Mainly targeted towards j2s who are facing an increasing amount of workload and desperate to catch up on their grades before the major exams (Most of the stuff I’m including here is based on my own experience and I cannot guarantee it will be effective for everyone!) 

As requested by @studysorcery  💕💕

1. Study groups 

Do what you need to do, get some of your classmates together and form a study group to discuss tutorial questions, craft essay outlines, share resources etc. 

  • helpful if you tend to stray away from your tasks/get distracted easily 
  • having more people work on an assignment -> more opinions/methods to get to the answer 
  • in my lit class me and a couple of my classmates decided to create a google drive folder where we would dump all our lit essay outlines/analysis for different themes etc. (the more the merrier) in a way it helps especially when revising. 

2. Understand requirements of the syllabus 

Most lecture notes provided by schools usually include everything you need to know for the syllabus examined, but some might include additional info here and there so if you’re rly pressed for time you might want to ignore those.

it’s not just force feeding info and that once you get the info that “answers” the syllabus requirement you’re done

  • a’level questions place a lot of emphasis on your ability to apply the knowledge learnt into weird questions 
  • when you’re reading something try to think of possible ways in which questions may be phrased in order for you to make use of the info you’ve learnt 

3. Effective ways of studying for each subject 

Doing up mind maps, timelines, essay outlines, research packages( where you do research on a specific topic and collate stats, facts etc). If you’re unsure as to which approach to take when tackling each subject, ask your tutor for advice. Eg. doing essay outlines may be helpful for subjects such as economics, literature, history etc. where there is usually a lot of elaboration/analysis and writing involved. 

4. To catch up on past topics or move ahead instead? 

If you rly rly have a lot of backlog, I suggest to just move on to the upcoming topic you’re doing in class. BUT!!! that is provided that the previous chapters are not linked to the current one you’re learning bc if not everything will just be 29834728178 times worse. 

For topics that are not interlinked, just move on and work harder to make sure you have a good grasp of the content. Once you’re confident with that, squeeze out a small bit of time to go back to the previous chapters. Don’t try to rush it all in a couple of days bc you’ll just burn out and feel overwhelmed by the end of the week. easier said that done lol :”) 

5. Do your tutorials. Do. It. And submit them for marking. Any questions? Write them on post-its and paste it in your tutorial for future ref if u don’t have time to address it now 

6. Try not to disregard your lecture tests/assignments as much as possible 

lecture tests? what test?  unless you’re really desperate and pressed for time, please try your best to study, or at least revise for your lecture tests. Many of those tests are put in place for a reason. While the questions tend to be trickier than those in the tutorials, most are set such that they will cover the basics/foundation concepts that are taught in the specific chapter. If you can do those questions, you’re more than halfway there. 

7. Extra “free time” bc no more cca? Coooooool. Go for consultations with your teachers or use the time to catch up on your j1 topics 

Prep some work and go through them with your tutor, or clarify all your doubts that you have from each chapter before it’s too late and suddenly your tutor is the most popz person in school 

8. Aim to start revising for mid years/prelims at least a month before 

It doesn’t have to be like 2 hours of continuous studying, but it doesn’t hurt to set aside 30 mins of revision to recap your memory before you start to go full steam ahead. That way the content wouldn’t seem foreign as if you’re looking at it for the first time 

9. Revision packages? Try to work on a topical one b4 doing the yearly one unless you have a good grasp of at least 50% of the syllabus

i was lazy and thought that attempting the math yearly revision packages/past year papers would be better than starting from the topical ones HAHAAH wrong choice made  if you’re like me and are still struggling with certain/most chapters for a particular subject, it might be better to attempt the topical tys until you’re somewhat confident that you can tackle the yearly one. While some people will say that it’s better to do the yearly one bc the questions often tend to merge multiple topics together(eg. math), I personally feel that there isn’t much point in trying to falsely comfort yourself into thinking that you’re “ready” by doing a full past year paper (and then trying to check the step-by -step answers to give yourself hints while attempting questions lol) 

Ultimately it’s still up to your personal preference, though. Like i’ve said, this is all based on my own personal experience, and if you’re really at a loss as to what to do/how to approach your revision plan, seek help from your respective subject tutors. It’s not too late to start now(if you’ve been slacking for the past year), don’t try to cram everything together, and take it one step at a time. Jiayou and atb in your studies! Also just bc it’s your a level year it doesn’t mean a levels  > your mental and emotional health > everything ;_; so please do take care of yourselves! 

