Resource: Holidays Around the World

Not everyone celebrates Christmas–though sometimes, walking through the streets of any American city, you might think they did. During December, the Christmas rush can easily become overwhelming, and the die hard Santa (and Jesus!) fans and believers have a tendency to overlook the rest of the world–and all other religions. I love Christmas a much as the next guy, but whether you’re writing a story about a non-christian (or simply anyone not celebrating Christmas) or an out-of-the-U.S. adventure, it may be important to know not only alternative winter holidays, but all holidays observed throughout the year. Here is a list I hope might help!

Keep in mind that guides like these can help even with simple tasks: what days would your character be working, for example, in Spain? Work holidays are different wherever you go, and with that change comes a different schedule and way of life for the character in question.

anonymous asked:

What are you using to type them with MBTI?


{//||– As long as I don’t get people coming into my
askbox to disagree/’argue’ about these types, I don’t
mind sharing. This chart has actually helped me in
writing for my muses to give them depth and help with
their reactions. 
Other people may not agree, which is completely fine.
This is what has helped me, personally, get a better
grasp on characters in general (not just DGM).


Hey! 
I’ve gathered a few resources for various subjects so I’d taught I’d share them in one masterpost! I’ll keep adding more resources as I gather more, so don’t worry if a subject you study is left out and feel free to add any resources you may find!

Algebra

Arabic

Art History

Biology

Chemistry

Chinese

Economics

English 

French

Geography

German

Hindi

History

Irish

Italian

Japanese

Korean

Latin

Law

Maths 

Philosophy

Physics

Psychology

Russian

Sociology

Spanish

Tagalog

having trouble writing?

update: the link should work now! im very sorry abt this haha h

I’m not sure what most you guys write with these days, if the majority of you are still chugging along with good ol’ Microsoft Word or whatever, but let me introduce you to this beauty:

Write! (look at this snazzy sleek website): 

This is my go to program. It’s light and doesn’t have a five minute start up like Word (or maybe my laptop’s just really clunky and old) and it has these features that make the entire story-building ordeal easier. 

Seriously, ever since I started using this I’ve been just spewing shit out.

It has both a free and a pro version. The free version is beautiful and efficient just on its own and is the one I’ve been using the longest, but if you want to have your work on all your devices, have a night theme for all-nighters or just have some stylish documents, the pro version is $5 per month. If you can, please support them!

The layout is simple and clutter free, nothing overwhelming. The navigation has an option to give you a visual look on what you’re scrolling through rather than the normal scroll bar, which has saved my eyes from squinting every five minutes.

Its got a standard formatting options but not so many that you feel overwhelmed. Simplicity matters! It also has a handy productivity counter which tracks word/character count, pages, reading time, etc.

There are three window options: compact, standard (size-adjustable) and full screen. I always use full screen but when I’m multitasking or want watch youtube videos, the window becomes smaller without cramping your work space since it doesn’t have a toolbar.

It’s pretty hard to find this program (at least it was for me haha) cause of its name. Since this is my favourite writing program so I’m going to spread the word and share it, since it deserves more recognition B^)

I think Staying Focused is one of the most difficult things about studying, especially when you need to study for a long time, for big exams, etc. Here’s some ways I’ve found helpful and seen other people use. 

Set a Goal 

This was one for the first techniques I used and it still helps me to this day. 
Setting a big or goal of what you want to achieve, long time or short time. 

  • Setting Bigger Goals
    Setting a big, long-term goal, like getting into college or achieving a really good result on something that you struggle with. For these kind of goals you need to plan out how exactly you’re going to achieve what you want.
    To do this, it’s best to set yourself smaller goals, which will lead up to you achieving the bigger goal. 
  • Setting Smaller Goals
    You need to make smaller goals easy to reach. These could be like going up a grade, getting a certain grade on an assignment,  spending a certain amount of time studying.You need to make sure these goals have a good mix of attainable and challenging. This way they’ll benefit you by keeping you motivated. 
  • Rewards. 
    Achieving big goals is usually a reward in but to keep you motivated you  may need rewards to do keep trying to yourself wanting to achieve your goals. Set yourself up some little goals along the way. Perhaps buying something, going to see a movie, watching tv, etc. There’s numerous amounts. 

