grant's pass

anonymous asked:

Hello! Do you have any tips for what to do when you've fallen behind? I have a very hard time concentrating, and not knowing what the teacher is talking about just makes it worse. I really wanna get back on track, but I have no idea where to start. Thank you!!

You and me both anon! Here’s a few tips on how to catch up (and keep ontop of class content)

Work backwards

  • Assume the following. Your class is steamrolling ahead - they’ve started topic 6 this week and you haven’t even finished your notes for topic 1. What do you do? 
  • Start straight from topic 6. Drop the rest; start with the topic your class is currently covering. Don’t start from topic 1 and then ‘expect’ to catch up to topic 6 within the week. That way, you’ll have all your notes for topic 6 completed, and can slowly chip away at the previous topics.
  • If your subject is cumulative, skim over the key points of the previous topics (definitions etc) before doing this. Once you’e learnt the advanced application of the principle, it’ll be much easier to learn all the preliminary stuff (and faster too!) Its easier to fill in the blanks because you gain context. 
  • BUT WHY?!? Basically, its the theory of diminishing returns and all that jazz. A little about a lot goes a long way; a lot about a little does not. When it comes to exam time, you’ll be able to answer a larger number of questions - statistically that holds you in better stead (the first 50% of marks for a question are the easiest to achieve) c.f. answering one question very well and bombing three. 

Cover the basics! Target Spotting! 

  • Cover the BASICS: If you can answer the core questions and issues of your course, you’ll be able to pass. Granted, getting an A lies in the nuance of application, examples etc. But you can’t get there if you don’t know how to apply the foundational principles - its like building a house on sand. 
  • Look at your syllabus - what are the key themes or topics which you have to cover? 
  • Look at review questions/ sheets at the end of a textbook chapter (if any). What are the key concepts, definitions and examples given? 
  • Answer these. Then, move the fuck on. When it comes to exam revision, you can go back and fill in examples and add in all the ‘details’. 

Affordable Losses (if you’re really under the time crunch

  • Make sure your study correlates with your assessment outcomes. 
  • See which areas are ‘affordable losses’. List all the issues within the chapter. Use the revision page/your course syllabus/ what points your teacher emphasised in class to identify core questions and ‘secondary aka not so important’ questions. Those core issues are the ones you should be able to easily answer. Don’t bother about the secondary ones - they’re affordable losses. 
  • Remember, its all about prioritisation. So for example…. 
  • If its not going to be covered in your most immediate assessment - fuck it, cover the topics which are 
  • If the area you’re struggling through only makes up 5% of the course, and some other topic is worth 15%? fuck it, move to that latter topic. 
  • If its only a secondary example or tangential/ related issue to the core issue covered in the chapter? fuck it, I know the basics, that’ll give me 50% of the marks for that question. Fuck the rest. Move on. 

Pre Reading 

  • If you get handouts or slides etc, flick through them before class. Note or highlight  any new phrases/ concepts/ words you don’t understand on one side of your page. 
  • That way, you’ll anticipate the areas of class you’ll need to pay specific attention to. As the teacher covers the content, you’ll be able to fill in your quick glossary

Change up your study techniques! aka Mini Revision/ Revision on Steroids 

  • After each class, list three things key points (words) from class. That way, when you go to write your notes, you’ll have some sort of context to begin with. 
  • When it comes to revising, don’t bother about writing it down or making it neat. Try speaking your notes aloud, reciting them to a mirror etc. Draw a mindmap. Colour code similar topics. Screw making fancy revision notes and notecards. You don’t have the time. Making it neater and copying it out doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll absorb the information faster. 
  • Bear Grylls It. Basically, this means attempting a practice exam with what you have - no fancy notes, no fancy revision cards - just the notes you’ve got as of the current moment. After your attempt, note what questions you couldn’t answer and begin your revision from there. You learn a lot more through application than passive copy-rewrite-recite

Lots of study tips start with “don’t leave things till the last minute”. But you know what? Shit Happens. Life Happens. We’re only human. So swear, curse, bemoan the time you’ve use procrastinating, load up on coffee, boot up your computer. Then start. In the end, being behind doesn’t mean you’ll fail. You’ll fail if you don’t try at all. 

As someone who is about to embark on a tortuous revision session (read: three days, half a semester BRING IT ON, BRING ON ALL THE COFFEE), I wish you all the luck. 

I’ll see you on the other side! 

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The Coos County Fair in Myrtle Point, Oregon, was a popular celebration, lasting a whole week.  14-year-old Jeremy Bright and his friend went to the fair for the whole week. Jeremy lived approximately 100 miles away in Grants Pass, however his mother permitted him to attend, and he travelled down and stayed with his stepfather.

