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But, Why?

I’m getting more into understand why things are the way they are, instead of plowing through to the getting on with the job. It’s a change for me, but I think it’s necessary for my healing process. Understanding and accepting is a step in getting on with the job that I’ve always been stubborn and ignored as not doing enough. Hahaha look where that got me.

Since my brain doesn’t seem to want to rock spreads right now, what we’ve got here is the Why technique. 

Shuffle like you mean it while concentrating on the issue you need more in depth insight on.

Asking why? on your issue, draw a card. Note down your answer. 

Then ask why? on the answer, then draw a card. Note down that answer.

Lather, rinse, repeat until you feel uncomfortable. This isn’t so much an intuition thing as it is an emotional awareness thing. I would feel this discomfort in my chest and my shoulders. Go until your spot starts to contract and feel yucky. That is the answer you have to spend time with. 

It’s time to journal your heart out, cry a bit, then drink a tall glass of water before passing out to the Gilmore Girls (the original series, wth was up with the reunion ending??)

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This video is the first official project by Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc. The message is extremely profound, yet very simple: we all have the choice to be happy. Reblog, share, show, and tell the world if you agree.

Here’s a few steps to get some perfect straight-As!

  1. Preview your classes: this might sound silly to some of you, but honestly it helps a lot. Try to force yourself to read through your textbook or notes that you know your teacher will be teaching the day before class, so that you can have a slight idea of what’s going to happen tomorrow. Try highlighting the texts, or, if you’re feeling in the mood, do some outlining! Trust me, you will be so much more confident in class and that will also help you to only jot down things that’s not in your textbook. Lazy people are in fact the ones who do the prep work because they want to save time in the future!
  2. Take class notes: Having previewed your class, you’ll realise class is in fact quite fun (shocker here). When your classmates are trying so hard to copy everything down from the powerpoints, you only have to write down things that aren’t included in your notes/textbooks. And, since you should have figured out the things you didn’t understand the night before, you can pay more attention on those parts during class, or even ask your teachers about it!
  3. Outline Notes: When you’re home after school (preferably) or during the weekend, try to combine your class notes and textbooks together and make your perfect outline notes. Do your outline notes after every class instead of waiting till your teacher finishes a chapter/section. It will help you to keep track of your classes!
  4. Study guides: After a chapter/section, it’s good to narrow it down to a nice and simple study guide. Try to omit information that’s already in your brain from your outline notes and reorganize it into a study guide. The whole process will help you to review the knowledge once again and at the same time give yourself some good source for studying for finals.
  5. Index cards: this should be the last step. I usualy prepare index cards when I’m studying for a test. Before the test, I will use my study guide to study, and write down key information (either some main points or parts that I can hardly remember) onto the index cards. The night before/ the morning before the test, the only thing I’m holding is my index cards. So while all your pals are holding their large pile of notes and cramming in the hallways, you can confidently walk with only some cards!

In that case, you’ve basically gone through the same knowledge five times (wow). Honestly though, it doesn’t take much time each and trust me, you’re going to benefit from it SO MUCH MORE! It’s only a matter of habit! Good luck!

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Hello! Since I’m getting a lot of messages about the way I take notes, I thought I’d make a post about it so that I can share it with all of you. (I’ll probably make a separate post on note-taking tips after.)

I do take class notes and revision notes. Apart from the fact that taking notes in class gives me a reason not to make frequent eye contact with my professor (because I always sit in front), I actually enjoy taking the time to write down information onto paper.

So to start things off in my note-taking process, I use the following materials:

Class notes: Econ 0.7 mm Faber-Castell mechanical pencil and Corona notebooks (lined or graphed)
Revision notes: BIC Black Super EZ Smooth Ink 0.7 mm, Dong-A Red Fine Tech 0.5 mm and occasionally, Staedtler fineliners and thick markers


CLASS NOTES
I used to be a neat freak when it comes to my lecture notes. I would arrange information in bullet form, switch pens every now and then, and die a little bit inside when my teacher moves on to the next slide and I haven’t copied the remaining text.

All that changed when I started to attend my art classes. My professors encouraged us to draw and minimize the use of words in our notes. I had a hard time at first (thinking about how to represent some terms through drawings for better memory retention took up so much of my time) but then I got the hang of it and I tried to apply it to my other classes as well.

Now that I’m in Psych, and statistics and tons of terms are involved, I once again modified the way I take down notes (so you see, note-taking methods may vary in each individual and in each field of study). This is my new system of note-taking:

  • Messy but understandable
  • My mechanical pencil is my new best friend
  • Arrows are the new bullets
  • Draw if you can
  • Feel the flow of the topic

Here’s a page from my Psychological Statistics notebook using this method:

I write the topic on the upper-left side of the paper, and start to branch out the details using arrows. It doesn’t matter where I go, as long as I don’t stop and think about the placement.


REVISION NOTES
With my schedule this semester, I no longer have the time to rewrite my lecture notes and make them neat and cute. So when I revise, my notes are transferred to index cards and they would usually look like this:

I write down how I understand a term, and how I can remember it. (I hope this addresses the question of an anon who asked, “How do you make your flashcards? Do they have questions in the front and answers at the back? Or do you just summarise your notes?)

Then, I separate the index cards according to topic using index dividers (which you can see in this post). If you’re from the same country as I am, the brand is Valiant, and I got a set of 25 dividers for Php. 24.75 at NBS.

So to end this lengthy post, I strongly suggest that you experiment with different note-taking methods or create one that you feel at ease with. If you feel like your current method is no longer effective, then maybe it’s time for a change.

Hope this helps even just a little bit!
xoxo, Ariadne