Triggers

A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.

Triggers are very personal; different things trigger different people.  The survivor may begin to avoid situations and stimuli that they think triggered the flashback. They will react to this flashback, trigger with an emotional intensity similar to that at the time of the trauma. 

A person’s triggers are activated through one or more of the  five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.  

The senses identified as being the most common to trigger someone are sight and sound, followed by touch and smell, and taste close behind.  A combination of the senses is identified as well, especially in situations that strongly resemble the original trauma. 

Although triggers are varied and diverse, there are often common themes.

Sight

  • Often someone who resembles the abuser or who has similar traits or objects (ie. clothing, hair color, distinctive walk).
  • Any situation where someone else is being abused (ie. anything from a raised eyebrow and verbal comment to actual physical abuse).
  • The object that was used to abuse
  • The objects that are associated with or were common in the household where the abuse took place (ie. alcohol, piece of furniture, time of year).
  • Any place or situation where the abuse took place (ie. specific locations in a house, holidays, family events, social settings).

Sound

  • Anything that sounds like anger (ie. raised voices, arguments, bangs and thumps, something breaking).
  • Anything that sounds like pain or fear (ie. crying, whispering, screaming).
  • Anything that might have been in the place or situation prior to, during, or after the abuse or reminds her/him of the abuse (ie. sirens, foghorns, music, cricket, chirping, car door closing).
  • Anything that resembles sounds that the abuser made (ie. whistling, footsteps, pop of can opening, tone of voice).
  • Words of abuse (ie. cursing, labels, put-downs, specific words used).

Smell

  • Anything that resembles the smell of the abuser (ie. tobacco, alcohol, drugs, after shave, perfume).
  • Any smells that resemble the place or situation where the abuse occurred (ie. food cooking ,wood, odors, alcohol).

Touch

  • Anything that resembles the abuse or things that occurred prior to or after the abuse (ie. certain physical touch, someone standing too close, petting an animal, the way someone approaches you).

Taste

  • Anything that is related to the abuse, prior to the abuse or after the abuse (ie. certain foods, alcohol, tobacco).

Flashbacks

Flashbacks are memories of past traumas. They may take the form of pictures, sounds, smells, body sensations, feelings, or the lack of them (numbness).

Many times there is no actual visual or auditory memory with flashbacks. One may have a sense of panic, of being trapped, or a feeling of powerlessness with no memory stimulating it.  These experiences can also happen in dreams.

During the initial crisis, the survivor had to insulate her/himself from the emotional and physical horrors of the trauma.  In order to survive, that insulated part of the self remained isolated, unable to express the feelings and thoughts of that time.  It is as though the survivor put that part of her/his self into a time capsule, which later surfaces and comes out as a flashback, feeling just as intense in the present as it did during the crisis.

When that part comes out, the survivor is experiencing the past as if it were happening today. The intense feelings and body sensations occurring are frightening because the feelings/sensations are not related to the reality of the present and many times seem to come from nowhere.

The survivor may begin to think they are crazy and is afraid of telling anyone of these experiences.  The survivor may feel out of control and at the mercy of her/his experiences.

Flashbacks are unsettling and may feel overwhelming because the survivor becomes so caught up in the trauma that they forget about the safety and security of the present moment.

So, @windycityteacher did a post on technology they plan to incorporate into their classroom this year. It was awesome, and full of great ideas. I myself plan on incorporating BookTrack into some lessons. I went to a technology training session recently, and came out with some AMAZING resources. I’d like to share some that I plan on using as a first year teacher. 

BTW: Credit goes to Andi McNair for her presentation. Look for her book on the 5 P’s of Passion Projects/Genius Hour this upcoming January-ish. 

First, some technology I planned on using before the training includes: 
Remind, DogoNews, Google Classroom. My district has recently begun promoting ItsLearning as a substitute for Edmodo, but I think I’ll stick with Google Classroom this year. 

1. Today’s Meet 
Function:
Serves as a back channel. 
Uses: - Can use when reading aloud. Place it up on the projector so students can ask questions or make comments about what we’re reading.
- Great for those quiet students that may not talk much in class, but feel better about expressing themselves on this platform. 
-  Can use during Socratic Circles. The inside group has their discussion while the outside group can enter comments in real time. 
Other: - The room lasts up to a year. May have to watch the screen names students post. 

