what even was the point of this post

I wanted to make a post dedicated to this little moment. It’s a brilliant bit of acting on Liz’s part. Jemma’s been so strong and firm in her conviction while confronting the LMD!Fitz up until this point, even while he’s trying to sow doubt that she might not be real, and this is the first moment when she truly breaks. It’s unclear whether she’s asking the LMD not to hurt her - or for real Fitz not to kill her if she is the LMD. That awareness of her own deep desire not to die is potent, even if she could be a machine programmed by Radcliffe to do his bidding. Then again, there could also be a bit of her that’s asking for LMD!Fitz not to hurt her on an emotional level - if he is an LMD, she desperately doesn’t want to have to hurt him, because hurting Fitz (even a version of him that isn’t truly him) pains her as deeply as being hurt herself. It’s truly a tour de force acting moment.

So I need to know how Stydia’s first official date went.
How long did it take them to actually go on a date?
Did they do the classic dinner and a movie?
If so, what movie? What restaurant?
Was Stiles nervous even though he shouldn’t be?
Did he bring her flowers?
Did Lydia do her hair especially nice?
Did he blush when she opened the door when he arrived to pick her up?
Did either of the parents go overboard and take a million pictures?
Did they take a selfie that both later posted on social media?
Did he hold her hand all night?
Did she smile and bite her lip when he mentioned how smart she is?
Did he stutter at any point trying to tell her how beautiful she looked?
At what point did they say fuck it and just end up making out in the jeep?
Did they even make it out of the jeep at all?
I NEED ANSWERS

at what point do you have to start being honest with your friends about their art. not even critical but just like…where’s the line what age do you have to be to tell it like it is. everyone is too nice to anyone who makes art as if artists are these mysterious beings that are unquestionable…i stopped making or posting art years ago because I thought I’d get torn apart (rightfully so) but like the aura around here and also irl is so…cushy. i hate it tbh 

anonymous asked:

I'm so happy for Ed and all the success he has but with this new album he got even more famous and with that comes hate from others.When I go to twitter and search through his tag there's a lot of hate and I'm constantly blocking people.I'm just tired of it.He's such a good hearted person. I dont listen to e.g. to Ariana Grande or Lady Gaga but I'm not hating them just because I'm bored.I'm like whatever about them. Not my fandom so I dont care.What's the point of hating just for the sake of it?

Posting hate online just for the sake of it is a form of trolling, and many trolls have certain mental and emotional commonalities that predispose them to that type of behavior. Tons of studies have been done about why trolls exist and what they get out of it, but it seems like the most popular answers are that they want attention and they like the thrill of provoking an emotional response from someone who is passionate about whatever subject they’re trolling – which by design isn’t something they themselves actually feel passionately about. It’s an act to get a response. Whoever attacks Ed on Twitter isn’t someone who actually cares much one way or the other about him; they’re doing it because they know you care. One troll described it this way: 

Basically, yeah, it sucks that some people lash out because their lives have no meaning. The best thing you can do is ignore it and make sure the things you post yourself are positive. And I would add that blocking is a form of attention, which trolls crave, so a better solution would be simply to mute them. They don’t know they’ve been muted, so they end up just screaming into the void, and you still don’t have to see it. :)

anonymous asked:

lads-laddylads*tumblr*com/post/158840070633/agree-with-your-last-response-to-that-anon-and-to im crying they're so obsessed with themselves

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Someone speaks up and says “Hey, I don’t enjoy this, none of us do, stop doing this” and someone responds, “You don’t deserve how amazing we are, you should appreciate us or else”… what does that sound like?

They won’t even examine why nobody likes them. If they’re behind their brother’s and love and support them, why don’t they appreciate their freedom fighters?

Or why do they insist everyone does secretly love them to the point of constant message sending when they’re constantly whining that the people around the boys don’t respect them?

