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RARE STUDY TIPS

1. write down how much you study over time, then write down how you did on the quiz/test. this will help you see the amount of studying is nessecary for you to get a good grade and fully learn the material!!!

2. make your study space smell fresh, preferably of mint. mint helps you focus and stay sharp. other good smells would be lemon, etc.

3. after studying for a long amount of time, go exercise for ~30 min. shower, get dressed, etc then review the info you had just been studying! you should come back fresher, and your brain is able to remember the info even better!

4. don’t always study in comfy/pj clothes. if you study a lot after school or classes, then it’s ok. but if all you plan on doing is studying for that day, for part of the day get dressed up! put on some business casual wear, that’s cute yet functional and do your hair, etc. this will put you in a “get shit done” mode.

5. after studying a unit/chapter, record yourself explaining it, as if to a person whose never heard of it. this helps SO MUCH. one, explaining/teaching helps you learn so much better, and two, you have a little video to review just before the test!!

6. study on the floor. if you have a carpeted area in your home, spread out all study materials, a white board, etc and study! it helps so much because you are comfertable and everything is within reach. do this if you need a break from desk studying.

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Rock House in Alberta 

This 800 sq. ft. one-bedroom cabin by Cutler Anderson Architects was nestled between two massive lichen-covered rocks in the rugged landscape of Alberta, Canada. Rock House is located at Carraig Ridge, “A hub of contemporary architecture, set in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in southern Alberta.”

The approach is from the rear of the house through a wooden door, cut into a concrete wall. As one enters the cabin, a dramatic view of the rolling Canadian prairie, below, is revealed through floor-to-ceiling windows of thick insulated glass. The roof is supported by a central steel I-beam which rests on slender steel columns. Because this cabin is about its relationship to the land, each facade has glazing and is carefully cut into the rock. The material palette is board-formed concrete, Douglas Fir and steel.

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Urban Legends

We ended up getting hundreds of submissions after we asked you guys to submit stories from your countries/cities/towns etc. We decided that it would be a lot easier to make a post with multiple urban legends that have been submitted. Here are 5 that we found to be interesting. We will continue posting more as they come in.

We have tagged those who have submitted these stories to us (unless they asked to be kept anonymous) 

Here we go:

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anonymous asked:

Hello! I love all of your cosplays, but my favorite so far is the Reigen mask. I was wondering what materials you used to make the mask and how much time it took? Thanks!

Materials: Black Foam Board, Rope, Glue (Gorilla, Wood, or Hot Glue works fine), Glue Stick, 11x17 print out

Tools: X-acto Knife, Scissors, Pencil

Time it takes: Couple hours; most time is spent on working on the vector and waiting for the glue to dry

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favorite underappreciated book series aesthetics [3/ ] 

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

The son of a Texas sharecropper and was part Yaqui Native American and part Mexican, young Benavidez grew up an orphan, poor, and dropped out of school in the 7th grade. He was labeled a ‘dumb Mexican’ through his early years.

He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1952 and 3 years later moved to the Regular Army. He married, joined the 82nd Airborne Division and was jump qualified. He later went into Special Forces training and was accepted into the 5th Special Forces Group and Studies and Observation Group SOG.

In '65 he was sent to South Vietnam serving as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army and stepped on a land mine during a patrol and medical evacuated to the States. The doctors there determined that he would never walk again, but Benavidez showed them by conducting his own physical therapy at night to regain his ability to walk by crawling on his elbows and chin to a wall beside his bed, he would prop himself up against the wall and try to lift himself without physical assistance, but was cheered on by his fellow patients. It took a year of painful exercise, but in July '66 Benavidez walked out of the hospital, yes-walked, with his wife beside him and requested to be sent back to Vietnam.

It was granted in January '68.

On 2 May of that year, a 12-man Special Forces patrol comprised of 9 loyal Montagnards and 3 American leaders were engaged and quickly surrounded by an estimated 1,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers. Hearing their frantic calls on the radio for help Benavidez ran for the helicopter and climbed on board armed only with a knife.