2. DIY.org 
Function:
A creative outlet for students to challenge themselves, learn new skills, and earn badges. 
Uses: Honestly, I plan on using this for my early finishers. Yes, I want them to read when they’re done with classwork, but there are also some great writing and drawing challenges for students. It’s a fun way for students to learn new skills.  
Other: Some of the challenges require materials that you just don’t have. That’s fine! Students will learn problem solving skills by trying to figure out substitutes. 

3. Wonderopolis 
Function:
A place of limitless curiosity. Students can explore any can of wonder they’ve ever wondered about. For any subject. No need for a login. 
Uses: This is another piece of technology I plan on using for early finishers. Students will be able to search for any sort of wonder such as “Why Are Trampolines Bouncy?” or “Does Practice Really Make Perfect?” A short article is attached to the wonder, as well as three questions, and vocabulary words are highlighted. 
Other: There is another way I plan on using Wonderopolis that was suggested by the presenter. When students finish, have them complete the questions to the wonder on an index card with their name and the name of the wonder. Keep them in an organized file by student or however you do it. Then by Christmas Break you should have a collection. You can look them over and really see what your students are interested in. 

4. Literacy Shed 
Function: Video’s with different Teaching Ideas attached or ways to use the video in class.  
Uses: It’s a great way to get kids thinking, and fantastic for Writing! 
Other: As always, make sure to preview the videos before using in class! Some may be a little dark. 

Some honorable mentions: NewsELA (I plan on using it, maybe, but I’m not sure how much), GeoGussr, Pixel Press Floors (students draw their own video game!), Scratch (video game design), PowToon (animated presentations), Padlet (another one I may use. A digital whiteboard), and Nepris (costs money. Connects students to real world experts.Uses Zoom, not Skype. Sounds interesting.)

I hope this may have given some of my educhums some new resources they haven’t heard of before. I look forward to implementing some of this! 

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What helps during a flashback?

If you realize that you are in the middle of a flashback, consider the following tips:

  • Tell yourself that you are having a flashback. Remind yourself that the actual event is over and that you survived.

  • Breathe. Take slow, deep breaths by placing your hand on your stomach and taking deep breaths. You should see your hand move out with the inhalations, and watch it fall in with the exhalations. When we panic, our body begins to take short, shallow breaths, and the decrease in oxygen can make you feel more panicked. Deep breathing is important because it increases the oxygen in your system and helps you move out of anxious state faster.

  • Return to the present by using the five senses.

  • Recognize what would make you feel safer. Wrap yourself in a blanket, or go into a room by yourself and close the door. Do whatever it takes for you to feel secure.
  • Look around you. Make a list of the items in the room; count the colors or pieces of furniture around you. What do you see?

  • Breathe in a comforting scent, or focus on the smells around you. What do you smell?

  • Listen to the noises around you, or turn on music. What do you hear?

  • Eat or drink something you enjoy. Focus on the flavor. What do you taste?

  • Hold something cold, like a piece of ice, or hot, like a mug of tea. What does it feel like?

  • Reorient to the present.  Begin to use your five senses in the present.  Look around and see the colors in the room, the shapes of things, the people near, etc.  Listen to the sounds in the room:  your breathing, traffic, birds, people, cars, etc.  Feel your body and what is touching it: your clothes, your own arms and hands, the chair, or the floor supporting you.

  • Get in touch with your need for boundaries.  Sometimes when we are having a flashback we lose the sense of where we leave off and the world begins; as if we do not have skin.  Wrap yourself in a blanket, hold a pillow or stuffed animal, go to bed, sit in a closet, any way that you can feel yourself truly protected from the outside.

  • Get support.  Depending on your situation you may need to be alone or may want someone near you.  In either case it is important that your close ones know about flashbacks so they can help with the process, whether that means letting you be by yourself or being there.

  • Take the time to recover.  Sometimes flashbacks are very powerful. Give yourself time to make the transition form this powerful experience. Don’t expect yourself to jump into adult activities right away.  Take a nap, a warm bath, or some quiet time.  Be kind and gentle with yourself.  Do not beat yourself up for having a flashback.

  • Honor your experience.  Appreciate yourself for having survived that horrible time.  Respect your body’s need to experience a full range of feelings.

  • Be patient. It takes time to heal the past.  It takes time to learn appropriate ways of taking care of yourself, of being an adult who has feelings, and developing effective ways of coping in the here and now.

* Name 5 things you can see.

