how do i acquire said skill

College Executive Functioning Tips

Fair warning: this post is not really about doing homework, rather ideas for successfully acquiring/accessing more general living and organizational skills while dorming. Also, my first semester has been a shitshow so idk how qualified I am to give advice on the matter, but take it as you will. In a way it’s “things I learned the hard way”/a reflection on my first semester.

That being said, here we go:

1. To remember to bring the correct notebooks and materials, get a hanging clothes organizer and label for the 5/7 days of the week. Place the books/materials needed for each day on each labeled shelf. If you need certain books on multiple days, you can put index card placeholders or label what should be in each compartment.

2. Alternatively, you can get a mini days of the week dry erase board or a computer printout and write what materials you need on which days and which classes you go to (in order.)

3. This tip also works for homework: in college, the workload is much more predictable week to week, so if you always have online math due Monday, put it in another weekly table and schedule days to work on it in advance.

4. Schedule your asssignments to be done ahead of time. It’s a lot harder to get deadline-related accommodations in college and if you’re like me you feel uncomfortable asking for them. I’ve only needed to ask for one non accommodation included extension this semester, and it’s largely due to this.

5. Get. Your. Accommodations. In. Order. Before. The. School. Year. Starts. (if at all possible)

Learn from my mistakes. To be fair I didn’t have another option because my school requires everything to be done in person but it took me a month to get my letters which resulted in some awkward/discriminatory situations. Oops.

6. College accommodation processes are different than high school. There are no 504s/IEPs/under the table stealth accommodations here. Some colleges require retesting for your documentation. All require you to fill out a bunch of forms. You are largely responsible for knowing what helps you (though your liaison will likely make suggestions) so make a list of what worked for you in high school and will fly in college and request those (bring it with you to the meeting if you will forget). Also, your parents are generally forbidden from getting involved unless you sign a consent form, which is a huge change. You will need/be forced to develop self-advocacy skills. I definitely did. You also generally need to request to renew your accommodations every semester, and it’s your responsibility to remember. Set a reminder on your phone/digital calendar.

7. Post its are your friend. For me, they’ve been a valuable asset to my sucky working memory and using them minimizes resulting anxiety.

8. Laundry is hard, especially when you have physical disabilities. Double check your pockets or you might accidentally send your favorite pen through the wash and induce a meltdown. (To be fair I do check- which is why I said double check)

9. Choose specific dates/times to do your laundry, and set reminders. If you alternate lights and darks and do it, say, every Wednesday morning (pick an off time- Friday nights are great) you are a lot less likely to end up with a month’s worth of laundry and nothing to wear when you really need to look nice. Also, your suitcase can double as a rolling laundry basket.

10. Try to eat around the same times every day. Set alarms if you forget. Try to go on the off hours and eat as healthily as possible.

11. Clean your room before it gets too messy. This should go without saying but my drawers got junky by the end of the semester. Try scheduling a day of the week to do a quick clean up.

12. Your space can be a reflection of your mental state. I need things visually organized, but when I’m not doing well mentally I stop cleaning off my desk, putting my clothes in the laundry basket, making an attempt to make my bed, you name it. I’ve learned to recognize that this is a sign of stress and that tidying up a bit will make me feel a bit better.

13. College is not conducive to sleep, especially for work heavy majors. You. Need. (around) 8. (ish) Hours. Get them. It’s hard but everything else will fall apart if you don’t.

14. Make “ routine cards” for things like showering. Write down everything you need to take a shower on an index card and your steps for taking a shower (you can set a timer) so that you don’t take half an hour to get out your shampoo.

15. Drink water. Carry a water bottle so you have the visual reminder. Drink a glass at every meal. Schedule “teatime” and make an event of staying hydrated.

16. Allow yourself to relax. This is hard because the college environment demands you be “on” at all times, and this resulted in me feeling guilty for not studying when I was, well, not studying. I’m trying to work on scheduling times to work and times to not work, and to remember that I need to do fun things to take care of myself.

17. If you dress nicer than usual, you will apparently not look as depressed (assuming you have depression in the first place…). Use this to your advantage.

18. If you have un/undertreated/situational depression, get help before it gets really bad. I know a lot of college mental health offices push people away but put your self advocacy skills to use and get that counseling or whatever.

19. In the same vein, if you are struggling in a class (for whatever reason) don’t be ashamed to get extra help/sign up for tutoring. Especially if you’re like me and never needed to study a day in your life before this because the courses are structured differently.

20. Recognize your accomplishments. College can be really, really hard for people with impaired executive functioning, mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, etc. The change is hard and the learning curve is steep. But you’ve made it this far- so congrats! Celebrate!

