Hi there (: Before reading this post, I recommend sitting down with a hot mug of tea/coffee and a packet of biscuits because this post is going to be quite long! I stumbled upon one of my very old blogposts from my fetus blog and there was a very extensive “study + exam tips” post, so I thought I’d repost it on here with some of the information tweaked (that is, fix up my grammar mistakes and make the language sound somewhat more sophisticated and structured):
Making notes: Every exam that I study for, I always write a set of notes and summaries. Personally, they’re quite useful for me because as I write notes, I also remember what I write. It depends on what types of study methods you prefer but for note-writing, here are a few tips:
Making it visually appealing: I recommend writing notes in a set of different colours and font sizes since it’d be easier to remember. For example, write all the main headings in capital with a highlight, and write the subheadings in red. By using a wide range of colours, you’re able to remember and visualise it easier later on.
Picking out what to write: Something that I struggle with whenever I write notes is choosing what to write. I’m a major word-hoarder, meaning that I’ll write everything in my notes, which is really bad since it’s not actually summarising. It’s more of copying the text word for word. Over the past few exams, I’ve learnt that in my notes, I only need the “super” main points like topic sentences at the start of each paragraph in a textbook. In text book paragraphs, most topic sentences summarise everything that will be discussed in the paragraph. Don’t go through the trouble of summarising everything because the rest of the paragraph will most likely contain examples, context, and definitions. I recommend taking small notes on these and expanding on the topic sentence.
Media, images and diagrams: As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words” and in notes, that is quite true. Diagrams and charts can show the same amount of information as two or three paragraphs of text. In my notes, I always aim to draw as many colourful diagrams, charts and cycles as possible. Since they’re colourful, they’re easier to visualise and remember during the exam and also, the points in which you’re meant to be studying are basically explained in diagrams.
You’ve written notes; now what? Well, after writing notes, you’ve got to start studying them. I find it good to find points that you have no clue about, and remember and practice those.
Create/Take quizzes: A great way to see how much of the content you’ve remembered is taking or creating quizzes. During 8th and 9th grade, I remember creating tons of quizzes for myself about the points I was meant to study. The questions were very general but they did help me to remember my notes. I recommend creating them on Powerpoint and scrolling through the slides to quiz yourself. If you aren’t bothered to create quizzes, there are always many online. Tons of educational websites have quizzes about a wide range of subjects from maths to science. At my school, my teachers used to give us past exam papers to do. If possible, you can always ask your teachers for those, or search for some online. I recommend marking down the questions you get wrong, so you can study them later.
Read through them: Another studying technique is also skimming through a section of your notes then reciting them aloud to test your memory.
Study with other people: Your classmates are probably cramming and studying for the exam like you are, so wouldn’t it be a good idea to study with them? I recommend joining Skype calls or chats with your friends who are also studying. It’s a good way to share and examine content, as well as learn new material.
How to prepare for your exams: Okay. Now this section, I learnt through ALOT of experience. When it comes to preparing for exams physically and mentally, I absolutely suck at it. But through experience, I’ve learnt essential things that you should do to prepare for them.
Get enough SLEEP!: I 100% recommend you get a full night’s sleep before your exam. I used to stay up until 3 or 4am just writing notes, reciting them and repeating the procedure over and over. I would only have 2 or 3 hours sleep, having to wake up at 7am to prepare for school. The hours leading up to the exam were torturous. I was tired, groggy, and couldn’t keep my eyes open. Not to mention, I was also in a grumpy and foul mood since I was too tired. When the time to actually do the exam came around, I remember my mind just going blank as I sat there and tried to remember my notes. But I couldn’t! Because I was way too tired to remember anything! So yeah, get a good night’s sleep!
Eat all your meals! Back then, I used to skip meals frequently since I couldn’t afford to lose or waste time that could be spent studying. So I would go from the afternoon till the next morning with little to no food or meals. Thinking back, that probably was extremely unhealthy since I’d go to school with no food or energy in my system. I recommend taking regular food breaks, just to get your energy back up, and to make sure that you’re staying healthy!
Study early! Most people lose sleep and don’t eat because they have NO time at all. Study early and write your notes early for your exam. It definitely pays off in the long run and you don’t have to stuff up your sleeping patterns at all. I believe starting to write your notes when you get your assessment notification is good. It may be hard to start, but remind yourself that it’ll be beneficial in the long run!
Calm yourself down: Most people, including myself, panic or develop extreme nerves before an exam due to a number of reasons. The main one would probably be the idea of failing the test. I believe eating some food, drinking something warm like tea or coffee, and just ignoring the fact that you have an exam are some good ways to calm yourself down or cope with the knowledge of having an exam. It’s easier said than done, but trust me, once you persuade yourself that you’re prepared, and that you’ve studied as much as you possibly could, you’ll be much more calm. Talk to some friends about an interesting or controversial topic in the media. Or repeat to yourself that you’re going to get it over and done with, and then you’d be able to relax.
