Hi :) I’m Alice, I’ve just joined the community of studying on Tumblr! I have been wanting to start my own productivity streak and here I am.
I am a year 10 GCSE student who used to live in France but I moved over to England four years ago. I study:
*Computer Science (BTEC)
*Business Studies & Development (BTEC)
*History (courses include America in the 19th century, Medicine through time, Germany during WW2, Norman conquest)
*English Language & Literature
*Sciences (physics, chemistry & biology)
I have mock exams in all my subjects in about a month’s time so I revised some of my history today, specifically the problems & solutions to the homesteaders.
Finally, I was listening to the Sherlock season 3 soundtrack 🎧
fave time of the month again😆 Arohaselcaday! 💚
It’s been a good month, with the release of the again dance practice aswell as the holy kcon Mexico performances adsjshsjfnf I hope our boys get a good rest and come back strong soon!! 🌹 I apologise for being so unactive lately, exams have been killing me but I’ll be back on track soon😇💝
Tagging my usual faves
Sorry I didn’t end up posting yesterday! I had a weird class on Oryx and Crake (shown lurking in the background), got some weird assignment feedback, and then spent 5 hours at a pub. I didn’t get a ton of work done, but I also didn’t expect to.
Today I’m reading a play for class tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll start writing my critical response on it (which is also due tomorrow). I’m not feeling as hungover as I probably should for how much we drank, but we did also eat a fair amount I suppose. I’m also going for an eye exam today (always fun?) and then having dinner with a friend I haven’t seen in a few months! Should be a nice day :)
the idea of having homeworks in uni is so wild to me. i already have a degree and i’m studying for my bachelor and i’ve never had homeworks. here in italy you just have exams every 4-5 months and in the meanwhile you have to study on your own while taking classes.
things i wish i’d known in my first year of university
I’m reaching the end of my time at university and it’s got me all sentimental. and regretful. There are a number of things that I had learned during my time at university that I wish I’d known during first year.
Read everything. The only valid excuse for not reading everything on the reading list is that you didn’t have time, not that you found it boring, or that it wasn’t useful. Because there’s nothing scarier than trying to write an essay on something you studied a month ago, and you have no notes on the topic.
Revise constantly. I wish I’d revisited everything I did a week after I did it, just as a recap. I tended to focus on what I was doing in the moment because it felt the most important thing at the time. Well, during exams, everything is equal. And it’s so frustrating not quite being able to remember something. So, revise. Even just for ten minutes.
Don’t spend all of your money on impulse. I’ve bought so much rubbish that I really don’t need. And if I’d saved that money, I could have gone on holiday. Save every last penny you can.
Eat well. I just said that you should save all the money you can, but I think that food is one exception to that rule. Try and save money where you can, obviously, but don’t go for days and days without fresh vegetables because you’re saving money for a holiday. Your mind, as well as your body, needs food.
Go and talk to professors in their student hours. I used to find this so awkward. To be honest, I still do. But if you’re going sending them an email and asking for clarification on a topic, consider maybe popping into their office when it’s open to students. And tell them if you’re struggling! If you don’t let them know, then they can’t help you.
Take hot drinks with you, to your lectures or to the library. Don’t spend all your money in the library cafe. Bring a flask of tea, and loads of study snacks in a packed lunch box. Trust me on this.
Make time to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in ages. Don’t wait for them to ask you. I make sure to socialise with my friends at least twice a week. And by socialise, I don’t mean getting blind drunk and going clubbing. Sit down and have lunch together. Chat. Get to know each other properly. Friendships formed over alcohol never last as long as friendships formed through actual conversation.
Do stuff that the university puts on for students. Join societies. Get involved. One of the best nights I ever had at university was a masquerade ball that my college put on. And for some reason, I’ve never done anything like that since then? And I don’t understand why! University is for making memories, and I don’t really have many!
Travel around your university town. If you’re university is on a campus, don’t let your life revolve around that one place. If you’ve travelled away from home to go to university, then make it worth your while! See the sights, be a tourist, get on a bus and go to a random town and buy ice cream.
Experiment. This is the time. Dye your hair blue, join a weird and random society and take up a hobby you’d never dreamed of. If you want to try drugs, make sure it’s a safe environment and do your research before hand. If you don’t want to do that kind of thing, then don’t judge other people for doing so.
Give yourself a day off per week. When you’re at university and you’ve got loads of work, it’s tempting to just work constantly - or at least, to work every day, if not all the time. But it’s so much better for your mental state to take a day off to just relax.
Keep up with your chores. When you’re stressed about an assignment, you don’t want to be also stressed about that pile of washing up accumulating by the sink. Keep your room tidy too - clear space, clear mind.
Be kind to everyone. You’re going to meet a lot of people at university, some you’re going to hit it off with immediately. But there will be some who really rub you up the wrong way. Don’t worry about it, it’s completely fine to not like someone. But don’t be mean to them. This isn’t high school, you’re all here to learn and there’s just no need to make them feel bad about themselves. It’s just petty and childish.
Think about the future. I know that you’re completely wrapped up in your university life right now, but you’re going to have to venture out into the real world at some point. Do things that might help your future career: volunteer, get a job, join a sports club, make connections. University isn’t, sadly, forever.