The landing zone was hot, but he’ realized that all the patrol members were either dead or wounded and unable to make it to the helicopter and ordered his helicopter to a nearby opening and jumped into it with a medical bag to take care of the wounded. So began a six-hour firefight. In his run to make it to the casualties Benavidez was wounded in the leg, face and head by enemy fire, but he doggedly continued, found the team members and rallied them to keep fighting to hold the enemy at bay to allow a medevac to occur.

He took smoke grenades and hurled them at the enemy in the tree line to direct close air support. When a helicopter came in, Benavidez picked up and carried off 6 of the patrol one by one to the helicopter. When they were on board he took a rifle and ran with the helicopter as it flew along towards where the other members were giving protecting fire from the NVA. When the patrol leader was killed, Benavidez managed to reach his body and recover classified materials, but was wounded again by enemy fire in the abdomen and shrapnel in his back. At that moment, the helicopter that was about to save them all was hit, the pilot killed, and it crashed into the LZ.

Benavidez ran back to the wreckage and pulled the dead and wounded and the others from it and set up a perimeter giving them hope with encouraging words and distributing ammo and water. The enemy fire was intense with automatic weapons and grenades coming from all sides. Using a radio, Benavidez began calling in close air support with gunship runs to allow another rescue attempt. He was hit again by a bullet through his thigh while dressing a wounded man.

A second helicopter came in to take them and the sergeant began taking them onboard, after taking one man and was carrying another, an NVA popped out and clubbed the sergeant in the head. Benavidez grappled with the enemy soldier and stabbed him in the head with his knife with enough force that it became stuck in the soldier’s head and couldn’t be removed.

When the last of the wounded were on board the sergeant saw two NVA rushing the helicopter, but the door gunners couldn’t engage them. Taking a rifle he gunned them both down. He made one last run around to gather and destroy the last of the classified material before boarding the helicopter. It was here when his adrenaline stopped and the serious nature of his wounds became known.

He received 37 puncture wounds, his intestines were out of his body, blinded by blood, a broken jaw, and shrapnel in his back he was thought to be dead with the helicopter touched down at base. He was pronounced dead by a doctor when he couldn’t feel a heartbeat, but the sergeant showed him by spitting in the doctor’s face. He recovered from his many injuries, but he wasn’t awarded the Medal of Honor. Instead, he was given the Distinguished Service Cross.

His friends clambered for this to be addressed, but Congress declared that too much time had passed and they needed eye witnesses to his actions. In 1980, Benavidez’s radioman, Brian O'Conner, provided a 10 page testimony about the firefight and was severely wounded in the same fight and thought to have died from his wounds, but he was alive and saw the news report on the news while vacationing in Australia. With his testimony the Review Board upgraded the Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor. On 24 February 1981 President Ronald Reagan bestowed the Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez to go with his other medals including;

5 Purple Hearts
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal with one silver and one bronze service loop
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Combat Infantry Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Army Special Forces Tab.

Not bad for a 'Dumb Mexican’.

Cheap (kinda) Mascot Head (thing idk)

Time for another missing pictures build \o/ so uhhh… I had another prop I made, (specifically a lantern) that I have basically zero pictures of building, but! I took quite a few pictures of this:

my Tonberry head. Total approximate cost: $15 give or take $3-5 of materials I already had on hand. Disclaimer: the total cost is low because I have a tiny head.

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anonymous asked:

I hope this isn't too specific: You're a transfer honors student, avg family but brilliant, came in during the year. You're in Kyoya's class, and he is shocked when you beat him in class (esp. math) You have a similar 'cold' reputation, so you form a rivalry (we all know what comes of rivalries) His father learns he's losing to a commoner & threatens him if he doesn't get a better score than you. You make a really basic mistake & he knows it was on purpose & confronts you & feelings surface etc.

ohhh no bby don’t worry about specifics, they help me do better to give you what you want! thanks for the prompt cutie ♥

When you get your most recent math test, and you see that you’ve received a more than perfect score, you’re elated. You’d found a mistake and corrected it, leading to the professor to give you bonus points on top of your already flawless work. But of course, in order to maintain your spot as an honors scholarship student, you didn’t have a choice to be anything but.

