summarises everything

jessicakes1994  asked:

I just read something (it was a post about dlc for origins) about how the companions in dragon age can be redeemed or aim for some sort of redemption. Do you think we will see that Solas does get saved in the next game or will Bioware finally break the cycle??

Well, it’s time for opinions.

The thing with Solas right now is that, first of all, he’s no longer your “companion”, and his current position in the story is… complicated (or fucked, if you want to be more crude and real). Towards the end of Inquisition they apparently give you the option to try and “save Solas from himself” on the next game. They also make you choose from a handful of different options, some of which will -presumably- turn the efforts against Solas stronger or weaker. 

This all makes you think that the option to help and save him will be there, but let’s not pretend that Bioware doesn’t play with the “illusion of choice” a lot. Aka, “your choices don’t really matter, we gonna do what we want anyways.”

Let’s be objective, you can only “save Solas form himself” if there’s something to save him from, right? For as long as he doesn’t bring down the veil, he hasn’t actually done anything that needs redeeming. Perhaps you’ll be following him around and trying to dissuade him from carrying out his plan but, does that sound like an interesting plot line to you? Plus, we’ve pretty much have the fact that the Inquisitor won’t be the next main protagonist confirmed so… I think this is unlikely. 

What we’re left with -and this is my opinion- is the most likely scenario: Solas will bring down the veil, or get close enough to it that shit starts to go down. Then you have to choose between fighting him or not. Hell, or maybe you won’t get that option at all, maybe you have got to fight him anyways and you only get to choose whether you kill him or not. 

Maybe he’ll perish all the same because it sounds like ripping off the Veil is a Very Dangerous Thing To Do and he didn’t sound very hopeful in terms of his own survival. I don’t think he believes he will come out of it alive himself. 

So I’ll be honest with you, the more I hear about the “potential new DA4″ the more I start feeling like Solas won’t survive this whole thing. Redemption doesn’t mean survival. He might die all the same. Even if you stop his plan and do help him. 

In a perfect universe a friendly Inquisitor/romanced Lavellan could dissuade him altogether and find another way to restore Elvhenan together. 

Hint: That’s not gonna happen.

Now what I’d like to see happen? I want Solas to try and carry out his plan. And I want to see his plan not work out quite as he expected. I want him to have to go back to the Inquisition for help, yet again -probably getting slapped in the process- and I want everyone to fight together to, yes, bring back Elvhenan but also accomplish something akin towards equality for races (because elves do deserve better but so do other races). ((Also I’d kill to fight Old Elvhen Gods ok…))

And I want him to have to go back begging for help because I want him to realise he isn’t and doesn’t have to be alone in this. There are other ways and there’s people who care for him. And who will help him despite everything.

Another hint:… This is unlikely to happen, as well…

-Red

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):

EXAM TIPS:

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 (:

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I finally got someone to loosely translate this video for me so I thought I’d share it since it’s really cute!

Bam’s mom basically said that she’s thankful to Mark because he’s been looking out for BamBam since they first became trainees at JYP. Mark came to Korea a little bit earlier than Bam. Only both of them were foreigners at that time; all the other trainees were Korean. She also mentioned Brian (Young K from DAY6) who also helped look after Bam. But Mark did a lot because if Bam didn’t have money he would also treat him.

translation may contain accuracies.
trans cred: @hatailyn

note: this isn’t a word by word translation. it just summarises everything that was said in this particular video.

anonymous asked:

Sometimes, when I see jm, I think to myself "if art was a person it would be him" and I have this hq that this is a thought that yg has too. I bet that he's written dozens of songs about jm and his beauty and his kindness and his smile and god, I'm cheesy and a sap.

i agree honestly PLEASE read his verse from good day and tell me yoongi hasn’t just summarised everything i’ve ever said about them

“as you share happiness, it multiplies
but if you share sadness also, it multiplies too
so always laugh
and rest on my shoulder
we may argue sometimes, but we make up quickly
i understand your feelings too, well~ it’s written on your face
things like appearance, hmm hmm it’s as if it doesn’t matter
it has no relationship with our “relationship”
it’s fine even if it’s everyday
showing off at this point, no thanks
even without money, just seeing you is OK
so don’t worry, let’s laugh again
yep bro, always the same
yep bro, by your side
at anytime, we happy together
this unchanging feeling is the same as from back then”

The A-Z of TMBG

Introduction

They Might Be Giants have forever been one of those bands that, when asked my opinion on, I would say “Oh, I adore them”. But similarly to my relationship with The Mountain Goats, I have gaps in my knowledge of their history that are so big that they rival the amount that I do know about them. I always list them as a favourite band, but if I turned up to one of their shows I’d be the asshole excited by every other song, then trying to work out if I knew the rest, nervously mouthing the odd lyric here or there. “Duhh muhh duhh BAG OF GROCERIES duhh duhhh muhh muhhh EXPIRATION DAAAAATE”.