There you have it! The advice that I would have given myself in the first year of university. Whether you’re just about to start university, or whether you’re just about to leave, I hope this is useful to you.
this is truly one of the most puzzling and cryptic lines in all of star wars. i saw this episode months and months ago and i’m still thinking about this line. anakin, what is the story behind this piece of wisdom? what could you possibly have discovered in a shady farmer’s barn on tatooine when you were a small child that would stick with you enough to make you say this 10+ years later? why were you investigating barns in the first place? were you a 9-year-old detective? this boy has Seen Some Shit
It has been one hell of a stressful month. I just want to crawl up and disappear because there’s just too much I need to do and nothing is going as expected. Take for example yesterday, when my application for this research opportunity was due. I emailed my professor for a letter of recommendation two months prior but she suddenly went MIA yesterday and did not submit it before the deadline. And now I have a huge psych exam tomorrow I have to study for and I’m not even halfway done. I also have a quiz in calc which I’m doing horrible in, even though I stay up studying almost every night. Oh and I can’t forget to study for the ACT, go to work, and lead my extracurriculars. I had a couple of break downs, lost a substantial amount of hair, and have broken out on my face.
Hey, guys, since I just made the second last exam of the semester, I decided to create a post where I will explain a bit how I get prepare for an exam, specifically for the oral tests. So…let’s start:
★ 1. Planning materials and hours of study.
The first thing I do when I have to prepare myself for an exam is get hold of the program of study and then calculate the time that could potentially use to study everything and repeat. So in this case I recommend that you do not arrive at the last second, but start as soon as possible to collect the study material. I personally started studying at least one month before the exam takes place, if we speak of course of oral exam. For already written it is different, because I, personally, can pass a test written just reading many times the topics to bring . But then again, it depends from person to person, so … take your agenda or your calendar and start to establish which days or hours where you can devote yourself to the study, and once established it tries to respect your program , but rest assured, it’s not a problem if sometimes jump!
★ 2. Organize your notes.
Another important thing to do before you really start to study is to place the notes taken during the lessons.You can fix them or from time to time, or all at once when you have finished all the lessons. The right thing to do would be the first, but I do not always succeed, especially because often my university classes end up about six o'clock in the evening, so I get home not before seven.
★ 3. Read your textbook and highlights the most important things, helping with the notes, then unite it all.
Here I don’t think there needs to be an explanation, usually I’m used to help me with the notes I previously organized, so that I both easier to read and understand what are the most important things to learn. Usually I join the notes taken in class with the textbook doing a summary or by writing in pencil on the book, it depends on the amount of notes. I also use a lot of highlighters of different colors to highlight, of course, each of them has different meanings depending on use and color.
★ 4. Repeat aloud.
Regarding this point i don’t think there is much to say; usually I repeat aloud to better fix things and above all helps me a lot to prepare for the oral.
★ 5. Review.
Regarding the revision I’m used to repeat aloud, but above all to do mind maps or summary, however, I recommend these methods especially for written exams.
TIPS TO OVERCOME ANXIETY PRE-EXAM
Another thing I wanted to deal with is the question of anxiety, I suffer and I wanted to tell you a bit ‘my tricks to “overcome”.
★ 1. Estrange the mind.
The first thing I can tell you to do before you do anything else is to alienate the mind. In moments of leisure, stay away from the study, thinks of nothing else, watch a movie or a funny television series, go out with friends, read a book or whatever makes you relax. This will help you above all not to go under stress, and it is important for your mental health.
★ 2. Don’t drink coffe.
Before an exam is important not to drink coffee, or who does not drink too much, at least for me. The coffee, in fact, even if it has the property to raise the level of concentration, can also, if taken in excessive doses bring a widespread state of anxiety as well as insomnia. This could result in a bad performance on the exam day (what we do not).A good substitute is the green or black tea.
★ 3. Chamomile or Calming herbal teas.
This more than advice is my pre-exam ritual. In fact, usually, when I am particularly anxious or scared for an exam, I like to drink a chamomile or calming herbal tea, or a simple red fruit tea. Help to calm down and let me rest.
★ 4. Inhale and Exhale.
Another tip is to breathe. It happened to me sometimes to have some mild panic attacks before an exam, so before you take medication, you should simply exhale and inhale slowly filling and emptying the stomach, this way your mind will become calm.
★ 5. Believe in yourself.
Last but not least, believe in yourself. You are your only limit, and only you can overcome them. Only you know what you did and what you’re worth, so do not make you throw down, life is a great challenge!
Only I know and understand his deepest desires and fears.
Only I can stay beside him.
…Too dark or nah?
It’s been a month since I started the first pic and whew, guys, I am NOT good at time management. Anyways, exams are next week and I have a whole lot of other shit to do, so… I hope this’ll suffice until I can be active again!
As always, you’re free to leave an ask, it might just take a while for me to answer. Also, I’m really sorry, but to those who will hereafter be submitting ask, please don’t expect art to go along with your answer? I’m sorry? I really want to be as active as possible but if I try and make art for every ask I’ll never answer them all. I’m not saying I will never include art, just that it’s going to be very unlikely. Thank you so much for understanding.
On another note, man I am so pumped for this AU! I have other comic ideas stacked, so I hope you guys are as excited as I am!
Also, final note, this comic is not meant to be fluffy. This is Bill being a conniving, manipulating kind of guy who has a twisted sense of what love is and what one “requires” to be “worthy” of someone.
Title taken from The Princess Bride. I love that book.
1.12.16 // How is it possible that it is the first day of the last month of this year??! (That was a mouthful.) I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how it’s possible 335 days have passed. 😮 Now that I’ve finished the semester, things have settled down, but only by a bit. I received my assessment marks back and I’m very happy with my performance (I got HDs in 2 of my 3 courses!), but I’m nervously awaiting the release of Exam results which come out on the 15th. 😬
I’m still babysitting on Mondays and Tuesdays, but I’m also doing some volunteer work before Christmas so I’m keeping busy! It feels kinda nice, but I’m also pretty worn out. 😴 In other news, I really need to find some time to fit in some more reading. I’ve only read 44 books this year, which is nothing compared to my 70 last year, and I’m really hoping I can kick this slump soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to reach my (already reduced) goal of 60 books! 📚💕