how to survive final exams

an informational masterpost by @briellestudies

study tips

- you remember material better if you physically interact with it as opposed to just scanning it over with your eyes

  • instead of merely reading a page of notes, go through it with a pen/highlighter in your hand. underline/circle/annotate things as you review the material

- make a study schedule. include which days you want to study for each subject, deadlines (e.g. “finish essay by tuesday”, “study guide for physics should be done today”), any study sessions you might have with others, and time for sleep

  • finals season often overwhelms students because of the sheer amount of work facing them. by breaking things down into a schedule and focusing on smaller portions of work day-by-day, things appear much more manageable

- use mnemonic devices to help you remember things (when applicable)

  • i like to use them for memorizing groups/orders of things - for example, when i took a class on dinosaurs, i had a lot of trouble keeping the paleozoic/mesozoic/cenozoic and triassic/jurassic/cretaceous orders straight until i realized that both were in reverse-alphabetical order

- different study methods work better for different classes

  • flashcards are best for classes where you have to memorize lots of information (without providing further explanation), e.g. introductory psychology
  • mind maps are good for organizing thoughts and seeing how ideas fit together, e.g. english and literature classes
  • practice problems/practice tests are usually the best way to prepare for STEM classes, e.g. math and chemistry 

optimizing your performance/productivity

- try to get some sleep. try.

  • you probably won’t be getting your full 7-8 hours during finals season. fine. completely understandable. but a couple hours here and there throughout the day will do wonders. your brain doesn’t work at optimum levels when you’re sleep-deprived, so while you may not have time for solid 8-hour blocks of sleep, it’s in your best interests to get 1-2 hour powers naps in when you can. aim for at least 4-6 hours of total sleep time per day

- finals week is not the time for junk food. if you’re going to push your body to its physical and mental limit (as so many of us do), you’d better make damn sure you’re at least giving it the best possible fuel to run on

- you should be aware of your study habits by finals season. take them into account and use them to your advantage

  • more productive in the morning? set an early alarm and get yo ass up
  • procrastinate a lot? bitch me too!! it’s not necessarily a bad thing - some people do their best work under time pressure. try this thing i like to call “productive procrastination”: if you wanna procrastinate on something, do so by working on another assignment/studying for another class. this way, you fulfill your desire to procrastinate but you’re still being productive and not completely fucking yourself over
  • more productive when working with others? try to organize study sessions (or you’re the opposite like me and prefer to study alone, don’t feel guilty about declining requests to work with friends/classmates)

- there’s an app called “self control” that blacklists or whitelists websites for a given amount of time (that you set yourself). it forces you to stay focused if you can’t help but peek on social media sites every so often when working on your laptop

- prioritize! know which finals will require the most effort on your part and plan accordingly

  • give more priority to finals that are worth a higher percentage of your overall grade
  • calculate the minimum score you need on the final that’ll still get you the overall grade you’re aiming for - generally, you should be spending more study time on finals that you’ll need a higher grade on

test taking tips

- if you finish with extra time, go through your test again and attempt to answer every question you left blank (unless you’re penalized for guessing, of course). the potential for partial credit is better than definitely receiving no credit

  • for multiple choice, use process of elimination and then make your best guess
  • if you don’t know the answer to a short answer/essay-style question, then answer around it. for example, if you don’t know the significance of caliban’s soliloquy in shakespeare’s the tempest, talk about the character of caliban in general and/or the role soliloquies are meant to play in shakespeare’s works
  • if you’re stuck on a math problem and have no clue how to even begin, just start manipulating numbers and applying formulas

- dress in layers so you’re comfortable no matter the room temperature

- always answer the questions you’re sure of first

- don’t be afraid to ask the proctor if you’re unsure of what something on the test is asking of you (i.e. questions for clarification)

- pay attention to the questions on the exam - sometimes one question may hint at the answer to a different question

