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Because it isn’t Always Love at First Sight

Summary:It takes six years for Phil to have a moment where he realises he’s fallen in love with Dan. (Or where Phil is demisexual)

Word Count: 3k

Warnings: handjobs, bath smut, swearing

A/N: Hey, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted a fic and rn I’m just trying to get back into it :)  This kinda feels like two oneshots that maybe shouldn’t be connected but I really wanted to write fluffy bath smut so this happened.  Also, I hope the ppl that prompted these things enjoy!! (this was supposed to be like 1k words rip me)


Everything is fine.  Everything is normal.  Their world is exactly the way it’s supposed to be, the way they want it to be, when all of a sudden it hits Phil like a load of bricks and he can’t stop himself from stumbling.  Because Phil realises that he’s fallen in love, fallen deeply into a lake where he’s drowning in the most wonderful feeling, and he’s absolutely and completely fucked.

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ghosties00  asked:

hey!! i'm getting into editing sprites and all, but i have a question! how do you....well, change the color of sprites? such as their skin? or their hair? ; v ;

There are three ways to recolour things. All three ways sometimes require a bit of fixing, but let’s look at the two ways.

The first is to change the hue and the other is to make an overlay layer over something that is gray. The third is to use a multiply layer, but I usually do not recommend this.

For this demonstration, I’m going to be using my unit, Haruki. We’re going to ignore the error in his sprite where some of the gold parts are blue because I only noticed that while making this tutorial and I didn’t want to recapture the snapshots I had beforehand. See, even I make mistakes.

Disclaimer, this got a lot longer than I intended it to be.

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the types as all the horrifying Honors Students  I’ve met

ENFP: always has a ‘’better idea’’

There’s always that one kid that entirely misunderstands the point of ‘’partner work’’ and abandons the entire team whenever their ideas get shut down, mistaking their own inability to compromise with ‘’constant criticism and exclusion from their peers’’ – inevitably getting the entire group of 5 in a ton of trouble and leaving Yours Truly (me) the task of writing 5 separate apology notes + somehow working their SHIT IDEA into the project guidelines.

ENTP: “I can wing anything’’

They’re lying through their teeth. 

ESFP: out for blood

looking @ you, kid that used to follow me back from my classes in elementary school to remind me i was in there by mistake. You were absolutely right

ESTP: ‘’A true visionary’’

‘’Ohhh yeah…the test was a piece of cake, I remember taking it seriously in 6th grade – I scored so high they made me take it twice to verify…Then I scored higher on the second go…but I’ve since realized i was a FOOL, I was setting the bar too high. So I stopped trying. Beat the system. I thought my dad was going to be pissed, but he just pat me on the shoulder and said ‘Son, you’re a true visionary’, and on my way out of the computer lab, God himself appeared to me in a vision and GAVE ME A HIGH FIVE’’

INFP: doesn’t understand how partner grades work–

‘’Why the hell did you turn in /your/ lab??”

“You weren’t here to turn in yours? We would’ve gotten a zero’’

“But you got me a fucking C-!!!! Now I have a B in the class! If I turned in /mine/ late I would’ve gotten an A on it…”

“/You/ would, but then I’d have to get a 0 instead of a C…?’’

‘’So? You’re failing the class anyway…’’

INTP: Most Valuable Slacker

You know, that one STAR STUDENT who’s name looks great on the top of every group project but in reality they only work when they’re getting a borderline grade so it’s like???

ISFP: The Martyr For Human Kind

“Hey….do you need help with the writing portion–I feel bad…’’

‘’No…it’s okay, I’d rather you just…present the project….’’

*swats my hand away from their perfect grades*

ISTP: ‘’Studying Is For Losers’’

probably took the ACT while high and did better than a majority of their grade

These guys start out pretty admirable until they start pushing their life motto on you, and next thing u know you’re flying down a hill in a shopping cart at 3 am straight into the semester final. You’re looking at a solid 23% and they’ve got a high B without the fucking curve.

ESFJ:‘’I DID THIS ENTIRE PROJECT BY MYSELF’’

in every group project full of strong personalities, there tends to be a very loud dispute over who was the ‘’most valuable team player’’ and the thing is…the louder they insist that they were, in fact, the heart and soul of the team…the less true it probably is

ENFJ: has yet master the art of subtle bragging, like:

‘’Gosh…I had so much extra credit in Accelerated Molecular Bio that when I got a 103% on the chapter test it brought my grade DOWN :’(’’ 

oh no….?

