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No to Low Stress College Study Strategy

I started using this study method my 2nd month of college, when I realized that it was better for study-life balance and my emotional wellbeing. It makes me feel productive and alert all day, and gives me plenty of free time to pursue hobbies, clubs, and personal interests. It sounds kind of hardcore at first, but it’s seriously wonderful if you give it a try! Here’s the game plan:

  • After the first few days of the semester, I sit down with all of the syllabi from all of my classes and write down every single assignment for the rest of the semester into my planner. Include exams, readings, lab report due dates, worksheets, essays, etc. Everything.
  • Every weekend, I set aside however much time I need to knock out every single assignment for the upcoming week that is possible to do in advance. I do my textbook readings, textbook practice problems, my humanities readings, short essays or write-ups to accompany those humanities readings, etc.
  • Even though I’m doing more work, I generally spend the same amount of time in the library as my friends who only do their work for Monday over the weekend. This is because if you don’t commit to doing a large number of assignments, you tend to spend a lot more time on minor assignments than is truly necessary - do I really need to spend 3 hours on this 1-page essay for my English class if it’s only graded on a 10 point scale? Couldn’t I finish this in 1 hour and then devote more time to the rest of the readings I need to do for that class this week?
  • I still have enough time to sleep in, have long lunch breaks, go the gym, go to parties in the evening, etc.
  • You can do this, no matter your workload. I am a pre-med science major taking 20 credits (max course load) a semester, with two labs, and I can get it done. My roommate is an English major with heavy novel reading assignments and she can get it done. (Disclaimer: this mostly applies to undergraduates.)
  • Research papers and midterm exam studying generally get their own day separate from homework assignments. I like writing essays in 1 or 2 sittings, but if you like to spread it out just break up the essay into manageable pieces and do it over multiple weekends, or do the pieces between classes (see next bullet point).
  • After blasting through most of my assignments over the weekend, during the week I generally only have to do busy-work that is assigned at the end of classes and continue studying for midterms that week. I easily finish these assignments in the breaks between classes during the day.
  • With this strategy, I always complete all of my homework well before dinnertime, and often have days when I don’t have any assignments to do. I use this free time for club meetings, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, marathoning Netflix, pursuing hobbies, working a job, whatever.
  • I also use this extra time to be able to study for exams much more effectively - when you don’t have busywork assignments floating in the back of your mind, it is much easier to focus. You will study more productively and effectively, and with much less stress. Exams are worth way more of your grade than the homework assignments you blast through each weekend, so it’s best to be able to focus exclusively on them Monday - Friday.
  • The best part about this strategy is that your workload is heavy on Sunday and sometimes Saturday, but you get to relax Monday - Friday. You basically have a 5 day weekend every week, assuming you enjoy going to class.

If anyone also uses this method, I’d love to hear from you or hear your variants/study suggestions! If anyone tries out this method for 1 or 2 weeks and finds that it works for them, I’d love to hear about it! If you try it and hate it with a fiery burning passion and loathe me for even suggesting it, I’d love to hear about it!

I believe in you!<3 No matter what study method you choose to use, just do your best and exceed your own expectations.

This is the mobile master list for the works written under Ivory, also known as gukvory – a writer of the Bangtan Sonyeondan fandom. I hope you discover some intrigue, pleasure or happiness through my stories!

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A Simple Negativity Purifier for the home!

This is a simple spell which is perfect for low energy and spoonie witches!

What you need:
1 glass
salt/sea salt
7 bay leaves
Onyx or Black obsidian (optional)

Simply put all of the ingredients into the glass whilst thinking of your intent and you are good to go!!

Place the glass in the centre of your home for full effects, if you feel your home is over saturated with negativity place several glasses around your home.

Don’t forget to cleanse and recharge the contents, you can do this under a full moon every month or you can use you own methods that work for you.

Blessed  be ~Quinn

So, I heard it was Mental Health Month, and the first week is for methods of self-care. I remember this one from an assembly our school once had, and it’s super helpful. When you’re feeling stressed or extremely anxious, or even if you have the feeling where you can’t breathe, take a deep 5 second inhale through your nose, and then exhale through your mouth for five seconds. Personally, it helps a lot.

anonymous asked:

How do you think harry would be if you were constantly horny during your period like just always all over him and wanting him practically 24/7? And it's not just about you getting off either, you just want to please him as well, constantly wanting to suck him off or anything to make him feel good too. Do you think he would be ok with period sex or find some other way to make sure you were satisfied during that time?

