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How to Annotate Literature

Many times language and literature classes require students to annotate the books that are given to them, but in many cases tips and advice on how to do so is lacking. I will be sharing my personal strategy for efficient and successful annotating that will not only help your understanding of the text but also gain the love of your teachers!

The tips have been divided into 5 components, each with their own explanation.

Sticky Tabs are Your Best Friend

I don’t know how I would manage to annotate without my sticky tabs. They help me organize and navigate the book before the reading, remind me what to look for while i’m going through the text and help me find whatever I may need once I get to further analysis for the class. 

Create a key for your tabs, personally I use five colors each having a few specific purposes based on where I place them in the book. Most stickies are accompanied by a specific note that will remind me of what I wanted to point out, these stick out of the right margin. 

  • Pink- Anything to do with characters, be it development or certain traits to remember. It can also be used for when you have questions about character related aspects of the text.
  • Orange- Refers to setting, in plays it is also applicable for stage directions.
  • Yellow- Is used for literary devices and use of language (tone, diction, patterns) and syntax, if there is a particular word the author used or a structure you want to take note of, this is the color to use. 
  • Green- Applicable to any important plot events, notable scenes or things that you think will be significant later in the story.
  • Blue- Themes and context of said ideas, anything to do with time, place and space in which the text takes place. It can also relate to how your context (a student reading a book for a literature course) impacts your perception of the text.

These are the things teachers usually look out for and it is certainly useful in any kind of further task! 

The top and bottom margins can be used to divide the book in to sections, such as chapters or scenes, mark the most important pages and to also highlight text to text connections. These colors you can pick yourself!

I do not recommend having more than 5 sticky tabs per page, otherwise it gets too crowded and they lose their purpose! (but you will still need to buy aaa lloootttt)

This is my key for the book I am currently annotating, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. 

Don’t Overdo it With the Highlighter

Find one color highlighter that you like the most and use it to mark explicit words or phrases that catch your attention, you can also use them in correlation with you sticky tabs! 

I prefer to use a yellow highlighter because it seems to bleed the least, and I usually use it in relation to the the yellow and blue tabs because those are the ones that relate to the most detailed and minute parts of the text. Once again you can find your own preference! But don’t overdo it, otherwise, like the tabs, the highlighter will lose its function to highlight important points. 

This is an example of how much highlighting I usually do. For non-fictional texts or parts of a book (like in the introduction you see here) I reserved highlighter for dates and names. 

Have a Conversation With the Author

This is one of the first tips that my high school teacher gave me and it’s really one of the most important ones to remember. And I know, it may sound kinda silly, but I find that it really helps me in developing my ideas and remembering exactly how I felt about a certain aspect of part of the text. 

Whether the text is fiction of non fiction, anything in between, you can always do these few things

  • Ask questions- As if you were going to get an answer, ask questions, write them down and write down as many as you want. Writing things down helps people remember so then it is more likely that in a class discussion you will be able to recall your queries or wonders. 
  • If you don’t like something, or you’re surprised by something, write it down! Use exclamation marks, use words that you would use in a regular conversation. I always write ‘WOW!!’ or ‘OMG’ when i’m especially impressed, and having such vocal- well written vocally- emotions will bring you closer to the subject of the text. 
  • Talk to the characters as well, if you are questioning a character’s actions ask them and provide an explanation as to why you speculate they may have acted a certain way. Not only does that further contribute to your involvement (also making things more entertaining) but it also deepens your thought!

What i’m trying to say is write down anything that comes to mind, your first response is your true response, and it is a valuable addition to your notes! And if you want to write a whole essay in between the lines… Actually, i’ll come back to that later! 

Pens, not Pencils 

I used to make notes completely in pencil but my approach changed when I realized that overtime the pencil would rub off and get illegible. I think it was because I used my book so much, but having switched to pen I realized that it helps me in quite a few other things as well. 

The good thing about pen is that you can’t erase it and let’s say you started writing down a note, scan down the page and realize what you are taking a note of is completely wrong. That’s ok! That’s actually really good! Don’t scribble out what you just wrote down, but instead continue and explain why you may have thought a certain way and what your understanding is now. That relates really closely to the previous note. 

Evidently pen also appears darker on the page, then there’s no possibility of it ever disappearing. It also won’t smudge or bleed as long as it’s ballpoint! That’s a good thing when drawing arrows between lines, underlining in addition to your highlights and circling/boxing whatever you deem necessary.

Time, Effort and Commitment

It’s clear that this post took me a while to make, and it took me a while to develop this system with all of the things that I have considered. So it must be self evident that using this type of annotation won’t be quick. It might get tiring at some times, and for me it really does, but at the end I find that it always pays off! You have to stay committed to this technique, you have to put in the same amount of effort for every page, which means you need time. So here are a few final general tips I will leave you with.