This is because I have a very silly way of listening to music in which I discover a band, love a couple of their albums to death, then struggle to move on from those because those are the ones that I love so much. Most people who have good critical thinking skills would say “Gee, I loved this album so much that I should probably try another of their albums”. Not me! Figure 8 by Elliott Smith, Entroducing by DJ Shadow and This is Our Music by Galaxie 500 are some of my favourite albums of all time, and guess what? They’re pretty much the only albums i’ve listened to by those artists. Now, I have listened to quite a lot of TMBG, but I haven’t often sat down to dig into their music (or stood up! I don’t exclusively listen to music sitting down on a couch like some record producer trying to feel the vision or fall asleep). It’s time to change that, and i’m going to be going through each of their studio albums over the weeks, one by one, and giving them a bit of an appraisal, and a bit of a praise, because, as hard and objective as I wish I was, i’m going to be gushing over TMBG a lot. But if any band, or any album, deserves a hot torrent of gush, it’s this band, and this album….

#1: Untitled, or, The Pink Album, 1986

“We were the most stoppable force in rock music”

- John Flansburgh

John Flansburgh and John Linnell’s (or the Johns as everyone, and now I, call them) first album is quite a rorschach test of an album. Whatever you see in it, and whatever you want it to be, it is. Musically adventurous and avant garde? Check. Goofy and hilarious? Check. The one thing I don’t think anyone could see it as is boring. It feels like an album that will elicit strong feelings and strong opinions from its listener, primarily because it truly does not sound like anything else. While Flansburgh self-deprecatingly refers to the band during their early days as a stoppable force, their music right from the off sounds determined, self assured and insuppressible. What Flansburgh means by stoppable is that they had no record label and no publicist, and that the only people who could really support the band were the few locals who’d catch their shows in Brooklyn. It wasn’t their music that was stoppable, but their situation.

In more ways that one, the music on this album is unstoppable. In their huge bursts of energy and ideas, and in how easily listenable the album is, it is unstoppable. Once I start the opening track on this album, I cannot and do not stop until the album is over, because it’s such a damn fun and specific world to be in. You know that feeling when you’re so deeply into a TV show that when the episode finishes, no other show on the planet can hit the spot? That’s how listening to this album feels.

I’d heard it a couple of times before, but sitting down (again, I don’t just sit down to listen to music! Sometimes I even have a nice little walk!) and paying proper attention to it really opened my eyes to what an incredible debut it is. Though it’s basically an adapted version of a DIY cassette, its distinctive sound is really professional and well recorded, and the songs themselves are fully-formed statements by a band who know what the fuck they’re about. Everything Right is Wrong Again is a legitimate contender for best opener on a debut ever, and it summarises everything that the band is about. It’s a mission statement and a litmus test; a song that, based on your reaction, tells you whether or not this’ll be your new favourite band. Linnell’s distinctive nasal vocals, the prominent drums machine patterns and a huge array of synthesised instruments underneath (is that a fucking harpsichord??) all tie together to make a pop song that sounds nothing like any other pop song around at the time. The lyrics on the opening track touch on a common theme for TMBG, that things feel out of step, and that confusion and even pain are weird damn things to deal with. I mean, take a look at the lyrics. It’s pretty unusual that such a fun and bizarro song would contain lyrics as precise as “The healing doesn’t stop the feeling” and “Everything right is wrong again, every movement false, every four is waltz again”. 

TMBG are demonstrating that as silly and playful as they might get, they write real songs that sometimes touch on very real ideas and feelings. And then they have songs called Toddler Hiway that describes a highway of toddlers that leads to Toys R Us. Their ability to mix the astute with the absurd is unique in that they often do it at the same time. Whereas a more traditional band might have a track alternation of serious song - silly song - serious song - silly song, this album blends the two so idiosyncratically that it creates a flavour unlike any other. All their serious songs sound silly, and all their silly songs sound serious. The album takes musical influence from all over the place which results in tracks that boil over with the enthusiasm of two very smart music-buffs who know how to use their inspirations. Number Three has a bluegrass rhythm to go with its self-referential storytelling (”I got two songs in me, and I just wrote the third”), while Alienation’s For The Rich has a country swing to complement its lamenting lyrics. And while these influences are never repeated in a straight forward manner, they also are more than parodies or pastiches of a genre. They’re influences that are put on a conveyer belt and processed through a strange and beautiful machine that mashes them up, flips them upside down and releases them as strange mirror images of themselves. What makes the difference is the skill the Johns have as songwriters, and how intelligently they use references and influences. 