- siying 

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Because of that Voltron Hunger Games AU post @lordzuuko shared some days ago, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It doesn’t help that I’m currently re-watching the Hunger Games for a paper on my Lit Crit class, so every time I find myself sitting quietly my mind keeps going back to it.

There was this one particular scene I focused on and I needed to get this out.

In this particular Hunger Games AU the paladins are a mix of Victors and Tributes that have been reaped to participate in the Quarter Quell.

Keith the newest Victor of the last Hunger Games. A kid from district 12 that lived alone and had no one to support him except himself. A kid who lives by himself in the outer edge of the Seam close to the woods in a beat-up shack ever since his dad died. Someone who didn’t even have anyone to say goodbye to when he was reaped. Someone who didn’t have anyone to go back to even if he won the Hunger Games. The only reason he fought was because he didn’t want to die without knowing who he really was. To die without knowing who his mother was and where the knife came from and what it meant.

And then Quarter Quell happened and what rotten luck he got that from the pool of combined names of Victors and Tributes, he got reaped again to be one of the chosen Tributes for his district. It wasn’t enough that there was also twice the number of tributes for this year’s Quarter Quell. And he thought things would be the same, just the same training and know thy enemy and try not to get killed. But then there was Shiro.

Takashi Shirogane who was dubbed “Champion” by the Capitol. He won the Hunger Games despite the fact that he had lost an arm in the last showdown with a fellow Career and a mutt. That year had been one of the most brutal Hunger Games, and winning in that bloodbath had earned Shiro the favor of the Capitol. Enough that they had given him a unique metal prosthetic especially made by the Capitol. Rumor had it that he was the Capitol’s dog and he was a vicious Career that you had to avoid at all cost. If you face him in battle, don’t even think about fighting. Just get out of there.

But Keith knew that rumors couldn’t be trusted. He had to see for himself, so he gave the man the benefit of the doubt. Besides, he had seen him in parties in the Capitol when Victors had been expected to attend. But he never talked to him. Never approached him. But that didn’t stop his eyes from following him. There was just something about Shiro that made him hyperaware of the man.

And they started out on the wrong foot when they first made contact in the Training Center, wary of each other and Keith couldn’t help bristling when Shiro was around or too close. Feeling the guy’s eyes on him. Then they spent that night on the rooftop trying to watch the stars despite the bright lights of the Capitol, away from the eyes of the other Tributes and guards. And for some reason, they let a bit of their walls down. Letting the other see the person behind it even for just a few minutes. And whatever they saw in each other, it made a way for a tentative bond to take root.

And Keith soon learns that he likes Shiro. Really likes him. They train together. Spar really, and Shiro’s better (being trained from a young age and all) but Keith could still go toe-to-toe with him. They attract the attention of the other Tributes and Keith could see that Tribute from District 4 (Lance was it?) giving him the stink-eye. The guy from District 7 named Hunk if he wasn’t mistaken, would give him embarrassed, apologetic smiles when he caught his friend, Keith supposed by their closeness, doing so.

And it was weird. Because for people who were about to battle each other to their deaths, finding friends or making them or giving a genuinely sincere smile to someone who might end up killing you, or vice versa, in the arena seemed all too surreal. Maybe forming temporary alliances to increase one’s chances of survival made more sense, but the idea of forming friendships just wasn’t. Not in this setting.

But despite that, Keith didn’t mind. And if this was one way of spitting in the face of the Capitol, to defy their expectations, then he’s all for it. They already seemed so hell bent on killing him anyways. And it wasn’t exactly a secret that he hated Zarkon. Saying “no” to him the first time they met made sure of that. It was amazing he wasn’t even killed yet. No one defies the Capitol (Zarkon really) without consequences. But it seems the bastard had other ideas. Getting reaped for Quarter Quell? That had a nationwide broadcast? Takashi Shirogane rumored Capitol dog in the Games as well? It was a perfect setup for a cover up for a public execution. No one would have even known the truth. No one except Keith and Zarkon.