You smirk when you see that you’ve beaten Ootori - again, you think to yourself - knowing that he’ll be beside himself when he sees (even if he doesn’t show it). 

Your rivalry is made up of short, cool, seemingly unaffected remarks back and forth - Kyoya understands the position you’re in, of course, although it irritates him that his top spot has been taken.

It irritates his father even more, even though you’re unaware of this. You’ve heard whispers, of course, of the situation Kyoya faces as the third son - something you’ve never had to think about, what with coming from a middle class family. 

Things come to a head when Kyoya comes into class one day with what looks like a swollen red mark on his cheek. No one asks, and no one says anything to Kyoya himself but there are groups of people whispering throughout the room.

When you look up and see him, and the welt-like mark on his face, you’re immediately concerned but he just sits down in his seat, choosing to ignore you instead of his usual icy stare. 

You’ve been told that you can be cool but the welt marring Kyoya’s admittedly handsome face causes your concern to overwhelm you, and you lean over and tap on his shoulder to get his attention.

He merely glances over at you, eyebrow quirked like a question mark, saying nothing.

“Not that I care, of course,” You say, always trying to appear even and unperturbed, “But are you okay, Ootori?”

“It’s nothing, really. My father’s just upset that I’m letting a commoner beat me in my studies, is all. While it certainly irritates me as well, not having the top spot, I understand the position you’re in and it can’t be helped.”

You can’t help the sharp intake of breath - you’re incredibly shocked that his father was that serious about such matters. The rest of the day continues as usual, but you can’t help but not put your usual amount of cool aloofness into your glares at Kyoya. 

It’s just sympathy, you tell yourself. You just feel bad for him. Nothing more. You do your best to ignore the aching in your chest and the way you can’t help but continue to look over at him, to watch the way his eyes rush over the material on the board and the way his hands move as he takes notes.

A month later, when you get your most recent tests back, you can’t help but smile when you see that Kyoya’s reclaimed his spot at the top. You’re second, of course - you only made maybe one basic mistake, forgot a negative, to assure you wouldn’t arouse too much suspicion. Besides, you only had to receive top marks on finals to stay in the scholarship program. Things would work out by then.

But when you’re on your way to the refectory for lunch, you’re suddenly pulled into an empty classroom and you hear the door slam behind you. You look up to see who’s kidnapped you, in a manner of speaking, you’re admittedly shocked to see Kyoya of all people.

“Ootori? What are you doing, I was going to go eat my lunch!”

“I know what you did.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Dammit!” He cries, slamming his hand down on a nearby desk. “Don’t lie to me, you’ve never scored any less than perfect on any test you’ve taken while you were here. You never do anything but study, there’s no possible way you didn’t throw that test so I could come out on top.”

“I mean, I wouldn’t say I threw the test, I just forgot a negative. I could never tarnish my own reputation like that, please. I just…that day when you came in, and your father had hit you because I was doing better - I don’t know, Kyoya, what do you want me to say?”

He surprises you by taking your face in his hands and crushing his lips down onto yours - at first you’re too shocked to respond, but after a moment or two you relax into it, enjoying the way his lips feel on yours.

When he pulls away, both of you a little breathless, he says, “You called me Kyoya.” Then, “Thank you.”

You’re surprised, yet again, and ask, “For what?”

“For caring.” Straightening his tie - you may or may not have pulled on it to deepen the kiss - he smirks and says, “I’d like to make a proposition.”

“Yes?”

“We could very easily tie for top of the class.”

“Oh really? Will that keep your father off your back?”

“He’ll never really be off my back, I’m used to it by now, I assure you.”

“That must be awful, I’m so sorry.”

He shrugs, before opening the door back up and gesturing for you to leave first. “Why don’t you let me tell you about it over dinner?”

You laugh. “Thanks, Ootori, but I have to study.”

“We can get takeout.”

“Okay, you’ve got a deal, Ootori.”

