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Anonymous asked: Hello , I'm a junior & I'm still kinda new at school. I start next Friday but I'm honestly scared because I dyed my hair blue & I'm scared I'm going to be bullied and stuff. Any advice?


Answer:

Hello!

First off: congrats on having your very own style! That ain’t easy and I admire everyone who’s pulling it off.

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Now, I ususally try to remain impartial, but I hate bullying with the burning passion of a dried out dragon, so I this might get a bit heated.
Bullies are stinking cowards and since you already assume possible bullying in the future, I’m going out on a limb here and will say you’ve already made their atrocious acquaintance. Ideally, I’d say, do whatever the hell pleases you: dance through hallways, answer every question, dress and style yourself however you like, because this is your school life, where you are learning and growing up and where you should feel safe.
They have no right to make you feel afraid, they have no right to take away your fun and concentration and they have no right to make you feel any less important and worth treating right.
But well. Real life, huh? I don’t know where you come from, but in many countries, schools still don’t quite know how to deal with the little buggers and they’re often given free reign. If this is where you are -

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So, here’s what I learned:

1) Find Your People
This might not be easy, especially if you’re shy, but there is always someone who will connect with you, will share your hobbies or will laugh at your jokes. Regardless of whether there are bullies or not, having your own little group will back you up and make your whole school experience a lot more worthwhile. 
This is very important in the beginning, because it just gets harder as time goes on. Everybody is nervous and confused at the beginning of a new year, so try to reach out to people who seem like they could float your boat: maybe you hear a reference they make, maybe they wear a cool dress, maybe there’s just chemistry. Find your troops.
Also try to sort the teachers into groups: who is most likely to help you in an emergency, who seems like they would listen to you and take action, and so on.

2) Don’t seem scared
This seems like cruelty, but I mean it. Bullies are like wild animals or horses - they notice when you’re scared and they will make use of it.
Always remember why you are there: you are here to learn, to make friends, to grow into an adult, to experience things, to express yourself. This is ultimately for you and even if you don’t feel like it and you’re scared, pretend like you’re already living your perfect school life. Make it seem like their silly words would just be nuisances as they should be, make it seem like you wouldn’t falter under their presure, make it seem like you would just shrug them off, wave them off and leave them standing in the rain.
This is easier if you can depend on your wittiness. I was never physically strong, but I have a very sharp tongue and just saying something cool and watching them drop like a hot potato is usually enough.
(Sadly, not for all of them. Some are very witty themselves, some will gang up, some will even resort to violence. If this happens and somebody attacks you for real, get out of there. You will not and should not put up with that)

3) You ALWAYS have options
If, which is unlikely, somebody really just abhors you and wants to cause you pain, you can always get away. You will always have your support network by your side to help you every step of the way: tumblr, your guardians, the school board, even the government. The important thing to remember is that you’re in the right. No matter what they say, they’re committing a crime and you will always have the moral highground.

But most importantly: None of the above will likely happen. This is your emergency plan and you’re now ready to take them on, weapons loaded and sunglasses polished, should they come, but in all likelihood, people will admire your coolness.
Most people are actually pretty okay and I’d be surprised if there’s not one of them who wants to become your friend (maybe precisely because of your sweet hairdo). Remember: if anything does happen, we’re here and if nothing does, we’re here all the same.
You’ll be okay. Just be yourself, be ready to grow and rock your awesome hair!

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Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this:

'You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.

- Doris Lessing

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When I was younger, I had this feeling that there was this handbook that I’d never gotten, that explained how to be, how to laugh, what to wear, how to stand by yourself in a hallway. Everyone else looked so natural, like they’d all practised together and knew exactly what to do.
My experience was pretty much the opposite…

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mr-idc asked: I'm currently taking three literature classes this semester. Do you have any advice on how I may be able to ready massive amounts of text without feeling drowsy.


Answer:

Well, hello, fellow book friend! Great choice of classes, but I can imagine that it’s a bit hard to keep up.

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I think the important thing here is to establish barriers, so that your texts don’t get mixed up with each other. Personally, I love reading multiple books at the same time (well, roughly at the same time) to see how and where they overlap and where they diverge - it creates a sort of meta-text in your mind that connects them at a higher level.
However, it can annoy your professor if you suddenly write about the “wrong” text, so yeah, barriers.

1. Real World Barriers

Temporal… you can reserve certain time slots for certain courses.
If you only ever read, say, Ancient Norse Myths on Thursdays and Comparative Young Adult Literature on Wednesdays and Garfield as a Modern Anti-Hero on Mondays, it’s a lot easier to seperate these texts in your mind and you can really dive into them. If you need to read them more often than once a week, try reading one course in the afternoon, the other in the evening and … you get the idea.