Some part of them is fully aware they have to constantly engage in projects and things in order to be able to claim to have any solid ground to stand on because being able to just defend your own behavior as a Larrie isn’t enough. They know none of this makes sense if Larrie is real. It’s all make believe and fantasy and they get pissy when someone like Gemma shatters it.

Haikyuu OVA 1 & 2

Someone requested a mega-post about the two Haikyuu OVAs and, even though I hadn’t considered writing about those at first, upon reflection I decided that I definitely had to write about some glorious moments that we can only find in those OVAs.

I’m going to write about both of them here, since they pretty much happen at about the same time (between seasons 1 and 2). Please be aware that they’re dark: at some points you fear for the lives of the characters.

“But Ele, this is Haikyuu. Nobody dies.” Excuse you. Just pay attention and I’m sure you’ll agree with me at the end of this post.

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zephyrsus reblogged your post and added:

He admits his love for humans was impure, because…

I definitely read one of your metas about Shizuo becoming the monster Izaya always wanted to make him in Ikebukuro, yeah! I’ve got a whole bunch of thoughts about Izaya returning to Ikebukuro (which I hope happens as much as you; I really crave that narrative satisfaction even aside from my shipping feels) and I think enough to put together a mini-essay about his mental state in his novels and the way he views his relationship with Shizuo. Maybe those are the same, now I think about it; they certainly overlap at several points, given the way Izaya structures his mistakes in Ikebukuro as explicitly tied to Shizuo. I need to take the time to write up the stuff floating around in my head into a more cohesive framework, but I agree with a whole bunch of what you’re saying here; I think I might have even picked up a lot of my read on Izaya’s post-Ketsu mental state from the various metas of yours I’ve consumed :) I am definitely always down for Shizaya meta convo, via posts or chat or asks or whathaveyou; I’ll try to work on another Shizaya meta about the post-Ketsu situation soon, I want to expand on these ideas but, uh, I’ve got Some Stuff to Say and it’ll take me a bit to pull it all together. Stay tuned, I hope :)

I have seen a number of harry potter posts that go something like, “If there was magic and wizards in (country) they’d _____.”  Usually there are also long discussions that go along with these about how each country deals with the statute of secrecy.

And all I can think is, Canada wouldn’t even bother trying to enforce the statute of secrecy. Because what is the point? How would you even know if it was a magic thing or just a Canada thing?

Is that guy just taking a regular old moose through a drive thru to get coffee or is it animagus?

Was that prime minister crazy or did he actually talk to ghosts?

How do you steal 20 000 litres of maple syrup? Trucks or portkeys?

The minister of immigration formally gave Santa Claus citizenship and a passport.

House hippos.

All magic would do to Canada is make the internet about 90% more sure that Canada isn’t a real place.

Why Yuuri scored so low - the speculation post

Alright, I think we can all agree on one thing - Yuuri did not deserve a score than low after attempting a quad flip, getting the necessary amount of rotations on it, landing it and messing up merely touching the ground. I mean, he touched the ground during his jumps in his Short Programs in the past and he still got more points, even though the base value was lower, right? So what the hell is up with that low score?

Well, I think I might just have the answer:

Yuuri forgot about his Eros - the core of the entire performance.

He lost points not from his Technical Elements but from his Program Components aka his presentation.

And think about it - what was he thinking about his entire program?

That’s right - points, jumps and scores.

And not about love. Which is a grave mistake when skating a program about love.

If you recall, in previous episodes, he often thought of Victor during his short program and I can tell you 100% that that was what allowed him to score so well. He focused on his skating but also on the object of his love. Sometimes he did it more, sometimes less, but here he didn’t do it at all.

I mean look at his face:

And this was in the same moment where he previously blew a kiss or sensually licked his lips.

Perhaps it’s the pressure of the Grand Prix Final but Yuuri forgot about the love in his performance and it was that - not the slightly messed up quad flip - that fucked him over in the end.

