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2/100 Days of Productivity

4.5.16

Today was majorly productive - I’m still a bit behind but I got so much done! The book in the middle “the Cold War” is one I’ve been reading on the train the past few days to try and expand my knowledge for history, but in a more novelised way because I find I take in information from books and textbooks differently. I also managed to finish f my ecologist notes as well as type up some history work and convert them all to pdf’s to print (Never let pdf converting build up - I had over forty files to convert) Also during the day I managed to cram in planning a history source question and a Ecologism question to consolidate some of my knowledge. Late tonight I think I’m going to do some more economics and maybe start writing my history questions and I’m super looking forwards to tomorrow because it’s Starbucks Thursday’s!! :)

50 books to read before you die!

# 1 The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
# 2 1984
# 3 Pride and Prejudice
# 4 The Grapes of Wrath
# 5 To Kill a Mockingbird
# 6 Jane Eyre
# 7 Wuthering Heights
# 8 A Passage to India
# 9 The Lord of The Flies
# 10 Hamlet
# 11 A Bend in the River
# 12 The Great Gatsby
# 13 The Catcher in the Rye
# 14 The Bell Jar
# 15 Brave New World
# 16 The Diary of a Young Girl
# 17 Don Quixote
# 18 The Bible
# 19 The Canterbury Tales
# 20 Ulysses
# 21 The Quiet American
# 22 Birdsong
# 23 Money
# 24 Harry Potter Series
# 25 Moby Dick
# 26 The Wind in the Willows
# 27 His Dark Materials Series
# 28 Anna Karenina
# 29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
# 30 Rebecca
# 31 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
# 32 On The Road
# 33 Heart of Darkness
# 34 The Way We Live Now
# 35 The Stranger (Algeria)
# 36 The Color Purple
# 37 Life of Pi
# 38 Frankenstein
# 39 The War of the Worlds
# 40 Men Without Women
# 41 Gulliver’s Travels
# 42 A Christmas Carol
# 43 Huckleberry Finn
# 44 Robinson Crusoe
# 45 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
# 46 Catch 22
# 47 The Count of Monte Cristo
# 48 Memoirs of a Geisha
# 49 The Divine Comedy
# 50 The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Biology revision notes

i’ve been revising biology like crazy lately for the semester test coming up but hopefully, it will all be worth it. I’m also helping out in biology for the 6th form open day at my school as a “subject ambassador” so there’s a lot of biology going on right now ♡ 

I have a learning disability known as dyscalculia, it’s a form of dyslexia, except rather with it being with reading and writing, it’s with numbers. 

This doesn’t mean that I am awful at maths and that this is an ‘excuse’, this is an actual learning disability that quite a lot of people suffer with. Most of the time, I suffer really badly from this, leading me to completely not comprehend what has been taught, and even with the simplest method possible, I will not be able to understand how to do simple arithmetic - so a lot of the time I have breakdowns at school, mostly in class, and at home.

From my time here on the studyblr-verse, I have seen zero posts on how to study with dyscalculia, and I know for certain that I am not the only person who stuffers from it here on the studyblr community. So here’s a handy post to help you guys study if you suffer from dyscalculia, or if you’re generally finding it hard to study maths. 

Use colours

Without a doubt, using colourful pens (and my Mindliners, too) help me get through my revision. I tend to stick to two colours when writing out my methods and keywords (blue for methods, pink for keywords), and if I know for certain that I am going to forget something majorly important I highlight it. For me, colour helps me remember and understand - say if I was in a maths test and I came across direct proportion, in my studies I would have written down that the formula is y=kx and I would highlight it in blue (every subject has a specific highlighter, it’s just helpful for me in exams), so when it came to the exam and a question said “what is the formula for direct proportion?” instantaneously I would nknow what it is because ‘direct proportion’ would have been written in pink, and following that would be the formula, which would have been highlighted in blue. 

Basically, my entire maths notes looks like a rainbow has thrown up on it, including parts of my chemistry, and physics notes. And because you have used colour, it will allow you to think back at that specific key term/method/etc. This really helps me understand what’s going on with my revision, and it lets me keep up with the class. 

Flashcards

Flashcards are my bestriends when it comes to revision. It can quickly let me flick over the methods that I may not fully understand. Flashcards can let me revise whenever and wherever I can, therefore optimizing my revision, and it saves me from lugging my mahoosive folder around. Flashcards are awesome for helping me understand maths, and it has helped me get a semi-decent grade in maths. 

Past papers/getting extra work

 I am determined to get a good grade in maths, so I am always asking my maths teacher for extra work, past papers, etc, so that I can get used to the style of questions and the level of difficulty. I also get my maths teacher to mark all of my extra work to see my progress through the various weeks leading up to topic tests, etc. It also helps me for when I do mock exams, and the real GCSE as I won’t freeze up in the middle of the test not doing anything because I would have an understanding of most of the topics. 

I understand that some of my methods may not suit everyone’s needs, but these are just some of the ways that help me cope with my dyscalculia - but these are some ways also to study maths which may be useful. :) 

If you suffer with dyscalculia, or you struggle with maths generally, and you found this useful, do let me know!