get some motivation

Lately, I’ve been seeing something slightly bothersome around studyblr, and I just want to say something about it. Basically, there seems to be this attitude cropping up (or at least that I’ve seen/heard about more frequently these days) that your grades reflect your level of effort, or that by simply working hard and putting more effort in, your grades will automatically improve. I disagree.

Yes, there are certainly some cases where you’re already proficient in a class and if you just put in the extra time to study, you’d do better. But there are some classes where grades are not a measure of the level of effort you put in, and therein lies my biggest issue with the grading system and these types of studyblr posts in general. This was certainly the case with me in honors physics (so bear with me, because I have a very large point to make with the following anecdote).

Personally, I’ve always had “easy A” classes where I don’t have to work hard; my brain and academic strengths simply favor me in that particular subject, so with minimal effort I can still be top in the class. And then I see peers who go in for tutoring every day, who spend hours studying and meeting with teachers, who basically invest 100 times the effort I do… and still can’t get above a B or C.

This is not to mention people who take classes that are “reaches” and, accordingly, don’t do so well – even though they work hard – because it’s a challenge. Then there are those who take lower level classes but have capabilities beyond that – and don’t need to put effort in – thus giving them an unfairly easy A. Does their A mean that they work harder? That they’re a better student, studier, scholar, intellectual? Hell to the no.

English is one of those “easy A” classes for me. I’m just innately strong in verbal-linguistic intelligence (going off of Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences), so I’ve literally never had to study for English tests or reading comp/writing. But put me in other classes, particularly science classes? Well, that’s something else entirely.

Which brings me to junior year honors physics. 

Guys, I studied my ASS off, for hours at a time. I desperately Skyped people in my class nearly every night to try to understand the homework and spent every lunch block trying to master the material. I met with my physics teacher and tutor all the time and had a dozen anxiety attacks (and I mean actual, diagnosed anxiety attacks) over that one class because I tried harder than I’ve ever tried… and I got a B for the whole year. I was the one who dreaded seeing that red number scrawled on my test, who shoved it into my backpack before others could see and blinked back tears, thinking, But I studied so hard!

Physics was a nightmare I was desperate to forget by the end of junior year. But then a couple things happened that shocked me, and I instantly thought of them when I read some of these posts about good effort = good grades.

Now, my physics teacher, who has a reputation for being on the strict side and being a tough grader, has had four teaching assistants (TAs) in five years of teaching. Most science teachers at my school have as many as five a year. At the end of 11th grade, after I’d scraped by with a B in his class, he asked me if I wanted to be a TA. Out of the entire grade – out of the multitude of students I’d watched parade past with straight A’s and “that test was so easy” and “I barely studied” and “sorry Edye I don’t know how else to explain it to you” – he chose me.

I think I (very graciously) blurted out, “What? Why?” because I was so taken aback. He said that I was hardworking and dedicated – that I’d always gone above and beyond in my studying and meeting with him – and he wanted someone like me to be a TA. I was flattered, and I thoroughly enjoyed being a TA during senior year. (Also, anyone who doesn’t think he’s super nice is incredibly wrong. He’s awesome.)

Two years later, I got to read his college recommendation for me. Bear in mind that I was not, based on my grades, a top student in his class. And this is what he wrote for his opening line:

Honors Physics is a rigorous course that draws from the strongest students in the junior class and Edye proved to be one of those students.

What? He had seen my report card, right? I got worse grades than all of my friends. I got a goddamn 66 on a test in that class, my all time low. He continued:

One of the many examples of Edye’s commitment [is when she] had been ill and missed quite a bit of school and consequently had a lot of school work to make up in all of her classes.  Many students in this situation would take one or more classes pass / fail for the quarter; Edye would not take the pass/fail option and insisted she complete all the work and complete it with the grade she would earn.  She did in fact complete all of the work and with a B-.  A remarkable accomplishment considering she kept current with her studies while making up all of the missed work.

