I had a few people asking me to do a back to school tips/ how to do well in school post so here it is. I’m a sophomore in college and an honors student so I plan on sharing the things that have helped me succeed. Even though these tips are things I use now in college, most of them I also used in high school so it can be applied there as well.
Organization The most beneficial thing you can do is stay organized.
Get a planner.- I bought mine this year at Walgreens for around $7 but it has a plastic cover so all paper ones are even cheaper. A planner is good for keeping track of when everything is due. When I get my syllabi for my classes I go through them and write down the due dates of homework, essays, tests, etc, on the day they are due. You can color code your classes or just write the class next to the assignment. This way you can look at a whole week and see everything you have due for all of your classes in one place. It’s also easier to add in things or make changes if your professor decides to due so.
Use a white board- I know white boards can be expensive, so if you can’t afford one, expo markers will write on laminated paper which you can get for around $4 on Amazon. I use this to keep on my wall and write the next really important date for each class. So I have all my classes listed on the board and let’s say my next big date in Psych is a test. I’d write that date on the board, then after the test, I’d erase it and write the next important date. These dates should be in your planner as well but it’s nice to have them right in front of you at all times so you don’t turn to the next week in your planner and realize you have a test on Monday.
Buy durable folders- If you’re going to be using your folders all year make sure they’ll last all year. You want to lose any of your assignments. I get plastic folders at Office Depot for $0.39 a piece. I chose a color for each class and write the class at the top in sharpie and I’m good to go!
Notebooks too!- You’re going to be taking a lot of notes so make sure to keep a notebook for each class as well. Mine were $3 each at Office Depot but they have a plastic cover so if you need to save some money get the paper covers because you most likely wont reuse a notebook.
Get a pack of loose leaf paper- Sometimes you have to turn things in and if you’re like me then you hate tearing it out of your notebook. But if you don’t have a problem with that then don’t worry about it!
Use some sort of bag/backpack- This will help you not lose anything plus you can put water, snacks, etc in it as well!
Study Tips Tests are often the biggest portion of your grade so knowing the best ways to study will help you out the most.
Figure out what type of learner you are- This can greatly improve your study skills. There are visual learners; these people learn best with charts, graphs, and anything that show a visual relationship between information. So if you’re this type of person, to help study you could make charts, graphs, tables, draws arrows between points of information, or watch videos. Anything to help you see it. There are also auditory learners; these people learn best when hearing the information. So the best way for these people to study is to recite information out loud, or if your course has an audio book to listen to it. You could also have a friend read information to you and you say it as well. Some people are reading/writing learners; they do best when reading the text and writing down important points/taking notes. This is the type of learner I am so to help me study, I write out my own flashcards, I copy power points into my notes, and as I read my chapters I write the important information. Something else that is good for these kind of learners is to make little quizzes for yourself. There are also kinesthetic learners; they learn best with more hands on activities. This can be hard to do especially with some subjects. If you can physically do what you’re studying then do it. If not, make a game out of it. For example, ask yourself questions and if you get it right take a shot at a basketball hoop or a soccer goal (if you don’t have these things use a paper ball and your trashcan or anything you can substitute. Figuring out which learner you are will greatly improve how you study.
Don’t wait until right before a test- Cramming your brain with all the information a few days before a test will not help you remember and only stress you out. This is called Massed Practice and is proven to be a waste of time and information is not retained well. Study a little everyday or every other day. This is called the Spacing Effect and is proven to improve retention and recall of information. So it is best to do short sessions of study over a long period of time rather than a long session all at once.
Find a good place to study- If you like quiet places and your house/dorm is too loud go to a library or outside if it’ s a nice day. If you like a lot of background noise play some music or go to a coffee shop.
Overall Tips These tips are still really important but I don’t have enough that fit together to make another header.
Work on what’s due first- Some people think it’s always best to work on the important things first but that’s not always the case. If your essay is due in two weeks and you have an assignment due in a few days then finish the assignment first. You’ll still have plenty of time for your essay. I suggest doing all your work but if something happens to where you just can’t then yes do the more important thing because it’ll be a bigger part of your grade.