“Call me Kyoya.”

studydroplet  asked:

for people taking ap gov/apush this year i would 100% recommend watching adam norris on youtube! he has videos for literally everything that will be on the ap test because he bases his videos off of the college board's material outline. to study for my ap tests all i did was watch his videos and take notes on the info he talked about it. i studied a lot but because of his videos i was able to get a 5 on both my apush and ap gov tests!

oh hey thanks so much for the info!!!

horizonvibes-deactivated2015122  asked:

Can you make a little masterpost on what to bring to csssa? (And like how many bags you'll need to bring to carry all the stuff) (and if you need like extra storage)

This is from the list of “What to Bring” made by last year’s CSSSA students (Again, not mine but hope it helps!)

All:

  • Student Handbook
  • Electronics, Accessories, and Chargers (Cameras, Laptops, Phone, iPods/MP3s, Kindles/E-readers, iPads/Tablets; Ethernet Cable, Headphones, Speakers, Outlet, Memory Cards, USB Drives, etc.)
  • Lanyard With A Clear ID Card Holder (So you don’t lose your ID!)
  • A Fan or Air Purifier (IT GETS HOT — Recommended)
  • Lamp/Reading Light (No Halogen Lamps)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shower Curtain
  • Flashlight (No Candles)
  • Small Trashcan (Liners will be provided)
  • Medicine: Allergy Medicine (Including Epi-Pens), Asthma Inhalers,  Headaches, Stomach Aches, CRAMP MEDICINE FOR DA LADIES, Prescribed (DO NOT SHARE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION KIDS)
  • Things For Your Bed: Pillow, Pillow Covers, Blankets or Sleeping Bag, Set of Regular Twin Bed Sheets, Comforter, Memory Foam/Mattress Topper 
  • Cleaning Stuff: Hamper, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Fabric Softener
  • Shower Necessities/Morning Routine: Shower Caddy, Towels (Pool, Shower, Hand Towel, and Wash Cloth), Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Shower Gel, Face Wash, Razors, Shaving Cream, After Shave, Deodorant (PLEASE), Hand Soap, Hair Products (Brush, Comb, Teaser, Hair Dryer, Curler, Straightener, Gel Mousse, Hair Spray, Hair Ties, Bobby Pins, Clips, Headbands, Safety Pins), Lotion, Creams, Sun Screen, Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Floss, Q-Tips, Tooth Picks, Retainers, Contact Solution, Contacts, Eye Drops, Glasses/Sunglasses, Make-Up, Make-Up Remover/Baby Wipes, Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Tissues, Coat Hangers
  • Clothes: Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Sweat Pants, Yoga Pants, Leggings, Tights,  Belts, Jeans, Shirts, Jackets, Cardigans, Sweaters, Sweat Shirts, Dresses, Socks, The Necessities/Under Garments, Pajama Clothes (Tops and Bottoms), Swim Suits/Trunks, Jewelry, WatchPossibly Fancy Clothes (Suit, Button Up, Tie, Bow Tie, Dress, Nice Skirt and Top), BRING SOME OF YOUR MOST FUN CLOTHES! You will have the least judgmental audience in the world! 
  • Shoes: Sneakers, Walking/Running Shoes, Flats, Flip-Flops (For Pool and Shower), Sandals, House Slippers, Possibly Heels or Dress Shoes
  • School Related: Pens, Pencils, Binder, Notebook, Sharpener, Backpack, Gym Bag, Highlighters, Scissors (Basically bring anything you think you might need for classes); If you have summer homework (Books, Textbooks, Writing Paper, Worksheets, Calculators, Flash Cards, etc.)
  • Free Time: Books, Board Games, Cards, Random Costume Items, DVDs, Pretty Much Anything Else You Want To Bring,  Spending Money, Tea
  • PERSONAL TVs, REFRIGERATORS, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, BICYCLES, SKATES, CLEANING SUPPLIES, AEROSOLS, DEODORIZERS, CANDLES, LIGHTERS, MATCHES, OR ANYTHING THAT PRODUCES AN OPEN FLAME TO THE CSSSA/CalArts CAMPUS—THEY ARE PROHIBITED!