Local … if you really want your brain to realize that these texts are to be treated seperately, change your location for each course. Read the one course at home, the other in the library, the third in the park or wherever you like to stick your nose in a book or some sheets of paper.
It’s even better if the location is somehow related to the course. Like, The Old Man and the Sea at the beach? Oh, yeah.

2. Mind Barriers

If you have a vivid imagination, which, as a reader, you most likely do, it also helps to have some mind barriers set up.
I’m not talking about something as advanced as a mind palace, but, say, a mind hallway.
Behind every door there is a course which leads to another hallway filled with doors, each of which represents a text. If you’re people-centred, you can enhance this by having some of your favourite characters or even friends or Pokémon hanging around.
For example, you sit down to study Ancient Norse Myths, walk to the first door to the right, through the one that’s decorated with mystical creatures and a huge tree and you step into the doorway, where you take another door, decorated with thunder and lightning, which leads to your Thor character study, where incidentally Thor is lounging around with a Pikachu.
You know? Stuff like that.

Maybe it’s a mixture of all three for you, or maybe just one or two will do the trick.

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If it’s about the reading itself, which can be very tiring, no matter how interesting the text, I’d advise you to
a) think of the actual fictional reading as free time (so don’t think “Ugh, I gotta read this and see all the stuff the professor wants me to see”, but think “Yay! A story!”), because this way it will be a lot more enjoyable AND you will notice more
b) treat the non-fictional texts as fictional texts and envision it to make it more exciting (an author’s life = story, a period’s writing = story, an in-depth analysis of symbolical uses in a text = monologue of an interesting character, …)
c) read the hard texts before bed if you’re not too drowsy, because that way you will remember them better AND you may make connections in your dreams that will surprise you
d) definitely read when you feel like it – there are days when you feel like you could swallow a bookcase and you should make really good use of them
e) get yourself in the mood if you do not feel like it – just think about the characters for a while or  the message and the more you think about it, the more you will want to know: what’s going to happen next? How can you interpret this or that sequence? Does the story have any connection with the author’s life? Does the writing of the time period have any connection to the cultural/economic/scientific/… circumstances of the time? Does…
…aaaand you’re back on track.
f) if you absolutely do not feel like it, do not force yourself. Don’t ever get yourself to hate books or writing; sometimes you just need a break from the written word and that’s perfectly okay.
Take your time.
g) Just for fun: It’s always amusing when you try to write parts of your notes on a certain author or a time period in that very style. It helps you to remember the idiosyncrasies of the style and you may get a good laugh out of it.

Enjoy your reading!

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Cheers to us curious learnebeasts! We shall conquer the lands of knowledge and creativity!

As always, this means that my askbox is open for a week and I’ll answer all of your questions. Back to school or general studying questions or always wondered why the earth moves around the sun?

'tis the time and place to ask!

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xbojana:

studyinstyle:

When you really want something and the world tells you no

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don’t give up just yet

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fight

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prove yourself

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show the world that it can’t knock you down

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and when it does

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and it will

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because it’s life

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keep breathing

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and stay at it

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and even…

This is exactly what I need right now..

I just found out that I can’t do the study just because I haven’t had math. I still have one year at this school, and I’m willing to do everything.

Thank you!

Avatar: The Last Airbender 1.01 | The Boy in the Iceberg
You can do it!

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Something amazing happens when the rest of the world is sleeping. I am glued to my chair. I forget that I ever wanted to do anything but write. The crowded city, the crowded apartment, and the crowded calendar suddenly seem spacious. Three or four hours pass in a moment; I have no idea what time it is, because I never check the clock. If I chose to listen, I could hear the swish of taxis bound for downtown bars or the soft saxophone riffs that drift from a neighbor’s window, but nothing gets through. I am suspended in a sensory deprivation tank, and the very lack of sensation is delicious.
- Anne Fadiman
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Something amazing happens when the rest of the world is sleeping.
I am glued to my chair. I forget that I ever wanted to do anything but write. The crowded city, the crowded apartment, and the crowded calendar suddenly seem spacious. Three or four hours pass in a moment; I have no idea what time it is, because I never check the clock. If I chose to listen, I could hear the swish of taxis bound for downtown bars or the soft saxophone riffs that drift from a neighbor’s window, but nothing gets through. I am suspended in a sensory deprivation tank, and the very lack of sensation is delicious.

- Anne Fadiman

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11 Questions Tag

Thank you for tagging me, studyforyourself !

