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i just saw an ad for pizza with anchovies and mini-burgers on it & now im questioning everything i believed about reality and the fundamental goodness of humanity
Sexting in Open Court

@barbabangme I am taking a break from smut forever after this omfg.  I hope it’s not too shit babe.
I am so tired rn but I had to post this tonight. I will be back to writing my fluffy stuffs next week guys. 

Lets put this cute gif of Rafi on it cos why not.

His face totally says “Yeah but you can’t send dirty messages like this and still win your case tho can you?” asdfghjkdsghsdjk I need sleep loool bye

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Safe Inside

Title: Safe Inside


Secondhand Embarrassment , Hurt/Comfort, Light Angst, Fluff, Established Relationship 

Words: 1723 (wow)

Summary:  Dan has a breakdown in the uni bathroom after an awkward and overwhelming first day. Phil is there to help him through it.

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A/N: A huge thank you to @queerofcups of cups for betaing this for me and making this better than i could ever imagine it to be (I literally cannot thank them enough) and @suchphanmuchtrash for giving me the courage to send it to them in the first place. 

Title from Safe Inside by James Arthur 

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How to make the best lecture notes of all time

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Sometimes you leave a lecture with the impression that very few of the important points raised in class have ended up in your notes. We’ve all been there. Follow this nifty guide and make awesome notes every class…


Dull and predictable as this piece of advice is, if you prepare for a class, you’ll get more out of it. Before the lecture, do the required readings and quickly scan the notes you made in the last class. This will provide a context for the new material you’ll be learning and means you can focus your note-taking energies on subject areas you are not already familiar with. Why would you want to make lecture notes about material that’s in the textbook?


Date all your notes, give each lecture a topic title, and use subtitles where necessary. Avoid writing your notes on scraps of paper: write all your notes in the one notebook, or save all typed notes to the one folder on your laptop. This will help you to find what you’re looking for in a hurry.


In lectures some people prefer to type their notes, others write them out by hand. Find a system that works for you and keep it consistent.

For me, the process of physically writing out my notes helps me to be more selective about which pieces of information I record, and helps me to better focus on the information presented. Plus the temptation of Facebook when I’m working on a laptop is just too great. I’ve also found that using a Dictaphone or other recording device isn’t the best idea, as it makes you lazy in lectures and means you’re more likely to tune out.

If you do write your notes out by hand, consider using coloured pens (not blue or black) as it can help you to retain more information first go. Using a different colour pen for key points makes them stand out in your mind.


Be selective. You don’t need to write down everything the lecturer says, and your notes shouldn’t be a transcript of the class. Don’t write a sentence if a few words will suffice.

Limit your lecture note taking to material that you don’t already know (because you’ve done your readings before class, this means your notes will probably be quite short). Listen closely and consider whether the information is relevant to the course and the assessments.

In an information-packed lecture, it can be hard to know what information is important. Look out for:

  • Emphasis – you’ll pick this up from the time your lecturer devotes to a particular point, the way your lecturer says something, or the body language they use when saying it.
  • Repetition – it they say something several times, it’s probably because they want you to learn it.
  • Definitions
  • Things written on the whiteboard/ blackboard
  • Debates – Does your lecturer go into the reasoning behind the majority and minority judgments? The case is probably an important authority.


Using abbreviations will help you to take notes more efficiently. Use abbreviations that mean something to you and keep it consistent. Here are some of my frequently used abbreviations:

HCA         High Court of Australia

SC           Supreme Court

ct            Court

P            Plaintiff

D            Defendant

judg        Judgment

apl          Appeal

maj         Majority

min         Minority


Writing the information in your own words, rather than copying the lecturer’s wording will help you to grasp and retain the information.

Use dot points, indents and numbering to make the hierarchical relationship between different points clearer.

Spread your notes out – leaving space makes your notes easier to scan, and it’s helpful if your lecturer has a tendency to jump around.

If the lecturer has moved onto a new point and you haven’t gotten something down, just leave a few question marks next to the incomplete thought and fill in the gaps with a friend after class.


Another option for making your notes more study-friendly, is dividing the pages of your notebook into columns. Here are the two best column strategies:

  1. Divide the page into two columns. The right one should take up about two thirds of the page, and the left column one third. Write your main lecture notes in the right column, and put keywords or topic headings in the left hand column. This makes it easier to find important information when you’re going through your notes later.
  2. Divide the page into two columns of equal width. Write points from your readings in the left column, and related points from your lecture in the right column. If you’ve ever struggled with integrating your readings and your lecture notes, this is the strategy for you.