Animation:

  • USB memory drive
  • (optional) funny clothing or wigs for an assignment
  • backpack or bag to accommodate 9” x 12” sketch pad and miscellaneous art materials
  • a masonite drawing board large enough to accomodate 18” x 24” sheet of paper
  • an object, book, picture or song that inspires you to share with your fellow students on the first day
  • art supplies will be provided but it’ll be good to bring special things you like using

Creative Writing:

  • Extra lead for pencils
  • Binder with paper and/or notebooks
  • Pens or colored pencils

Dance:

  • Proper Footwear
  • Notebook to write down the words of wisdom you learn each day
  • Tissue box when you just feel like you have to cry out of physical and mental exhaustion
  • Reusable water bottles (then you can fill it with ice from the cafeteria) :)

Theater:

  • Empty Notebook To Use As A Journal
  • Loose Clothes You Can Move In
  • A Hat With A Stiff Brim (Like a Bowler Hat)
  • For Musical Theatre Elective -> Sheet Music for Two Songs
  • Character Shoes 
  • Dance Shoes

Visual Arts:

  • sketchbook (although they apparently give you one anyway)
  • drawing board (optional?)
  • anything not found in a traditional art studio that you plan on using in a piece
  • beret (super important)
  • If you are in sculpture/ceramics, bring an apron and CLOSED TOED SHOES!
Skyward Sword Shield Tutorial

So I made my shield for my Skyward Sword cosplay this weekend! I’m very happy with it and I wanted to show you the process!

What we’re making:

Reference pics are very important, make sure to find lots of them!

Materials

-Poster board
-Puzzle piece foam (Five Below, $3)
-Craft foam, different thicknesses
-Plastidip
-Acrylic paint
-something shaped like half spheres
-x-acto knife/box cutter

Step 1: Template

I always start with a paper template, no mayter what I make. I grabbed my poster board, folded it in half and drew half of my shield shape. It took me a few tries to get the size/shape right…but don’t give up! Eventually you’ll get something you like!

Step 2: The Base

Once I was happy with my template, I traced it on my piece of foam!

Step 3: The Frame

Using a second piece of the same foam and my template, I drew the shape of the frame and cut it out.

Then I glued the frame to the base and covered it in plastidip.

Once it was dry, I sprayed the whole thing in blue spray paint.

At this point, I wanted to add a curve to it before I got too far, so I used my heat gun to give it a little bit of a curve.

Next I covered the blue part and sprayed the frame with silver

Step 4: The Pretty Things

For the Triforce and the rest of the details I used craft foam in different thicknesses, painted with acrylic paints.

For the Hylian crest, I found an image on goggle and brought it into illustrator to resize it to my liking, then printed it.

Next I cut it out with an x-Acto knife to make a stencil.

Then all I had to do was fill it in with red paint and voila!

For the half-spheres I found these glasses with creepy eyes…they had the perfect shape spheres though so I sprayed them with plastidip and silver paint.

Step 5: The Back

For the back, I had 2 layers, first was thin craft foam to cover the rough look of the back, second was thicker foam cut using my template in a window-like manner

The strap is a piece of craft foam painted with brown acrylic and the handle is made with the puzzle piece foam

The Result

BONUS:

And there you have it! Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Board Stuff

Hello! This will likely be my first and last blog post, but I’ve had many people ask for board prep advice, and I figured this was the most efficient way to get it out to everyone at once! I had a ton of advice along the way, so am happy to give back in any way that I can.

I will start out by telling you guys that my MCAT was well below average. I spent so much time looking up correlations between MCAT and board scores, and was convinced that I couldn’t do well on boards. This caused me a ton of anxiety, and despite what my NBME assessments, class grades, and Qbank averages told me, I doubted myself until the day I received my scores back.

My scores
USMLE: 257
COMLEX: 826

What I did

My goal going in to med school was to give 110% every single day, so that no matter what happened, I could not regret anything because I knew I had done everything I could. I maintained this mentality the entire way through, and it landed me where I am right now.

This being said, I never had a “goal score” for my boards. My goal was to max out my potential.

For the entirety of my first and second year, I put in on average 11-12 hours of work on weekdays, and 14-16 hours each day of the weekend. Obviously there were days I did less, but this was the exception and not the norm.