Writing Centers- A lot of colleges/universities have writing centers. If you’re not the best at writing or just need some help you can make an appointment at the writing center where someone highly qualified in writing will read your paper/essay and help you with grammar, punctuation, idea flow, overall organization etc. I highly suggest checking to see if your school has one of these.
Check your email/Blackboard/whatever your professor uses- This is where they may add extra assignments/ cancel class and not mention it in class. It’s always important to check.
Try to relax- I know it can be hard, especially for students with depression, anxiety, and other mental/physical illnesses but it’s important to always take a moment and calm down. Take breaks from your work and do something you enjoy for at least a few minutes everyday. If you need a nap, take a nap. just set an alarm to pick back up on your work later.
Don’t worry about being perfect- This is still something I’m working on myself but getting better at. Last semester I got a B for the first time since my sophomore year of high school and it bothered me to no end. But, I told myself I did my best, and as a person with bad social anxiety I’m okay with my B in public speaking. So for anyone else who feels like they have to keep their 4.0 all 4 years, don’ t panic if you don’t. There’s nothing wrong with not being perfect, almost no one graduates college with a 4.0. Always do your best, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself. I cannot stress this enough.
Take classes you enjoy- Hopefully you’re in a major that you enjoy so you wont hate your classes too much but it’s still important to try to take a fun class every once in awhile. If you like art, take an art class. Then, you’re still doing work but also doing something you like.
Get a tutor- If you’re not doing as well in a class as you would like, don’t be afraid to get a tutor. Most universities offer tutors who are students that would love to help you and wont be judgmental at all. There’s nothing wrong with getting a little extra help and tutors are often people who have already passed the class with an A so they’ll be very good resources.
Take care of yourself- Overall, make sure you’re eating well and drinking water throughout the day. Sometimes it’s impossible, but try to get enough sleep. If you go out to party watch out for yourself and others. Practice self care and if things get too stressful and you need help don’t be afraid to ask.
I know this post is very long, but I wanted to share everything I could for anyone who wanted help. If I think of anything else I’ll definitely add it later. I hope everyone has a great semester and school year! Good luck to everyone!
07.13.16 | finished up today’s apush summer notes. still have to do practice tests and a dbq essay. even though I dread doing all this, I believe my teacher for next year is preparing us well. also, you can see more of my original posts on my studygram: @lycheestudy
him. She knew him so well. All his manners, the colour of his eyes, the way he
whispered her name when they were alone.
loved him. She loved him so much it made her heart ache. His touches made her
feel alive. Sleeping next to him made her smile. Every little thing he did to
her made her feel loved.
together were against the rules. But it didn’t matter. No one knew about their
little secret. He wanted to keep her close to him. Secret smiles and light
touches were all that mattered to her. Hiding their love didn’t bother her.
mind that he never talked about his feelings, his love. He just kept her close,
hold her when she was sleeping, made her feel like she was the only person who
mattered. That was important, not some stupid conversations about their
lonely nights made her feel anxious. When he was away in the capitol because of
some formal parties. When he shut himself in his room because of failure expeditions.
When he just didn’t want to see her.
the nights when she wrote. She wrote about her dreams, about her feelings, about
the future she wanted to share with him. She waited and she wrote. And when he invited
her to his bed, she hide her writings. She didn’t need to tell him about her
hopes and dreams. She knew that they shared the same dream of their future
together. When he hold her in his arms, she knew that they would live a happy
life together. She loving him, he loving her.
the tragedy he realised how much she had loved him.
Request from @thedreamsofafangirl: Could you write an imagine where Draco gets sick but is allergic to the main ingredient in pepper up potion and y/n is a great potion maker and she nursed him back to health?