  • e.g. 2) what year was x fossil discovered? and 31) who discovered x fossil in the early 1930s?

miscellaneous advice

  • try to get everything you need (calculator batteries, scantrons, blue books, writing utensils, etc.) the weekend before exams start. this way, you’re not freaking out right before a test because you’re missing something
  • try to time your coffee/lack of sleep crashes such that they don’t happen during a final exam (see tip about scheduling above)
  • if you’re pulling an all-nighter, set alarms periodically throughout the night (e.g. every hour and a half) so that if you accidentally fall asleep, you won’t sleep through the whole night
  • also set an alarm 20-30 minutes before each final. just in case ;)
  • bring an extension cord to the library if your school always seems to be short on outlets during finals week
  • always use the bathroom right before sitting an exam (even if you don’t feel like you really need to) to avoid getting up and wasting time during the test itself
  • turn off your motherfucking cell phone before your tests omfg

a note on adderall, a popular “study drug” students take during finals season:

i personally advise against the use of any study drugs that are not prescribed by a medical professional, but the fact of the matter is that students are going to use them regardless of what i say. when they don’t know what they’re getting into, they put themselves into very dangerous positions - often ending in trips to the emergency room or rehab. so in the interest of promoting safety (well, as much safety as is possible given the circumstances) and knowledge, here are a few things you should know about adderall if you decide you want to use it:

  • addy is very addictive and can make the user dependent on it
  • if you take it, you’ll start to sweat. a lot. dress accordingly
  • addy will make you lose your appetite. don’t listen to your body when it says it’s not hungry. you gotta force yourself to eat bruh
  • it’s also really easy to get dehydrated on addy - not only do you sweat a lot, but lots of people tend to pee a fuck ton while they’re on it. stay hydrated
  • addy is a stimulant. you won’t be able to sleep until its effects wear off
    • and just like other stimulants (e.g. caffeine, ecstasy), you will experience a “crash” afterwards. the crash is more pronounced than one you would get from coffee or even caffeine pills
  • there are two “kinds” of addy: IR and XR
    • IR means “immediate/instant release” - whatever dose you take will be released into your system all at once
    • XR means “extended release” - there will be an initial release of the drug into your system and then small amounts thereafter over an extended period of time
  • always err on the side of caution with dangerous drugs - when in doubt, start with a lower dose

as a parting note, i would just like to remind you all to keep in mind the importance of self-care and finding balance. there is a fine line between making temporary sacrifices and being self-destructive. sometimes it’s good to push yourself - “no pain, no gain” as they always say. but analogously, you also gotta recognize when it’s time to dial it back a bit - allow yourself a nap or an hour break to grab dinner with some friends every once in a while. trust me, you deserve it. good luck!

it’s like- the worst thing about this all is not even people telling me I’m annoying, it’s when they insult my editing that’s when I wanna fucking go out and hunt those fuckers. My Longest beat drop video took me 5 hours to edit and record, then a extra hour to render, an extra hour for the thumbnail

When it comes to longer videos I go through literally 6 hours of footage- which in return makes the editing time longer to about 8 hours, this time 2 hours of render and then.. well.. again another hour for the thumbnail

Why do people think editing is brainless, it’s fucking hard. You have to be constantly motivated, I don’t just put raw footage on youtube, I literally go through it all to leave the funniest stuff in. 

I’m currently working on a video that I’ve already spent 2 hours on and i’m only 5 minutes into the video because I’m adding a few more jokes than usual. 

I put effort into my content and I am fucking proud of it. 

henlo it is me your local transboy with some trans headcanons for ya!!

(this is part one btw!!)


  • neil was born with a name that closely resembled his father’s so the first thing he does when he begins transitioning is change it to so he would finally have something of his own
  • it almost felt liberating
  • he told mary after a botched attempt at trying to get him to dress in his new school’s girl uniform which ended in tears and a thrown away skirt
  • mary only smiled tiredly and held up a pair of their sharpest scissors so she could cut his hair
  • from there, she tries to find binders that have been donated, but when she can’t, neil gets sports bras from the nearest department store instead

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rummietummiesmummie  asked:

Hi. I've been curious to find out. Did S&C get their dolls??