ISFJ: the considerate one

‘’Don’t say EASY! You’ll hurt normal people’s feelings. Here in the accelerated program, we say SIMPLE. That way we can make people feel like absolute failures BUT WITH S U B T L E T Y’’

thanks for that btw, it really makes me feel alive

INFJ: ‘’C’mon man, you’re 16, you need to start pulling your weight’’

they (also 16) tell me, as they perform an elaborate display of how better prepared they are for the task, which ends up wasting 15 minutes and inevitably confusing everyone because to them, ‘’pulling your own weight’’ also means making it a hell of a lot more difficult for everyone else (i’m not bitter)

ESTJ: gets into fights over test grades

“how did //you// get X if I only scored 12 points higher than you???′’

F E A R  THAT’S WHAT

ENTJ: has 0 remorse, can probably watch Marley & Me without crying 

So like, last year I had to get tested for some brain condition that was potentially life threatening…and like, I had kinda gotten into the mindset the week before that was like a combination of ‘’heyyy wassup ur talkin to the member of the living dead rn ;)’’ and just /constant internal screaming/. So I had turned to my lab partner during a partner chem lab i was royally screwing up and was like:

 “hey, this is what’s going on, I’m sorry I’m not at the top of my game cuz I’m kind of nervous about it…could you please clue me in on what we’re doing?”

and like, I get the whole ‘life doesn’t give u special treatment’ thing…but like, what he said was: ‘’You should’ve been paying attention’’ which is 5 words, and all he needed to say was ‘’Acid/Base Titration’’ which is 3…?

ISTJ: everything’s a competition, even group work

I’m referring to the ass who, when asked (quite politely i might add) to complete the writing portion of our research presentation, turned in a bulleted list of ‘’what his partners did wrong’’, thinking that it would somehow make the teacher like him? Lol that backfired….

INTJ: brutally honest

“Hey! wanna be my partner?’’

“Depends…what are u getting in this class?’’

keiyakins  asked:

So, how do you handle keeping different revisions of a work in progress? Writers probably don't have as many weird untraceable interaction bugs as programmers, but I'm sure you guys are just as prone to waking up, looking at that section you rewrote last night, and wondering what the heck was in that drink.

Well, since I changed over to Scrivener this isn’t really so much of a problem, as the program can be set to do automatic incremental backups every time you hit save – and these can be saved to Dropbox, which is how I manage it. (The excellent Fizzygins outlines here how to set this up for the Mac version of Scrivener.)

Scrivener can also be set to automatically back itself up when you finish a work session / close a project for the day. (While this isn’t mandatory, I always do this when finishing up, without fail – as failing to close a project in one device and opening it in another can cause confusion, or worse still, conflicted versions of the project file. (Yes, Scrivener does warn you when you open a file that hasn’t been properly closed elsewhere, but it leaves you the option to make a copy of the file and operate on that instead. My experience of this has been that it causes more confusion than it prevents, so I don’t do it.)

So when rereading your material the next day (or whenever) if you find that what you’ve written doesn’t work for you, you can always roll back to an earlier version. It takes a little searching sometimes to find the version you need, but just knowing that it’s there somewhere is very reassuring. 

(I usually also compile the last day’s save to ebook format and have Dropbox send it to my iPad, so I don’t have to wait to get downstairs to the big computer to go OMG-why-on-Earth-did-I-write-that? on rereading the material, but can do it first thing in the morning, in bed, just after checking the email. Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment. (But I find that rereading the material first thing after waking up is a good way to set up for the day’s work.)

anonymous asked:

Hi! I had a question about critiques. The program I'm in (fine art) focuses mostly on personal expression & not so much on technique/formal elements. Critiques tend to meander between personal associations ("reminds me of my cat") & questions about idea behind work, instead of analyzing the piece itself. Fellow students aren't very aware of how pictures are constructed or the "why's" of their own decisions. Any tips on getting/giving useful info or rejuvenating critique in these discussions?

Hi!

It’s funny because I’m now back in the classroom, on the other (student) side of things, and I was thinking about this very topic when we were looking at sketches for one of the first projects last week. The class was fixated on a suggestive pose in one of the sketches, and an argument was breaking out on whether it was appropriate or not.

I chimed in that we hadn’t heard the intent behind that particular piece yet, and that we first had to know that before we could offer opinions on whether or not the sketch (or “blueprint”) supported that intent with its subject matter and formal elements.

Here’s the bottom line: critique will always have a degree of subjectivity to it. It is, as a format, a gathering of people offering their opinions about things.

What you should do is treat crit as a “sounding board” (as Marshall puts it). Have a specific plan for what you want out of critique, and steer the discussions appropriately. In illustration, you are usually trying to pointedly convey your intent using a variety of visual vocabulary tools. Ask first what the intent was, and then break down how the image supports (or disputes) that intent.