Sure thing :) thank you so much for your kind words!! it means a lot :D
*I am so sorry this has been ages! It’s been in my drafts for like two months and I totally already thought i’d posted it 😬 thank you so much though!!*
the saddest part of the whole WengerOut thing is that most of these fans have actually experienced all the glory days with him, they have enjoyed every one of his successful years. a lot of us newer fans have only read about those days and watched videos, and yet we have so much respect for the man and all that he has done for the club. it makes me sad that the fans with the first hand experience of the wins and celebrations can so easily disregard, if not forget, all his achievements and would go so far as to force him to leave. i dont deny a new manager may be good for the club in some aspects, but sometimes loyalty should stretch further than your love for your club, to the person who has been through it all with you and is probably more concerned with its present state than any fan can be.
2/100 days of productivity: even though I didn’t tick as much off of my list as I would have liked to, I was still happy with the progress I made. I’m currently doing an essay on Max Weber and felt like I understand so much more about his Protestant ethic thesis, as well as secondary academics critiquing him. Here’s a pic of my set up/readings today :)
If you are ill or just having an off day,
recovery is the most important thing. Take that nap you really need, watch that
film you’ve wanted to watch in ages, read a non-academic book. Over-exerting
yourself will only hinder how fast you recover.
Read in bed. Just pick a book, your favourite
one you are studying or the one you are currently studying, get in bed and read
it. This way, you’re still doing work, it’s just not as strenuous as writing
essays or anything else. You don’t even have to take notes, just be reading the
book you’ll be able to absorb information without you even realising it.
If you aren’t up to reading, try watching a film
based on one of your texts, as it’ll still help enhance your knowledge of the
plot and characters to some extent. Or alternatively, you can try watching some
critical analysis youtube videos of your texts.
Listen to audiobooks as this can be less tiring
than reading, particularly when you are ill. This way, you can still
effectively learn the text without doing much work.
Eat healthily, and drink plenty of water. This will
help your body recover.
Take as many days off as you need. Forcing
yourself back into school/collage/university when you are still unwell won’t
help you recover.
It was not Weiss’ intention to, as Yang so wonderfully put it, explode. As a reminder, she advised the blonde that she already knew what it meant to explode, and this wasn’t exploding. That involved red dust. Still, it was a meager attempt at a joke to save herself that time and both of them knew it. Yang had nearly decked her for that. Instead, she did her best to calmly remind Weiss that she was Ruby’s first friend here at Beacon.
But she already knew that. Ruby was her first friend too.
It wasn’t a tirade of words she had spewed at Ruby. It was a succinct line that perfectly summarized both her anger and concern. But a moment of sadness crossed her partner’s face before it quickly turned away and disappeared in a flutter of petals.
Admitting she was wrong tended to be extra hard for Weiss. But she wasn’t even wrong in this case. Her intentions were pure. It was the emotion behind her words that threw everything out the window and put her into the library, stewing in her seat and trying to write the next paragraph in her essay for Oobleck’s class.
She would apologize. After everything cooled off, and she could think about it more, and maybe order some cookies or something to show she was sorry, things would go back to being a bit more normal between each other.
She would apologize tomorrow. It was a good plan.
But right as her fingers began to type out the words, a quick blur of black and red entered the top, and her heart jumped. Limbs freezing, she slowly willed herself to look up.
By then Ruby had already moved, quickly ducking under the table. “Ruby!” Weiss’ hands flew to her skirt, making sure it was pushed down. Lowering her voice, she hissed, “What are you doing?” But to her surprise, a small, red, and wooly figure appeared before her at the other end of the table. Two beady black buttons were sewn on top of its stretched material, like it was just a little too small for Ruby’s hand.
It’s ‘mouth’ opened and her partner’s somewhat muffled voice came from beneath the table.
“Excuse me?” Her first reaction was disbelief. “Ruby, what are you-”
“Ruby’s sad and scared to talk to you right now. So she asked me to do it for her.”
Weiss should have expected as much, but this was ridiculous. She felt her eyes close as she sank her forehead into her palm. “In what way?”
‘Ribby’ failed to respond at first, but eventually moved to speak again. “She’s scared you don’t want to be friends anymore. So she wants me to ask you some questions. I’m a huntress like you, and my semblance is to make you tell only the truth. You’re not allowed to lie to me. Do you promise that you won’t lie?”