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Coach Bitty, Part 2

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Did someone ask for backstory? There’s plenty here, and more coming.

Jack was running late.

It shouldn’t matter; the figure-skating coach seemed willing to take as much time as he could get, and he’d said Johnson wouldn’t mind if Jack stayed a little later to make up a full hour.

But Jack liked to keep to a schedule as much as he could. Especially now, when it seemed that so much of his life was out of control.

He was 33, more than 12 years into what he thought everyone would agree was a successful NHL career. He’d managed to do it on his terms, mostly, skating with the Falconers since he was drafted two years late.

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Most students learning struggle is mastering math subjects. Many of us have this idea that one can only excel in this area if that person is born with great math skills. The thing is, being good in math is not an inborn skill, it is a learned skill. You learn it by practicing and actively studying. Unlike other typical subjects that only takes memorizing and recalling to pass an exam, math subjects take a different type of effort. You need to exert time and willingness to practice in order to develop strategies and techniques that will enhance your skills. If you are having difficulties with this subject and you want to develop your skill in this area, then read these ten tips to find out how you can excel in this subject.

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I have received a couple of messages asking how I study for AP exams, and with my first one being two weeks away (AP Euro is May 6!!), I thought I would compile a lil list of tips for all you AP students.


  • AP exams are not solely beneficial for the college credit you can receive. AP’s should be taken to show that you can handle a rigorous course load while maintaining a high gpa. Remember the big three: SAT/ACT scores, gpa, and RIGOR.
  • Some high schools weight GPAs for AP classes; my school adds 1 point for APs and .5 for Honors classes. This means it is possible to graduate with a 5.0 (if you really want to academically torture yourself). Keep in mind most universities will only look at the unweighted gpa (out of 4.0) or use their own weighting system.
  • Some APs bear more weight than others on applications. For example, AP Chemistry appears better than AP Environmental Science and AP US History is preferred over AP Art History. 
  • AP exams are scored on a range of 1-5. Each exam contrives those scores in different manners- just know that a 5 typically means you know upwards of ~82% of the material.
  • Some universities require that you score at least a 3 to receive a college credit for the course. More rigorous schools will usually want a 4, sometimes even a 5. Some schools (Ivies) will not accept credits at all.

Sorry for that little spiel. Onto studying!

Good Materials:

  • Barron’s/Princeton Review books. Make sure you purchase the most recent edition, as the exams are susceptible to being redesigned. (APUSH got a makeover last year; AP Euro received the same treatment this year) 
  • Ask your teacher if you can look at your past tests. Most of mine won’t let the tests leave the room, but usually they are fine with me copying down certain questions (I usually copy down all of the free response, especially if my answer was particularly good). 
  • USE THE COLLEGE BOARD WEBSITE!!! EVERYTHING YOU EVER NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ANY AP EXAM IS ON THERE. Seriously, there is a huge catalogue of free response questions, essays, DBQS, etc etc, WITH the answers. 
    • The FRQs are especially helpful for economics, because good  econ problems are far and few between.
    • Use the essay prompts to practice writing in a time crunch if you are not used to having to write three essays in two hours.
  • Also check the website for how your exam is timed- this is important. 
  • And then of course you can always just use your (well-taken) notes from the past two semesters.

How to Study

  • Everyone learns differently. Figure out what works the best for you. 
  • Do not read a review book in it’s entirety the night before unless you hate yourself.
  • Hey AP science kids, know what labs you did over the year and why you did them.
  • @ AP Lang people: if you can’t write a question ½/3 in the 8-9 range by now, there is no amount of cramming that will get you there. I am sure this applies to AP Lit as well. Writing is not something you can study, it is an acquired skill that requires continual practice.
  • If you want to do exceptionally well, start studying at least two weeks before your exam. There is a lot of material you need to know.
  • For math exams: the College Board might expect that you show a different amount of work than your teacher requires. Make sure you know how to show your thought processes.

Aaaand that’s all I have off the top of my head. Good luck to everyone!! Don’t stress out too much. Make sure you sleep (easier said than done, I know). GO SLAY!
How Dan Stevens Learned To Sing For 'Beauty and the Beast'
British actor Dan Stevens has shown impressive range over the past few years, playing everything from an English lawyer in Downtown Abbey to a Terminator-style American killer in The Guest to whoev…

“I’ve done bits of singing for jobs, but nothing like this,” the actor told EW on the film’s U.K. set in the summer of 2015. “I sang very very badly in an episode of Downton. I did sort-of musicals at school, university. But, no, professionally I haven’t done too much. This is another level, really.”

The Beast doesn’t have his own number in the original 1991 animated classic. But for the live-action version, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice have collaborated on a new song for Stevens’ character, called “For Evermore.”