Now, what do you wanna bet that it will be the power of love that will allow him to get a high score in his Free Skate next episode?

Advice to Baby Witches

Here’s some things I wish someone told me when I was first starting out

  • You’re gonna find a lot of sources that are Wiccan. So if you don’t want to follow Wicca, it might be harder to find things that talk from a non- Wiccan perspective. This is not the only perspective. I encourage you even if you are wanting to follow Wicca to seek out specifically non-Wiccan sources to get a different view point. (nothing against Wicca here; I just think it’s healthy to get differing opinions)


  • It’s still witchcraft even if it doesn’t look like what books/Internets witchcraft looks like. Remember that:
    1. Everyone has a different way of doing things and your craft will never ever be the same as anyone else’s.
    2. The people posting about what witchcraft they’ve done are most of the time showing a perfected version of it. You are just starting out. You should not hold yourself up to the standards of people who have had more time and practice.
    3. It’s actually good that it doesn’t look like anyone else’s because that means that it’s entirely your own.
  • I know it can feel very daunting first getting involved in witchcraft because there is so much to learn. Trust me, you cannot learn everything, and that is okay.


  • Take things step by step. Find something that really excites you. For example, say you are really interested in deity worship. Focus on just that first. Research different deities and meditate on the ones that interest you. Once you feel like you’ve learned enough (you don’t have to be an expert by any means, just to a point where you feel like you have your foot in the door) then you can move on to something else. You don’t have to do it this way, but I found it helped me narrow things down.


  • The idea that “if you don’t know what your doing with witchcraft it can backfire” is a myth. Don’t be afraid to explore, learn new things. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend doing anything outside your skill level either. Maybe save the big deal curses for when you have a good grasp on them. Listen to your intuition on this one, if you feel like something you’re doing is too much for you, don’t do it right away, but work your way up. Don’t give up on it, either. Like I said, if you feel like you don’t have the ability to do something, get to a point where you do.


  • You will have thoughts like “this won’t work” “you’re being stupid” “it’s just some *conventionally useless item*, that can’t do ANYTHING” this is okay. Any intrusive thoughts that tell you it’s not going to work are fine, especially if you are mentally ill. It does not mean your magic looses it’s power because you had an intrusive thought. Yes, the best way to make your magic work is to believe it will work, but intrusive thoughts will not automatically stop the magic from working. Just try your best to overcome them, whatever technique you have for that will work fine. I always use my inner voice to talk back to my intrusive thoughts and say something like “What? That doesn’t even make sense! You’re being ridiculous, random voice in my head that has no attachment to me.” and try to ignore it. Your mental illness does not make you a less powerful of a witch, remember that.


  • You are much more powerful than you realize. Own this. Be empowered by it.


  • You don’t have to have a whole bunch of extravagant altars and read your tarot cards and meditate every day to be considered a ‘real’ witch. You do magic without even realizing it sometimes. It’s sometimes hard to do anything big because of busy schedules/low spoons/being closeted or whatever. Try and incorporate little things in your daily routine. I did this by Stirring my tea clockwise and focusing on the cup, while repeating “this tea will improve my day” in my head. It works great for practicing putting your intent in things, focusing your energy, and it can even work if you live in an unfriendly witch household! Get creative with the little things you can do everyday. And even if you can’t do those things sometimes, don’t worry about it!


  • Be very careful about cultural appropriation in your practice. It can get very dicey as to what is offensive to include in your practice and what is not. I can tell you straight up right now that anything taken from a Native American culture is not okay to incorporate in your practice. A very popular thing that’s taken from Native American culture is smudging. Don’t smudge. There are many alternatives to this. That being said, some things are ok to take from other cultures because those cultures aren’t practiced by living people/are part of a culture or religion that is open to outsiders taking it. Don’t bat yourself up for doing something then finding out it was offensive, because when you recognize it then take necessary steps to fix it, that’s you growing as a person and is a positive change. If you aren’t sure if what your doing is cultural appropriation, ask yourself:


    1. Is what I’m doing practiced by a group of people today? if yes, you’re in the danger zone, but it does not  necessarily mean it is appropriation
    2. Is the religion that it comes from a closed or open religion? (this means is it ok for outsiders, people who do not follow the religion, to practice it. example-Judaism=closed, wicca=open) If closed, it’s probably appropriation.
    3. Am I apart of a race that has a history of oppressing this group of people? If yes, you might want to be cautious about it.
    4. If it is deity related- Do the deities in question give me permission? if no, then definitely do not do it.
    5. What would a person from that religion/culture think if they saw me doing this? If they would not like it, it might not be okay.
    6. Is this from my heritage/ancestral background? Don’t worry too much if the answer is no but you passed most of the other questions, This one is mostly because if you grew up in a Jewish/Catholic/Muslim/other closed religion household, wanting to incorporate that in your practice is ok.


  • You do not have to be religious to practice witchcraft. Your craft can exclude deity work of any kind.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask what you feel are stupid questions. If your really scared, google is a very handy tool and most blogs have that anon option for a reason. :p

Mmk, spoons are low. Feel free to add any advice you think I’m missing. I really hope this helps someone!

Headcanons for Percy’s favorite Disney movie are based on the assumption that he Loves the ocean. Cool, fine. But then why would his favorite movie be The Little Mermaid? A movie about a girl who doesn’t like being in the water, who dreams of getting away from her family and home and being independent, and in the end chooses to leave the ocean permanently, to the point she even isolates her daughter from part of her identity? Doesn’t really make sense.

And Finding Nemo? As a kid that can actually talk to sea creatures, I think it’d be hard for him to watch because it’d be so inaccurate and he’d just end up annoyed, especially when specific sea creatures are portrayed as mean. Idk, I can almost see an argument for this but I just don’t think it fits as well as others.

But Moana? It’s about a girl who loves her island and her home. She loves her people. But yet? The sea calls to her. She connects to it. Even with all the love she has for her island, she feels the tug of the sea. She always finds herself back at the water’s edge. And I just think Percy would relate to that. To her love for her family and the ocean.

Now That Victuuri is Canon

It seems that a lot of people are upset because there was no explicit discussion of the kiss or further confirmation of Victor and Yuuri’s relationship in episode 8.

I understand why a lot of people feel this way. It’s another reason to fear if this whole thing is just really advanced queerbaiting. It’s a completely valid concern, given how many times we’ve been scorned. However, not only have we gotten confirmation from the creators that Victor and Yuuri are romantically attracted to each other, but even if we ignore all that it’s impossible to ignore on-screen events. I know I needn’t get into that and this is not the point of this post.

What I want to address is the subgroup of people who are upset because they were expecting more obvious romantic interacting between Yuuri and Victor. I’ll be honest, I wanted things to “get spicier” in a super dramatic way too, but thinking about it, that would not have made sense for this show at all. I’m not here to say “let’s be thankful for what we got” but rather to say “let’s look at what we got, and see what that all means in the grander scope of things.”

(As usual, sticking this under a cut because boy oh boy does it get long.)

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Introducing Draco to Social Media Would Include:
  • “Face… book?”
  • “Tumblr? Isn’t there supposed to be an ‘e’ in there somewhere? I don’t trust it.”
  • “Who is Instagram and why does she sound so tacky?”
  • His favorite filter on Snapchat is the dog filter because he’s just that white.
  • His story is 200 snaps long and all about Potter.
  • “Tweeter?”
  • Whenever he gets a notification from Twitter and the phone makes that bird sound, he screams like a little girl.
  • “Whats the point of making a video if it’s only six seconds long? I can’t even finish my sentence in six seconds.”
  • “Besides, why have eight different social media accounts that do the same thing? You can post short videos of yourself on Vine, Insta-whatever and Snapchat… Why are Muggles so redundant?”
  • BUT YOUTUBE THO
  • He loves Dan and Phil, obvi
  • You find him two weeks later in the bedroom singing ‘I’m a Barbie Girl’ in front of a camera without a shirt on.
  • “Uh… Draco… What are you doing?”
  • “I WAS MAKING A VIDEO FOR THE YOUTUBE! LOOK AWAY!”