Aha! That’s the million dollar question isn’t it?

Well while the 8 hour time difference between the UK and Seattle has not made communication between myself and @valkyrie1969 very easy, I don’t think she will mind my revealing that she WAS able to present Caitriona with the dolls, who after looking into the fabulous Vintage Doll Trunk, apparently ‘grinned from ear to ear’ .

YAYYYYYYYY! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 I think that means she liked them! ☺️

(Btw, as well as the dolls, I also included a card for each of the actors, so I am sure that Cait will ensure Sam receives GiftDollJamie!)

I am also positive that Val will be writing a post all about it, but I know she’s had a whirlwind couple of days, so we will let her take a breather, because she deserves it and then when she can, let her reveal all! 😬

They are treating BTS really well on this carpet.

They got a lot of media play from different shows like E! And Good Morning America 😀 and they have already played FIRE 8+ times in 1.5 hours 😂

take this burden - part 24

[ coffins - mister wives ]

(Sorry for the short chapter things have been nuts lately)


He Tian woke to the sound of Mo Guan Shan stubbing his toe on the oddly placed coffee table and cursing loudly.

He laughed, rolling onto his back and toppling the pillows.

‘You alright?’

‘I will be after I light this fucking table on fire.’ He grumbled.

He Tian reached for the lighter he’d deposited on the bedside table and sat up, tossing it to the other man.

He smiled and tucked it into the waistband of his boxers, drawing He Tian’s attention to his obvious erection.

Following his line of sight, Mo Guan Shan flushed and joined him on the bed, falling on top of the ruined barrier and curling up into a ball inches away.

He would have mentally compared him to his cat, but his cat was kind of a dick, so he picked a nicer cat.

‘I’m sorry.’ He muttered, closing his eyes.

He Tian reached out to brush the hair off his forehead, feeling unusually fond.

‘Don’t apologize, kitten, It can’t be helped. Not with me in the room.’ He teased.

Mo Guan Shan opened his eyes to stare at He Tian, rapidly turning an alarming shade of red.

‘Kitten, huh?’ He asked with a grin.

He Tian nodded seriously.

‘Of all the pet names…kitten?’

‘Well, I WAS joking, but I like the way it makes you blush.’

Mo Guan Shan smiled, leaning into He Tian’s touch and licking his lips.

Fucking Christ.

One kiss.

They’d done that, and more, last night.

It couldn’t hurt, right?

He almost laughed.

-Junkie logic.-

He’d read that in a book once and it’d stuck with him.

There was no such thing as ‘just one more.’

Not with drugs.

Not with alcohol.

Not with cigarettes.

Not with sexy little redheads.

That ‘last one’ was nothing but a step backwards.

He knew this all too well.

And yet, he did nothing but hold his breath when Mo Guan Shan leaned in slowly, gently catching He Tian’s lower lip between his teeth and giving it a soft nip.

He Tian froze.

‘I’ll show you kitten.’ He whispered.

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck

There was a knock at the door.

Oh, thank god.

When Mo Guan Shan pulled away, the combination of relief and disappointment was like a punch to the gut.

Not for the first time in 8 hours, He Tian forced himself not to pin him down and shove his tongue down his throat.

‘I will make a monster of you, yet.’ He Tian promised gravely.

‘I’m looking forward to it.’

When He Tian made no move to do so, Mo Guan Shan pushed himself off the bed.

He Tian waited until he looked away before running his tongue over his lip, wishing he’d left behind something to taste.

Kev had left quite the breakfast outside the door from them.

Waffles, pancakes, milk, orange juice, fresh fruit and whipped cream.

They ate and packed in silence.