Those are some of the study + exam tips that I’ve learnt from experience for studying for exams and coping with the bucket of nerves that come with it. Good luck studying (:
We have more than half of the hiatus left, but I have way too many questions already and it almost feels impossible to wait to next Monday to (hopefully) get them answered. How is Sana doing? Is she okay? How are the relations between the girls in jentegjengen? Have they drifted apart? What will happen with the russ bus? What happened at the contract meeting yesterday? When will they tell Sana that she won’t be on the bus anymore? Who does Sana hang out with now, if she doesn’t feel like she can trust her friends? And Even and Isak?? Is Isak injured? Has he asked about evens relation to the Bakka boys? And yousana? What will happen to them? Why did Yousef behave so different last Friday? Why didn’t he defend his friends and why did he hook up with Noora? And Sanas relationship with her mom, is it better? Will Sana turn to her mom when she feels like everyone has betrayed her?
Knowing that Sana probably feels very guilty and hurt at the same time is so painful. We know that she might feel like she’s guilty for the fight between the Baka boys and the boy squad since she invited her brother and his friends. I can imagine how she feels like she did it for superficial reasons (to meet the boy she is crushing on, and now she is devastated because her friend, Isak, got very hurt. I think his blood on her hands is a perfect symbolism for this, she feels like she is the reason he got so injured.
I want to know what the real reason behind the fight was, since I refuse to believe that it was because Isak and Even are gay - it would be too obvious because of the gossiping girls, they had a lot of prejudice against Islam and I honestly don’t think it would be a good look for Julie to portray muslims as homophobic. I rather think that it has to do with the SMS-roulette video where Elias (????i think????) asked Vilde for nudes, maybe Magnus found out?
When shit went down with the bus squad, I think that although it broke Sanas heart (probably, and mine too), by knowing about it Sana might have the ability to prepare herself for that conversation, and maybe she will come up with some idea to defend herself?
We know that they had a contract meeting at Monday, and I suppose that they meant yesterday. Did they tell Sana about kicking her from the bus then, since the PM girls were talking about some contract??? And in that case, how did she react? How is she doing today? And if they haven’t told her yet, how is the relation between her and the bus squad. We know that they kinda have excluded her since the beginning, but is she going to treat them in a different way now that she knows their intentions?? I also wonder how things will be in jentegjengen, what will happen to them when Sana will be kicked off of the bus? And when noora kissed Yousef? Will they just stop talking to each other? Will Sana be left out?
And about the entire yousana/yousef and Noora conflict, hva skjedde??? (=what happened???) I strongly suspect that something was wrong that day. Yousef “alt for deg girl” Acar turned into Yousef “kissing my crush’s best friend” Acar, and honestly I feel like there’s something odd with his behaviour. He obviously had feelings for Sana, and as Elias said, he is a really good guy. But that Friday, he didn’t help his best friends when they were in a fight, he didn’t seem to care about Sana and he just seemed like a totally different person???
I have also started to think about Sanas oldest brother and his fiancé - Jamila. She and her squad - “the hijab police” - was introduced in the second season and its been obvious that they had some kind of conflict. Despite this, neither of them had been in this season - SANAS SEASON - apart from jamila being mentioned in a text message in episode one and I just find it weird. Since Sanas family has been such a huge part of this season, I don’t understand why a part of it is left out? Is it because they are irrelevant to the storyline? Or because they are going to be important later, and show up from nowhere and become a huge plot twist???? Will Sana turn to Jamila and her friends when she feels like everyone in her life has betrayed her?
This is probably the most messy thing I have ever written and I’m honestly impressed if anyone has managed to read it!?!? To summarise everything, I have so many questions!!!!!!!!
Hi everyone! I’ve decided to do up a photo restoration tutorial since i’ve gotten questions about it for a couple of times already. Read more below if you’re interested in doing your own edits of your favourites! ♡
I loved this performance. It was peerless. I downloaded it from Foxy (a virus-ridden file sharing platform similar to Napster and Limewire) and I must have watched it at least 100 times. For me, this performance, and the song itself, summarised everything I loved about SJ back then. This was right after Heechul’s car accident and Donghae’s father’s untimely demise, and I remember everyone discussing how haggard and sad the SJ members looked here. They noticed how puffy Kibum’s eyes were at the very end, and rumour was that he had not stopped crying because Heechul and Donghae were among the few friends he had in SJ. Back in 2006 most of the comments were about how awesome and hot Kibum was and no one noticed Yesung.
One of the many highlights of this performance, for me, is
rich and velvety voice, as well as how attractive he is. This was when he’d just joined SJ, and was a relatively unknown quality. He’s 18 here - and back then this just boggled me because he looked so much older than that. He looks 22 at the very least, and could pass for 25.
Another thing I liked about this performance was how pleasantly layered Kangin’s voice was. He doesn’t get to sing often enough, and he’s certainly not known for his vocal skills, but funnily enough some of the people who’d known Kangin during his trainee days said that he was actually one of the best singers in SJ, but somehow this got lost in the melee.