On 14 August, 1986, Jeremy called his mother from the fair and informed her that he was enjoying himself and she informed him that she would be driving down in two days to pick him up and bring him home. He was later seen at a local bar owned by his grandmother at approximately 9:40PM. His father was in the bar and Jeremy asked for some money. This was the last time Jeremy was ever seen.

Two days later, his mother drove to collect him, however he wasn’t at his stepfather’s house where they had arranged to meet. His mother discovered his house keys and his wallet and she immediately became concerned. A number of rumours about the fate of Jeremy were circulating the town - from running away to becoming the victim of something more sinister. The whereabouts of Jeremy still remains unknown.

A Sense of Control

This ficlet is part of the Claire returns early with Bree AU which begins with A Ringing Phone and a Folder.

This ficlet is a direct continuation from No Unnecessary Risks

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Available on AO3 as The Nature of Choice.

This is an Outlander canon divergence AU.

As always, let me know what you think.

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Piercings and Bourbon - Supercat

Note: not suitable for work.

This is a prompt fill for @coramvobis

Massive thanks to the lovely @rtarara for filling in so many gaps and fixing my errors (and being a “full service beta”). Oh, and @spaceshipsarecool for basically outlining the entire plot.

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“Oh!”

Cat let out a surprised exclamation when she turned around, bumping into an equally surprised Kara. The glass of bourbon in Cat’s hand collided with Kara’s chest and splashed all over the both of them. Slipping out of Cat’s hand, the tumbler shattered on the balcony floor.

“Ms. Grant, I’m so sorry!” Kara immediately scrambled, looking for something to help dry them. She set aside the folder in her hand, the article in need of review forgotten. Kara pulled off her cardigan. Her shirt was wet with the sweet smelling liquid, but her open sweater had managed to avoid the splash.

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anonymous asked:

You should write a whole thing about why Nikolai is the best.

at first i was like “okay no i’m too sick to do this rn” but then i thought to myself “yo this is nikolai….. pull yourself together” so there ya go:

- a kind and loving soul
- trapped in a terribly attractive body. a burden, truly… an actual literal curse… and he knows it. oh yes he does.
- sometimes i lie at night and think that he still could have sided with the darkling but he didn’t?? he still chose to do the right thing?? like okay hear me out: nikolai’s always been drawn to power and that was made very clear throughout the series, his mind is constantly spinning and thinking of ways to help him ensure ravka’s good status which, well, can’t happen without some kind of dominance/power. and the darkling had that (even if it was based on fear rather than true loyalty) and sure, nikolai was in his sturmhond persona but he still could have dropped the act and made a pact with him to help him destroy the fold and rule ravka? (which would have cleared nikolai of all responsibilities and he would have been granted a free pass to do whatever he wanted with his life) and he didn’t. he couldn’t. you know why?? bc he’s a damn good person and a mothereffin’ boss that’s why
- despite his royal bastard act and off-handed sarcasm, he’s ALWAYS been nothing but gentle and caring and JUST (especially towards alina but you already know that)
- attentive!!!!!! and not just bc he has some secret agenda to either use or demolish alina (or her powers)!!!!!
- never once tried to strip alina of her agency (on the contrary, he tried to emphasize it and bring out the best of her)
- RESPECTFUL AF (literally never even tried to get into alina’s pants… the farthest he went was that kiss by the lake but he never pushed her or demanded smth more of her bc he was well aware that he - or anyone for that matter S M H!!!! - didn’t have ANY claim to her)
- nikolai who was mocked and insulted his entire life - for being a bastard, for not being worthy of the throne, for being somewhat less than his stupid douchebag of a brother (when he was so obviously not), nikolai who everybody knew by a nickname given to him bc of his bastard status, sobachka, nikolai who later on was called ‘korol rezni’ bc of his scars and ppl never stopped gossiping behind his back, never!! N E V E R!!!! not O N C E!!!!!! lashed out at anyone
- “he’s been kind when he might have been cruel” is probably the realest, most important line in tgt history and i’m saying this with a heart over my heart bc alina has some GREAT ones ones but this?? 10/10 hashtag #i kNOW
- nikolai who remained calm and composed and fair when he found out how terrible the king really was
- gave genya the justice she deserved, gave her the life she deserved, gave her a place to stay and work and be useful and didn’t give a damn about her looks, made her a part of the triumvirate bc of her skills and not bc of the things she’s been through and the thought to undermine or pity her in ANY way never even crossed his mind
- smart as a whip (for real)
- always puts the life and well-being of others before his own
- literally sacrificed everything so his people could have something to look forward to, be grateful for, a better life for ravka
- never pressed alina for anything even when he saw she was slipping away from him and choosing a different life like?? he stepped?? aside?? bc that was the right thing to do /even if it wasn’t smfuckingh/
- hides his insecurities and puts on a smile bc he knows his role and duties and he knows he has responsibilities and yes the crown is heavy but he’ll bear it
- nikolai made sure none of the grisha who fought in the war were ignored, forgotten or left to live a poor life… even tamar & tolya who weren’t even ravkan citizens?? like yeah he knew them from his sturmhond days but they were free agents and yet he still wanted them by his side and welcomed them in his inner circle
- even :) after :) everything :) he :) still :) visits :) alina :))))))) so she’s not lonely :))) or sad :))) and i can bet my goddamn earrings he makes sure she doesn’t feel underappreciated or miserable or less bc he doesn’t want her to feel the way he has
- praised kaz (a kid he didn’t even know) for his wits and brilliance and was clearly delighted to see someone so smart and cunning a.k.a different classes who?? being condescending and acting superior wHERE???? what a Good
- truly the best king ravka could hope for :))))))))))))