He called a B-minus “a remarkable accomplishment.” Did he say “too bad she didn’t put enough effort in, which was reflected in a B-minus” or “she only got a B-minus, so I guess she didn’t try hard enough”? No, he praised the amount of effort I put in, even though I didn’t even get a “good” grade.

I’m hardly one to knock putting in effort, but what bothers me is that this attitude, that effort = good grades, has the potential to make people feel bad. To feel like if they aren’t acing a class even though they’re studying harder than anybody else, well, they just aren’t trying hard enough. Yes, grades are important. So is effort. But they are not always directly correlated. As is evidenced by my story, sometimes people who get lower grades have worked even harder then those who got high grades. And, if they’re lucky, this will be acknowledged. (I can certainly attest that while I’ve been praised by English teachers for my writing skills and intellect, they’ve never singled me out for putting in an exceptional amount of effort. They know that while I’m proactive and responsible, I don’t try super hard because, well, I don’t really need to in order to get a good grade.)

Encourage other students to put in a reasonable amount of effort; recommend different study methods. But don’t tell them that good effort = good grades. Teach them to measure their success by looking at how productive they’re being, how proactive they are in reaching out for help, how dedicated they are to their education, how resilient they are in the face of obstacles, how committed they are to school. Admire those who refuse to take the easy way out, even if they only get a C. These qualities, which are far more important than a 4.0, just don’t always translate directly into good grades.

I dislike seeing this message all over Tumblr, that to get better grades you just have to try harder – which carries with it the implication that if you don’t get good grades, it’s because you aren’t putting enough effort in – when I know from firsthand experience that this is not always true. I strongly believe in trying to be the best student you can be, rather than trying to be in the top 5%. But in the end, do what works for you. Just take it with a grain of salt.

And to my followers, and anyone reading this… please know that, if you work hard regardless of your grades, you are already a model student, and you are absolutely someone I look up to.

wary….its an all around good idea just to leave her alone…

(back from dead!; istg i draw more than just jasper in sweatpants, lmao, but bonus doodle:

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wizarding families - malfoys

During Phil’s latest live show on the 16th of March 2017, he spent a few minutes (30.30-35.20) just ranting about his degrees and his university experience. I loved that bit so much that I wrote down the first part of the “quote” and posted it here on Tumblr and the last couple of days, I’ve just been smiling so wide at all the tags people have added when reblogging. I think it’s safe to say we all loved that bit and it brought inspiration and smiles to so many.

I’ve compiled a list of all the tags on the quote post so far. It’s quite long so you can read them all below the cut. It took ages but it was so calming to read through all the love and appreciation written in the tags. If you don’t feel comfortable being part of this list, message me and I’ll remove you immediately! I don’t mean to make anyone uncomfortable.

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Whom The Gods Favor (1/?)

I am in under the wire but proud to add this little offering for the Monster Hunter + Soulmate day of Fantasy Pretzel Week. I haven’t a clue if I will ever get more than this little bit down but @barpurplewrites encouraged me to go ahead and just write up what I could and I am glad she did because this was really fun and I really hope I get the chance to share the rest of the story with you guys. 

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Despite the wind and rain lashing the Irish countryside the small pub was warm, awash with light, laughter, and the smell of hearty food, it was quaint, too quaint, and as Emma Swan stood on the threshold she felt a warning run up her spine–not everyone here was human. She evaluated the room with the practiced ease of years dealing with the preternatural but there were no obvious signs of what she was up against, no dark spots, no color shifts, no shimmers indicating magic, no malicious, hungry eyes, staring back. A few patrons gave her a passing glance or a nod but none seemed to be overly interested in the soaking blonde in a red leather jacket and jeans. If she had been younger she might have ignored the warning but she had learned to trust her favor, had scars both physical and emotional to remind her that while the Gods were fickle their favors could always be relied upon, and so she kept her guard up–an easy task since she rarely let it down.