These are the lyrics, which I think are oddly fitting, given all that happened afterwards. Hangul+Romaji+Mandarin, and translated into English by yours truly.
소중함을 잊고 살았어 차가운 세상 속에서 so jung ha meul it go sa ra seo cha ga woon se sang so ge seo 曾經忘記珍貴的東西 活在冷漠的世界中 I forgot what I held dear, and lived in this cold world alone
어두운 거리를 헤매도 눈물 흘릴 수 없던 나였는데 eo du woon geo ri reul he mae do nun mul heul ril su eob deon na yeot neun de 即使徘徊於黑暗的街頭 也無法使我流淚 Even if I strayed out in the dark streets, I could not cry
너를 기다려 온거야 아주 오랜 시간동안 neo reul gi da ryeo on geo ya a ju o raen si gan dong an 等待你已有一段很久的時間 I’ve been waiting for you for quite a long time
나를 꼭 닮은 사랑을 위해 na reul kkok dal meun sa rang eul wi hae 為了和我完全相似的愛 To fall in love with, someone just like me
외로웠던 시간만큼 너에게 다 주고 싶은 oe ro wot deon si gan man keum neo e ge da ju go si peun 因為那段曾經孤獨的時間 所以想給你一切 I was lonely for such a long time, so I now want to give you everything I have
My Endless Moment, Pray for you
네가 없는 나의 모습을 상상할 수는 없어 ne ga eob neun na e mo seu beul sang sang hal su neun eob seo 無法想像沒有你的我的樣子 I can’t imagine what I’d be like without you
이별이란 말을 모르는 너와 나이길 바래 영원토록 i byeo ri ran ma reul mo reu neun neo wa na i gil ba rae yeong won to rok 讓我們不懂離別這句話直到永遠 I hope neither of us will ever have to understand the meaning of the phrase ‘goodbye’
너의 작은 웃음조차 이렇게 난 행복한데 neo e ja geun woo seum jo cha i reo ke nan haeng bo kan de 連你小小的笑容 我也感到這樣的幸福 Even the smallest smile from you brings me joy
꿈이 아닌 너에게 약속해 kku mi a nin neo e ge yak so kae 跟並不是夢的你做個約定 I want to make a pact with you, you who are not a dream
많은 날이 지나가도 너를 위한 내가 될게 ma neun na ri ji na ga do neo reul wi han nae ga doel ge 即使過了很多的日子 我也會是愛你的我 Even if many days and years pass, I’ll still be me, the person who fell so deeply in love with you
My Shining Moment, Forever
가끔 서투른 내 맘이 우릴 힘들게 할 때도 ga kkeum seo tu reun nae ma mi woo ril him deul ge hal ddae do 即使常常因我輕率笨拙的心使我們難受的時候 Although we often feel pain because I am careless
좋은 것들만 다시 기억한다면 jo eun geot deul man da si gi eo kan da myeon 只要再記起美好的回憶 I just want to remember the good times again
너를 기다려 온거야 아주 오랜 시간동안 neo reul gi da ryeo on geo ya a ju o raen si gan dong an 等待你已有一段很久的時間 I’ve been waiting for you for quite a long time
나를 꼭 닮은 사랑을 위해 na reul kkok dal meun sa rang eul wi hae 為了和我完全相似的愛 To fall in love with, someone just like me
외로웠던 시간만큼 너에게 다 주고 싶은 oe ro wot deon si gan man keum neo e ge da ju go si peun 因為那段曾經孤獨的時間 所以想給你一切 I was lonely for such a long time, so I now want to give you everything I have
My Endless Moment, Pray for you 오직 너만을 원해 언제나 o jik neo ma neul wo nae eon je na 無論何時我想要的只有你一個 No matter when or where we are, I will only ever want you
많은 날이 지나가도 너를 위한 내가 될게 ma neun na ri ji na ga do neo reul wo han nae ga doel ge 即使過了很多的日子 我也會是愛你的我 Even if many days and years pass, I’ll still be me, the person who fell so deeply in love with you
My Shining Moment, Forever
Girl, My Heart is cold, Please come back to me My Shining Moment, Forever
That was pretty emotional. The yearning for a past that is now long gone, and the bitterness of parting, is a prevalent theme in East Asian culture. In context, it’s even more poignant. The irony that it is Kibum who says the last lines - “My Heart is cold/ Please come back to me. My Shining Moment… forever,” is not lost on me. I’m watching this music video now in 2017, and it’s like Dorian Gray’s picture in a sense - in a way their shining moment has been preserved, forever. I do wonder if Kibum or Hangeng ever listen to this song, and think about the years when they were younger?
When we were all younger. This is my youth - a performance very close to my heart, and far too underrated imo. Enjoy.