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Twist & Shout ** Very Important**

hello guys <3 

a few years ago @hellfires and i published the fanfiction work “twist and shout”.

since then we’ve been overwhelmed by the response our fic has garnered (good, bad & ugly). 

that’s why, today, i wanted to take the time and say that some changes will be coming regarding the fic and it’s availability online. 

it’s due to circumstances we couldn’t predict, but at times that is how life works. 

the point is, even if it isn’t ideal, we will be making the fic available as a full novel for purchase within the next few weeks/months. what we’re asking right now is for your support. that same support you’ve given the fic so far. we know many of you have been asking for this for a long time, so we are hoping that your excitement remains!

for now, please pass this post around to as many sources as you can. it is important, also, for people to know with publication comes the chore of scrubbing and erasing the fic from the internet as much as we can to avoid any legal troubles. if you have a pdf of the fic we ask that you do not post it to the internet anymore. please tell your friends this. we are hoping that the novelization will lead to response as much as the fic. 

raven and i are going to work very hard to keep the integrity of the fic intact while still making enough changes that it is viable! it will still be the story you love, with a bit of a makeover. 

thanks for you love & respect. please continue to support us on this venture <3 we couldn’t do it without you. at this time raven and i are still in conversation so we won’t be able to answer all your questions right away, but if you have any major concerns or interest please come to us for an official answer <3 thank you again xoxo

hannah & raven

Fanfiction culture has become an incredibly toxic place for me over the last few years, and it’s really started to hit me this year how bad it really is. I’ve watched creator after creator delete their tumblrs, delete their fics, delete entire worlds they’ve come up with, all because of factors that are far too prevalent among fans etc. 

I’ve helped friends deal with, and dealt with myself, situations where fics are re-posted, with or without credit but never with permission, seen fics with there names changed and passed off as the work of another author for another fandom as if that will prevent them from being caught, and I’ve watched as slowly, slowly creators just stopped putting up a fight because what’s the point

I’ve watched authors be attacked for not updating on time, or for being too sick (mentally, physically, etc.) to write any more of their recent fic, seen fans demand a sequel that the author doesn’t even want to write as if it’s owed to them. 

I’ve seen fans steal copies of people’s works and re-post them when the creator chooses to delete, defending themselves by saying it’s their favorite fic and they didn’t want to lose “ownership” over it, but that right there is the problem in itself. 

Fanfiction writers don’t get paid to write you fics. They have lives, and school, and sometimes even jobs that they have to deal with every single day to make sure that they can live the life they want to live. They come home at night, and they choose to spend their free time writing fanfiction for themselves and the world to enjoy, but they don’t get paid for this. They don’t get piad, and they be no means have to write anything, let alone what you demand of them. 

And it’s heartbreaking really, because I’m watching my friends get broken down by demands for more more more, and I watch them cry over the fact that it isn’t even encouragement or supportive comments - it’s just a constant barrage of where are you, why haven’t you done this, i want an update, i hate waiting, and it’s tearing us apart. 

I hardly see supportive feedback anymore. When it’s there, it’s wonderful and amazing and reminds me why I love to write so much, but unfortunately in life, the bad eclipses’s the good, and it’s discouraging. It’s so discouraging that I’ve watched amazing creator after amazing creator given up and delete, and I’m tired. 