“Ruby, this is-”
Letting out a breath, she answered. “Okay. I won’t lie.”
“Do you promise?”
“You-!” she forced herself to become still again, blinking her eyes twice. “I promise I won’t lie.”
There was a small pause, as if the sock puppet was testing her, but then began to move again. “Are you angry with Ruby?”
“I was angry, yes. But not as much anymore. Much less. And…” Technically she was saying it to Ribby. But Ribby was being controlled by Ruby, so that meant apologizing here was just as good as apologizing to her, right? “I’m sorry about what I said earlier. It was out of place. I was taken by the heat of the moment.”
There was a small pause while the puppet thought. “Do you hate me?”
Weiss’ eyebrow rose. “You?”
“I-I mean, do you hate Ruby?”
This time an angry huff came out of her lips and she folded her arms, leaning back in her chair a little. “I hate the fact that you, Ribby, are speaking in the place of my partner. But no, I do not hate Ruby.”
This time there was a longer gap of silence before her next question.
“Do you still want to be friends with Ruby?”
Her answer was quick. “Yes.”
As if not believing her, the sock puppet ‘stared’ at Weiss for a little longer. But before she could say anything else, it slowly descended below the table. Keeping her lips still, she watched as Ruby’s head once again entered her view.
“Hi Weiss.” Her voice was small, cautious.
Despite the fact that it was clearly her in control of ‘Ribby’ and heard her honest responses, her frame seemed small. It was as if she didn’t believe Weiss’ responses.
“Ribby told me that you’re sorry and we’re still friends. Is that true?”
Weiss scoffed and rolled her eyes. “Yes, I’m sorry. And yes, we’re still friends.”
“… Can you help me understand what I’m supposed to do for Oobleck’s essay?”
An easy smile came to her lips and she patted the chair next to her. In a flash Ruby’s head ducked under again. In moments the girl squirmed up from beneath table and took a seat next to her. More would be said later. This wasn’t the end, but for Weiss it was good enough for now.
rival superheros who are trying to protect the same small city
“i have no idea how to work this washing machine, can you help me?”
both stuck in the dorm common room because their respective roommates needed “alone time”
person A asking for directions from person B because they’re new in town and hopelessly lost
constantly fighting for the best seat in the library/coffee shop/whatever
posted a joke ad in the classifieds but someone actually responded
person A who sits in the back of every staff meeting and makes snarky comments under their breath about everyone the whole time and person B who arrived late and sat next to them and can barely hold in their laughter
met while buying condoms at the corner store
strangers who end up on the kiss cam at a sporting event
date auction for charity
neighbors who only meet because “i cannot get this stupid jar open, can you help?”
“i promise i’m not hitting on you but you smell really good”
WHAT WHY ARE YOU STOPPING YOUR BLOG? sorry i just really love it. It's so cute and nice luv you
oh man thank you sm <333 i wanna archive the blog once it reaches 1000 prompts because 1. 1000 is a nice number to end off on and 2. its pretty hard to come up with prompts man!! like when i first started this blog i had SOOO many ideas, it wasn’t till around #500 that i really started relying on submissions. maybe i’ll keep with the blog after 1000 prompts, who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ for now, the game plan is 1000 prompts and then bam im done.
(maybe i’ll make this into a different kind of blog after 1000 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
AN: This idea just came out of nowhere lmao but this imagine is inspired by Taylor Swift’s song of the same name so that might give you an idea about what this is about ;) i left the ending open for a part 2 so if you want one pls send me a message :)
I greeted my best friend, sliding into the seat next to him. The cafeteria was buzzing with the sounds of teenage chatter and utensils hitting plates. I noticed that Peter still hadn’t greeted me back. My pulse raced as I took a good look at him. His elbows were placed on top of the table. He leaned forward, hair slightly falling over his eyes and mouth opened. He was staring at something. Or someone.
I followed his line of sight and saw that he was staring at Liz Allen. Most popular girl in Midtown High. I sighed.
“You better close your mouth before you get drool on the table.” I said.