If you begin to feel dissociated, or just want to induce physical relaxation, try these simple instructions:

  • Name 5 things you can hear.
  • Name 5 things you can feel.
  • Name 4 things that you see.
  • Name 4 things you can hear.
  • Name 4 things you can feel.
  • Name 3 things you can see
  • Name 2 things you can see.
  • Name 1 thing you can see.

Describe what you are experiencing:

When have you felt this way before?

  • What situation were you in the last time you felt this way?

In what ways are this current situation and your past situation similar? 

  • For example, is the setting, time of year, sights, sounds, sensations in any way similar to the past situation where you felt this way?

If another person is involved, is it because they are similar to a person from the past who provoked similar feelings?

How is your current situation different from the situation in which you felt similar feelings in the past?

What is different about you, your sensory experience, your current life circumstances, and personal resources now?

What is different about this current setting? 

  • If another person(s)are involved, what is different about them compared to the person(s) in the past situation?

What action, if any, do you want to take now to feel better in the present?

  • For example, a flashback may indicate that a person is once again in a situation that is in some way unsafe.

If this is the case, self-protective actions should be taken to alter the current situation.

  • “Here and Now” (Today) “There and Then” (The past)

This intervention uses your already highly charged hyperviligence, which will help you to relax and become centred in your present environment.

How do I prevent flashbacks?

You may be able to take steps to prevent future flashbacks by identifying warning signs and triggers:

  • Be aware of the warning signs.

Flashbacks sometimes feel as though they come out of nowhere, but there are often early physical or emotional warning signs. These signs could include a change in mood, feeling pressure in your chest, or suddenly sweating. Becoming aware of the early signs of flashbacks may help you manage or prevent them.

  • Identify what experiences trigger your flashbacks.

Flashbacks can be triggered by a sensory feeling, an emotional memory, a reminder of the event, or even an unrelated stressful experience. Identify the experiences that trigger your flashbacks. If possible, make a plan on how to avoid these triggers or how to cope if you encounter the trigger.

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Coping with Memories:

Of our memories this is your own body’s way of coping. But in adult life these memories can return to us just as strong and as real as the day the event first took place.

They can be overwhelming and triggering and take you right back to that place you were at when the event first took place, sometimes you can still strongly smell and imagine everything as it was etc…

So that re-surfacing memories don’t take over the whole of your present life you need to learn to control them and cope with them.

This might not be easy but it is possible, you could try imagining a little box with a lid and placing your memory into the box and closing the lid, so when you want to visit the memory you can take it out of the box and face it when you are ready to do so and then after place it back into the little box. This isn’t easy but will prevent the memory from taking over you.

Also you when you have a memory come up you can imagine its taking place on a TV screen, you are in control and if you want to you can also change the ending to how you want it to end etc… It’s your memory (your TV programme) if you don’t like it re visit it and you have the power now as an adult to change it in your mind.

Try and tell yourself that as nasty as they might be they are in fact only memories and they can’t hurt you anymore. You are safe now.

Other suggestions:

  • Keep a diary of your mood and meds
  • Have a bath at candle light and just lay there, chill, and clear your mind
  • Call someone whether this is a friend or a crisis line and offload to them, they maybe able to help.
  • Don’t like to chill? Then keep busy, this can give you less time to think.
  • Go out with friends, have a laugh see what life really has to offer. Maybe stay with one of them or family at particularly hard times.
  • Speak with your Mental Health Teams and make them understand.
  • Play a game or something to cheer yourself up (look at the fun pages)
  • Treat yourself to something and make yourself feel special as you are!

These are some general school tips I’ve used and have found helpful!

ps. Thanks to this post from  @etudiance for letting me know about Canva!

  • If you have loose sheets of homework you won’t need additional notes or a textbook or anything else to be able to finish, use a paper 8x11 folder to hold those sheets so you don’t need to carry any extra textbooks or binders home (just remember to put those sheets back in their respective binders so they don’t get lost!)
  • Keep a sticky note for each unit in each class to write down what will be on your tests - i like to keep mine in my textbook or binder, and if a teacher mentions that a certain question might be on a test or something, I’ll make a note of it so I can go back to it when I’m studying
  • I don’t like to keep more than i need in my pencil case. For example, I keep only about 3 different highlighters, one pen of each colour, one pencil, a small ruler, my calculator, one eraser, and small pads of sticky notes in my pencil case - that’s not a lot to me haha. Keeping extra supplies in your locker or even backpack would probably be a good idea, I know I’ve forgotten my pencil case at home before and had to ask to borrow pencils every period!
  • Try and keep track of how much time you actually spend on things - I know that I always underestimate how long things are going to take me to get done and overschedule myself 😬 - also! if you check your answers to questions in your homework, remember to schedule in time for that
  • You probably hear this all the time, but schedule in time for things other than school (like eating and sleeping!!!) they’re important too
  • If you have handouts or even notes from one class that you might be able to apply to other (or future) classes/assignments, hang onto them. If something is super outdated or something or definitely won’t work then you know don’t hang onto them haha

so yeah! thats it pretty much, hopefully these are helpful!

