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HACKS: LEARN A LANGUAGE

Whatever the teachers say, learning a language is difficult. I have been learning Spanish for three years at school. I have an A* in Spanish GCSE. I am predicated an A* at A level. I have had teachers breathing down my neck for a third of a decade…and guess what? I’m was not even partially fluent.

Now, however, I realise: teachers can’t teach the language. I do not mean this as brutally and heartlessly as it sounds. Try this: solely drowning in exercise books and worksheets WILL NEVER ENABLE YOU TO BE FLUENT. Solely learning grammar, phrases, tenses…this will make for a very robotic type of fluent.

There are some EXTRAODRINARILY simple ways to become better at your desired language. And guess what? Learning in the following ways will take less time, less effort (due to the passive nature of the tasks), and lead you leaps and bounds on your way to fluency. So try this:

  1. Watch films in the language you want to learn. Getting utterly engrossed in the plot means you m at not even realise the words you pick up. Also hearing the language at its natural pace means you will not be so flabbergasted at the pace of speech in reality.

  2. Watch TV shows. Chose those that you are interested in- watch documentaries to perhaps link your interests and learning with your other subjects or hobbies.

  3. Go onto YouTube. Search for complications, funny videos, snippets from films in the language you want to learn. It’s all about passive learning, and enabling just a little fun in all that is heavy within learning a language.

  4. Read the newspaper. Learn about current affairs as well as the construction of the language; it’s a two for the price of one.

  5. Read magazines. Television guides, for example. Some use these daily- read it in another language, since you will already have an understanding of the context.

  6. Find a foreign music artist. Many have been quoted to say music is a real motivational factor when learning a language. And when so many of us have a smart phone it is easy: download Spotify, search for an artist, put them on repeat.

  7. ESCUCHAR, ESCUCHAR, Y ESCUCHAR! (Or listen, listen, and listen, for you non-Spanish speakers). This I believe to be the best tip- it interlinks numerous of the tips above but the concept is simple: LISTEN TO THE LANGUAGE. It’s simple. Focus on the words. Take in the pace. Another key point: don’t panic if the words seem to roll straight of their tongue and away from your ears. You will not learn the language in a week. Fluency may not come in a year, but what is worth doing is worth doing properly.

So listen to music, watch to videos on YouTube, listen to foreign news channels, turn your settings on your phone into your desired language, read magazines and fliers, turn your internet settings into a different language and have a look around for something you want. Try and integrate your learning into your daily life in a way that is fun, hence learning the language will not seem like such a mind field.



Credit to Learn Real Spanish- a few hours prior to writing this post I was heavily influenced by his tips. The moto ‘escuchar, escuchar, y escuchar’ originated from his videos. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE WITH A DESIRE TO LEARN SPANISH.

Click here for the website.

Click here for the YouTube Channel.

Another beneficial site for those learning a language is Yabla. Specalist language: Spanish. Link here.

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Diet Foods That Are The WORST For Weight Loss

I came across a lecture on a website recently, which reminded us all of the basic yet fundamentally important fact that: ‘just because it says “diet” or “low-fat” does not mean it is healthy for you.’

A diet expert tells those longing for a slimmer body: ‘Don’t be afraid of carbsquinoa, lentils and barley actually aid in weight loss. High-fat foods are not the enemy either – avocado, fatty fish and coconut oil are actually very good for you.’


So here goes…diet foods the effectively defeat the objective:


  1. FLAVOURED FAT-FREE YOGART: “When companies take out the fat, they add in Image result for tumblr yogurt flavouredsugar. Although they might appear lower in calories, sometimes a single serving of yogurt can contain up to 15 grams of sugar,” a diet expert explains. “Choose plain-Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein and add in your own flavour such as fresh berries or cinnamon.”

2.   STORE PURCHASED SMOOTHIES: “Many store bought smoothies are loaded with high calorie ingredients, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners that bring their “health” factor down,” says Roots. “To be safe make a smoothie at home, it’s very easy and then you know exactly what is going in it!”

 


3.  ‘LIGHT’ SALAD DRESSINGS: According to research- “you need to eat salads with fat-based dressings to get the most out of the vegetables. They also contain very few calories, which may be a good thing for weight loss, but a salad with low-calories will not keep you full for long. Therefore, you will end up snacking or eating more at your next meal.”


4.  FAST FOOD SALADS: According to ABCNews: “the Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at McDonalds contains 13 grams of fat and 270 calories, and with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing it comes to 360 calories and 21 grams of fat”


5.  PROTEIN / MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS: “The general rules are when you flip the bar over and notice the ingredient list takes up almost the entire side (which means it’s loaded with chemicals and fillers), it contains more than 200 calories per serving, and contains more than 8-10 grams of sugar, it is closer to a candy bar and should be avoided,” Roots says.