So becoming, dare he say it, friends with Shiro. He wouldn’t let the Capitol stop him from that.

And it scared Keith really, how he came to value Shiro so quickly in such a short time. Maybe it was the fact that he had no one, not ever since his dad. And it was unbelievable, because Shiro cared about him. No one had ever given a damn about Keith. Not until he showed them what he could do in the Arena and had become Victor. But Shiro was different. He actually, honestly cared about Keith. He was the first person who ever wanted to get to know him. Asked what he liked and disliked and remembered. Listened to him talk without judgment and shared his thoughts with Keith as well. And Keith cared about Shiro. Cared about him to the point that if it came down to it, he’d let Shiro become Victor. Because really, compared to him, Shiro still had something to go back to. And the thought was terrifying because he didn’t understand how he would rather let himself go, than let anything happen to Shiro.

So when the time came for them to be sent to the Arena and Shiro and him teamed up, forming an alliance along the way with Lance, Hunk, and Pidge (the youngest of all the Victors who was from District 3). It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that Zarkon had paid attention to Keith’s newfound attachment to the Capitol’s darling Champion.

When he got separated from the others when the arena shifted, and suddenly hearing Shiro’s pained voice calling his name, Keith was overcome with worry and ran to the direction where the sound of Shiro’s voice was coming from. Not noticing when a forcefield had erected as he passed the boundary. But he couldn’t see Shiro anywhere and only those hundreds of birds flying overhead. Being trapped in that area of the arena for an hour, hearing nothing but Shiro’s voice in excruciating pain, calling for him, screaming for him. Not even realizing they weren’t real, just the jabberjays messing with him. But it was Shiro’s voice. A perfect replication of his smooth timbre twisted into a tortured sound. Keith couldn’t do anything. Couldn’t get out to where Shiro could be. Curled and shaking on the ground as he uselessly covered his ears to stop the screams. Tears streaming down his cheeks as he pleaded for it to stop. Please, please, not Shiro. And even after the hour was up — when he felt now-familiar arms pulling him closer, surrounded by a scent, which he knew was Shiro’s, tinged with a bit of blood and sweat, and a voice whispering soothingly to him, trying to ground him — the screams still rang clearly in his ears.

It became one of his most common nightmares when all was done and Zarkon was gone, the Capitol no longer ruling with an oppressive hand. A nightmare twisted into different scenarios but always ending the same way — with Shiro’s screams and Keith powerless to stop them.


#GradblrChallenge Day 19:

The upside of holding student conferences on Monday and Wednesday is that I felt free to cancel regular class today and effectively gave myself a day “off,” by which I mean that I have given myself a day to work from home.

My primary goal for today is to work on a guest lecture I’m giving on Monday.  One of my friends is teaching children’s literature and her class is about to start reading Matt de la Peña’s Mexican Whiteboy; and since my specialization is on Latinx children’s and young adult literature, she’s asked me to come in and give her kids some context on the field, de la Peña, and appropriate literary theory (CRT, postcolonialism, etc.).  And–because I am me, I’m putting way more pressure on myself than necessary to get this lecture perfect…

Today’s To-Do’s:

  • work on guest lecture + email to prof
  • download articles for children’s lit (my class)
  • start reading articles for children’s lit
  • read more of East, West Stories

(Cc: @gradblrchallenge)

Everything You Need To Know About MLA Format

General Format:

  • 8.5 x 11 inch paper
  • Double spaced
  • Times New Roman font
  • 12 pt font
  • Only one space after each period
  • 1 inch margins on all sides
  • Indent the first line of each paragraph by half an inch
  • Use a header that includes your last name and page number in the top right hand corner

The First Page:

  • In the upper left hand corner:
    • Your Name
    • Your Instructor’s Name
    • The Class Title
    • The Date (Day Month Year)
  • The title of your paper should be one double-space down and should not be bolded, italicized, or underlined
  • The beginning of your paper should start one double-space down from the title with the first line indented by half an inch