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Do you use a special study method?
In school, my secret recipe was concentrating like a Shounen manga protagonist while in class, making my own connections, doodling little comics (MEGA helpful) and then going over everything before the test.
I also have super cool parents who helped me with revising by quizzing me or explaining stuff to me, so that helped a lot.
In university, I had to struggle for a year before I came up with a strategy that worked for me.
First: LISTEN TO ALL THE LECTURES (I learned this the hard way).
Second: Write it all down in your own words. Once you’re done with a lecture, write questions that cover all of the material (important) 
Third: Explain it to yourself, talk out loud, treat yourself like an idiot and ask all questions that come to your mind.
Fourth: Clear up misunderstandings with the power of the Internet, friends and professors.
Fifth: Before a test, work out all the questions you’ve accumulated over the semester and make a Q&A-sheet. Revise with it and once again, talk out loud.
Six: Just think about it. A lot. In your freetime, on the bus, whenever, just ponder and you’ll be surprised what connections you’ll make. Fall into the material.

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Are you satisfied with your grades right now or not?
Pretty satisfied. My grades are good, but I think I could have done more with the material I was offered.

What causes you the most stress in school/college?
The prospect of failing. Not even the grades, but just getting to a point where I have to say “I can’t keep up anymore”. I was always „the smart one“, so not understanding something is like a betrayal to my own identity and my mind. Getting stuck means I have reached the limit of where I can go and this thought, of being no better than this line, annoys me. This is arrogant, of course. The line is there and I will reach it – but hopefully, it’ll take a long time for me to get there.
But there are bumps in the road as well, when I just keep running against walls and at times like these I like to remember Lawrence Krauss’s “Scientists love mysteries. They love not knowing” and Richard Feynman’s “I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things. I think it’s much more interesting”. They are right, of course.
Sometimes you just need a reminder.

What are your favourite Study Blogs?
Weirdly enough, I don’t follow that many, but definitely attackonstudying , studyforyourself , Anime-Student , pleasegostudy and for actual content: visualizingmath , natgeofund , coolchicksfromhistory , bbglasses , asianhistory , wordstuckother-wordlyallthingslinguisticsciencesoupodditiesoflifeMicro-universeartsyfartsyartsy and surely many I haven’t found yet.

Is there a person who inspires you?

Apart from friends and family, fictional: Shinichi Kudo, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Hermione Granger, Tony Stark, Haruhi Fujioka, Bossun (Yuusuke Fujisaki), Misaki Ayuzawa, the Doctor, L (Death Note), Ginko (Mushishi), Professor X, Ender, Castiel, Aang, Katara, Sokka, Toph, Zuko, Wan, Fillmore, Ingrid Third and maaaaaany others.

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Real: Alexander von Humboldt, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Immanuel Kant, Agatha Christie, Erich Kästner, James Joyce, many authors, Gosho Aoyama, Isaac Newton, scientists throughout the ages, some old teachers of mine, seriously every person I meet who entertains independent thought

Do you plan your week/day?

I tried and failed hilariously. I need spontaneity and the freedom to dig deep into stuff. I admire people who actually manage to do this, though.

What’s your favourite quote?

Ancora Imparo. - Leonardo daVinci

Have you achieved everything you wanted in the last school year?

Pretty much. The science side was neglected, though. I aim to amend this next year.

Do you like studying?

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Do you use flashcards?

Now and then. They’re very useful for vocabulary, but usually I stick to my Q&A-lists. They also have the added bonus of helping me to remember the information spatially, as in where on the page the question was. This doesn’t work with flashcards. Still, cool stuff.

What country/countries do you want to visit?
 universe deep!!!!!.,.,.,.,.,LOL.,.,.,

Haha, no, but I really want to see a hell of a lot. My top 5 right now: Scotland, USA, New Zealand, Polynesia, Japan

My 11 Questions:

1) What is your first study memory? (e.g. learning to read, riding a bike, …)
2) What is your favourite fictional book?
3) What is your favourite non-fiction book?
4) What is the most important thing you ever learned?
5) What is the most important thing you ever learned about studying?
6) Did/does your family support your education?
7) What is the funnest way you ever learned something?
8) Who was the best teacher you ever had?
9) Who do you want to be in the future?
10) If you could tell your past self one thing - what would it be?
11) If you could change one thing about the educational system in your country - what would it be?

I don’t have many blogs I could tag, so this goes out to everyone who feels like introspecting. Do let me know if you answer it and I’ll check it out.

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Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.

- Virgina Woolf

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I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.
- J. G. Ballard
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I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.

- J. G. Ballard

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