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tv shows with arthurian episodes

Many tv shows, especially fantasy ones, have that one lovely arthurian episode! Here there is a list (I will update it in the future) of the ones I know (feel free to add stuff!). Tv shows like Stargate or Once Upon a time are in the list of arthurian tv shows so I didn’t put them here.

Carry on Laughing
s02e01 (Under the Round Table)

Just a little comedic episode, with a lot of jokes about Lancelot, Guinevere, Merlin and incompetence.

Charmed
s06e08 (Sword and the City)

The Lady of the Lake is running away with Excalibur but when she is killed by a demon the sword ends up in a stone and now it’s up to the three witches to protect Excalibur because every demon wants it. Accidentally, Piper accidentally takes the sword out of the stone.

Doctor Who Classic
s26e01-e04 (Battlefield)
The cruel Morgana and her son Mordred are in modern times to take Excalibur (after Camlann) and defeat the Doctor, who is known in Camelot as Merlin.

Fairy Oddparents
s02e09 (Knightly Knight)
Timmy goes to a medieval fair but it’s not real or fun enough for him so he wishes to live in real medieval times. There he meets Merlin, Artie’s greedy uncle, who wants Artie to become king at any cost. And of course there are the mythical sword in the stone and a dragon.

s06e07 (Fairy Oddlympics)
Timmy organizes some games to decide who between the Fairies, the Anti-fairies and Pixies are the best in the magical world. The last game is a marathon across various ages and we can see king Arthur in Camelot selling and renting camels.

Family Guy
s04e13 (Jungle Love)

In a desert island Peter is the richest man and he is so happy that he says that he as not been this powerful since his ancestor king Arthur became king. We have brief flashback of Arthur and Guinevere where the lady promises him sexual favours if he can take the sword.

The Ghostbusters (1975)
s01e14 (Merlin the Magician)

I have not watched it yet!

Hercules
s05e19 (The Once and Future King)

King Arthur, helped by Mab, wants to take a magic sword out of a stone to become king but Merlin advises him that the sword is a curse and he will become a tyrant. Mab objects that Arthur is now under her protection so Merlin, to change history, sends Arthur back in time and asks Hercules to help him.

Justice League
s02e20-e21 (A Knight of Shadows)

Morgana and her son Mordred want to conquer the world. The Justice League fights against them.

s03e03 (Kid Stuff)
After Modred magically eliminates adults from the world, his mother transforms a League team into children in order to do battle with her son in that situation. (Copied from imdb as I did not watch it).

MacGyver
s07e07-e08 (Good Knight Macgyver)

These two episodes were actually pretty good, if you have the chance to watch them: take it! Macgyver is accidentally hurt and he loses coscience, waking up in arthurian times like the famous “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”. During the stories he has to fight against Morgana, save Galahad’s fiance and develop a friendship with the not-so-magic Merlin the Wizard.

Robin of Sherwood
s03e04 (The inheritance)

Isadora is the daughter of Agravaine, a descendent of the arthurian Agravaine. The story says that there must always be an Agravaine in Camelot/Caerleon to protect the round table. Isadora finds Robin to ask him help to defend the castle of her father from bandits who want to steal a supposed treasure.

Sabrina
s02e11 (Oh What a Trangled Spell She Weaves)

With an enchantment, Sabrina makes Hilda’s precious carpet “return to its place of origin” and then sends Hilda and Zelda to the same place so that they can take the carpet back. The place is Merlin’s castle because the carpe once was Merlin’s. Also: Zelda and Merlin used to be in a relationship 500 years before but their relationship didn’t work out. Now Merlin (who is really a petty and cruel character) wants Zelda to love him again.

s03e02 (Boy, was my face red)
Zelda and Hilda help Sabrina with her problems with being embarassed and ashamed making her see a little movie about king Arthur who, bending down to take the sword out of the stone, hears a crack: it’s his pants tearing.