Requested by Anon: Tony x Reader where you and him get in a fight over something completely stupid on his part, and he says some very hurtful things and doesn’t attempt to apologize until you’re gone. Then something happens and Tony’s missing/kidnapped? End how you want. Sorry about everything that happened to you, darling! You’re writing is amazing. Ily Warnings: #sorrynotsorry Admins Note: This is something I have been working on for a while, originally wasn’t going to post it because I didn’t want to post ANY angst for a while, decided as a way to push myself back into writing that maybe this would be a good start. I added an original character also, kind of like Tony’s apprectice as such. (I am in no way back officially, funeral planning is difficult and extremely tiring, plus I am preparing to see Civil War in six days… so a lot is happening atm) – Ro
“You never listen to anyone” You state “you think about yourself and that’s it, you never once think about how it will effect this team or me, or even the world” You watch as your boyfriend rolls his eyes, arms crossed over his chest and the same locked jaw as yourself, this fight was different; it wouldn’t end how it normally would, no, this held raw emotion and bottled feelings on your part.
It’s silent as you glare at Tony from across his lab, you had all come back from a mission, and Tony decided to take matters into his own hands and almost got killed… again. You knew what this job entailed but you didn’t think Tony would be more reckless than Steve or Clint.
“I was doing my job, if I didn’t many people would have died” Tony calmly but firmly states “I’m laying down my life like everybody else, I have every right to decide between mine or theirs, you know that; we make that decision every day, we always have” his breathing escalated and you knew maybe calming the situation would be best, for Tony’s anxiety and health but you weren’t going to let this go so easily, he had to know he met something more; especially to you.
“That decision left the moment we started dating, Tony” you yell, “you think I’m going to let you make the decision to die just because it’s your job? That kind of decision isn’t yours to make any more, okay? Not anymore” You were on the verge of crying, how could he so reckless and clueless?
How could he stand there and justify his actions when he almost died? He sighed and slapped papers off a work table, you jumped at the suddenness of his actions, you’ve never seen him this angry before but you weren’t backing down, you were just as stubborn as he is.
“IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT THEN THERE’S THE DOOR” He yelled whilst gesturing to the door “Because I’m not going to stop just because you or anyone else loves me, I’m going to keep fighting, keep pushing till we are no longer needed and if you can’t handle that…” you blinked a couple times at the man before you “then what are doing here? Huh, what’s the point in your being here with me if you can’t accept the fact that ALL of this is because of YOU” you frowned deeply at him, not really understanding how this is any of your faults?
“Don’t you dare blame me for your reckless behaviour” you scold.
“Stop whining like a bitch, then maybe I won’t blame you” he sassed back, glaring at you, you stepped back and looked away, Tony knew he had crossed a line and it’s silent as you either wait for his apology or… something but no words are said between you.
“All I want is for you to come back, home, safe with me because I love you but if that’s me being a bitch then maybe we should reconsider this whole relationship” you tell him before walking to the door to leave and calm down, Tony calls after you but you carry on walking not bothering or giving him the satisfaction of looking back at him as you round the corner.
“What did you do to make (Y/N) so mad?” Finn asked, Tony’s apprentice- well actually a partner in inventing, Tony just likes saying he is an apprentice to annoy him at times. Finn is actually an old field Agent of SHIELD, he proved to be an excellent computer genius, resulting in a friendship between himself and Stark. He receives a deep grunt and not another word.
“She’ll forgive you, she always does, she loves you…” Finn shrugs “for some unknown reason” he mutters to himself and Tony nods lightly biting his lip “give her a few days and then say sorry” he clasps his friend’s shoulder with a smile and Tony nodded at him.
Two Days Later
“Where’s Tony?” Steve asked walking into the kitchen, eyeing (Y/N) who shrugged as everyone shrugged back at Steve, to be completely honest you hadn’t seen Tony either and that worried you; normally by now he would have done something to apologise or talked about the situation with you, only you hadn’t heard or seen Stark in a few days and it worried you.
“Ask Finn” Natasha commented
“He’s not down in the lab either,” Steve tells you all, everyone exchanges glances of mix emotions; concern, shock and worry “did those two mentions a business thing or… them going somewhere?” he asked and everyone shook their heads and he nodded back, panic began to formality inside of you; what happened to them both?
Six Days Later
Almost a whole week with no word on Tony or Finn, nothing came up and it seemed like they simply vanished without a trace or a word of caution, you began thinking of the worst possible outcomes to this situation; mainly them both turning up dead. Steve and Natasha did what they can to calm your mind, it didn’t work, anything could have happened to them!
Tony was Iron Man, he had enemies, you all did, anyone could have grabbed them and doing god knows what to them both. The only thing running through your mind was the last words you spoke to Tony, how you wanted to reconsider your relationship with him, you were mad at him and you didn’t mean it but now you couldn’t take it back.
“(Y/N)” Clint shouted, you snap out of your mind and look to your friend, mild panic and heavy breathing coming from the sharp-shooter “HYDRA! Video! Tony and Finn!” he panted random words but you linked them together, following him down to the meeting room where all the Avengers plus Nick Fury stood, Steve doesn’t meet anyone’s eyes as he stands with hands resting on the table and head fallen to the floor and you look at the screen; paused image of Tony and Finn sat in some abandoned building, dirty and bruised.
