like, in that order, editing after you’ve written it. it can be hard to know where to start with editing, so i’ve written up this post on what i consider to be the first step in a successful self-edit.*

here’s what i do: ctrl+f. this might seem like a weird, slightly obvious thing, but one of the biggest problems with underdeveloped writing is excessive repetition. there are some words you can only use once in an entire novel, and some words that carry less weight but which you wind up using too much anyway. the real trick to a first draft is to stop giving a stuff about repetition. then, ctrl+f.

my biggest plague word is just. i’ve already used it once in this post. the first thing i do when i finish something is to search for instances of the word just and delete/rephrase every second one or so. i allow myself to keep it when it’s absolutely necessary to the meaning of the clause, but that’s about as far as i’m willing to push it.

here are a few words to look for in this first stage of repetition-fixing:

  • adverbs: the most common ones will be things like basically, actually, suddenly, really, very… but if you want to do a quick check for any words ending in -ly, that helps too.**
  • unusual conjunctions: it’s perfectly fine to use a lot of and, but but needs to be kept in check. too many negative clauses can break immersion! similarly for so, also, although, still, etc.
  • swearing. (and this is coming from someone who swears like a sailor IRL.) as with any strong and emotive language, it has more power when you hold it back and only use it for similarly emotive occasions.
  • any phrases you know you use a lot.

once that’s done, reread the work. the moment you find a word that carries a lot of weight, or a phrase that sounds incredible to you, ctrl+f it. because if you’re having that thought now, chances are you’ve had it before, and you’ve used that word or phrase more than once within the work. when something stands out to you that much, it’s worth saving it up for a special occasion.

there are a few other subtle things worth looking out for in terms of repetition, which i’ll list quickly:

  • overusing character names when pronouns will suffice, i.e. “It was still dark when Bob’s alarm went off. Bob was so tired that he had to physically force his eyes open.” that second Bob can easily be a he and no-one will get confused!
  • italics for emphasis. while you’re in the midst of writing, it may seem like you need to remind your reader that certain words will be stressed in a sentence, but it’s more likely that your reader will understand that intuitively. save italics for moments of heightened emotion and humour.
  • similar sentence structure. if you have two sentences in a row that look the same, like this: “Bob’s alarm went off, but it was still dark outside. He was unbelievably tired, since he’d stayed up too late the night before.” … then change the structure of one of them! experiment with moving clauses around until you get enough variation. this helps hold your readers’ interest, and maintains flow so that your writing doesn’t get too clunky.

there! now you’ve got a cursorily-edited first draft, just (oh, yikes, there i go) by focusing on one issue at a time. at this stage, you can go back and read it again (yes, again!) and see where you might be able to use repetition as a powerful device to draw attention to a particular concept, or to create emotion or humour.

one more thing: i started this off by cautioning against editing as you go. but when you start becoming aware of repetition, and your own personal plague words/phrases, you’ll start doing all of this like second nature. but that doesn’t mean you should stop using ctrl+f!


* obviously once you’ve done a self-edit, a good idea is to send your work off to a beta reader/critique partner. they’ll pick up on anything you might’ve missed, as well as talk you through bigger issues than are covered in this post.

** my general stance on adverbs is that they should be used sparingly (which is an adverb :P), except for comedic emphasis, in which case adverbs will do a lot of the heavy lifting. (see above: physically forced, unbelievably tired.) as with everything that frames itself as a writing “rule,” don’t trust anyone who tells you never to use adverbs.

These. Do all the things. 

When you first start editing it can be difficult to know where to start and what to look for. Go through your copy and highlight all these instances, then go back and remove as many as possible!
And as always with editing, take it slow.

8 Studyblrs to motivate you this New Year

Originally posted by twelveslapels

As I slowly become more active on tumblr I thought I’d check out some new blogs to motivate me and wow did I hit the jackpot!

Whether I need a cute aesthetic to get me inspired, on-point advice and facts, or relatable quotes and life posts - here’s some people who do it amazingly. Prepare for a love-in! ♥️

@juliebunny-study  A neat aesthetic and a lil bit of français for motivation and inspiration.

@write-read-study  Cute, mixed blog with tips, images and, my true love: quotes

@howtogrowthefuckup  Finally!! Some useful succinct advice! Helps decode the unspoken “adult bible”. 

@sophocused  Lilac aesthetic to soothe your procrastination woes

@bulletjournaljungle Feel some handwriting envy, or feel inspired to make your notes more artsy. 

@emmastudies  Get some amazingly useful advice from someone who   seems to have seen it all!

@studywithcat  The friendliest blog for any questions, big or small, with cute pics amongst the asks. 

@intprocrastinationstudy   I feel so at home amongst the procrastination and realism of this blog, its just so bloody real   

(Should I be cringing at myself? *puts relevant gif below for distraction* )

Originally posted by theemotionmachine

(s)EVEN MORE Study Moods

Soooo I have received requests for another one of these!

(first) (second)

So you SWEAR you need to study for finals week, but you just can’t. Maybe try these? Pick your favorite, or do one each day of finals week!

  • The Sleeping Beauty: Lavender tea, Disney songs, doing math problems on your futon.
    • Beware! This mood, comfy as it is, might result in unintended naps - indulge wisely.
  • The Work-Hard Play-Hard: Mocktails, Ke$ha, playing go-fish to learn vocab terms in a lounge.
    • Hey, studying can be fun! Round up friends taking French or Bio with you, make some playing cards (”Do you have ‘the method through which animals make ATP?” “Nope, don’t have cellular respiration, go fish!” or “Est-ce que tu as ‘un poisson’?” “Yeah, I have a fish. Dangit.”) and have a study party.
  • The Holiday Spirit: Eggnog, carols, creating mnemonics somewhere with holiday decorations.
    • Hey, it’s Hanukkah right now, Christmas is soon, and it’s almost break. One of those things probably excites you at least a little, so get in the spirit!
  • The Summer Child: Mango smoothie, the Beach Boys, creating timeline somewhere warm.
    • On the other hand, some people just don’t like winter, and that’s okay. Pretend it isn’t!
  • The Music Major: Bubbler water, orchestral music, writing analysis papers in a basement.
    • Okay, this one is mostly just based on my own personal experiences. However, it is pretty good at preventing distractions!
  • The Technomancer: Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper, dubstep, making presentations in a computer lab.
    • Hey, if you’re going to spend a couple hours tethered to a computer to finish that powerpoint, you may as well get in the mood. You’re an 80′s hacker now. Congratulations.
  • The Yuppie: A venti caramel macchiato (Skim, Extra Shot, Extra-Hot, Extra-Whip, Sugar-Free), Vampire Weekend, making family trees at the coffee shop that your drink order just annoyed.
    • Okay, I do have an order like this, so this is all in good fun. This is really good for making you feel #Fancy, though, so if that’s what you need, go for it!

Don’t stress about doing exactly these - they’re suggestions! Mix and match at your leisure.

Go forth and study! Let finals never bring you down!