“The Beast didn’t sing in the animated version but he did sing in the stage show version,” said Stevens, referring to the number, “If I Can’t Love Her.” “That song was all about ‘How am I going to fall in love with her?’ and our song is more about ‘I’ve fallen in love with her, and now she’s buggered off, woe is me. It’s a big, romantic, soaring number.”

So, how did Stevens get his vocal cords in fighting shape?

“I’ve been working quite closely with a brilliant woman from the Royal Academy of Music, [singing coach] Ann-Marie Speed, who’s just fantastic,” Stevens said. “Like a lot of the things I’ve been doing over the last few years, [it’s about] acquiring new skills, or challenging myself to do something I’ve never done before — in this case, challenging myself to do several things I’ve never done before. But it’s really good fun. It’s certainly interesting!”

The actor also received assists from Menken himself. “He’s been great fun to work with,” said Stevens. “He’s like a sort of hyperactive mole, or something. He absolutely blasts melodies left, right, and center. Just going to the recording studio with someone like him is an experience. Who knows, I might end up singing again. I quite enjoy it!”

Chapter Sixty-Four

A/N: So a little earlier than 7 today, as I’ve got work again this afternoon (ugh). I’m not too sure about this chapter. To me, it feels a little bit like stuff that was a long time coming. I always wanted to write about Emmy doing this sort of thing, but it never fit in. That said, I hope you enjoy :) Any feedback is always appreciated! You guys have sent me so many lovely messages this week, I can’t thank you enough 💖

The high from the good feedback she’d got for her first speech quickly wore off, and Emmy found herself falling back into the usual monotony of work. She was in the office each day with Claire, answers letters and sorting through paperwork, reading up on charities and people she would be meeting. She was missing Harry, of course, although there was only 10 days until he would be back from the trek. She was also missing Taylor and Chris, for neither had spoken to her since, even though Skippy had said he would try and convince them that it had had to be done.

So Emmy felt alone. Occasionally William and Kate, or Skippy, Jake and Zoe would invite her round for dinner, and those evenings were a nice escape from the loneliness. She almost begged for engagements just so that she could go outside and be with people, and she realised how few friends she truly had now that she was a royal.

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Do you ever just hate it when people type stuff like “they’re a natural (insert trait that is actually something developed and influenced by their environment and people not something that is inherently born with”

anonymous asked:

What can you do with a history degree (that pays well)?

What can you do with a history degree (that pays well)?

Hello, many thanks for your question. Aside from the “that pays well part,” I think the answer wholly depends on how you market yourself after graduation. Considering you said “degree,”  I am assuming you are talking about a bachelor’s degree and not more advanced qualifications in history. This is not a major issue but, it does mean that you cannot hope to become a Professor in a university (which is something some students are very much interested in). 

Now, there are many things one can do with a B.A. in history, and as I said, the key is to focus on what skills a history degree has permitted you to acquire. As said by Professor Ken Ledford of Case Western Reserve University: 

“Unlike engineering, education, accounting, management, journalism, nursing, or other undergraduate professional degrees, there is no single, clear career track into which most graduating history majors go and find employment after receiving their bachelor’s degree.” 

This information should not necessarily discourage you or others in the same situation. Thanks to the skills that they acquire as critical thinkers and writers, history students often find entry-level jobs in many companies (like graduate of other disciplines). Furthermore, according to the American Historical Association, history graduates showcase important prowess in:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Making decisions/solving problems
  • Planning, organizing, and prioritizing
  • Obtaining and processing information
  • Analyzing quantitative data
  • Technical skills related to the job
  • Using computer software
  • Creating and editing written reports
  • Selling/influencing others

Again, all of the above are highly sought-after qualities by potential employers and it will be your duty to make sure you explain on your C.V. and during interviews how a history degree has helped you in acquiring those skills. 

The Department of History at the University of California, Davis mentions interesting careers for history graduates. Former history students can become

  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Writers and Editors
  • Information managers
  • Advocates
  • Businesspeople

Also, the website One Day, One Job cites these as having important employment opportunities for history students:

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Archivist

The website Top Universities corroborates most of what has been said for far but adds that, history students may think of:

  • Careers in archiving and heritage
  • Careers in politics
  • Careers in media
  • Careers in marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Careers in law

All of this should give you an idea of what is possible for someone who holds a B.A in history. I believe that, at least a year before your expected graduation, you should start to look very seriously at the labour market. Finding jobs, I’m sure you will find out, is no more easier or harder for history students. It requires time and patience but also a talent for persuasion. 