And so, accordions and harpsichords don’t feel parodic, or “how weird ARE WE”, but instead complementary tools used to build very specific little worlds. It might seem strange to start the song Youth Culture Killed My Dog with a James Bond riff (fittingly, TMBG would years later write Dr Evil’s Theme for Austin Powers) but it all gives off a mood, a vibe, and sometimes a good fucking laugh. The album feels like the Johns are saying “Look, this is the music we have to make. It has to have silly skits, it has to be ridiculous, because that’s what we care about.” Or as Flansburgh says in Put Your Hands Inside the Puppet Head: “Memo to myself: do the dumb things I gotta do”. 

The album is built on smart absurdity, a kind of dadaist desire to reveal the strangeness of its characters, and of the music itself. Youth Culture Killed my Dog seems to parody the conservative’s public to youth and counter cultures:

Bacharach and David used to write his favorite songs

Never, never, never would he worry/he’d just run and fetch the ball

But the hip hop and the white funk just blew away my puppy’s mind”.


They seem to be tackling the topic of music itself, and the expectations on what music is and should be. They subvert this by making music that doesn’t sound like what traditional pop music is supposed to sound like. You could call it experimental, but the Johns seem to know exactly what they’re doing. They’re art school weirdos who mercifully don’t take themselves too seriously, and instead have a post-punk, Talking Heads-esque idea of deconstruction and why-the-hell-not attitude. And like Talking Heads, aside from all the oddness and whimsy, what TMBG sound like on this album is a really, really good alternative rock band. Their guitars sounds consistently excellent; Don’t Let’s Start in particular has a great surfer-y guitar sound in the verses that sounds like PixiesHere Comes Your Man (but a few years before that song was released), and She’s An Angel, which is the loveliest track on the album, has gorgeous, almost slide-like guitars giving a wonderful texture to the song. And songs like Don’t Let’s Start and (She Was A) Hotel Detective speak to the fact that as well as being a niche, cult item, the Johns create songs that are indisputable alternative classics. The songs might not be as well known as the Blue Mondays and Killing Moons of their era, but they are just as important, clever and classic.

This album makes it clear that the Johns probably won’t go on to be the biggest rock stars on the planet, but it does make it clear that they are truly worthy of their cult status and their passionate fan base, and that they have a hell of a lot in them to look forward to. It’s an album that, if you’d heard it in 1986, you would’ve rooted for it. You would’ve gone up to your friends who liked Devo and Oingo Boingo and told them to please listen to this. You would’ve attended their shows and bought cassettes and written reviews, like the one i’m inspired to write now. The album connects to me in an immediate sense, the songs instantly working their way into my ears and heart. They’re songs that i’m always happy to hear, and to instantly incorporate into my life. Songs that I want to live with. What I mean by that is, there are songs that are always swirling around in my head, so that when something even tangentially connected to them is mentioned, the songs barge their way to the front of my brain. Someone on TV a couple of days ago said “Not to put too fine a point on it”, and I instinctively said “Say i’m the only bee in your bonnet”. Because that’s who TMBG are for those who love them: a band that are constantly right there, dancing around in your head and giving you a wealth of songs, lines and tunes to enjoy. 

And as an album, there really is no better example of their talents and their personality. It’s a surprisingly cohesive set of songs, the 19 of them flying by in just 38 minutes (they do have a lot in common with punk!). It strikes a good, even balance that spreads the tentpole tracks across the two sides, and though there are shorter songs that really are goof offs, they don’t feel like filler. It’s not like they’re saying “shit, we need to throw a 25 second a-cappella about a toddler highway in there to pad the album out”, they’re just giving you sort of…bonuses? Little treats, really. The album would be full enough without them, they’re just the weirdo icing on the cake. If the singles on the album are the equivalent of a comedian doing a longer monologue, then the shorter tracks are one-liners, and having both means you’re spoiled for choice.  A lesser band trying that might not be able to hold your attention for so long, but the Johns do it effortlessly. I kind of think of them and this album as Pee-Wee Herman: Self aware, subversive, a little anarchic, but also completely warm hearted. The kind of thing that those who love it, really deeply love it.