Period sex hmm….maybe in the shower, maybe that’d be the more preferred method. 

Harry knows by now that when this time of the month comes along you get a bit…erratic. He wants to help, really he does. He knows by now that during these rough days his cock is going to be in your mouth at least three times a day. And it’s not that he doesn’t love that or thank you for it each time. Or count his lucky stars that he’s got a girl who literally worships his cock. But he can’t say no to you during these few days. It’s not inconvenient per say when you just drop to your knees in front of him…but if he’s running late or on the phone but you really need to get him in your mouth he’ll still let you. Because he knows you’re aching for it. ‘You’ll hurt your jaw one of these days.’ He smirks letting your needy hands work his jeans. You find yourself riding his thigh multiple times a day too. You give him this look, it’s a sad desperate one really and he smiles understandingly. ‘C’mon Princess, get on my lap.’ And you do rush to climb onto him, to straddle his thigh like you’ve been needing to. And he helps you too, holding you to him with his big hands at your waist as you grind against him. Your arms are wrapped tightly around his neck and your whines and whimpers are all he hears. ‘There you go love, get what yeh need.’ And when he feels you start to shake and tremble against him and your breathing pattern breaks into gasps he’s just as needy for it. ‘Good girl,’ he praises as you let go. ‘Feel better now don’t yeh?’ And you nod against his chest. You were really needy for him and that feeling that makes you crazy has settled for now. 

Sword Fighting For Fic Writers: Chapter 1

It’s going to take me another day or two to finish the full guide, so I’m going to start posting these in chapters. I will continue to post one chapter a day, and also post the full guide as one monster post when it’s done. I may refer to future chapters in these, those will be turned into links as chapters become available.

You can follow the tag #Swords for Fics if you want to keep up without following me :) There will be around 12 chapters or more.

My background: Hey there! I’ve been training in the Italian method of sword fighting for about 7 or 8 months now. So I’d say I’m still quite the novice but I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to share some of that with you all! I’ve trained with two handed swords, one handed swords, sword and buckler, dual swords, dagger, spears, quaterstaff, and poleaxe. (Not rapiers though, sorry.) I also have a “writing” background in animation and illustration.

What’s this for?: As I discovered when trying to storyboard a fight a year ago, action scenes are a pain to write when you don’t know your options. There are a ton of great fics out there with great swashbuckling adventure, and you all do an amazing job at bringing out the most important part of any fight: how the characters feel about it. And while that’s often all you need for good story telling, this is for writers who want to spend more time playing in that action.

Terminology?: There’s a lot of terminology in sword fighting that the general audience won’t understand, or may not even share the same names depending on the school of sword fighting. I’ll be using some terminology as I learned it, but will mostly try to describe things in layman’s terms.

Though a rapier could be considered a one handed sword, it is used differently and I don’t have sufficient knowledge to go in depth for them. 

So let’s get started!

Available Chapters:
1: Dumb Ways to Die  2.May Your Blade Be True! 3.On Your Guard!
4. Making the Cut 5.Stick ‘em With the Pointy End 6.It’s Like a Dance
7.The Measure of a Man 8.A Crossing of Blades 9.Like Chess, but with Knives
An Interlude About Story Telling
10.You Can Barely Lift Your Sword 11.Buckle Some Swash 12.Dual Wielding
13.Everything is a Weapon 14.Got Your Sword!

Dumb Ways to Die
Beginner Mistakes

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Reylo Chatroom?

This may sound totally bizarre and maybe I just don’t know how to tumblr - but like, does anyone wish there was a Reylo chat room for verified Reylo tumblr fans?

I like chatting on here with individuals, but I also feel like it would be so awesome to just join a channel with nothing but Reylos chatting and making connections and squealing about metas and Episode 8 updates.

I wouldn’t even know where or how to begin hosting a chat channel, and it would obviously need a good method of gatekeeping (maybe a blog needs to have at least 1 month of Reylo content on their tumblr before they’re allowed to join, and must be over a certain age), but would this interest anyone? If enough people think it’s a good idea, I’ll look into options. Also, let me know if you see any real negatives here (I know we would need to be watchful of antis).

how about this, you stick some gum on an envelope and stick it to the inside-top of the blue mailbox. The gum slowly disappears over time (or whatever) and when it does, the letter gets dropped down into the pile where it can be collected with the rest. 