She strode to the bar and slid onto the stool. A short, bearded man approached her with a dour expression. Emma ordered a hot chocolate which earned her a huff. So much for the friendliness of the Irish. Not that Emma wanted to make friends, she was here on a job and once it was finished she would move on to the next one and the next. It was a good life, rewarding in its way as she used the favors the Gods had bestowed to help humans with their problems or with the more vile preternatural elements in the worlds. She wasn’t strictly a Hunter but had been known to kill or trap a monster when needed. She hoped, for Belle French’s sake, that there would be no creatures this time around.

When Belle had contacted her about her missing child Emma had wanted to refuse. When babies were taken they were rarely recoverable–eaten, used in spells, transformed, taken to another world, whatever it was the kid wasn’t coming back– and she told Belle to just accept her son was gone. But the woman was stubborn, full of a fire that Emma couldn’t help but admire, and not afraid to play dirty.  

“Don’t you wish your parents had tried to find you?” Belle had asked.

“How did you–?”

“I do my research. You were weeks old when they found you on the steps of the temple. You grew up in and out of foster homes, never knowing who your parents were or why you were left.”

“My parents abandoned me because I was Blessed,” Emma said darkly.

“Or you were stolen by a god and then blessed and your parents are still looking for you.” Belle shot back.

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This is Positive Motivating Garrus

Garrus hopes you have a good day. Garrus hopes you have a good sleep. Garrus hopes things starts going your way. Garrus knows you try your best. Garrus doesn’t blame you when you don’t. Garrus appreciates you. Garrus wants you to be kinder to yourself. Garrus believes in you. Garrus knows you can get through this. Garrus is proud of you and would proudly stand beside you through it all.

Garrus has your back.

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Thoughts on WWSRD Ep. 10

Okay…HOLY FRAK.

1. MARY IS ALL OF US. SHE IS SO LOST ON HOW HER CHARACTER GOT TO THIS POINT. BLESS YOU, MARY. 

2. She didn’t see the engagement coming because SHE HASN’T PLAYED THE ROMANTIC SCENES. She wasn’t prepared to be engaged yet because SHE HASN’T GONE THROUGH THE PROPER STEPS TO GET ENGAGED. She doesn’t think Sharon is in a hurry to get married again & if she did it would be for spiritual reasons because SHE WANTS THAT LONG ENGAGEMENT. GIVE HER ALL THE “TRYING ON WEDDING DRESSES, LOOKING AT FLOWERS, LET’S TRY SOME CAKE, GAVIN WILL YOU BE MY MAID OF HONOR” SCENES SHE CAN GET.

3. The writing pisses her off & she feels that Duff writes “easy outs,” especially for Andy, that make it so characters don’t have to “deal with issues” that they greatly should to further that character’s arc. She was annoyed by the boy’s taking over & handling Sharon’s & Andy’s exes. She felt Andy needed to go through the process of annulling his marriage & the boys stole that from him. Because DUFF IS INCAPABLE OF GIVING THIS RELATIONSHIP DRAMA. THAT WOULD REQUIRE COMPLETE SCENES WITHOUT RUSTY. THAT DOESN’T EXIST IN DUFFLAND.

4. Mary doesn’t understand why the boys railroaded this & want it to happen so quickly, as she feels it’s more interesting to explore the fine print rather than the conventional romance - such as what if Sharon said no to marrying Andy? BECAUSE MARY DOESN’T WANT THIS MARRIAGE TO HAPPEN EITHER. NOT THIS SEASON. SHE WANTS TO EXPLORE THIS RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE THEIR HASN’T BEEN ONE YET.

5. She thinks Sharon needs to see Andy in action before she intuitively will feel that it is time. MARY WANTS CONTROVERSY & FIGHTS & SOMETHING REAL TO HAPPEN. DUFF HAS BEEN LIVING IN DUFFLAND FOR TWO YEARS PERTAINING TO THIS RELATIONSHIP. WHAT OTHER SHOW HAS A COUPLE WHO NEVER FIGHTS, KISSES, SLEEPS TOGETHER, SAYS I LOVE YOU, OR HAS ANY PROBLEMS WITH EACH OTHER? NONE.