For example, when I was teaching, I would try to avoid this:

“So. What do we think about this?”
“I kind of like it.”
“Yeah it reminds me of like, cats I would draw when I was a kid.”
“Or like, cats on the internet!”
“Totally. Have you seen this cat thing on the internet?”
<30 minutes of conversation about cats on the internet.>

And instead, try for something like this:

“Whose cat is this? This is a funny cat.”
“It’s mine!”
“What was your intent for this cat drawing?”
“Well, I was trying to do an elegant Chinese-inspired line drawing of a cat stretching and I haven’t ever used a cintiq, so I was also trying that out.”
“OK. Well, the line quality could be more elegant— it’s kind of jittery, it’s uniform throughout, and the drawing, while simple, isn’t as simple as it could be, especially when compared to the ink drawings you were referring to. I’ve seen your drawings before though, so you can definitely use this to build on…”
<30 minutes of specific feedback using the drawing as evidence on: artists to look at for spare line drawings, specific tips on how to set up software/hardware, discussions about the technical aspects of drawing clean lines, the importance of observation/using reference, etc.>

The discussions on “why” is the most important driving force in critique. The artists need to know why they are trying to get feedback, and the participants should be able to articulate why a piece makes them respond a certain way. Challenge your classmates— be that kid who is always asking “why?” If they can’t articulate their position in a logical progression, then you should most likely edit their opinion from your notes in crit (and you should always take notes in crit.)

Speaking of notes, here’s a few quick ones:

- Crit should never be a “me vs. them” kind of thing. It doesn’t really benefit anyone to tear someone down in crit for no reason (I only did it when the student was extremely lazy.) 

- Intent and ignorance isn’t a shield for morally questionable work. 

- No one has all the answers.

- Crit is a structure that is there to learn and benefit from. The more you can add to it and understand how to use it, the more it will help your (and your classmates’) work.

anonymous asked:

I'm torn between getting a bachelors in Concept Art or Character Art. While I really love concept art I'm unsure just how long they're paid for, and if AAA companies just hire them for one game. There isn't really a lot of information :/

I actually sat down to answer this question some time ago but, as I began, I realized that it’s a field that I’m less knowledgeable about. Instead, I asked axl99, a professional concept artist (among other things) in the industry her thoughts. She was kind enough to write a rather in-depth reply, so I’ve posted the entire thing below. I hope it answers your question.

axl99:

My first response is to be careful where you invest your money. Gnomon, Red Engine, and other specialized schools might not give you all the tools you need. Degrees I find are only good for two things: work visas and teaching. The stuff you learn in school will likely be outdated by the time you’re hired at a company.

The best way to know what you want to do if you want to be a game developer, is actually try it out for yourself.

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anonymous asked:

These ( wnyc tumblr com/post/153002932253/everything-trump-wants-to-do-with-his-first-100 ) are Trump's pledges for the first 100 days. Some things seem okay (congress term limits and lobbyist limitations) and a lot of these things seem pretty horrifying right off the bat (cancelling all funding to combat climate change), but there's a lot where I'm not versed enough in economics and policy to assess their impact beyond the gut-feeling it's looney. Do you have any thoughts on select portions?

A number of people have asked me about my thoughts on his first 100 days plans, so I’ll just very quickly run through my general thoughts towards them:

Corruption

  • Congressional term limits - bad idea
  • Freezing federal workforce hiring - bad idea
  • Requiring every new regulation be replaced by the repeal of two others - bad idea
  • 5-year ban on government officials becoming lobbyists - good idea, though it’d be better if he also expanded the current definition of “lobbyists” to include people who are currently lobbyists but call themselves stuff like “consultants”
  • Lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments - Eh, why not
  • Complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections - Eh; my problem with this and the last one is that he seems a lot more interested in foreign influence on the government than he does on overall wealthy influence on government

Trade

  • Announce intention to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA - Those are two very different proposals. All announcing that will do is worry the stock markets a bit, how he does it is what matters- and I don’t trust him to do it well.
  • Announce our withdrawal from the TPP - I’d rather see negotiations start over from scratch with a totally new set of priorities, but I wouldn’t trust Trump to negotiate it anyways, so this is alright I guess.
  • Label China a currency manipulator - That itself will do precisely nothing other than piss off China
  • Identify trade practices harming American workers and “use every tool under American and international law to end those abuses immediately” - I don’t know how he would actually follow through on that without both pissing off lots of countries, pressuring them into eliminating perfectly legitimate policies that he deems harmful, and also drawing intense international scrutiny on our unfair trade practices (which he wants to expand)
  • Eliminate fossil fuel production regulations -  bad idea
  • Approve fossil fuel infrastructure projects - bad idea
  • Eliminate funding for UN climate change programs and spend it on our own environmental programs - bad idea

“Rule of Law”

  • Cancel all of Obama’s “unconstitutional” [whatever that means to him] executive actions - very bad idea
  • Fill the Supreme Court seat with one of the potential Justices on his list - bad list, bad idea
  • Cancel funding to sanctuary cities - very bad idea, and I feel like he probably can’t even do that without congress
  • Begin deporting criminal undocumented immigrants and cancel all visas with countries that won’t accept them - bad idea
  • Suspend immigration from “terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur” and implement “extreme vetting” - bad idea and also not really even necessary

“Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act”