The absolute best advice I can give in regards to boards is to focus on class work and build a solid foundation. This is UNDERRATED. I knew many people who spread themselves thin with “board” resources, and wasted their time studying those rather than focusing on their class work. This is a huge mistake. The class work IS the “board material”. There is no point in venturing outside of your class work until you have that down solid.

1st year – 100% focused on classes. No board materials used.

Summer between first and second: DO NOTHING…except….Sketchy Micro. I watched this one time through during the summer, and the advantage it gave me is indescribable. During the fall, I would watch the videos again as we talked about them in class. Overall I went through the entire thing about 3 times. Not only was my micro class an absolute breeze, but after the fall semester, I hardly ever looked at micro again. These videos were so solid, that come board time I still remembered every detail, so there was no need to continue to study micro. I maxed out the micro score on both COMLEX and USMLE, and it was due primarily to this program. (We did also have an excellent micro class at school, so I don’t want to undercut that either).

2nd year

Fall semester:
This semester I was still about 95% focused on classes and 5% focused on boards. I started Kaplan Q bank, as well as USMLErx. I ONLY did these along with class work (ex: if we were learning cardio path, I only did cardio path questions). This not only helped me get used to board style questions, but also hammered in the class material.  

I also did dabble around in COMBANK a little bit. I think I finished a little over half of it.

Spring Semester
My primary focus was still class work. I bought Uworld in February or so, but still only did questions that corresponded with my class work. However, if we were learning GI path, instead of JUST doing GI path questions, I did ALL GI questions. This re-exposed me to anatomy, Biochem, histo, and other topics from first year.

I also began to diligently watch Pathoma. If we were learning GI path, I would learn the class material well, and then watch the Pathoma videos to hammer in the info. This was crucial.

I had all of Pathoma and Uworld done x1 before I got to my dedicated time.

Towards the END of my spring semester, I started messing around with First Aid. I had not really opened it before this time. If we were learning about cardio, I would make time to review cardiac anatomy and phys (we are not systems based). Again, this not only helped for boards, but also for classes.

Spring break
Biochem was my weakest subject- I think I had literally forgotten all of it. Over spring break, I watched the entire Kaplan Biochem series (schedule below). I made very detailed, yet simple notes, and from then on only worked from those. The number of pathways I had to learn after watching was daunting, to say the least. I came up with the idea of “pathway time” (dumb, but it worked well for me). For 15 minutes a day, I would stop what I was doing and draw out a biochem pathway. I would re-draw that same pathway for several days until I knew it cold, then would move to the next. I had all of the pathways down in about 4-5 weeks, and had turned my worst subject into one of my best. By working on this during the school year, I was completely done with Biochem before dedicated even started.  Breaking Biochem down in to short quick segments made it less stressful for me, and made it easy to attack.

Dedicated
Here is my dedicated schedule. I will stress the importance of regularly scheduled assessments. From what I’ve read, a lot of people are scared of taking assessments, so they just continue to study blindly, take an assessment a month or two later, do poorly, and then feel like they wasted those one or two months with ineffective studying. For this reason, I chose to space my assessment exams about 1 week apart. This way I could track my progress, and quickly make adjustments to my study methods if needed. This also allowed me to identify any weak points and quickly address them.

Uworld Stuff
During dedicated I finished Uworld for a second time. Many people advise saving Uworld until dedicated. I went back and forth trying to decide when to start it, and ultimately chose to begin early (thanks to the help of a super smart radiology resident I know ;) ). This was hands down one of the best decisions I made in regards to my board prep. Yes, Uworld is unequivocally the best resource there is for Step 1; so why the heck wait until dedicated to start?! Doing this qbank twice allowed me to get the most out of it. There were SO MANY things I picked up on the second time around that I would have otherwise missed. Start this in your spring semester, and do it in tutor mode, along with class work. Your second pass during dedicated should be random timed. Uworld for me was NOT about tracking scores; it was about learning from the questions and explanations.

