There isn’t a foolproof method to finding a balance, but there are a lot of things you can do that can make your life a whole lot easier to manage.
Get a Planner!
I don’t care if it’s a regular book planner, or an electronic planner, or you use the calendar on your phone, but in order to remember everything you possibly need to do whether it’s homework due dates, work times, or get togethers with friends, you need to be organized and you need a planner. Life is hectic, and by putting something down in a planner you have it there to look back on, and it gives your brain a mental reminder.
Make a schedule:
Designate certain times for certain tasks or work. Layout a color coded schedule and leave time for breaks, unexpected tasks, or just goofing off.
Work on things that are due two days later as if they are due tomorrow and keep it up (so if something is due on Friday, finish it on Wednesday). It’s hard to get on this schedule, so start early and do things ahead of time, but once you do, keep it up and you’ll find yourself with a lot less stress and ready for the unexpected things life can throw at you.
Don’t just work on one task; work on multiple things
I know it seems counterintuitive, but sometimes you can get sick of doing 40 math problems in a row (sarcasm), and you tend to slow down when this happens. To keep yourself engaged stick between different things. Do some math and when you get sick of it, do some English, and when you get sick of that, do your history reading. Rinse and repeat! Hey, it worked for Rory!
Motivate yourself by giving yourself a reward for completing something. Treat yourself with a YouTube video you love, a treat (cookies always work for me), or just simply taking a nap. It’s up to you. Just don’t let yourself go crazy.
Hello! I am sorry for the Yuri on Ice questions, I am sure you must be getting a lot. In Episode 4 just after the 15 minute mark they write down Yuri's free program layout. I was wondering if it is accurate or realistic? What do the codes mean? And could Yuri win the Grand Prix Final in real life with his programs?
Hi! There is a post breaking down what the codes mean here. But to recap, the codes list the following elements:
If you’d like to see what those elements actually look like in real life, you can look at our jumps guide and spins guide.
As for whether it’s realistic or not, in real figure skating, a free program must contain the following required elements:
8 jumping passes for men (including at least one axel jump and a maximum of 3 combinations; no type of jump is allowed more than twice, repeated jumps must be in combination, and only two types of triples or quads are allowed to be repeated)
a step sequence
a choreographic sequence
If you look at the breakdown of the layout codes above, Yuri does have 8 jumping passes that satisfy the above requirements (4T2T, 4S, 3Lo, 3A, 3F, 3A1Lo3S, 3Lz3T, 4T). He has two quad toeloops, one of which is in a combination with a double toeloop, and two triple axels, one of which is also in combination. He does not repeat any other jumps besides the quad toeloop and triple axel, and he has three combinations in total (4T2T, 3A1Lo3S, 3Lz3T). Therefore, this jump layout does not break any rules and would be allowed in real skating competitions.
Yuri also has 3 spins (FSSp, CCSp, CCoSp) and a choreographic sequence (ChSq) listed. However, the step sequence (StSq) is missing. The animators did try to make it as accurate and realistic as possible, but missed that one required element. More information about program layouts can be found on our blog here.
Aside from the missing step sequence, Yuri’s free program is on par with the current technical level of real-life men’s figure skating. Having three to four quads in the free skate (and two in the short program) is the norm for many top-level skaters contesting for podium spots at the Grand Prix Final or World Championships. However, having the last jump in the free skate be a quad toeloop is very ambitious since by that point in the program, the skater is probably exhausted and just running on fumes - it would be very difficult to do a quad. In recent memory, the only skater I can think of who attempted something so ambitious was Shoma Uno of Japan, who threw in an emergency quad toe at the very end of his program at the 2015 Japanese Nationals; he did not succeed and popped it to only a double toe. If Yuri can pull it off though, that’d be amazing. It’s certainly not impossible, just very difficult.
Also, as we have yet to see Yuri’s short program layout or the technical norm of the men’s field in Yuri on Ice, it’s difficult to predict whether a program like this could win the Grand Prix Final. But in real life competition, Yuri’s free skate - if skated cleanly and combined with an equally high-level short program - would have the potential of winning the Grand Prix Final.
Hopefully this makes sense! Feel free to message us privately or send in follow-up questions if there’s anything you don’t understand; we know it can get really confusing for newer fans.
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It’s been a while since I’ve posted something on here, sorry! The lack of sun surprisingly has been affecting me a little too much but yeah – Been working little by little on my HTML homework for the past two weeks & it’s pretty fun! Can’t wait until I get to use CSS to code layouts and everything! (yes I’m studying on my bed & yes my desk + shelves are messy–)
Do you know any good editing websites that are free? I'm hoping to start a simblr. :)
Editing websites? I’m not sure about that, but I get all my tumblr layout codes from google searching most of the time. Try searching for “Tumblr layout, theme, two column, side bar,” ect, ie. Good luck ‘Nonny! <3
Not being a studyblr, I’ll apologize now if this isn’t really up to standard; I am writing this because @hexaneandheels requested some basic information on how to structure math notes (pure & applied) in a more purposeful fashion.To give myself some authority on the subject, I am going into my fourth year as a mathematics major, focusing more on the pure side of things. I’ve certainly taken my share of math courses and therefore, have written my share of notes. I have bounced back and forth between numerous different styles, layouts, color codes— you name it and I’ve probably tried it out.