“We received this video an hour ago” Steve mutters and sighs looking up, tears falling down his cheeks but he’s speaking so calmly and normally that you wouldn’t even notice them “it’s… not easy to watch the first few minutes are them just…” he trailed off.
“(Y/N), I wouldn’t ask you to watch this if I didn’t think you’d need to, I don’t really want to show you even now but… Tony…” you nod once and you feel your heart beating and it’s going faster as Steve clicks a button and the video resumes and Tony coughs up blood is the first thing you see.
TONY TWO DAYS AGO- Part of the video Reader watches
“Fuck you” that earns Tony another punch to the jaw, the ache he feels in his face and body is unlike anything he has experienced before, he coughs up and spits out blood to the floor and he feels the blood drips into his unshaven face and he can’t even begin to decide how many days himself and Finn have been here.
He glances over at his friend, who is surprisingly stoic, sitting up straight and deadpanned expression and he’s still in the business suit that he was wearing to the meeting he would have attended with Pepper and Tony. Tony glances up and makes eye contact with the camera they set up, probably an hour ago, knowing where they’d be sending the footage first.
The HYDRA agent steps around the men, both watch with narrowed eyes and Tony notes the gun he is now carrying, his heart beats unusually calmly because he’s known for a while what would happen and how it would end but he just wished everything that happened at the tower before all this didn’t happen.
It’s silent as the boots of the Agent walks across the floor boards, Tony sits up straight like his friend and neither look at each other, accepting their fates, Tony’s glad he is with Finn and not alone at least this way he dies with one person he cared about; even if he may never get a chance to say sorry to you.
“Any last words?” The rough, gruff voice speaks out clearly, how kind and honourable of the man to allow such a thing. Tony remains silent as Finn shifts, nodding once and sighing, like he was trying to find someway to say everything he needed in one sentence but how do you do that? How can you possibly summarise everything into a few words before your death? What do you say and how do you say it?
“I’d like to say it’s been an honour working with you Anthony” Finn announced, Tony nods once “and that if we had Happy drive us this wouldn’t have happened, thought you ought to know” Tony smirked despite the situation, both men chuckled but neither looked at one another, they didn’t need to.
The Agent grunted, signally Tony to hurry up his own words, Tony and Finn stop laughing and it’s silent as Tony tries to find some way to summarise everything.
“Likewise, dear friend” Tony sighs out to Finn “Well, I’m… sorry to everyone for my reckless behaviour and I’m especially sorry to (Y/N), I never meant to hurt you but I did and I only hope you can forgive me, and know I love you more than anything even my own life.” he watched as the Agent stepped toward him, gun aimed at his head and he takes a long last breath, allowing himself to breathe one last time.
To feel human one last time.
BACK TO PRESENT
You jump at the sound of the gunshot, the video keeps going and you watch as Finn refuses to look at what you expected to be a dead Tony, the video cuts out and everyone is silent and no one has anything to say or knows how to say it. You feel Natasha hug you but you can’t find the strength to hug back, it’s almost impossible to believe what you just watched.
Tony’s last words, almost, begging for forgiveness from you; of course, you’d forgive him, you always do because Tony makes brash and rash decisions all the time, it’s him and you wouldn’t change that because you love all of him.
Now he’s gone, Finn is probably dead or alone being tortured somewhere but most of all, he’s actually gone.
(Thank you, I’m guessing this was sent when I went through my break up, so thank you for the support. I hope whoever requested this enjoyed it, sorry I gave it an unhappy ending, I wanted to add an original character because I didn’t wantto put another Avenger being there or dying with him. You can request; imagines, headcanons and one shots by myself and Angie - Rosalee)
could you give me some tips on how you got an A in biology a level as im going to be studying it next year and i have no idea how to organise my work and time, thank you!
I’m not 100% sure how you get an A in biology but I will say what I did for revision in Biology.
A lot of this is more what my teachers did rather than me, but class time is a lot of your time.
I get all my things out as soon as I get in so I can start as soon as possible.
In class I make rough notes on A4 paper. I don’t write everything down and I don’t spend ages on them, so I can listen closer to the teacher.
I try to actively listen throughout the lessons and focus hard. I personally prefer putting extra effort in lessons even though it tires me out.
I do talk to my classmates. Partly about Biology and partly not, but make sure you don’t talk too much about the non-biology part.
While I wait outside I might look at flashcards on my phone if no one else is there yet.
In Free Periods:
Use your free periods!!
I had a free period two lessons before my Biology lesson and I used to spend it doing my homework. I also had one afterwards, which I used to review the work I did the past lesson.
Most of my rewriting notes was done in my free periods. I used the library as it’s quiet and the textbooks already there. When rewriting I’d neaten everything up, organise information into a better order, add more information from the textbook and improve my diagrams.
Rewriting takes a lot of time and patience, so it’s not for everyone. I liked it for Biology though as it just solidified everything in my mind and a lot of it is words.