What to Italicize and Quote:

  • Book titles are italicized
  • Play titles are italicized
  • Poem titles have quotation marks
  • Article titles have quotation marks
  • Chapter titles have quotation marks

In-Text Citations:

  • When you know the author’s last name
    • (Last Name Page Number) or
    • (Last Name Paragraph or Line Number)
  • When you don’t know the author’s last name
    • (Book Title Page Number)
    • (Article Title Page Number)
    • Remember to italicize the book titles and put the article titles in quotation marks

Works Cited Page:

  • Begin your Works Cited page on a separate page at the end of your research paper. It should have the same one inch margins and header as the rest of your paper
  • Label the page “Works Cited” (do not italicize or put in quotations) on the top of the page and center it
  • Double space all citations but do not skip spaces between entries
  • Indent the second line of a citation by half an inch
  • List sources in alphabetical order
  • If the source has more than one author, the first given name appears in last name, first name format and the following authors appear in last name, first name format separated by commas. The last author’s name should be preceded by an “and”

Citing Print Sources:

Book or Poem:

Last Name, First Name. Title of Book or Poem. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Print.

Magazine or Newspaper Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Print.

Journal Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Print.

Citing Web Sources:

Whole Website:

Name of Site. Sponsor or Publisher, date of resource creation. Web. Date of access. 

Web Page or Web Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Name of Site. Sponsor of Publisher, date of resource creation. Web. Date of access.

Online Journal Article:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Web. Date of access. 

Note: Don’t forget to indent the second line in the citation. I did not indent the examples because the indents on tumblr mobile and tumblr desktop differ starkly and I figured this was probably the less confusing way to write the information needed for a citation (trust me)

Unknown Information in Citations:

  • If the author is unknown, begin citation with the title
  • If the publisher is unknown, write “n.p.” in its place (no quotation marks)
  • If the publishing date is unknown, write “n.d.” in its place (no quotation marks)

I hope this guide is as useful for me as it it for you!

Nanu / Kuchinashi from the recent Pokemon Sun Moon game \ o / 

like srsly u guys can swoon over that shirtless professor, or that emo-looking boy with the Jojo pose for all I care, I’ll just cling on this ossan & never let go fight me >8D 

Things that came out of my British Literature class today, my teacher is a little shocked

  • Teacher: “What is the milk of humanity?” 
    Student: “Morphine”
  • Teacher: “Most people don’t want their children to be mass murderers”
    Student: “Maybe you want different things for your children than I do”
  • Teacher: “There are things you know you will experience that will bring you sadness”
    Student: “College”
  • Me: (literary criticism voice) Steven, his mother and Lion have close parallels in Christianity and the doctrine of the trinity: the powerful, transcendent parent, the compassionate son incarnate and the mysterious, spiritual imparter of wisdom, taking the form of an animal. This is enforced by the choice of name - 'Steven' - St Steven of course being the first Christian martyr, emphasising the sacrificial aspects of our hero's -
  • Me: *remembers that Rebecca's little brother is called Steven*
  • Me: erm forget I spoke

You can be whatever you want to be
Just don’t be that
Or that
Or that

We’ll love you no matter what
But gays are going to hell

You can do anything you dream
As long as it pays

Our generation is entitled
As we work 3 jobs
Just to have a dream

We’re selfish and narcissistic
As we fight for change

We’re lazy and soft
As we fight wars in our own minds

We want everything free
As we pay more than ever before

We’re too sensitive
As we watch each other die

Our hearts ache
With every new headline

Love wins
But does it?

We’re all equal
But are we?

today after my AP exam all I did was walk around my house in underwear and a bathrobe with a tub of ice cream and take a nap

if that doesn’t describe what it’s like to be an AP student I don’t know what does

my new favorite train of thought is that there’s another wards war picture (x) except Serena and Bernie can’t be bothered, so they’re in the far left of the picture snogging 

why do we find it romantic
when someone asks you to drop everything
and run off with them into the green light
without a second thought to the life you’ve built
if a ghost rises from the dead
and demands you to come with them
do we call that love
or possession?