5. Really listen to Mary’s words - “Winnie Davis could use Sharon’s engagement against her, hurting her chances for the promotion. This could lead to ambivalence about the engagement. If Stroh comes back, it will take center stage & EVERYTHING else will go to the back burner. If all this comes at Sharon at once, Sharon will crack and we will see a different side of her” I’M CALLING IT NOW - EVERYTHING MARY SAID WAS CODE. I PREDICT SHARON WILL TELL ANDY SHE CAN’T MARRY HIM RIGHT NOW, LEADING TO A MARRIAGE AT THE END OF SEASON 6, WHICH IS WHEN IT SHOULD HAPPEN ANYWAYS. DUH.

Special Moments

Mary saying that Bill was heavy and Andy is light. For Laura that heaviness is comforting & Andy’s lightness is fun for Sharon. But she stressed the two relationships are not near each other as Andy doesn’t have to share leadership with Sharon like Bill & Laura had too. She thinks Shandy is a more “lighter love” & Spaceparents was a more “deeper love.” When she said she wonders what happened to Bill after Laura died? Pfffffpppttttt.

Mary talking about Richard Hatch. Just all of it. Mentioning that she will be attending her first convention in May & it will be the first one he won’t be at & how sad that was to realize that. FRAK OFF ABOUT ALL OF THAT.

Mary loves Frank & Gracie…SQQUUUEEE. THAT’S IT’S NAME NOW.

Mary talking about sons wanting to thank their moms at some point & realizing how awesome their moms are & being in awe of their accomplishments? DON’T LIE. YOU WERE THINKING OF MARY & MIKE RIGHT THEN.

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the punchline is that i still haven’t figured out how to draw allura

Put an AU (letter and number) in my ask box along with a ship and I’ll write it

A. Established Relationship!AUs

  1. We decided it would be fun to go camping and now it’s raining and we can’t figure out how to set up the tent
  2. I came home to a Nerf gun on the front porch and a note that says ‘Here is your weapon. I have one too. Good luck. xo’
  3. I beat you at Mario Kart and now I’ve been banished to the couch for the night

B. Single Parent!AUs

  1. You asked me to the store with you and your child, and now my distant relative we met thinks I’m married with a baby
  2. You’ve been sleeping at mine because your house is being renovated and we aren’t even dating, yet every time you wake up to the baby crying and sigh, “I’ll go” I feel like we might as well be married
  3. We’ve been on a few dates and my child just asked us when we are getting married

C. School!AUs

  1. We go to the same coffee shop every evening to do homework but we never speak to each other until today
  2. Detention on a Saturday afternoon
  3. We met at a really strict summer camp and ended up breaking all the rules together one by one
  4. There’s one copy of the biology textbook in the library and you always have it checked out when I need it the most
  5. You and your friends have been playing the penis game in the library for the last five minutes and none of you have gotten above a quiet yell and I’m really just trying to study over here so I’m gonna put an end to this by winning the game
  6. We were partnered together for this project and we both forgot to do it, now we have to pull an all-nighter at my house

D. Random AUs

  1. You got ditched at a carnival and I work there so I’m giving you free rides on the ferris wheel until you lighten up
  2. We have to meet up at least once a week to trade mail because someone keeps messing up our addresses
  3. I’m a flower deliverer and you live on top of this big ass hill and I hate you and the person who keeps sending you flowers
  4. Our flight was delayed due to bad weather so now we’re having to stay overnight at the airport and somehow, we end up sleeping next to each other
  5. Hey new neighbor it appears that your dog likes me a thousand times better than she likes your partner and they’re really jealous and I’m sorry but not really
  6. You can’t get tattooed drunk, come back in the morning and if you still want my name on your ass we’ll talk
  7. I got to comic con and you are dressed as the character that many people ship with the character I am dressed up as
  8. I was walking down the sidewalk and you fell out of a tree just as I walked by
  9. The bus broke down near your house, I know we’re not super close but I live three miles away and this storm is horrible, can I stay over?
Dating Woozi would include