With this method you can take care of all the mail you have to send months in advance! 

A Ticket To The Sun, 1.

Part: One • Part: Two • Part: Three (Finale)

Genre | Dystopia AU.

Pairing | Min Yoongi / Reader.

Words | 14,859 words.

Conspectus | Overpopulation of the planet leads to the unethical method of culling thousands of people once every month through a customary enlistment ballot. In such a world where your future is determined by your name on a piece of paper, life becomes much easier when you choose to be desensitised of emotions such as love and affection. But such an ideal flips completely upside down when you punch a kid called Min Yoongi in the face.

Warnings | Pining. Many references to weapons in a metaphorical sense. Mild disassociation. Sexual content. Strong angst. Death.

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The One with Running

Prompt: She meets the league for the first time and Diana doesn’t like her. So her a Diana fight but it turns out she has powers. And she defeats Diana and Bruce saw the whole thing

Requested by: @adellyhatter-blog

“I don’t know why you keep doing this.”

You shrug, as Bruce dabs at your split lip, “I’m determined.”

Bruce just stares at you, “She’s an immortal, amazon princess with years of training.”

“And I’m a metahuman who can freeze stuff. Plus you refuse to train me.”

Bruce rolls his eyes, “I did not refuse to train you. You didn’t like my methods.”

“You had me meditating for a solid month! You didn’t even make me run!”

“You hate running!”

“I know that, but Diana makes me run.”

Bruce crosses his arms and stares at you, “You and Diana also fought the first time you met, and you sent icicle shards through three major computers.”

That had been something to see. You’d been rushed to the Watchtower by Clark after Bruce had been hurt. With the world being invaded and your husband in the League’s ICU, you’d been more than a bit on edge. That, along with some words said in anger had led to a verbal spat with Diana, which turned physical when ice had shot out of your hands. Bruce had caught the entire thing on tape, and you’d decided that training was a must. And who better than the woman that made your blood boil?

You shrug at your husband, “I didn’t know I was metahuman, and neither did you!” There’s a moment of silence before you say, “I need to learn to control it, Bruce, even if I’m not going to be fighting crime, and you… well, you’re a big softy.”

Bruce raises an eyebrow, “Most of Gotham would disagree.”

“Most of Gotham isn’t married to you.”

Bruce pulls you in for a hug, “I just want you to be safe.”

You kiss him, “This training is going to help with that.”

Mistakes and Erasers (Part  2) | Jeff Atkins

Summary: After a campus party you found yourself awake in another bedroom that isn’t yours. Naked.

Warning: Mature Language.

Note: The amount of feedback and love I have received from you, is incredible. I can’t believe you guys loved the first part so much. I didn’t want to upload this part so soon, but I couldn’t resist. I wanted to thank you for the lovely messages! ♥ You made this week much more bearable. 

gif is from the lovely knightlley

‘Why won’t you answer me, Clay?’ you muttered under your breath. Since you came back from your late-night adventure you tried to reach your best friend, but he wasn’t answering. Clay always knew what to do. He was the calm one. He was always the one with a plan. With a way out. While you were surrounded with chaos. And ‘idiot’ was engraved on your forehead. As if on cue, your phone started buzzing and Clay’s name appeared on your screen.

‘Why weren’t you responding?’ you muttered. Instead of Clay, you heard other people mumbling words you couldn’t quite understand and the aggravating sound of a coffee machine in the process of making coffee which made you realise Clay was in the middle of one of his tutoring sessions at Baristas, the most popular coffee shop on campus.

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Safe (Jon x Reader)

“Imagine being Ramsay’s prisoner in Winterfell and waiting to be rescued by Jon.”

Requested by @iknowyouwuvme: “Jon x Reader where he’s really protective of the reader and he finds out that she was raped by Ramsay and Jon kills him.”

Warnings: Spoliers from season 6 of Game of Thrones, implied rape, violence, murder, Ramsay being Ramsay.

You’d been the prisoner of the Bolton Bastard for what felt like forever. He was a cruel monster that never failed to surprise you with new torture methods, mental and physical. He’d raped you, beat you, and over the past month, even flayed you. Your only solace was when you allowed your thoughts to drift back to Jon. The only man you’d ever loved, the man you were taken from and brought here.