If it’s not your thing, you could do online notes so you can edit them or you could use post it notes to edit it.
Free periods are also a good opportunity to study with others, I used them on occasion to work with my classmates.
It’s also a good time for getting extra help, if there’s anywhere you can get some sort of tutor or help free periods are the best time to go get this.
Generally/ At Home:
I used online flashcards to learn definitions and short facts. There’s lots of pre-prepared ones on memrise, but they do occasionally have annoying spellings. I got round this by making my own, which was good, if you have the time.
I also had physical flashcards, but I wrote summaries of the entire course when it got to exam time.
Another thing I did when it approached exam time is make lots of large posters with summaries of each area.
Generally, I’d say the best method for revision at the end of the year is to summarise and cover everything. You need to know all the basics and be able to piece them all together as well. If you have a large breadth and depth of knowledge you can take on any of the questions.
When you get set tests during the terms, study hard, not only because it gives you predicted grades but also because that extra study/reminder of information helps you remember it better in the long term.
The other main idea is to repeat. That’s why I like rewriting my notes and doing summaries, repetition helps you to memorise. You can also make links as you look back and see why what you learnt before is relevant to this or how it links to what you’ve learnt since you were taught it.
there aren’t really a set of rules other than sharing photos from your camera roll. i have 763 pictures/videos on my phone lmao so i picked ten that kinda summarise everything. so basically concert pics, photos of my friends n photos of matthew gray gubler, lots of beach pics and photos from schoolies ?? (why havent i deleted those yet ???) and other junk
click on the photos 2 see captions about each photo lol !!
im gonna b annoying and say that if ur reading this then i tag u !! ik a lot of people dont want 2 post non sims stuff so yer if u wanna do it say i tagged you !!! ♡
May Masterpost Challenge by @educatier, the goal is to make 20 masterposts in May!
How to: Write an Essay
So this is my guide to essay-writing. I was naturally pretty good at writing essays, but struggled at higher levels in high school because I never focused on improving my essays. These are some tips I’ve picked up, and hopefully, this will help someone!
Step 1: consider the subject from different perspectives, and figure out your main argument, and if possible, your main points.
Step 2: research. If you don’t know your main points yet, figure them out using evidence you’ve collected.
Step 3: outline. Write the first and last sentence of your introduction and conclusion. Then, write your first point as the first sentence of a paragraph, and list the evidence you’ll use for that paragraph, and a final sentence for the paragraph. Repeat for each point.
Step 4: write. Your outline gives you a general idea of where your essay is going - all you have to do is connect the dots, make sure your points are clear and concise, and fully develop your ideas.
Step 5: review. Make sure you’ve answered the question, or that your essay backs up your argument, and check that your points are clear.
Step 6: edit. Go through the entire essay and improve anything you can, remove pointless sentences, add extra evidence, develop ideas further, make sure the grammar and spelling is correct, etc, and you’re done!
Make sure to leave enough time for research. You can’t write an excellent essay on a topic that you know very little about.
If you don’t know much about the topic, make sure you cover the basics first of all. If you’re already familiar with the topic, go over gaps in your understanding before researching further.
Research with a goal in mind. If you know your main argument, look for research to back up your points, but don’t totally discard other opinions or arguments - you want to have a broad understanding of the topic, and you can’t have a broad understanding if you only consider one perspective.
Write down various quotes, facts, or data, and make sure to note the url or book, chapter and page you got them from.
Make sure that the evidence you collect is from a reliable source. i.e. it’s from a research paper, academic paper, published book written by an expert in the relevant topic, academic website, etc. Not someone’s tumblr blog or Wikipedia page.
Read original sources. Reading other people’s essays on a subject can give you ideas, but ultimately, you want to form your own opinions, not rehash someone else’s. This goes for academic works, too - when you come across evidence in a textbook or academic journal, check the source and find the original. There’s a lot of information that isn’t included, and it’ll give you a much better view on the context the evidence comes from, and the broader view of the topic.
Your essay should include an introduction, several main paragraphs, and a conclusion.
The introduction should let your readers know the topic, why the topic is important. It shouldn’t be too in-depth, but should give the reader an idea of what your main argument is.
List points that you will explain - each of these points will become a paragraph, and the paragraphs should be ordered according to this list.
Remember to include a thesis is it is required.
If you have been given a question to answer, include a statement that answers the question.
If you haven’t been given a question, try to turn your main argument or point into a few sentences as a statement.
If you’re struggling, try writing the introduction last.
Each paragraph should discuss a different point, in the order laid out in the introduction, and each point should contribute to your main argument, however the points should also follow in a logical order. If they don’t, adjust the order and change the introduction to reflect the new order.
Include evidence to support your argument, but make sure that a) the evidence actually does support your argument and b) the evidence is from a reliable source. This evidence can be data, quotes, facts, arguments, etc.
Any evidence you include should be developed fully - explain why your evidence is relevant to your point, and don’t include it if it isn’t.