Use an App

Apps are so helpful, here are some of my favourites:

  • Pomodoro
    This app is so amazing for helping to stay focused. It’s a timer with breaks after each time slot with a break after 4 Rounds. It also has a goal of what you want to achieve that day. 
    It helps because although you may b looking forward to getting a break, you’ll also be working. It also has a ticking noise which can aid you to keep focused or you can turn it off it annoys you. 
  • Focus Timer
    If you find yourself always picking up your phone, this app is perfect because it keeps you off your phone while timing your study. It also lets you keep a chart so you can track how much you study.  
  • 30/30
    This is app is a To-Do List and Timer all in one and is super useful to help you if you want to specifically time what you have to do. It works really well with a lot of alerts to keep you working. 
  • Focus Now
    This app is the free version of Forest, which I’ve seen a lot of people use in the community. It keeps you off of your phone because if you exit off you’ll kill the plant that grows while you’re not on your phone. 

Listen to Music

This is not for everyone but it can work well for a lot of people! Try out different genres and stick to ones without lyrics as these are generally the best for keeping you focused. 

  • Classical Music - popular choice with studyblrs
  • Instrumentals - another popular choice, very focusing and soothing
  • Video Game Soundtracks - these are literally made for keeping you focused so these are great!!
  • Instrumental Movie Soundtracks - some of these are also made to keep you focused and drawn in. (The Theory of Everything one is so good!!)
  • Electric Sounds - works well if you dislike classical! 
  • Natural Noises - keeps your mind from getting distracted by blocking out silence
  • Coffee Shop Noise - proven to help you be more creative and keep focused

Some good masterposts with lists for study sounds:

Study Order

Study order is something we usually forget about but it’s actually super important! 

  • Do a quick/creative or subject that you like first. It will get you focused and in the mood to start with.
  • Move into a difficult subject or one you find hard to focus during. You’ll still be focused and motivated from the first task but not tired or bored. 
  • Finish on an easy or quick task. It’ll leave you feeling satisfied with the work you completed and even though you’ll be tired/less focused from previous tasks you’ll be able to do it efficiently if it’s and easy topic for you!

Have Something that Reminds You to Study

Very often we get sidetracked by something else which can break our focus.
Instead have something that will constantly remind you to study or why you’re studying.

  • An Cheerful Alert on your Phone. It may sound cheesy but it can help you keep your phone down and get your work done. 
  • A Inspirational Quote/Picture that reminds your why or what you’re studying for. It’ll keep you motivated as well as focused. 
  • A To-List. Placed in a visible spot so you can keep in mind what you have done and what you still have to do. 
  • A Bullet Journal. It works well for keeping you focused on your study as it’s an analog system and you’ll have to force yourself to mark the work as completed/uncompleted therefore keeping you more motivated and focused on the work you have to do! 
  • A Planner - works well for informing you of what you have to study, if you would prefer more structure than a bullet journal ,a planner will work well for organising your days. @passionplanner​ has free planner printables, if you’d prefer not to invest in a planner fully yet!

*Other Posts

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*HERE IT IS.* A POC space for folks to share their stories–fiction, non fiction, poetry, prose, art, comics, photos–on the unique experience of growing up brown with a white father. This is a compilation where those of us have experienced erasure in so many spaces can speak on what is like to be a person of color, while your father stands on the other side of privilege and patriarchy in a colorist society. Open to all POC with white dads (mixed race, adopted or otherwise). Check out the page for more info and feel free to reach out with questions.