You stood in the room you’d been locked in, your eyes focused on the battle taking place outside Winterfell. You wrapped your arms around yourself as you watched. Dread filled you, Ramsay had promised to bring Jon back, alive, to Winterfell just so he could force you to watch him kill him in front of you or kill you in front of Jon. It would depend on his mood. You stepped away from the window when you watched the wildings and other men who fought with Jon being overwhelmed in the fields.

You knew that Ramsay didn’t fight fair, he would lead Jon into a trap. Your eyes went wide as you thought about the possibility of never having Jon hold you in his arms again. How did things become like this?

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Grounding Theory and Application

Recently I was asked by wrecklessheartofg0ld and devinaswitchyhaven to describe my personal method of grounding because I don’t use the ‘growing roots’ method that I see a lot of people using. The way I describe my method would be more along the lines of ‘equalising myself’ and ‘connecting to the web’.

The reason I describe my method of grounding in this way is because, for me, grounding is a lot like equalising the pressure when you go scuba diving.  And you do this by ‘connecting to the web’ and letting yourself ‘equalise the pressure’ you feel from spellcasting or energy work.

If my analogy doesn’t make sense at the moment I promise I’ll go into greater detail later but first I should probably explain what grounding is and why you should do it for the people who have never come across the term.

Alright. So the term Grounding actually comes from the process of electrical grounding in which an object is allowed to discharge (get rid of its excess charge). If an object is negatively charged, grounding lets excess electrons to flow from the object into the earth, and if an object is positively charged, electrons flow from the earth into the object.

Within the magical community, this process of electrical grounding has been applied to create the witchy equivalent (though really it’s almost the same process and it’s called the same name).

This is based on the theory that magic is a form of energy and when a witch casts spells or practices energy work, it’s likely that they’ll end up with either too much or not enough personal energy. For a witch this can be an extremely uncomfortable experience especially if you are close to either side of the spectrum (i.e. very little personal energy or way too much personal energy).

Unfortunately there are also physical symptoms which usually accompany being unequalised such as headaches, migraines, uncomfortable buzzing sensations under the skin, nausea, vomiting, pain, irritability, insomnia and exhaustion. The symptoms are typically worse the further out of alignment you are.

Grounding also helps people who practice astral travel, dreamwork, journeying, and hedge hopping with reconnecting with ‘reality’ and feeling like you’re ‘in the now’ and present in the world.

Overall, grounding serves two purposes:

  • It stabilises and equalises your personal energy
  • It reconnects you with the earth and it’s systems (what I like to call ‘the web’) and helps you focus on reality and being ‘in the now’

In a perfect world, witches would learn how to ground before attempting to perform any magic or energy work, but unfortunately I see a lot of witches jump straight into casting spells without thinking of what it can to them.  Grounding really is an essential skill for any witch who wants to keep practicing witchcraft without horrible side effects.

So while there are many grounding techniques available, this one is my personal method. If this method does not work for you I would recommend looking at the classic ‘growing roots’ method.  

Connecting to the Web

Everything has its own energy/frequency/vibration/magic. Whatever you want to call it – everything has it. To ground effectively you need to be able to connect to this mass of energy and equalise your own personal energy.

For me, I visualise all of this energy as an intricately interwoven web (like a spider’s web or the internet); a mass of connections each transmitting their own energy and connecting to the whole. This is why I call it connecting to the web. Because for me, it is a web.

I developed this method of grounding because I found that I didn’t always have the time to sit down on the ground outside and sometimes it’s not appropriate (for example: At work or in the middle of class. Really whenever you feel that you need to equalise the pressure of either too much energy or not enough).

1)      First you have to visualise your own energy. You can do this sitting down, standing up, listening to a lecture, watching tv, sitting at your computer – ANYWHERE. You can close your eyes if that helps you however if you close your eyes for a long time in a public place this will become quite noticeable. The more you practice the faster you will be.

2)      Then you need to visualise ‘the web’. You won’t see all of it. You should be able to see the energy of the world around you and how it connects to each other. You won’t see the whole web. Maybe if you were out in space you could, but down here on earth you can only see the bits around you.