I also kept a Uworld Journal (I read about this on someone else’s blog, so thank you for the idea!).  A Uworld journal is a word document that I used to keep track of questions I got wrong. I would read the explanation, and then pick the ONE FACT that I needed to know to answer the question right. I would type up the one fact in question form, and then answer it below. (Ex: What type of collagen is found in bone – Type 1).  I’m a wordy person (as you can probably tell), so this ‘one fact’ thing was awesome for me because it kept things short. The goal was to review this journal frequently, which I actually did not do very well, but the night before my USMLE I read through the entire thing and can say for sure I got several questions on my test that came from this journal. Uworld is huge, and keeping this journal was the only way for me to remember everything I had missed.

Between Uworld, USMLErx, Kaplan, COMBANK, and my assessments, I did somewhere between 12-13k questions. This was the most important thing I did. They can only ask questions so many ways. By exposing myself to this number of questions, there was not much that I hadn’t seen. A huge chunk of my questions were done during second year, but as stated above, I always did them in a way that would correspond with what we were learning in class at that time. I think I good goal to set is at least 10k questions.

Pathoma
I finished Pathoma for a second time during dedicated. I had a strong path background, so 2x was enough for me. If you are still hazy on any of the path, I would highly recommend watching Pathoma as many time as you need to until you have it down cold.

First Aid
Went through first aid twice. Not much else to say about this!

Between my USMLE and COMLEX
I took the USMLE 5 days before COMLEX. The idea was to study for the USMLE alone, and then in the 5 days between read the green book and do COMBANK OMT questions. This did not happen haha. I was brain dead after my USMLE. I think I read about half of the green book and worked maybe 200-300 COMBANK questions or so. I am not some OMT wizard or anything, so its safe to say the OMT on my COMLEX was easy (fortunately). Know your VSR’s and Chapman points cold. VSR’s were probably 80% of my OMT questions. I used a youtube video to learn them (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-r_QriTMSc


Assessments I Took 

- NBME assessments - forms 15, 17, 13, 18

- UWSA - 1, 2 

- Free 120 

- COMSAE form E 

- COMBANK assments 1 and 2

- Kaplan full length 

Thoughts on these - take as many as you can, especially the NBME assessments. My overall score on the USMLE was the exact average of my NBME assessments. They do a good job of letting you know where you stand and what you need to brush up on. Take one at the very start of your dedicated time period to get a baseline score. This will let you know where you stand and show you how much work you need to do to reach your goal. I think getting a baseline is super important. 

All of the COMLEX assessments (except COMSAE) were taken during the spring semester of school. These were all required by the school. 


Overall, the material I used in dedicated was no different than what everyone else uses. The work I did in my first two years is what laid the foundation for me to score well.

My MCAT is evidence that anyone can do this. Just takes a lot of work! Happy to answer any questions that I can!


Board Schedule












I was NOT able to stick to these time blocks. However, I DID finish everything I was supposed to finish each day by the end of that day. The time blocks were just not realistic for me. I had several days after my UWSA2 to just hit weak areas. In retrospect, I took WAY too long to study. 4 weeks would have been ideal. 


My Biochem Schedule (spring break)


anonymous asked:

this new event confuses the hell out of me! o_O

Yup, there’s a fair bit of stuff to do.
Let’s see if I can simplify it:

To get Mantis:
-Defeat Streak 6 Collector
-45 concert tickets (board drops)
-12 Antennae (From Space Mantis, which requires you defeat streak 3 Collector)

To fight Collector:
-You need 2 Vortex/fight
-Vortex come from the Sector Battles

To do Sector Battles:
-You need 2 Rocket Fuel/battle
-Rocket Fuel comes from the board

To get Galactic Star Lord:
-You need 3 Stars in 8 Sector Battles
-1 Star for battle, 1 star for winning with over 50% health, and 1 star for over 80% health

Abelisk Battles:
-To battle, craft Cosmic Shields at Collector’s Ship (to the side of event area)
-Materials from board
-Send Star lord, get flares
-Send Nova, get Vortex Grenades
-Send Mantis, get Green Aliens

Fighter Upgrades:
-Come from Sector Battles

Does this help?