  • “massive tax reduction…” - bad idea
  • “…and simplification” - a good goal, but probably one he’ll fuck up
  • “trade reform” - his specific reforms = bad ideas
  • “regulatory relief” - mass, indiscriminate deregulation = bad idea
  • “lifting restrictions on American energy” - lifting the restrictions he has in mind = bad idea
  • Cutting taxes 35% on “a middle-class family with 2 children” by 35% - bad idea, from a revenue standpoint
  • Create three tax brackets - ah, there, you go, his “simplification” means making the tax code less progressive and not actually simplifying anything in the process
  • Simplifying tax forms - the problems are far more with the tax code than the tax forms, but sure, why not
  • Lowering corporate tax rate to 15% - bad idea
  • Repatriation tax holiday (down to 10%) - bad idea, especially if he fails to propose sufficient reforms to international corporate taxation that will prevent another buildup of untaxed offshore capital

“End the Offshoring Act”

  • Creating tariffs - bad idea

“American Energy & Infrastructure Act”

  • Improve infrastructure in a revenue-neutral way through public-private partnerships and tax incentives - obviously we badly need investment in our infrastructure, but it looks like he’s proposing privatization and inefficient tax incentives instead of, you know, just paying for it

“School Choice and Education Opportunity Act”

  • Eliminate federal funding of public schools and give the money to parents to send kids to schools of their choice - bad idea
  • End common core and move control over education more locally - not necessarily an awful idea, though we do need a Common Core-like system of federal standards
  • Expand vocational and technical education - good idea
  • Make college more affordable - good goal, of course, but I’d have to see what actually proposes in order to do it

“Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act”

  • Fully repeal Obamacare - bad idea
  • Replace it with Health Savings Accounts - bad idea
  • Let people purchase health insurance across state lines - I’d have no problem with this as long as federal insurance regulations were strengthened and enforced, but I doubt he’ll do that
  • Block granting Medicaid - horribly bad idea
  • Cutting FDA red tape - good idea if it were done well, but I doubt it will be under a Trump administration

“Affordable Childcare and Eldercare Act”

  • Let people deduct childcare and eldercare from their taxes - Bad idea: it’s a bit complicated, but the fact that this would be a deduction means that the poor and much of the middle class won’t benefit from it at all. A refundable tax credit would be better, and federal funding even better than that.
  • Incentivize employers to provide on-site childcare services - good idea
  • Create tax-free savings accounts for young and old dependents with matching contributions for low-income families - good idea

“End Illegal Immigration Act”

  • Build a border wall “with the full understanding” that Mexico will pay for it - bad idea
  • Create mandatory minimums for undocumented immigration - absolutely awful idea
  • Reform visa rules to punish overstaying - bad idea
  • Ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first - not really sure what he exactly means in policy terms by this, probably a bad idea knowing his views

“Restoring Community Safety Act”

  • Creating a Task Force on Violent Crime - bad idea, and also absolutely terrifying
  • Increasing police grants - bad idea, assuming they’re for traditional policing tactics
  • Increase resources for law enforcement and prosecutors to focus on gangs and violent offenders - bad idea

“Restoring National Security Act”

  • Eliminating the defense sequester - bad idea
  • Increasing military spending - very bad idea
  • Let veterans choose between VA and private medical care - sure, don’t much about it, but this sounds like a good idea
  • Protect vital infrastructure from cyber-attacks - he’ll probably find a way to do it awfully, but we do need better cyber-security and that’s something worth investing in
  • Strengthen immigration screening to “ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values” - bad idea, probably not necessary, and also straight-up dystopian

“Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act”

  • Create “new ethics reforms” - I’d have to see what the reforms actually are before commenting on them

anonymous asked:

Do you have advice about what to do with the Dreaded Middle? I'm a newbie ficcer desperately trying to write through my third Middle. (Please forgive me if I accidentally post this anonymously, then duplicate it logged in: Tumblr likes to log me off whenever I try to do something.) Thank you!!!

Oh man.

The Dreaded Middle, the Valley of Despair, whatever you want to call it, SUCKS. It’s that point in the story where all of the shiny newness has worn off and you’re having to start actually solving problems and fixing things and THINKING about the story instead of just running on instinct.

What nobody told me is that hitting that wall in the middle of a story IS NORMAL. Where it happens varies from person to person and even story to story, but for me, it’s usually around the end of Act I, when I’m done introducing everything and actually have to start Making Shit Happen. I spent a lot of time convinced I was a terrible writer because I couldn’t finish anything, and all I had were terrible ideas that weren’t finishable, because I always hit a wall—not knowing that EVERYBODY reaches that point.

Hitting that wall doesn’t mean you’re a terrible writer who can’t finish anything. It just means you’re a writer who’s reached the middle of the story and has to start digging for the meat of it.

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jeweledeclipse  asked:

I looked at your game projects and I must say what I saw is amazing, can't wait to see them around. To the point, I am also looking to get into the art of game design (sadly my current school only offers Game Design as a minor, and there is absolutely no programming included or optionable) so I'm asking around trying to get a catalogue of trusted schools.... If it's not too personal may I ask you what school you went to and the major you participated in?

