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callmearcturus  asked:

"ARANEA: In fact, I spent considera8le time and effort seeking out the Lost Cheru8 for myself." this careful phrasing is so fucking in character for her /clap clap

I’ve been sitting on this ask for a little bit just because it made me THAT happy. Thank you SO much for the compliment, it means so much coming from you! 

And also thank you for being a fan of Act Omega, it is honestly one of the things that has made me the most happy about making it. 

aestheniaa  asked:

Hi so my grades are kinda slipping... and I would appreciate some advice. (I'm in high school and I struggle with anxiety so approaching my teachers is really hard for me) Any tips on raising grades, turning things on time (and actually finishing it without getting distracted) and studying (especially for difficult subjects)

hey! i’m sorry about the late reply, i hope you still find this helpful though!

about raising grades, i think that an important part is just doing all the stuff you’ve gotta do. you’re going to have everything sorted into basically two things: homework and tests and quizzes. so even if homework is hard or easy, even if homework is worth 5 points or 35, do them. study for tests and see if your teacher gives extra credit or lets you correct your tests. here are some links about improving your grades! 

and for finishing and turning in things on time, just put things aside. seriously. it sounds silly, but if you turn on your laptop, don’t open facebook or tumblr or whatever social media you have. put your phone away from you or face down, and turn off your notifications and mute your phone. give yourself some time to just work. links:

and for studying, i don’t have a definite answer because everyone studies differently, but here are some links that might help!

hope this helps a bit, love!

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CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW SAD MORTY IS WHEN HE KNOWS
HIS PARENTS ARE GONNA DIVORCE.

LIKE….. DAMN…..

Somehow I feel like this post is incomplete, but I can’t think of what I could write. If I think of something else, I’ll add reblog and add to it. Hi everyone! So the story is I received an ask from a high school junior who was stuck with a teacher for her Latin elective who champions self-learning and has apparently been teaching extraneous content. The asker wanted to know how to get good grades for Latin when they’ve lost their passion, so I thought that I would make a post about Dealing with Bad Teachers. 


DEALING WITH THE TEACHER

Firstly, self-learning is important and the teacher has good intentions for you. But it’s something that develops over time, and isn’t usually enforced for entire course loads. It is should be a legal requirement that the teacher teaches you the core syllabus set by your state/government, so politely and privately (via email or otherwise) request her to follow it, emphasising that you feel a lack of support (“it’s me not you”). If she refuses to change her teaching method, take it up (again privately) with the faculty head teacher. Of course, you need to actually collate the syllabus points which have not been covered so that you can present your case. 

STUDYING FOR A SUBJECT WHERE YOU HAVE A BAD TEACHER

  • If you can’t do anything about the teacher, unfortunately you’re going to have to put in extra work to stay on top of things

  • Get a support network of friends, and maybe even students in the other class can help; ask them to send you resources that the other Latin teacher is supplying so that you can self-study. 

  • Get your friends to give you feedback and help you study. 

  • Find textbooks, and schedule a chapter a week or however many you need to cover all the content by the end of the term when you have exams. A textbook teaches just as well, or even better than a bad teacher (though it’s not anywhere close to a good teacher unfortunately). 

STUDYING A SUBJECT YOU AREN’T INTERESTED IN

As for learning something that you’re really uninterested in, this is something I had to face every year whilst studying English. I hated English since I was more a maths/science student, but I still forced myself to study, and just do it for the marks.

I hated the idea of getting low marks for the subject more than actually doing the subject, so like the pottery story, I would just write essay after essay, story after story, until I improved. I had an older cousin that I would send my work to, and she would give me feedback so I could improve the story. And you know what? At the end of all that, I actually didn’t find English so bad, because I raised my English marks to a Band 6 (which is the highest band in Australian HSC), and I felt proud of the work that I did. Usually, you only start liking what you’re good at. There’s this really nice quote that I found that sums it up:

When you work hard at something you become good at it.
When you become good at something you enjoy doing it more.
When you enjoy doing something, there is a good chance you will become passionate about it. (source)

LEARNING A LANGUAGE

As for learning a language specifically, you need to try to become interested in the language that you’re studying. For me, I really liked studying Japanese because I liked reading manga, and Korean because I like listening to Kpop. So why do you want to learn Latin? It’s difficult for a dead language, but find something that interests you; I’ll recommend word origins! That’s the most interesting thing about Latin imo :)

Try working through the vocab and grammar systematically. Learn 1 new grammar structure everyday, and make flashcards with the words you need to know for the exam. There are plenty of tips around studyblr for individual languages :)