The first sentence of a new paragraph should introduce a new point, and at the end of each paragraph, explain why your point is relevant to the main argument.
The conclusion should flow from your last paragraph.
The conclusion should pull together your argument - it should draw on the points you raised throughout the essay, and bring them together to back up your main argument. It shouldn’t just summarise everything you discussed.
Show how these points have a larger implication, if relevant.
Don’t just repeat your points or thesis - feel free to repeat a point, as long as it’s part of a sentence showing its importance or relevance to the topic or argument.
Don’t introduce any new points.
Your essay should be grammatically correct, and the spelling should be correct.
Your essay generally shouldn’t use contractions.
The language used should be formal. Don’t use slang in your essays.
Make sure all sentences in your essay add something. There shouldn’t be any repeat or rephrased sentences if those sentences don’t introduce something new or otherwise contribute to your essay.
Your essay should answer the question, or thoroughly discuss your argument. If you aren’t sure what a point adds to your essay, either replace it, or find a way to make it fit.
Make sure you include a reference page where you list the resources used - exactly how you list resources will vary, but generally for websites, you want the website name, url and date accessed, and for textbooks, the book name, author, chapter and page number, and potentially publisher and year published.
I hope this helps! If you have any requests, please let me know!
Here’s a quote that always reminds me of James, Sirius, Remus and Peter. If there was ever an eloquent phrasing of the feeling of good friends, of adventures and mistakes and trouble, of everything that summarises the marauders, it’s this:
“We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. It’s not quite love and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, who are in this together. Who are on your team. When the check is paid and you stay at the table. When it’s four A.M. and no one goes to bed. That night with the guitar. That night we can’t remember. That time we did, we went , we saw, we laughed, we felt.”
- Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories.
When I don't have exams I always feel lost as to how to study after each schoolday so far I just do dotpoint summaries as we cover them but then I hit a wall what do you do 😂
I do the exact same, I summarise everything I’ve learnt that day. It’s really good if you don’t have exams to do practice either in the form of homework, past papers or essays. It’s hard to motivate yourself to do this but it will help you a lot with your subjects to reinforce the content that you’ve learnt, so you don’t need to relearn for the next exam!
Alright you all knew this was coming (and again, blame @faeries-everywhere ‘cause she inspired this) and technically y’all asked for it so topic of rambling analysis today: Jotaro Kujo and impossibility.
Title inspired by the comment on this post (i know it was a joke but it’s actually a good launchpad LOL)
Hi, do you have tips on shortlisting/summarizing all your study material before an exam? So that on the last day/morning you can quickly go through the material.
Hey, if you are talking about summarising all the study materials, I usually make two types of cards for exams’/tests’ final review.
I have talked about summarising everything on index cards for final review in this study routine post. What I do is that I would out the main points in a few index cards the day before the exam.
I usually omit the definition of key terms and things I need to memorise.
e.g. if there are two functions of salt bridge in electrochemical cell, I would just write “the functions of salt bridge (2)”, so that when I look at them the next morning I would quickly recall the two functions - this acts as a testing effect.
Basically that index card for me is just to refresh my memory and allow me to quickly check if I have forgotten anything, so I don’t include a lot of content in it. Since I am writing it when I am doing a final review, I tend to focus more on memorising the content instead of making notes.
Practice Question Cards
I start collecting these from day one. What I do is that whenever I came across some practice questions that I either did wrongly or I find interesting/confusing (from homework, past papers, textbook etc.), I would write down the question and the answer on the front of the card, and further explanation at the back, so that I have one question per card. Then I will organise them by topic, and when I have an exam I would pick out the related cards and put them in a ring binder, and study them the day before exam.
28/12/2015 | 12:02pm || notes from today (right) and a couple of weeks ago (left) to show a bit of an evolution in this presentation style! (there’s more info on the back of these but i figured the front is the best way to show them!). i’ve found this a really useful way of summarising everything because it forces me to look at all of my notes and basically gives me a study guide!! tools: rhodia dotpad, papermate flairs, zebra mildliners, muji 0.38 gel pen + staedtler fineliners.
5. Earl Sweatshirt - I Don’t like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside
If this list was ordered by album titles alone, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside would be #1. As Tyler the Creator continued his transformation to adolescent rap gremlin to the N.E.R.D cover band he always wanted to be, Earl Sweatshirt quietly released one of the darkest rap albums of the year.
Dropped in March with little warning or fanfare, I Don’t Like Shit is a claustrophobic trudge through the world of a young and talented misanthrope. Earl is more focused than ever as he floats through lumbering beats, narrating a life of self-imposed paranoia and solitude. Millions chanted the words “Free Earl” during his time at a Samoan obedience school but in post-release 2015, Earl sounds more trapped than ever.
Best track: Grief
4. Young Thug - Barter 6
2015 was Young Thug’s most prolific year yet and if you were to take the best tracks from his debut full-length album Barter 6, as well as his late-year mixtape series Slime Season 1 and 2, you’d have an easy contender for album of the year.