  • Don’t procrastinate! As goes for any task, and this one more than any, don’t waste time getting to it! I advice you check how many pages you have in total and make sure that you do a certain amount per day (usually 5-10 pages a day is good!)
  • If you go off on massive tangents in the side bars, make sure that you don’t get too distracted by them because they will take up a lot of your time. But one now and then may be good! Be sure to mark it for later reference!
  • Play mind games with yourself. This one is actually pretty interesting but it personally gets me a long way. If you have 20 pages left, don’t look at it as 20 pages but instead as 4 times 5, then the amount will seem a lot more manageable! It’s a kind of self encouragement!
  • That can also be said by looking now and then at how far your bookmark has moved through the book and giving yourself a pat on the back for all of you hard work!

That’s all I have for now! If you have any further questions for advice or explanation please message me and I will be more than happy to help! And I hope that this helps some people out too! (I’m counting this as 21/100 days of productivity as all I did today was related to annotating.)

Kevin’s using William, William is using Kevin, Demetres is using Sindy, Ika is using Demetres, emily is using Dillon. Everyone’s using each other its strategy! Doesn’t make them bad people just means they’re playing the game!

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How to Help Someone Who Is Experiencing Dissociation

It’s hard to give advice that will help everyone, because people can experience dissociation in different ways and find different things helpful.

It can be hard especially if the dissociation is mild/persistent or subtle to identify when a person is dissociating, so maybe when the person you are trying to help when they are in a good place, ask them about triggers and early warning signs, as this may help you realise when they need help.

It’s good to talk to someone if you want to help them to find out what they prefer: do they feel uncomfortable if they’re touched while dissociating, or does it bring them back? Do they want space? Do they want to talk?


Sometimes playing simple, repetitive games that allow the person to engage with someone but that don’t require a great deal of focus. These can be app games like Jelly Splash, or mind games like the alphabet game where you list names going through every letter of the alphabet.

Strong physical sensation can bring someone back into their body: putting ice on their face, dancing, exercising or loud music. These things can ground people. In addition, if someone is worn down in any way, It is likely they will dissociate more. Sometimes taking a little time away from the situation to calm down is a good method.

When helping someone who dissociates try your best to be patient and understanding, but remember to look after yourself too.

Studying tips for ENFPs

Do’s

- Turn lessons into stories : you have a great imagination use it to make studying more entertaining. Making up stories will help you memorize you’re lessons easily and it will make the studying process less boring.

- Try to connect the new information to your existing knowledge : even if it was some weird connection only you get.

- Learn the general concepts first before learning the details.

- Write down notes : ENFPs daydream and space out a lot and the best solution to prevent this from happening while studying is writing down the piece of information you want to memorize. ( saying it out loud helps too )

- Go over what you studied once in a while to make sure you remember everything and if you forget something write it down over and over again till you memorize it as if it is the first time you’re studying it.

- Avoid the Internet while on break.

- Test yourself : to mentally prepare for the pressure of the exam.

- Eat snacks and keep a water bottle beside you.

dont’s

- Don’t study in groups : I know some people highly recommend studying in groups for enfps but honestly it doesn’t work you will get distracted either by helping your studying mates and forgetting about yourself or by observing them while studying.

- Don’t Highlight : Highlighting is a form of procrastination because you are saving taking notes for later.

- Don’t keep your cell phone close to you.

hey ppl with fps/dependants

if you use whatsapp you can star any nice messages your fp/dependant sends you by hold-pressing on the message and then starting it, and you can view it by clicking “Starred messages” on the menu!

I find this really useful for when they’re busy but I need reassurance that I’m loved.

also, they will not get notified if you star messages just in case you’re worried about that :)

Hello loves, 

after writing four term papers in the last few weeks, this masterpost idea came to my mind. Those are just my personal strategies for what to do if you can’t seem to form any coherent sentences - if any of you want to add something to this, please do! :) 

1. The Blank Page

Nothing is worse than a blank page to start with. Anything you write seems stupid, you delete it, and the blank page is there again.

Fill your paper with formalities. Write your name, your professor’s name, the course’s name, the page number, and the topic. If you already have an outline, write the headings and subheadings and number them, so all you have to do is fill the space in between. Start on the Works Cited list. That way, your word count isn’t zero anymore and the page looks less frightening.

2. The “This Sounds Stupid”

If you’ve spent the last 10 minutes rephrasing the same statement about a thousand times because it just doesn’t seem to sound good, it’s not helping.

Just write it down and italicise/bold/colour/underline it so you know that you need to come back to this during proofreading. In the first writing stage, it’s more important to get the content down that to make the words sound elaborate and nice.

3. The Language Block

Sometimes, I just feel like there cannot possibly be any more English words for me to use. You look at your last full stop and you just don’t know how to even write a sentence anymore, let alone one with good content that fits your argumentation.

Take a break. Honestly. Give yourself at least two hours to do something different so your brain can reset.