Why "Mackie Hand"? Why not Love Sentence?

So Tomco shippers, some more content for the Tomco side of the blog.

Now I have mentioned this in previous posts I have put on Tomco but want to give this it’s own post;

So in “Friendenemies” Tom has to spend 3 hours alone with Marco without losing his temper and he does this under the guise of taking Marco to the “Mackie Hand” Movie Marathon, getting two impossible to get tickets and claiming he is also a fan which we later find out is a lie.

Now, the whole point of this is for Tom not to lose his temper so why “Mackie Hand” tickets, something that is bound to cause Tom irritation in itself to go to, granted after Tom has passed/failed his test but still. Why not get tickets to something which Tom and Marco both like? I mean I don’t know, I want to say a Love Sentence concert.

They both love Love Sentence and could both have a fun time together, I mean you could argue that Tom didn’t know Marco liked Love Sentence till they hung out together, but then you can argue how did Tom know Marco likes “Mackie Hand”? Clearly Tom used his demonic powers to gain this information so why not find an area of common interest.

I mean, the whole situation with exception of the premise feels like the end result is a date.

Also, why Marco? I get the premise was for Tom to spend 3 hours with the person who makes him the most angry. But I feel when it comes to Tom and Marco, Tom would sooner avoid Marco to avoid getting angry instead. It feel more like Tom wants to be around Marco but at the same time gets super angry around them. Who knows, maybe it is why Tom and Star broke up, his temper. Maybe Tom is in fact attracted to Marco but simply gets too irritated at Marco, so he wanted to learn how to control his temper around the person who makes him most angry. And maybe the person who makes him the most angry is generally the person he happens to love at the time. So my theory here being, Tom loves Marco so wants to learn to control his temper around them. Or at the very least has a crush on Marco.

Let’s not forget the poster to “Friendenemies” that very much paints the episode as a date between Tom and Marco and in all honesty I feel that poster is purposefully alluding to Tom and Princess Marco becoming an item one day.

I mean the entire situation to me really just looks like Tom trying to better himself around Marco in order to spend more time with Marco, taking Marco on a date to a movie franchise he doesn’t particularly enjoy and then to put the icing on the cake, Tom raising a dude from the dead for Marco, bearing in mind Tom is extremely angry at this point and his response is instead of attacking Marco, raising a guy Marco absolutely loves and admires from the dead. And once again, let’s not forget the duet.

No matter how I look at that episode, seriously it felt like Tom was taking Marco on a date.

Enjoy Tomco shippers.

Earth 38 Barry Allen x Reader Part One

Fandom: The Flash/Supergirl

Characters: Barry Allen, Reader, Kara Danvers, Cisco Ramon

Word Count: 690

Inspired by this imagine by @vividimagines  (x)

Prompt: Imagine being from the same Earth as Kara and Cisco and Barry instantly being attracted to you.

A/N: This was so rushed and so terrible I think I might throw up, but whatever! Hope you guys enjoy!



“Kara, I swear to god, what did you leave in your apartment now? We have to go! I can’t miss Chris Evans being hot!” I was whining like a child. Kara was dragging me down the hall, using her strength to pull me. 

“We go up the stairs so much I might as well skip leg day at the gym.” I grumbled. I know it’s immature, but she needs to see just how displeased I am.

“I’m sorry, okay?! I just don’t want to have to pay for $3,000 popcorn when we have some at home!” Kara took her keys out of her pocket to unlock the door, only to drop them onto the ground. She sighed and quickly picked them back up.

“You are so clumsy, sometimes I wonder if it’s even you out there fighting bad guys!” I said pushing the door open. I quickly stopped in my tracks in the door frame when I saw two guys standing in the middle of Kara’s kitchen looking very lost.

