I'm secretly Cassandra Cain aka Blackbat disguising herself as a PhD student with dreams of making a positive contribution in the battle against cancer.
I'm a researcher, writer, somewhat graphics-maker, dog-lover, and keyboard-smashing fan of DC Comics and the Avatar universe. Here are 3 other things you should know about me: I'm still upset over Young Justice being cancelled, I wish I was part of the Batfam, and Mako is my pouty firebending hot boy v2.0.
things i wish didn’t cost so much
- video games
- college textbooks
- college anything
- printer ink like srsly wtf why you gotta charge up the ass and through the nose for it
- my sanity
Ladies in snow stealth (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧
Tutorial: how to make a study schedule.
- Make a reference sheet with separate lists for each subject. This reference sheet is used to orient your daily studying.
- List the material you need to study for each subject. Be more specific than you would be on a study schedule and make sure you put down everything you need to go over.
- On your schedule, highlight the exam dates and deadlines and put down any relevant information.
- Using your reference sheet, assign certain material to go through each day.
- If you haven’t been working on study material throughout the semester; schedule days before your study leave to work on study sheets for revision, flash cards, summaries, whatever you use to study.
- Take a day to gather your study material before your study leave begins. Like the weekend classes end or so. This will save you a lot of time when you sit down to study every day.
- Schedule your studying so that you start studying for the last final first, and the first final last. Make sure you start this early enough to give yourself time to revise for the subjects you need to.
- If you have a day between each of your finals, take the night of the final off and revise for the next exam the day after. If not, take the couple of hours after your exam off then revise for the next one.
- Schedule the harder/heavier material in a subject first, so that you work on that material when you have more energy.
- If you’re taking subjects that you have difficulty with, or subjects with a heavy workload; schedule catch up days. However, don’t let that encourage you to slack off. Try to stick to your schedule and only rely on the catch up days if you really need to, and if you don’t; then it’s a day off!
- Also, schedule days off… a day or if you can’t afford it, half a day. I can’t stress how important it is to take time for yourself, it’ll help you avoid burnout.
Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making study schedules since I started college. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.
I’m sorry I’m posting this by the end of the year when a lot of people are already done with exams, but perhaps it’ll be helpful for people taking summer courses now? And also for next year :)
Part one of: Firenation Here We Come
Anonymous asked "Do you and caffeine get along? Lately, I've been noticing it makes me feel really weird. Know any substitutes I could use to make myself more awake?"
Caffeine and I really don’t get along anymore, especially lately since I’ve weened myself off coffee. Now if I drink even tea when I don’t need it, my heart does a funky thing where I feel like I’m going to pass out and/or throw up. Not pleasant.
So, yes, I do know lots of other substitutes!
- Listen to upbeat music. I highly recommend tunes without any words to keep you distraction-free. My favorites are electronic dance music and traditional Irish music as they were created to make your brain happy and your body feel energized.
- Get around and move! Take breaks every 30 minutes or when your brain starts to wander and walk around or do jumping jacks. If you watch Elementary, you’ll remember the episode where Joan Watson does 100 squats in a row and she says that’s what got her through medical school. Well, it works because you’re getting blood pumping through your muscles, brain included!
- Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is the #1 key to staying alert. If you’re dehydrated, everything in your body will be sluggish.
- Eat something fresh and crunchy. I read somewhere that eating an apple is more effective at waking you up than a cup of coffee. No idea how exactly that works, but I believe the crunchiness and uplifting smell of apples sparks alertness, and the glucose is added fuel for your brain. (On that note, the brain consumes a TON of glucose, so if you’re headed for a super heavy brain session, carb-loading or stocking up on fruits isn’t a bad idea… Also, make sure you eat. If you don’t eat regularly, you’ll feel sleepier.)
- Breathe in scents that’ll keep you awake! These include peppermint, citrus, Jasmine, and coffee. Take a big strong whiff or two of these scents when you feel your eyes start to drag and your brain will jump back up.
- Be around people. Be it a quiet library or bustling cafe, being around people will improve your mood and productivity (humans are social creatures, after all). Also, if you’re at work, get up and talk to someone. If you’re at home, get up and talk to your roommate or family member. Talking will wake you right up. (But of course only do this if you’re comfortable).
- Let inner motivation fuel you. I know when I was in college plenty of times the fear of failure kept me going through my study sessions… You don’t have to use that reasoning, but be your best cheerleader!
- And of course, get plenty of sleep. The best way to stay awake during the day is to get plenty of rest at night! A small 20 - 30 minute nap during the day is great too.
I hope these help a bit! Good luck!
happy birthday chande!! =D
thank you for being such an amazing friend~
my professor just sent us all home so we don’t get caught out in the giant rainpocalypse
Anonymous asked "balrp."
Reason to Live #280: Autumn, and everything about it. It has always been and forever will be my favourite season. I love proper autumn, not the BC rain - when the sky is a chilly shade of blue, like glacier ice, and the sun is bright enough to set fire to the trees in their ochre glory; when the air has that crisp edge to it, the promise of snow, and is filled with the scent of decaying leaves and sap and pine; when leaves dance in the wind and blow across the ground and gather in heaps that I can jump into, and bury myself in. When we go to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins to carve them, and hay rides, and apple/pumpkin pies, and hot chocolate by the fire. I love the festivity and natural beauty of autumn, and it’s impossible for me to be unhappy on an autumn day like that.
Autumn in BC is another matter. It’s just grey and rains. I miss the autumns I had in Edmonton like this.
Anonymous asked "'#but do check in on friday to see if i'm living underwater#like the year 3000' You got me singing the song thanks a lot"
How’s your great great great granddaughter? I hope she’s doing fine!
so it’s predicted tucson will have ‘catastrophic flooding’ this week. univ of az already sent out early warning that classes may be cancelled
everyone living in south arizona—pay attention to traffic reports/road closures and stay safe!
pls don’t die on me
it’s ok i know how to swim!