Personal Tip: This is not for everyone, I know, but I found that it really helps. When I get a language block, I switch to writing a creative piece. Fanfics are great for that, but you could also try haikus or a letter to your grandparents. You’ll know exactly what to write, you have a plan of action for the characters or an event you can recount, and the words will come to you. This is why I almost always post a oneshot when I have an essay to write. 

4. The Topic Decision

Don’t know where to start? A good place to go from are presentations you held in class or short essays you already wrote. Maybe you’ve discussed a poem or looked up a definition of something, or you’ve read a study in class. Use Google Scholar or your textbook to find related topics and research problems. Go to the library, find the section on one author or phenomenon, and just flip through a few books. Chances are that you’ll find a topic that interests you - narrow it down until it fits into your word limit, for example by choosing a specific passage to discuss, and you’re good to go and formulate a thesis statement. 

If all fails and you can’t seem to decide on a topic, please go and talk to your teacher or professor in advance. Like, as soon as possible. They’ll be able to give you a few suggestions, maybe even book recommendations or interesting links. It might be a good idea to send them your thesis statement and a tentative outline of your essay before you start writing it to be sure they approve.


I hope this will help some of you! Have a wonderful day :)

Love, Meike x

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5 Web Technologies You Cannot Ignore in 2014

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DEEP ANALYTICS - ITS NOT ABOUT THE WHAT BUT THE WHY AND HOW

A lot is being said about Big Data and a lot may sound irrelevant to most organizations. However, Big Data is not just about the volume of data, it is also about the depth and breadth of user behaviour it can provide insight to. Big Data, at its heart, is the process of driving business decisions on the basis of real-world user data collected in the digital world

We cannot assume that users are rational automatons that carefully follow pre-ordained paths through a site. Analytics need to go beyond visitor numbers and page views (what most analytics software focus on unfortunately). Instead, we have to think in terms of goals met, paths followed and the context that surrounds them.

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Sunday

It is above freezing. It is actually somewhere between three and eight degrees above freezing.

I think I have correctly built a Skype server, with no formal documentation, some frustrated tears, and a lot of swearing at Google searches (and the help of my LOML, bless 💕 ).

(If I haven’t built it, I don’t care anymore. Work is on Monday.)

It’s still quite bright out.

I’m going out to sit in the sunlight and get a caramel Frappuccino and finish a couple of books, and I am so glad I get to do this.

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9 Strategies for Navigating Internet Drama

I was thinking earlier about, after years of being around, how I now manage Major Internet Drama and wanted to share some of my personal strategies for navigating these situations.

To some extent, calling this ‘internet drama’ trivializes the severity of some of the things I’ve witnessed, been a participant of, or even been a target of. More accurately, much of this is abuse, harassment, bullying, or something quite serious. This isn’t a trivial issue. However, I’m going to try and discuss my strategies without reference to specific events and from the perspective of when everything starts.

Whatever the situation is (and regardless of your personal involvement), when these things begin, its usually very confusing. Or it is for me, at least. Details tend to be vague and sketchy at the beginning; since the story usually unfolds over a period of time (sometimes hours and sometimes days, weeks, etc). Add to this the fact that as everything comes to light, there will be conflicting accounts, contradictory stories, accusations, denials, etc and so on. Sprinkle the emotionally coercive environments and communities many of us participate in on top and you’ll also be dealing with peer pressure to 'pick a side’ or make some Public statement, bc silence is apparently the same as endorsing whoever is the popular 'bad guy’ of the situation.

Add on to it various mental/cognitive/etc disabilities and suddenly the situations are fraught with danger and can leave you reeling and panicking. At least this happens to me. For myself, I’ve mentioned before that I process information very slowly. Significantly slower than average. I also tend to be gullible, impressionable, and easily influenced overall. Combined… these two things have landed me in places I didn’t want to be and had me saying/doing things I didn’t feel good about.

This post is the principles I now use to make sure that when internet 'drama’ breaks out, I’m not triggered. I don’t have panic attacks. That my anxiety doesn’t get so bad that I can’t sleep at night. That I don’t end up making decisions or taking actions that I regret in hindsight.

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I’m really baffled at BigHit’s marketing strategy for BTS. They keep throwing merchandise at armys in such a small period of time, and then they expect them to keep buying it. But at some point armys will be out of money, and the profit will go down. They need to space it out more. 

The album is fine. They announced it well in advance. People can save up money for it. But the DVD’s that keep dropping out of nowhere?? And at least one every week? Why???

Also what is with the limited amount of DVD’s? They produce a few ton of them and sell them. But once they’re out of stock they’re out of stock permanently. They’re losing millions because they don’t replenish their old DVD’s and merch. There are new armys joining every day, and they want to buy the old stuff too. But they can’t. And it’s so much money BigHit and BTS are losing ><

lego-joker  asked:

Would you rather have Cassandra Cain: The Animated Series or a No Man's Land RPG/turn-based strategy game?

Personally I’d be happier with a video game because that’s a preference of mine, BUT if I had to choose I would want an animated series so that Cass would reach more people and be more accessible to younger generations for sure.