Cosplay Prop Tutorial - Gasai Yuno's Cellphone Prop

I’m back from hell week, and this will be a longggggg post-

Okay! So I can’t find a real helpful [sorry] tutorial of Gasai Yuno’s cellphone prop that will suit my likeness (either material-wise or budget-friendly ones) – so I decided to make my own w w

Materials:

  • 1/8 illustration board (yeah, it’s a perfect size)
  • Blue-green folder (the ones which are shiny and made of plastic,, not the ones that are made out of paper because they are not waterproof. The reason I chose this material because I am conscious about the sturdiness of the whole prop in general, so it won’t tear up or be damaged even when thrown; trust me, I have thrown my finished prop a lot of times on a wall, it didn’t break!)
  • A paper cutter (or scissors or blade or any cutting material, just be careful. I used all of them because I don’t want the illustration board cutouts to be all jagged and unparalleled. Well it’s just me, but it’s your choice.)
  • Glue gun (no regular glues! considering the fact that we will use/I used a plastic material for the outer layer, it will not glue together because it is plastic.)
  • Pen or fine-pointed whatever marker
  • Masking tape - for guidelines & holding the parts during the process
  • Small magnets (*optional) I used small magnets so that whenever I close the cellphone prop, it won’t pop open.

(Read from left to right)

On the first image, I printed a customized pattern (which I can barely find a good source around the net! QAQ) so I made one for this prop.

(note** if you want the accurate sizing, you have to print the pattern [many times!] to get your desired size. I printed mine and if I don’t want the exact size, I just re-size the pattern and print it again //sighs

After printing the pattern, I cut it out, and used it as a guide to the next step, cutting out rectangles from the illustration board. The rectangles had to be of the same size, because it will serve as the base or the body of the cellphone. (refer to ‘Outside Pattern - back’ for the size of the rectangles. It’s an accurate size.)

When you have finished cutting all the base from the illustration board, the next step is making the cover. I used a blue-green plastic folder because it is waterproof, ( but I do not recommend soaking the whole prop in water for too long! lol ) and that it is sturdy; plus it’s easier to cut unlike other materials. (refer to 'Inside Pattern-front for the cover pattern.)

Now you have all base and coverings!
*optional: I wanted the prop not to 'pop’ out when it is closed, so I inserted a magnet that will make it closed when the prop is not used. Since the plastic folder will somehow /bend/, it will be harder for it to be closed.

So I punched a hole and adjusted it for the magnet to fit in.

After that, you simply have to glue the parts together. (trust me, it wasn’t simple, because you are battling with hot glue and plastic.) Based from my experience, since hot glue is rubbery, and the folder is made out of plastic, it won’t glue together when it isn’t pressed hard. (Which I meant really using all your force to glue that stuff together n_n) But when in does, it will be hard to pull it apart together (yay for sturdiness!)

So be sure to glue it properly, or else you’re screwed.

(Those tapes with markings are my guide, as to where I should glue stuff together. You can also do the same to not be confused while in the process of making it.)

And lastly, for the tricky part. Since I want to do the cosplay prop based on the anime, I want to get that design. Since I made the flip-phone in separate parts, I have to make another part for them to be locked together. (pattern not available, it depends on the size of the space you are going to cut out.)

I didn’t have any nails or pins or strings to attach them together, because I customized the whole thing tightly, so either when I close or open it, it won’t be detached.

TADAAAAAAAAA- IT’S DONE!

The whole thing about the prop being 'packed’ and kind of heavy is for it to last long. xD You don’t want your prop to break during cons or photoshoots, right? LOL. Anyway, for confirmation, try throwing your phone (YES, THROW IT-) anywhere, wooden chairs or walls, it won’t break, because it is compact, and if you glue it tightly together, it’s a stronggg oneeeee w

Well- the keypad details and the screen thingy? It’s your choice on what to display or glue on it– I copied my screen from episode 22 of the anime so it’s on display right now!~~ w w As for the camera, it’s up to you too.

Well, enjoy your finished product!

I’m excited for my next cosplay too! <3

Hope this tutorial helped you~