I am so, so tired of hating myself and my writing because all it brings me is grief - why didn’t you do this, this would have been better, you should have reversed the roles, this trope is so old

you haven’t updated in two months, why did you start posting if you weren’t going to finish

being ace is unfair to the other character, he should be more understanding of his partners needs

We, as fanfiction writers, put these fics out there for you to enjoy, but we also do it for ourselves, and I’m tired of being underappreciated and harassed 

If you don’t want your favorite fanfictions deleted, support the author

If you want an author to update, remind them how much you love their fic, but understand that life can be hard

If you don’t enjoy something personally, remember that an authors writing decisions are not based on you

In the new year, I hope to see more of my friends and myself appreciated rather than torn down for all the work that we do, because I know I’m not the only one suffering from the actions of our fans

so i’ve seen a few posts about the foxes getting a team snapchat and i just. adore the idea so i came up with this (with the help of @minyarrd03) bear with me.

  • so one day kevin sets up this snapchat account for the foxes and it’s supposed to be professional and clips from interviews and behind the scenes and all
  • but then my boy nicky finds out the password
  • (it may or may not be jeremy’s birthday)
  • and kevin’s rant about how the foxes ‘better not ruin everything he’s been working his whole life for’? out the window. you better believe my son nicky is gonna shitpost this account into hell
  • so like the first thing he posts is a black screen with as the caption ‘does anyone want a dick pic?’
  • the next picture is kevin
  • kevin is never the same again
  • but that’s not the point. eventually all the foxes know what the password is and they all use it (except renee bless her soul) to spite kevin even more until kevin just gives up on the idea and lets them do whatever they want like usual
  • and so since the fun in spiting kevin is gone, only allison and nicky regularly use it. sometimes dan to post Real Important Stuff but that’s pretty much it
  • but anyways one day they have this really important game against this really important team and neil gets injured. and it’s not pretty.
  • and neil, because he’s neil, pretends it’s nothing and goes to get up but? his ankle obviously didn’t get the memo bc it won’t stand straight
  • so when neil is called off andrew Does Not Care about the game (more than usual anyway) and jogs up to him to help him up, an arm around his shoulders and the other out to ward off anyone who tries to get close
  • and they go to the boy’s changing room where abby’s already waiting and andrew helps neil sit down on the bench
  • and since neil does his best to hide it but is still in Very Obvious Pain, andrew lets him lay his head on his shoulder and takes his hand, noting the furrow of his brow and the way he digs his nails into andrew’s hand when abby gets his shoe off to take a look at his ankle
  • and sadly he’s too busy warning abby not to hurt neil to notice that nicky just rounded the corner and is filming the w h o l e scene
  • he posts it the same night on the team’s snapchat
  • nicky knows the exact moment andrew’s seen it, because neil sends him a short text with just ‘he’s after you’ as a warning
  • the next post on the team’s snapchat is a blurry pic with ‘IM TOO YOUNG TO DIE’ as the caption
  • the next one is a video of nicky just shrieking while running away
  • the last one is another video, but this time it’s all black. all you hear is laboured breathing and then nicky stage-whispering ‘im hiding in the closet… never thought i’d come back in here… if i die please-’ and the video ends on a scream as the closet door jerks open
I thought Misha was going to spread love?

All he does is bash Donald Trump, and anyone involved in politics. He spends more time posting negativity than he does spreading love like he talked about doing when Hillary lost. I love the dude, but he is acting like a major sore loser. I have seen more negativity and hate from him than I have from Trump voters, or even other Hillary supporters.

Practice what you preach, you know? Be the change you wanna see? I don’t know.

Hello, it’s #optomstudies here again with another Sunday Study Tip on catching up when you’ve fallen behind!


A masterful skill that not even the best studyblrs may have tackled. A lot of advice in the studyblr community regarding this seems a little airy-fairy (I almost question if they remember what they themselves went through), so hopefully my post will shine a different light on it (or so I hope anyway!)


1. Work out what’s essential and what isn’t. You’ve basically wasted time right to get to this point right? With limited time left, use an Eisenhower matrix of Important vs. Urgent to determine what you need to do left. 