Unfortunately, Thugger’s rambling unpredictableness is both a blessing and a curse. On the Barter 6’s stand-out tracks, Thug proves why he’s one of the most talked about rappers in the game and shows a talent that shines beyond the discussions on his sexuality and fashion choices. “Yes I got a dress on, aint worried about that” he warbles in album highlight “Check” – all the controversy in the world doesn’t mean shit if you can’t deliver good music and Thugger’s all-or-nothing approach makes for an eclectic, if frustratingly flawed experience.
The album brushes up against greatness on several occasions, on the tracks With That, Constantly Hating, Check, Half Time and the album’s frenzied closer Just Might Be. These soaring highs also make the lows feel even lower – the album contains several average mixtape-quality songs and sub-par guest appearances that struggle to be heard over Thugger’s versatile kitchen-sink approach. But despite a bit of dead weight (which was also present on the otherwise excellent Slime Season 1 and 2), Barter 6 was a worthy entry and a good part of why Thugger was one of 2015’s shining stars.
Best track: With That
3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
In a year where Dr Dre finally released his Not-Detox-But-as-Close-as-You’ll-Get album Compton, Kendrick Lamar managed to outshine his mentor in nearly every way in To Pimp A Butterfly, arguably the most important rap release of the year.
While Good Kid, mAAd City was a snapshot of Kendrick’s childhood in Compton, TPAB is a snapshot of the world right now. Kendrick takes an in-depth look at race relations in America and his own experiences as an African-American male growing up in poverty. Album highlights i and Alright has Kendrick giddily declare “I love myself!” and “We gon’ be alright!” but as some of the darker tracks on the album show, it took a long time to get there. Kendrick’s wrestling with his personal demons of self-doubt and corruption, along with the racism and poverty he sees in the black community on a daily basis, makes his well-earned announcements of pride and joy come from a place of struggle and sincerity rather than cheap feel-good platitudes.
Yes, it’s bloated. Yes, it’s not the kind of album you’ll return to again and again. But it still remains a seminal masterwork in the genre and a perfect summary of the current political climate surrounding the black community. If any other artist released this album it would probably remained as overlooked as, well, name any other social-politically rapper of the last decade. But Kendrick deserves to be heard – he’s earned his stripes.
Best track: The Blacker The Berry
2. A$AP Rocky - At Long Last A$AP
While Kendrick went in-depth in his exploration of modern social-political climates, A$AP Rocky took a more familiar approach with his 2015 effort. On At Long Last A$AP, Rocky treads several familiar subjects – having money, being famous, getting girls, being from the streets, still not afraid to hurt you if he needs to. Rocky, as he’s quick to remind you, is still that pretty motherfucker.
While this album might not break any new ground it comes at the #2 spot for one solid reason – over a lengthy 18-song track list, there are probably a total of two, maybe three songs worth skipping. That’s an incredible hit rate for any artist, especially in a genre known for padding albums with filler material.
A$AP Rocky might never recapture the magic of his first full-length mixtape but after his rather lacklustre debut album Long Live A$AP, A.L.L.A is a welcome step in the right direction. While it might not blow anyone’s socks off, it’s an incredibly solid listen from start to finish with a few shining moments. Bonus points go to Lil Wayne delivering the best verse on the year on M$.
Best track: Excuse Me
1. Future - DS2
If love is the greatest muse of all, DS2 was Future’s anti-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. After his very public divorce from R&B singer Ciara, Future came out with a string of excellent mixtapes which lead up to the defining moment of his career, even rap music this year.
“Tried to make me a
pop star, but they made a monster” Future sneers on album highlight I Serve The
Bass and that one line summarises everything he’s become. Peel off the
exorbitant amounts of money and women Future attracts on a daily basis and an
undertone of nihilism and unhappiness bleeds throughout. Future doesn’t just
take you to the party, he takes you through the early mornings of drunken
regret, remorse and paranoia, knowing fully well you’ll go through it all again
tomorrow. In Future’s world, the parties are endless but the consequences constantly
loom overhead like a sword of Damocles constructed from Styrofoam cups.
After a fairly disappointing
2014 for rap, Future flooded 2015 with no less than three fantastic mixtapes
(including a Drake collab) and one benchmark album, firmly firmly cementing his status at the top of one of hip hop’s
most exciting years. What a time to be alive, indeed.
so i saw this comment on a site which is doing a ‘favourite scene’ poll, and dean and cas’s crypt scene is up against the sam and dean scene in 8.23
and it just.. struck me. because yes. this is why i find dean and cas so fascinating. this is why i’m interested to see where it goes.
it explains why yes, i’m interested in the brotherly bond that sam and dean have, but i’ve seen it before. i’ve seen it in full metal alchemist; i’ve seen it in heroes; i’ve seen it in korean dramas; i’ve seen it in other animes.
dean and cas.. okay, the whole 'human and not-human’ thing isn't new (see: buffy and spike) but there’s a certain dynamic to it that’s new to me. and i want to see what’s gonna come of it.