For me, I have found that I process my notes better and can read through them more easily when then is a minimal amount of ‘fluff’ to my notes; this could very well be a personal preference, but when note taking, there is rarely any sort of fanciful borders, colors, or anything more than some bolding or strategic underlining. I will say that there is a bit more room for eye-catching additions when taking notes for applied math classes instead of pure ones. For example, my Calculus notes are much more visually eye-catching than my Linear Algebra notes or Number Theory notes. Also, as my classes have become more rigorous, I have found that I generally do not have the time to draw extraneous diagrams, pictures, or color code every definition. My goal is to get down what is in front of me, make crucial notes to myself, and do my best to comprehend what it is my professor is lecturing about at the moment. All of these ideas are sort of what go through my mind when I am considering how to take my notes at the start of each course for every semester. Some more specific guidelines for each type of math class are:
First of all, and this will probably drive some people bonkers that I do this, but I take my notes in a two column fashion. I write into the margins and split the page in half as best I can when taking my notes. I have found this to be much easier to read when going over notes rather than looking at a wall of writing on a single page. It breaks things up nicely on the page and I find things to be neater. This works well for me primarily because I have small, neat, efficient hand-writing. I can understand why this would not be the best option for some.
These classes in general tend to be more theorem and definition based (kind of a ‘duh’ but it’s important to note taking) so it is pretty damn crucial that you can look up and identify a necessary theorem/definition/corollary relatively quickly without paging through your entire notebook. The easiest but most identifiable way that I have found to separate these from the rest of the notes on a page is to start off each definition with a ‘DEF’/’THM’ header, double underlined, just off to the left in margin so that I can scan my pages much more quickly when trying to identify a theorem. NOTE: this will probably be easier to visualize when I am able to upload photos after my vacation.
I would assume that most professors take a similar approach to my own in the fact that after defining a theorem, they then present the proof for it. When I take down the proof for a given theorem, I almost always try to indent some before starting the proof and maintain the indentation until the proof is completed so that I can easily differ the theorem from its corresponding proof.
Personally, I do not feel the need to put my notes into different sections or distinguish between one lecture and the next; therefore, I just allow my notes to all flow together. Given that every pure mathematics course I have taken to date builds so heavily on one concept to the next, so much that they become intertwined in my mind, it just seems easier to not worry about dividing my notes by section, concept, etc.. At most, my notes are divided by exam: I make note of when an exam is, what specific ideas are on it, and that is it. That is the only division of my notes that I have.
Essentially, the more clear, concise, and to the point my notes are for these class types, the more successful I have found myself to be and digesting information goes much more smoothly.
When taking notes for an applied course such as Calculus, DE/AdvDe, or Numerical Methods, I still maintain my two column approach to my notes. This is less important in this case given that more graphs tend to be drawn and can take up a good chunk of space.
Once again, make sure all definitions, theorems, and formulas are easily identifiable; formulas in particular become much more prevalent in applied courses so it would be understandable if you wanted to bold them, write them in red, draw a box around them—something to bring them to the forefront of your attention. I am golden when it comes to remembering mathematical concepts and theorems but I have always had the most difficulty remember formulas, so do whatever you have to do to make sure you know what is a positive or negative, greater than or less than when it comes time for an exam.
Examples, too, become much more important in applied courses. The physical practice of working out a problem and recognizing specific cases in which you have to apply or manipulate certain formulas is great, but it makes no difference at all when you’re at home and cannot recall what was so special about that problem that made your professor think it worthy of showing to the class. Write ALL examples down clearly and jot a note to the side about something you should notice/remember about that problem type. Professors pick problems for a reason.
Make your graphs as detailed, colorful, and beautiful as you want, but you should probably wait to do that at home when going over your notes. It takes time to draw some wonky 3-dimensional function by hand and make it look like it should; forget perfection in class and get the essential shape of the graph down during the lecture and perfect the art of it later. Odds are that, while you’re doing masterful shading, your professor is saying something that you will completely miss.
Things to say in general: I write my notes by hand. It kills my brother and friends that I do that, but I remember things much better when I do. Take history notes or English notes on your computer, but take your math notes by hand. It is easier to personalize them that way and that muscle memory will pay off in the long run. I know some people need doodles, borders, and color coding when it comes to their notes; I get that. I don’t need that so I don’t do that. Do whatever you feel is necessary to get yourself to retain the information. Still, I am a firm believer that less is more when taking notes for a math course and most of it comes down to practice so that recognition becomes second nature. Simply taking the colorful (or boring) notes is not enough: make note cards, make posters. I drew a massive flow chart poster to help me visualize how all the different concepts in Linear Algebra worked together. Do whatever you need to do to get the grade you need. These are just general suggestions that I have found work for me most of the time; I still adjust accordingly to each class. Sometimes, if a professor moves too quickly during lectures for me to write as neatly as I prefer, I do what I can to keep up and recopy them later, more neatly, in a different notebook (another great thing for muscle memory). Now that my cliché rant is over, I hope this was of some use to whomever may have actually read it. I will try to get some pictures up of my actual notes once I am home.
uuuuuugh tumbl did the thing where it deleted most of my theme specs?? so my bg and font and text and stuff were brought back to default, but everything else was the same
the links to my art tags and shops are no longer displaying though?? i put them back in and everything but they won’t show up and it’s a major bummer
i’ve seen a couple other people having theme issues but i edited mine right away–it didn’t delete the whole thing, but i saw some had experienced this problem and didn’t touch their theme and it went back to normal so i’m guessing i may have fudged it a bit
i might do an art trade for someone to make me a new theme for a piece in exchange? it could be said i am due for a new one;;;