I personally strongly recommend the heritage industry if you are someone who wishes to continue in a domain close to your line of study. With the ever increasing rush to commemorate atrocities and human rights abuses, the heritage and tourist industries have intertwined and flourished in many countries. This is a very good place to find employment where your qualifications as a history student will not be questioned.

I hope this post has helped you. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. I trust that other history students will want to add more information to this post. I will be glad to reblog it then. 

At any rate, here is additional information:

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Localization Blog #3

Greetings and salutations, true believers!

 Trails of Cold Steel has officially launched, and I’m excited! You may well be one of the pre-order platoon, leading the vanguard, or perhaps the game is making its way to you through all the holiday postal congestion at this very moment. Either way, you’ll soon know what we know: good things come to those who wait, and here at the tail end of 2015, one of the year’s finest RPG adventures stands ready to be unfurled (though let’s be honest…with the length of the game, you’ll probably have said “Happy New Year!” before you roll those credits). Work on Trails of Cold Steel II is already well underway, so worry not – you won’t have to wait too long to see more of what happens to Rean and friends.

Brittany wrote last time about all the effort that goes into the process of voice recording, and she was right on the money – it’s a lot of work. More than I’d predicted, actually. See, this was actually a big first for me. Sure, I’d written for voice work before, but Trails of Cold Steel marked the first time I went into the studio to help supervise the recording of an English dub. The whole process – which took about 20 working days for all the voice work – was like one long course in the particulars of going from script to a finished dub – hugely instructive and informational, but also harrying with how much new info about the process I was absorbing all the time.

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A short rant from an artist

I say this as a milliner but I’m sure other kinds of artists face similar issues. This isn’t aimed at anyone in particular, but since I deal with this so often I thought it would be best to make a post.

I‘m really flattered when people ask me tips on how to make things, because it shows that my art is liked and my skills trusted. Questions like “how do I clean my hat?” or “I want to be a milliner, where do I start?“ are easy to answer and there’s a chance to encourage a beginner or someone who wears hats which is of course great. But what is not so great is when people expect (read: demand) me to teach them my craft just because they asked.

I went to school to be become a milliner. I studied three years full-time, have done internships, learned photoediting, taken business classes, taken design classes, I’ve paid a lot of money to be able to learn what I now know. I even moved to another country to study because my own didn’t have any more courses. I learned how to use websites like Etsy by reading through forum threads, reviews, and FAQs, I did extensive research on what it is that people want, how they want it, where they want it. That is a lot of work and a lot of things learned.

I am a professional. Not only would it take a huge amount of time to explain everything to someone who is starting from scratch, it would also be bad for me professionally. Art is not a hobby for professionals, we are looking to live on it, and that means that the time I spend teaching someone for free is time taken from making something I could’ve sold.
Even if I did explain everything it would probably still not really work out. Millinery is such a unique field that there are special vocabulary, equipment and materials (some of which are very dangerous if used improperly) that can’t be found just anywhere or have to be handled just right. And the way you learn to handle all of them is by getting your hands dirty and practicing, making mistakes, starting over. It is not a question of simply knowing how things work, you need to train your sewing muscles and your eye for design as well. And that cannot be taught efficiently in a few messages.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn. The world has a lot to offer to beginner artists and the internet is full of resources. I know that because even with all the training I’ve had I still find myself googling tips and instructions on specific things. YouTube has thousands of art tutorials by people who could take the time to share their wisdom: from Photoshop to hatmaking, from pencil drawing to pattern making. There are DIY blogs, there are cosplay blogs, there are business blogs. There are listings for teachers looking for students, there are listings for courses you could take. Use these things to your advantage and learn to look things up. The chances are that there already is a tutorial for what you want to do and it will most likely feature techniques and materials more easily available to you. And it is all much faster, more versatile, and more reasonable than expecting an artist to go through setting up an Etsy or blocking a hat with you.

It is wonderful that people are interested in making art and learning new skills, but it’s not the artists’ job to teach you everything they know just because you are interested. I am here if you need encouragement, tips, advice or if you want my personal opinion on something. But unless agreed otherwise, I cannot afford to be your tutor from step one to a finished product, and demanding that I do that is just not reasonable. (And I really mean demand: I have gotten some very angry messages when I have said “I cannot teach you how to make a replica of this very complicated hat in two days but here are links to some tutorials I think you’ll find helpful”.)

An artist’s time is not worth less because they are “doing something they love”. They have a skill which you wish to learn (or to use), and you cannot simultaneously put them down by thinking their time is worth nothing and still respect the skill enough to desire acquiring it. I have a lot of respect for artists who are able to take the time to teach people and make tutorials, but please don’t demand that of every artist. You are free to ask, but don’t get mad at us if we can’t make it happen. We can’t all afford to do that.