  • Important and Urgent - any and all due assessment tasks
  • Important but Not Urgent - studying lectures for exams, compulsory readings
  • Not Important but Urgent - additional homework tasks that need to be handed in but aren’t worth much, like logbooks
  • Not Important and Not Urgent - additional readings (although it’d be great if you did this, sorry, you’re out of time)

Then cross out everything that you can afford to not do. Ironically, I find that when I use the Eisenhower matrix when I am not strapped for time, studying (in the Important but Not Urgent category) usually gets the short end of the stick. But when I’m already falling behind, all the additional readings and homework tasks get thrown out the window and I just work on studying instead. 


2. Do everything that will take you less than 10 minutes to complete. Get all those pesky emails out of the way, all the small team meeting notes, everything else you need to do for someone else. That will cross out a whole chunk of things from your list. You’ll be left with the meaty stuff like studying, completing assignments, etc. 


3. It’s a little damn late for you to regularly revise, so just binge everything. Honestly, this is the best way to get everything done. Don’t switch tasks or subjects. You don’t want to spend about 20 minutes just getting into the flow before switching subjects once the hour’s up. Plus, since you’re already panicking, turn that fear and panic into motivation for you to really focus for long chunks of time - just think about what you do the day before a final exam - because the threat of the exam is imminent, you basically study the whole day right? Trust me, if you’ve really screwed up your study schedule, you won’t have to worry about common procrastination (assuming you don’t want to fail). 

University is just one assignment done, moving onto the next before you even have time to breathe. It’s usually quite different to high school in that everything is quite closely packed together since it’s a 13 week semester. In high school I thought that 3 assessments in a week was the end of the world (lol pls kid). 

So just do whatever needs to be done first, and then if you finish before the day the assignment/exam is done, then great, you can study for the next assessment task. 

Still, I do recommend chucking your phone out the window just in case, since people usually all study last minute, meaning they’ll be asking you “hey do you know wtf Prof was talking about in lec 5?″


4. Break up your courses into hour-long chunks. Although we’re bingeing, it’s important that you make a list, even if it just says “Lecture 1, Lecture 2, Lecture 3″ so that you have a direction to go. Don’t allocate too much time for any one lecture, but at the same time, be realistic about how much you can cover in an hour. For example, if you’ve got 6 hours until an exam, you’re either going to study Lectures 1-3 really well, Lectures 1-6 so-so, and Lectures 1-10 superficially. 

So choose wisely based on what you know or don’t know. If there’s a topic you know quite poorly, consider if it’s worth the time to study and learn the concept, or just bank on the subject not showing up in your exam. I’m actually pretty poor at gambling what will be in the exam, so I always choose to just study everything at a basic level. 

A common pitfall I find in this area is skipping the basic stuff. You think you know it, but when you close your book and try writing it out on a blank piece of paper, you suddenly falter. This has happened to me repeatedly in an exam. I know all the really complex stuff like the back of my hand before I get into the examination room, and then I suddenly get a really simple question and I’m like wait, what was the answer again? I advise making lecture outlines that you just rote learn - this comes in useful for long response questions because you’ll often remember the small details, but will forget the next section, meaning you miss out on a massive chunk of information if you forget. 


5. Rinse and repeat. Usually after about 2 weeks(?) of catching up like this I finally see the light of day and I can return to my normal schedule. If need be, I usually cut back on sleep to about 6 hours vs. 7.5 hours, but never pull an all nighter. You cannot do this unless you have breathing room the next day (which you won’t because you screwed up in the first place). Unless it is the very last assessment task, there’s a massive risk of ruining your next exam. 


6. Try and never do that last minute ditch again. 

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana. 

Never again right? Remember that starting early and finishing early is the key to good grades. We’re all just young uni students at the end of the day though, so do remember to forgive yourself if you end up repeating the procrastination. I’ll be cheering you all on! 


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