Hi there! For school I did this (major in 3D), followed by this. Having said that, it’s time for a bit of a rant! :D

I can’t help but to voice my opinion here, which is that you do not need to go to school to be a game developer. There is literally nothing stopping you from getting started right now, without dropping potentially crippling amounts of money on school.

For example: Unity is free and extremely powerful. There are lots of resources (also free) out there to learn it. Learn the basics. Once you learn the basics, participate in game jams, and be social. Get feedback on your creations. Don’t be afraid to fail, just continue creating things and learn what you can from each experience. Don’t try to make anything too big (NO MMOs!). Find out if there are game jams or local events you can go to in your city. Find out who made the games you like and talk to them on twitter (the actual people, not the games marketing account). Keep a blog and a website, post your work even if it feels like nobody is watching. Tell your friends about your work, get them to play all your games. There is tons of information out there like this, searching practically any basic gamedev question will likely bring up a plethora of forums, articles and Q&A posts. Here’s a great article by Zoe Quinn about making your first game.

School locks you into a routine. Some people are capable of thriving in that kind of environment, it helps keep them focused. They might have a lot of trouble getting motivated without strict deadlines and the scheduling of the school year. If that’s you, maybe it’s worth going to school. That’s kind of how it was for me. I often stayed at school from 9am to 9pm, rushing through assignments and then just working on my own projects into the evening, because being there motivated me. I was lucky enough to be in a class with people who inspired me (what would have happened if I didn’t get along with the group? Would it still have been worth the time, money and effort of going?). After going through that, I now have a better understanding of what motivates me and I find it a lot easier to do things on my own, which is great! School helped me improve as a person! Could I have gotten the same results by abandoning school, surrounding myself with inspiring friends and working on my own projects for 3 years instead? Maybe. It’s impossible to say for me now.

There are advantages and disadvantages to going to school, and I’m not saying you definitely should do anything, but it’s important to me that you (and all would-be gamedev students) at least realize that school is not the only way. Game development is a very weird, ever-changing thing, and there are tons of different ways to find fulfillment and success with it. Do lots of research. Figure out what you think is right for you, how you learn best, and then put your all into it.

Or, ignore everything I just said and keep doing exactly what you’re doing. The point is you have options. At least make sure you’re aware of them.

Disclaimer: These are just my thoughts on the matter. When people ask me about where I went to school it’s pretty much a reflex for me to talk about this. Take it with a grain of salt if you want, I’m just some guy on the internet after all, but please do your research before you make any major decisions!

Thanks for the question, jeweledeclipse. I apologize if you weren’t looking for this level of rant, but hopefully this post can be helpful to you and others in some way. I wish you luck no matter what you choose to do! :)

Also - regarding the actual courses I took, they involved nothing about game design or programming, focusing solely on graphic design and art (in my case 3D art). For game design and code, I am completely self-taught, and have no regrets about doing things that way.

anonymous asked:

So I just started a new quarter at school after joining the honors program and now I have to keep my gpa really high in order to stay in it which I really want to do. I'm having a hard time being confident, I'm worried I won't be able to do it. Help?

Hi. 

I know you can do it. You can’t think that you can’t, cause then you won’t. 

SCHOOL

Time Management:

  • How to prioritise tasks
  • A guide to different planners
  • Apps for scheduling
  • My planner
  • Planning your time
  • Creating a schedule
  • Using your spare time (during your commute in this example)
  • General time management tips

Motivation & Procrastination:

  • A useful app for motivation
  • Reasons to study now
  • 10 tips for getting started on an academic task
  • Blocking apps/extensions
  • Motivation tag

Study Techniques & Studying:

  • How to make flashcards (electronic and paper)
  • What to write on flashcards
  • Some general study techniques
  • Some more general study techniques
  • Essay writing
  • Creating and using mindmaps
  • Studying using textbooks
  • The benefits of textbooks
  • Making time for the required readings
  • Learn instead of memorising
  • How to deal with family distracting you from study
  • Studying vocabulary
  • Study guides
  • Using whiteboards

Notetaking:

  • How to take notes using Evernote
  • Some information about Cornell notes
  • Organising notes
  • Colour-coding
  • Graphic notes tutorial
  • Different styles of notetaking
  • Taking good notes in lectures

Exams and tests:

  • Looking after yourself after exams
  • Exam tips
  • The day before an exam
  • Oral tests and exams
  • Spelling Bee

General Academics:

  • Public Speaking
  • Getting the most from lectures
  • How to choose a major/university course
  • Knowing what course to choose
  • Structuring an essay

Health/Issues:

  • Dealing with stress
  • Problems with sleep
  • Studying maths with dyscalculia
  • Failure anxiety

get started:

  • prepare your self
  • block sites that could distract you here or here
  • background music

    doing an essay?:
  • free microsoft word
  • PRETEND to type an essay uhum that’s right
  • forgot an essay? buy yourself more time
  • how to write an essay you’re wondering? this could also help
  • written? kitten!
  • word on the tip of your tongue

    studying?
  • how to organize yourself and study
  • learn how to study
  • and now study skills
  • also how to memorize
  • need help with a subject? don’t worry, they’ve got your back
  • learn some shit outside school
  • help beat world hunger while studying (wow ikr)

    homework?
  • solve any math problems
  • conversion perversion (get it?)
  • if your physics teacher sucks
  • learn geography
  • free books? more free books?

    is it a research? aw shit:
  • how to read and research
  • how to google
  • find books for your research
  • free bibliography
  • understand how stuff works (great for work reference too)

    fiNaLs weEK??
  • how to pull an all nighter (only use in extreme cases! don’t make it a habit)
  • finals survival guide
  • when should i sleep?
  • productive study break
  • for when you get really tired and overwhelmed

    and some other helpful links:
  • the best school masterpost EVER
  • another school masterpost hell yeah
  • educational websites
  • how to survive in college

studying

  • science translated to english
  • a site that explains literally everything
  • study skills
  • learn geography
  • finals guide
  • get motivated to study
  • tips for a productive study break
  • when should I go to bed?
  • microsoft word equivalent
  • can’t do your homework?
  • “no homework” excuses
  • make flash cards
  • math problem solver (2)
  • online ruler
  • pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
  • a whole blog dedicated to study motivation, tips, and advice!
  • techniques for studying and learning
  • time management
  • help on reading and research
  • help with memorizing and testing
  • ultimate educational website
  • Thinking & Memorizing Tips
  • Research & Reading Tips
  • Finals Help Guide
  • Homework Help
  • Math Help

writing

  • Writing Masterpost
  • A website for big words
  • alternatives to “said”
  • alternatives to “whispered”
  • ultimate writers resources masterpost
  • tip of my tongue
  • writing fantasy stories
  • Masterpost of writing software
  • character flaws
  • writing a death scene
  • bio help
  • degrees of emotions
  • writing ref
  • Fictional Character Name Generator
  • Fictional Character Name AND Personality Generator
  • you’re a writer? here’s a whole bunch of writing-related blogs
  • read/post fanfiction
  • read/post stories
1. Learn ´em languages
  • Learn terms and glossary in Quizlet.
  • Learn a language for free on Duolingo.
  • Learn a language for free on Busuu.
  • Oxford Dictionaries.
  • Games and fun activities for English learners.
  • Irregular English verbs.
2. Do your research
  • Google scholar.
  • Scholarpedia.
  • You can learn anything (KhanAcademy).
  • Didn´t listen in class? (Crash Course).
  • Simple Wikipedia.
  • Learn littérature without having to read it(SparkNotes).
  • Wolfram Alpha.
  • TED.
  • Open 2 study. (Online studying)
  • Free college courses.
3. Learn how to write like a God
  • 10 practical tips for writing better exam essays.
  • Writing an essay.
  • Harvard writing resources.
  • Writing application essays.
  • Writing a personal statement.
  • Genre characteristics.
  • Writing a literary analysis essay.
  • Answering essay questions.
  • Get feedback.
  • Bibliography maker.
  • What is the word you´re looking for?
4. Oh yes sweet reading
  • 8 tips to remember what you read.
  • How to read Shakespeare.
  • Effective reading and note-taking.
  • How to take notes while reading.
  • Note taking tips.
  • 170 free textbooks.
  • 1000 free textbooks.
5. Get your studying and organization game on
  • Time Management
  • Get your school life in order with organization.
  • Reach your goals.
  • Goals worksheet.
  • Finding information on the internet.
  • Using sources.
  • Get a hold on mind mapping.
  • How do you learn best?
  • Sound without music (Such as cafes).
  • Make flashcards.
6. Stress and anxiety management because school is stressful
  • Coping strategies.
  • Stress reduction tips.
  • Stress relief for students.
  • Managing test anxiety.
  • Dealing with test anxiety.
  • Self help: Keeping calm.
  • Introverts in college.
  • Coping and calming down. N.1
  • Coping and calming down. N.2
  • Do nothing for two minutes.
7. Go get ´em tests
  • Study skills for test taking.
  • Study tips for finals.
  • Multiple choice exams guide.
  • The seven days study plan.
  • 15 steps to success.
  • How to prepare for a test.
  • Checklist for essay tests.
8. Classroom participation - because teachers love that shit
  • Active listening.
  • Classroom discussions.
  • Presenting projects in the classroom.
  • Preparation before class.
  • Participating tips.
9. Software and pages for us nerdy kids
  • Openoffice and Libreoffice.
  • Dropnote.
  • Google docs.
  • EverNote.
  • Prezi (For presentations.)
  • Calculator.
  • Grade calculator.
  • Grammar check.
  • Staying focused for Mac, Chrome and Firefox.
  • Plagiarism check.
  • Best apps for students masterpost.
  • Homework help.
10. Yo! Take some time to care ´bout yo´self
  • 100 000 stars.
  • Workout masterpost.
  • Movie masterpost of masterposts.
  • Self-help masterpost.
  • 8Tracks.
  • Learn and do yoga.
  • Voulenteer.
  • Learn to play guitar.
  • The thoughts room.
  • Disney games because hell yeah.