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i’ve been really feeling the holiday vibes lately, which is unfortunate because i still have a shitton of schoolwork left to do. here are some resources that help keep my spirits up as i sprint towards winter break:) for best results, get yourself a big sweater, a nice candle, and some hot (caffeinated) tea. 

jamz.

ambiance.

misc.

Dragon Magic Resources

To make up for my really shoddily answered ask on dragon magic, I have compiled a list of resources about dragon magic, how to summon dragons, and spells you can perform involving dragons. I’ve also included some stuff on dragon lore and a few blogs.

General Information:

Spells and Magic:

Folklore and Mythology:

* = external resources

Blogs:

Hey!
Today marks my first year as part of the studyblr community so I thought I’d make a post about making a studyblr….makes sense?

What is a Studyblr?
It’s a blog about studying! Study + Tumblr = studyblr. 
Basically it’s a blog to motivate, encourage you to study, to help you learn new methods and to access resources and help from other studyblrs!

Why Make a Studyblr?
There are so many reasons! Here’s a few:

  • a massive student support system
  • new organisation methods
  • learn how to take nice notes!!
  • make new friends with similar interests
  • get help when you’re struggling
  • get motivated to study
  • become more focused 
  • achieve goals!!
  • lots of free printables
  • learn to learn anything
  • tips everywhere
  • masterposts on anything and everything
  • ~aesthetic~

There’s a few popular things in the community and to save you from having to ask what they are here’s a list:

Screensavers/Tab Pages/Apps

Pens/Stationery

Bullet Journals

100 Days of Productivity
100 Days of Productivity is a really good initiative were you post your study picture, (or whatever you want I guess!) and tag it with 100 Days of Productivity. 

What to post?
Literally anything to do with studying, academics etc! For example:

  • Study Pictures (also knows as #studyspo)
  • Study Guides
  • Study Tips
  • Resources for topics, subjects etc.

What to Tag Your Posts With:

  • studyblr
  • studyspo
  • studybls individual tracked tags: for example mine is elkstudies. Most studyblrs that have a tag have theirs listed in their bio!
  • subject you’re studying
  • stationery

Tips for Getting Started:

  • Get Involved !!!
  • Talk to others
  • Encourage others
  • Make your own posts!

Other Study Medias:

*Other Posts

anonymous asked:

how do you plan for big research papers? specifically how do you cut them up into more manageable parts and plan when to get things done? thank you - love your blog!

how to plan for big research papers.

ok here is the deal w big research papers: unless yr professor is completely awful, you will have plenty of notice that they are happening. it has taken me years to learn & accept this fact, but here it is: you can dramatically reduce your stress level if you start planning ahead. i know that i will have at least two massive final projects due at the end of each quarter. i also know that i will have many other important things happening at the same time (grading my students’ final projects, the flu, social events, existential crises, etc). these are the steps that i go through; ymmv depending on the kind of project & your timeframe.