3)      You’re already connected to the web. That’s the best part. As a living, breathing organism which has its own personal energy; you are already connected. You just needed to be able to see it so you can get yourself back into alignment again. You should see a little tendril of energy coming from you and connecting to the web. You need to reinforce that connection.

I’m not gonna lie; grounding is hundred times easier if you can stand barefoot on the ground or sit outside with your palms resting on the ground. However, like I said earlier, that’s not always an option.

4)      Now for the equalising process. Like with scuba diving, I found the best way to equalise the pressure from either too much energy or not enough is to breathe. I know this may sound ridiculously simple – but it works. Take deep breaths and as you breathe in, draw in energy from the web. As you breathe out, send out your own energy to mingle with the web.

5)      It may take a few repetitions but you should feel settled once you finish. That buzzing under your skin will be gone and you will feel lighter and refreshed.

And that’s my method. Now I know some people recommend grounding every month or every week but really you should ground every day. I know that may seem like way too much work, but it really isn’t. The more you ground the faster and better you’ll be at it, so if you do it every day it becomes second nature. The second you start to feel off or out of alignment – equalise.

I hope this helps!

- Marci

A Ticket To The Sun, 2.

♔ Part: One • Part: Two • Part: Three (Finale)

Genre | Dystopia AU.

Pairing | Min Yoongi / Reader.

Words | 17,529 words.

Conspectus | Overpopulation of the planet leads to the unethical method of culling thousands of people once every month through a customary enlistment ballot. In such a world where your future is determined by your name on a piece of paper, life becomes much easier when you choose to be desensitised of emotions such as love and affection. But such an ideal flips completely upside down when you punch a kid called Min Yoongi in the face.

Warnings | Pining. Many references to weapons in a metaphorical sense. Recreational drug and alcohol use. Strong angst. Death.

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a mobile compilation of minful’s bts fanfiction recommendations. the first half of the list consists of reader insert fics, whereas the second half consists of ship fics!

be sure to give these writers lots of support for their works and maybe let them know about the damage they’ve done to your heart.

note: [!] are personal favorites.

last updated: may 24, 2017.

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A Ticket To The Sun: Read Here

→ Min Yoongi & Reader | Dystopia AU

Overpopulation of the planet leads to the unethical method of culling thousands of people once every month through a customary enlistment ballot. In such a world where your future is determined by your name on a piece of paper, life becomes much easier when you choose to be desensitised of emotions such as love and affection.

But such an ideal flips completely upside down when you punch a kid called Min Yoongi in the face.

Wizards Product Pipeline

We’ve had a bit of drama in the last year at least regarding characters not showing up on cards when they had flavor text and stories about them, or Wizards not anticipating the player desire for a UR artificer legend and Kaladesh being the perfect, now missed, opportunity to make it happen.

In response, Mark Rosewater has answered a lot of asks explaining what the process for a set/product going to print actually is and just how difficult it is to answer this stuff. Basically once we see that Kaladesh is coming out or see a character in story and flavor text, the thing is out of R&D’s hands. Here’s what we know:

  • Design starts about two years prior to release for a large set (source)
  • A set is finalized six to nine months prior to release (source)(source)(source)
  • We learn about supplemental products roughly six to nine months before the release–under the old method of telling us about products prior to announcement day at least (source)
  • The finalization for set names varies greatly (source)
  • Flavor text occurs after design is finished–characters created in flavor text can’t become a card in that set (source)
  • Design hands a set off to development 16 months before release (source)

If anybody wants to send in links to additional sources on any of this info or if you can think of other timeline stuff we know about regarding the release of a set, send links to me and I’ll update this post.

The basic problem we’re running into is that Wizards needs to know about what we want at least a year beforehand and that would mean they essentially got lucky and could squeeze that desire into a product at the tail end of development somehow. But we don’t know what they have planned in even vague terms until about 6 to 9 months out, way too late for anything to be done.

And even then, the year out timeline is if things just happened to align perfectly–it’s still terribly unlikely anything could be done.


hey everyone! I’m robin and I’m a new studyblr!
I’m 16 so I’m about to start taking my gcses (my first three exams are in two days time, wish me luck!). I hope that having a studyblr will help to motivate me to work harder and avoid procrastination.

If you have any tips and ideas for great blogs to follow or study methods/apps please let me know!!

month planners from @emmastudies, screen saver is called “fliqlo”!