College needs:

  • Advice on college
  • Alternatives to buying expensive textbooks
  • AP Cram Packets
  • Cheat sheet for becoming an adult
  • Dorm room survival
  • Free online college classes
  • How to survive college masterpost

Food

  • cheap & healthy snacks
  • chocolate muffin in a mug tutorial
  • Coffee recipes to help stay awake
  • Every Starbucks drink and pasty FTW
  • For the vegans you bad ass motherfuckers
  • Herearesomedeliciousfood
  • macaroni cheese / mac&cheese in a cup
  • quick and easy soup recipes
  • study snacks
  • Study snack
  • thousands of quick and easy snack recipes
  • Yummy cheesiness!
  • 40 on-the-go breakfast recipes

Helpful sites:

  • Challenge your brain
  • Feed the hungry while using your vocabulary
  • Free online textbooks
  • Grade calculator
  • Quizlet
  • Rape Escape
  • Whole page dedicated to studying/organizing

High school needs:

  • For Juniors or Seniors With Low Income Families Looking For Scholarships
  • How to survive freshman year

Mental health resources:

  • a website that is always relevant.
  • falling asleep tips
  • How long to sleep
  • how to talk to and help an anxiety-ridden friend
  • how to wake up in the morning
  • keep taking your mind off of it
  • mental illness recovery tips
  • need a motivational speech? i like this one for myself.
  • not having a good day? :c
  • picking up a hobby can relax you during the school year!!
  • seriously just please try to relax ily
  • take your mind off of it
  • tips on self-love
  • when to go to sleep/wake up
  • working out is a total stress-buster.

Misc resources:

  • download free books
  • express yourself with make-up
  • Hobbies masterpost
  • I fucking love to study to this.
  • please remember this.
  • Sick ass movie list I have more but, this is a school one so message me for more.
  • Sites to help you not get distracted with other sites. (Mac)(PC)
  • Various ways to where a scarf
  • What’s the fucking weather

Motivation:

  • earn a cute kitten picture after writing
  • how to get motivated
  • Procrastinator?

Music/Sound:

  • calm/nature sounds
  • chill playlist
  • coffee shop blues
  • coffee shop sounds
  • concentration playlist
  • relaxation
  • study playlist
  • 4hours of classical music

School resources:

  • An already typed essay at your fingertips(type the subject and press random stuff and an essay forms. TO KIND OF HELP)
  • bibliography maker
  • educational links fucking galore
  • my favorite tutoring website
  • online ruler
  • pull an all nighter but do well on your exam
  • Social media citing
  • study like a college kid
  • Time Management
  • Psychology Lectures by a Professor from Yale University

Stress relief:

  • Calm
  • compliments generator
  • how long to nap
  • go to a quiet place
  • learn more about anxiety.
  • panic and anxiety information masterpost
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stress Analyst
  • the thoughts room
  • take a guided relaxation
  • yoga poses

Studying/school help:
English/History:

  • Best place to get help for English
  • essay structure guide
  • essay writing help
  • free microsoft word alternative
  • Grammar and spell checker
  • Graphic Essay Organizer
  • Help on reading/researching
  • Make a kick ass essay
  • Masterpost of writing software
  • microsoft word equivalent
  • more essay writing help
  • On books you you don’t want to read
  • Tip of my tongue

Foreign Languages:

  • Learn, Spanish, French, English, Portuguese, German, Italian

Geography:

  • learn geography

Math/Science:

  • calculators (includes graphing, geometric, stats etc)
  • College/high school Chemistry notes
  • math problem solver (2)
  • Periodic Table
  • Thinking/memorizing
  • This is the math god

Study Needs:

  • Answers to the textbook
  • Beneficial studying tips
  • Crash course in any subject with John Green
  • Free Educational resources for anyone and everyone
  • help in a ton of subjects
  • Helps you in any subject
  • homework help
  • how to google
  • how to study, Study guide
  • finals survival guide
  • improve your studying skills
  • Learning Websites Masterpage
  • Looking for a word
  • make flash cards
  • One of the best learning websites
  • Scholarpedia
  • Tips before/during an exam
  • Tips on Exams

TIPS:

  1. Remember that today’s day in age is different from how it was back then. So don’t stress about school too much.High school students today have the anxiety of what a mental patient in the insane asylum had in the 50s. Here’s also a thing to show how times have changed.
  2. Prioritize. List what needs to get done first and when. Sometimes getting the bigger/harder tasks is easier than conquering the smaller/easier tasks.
  3. Set times when certain projects need to be done and stick to that deadline.
  4. Turn your phone off or give it to your parents while doing work/studying. I know that we live in the age of technology and literally everything is at the touch of our fingertips. Honestly though you can wait on what your favorite celebrity has to say or if your crush liked your instagram photo. You’ll be more involved in that than you are into your work.
  5. If you have trouble in a certain subject and there is no assigned seating, take advantage of the front. I guarantee you’ll learn more.
  6. Ask your teacher what exactly you’ll need to know. If you’re taking notes during the year, write in the margins whether or not it will be tested. It will be easier to know what you will be tested on.
  7. Save your exams. Half the time your teachers use the same questions (or questions similar) from your exams on your midterms or finals.
  8. Don’t try to do homework straight afterschool if you can’t, despite what everyone says. Give yourself an hour, and try to get some exercise in. I find it stops me getting bored of sitting down. Not to mention helps me concentrate better.
  9. Don’t just read the material, write it, draw it, recite it, quiz yourself on it! Until you have the material down.
  10. Join clubs, sports, or organizations! You’re guaranteed to find friends in there. You’ll already have common interests. Start with that and go with the flow.
  11. College kids: If you don’t have assigned seating, and you have been sitting in the same seat for 2 weeks. That is you assigned seat now. Don’t move or you’ll screw everyone up and they will hate you.
  12. Color code things, such as your notes. If you want to see how I color code my notes message me and I’ll be happy to show you.
  13. Be kind to one another.

Resources:

  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Six Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem
  • Why Confidence is So Important (and How to Boost Yours)
  • Tips for Building Self Esteem & Self Love
  • Increasing Self-Esteem and Happiness
  • How to Improve Your Self-Esteem: 12 Powerful Tips
  • 25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence
  • 6 Tips to Improve Your Self-Esteem
  • How Can I Improve My Self Esteem?
  • Mayo Clinic: Self-esteem: Take Steps to Feel Better About Yourself
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Esteem Struggles and Strategies That Can Help
  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Dr. Nerdlove: How do I Quit Being Insecure
  • Dr. Nerdlove: Finding True Confidence
  • Dr. Nerdlove: Leveling up: How to Reinvent Yourself
  • Ask Dr. Nerdlove: How Do I Feel Better About Myself
  • Dr. Phil: Action Plan For Getting Back to Better Days
  • Dr. Phil: How to Give and Receive Support
  • Dr. Oz: Ignoring Public Perceptions & Finding Your Self-Worth
  • 6 Tips to Find Yourself
  • 3 Powerful Insights About Finding Yourself and Creating Change
  • How to Find Yourself, When You’ve Lost Yourself

hope this helps. The links are more useful then anything i could tell you. 

~Kaylee

When I was at Webster U. I signed up for a class called “Introduction to Graphic Design.” The first day of class the professor was taken aback when everyone in the class told her we weren’t familiar with most of the software we’d be using, and none of us had ever used the program she was planning on having us do the bulk of our work in. There were no prerequisites for the class.

The first week of class, in spite of finding out that nobody knew how to use the software, she assigned us to make 20 text-only postcards, based on phrases we had put together earlier in the week. We had two days to complete the assignment. The only guidelines were that the postcards should be all black-and-white, no shadow style fonts, and we were told to look at Swiss design.

“Um, what time period should I look at?” I asked her.

“Oh, just look up Swiss design and you’ll find what you need.”

I looked at some text-only posters from a recent well publicized Swiss poster contest and used that as my rubric. It was the best lead I had. I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. the night before the project was due and I finished 15 out of the 20 postcards. Only one person in the class made it to 20. (Most topped off at about 10.)

“Oh, you used diagonal text!” she said when she saw my postcards. “You’d never see that in Swiss design!” (I had.) “If you’re going to break the rules, you’d better have a good reason for it!” (Everything I did fell within the guidelines of the assignment.)

I dropped the class, that very day, I think, and signed up for the animation elective instead. Since that met only once a week I’d only missed the first class and was able to catch up right away. I think that was the first time it really occurred to me that college was supposed to be for my benefit, and when a class wasn’t going to actually teach me anything and would only make me suffer I should walk away.

Students aren’t always lucky enough to be able to do that. I was lucky this was an elective and not a required class. There were people trapped in that class because they were graphic design majors and it was the only way to stay on track to graduate. If you’re stuck in that kind of situation the one thing I can tell you is that teachers can be wrong. They can be bad at their jobs. They can make mistakes. If you can walk away from that, don’t feel bad about doing what’s best for you. If you can’t, I want you to know that the ridiculousness you are dealing with right now does not define you. If you can learn anything from it, do. If you can get any good work out of it, do. And if you can create your own personal goals, separate from grades, do. Until you make it to the light at the end of the tunnel I’m sorry for what you’re putting up with. You’ll survive it. The sun is going to come up tomorrow, and the day after that, and you’re going to have other chances. Better chances.