The Simpsons
s11e05 (E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt))

At the beginning of the episode the Simpsons are at the cinema watching a movie where Zorro has to fight against various enemies to restore king Arthur on his throne in a mix of historical inaccuracies.

The Twilight Zone
s01e24 (The Last Defender of Camelot)

Did not watch it, sorry! But imdb says that it’s about Morgana summoning Lancelot to help Merlin restore Camelot.

A Twist in the Tale
s01e01 (Obsession in August)

At the beginning of the ‘900, two kids are guest of Lord Arthur, in Cameliard, and his daughter Jenny. Their uncle Lance, Arthur and an old man who clearly represents Merlin are obsessed by the legend of Camelot and are getting closing to finding the real Camelot. A mysterious witch named Morgana doesn’t agree as she wants to protect the secrets of Camelot.

Ultimate Spider-Man
s03e21 (Halloween Night at the Museum)

I have no watched it, but imdb tells me it’s about Peter and Jessie fighting Morgan le Fay.

Winx
Season 4

The Winx find out that on Earth there were fairies once and that Morgana was their queen. The Winx has to help Roxy, the last fairy on Earth, and free Morgana and her fairies from the Tir-Na-Og, the enchanted world where some evil wizards caged them.

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i needed a low-impact warmup so i made some faux old paper textures. they’re all 3000 px wide, 300 dpi PNGs. The third tiles (more or less) seamlessly and the fourth is a thing that happened while I was making the third that might make some sweet tiling..Tiles.

feel free to use them for stuff if you feel so inclined. if you do i’d love to see because I’m a nosy butt. :u

List of Elemental Abilities

Air/Wind

Earth

Fire

Water

Darkness

Electricity/Lightning

Energy

Ice

Light

Weather

Other

From Superpower Wikia. See their complete list of superpowers HERE.

Word Counter - Not only does it count the number of words you’ve written, it tells you which words are used most often and how many times they appear.

Tip Of My Tongue - Have you ever had a word on the tip of your tongue, but you just can’t figure out what it is? This site searches words by letters, length, definition, and more to alleviate that.

Readability Score - This calculates a multitude of text statistics, including character, syllable, word, and sentence count, characters and syllables per word, words per sentence, and average grade level.

Writer’s Block (Desktop Application) - This free application for your computer will block out everything on your computer until you meet a certain word count or spend a certain amount of time writing.

Cliche Finder - It does what the name says.

Write Rhymes - It’ll find rhymes for words as you write.

Verbix - This site conjugates verbs, because English is a weird language.

Graviax - This grammar checker is much more comprehensive than Microsoft Word, again, because English is a weird language.


Sorry for how short this is! I wanted to only include things I genuinely find useful. p>

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starting a bullet journal, a guide by studypetals

hey everyone! it’s rhianne, or studypetals. i’ve gotten a lot of questions and concerns about how to start a bullet journal, so i decided to start a new one myself to show you how i set mine up!

GENERAL INFORMATION:

so what’s a bullet journal?
well, it’s not an actual journal, per se, but rather a system of journaling! the “bullet” word comes from “bullet points,” the way tasks/events are jotted down in this journaling system. (source)

what is a bullet journal used for?
a bullet journal can be used as a simple planner system, but it can also be a creative way to plan your daily/weekly tasks! some people even use it as a half-scrapbook/half-planner (like me!)

what’s the difference between a planner and a bullet journal?
this is a great question i’ve gotten before. a planner already has the dates/decorated pages/etc. all you have to input into a planner is tasks and events. a bullet journal is a book of blank pages, so it allows more creative freedom than a planner does. if you aren’t patient enough for free-handing everything, stick to a regular planner. if you like having a unique journal/planner and like customizing your spreads, look into starting a bullet journal!

MY SETUP:

picture 1: material starter pack
here’s what i use for my bullet journal (aside from the decorative things like washi tape, magazine cutouts, etc.)