It’s hard to imagine them breaking the mainstream, but looking at the few videos they produced from this album, they begin to make a bit more sense. Because as goofy, nerdy and joyful as they are in these videos, they’re also really fucking cool.

They look like the art-school weirdos that they are, but the kind that like to have lots of fun and make fart jokes. In the Don’t Lets Start video, Linnell is dressed sharply in black and has his hair long and floppy, and he instantly looks like a dweeby counter-culture hero. They dance like David Byrne and seem to be having the most fun of any band in any video. In the Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head video, they look like Tears for Fears letting loose with an accordion, which sounds like the uncoolest thing ever, but The Johns pull it off. It’s their enthusiasm and sweetness that sells it.

(She Was A) Hotel Detective has some great vintage Nick-At-Night vibes which (pardon the pun) illustrates their playful style, which is interspersed with self-mocking clips of the Johns playing, with the word “MUSIC” hanging behind them.

Please, if you haven’t seen them and if you get a few minutes, watch these videos. There are not many examples this good of such pure joy and fun. And there aren’t many bands who have music videos that feel like such an accurate extension of their ideals, and it’s in these that you can start to see how they carved out their niche. 

Seeing this play on MTV would’ve been eye and ear catching to say the least, and though it might’ve made many ask “what the fuck is this”, there had to be those people in between who this connected with. And it turned out, there are a lot of those people, and they are now the TMBG fan base, as passionate and excited today as ever. TMBG don’t necessarily speak for them, but they speak to them. The Pink Album says it loud and clear “be weird, have fun, feel things, do the dumb thing you gotta do”.

26/06
These may be the prettiest notes 📚I’ve ever made. I was excited to study 🤓, which is a strange phenomenon that I hope continues.
Had to study for my second last exam of the term, almost done! 😁
I didn’t have enough time to summarise everything, but I’m used to learning without notes 📝

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!!!!!!!!

anonymous asked:

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!

Hello!

I’m not 100% sure how you get an A in biology but I will say what I did for revision in Biology. 

In Lessons:

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.

I hope this helps! Good luck :)

-Frankie

“Last Words?” *Tony Stark x Reader*

Originally posted by bcmjs

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)

anonymous asked:

I'm a little confused? So Byron's father was also Nico's, but at what time did Nicos mom and Gerald get together? Where was Byron's mom? I'm pretty sure Nico and Byron are close in age so?? Also was there any mention of whether Nico's mom is still alive? Just curious! Thanks! -❤

Hello again, sweetie! ( ˘ ³˘)❤

Right, I just posted another ask you can find here, which basically explains what I at least know of the whole situation. I haven’t been corrected on anything in there yet, although I only just posted it, but I’ll summarise everything under the cut so as to not leave spoilers hanging out in the open.

Anyways, for when you’ve read the answers and/or spoilers, the latter if you decide to, thank you for popping back, and I hope this clears things up a bit for you! Lovely to see you again <3

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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.

May Masterpost Challenge! 19/20 Masterposts

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!


Research

  • 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.

Outline

Your essay should include an introduction, several main paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Introduction:

  • 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.

Main Body:

  • 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. 

Conclusion:

  • 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.

Checklist

  • 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!

Have the times changed?

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)

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Regarding prompts:

Though this page has yet to receive any attention, it’s better to work on the foundations while no-one’s around to see the ground being churned up, and all of that unsightly stuff, so here we are.

This post’s just an extension of one of the last points made yesterday, with the intent of explaining what suggestions/ I will and will not consider.

So, I’ve summarised everything. Any of the following is perfectly fine:

- Comissions featuring your own characters. (On the terms of mutual credit. For the time being, commissions are free of charge, though this will not always be the case.)

- Fan-fiction (I may need background information, since I am but one person, with not enough time to juggle studying and watching/reading through hours of content. Also, I would prefer not to receive requests for anything of a solely sexual nature, since I have yet to attempt such writing.)

I am NOT willing to:

- Accept commissions for anything other than writing (I am no artist, so do not expect anything of the sort.)

- Partake in blatant acts of plagiarism (By this I mean taking pre-existing characters and exact plot-lines from other writers, and asking me to re-use them without the original owner’s knowledge.)

More frequently, however, you can expect exerpts of concepts that I’m currently building on. Constructive criticism would be much appreciated in all that I post, though especially here. Also, please do feel free to share anything here that takes your fancy - crediting me, of course - and (hopefully) enjoy following this page’s progress.

Many thanks!