MY WEEKLY STUDY TIPS

WHAT I WISH I’D KNOWN BEFORE UNIVERSITY STUDY TIPS SERIES

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fred probably thought he was gonna have a nice relaxing af year cheering Archie on at football games and chillin now a kid is dead both his old flames from hs are back in his life (hermione and fp) he has a new son for whom he’s been falsifying documents he just found out his actual son was being sexually abused all summer and he can’t even park in his garage anymore bc it’s all soundproof and full of band stuff

  • Psychic: *reads my mind*
  • My brain: GO GO LET'S GO LET'S GO DATEKO GO GO LET'S GO LET'S GO DATEKO GO GO LET'S GO LET'S GO DATEKO GO GO LET'S GO LET'S GO DATEKO GO GO LET'S GO LET'S GO DATEKO GO GO LET'S GO LET'S GO DATEKO
  • Psychic: what the fuck
  • Me: I don't know make it stop
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nine in the afternoon // panic! at the disco

Everytime someone talks shit about my beautiful chubby jewish baby being a “bad protagonist” or an “annoying character” or EVEN a fucking “Nazi Hugger” all I can think about is poor Rebecca being like… 

Dealing with a bad grade or negative thoughts:

I have had a huge number of messages and inboxes asking about how to deal with a bad grade, or how to feel better about the fact that they have to much work to do/think they are going to fail their exams. I thought I’d make a post addressing this, in the hope that it will be helpful to some of you :)

DEALING WITH A BAD GRADE:

  • The first thing you have to do is to accept that you have got the grade you have gotten - whether that is a B instead of your usual A, or it is a fail grade.
  • Try and analyse why you got that grade. Is it something as simple as not working hard for that assignment? Or did you work hard and still not achieve the grade you wanted - then the issue might be exam technique, timing etc. 
  • It is so important to talk in this situation. Talk to your teachers about the grade you got, and about how to improve - do they think this is a one off? Or is there something they can do to help if they think you might be struggling with the material. The worst thing you can do is to deny the grade and just withdraw yourself.
  • As hard as it sounds, look at this ‘bad’ grade as something good. Take this opportunity to learn from any mistakes you might have made. Correct the paper you didn’t do well in so that it is up to full marks, try and see exactly why you didn’t get the marks you missed.
  • Then start working on an action plan of how to do better next time. The worst thing to do would be to stall completely and get focused on this one bad grade. If you focus too much on it then you won’t be able to progress and learn from what you did wrong. Instead of focusing on the fact that you got a bad grade, look forward to the next test and be determined to smash it!
  • If you are in the position that this isn’t a one off, and you are finding a particular subject and its exams very hard, maybe you should looking at getting a tutor? Talk to your teachers to see if they can give you extra questions, or one-to-one sessions during lunch/after-school. Your teachers want to help you, so utilise them.

Changing your attitude and thinking positively:

  • A lot of you have sent me messages telling me that you are scared to fail, or that you are sure that the work you’re doing won’t pay off etc. In cases like this I think it’s you attitudes that need to change.
  • If you take the stand that you will fail your exams, that because you are getting bad grades now you’ll obviously fail in summer so there’s no point even trying etc. etc. of course you aren’y going to do well! You need to think positively in order to succeed.
  • Start telling yourself that you will succeed, that you will pass, that you are good enough - even if you don’t believe it at first. If you keep that mantra going around your head, your attitude will shift and you will start feeling better about your situation.
  • Don’t dwell on the past - on grades you have got earlier in the term etc. just keep focused on the future, and the things you have to do in order to get where you want to go.
  • Keep reminding yourself of your goals and aspirations. If ever you are feeling unmotivated or in doubt of yourself, remember what you want to achieve and think about what you have to do to get there, and how much you want to get there - this will help motivate you and empower you.

Remember that bad grades do not define you. You are worth so much more than some letters on a piece of paper, so make sure you are happy and healthy before you start worrying about a bad grade. Good luck all of you! :)

when i have a few good days in a row, i always convince myself i made up the bad days, i think all the drama is behind me, i tell everybody im really on my way to improvement this time. for real this time. & it feels like im telling the truth this time

then i realise i havent washed my clothes in a week. all the food in the fridge has expired, everyone i know is out to get me, ive been sitting in the same twisted posture for five hours & it looks like the walls are breathing. & the good days are over, i realise. this time was just as brief a time as any other. & ill only get worse from here