Confused, frustrated, silence brought on by a sharp stab of adrenaline and diffused by breakfast food.

A few minutes later, Mo Guan Shan scooped up a hissing Felix, paying no attention to his attitude and putting him in the carrier.

He Tian found a pen and paper, leaving on the tray the cash he’d promised, a business card, and a note.

‘If you’re ever looking for a change of scenery, give me a call.’

They loaded the car, both waiting for He Tian to start the engine.



anonymous asked:

Had a guy call the store 8 times in 3 hours because he wanted to know what time we closed. The last time he called he kept insisting I was lying to him and that we were really a 24 hour store and that we didn't want customers in and I was just like, dude, why ask for a closing time if you reckon we're a 24 hour store?? And yes, we close at 10:00pm, as I've told you every single time you call. That will not change. Show up at 11:00 to prove me wrong like you say you will. I dare you

Markiplier and JackSepticEye Are Still Friends


Now I’ve been seeing this thing going on around saying Mark and Jack don’t seem like friends anymore.

And I think that’s really overdramatic to say in the least.

Like them having separate panels at Pax East or not as many collabs. When really, people forget the big picture.

Mark lives in Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA.

Jack, on the other hand, live in IRELAND. (Very soon, Brighton)

Not only are they very far apart (which is why they can’t visit each other as often or as easily as Jack can with Felix, since Felix lives fairly close)

They also live in different time zones. They’re 8 hours apart in time. I know that because I live in California too.

Its really hard to make time to set up a collab when they both have to chug out 2 videos a day on a schedule.

Not to mention they’re both busy people and want to push themselves onto big projects, ideas, or changes.

Heck, Jack’s going to move to Brighton, get back into drums, and get a dog. And most likely more.

And Mark has an office with friends helping him on a daily basis, monthly livestreams, and is getting more into filming and big video projects (Example- A Date With Markiplier)

You can’t expect them to always have time for each other. I know we love their collabs but we have to remember THEY ARE THEIR OWN INDIVIDUALS. EVERYTHING ISN’T AIMED AT EACH OTHER.

Especially the panels, it really peeves me because a lot think its about their friendship.



Also, Mark with Ethan, Tyler, Amy, and Kathryn. And Jack with Felix. Apparently Mark and Jack having other friends seems to be a problem. It isn’t. Like NO SHIT Jack hangs out with Felix more often, THEY LIVE REALLY CLOSE TO EACH OTHER. And Mark WORKS with his friends. MARK AND JACK LIVE ACROSS THE WORLD FROM EACH OTHER. I’m sorry for the use of caps, but it seems like to people its so easy to just go to America or Ireland. Its not. It means more recording, editing, booking a plane, setting a schedule, making sure all videos are edited, thumbnailed, uploaded on time, you get on the plane in time, and getting back home before you’re out of videos to upload. BOOM.

Don’t get me wrong, I love their friendly duo, but sometimes it can’t always be them.

This is just like with Signe when she asks for video ideas. Everyone keeps asking “Do a video with Jack plz !!!!”

Like, no. Just, no.

Let them be them, not everything needs to be about each other. Not everything is about their friendship with secret messages.



They have busy lives. Its like their collabs are the only time they interact. They obviously must have times in their day where they talk and just be friends. Not everything Mark and Jack do has to be filmed.

And yet people only seem to only pay attention to Mark and Jack.

Like nobody points out at how little Mark and Bob, or Wade and Mark. Felix and Mark. Jack and Wade. How little they collab. How little anything. Its literally only Mark and Jack people seem to worry about.

I don’t know, it just really grinds my gears to just see people treat this like its actually something serious. Its always Mark and Jack, isn’t it.

What I’m basically saying is Mark and Jack have their own lives. Everything isn’t depended on each other. They both have big plans and dreams and passions they both want to succeed. And I don’t want people to think their friendship is somehow involved.

They’re their own person. Let it stay that way.