  • PHASE ONE: READING
    • pick a topic!! it does not need to be super narrow yet. if you can, pick one you actually give a shit about. it helps.
    • make one general pass through the library catalogue for some books. don’t place them on hold - make a list and physically go to the shelf. see what else is there. you will find twice as many as you wrote down. check them all out.
    • make one general pass through the databases for some articles. save the ones that look like they might be interesting/relevant. 
    • read that shit. tips on how to do it fast here.
    • take notes as you read! i usually use one single word doc; i use each source title as a heading and just take bullet-point notes of quotations i want to remember and argument summaries. 
    • important note: if, in your papers, you often find your own voice being subsumed by the arguments of other people who have written on the subject, only read primary sources at first. skip ahead to prewriting, and once you’ve done that, go back and read some secondary and critical sources and figure out how they relate to your ideas. this is a big problem in my own writing that i’ve been trying to fix - often, defining your own argument first, without input from other critics, can make a paper stronger. 
  • PHASE TWO: PRE-WRITING
    • freewrite. this is the most crucial part of the entire process for me: moving from a bunch of nebuous ideas/”interesting facts” to an actual argument. i accomplish this by acting like a blank word doc is a very patient therapist, and just… writing it all out, stream-of-consciousness style.
    • once i’m wicked hyped up abt my prewriting, i try to explain it to an innocent bystander. bonus points if they’re interested enough to be actually critical of your thoughts and offer feedback. do this multiple times. usually to friends, but also parents are like, obligated to listen to you when you talk, so they’re good hostages.
    • take many long showers, or go running, or whatever you need to do to keep your body busy while your brain pieces things together.
    • when you feel pretty good about all of that, outline the shit out of it. the more thorough the outline, the easier it is to actually write the thing. i start with a (generally bad) thesis, fill in the “chunks” of information i want to talk about (aka the body), and then take some notes on potential conclusions. i usually ignore the intro until dead last, when i’m actually writing the paper.
  • PHASE THREE: WRITING  
    • the worst part!! 
    • it’s ok though. break it up into idea chunks, or a daily word count. 
    • write the chunks. they don’t have to be in order. i write body paragraphs first, in a random order, and then the conclusion, by which point i have mostly worked out what i’m actually talking about, and then i go back up and write the intro. (tips on intros & conclusions here.)
    • when you have pretty much finished, put it down and walk away for a MINIMUM of 24 hours. don’t look at it, don’t think about it, don’t talk about it. brain palate cleanser.
    • a day before the official deadline, pick it back up again. READ IT OUT LOUD. this is the trade secret. better: have someone else read it out loud to you, while you mark up a copy with the bits that sound weird or wordy or ought to be moved. 
    • submit it on the due date knowing that you are on top of your shit and that everyone can tell by the lack of caffeine shakes and tearstains.

scheduling: work backwards. take the due date, then pretend it’s due 3 days earlier. that’s when your “final” is due, sans proofreading. based on the word count, figure out how long you actually want to spend writing it, and how much is reasonable for you to write in a day. my usual guesstimate is 700 words a day, because i am inevitably behind/have other things to do/am busy crying. by this estimate, i usually give myself about a week to physically write a longish paper. i give myself a day or two to outline, and a week(ish) to read. all told, being generous and leaving room for those days when you just can’t bring yourself to put on pants, let alone form coherent thoughts, about 3 weeks in total is perfect.

Easy Candle Meditation

Here is a very simple 6 - 8 minute meditation for quieting thought.

First make a small space on the floor. Place a cushion or a folded blanket down and light a candle and place it on the floor in front of you. If you are on your phone or tablet where a candle is not feasible then use the animation above,

Second, sit comfortably. Do not force any posture. Some like to sit with their back along the wall for support. Some will sit on a chair or stool. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are comfortable and not distracted by discomfort. Watch the lower back and legs in particular. Comfort is the key.

Third get into a deep breathing pattern. Breathing through your nose and filling your lungs fully instead of the shallow 1/3 that we normally do. Use this rhythm: 

Now focus your attention on the flickering flame of the candle. Let thoughts freely flow. Do not engage them. Always divert your attention back to the candle. No frustration. No striving. No right. No wrong. Just inhale peace and exhale stress. Quiet the mind by watching the thoughts float by like clouds. When a thought is engaged then return back to the candle flame. Over and over. You have no goal. No need for frustration. The thoughts may flow as they flow. No frustration. No striving. Let it go. Let it flow. 

Keep breathing. In ….. out ….. in ,,,, out.

Do this only so long as you are comfortable. Stop whenever you want.

If you want to find this again no problem. Just go to our resource page.

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Free simple gold, silver, and dark iron dividers for your flight rising clan profiles.

These are the exact length of the clan profile pages, but they are dividers so I mean use them wherever.

You are free to modify, recolor, butcher, and otherwise edit these pixels to your hearts content.  You are not required to link back.  All I ask is that if someone wants to know where you got it, redirect them here so they can get it, too.