Type your notes up within 24 hours of the lecture. Turn key words and dot points into full sentences, and translate those abbreviations before you forget what they mean. Some studies have shown that if you revise the information within 24 hours of first hearing it, you’ll remember about 80% of it. Such a simple routine could make exam time a whole lot easier.

Original post written by Survive Law writer Kat and published on

07/11 Today I feel like Elle Woods. All of these pink elements were not meant to be on my desk, seriously. This pink lamp is obviously beautiful but not mine. My own lamp was stolen (not really :p, just taken) by my parents because they needed one downstairs and I’m always in my dorm room so I don’t need one that often. But today I really needed a lamp to study so I took another lamp from downstairs. :’) And the pink drink was just a coincidence, a very tasty coincidence. ;) But it actually looks pretty, my pink desk! I’m slightly bothered because it’s much darker in my room with their pink lamp. It looks cosy to you guys, but it actually is quite exhausting to study in this dark place. But it’s just temporary. ;) I studied very well today yessssssssss! #day11 #100daysofproductivity


I personally love to take class notes on computer because I can input way more information than I can with written notes. And the one and only application I use is Notability, so here are my reasons why I stick to this app.

  1. It’s available on macbook, iPad, and iPhone. This is extremely important as it can sync my notes to all the devices, and I can edit on all of them. I usually import my readings, class notes, PowerPoint slides (basically everything) so I can read all my class materials whenever I need them. 
  2. It has a really good organization. I use “divider” to separate my courses, and then under dividers there are subjects which I either organize them by classes (week 1, 2 and so on) or by topics. So basically in each subject I will have all the materials related to that particular class or topic.
  3. Your class notes can be exported as pdfs.
  4. And of course, three are still basic functions that Microsoft Word has, like bullet points, numbering, bold, italics, underline and so on.
  5. Most importantly, you can record your lecture here and it can sync your typing notes along with your audio. That is super useful when you’re unclear with a particular concept on your notes. You can just directly find the time that your professor talks about that concept in your recording.

Generally, it is really user-friendly and simple at the same time. It has all the functions you need in taking notes and being organized. It does cost a bit but I think it is worth the money. 

For more information:

Desktop version: $9.99

iPhone: $2.99


29 October 2016 // 10:31pm

Typed out my notes for another online Roman Law lecture today. The examples may seem random but I literally transcribed what my lecturer was saying in the online lecture. I also added pictures to the examples he gave so I even have a photo of a loaf of bread in my notes somewhere - whoops. I have three online assignments due for tomorrow, yay. Time to hustle. Happy studying guys (: xx

How to structure your notes

I’ve been getting some questions regarding this subject, so I thought I would share my method!

To start with, I should say that there isn’t a specific structure that I follow every single time. For instance, my class notes tend to be more in the form of short sentences, conecting terms and definitions with arrows, so that everything is more visual. During class, I find it helpful to write most of what the professor says, even if I don’t understand it at the moment. When I come back to them I may figure it out by myself, and if not, I will ask the professor.

Now, for the notes that I take down from textbooks, I follow a similar pattern to the previous one, but the sentences tend to be longer, and this is because they have to explain better and in different and more tecnical words, what my class notes say. I still use arrows to conect terms, etc.

What is important, and what has worked wonderfull for me is the following:
1) read what you are meant to read for the following class
2) copy your textbook notes in your binder, folder, or whatever it is that you use trying to connect terms, definitions, concepts. Try, consencuently, to make your notes as fluent as you can, and make the effort to display them as a whole. What I mean by this is the following: while reading something, terms are not isolated from each other, more likely, they become more like a web once you finish reading and understanding all. This is why active reading is so important, as well as connecting as many things as you can, because this will help you have a better understanding of the subject as a whole
3) right after that, place your class notes, the onces you write when you attend to class, and that are displayed in a not so structured way, and the words and terms used may be not so formal or technical as in the previous notes.

In this way, you will have a deep explanation of everything, followed by your class notes which are functional to you to know what the professor has emphasised of all of what you have copied.

So now, you have for instance, for class 1, your textbook notes and after that your class notes, then for class 2 the exact same thing, and so on.

Plus, when you read beforehand your material, you are willing to parcicipate more in class, pay more attention as the material is familiar to you and also ask questions of things that you didn’t get to understand by yourself.

Hope this helps!