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Lee Jihoon

- You have a fluffy cute nickname for him
- He acts like he hates it but in reality he loves it
- But if you say it in front of the other boys, you’re dead
- Like he will end u
- With his guitar
- The sleepiest of sleepy boys
- The twirly thing he does with pens inbetween his fingers
- Late night studio visits with him
- Youre his biggest fan
- He always checks with you about his work
- “Y/N does this sound okay?”
- “It sounds amazing!”
- He gets very blushy and cute and just mumbles this thank you and goes back to work
- He’s so hardworking
- You just look up to him
- Like can I get some of that motivation
- He’ll probably use you as inspiration for a song
- And not tell you
- But he knows in his head it’s about you and it makes him feel warm and fuzzy when he sings it
- Jihoon can get very insecure sometimes
- Stressed Jihoon coming home to you and just holding you because you make everything better
- You bring him food when he’s ben at the studio all day
- He didn’t even ask for it, you just do it
- And he is just so thankful
- “Am I too short?”
- “What? No, Jihoon”
- But also
- “Hey, I can drive this time Y/N”
- “Oh are you sure you can reach the pedals?”
- The death glare he gives you but he knows you’re joking
- You guys just like to tease each other
- He’s your smol boy and you love him no matter what
- The prettiest hands
- You get to hold his hands
- Him singing to you
- Like at first he’s like “…. uh no”
- But after you beg he starts singing and it’s like a thousand angels hit you
- Him texting you while he’s with the boys like “save mE NOW”
- “Y/N I’m going to kill Seungkwan, prepare his funeral”
- The younger boys are like your children so you’re like
- “YOU LEAVE MY SON ALONE”
- Going back to late studio nights
- If you’re not there with him, he leaves early-ish (early for him) (like 2am)
- He comes home to find you asleep and kisses your forehead and says I love you even though you can’t hear it
- Playing with his hair when he’s sleepy
- Or any other time
- It just looks so soft
- When he’s sleepy, his eyes will just slowly open and close and it’s the purest thing
- “Jihoon-ah, go to sleep”
- “What? I’m not even tired”
- Five more minutes and he’s out like a light
- Laying his head in your lap while watching movies
- Going to coffee shops together
- He works on lyrics and you work on whatever
- “Jihoon this pastry is you”
- “Excuse?”
- “Small and soft and cute”
- “Aish, shush”
- But his cheeks are pink and he’s hiding this lil smile while looking down at his work
- Aeygo
- And then cringing afterwards
- Cringing at everything tbh
- When he does something embarrassing he just looks around like “oh no”
- No one else saw what he did but you saw it
- “Don’t say a word, Y/N”
- 0 to 100 real fast
- Cute pecks or passionate kisses no inbetween
- He’s just a doof
- You wish you could take him seriously
- But sometimes he does get stressed and accidentally takes it out on you
- That’s like the only time you guys fight
- And he’ll apologize first
- Lots of hugs and I’m so sorry’s
- He’s just so hardworking and passionate about his work and he’s the same about your relationship
- Lee Jihoon would honestly cherish you so much

anonymous asked:

"i’m actually. pretty convinced lucifer is chloe’s guardian angel but that’s another story." I'm curious, what makes you think that Lucifer is Chloe's Gaurdian angel? I've never heard that theory before. Please enlighten me! :)

chloe: i don’t wanna die
lucifer: i won’t let you

lucifer: *carries chloe from a burning house bridal style*

lucifer: i’ll be the son you always wanted me to be, go where you want me to go. i’ll do anything you ask. all i ask is that you protect chloe

lucifer: think of me as your guardian devil

mama morningstar: i tried to kill chloe
lucifer: IF YOU TOUCH HER I WILL RIP-

chloe: *dying*
lucifer: *goes to hell and back to save her life without a second thought*