  • moleskine notebook, regular, squared, soft cover
  • zebra mildliners
  • pilot g-2 pens
  • muji 0.35mm pens

picture 2: cover page
i just have a cover page to catalogue what this journal has in it. you can always put anything you want on the cover page, like:

  • the semester you’re using it in
  • your name
  • “bullet journal” or “planner”
  • a simple quote
  • etc.

picture 3: index
so for my first journal, i didn’t even use an index. it’s up to you whether you want to include one or not. if you use an index, remember to number the rest of the pages after it! you can either catalogue every page after you’re done with it, or only the pages you really want to reference.

picture 4 (left): legend
this is super important, especially for a bullet journaling system! so in this particular system of journaling, each task has a bullet point next to it. the most regular one i’ve seen is a square, so that’s what i use. what the legend does is keep track of what each symbol means. of course, if you just want to fill the squares in after you complete a task, then you don’t need this. however, if you want more organization, then make up whatever symbols you need to for this part! there isn’t one concrete symbol system, so do what works for you!

picture 4 (right): testing stationery page
i like seeing what each pen/highlighter writes like before i really use it, so why not make a page for testing them! what i do is write what type of stationery it is with the actual pen/highlighter so i don’t forget which stroke is which.

picture 5 (left): favorite washi page
ahhhh one of my favorite pages. you can put your washi collection on this page, or just strips of the ones you like a lot! they can be as long or short as you want them to be.

picture 5 (right): youtube ideas! (or other filler pages)
this isn’t for everyone, of course, but it’s one that i added! i just showed it to you guys since i wanted to show the washi tape page. anyways, there are a lot of cool pages you can add throughout your bullet journal, such as:

  • books to read/movies to watch/etc.
  • life goals
  • expenses
  • favorite quotes
  • moodboards
  • class schedule/information
  • recipes
  • AU ideas (for writers!)
  • favorite art pieces
  • favorite lyrics
  • etc.

picture 6: weekly spreads
the big one! so this is what i primarily use my bullet journal for. step-by-step, this is how mine are created (but you can always make yours unique):

  1. make the title (“week #,” or something)
  2. write the days
  3. write the dates
  4. write down the tasks for each day
  5. make a section for something you have to do each day (the “essentials”)
  6. write down the extra sections (goals, important dates, quote of the week, habit trackers, etc.)
  7. decorate with washi tape, doodles, printed pictures, magazine cutouts, leaves, flowers, movie tickets, etc.

extra resources from me to you:

some bullet journal examples and blogs:

WHEW. that’s all i have for this topic (for now.) i hope any or all of this helps you guys out there wanting to start a bullet journal. if you want to make one, we’re gonna be in this together! have fun and remember the most important thing: it doesn’t have to be perfect. not all the pages are gonna be great, you’re gonna make mistakes, and some pages are just not gonna be what you wanted them to be, but that is 100% okay. just remember to have fun with it, and just.. start!

-rhianne (5.30.16+6:48pm)

(image credit) due to 8tracks’ limited availability to the US and Canada, i’ve had to make the switch from 8tracks to Spotify and i could not have regret it in the slightest. thus, i’d like to share with you the greatest benefits i’ve come across during this exam season ~ enjoy!

  • the theory of everything soundtrack: lifechanging. this is omnipotent for any subject, for any situation - complete with instrumentals for any mood. +check out “cambridge, 1963″, “rowing” and “the wedding”.
  • kill your darlings soundtrack: much like the “theory of everything” soundtrack, it is so reminiscent of soothing and motivational atmospheres. throws you into a world of romanticised poets of the 1940′s. +check out “typing” and “plan on a boat”.
  • 500 days of summer soundtrack: for something indie, calming and motivating at the same time. throws you into an indie romance and tbh, you’re gonna love it. +check out “please please please let me get what i want”, “sweet disposition”, “quelqu’un ma dit” and “hero”.
  • all the little lights, passenger: if i’m going to suggest an artist’s ENTIRE album to you to study from, this has to conquer them all. his indie pop/folk compositions perfectly accompany any revision session. +see bastille, kodaline and the neighbourhood for similar.
  • relive harry potter! : complete soundtrack for all 8 movies of the franchise. didn’t want it? too late, you’ve got it.
  • studio ghibli collection: the magic that is joe hisashi and hayao miyazaki, complete in one playlist for all your focus/relaxing needs.
  • 8.5hrs of disney: 175 of the most timeless tracks from the animation industry of our childhood.
  • spotify’s intense studying #classical collection: i haven’t yet tried this one however i’m going to, especially with over 14hrs of listening time.
  • sensuality: i found this just the other day however it’s a beautiful collection of bass-heavy, strong-beat, simple melody pieces.
  • my own revision essentials playlist: this works without fail for myself, perhaps it can offer you something too - however do make your own and collate some tracks which are 100% no fail for you!
  • and finally, your discover weekly playlist: i’ve linked mine, however spotify creates this playlist for you on a weekly basis, publishing every monday to provide music recommendations. i cannot emphasize how incredible this service is and the amount of music i’ve discovered is phenomenal!