“Um, Kara? Are there supposed to be two strange men standing in your kitchen?” I asked, not taking my eyes off of them. Kara was still rifling through her bag.

“No, why-” She was cut off by the sight of them. A huge smile spread over her face as she saw them and she dropped her bags. 

“Barry! Hi! Why are you here?” Her face suddenly turned serious. “Is there something wrong in Central City?” He smiled and laughed, shaking his head.

“No, we just wanted to come visit again. We were travelling through the Earths, making sure everything was as it was before I, you know, changed the timeline…” He looked down at his feet awkwardly and scratched the back of his neck.

“But, ummmm who is this, lovely lady?” The shorter one said, attempting to lean back onto the kitchen island.

“I’m Y/N. Who are you guys?” I asked, still cautious. Listen, I don’t care if Supergirl thinks that these guys are swell, they just showed up in a locked apartment on the tenth story. That shit is not right.

“Right! Um, Y/N, this is Barry Allen, the Flash, and this is Cisco Ramon, also known as Vibe. I told you about them after I came back from fighting the Dominators. Barry, Cisco, this is Y/N, my best friend. She is also known as the Black Mamba.”

“Whoa, you have superpowers? What are they?” Cisco bounced up and down excitedly, waiting for my answer. I smiled at his childish attitude. It was like looking into a mirror. If that mirror made me a dude. And a geek. And nothing like me.

“I can borrow other people’s powers. I have no idea where a name like ‘The Black Mamba’ came from…” I cleared my throat before shooting a stern glance at Kara. 

“But it seemed to stick with people.” Kara sighed loudly.

“Look! I just suggested the name in passing! Ms. Grant seemed to like it, and you know when she likes something, she does not change her mind.” I playfully rolled my eyes at her exasperation with me. This always happened. 

“But we have to leave now if we’re going to have enough time to go see the movie and buy the tickets. You guys wanna come?” Kara offered to the two of them.

“Yeah! Sounds good. What movie are you guys going to see? It’s not a chick flick, is it?” Barry asked, whining a little at the end. Kara and I looked at each other before laughing loudly.

“Are you kidding me? I’m like the biggest geek in National City! We’re going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” I said, throwing one of the bags Kara handed to me over my shoulder. Their faces lit up with smiles.

“You guys have Captain America here too?! Man, this day keeps getting better and better!” Cisco said.

“Well we have to go if we ever want to actually see the movie, let’s go!” Kara said, speed walking to the door.

I think I’m going to get along just fine with these guys.


Part Two: Coming Soon!


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crow-t-werewolf  asked:

To me Sammy looks the opposite - he looks underfed. Like, all those divets etc. aren't muscles, but his... skeleton? Does that make sense? It would make more sense to me that maybe he's just big boned or something, but he's a little starved from being down in that studio so long, and that's why he's not exactly Mr. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

They don’t really seem to be in the right place for a skeleton (ribs should not go all the way down a torso), but I do agree that he kind of looks to be on the thin side. (Though his proportions are also fucked up vertically, so that might be affecting things.)

Mass Effect 2  {Sentence Starters}

  • “Hello, dead people!”
  • “This conversation is over.”
  • “Geez, you’re such a downer!”
  • “Have you got a minute to talk?”
  • “That was mean. But damn funny.”
  • “It’ll be better than the old days. You’ll see!”
  • “I don’t know why humans always ask me that.”
  • “I care about you. And I think you care about me.”
  • “Wait, that metaphor just went somewhere horrible.”
  • “Heard about anything interesting going on around here?”
  • “And should the worst come to pass, grant me forgiveness.”
  • “Can it wait for a bit? I’m in the middle of some calibrations.”
  • “I enjoy the sight of humans on their knees. — That is a joke.”
  • “Put more of the stuff in the… *hic* the thing more stuff goes in.” 
  • “Who said anything about love? I’m just trying to get you into bed.”
  • “But I should be above that. I’m saying that I regret what happened.”
  • “I don’t know what drugs you’re on, but stay back and I won’t shoot you.”
  • “If mom could see me now, we’d have zombies on top of everything else.”
  • “I don’t know what this is… if this is stress or just blowing off steam or —- ?”
  • “I’m sorry, I’m having trouble hearing you. I’m getting a lot of bullshit on this line.”
  • “The ______ have killed you once, and all it seems to have done is piss you off so…“ 
  • “What sound will you make when you hit the ground? You think you’ll hear it before you die?”
  • “Mess with someone’s head enough, you can turn a scared little kid into an all powerful bitch.”
  • “If you want to help, you’d need to get back there. But It would take a real bad-ass to make it back while injured.”