6.  TRIAL MIX: “Nuts, dried fruit and seeds mixed together seem like a great diet food to snack on, but the truth is that it is extremely difficult to stick to the proper serving size. Many people do not realise how much they are eating and they end up consuming almost a half a day’s worth of calories in one sitting.” Now that’s an achievement if you ask me…perhaps not the right one though. Ah well. Next time!


7.  ORGANIC COOKIES: “Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it is healthy or if a package of cookies only has 100 calories, most likely it is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, which make them actually worse for you than eating an actual cookie.”


8.  DIET COLA (or ‘soda’ if you are that way inclined): Again, we are reminded of another fundamental fact: “Just because it has the word “diet” in it does not mean its diet-friendly.” The site goes on to elaborate: “Diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Centre, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.


9.  GLUTEN FREE…ANYTHING!: The site expands- “Some gluten-free foods are healthy, but the truth is, there are many foods claiming to be gluten-free that are not diet friendly. Any food that is pre-packaged will never be as good as eating a food in its natural form such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein,” says Roots. When choosing gluten-free foods make sure you check the nutrition labels for ingredients such as the sugar content, sodium level and calories – “the more ingredients you can’t pronounce, the worse it is for you.


10.  FRUIT JUICE: An expert reports: “Fruit juice isn’t always as fresh and natural as it may seem. It may even contain more sugar and calories that a sugary soft drink.” According to Authority Nutrition, “fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fibre and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.”


11.  GRANOLA: “Granola and granola bars may be one of the least healthy snacks – most are loaded with sugar and have very little fibre. One cup of granola can equal about 600 calories, about 25 grams of sugar and almost 30 grams of fat. If you really want to purchase granola, make sure you read the labels and choose the option low in calories and fat.”


12.  FROZEN DINNERS: “most often these pre-portioned frozen dinners are loaded with preservatives and sodium and are lacking enough vegetables to have nutritional value,” says Roots. She suggests creating your own “frozen dinner,” by making a large portion of something like chicken stir-fry and keeping in in a tupperware container in the freezer for the week.


13. Image result for tumblr dreid fruit DRIED FRUIT: So, it’s a common fact: fruit is great for a diet snack”. This is because, of course “it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for your health”. A sitte claims: “Dried fruit tends to be high in calories and natural sugar. Also, considering dried fruit is energy-dense, it’s much easier to eat large amounts of it at a time, which in turn can result in excess sugar and calorie intake”- according to Authority Nutrition.


14.  RICE CAKES: Perhaps a bit of a shocker to some this one- “Rice cakes rank high on the glycaemic index, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will leave you hungry again in a couple hours, while also sending your blood sugar soaring”.


15.  VEGGIE BURGERS: The truth is revealed…”these burgers aren’t made with just vegetables; they are based on processed soy. They also tend to have an excess amount of sodium, and when you add toppings to it, your calorie consumption will go sky high.”


 

 

16 Common Dreams & Their Interpretations

Everyone has dreams…well, at least, everyone has subconscious dreams (ouch…). Did you know the average adult will of had 100,000 or more dreams within their lifetime? I once heard on top of this that one dreams up to 20 dreams a night…so what do these dreams actually mean? One expert claims it is the body sending internal messages to the person, and if one acted upon a dream, perhaps someone can change their conscious life (for the better, of course!)

Await no more…the answers to all of your dreams and an insight into your subconscious self *cue non-existent fascinated ‘woo’ from also-non-existent crowd*


 

STUPID SMARTPHONE- Smart phones and Facebook are the latest objects to Image result for tumblr phonecreep their way into our dreams. THE DREAM: The most common tech-dream centers around dialing the phone: either your fingers are too fat to dial the numbers on the keypad, or the call keeps dropping, or the person simply cannot get the desired numbers to appear on the screen. THE ANALYSIS: This is analysed to revolve around communication issues in real life. Failing to make a call- and thus communicate with another- may relay the real life situation in which you feel your thoughts, opinions or feelings are not being listened to or considered by someone else.


RUN FOR YOUR LIFE- For women, a commonly recurring dream involved being 2. The Dream: Run for Your Lifechased. An expert believes these dreams ae triggred by ‘fight or flight’ situations in waking life, in which one chooses avoidance rather than open confrontation. THE ANALYSIS: The question from this dream, experts say, is ‘what are you running from in your daily life? It is said that these dreams will promptly stop, as soon as the real life fear is confronted and dealt with.


HAIL TO THE CHIEF- “dreams about the president may symbolize your ability to Image result for tumblr presidentmake decisions and govern your own life”, an expert explains. THE ANALYSIS: “If the president is a helpful character in your dreams, then most likely you’re managing things well, she explains. If he’s a malevolent character, then you may be misusing your authority. And if he is in danger or not well in the dream, then you may be afraid to harness your own power”.


Image result for tumblr schoolSCHOOL DAZE- Almost all ‘back-to-school’ dreams can be related to job stress. ANALYSIS: “That’s a good indication you’re feeling uncertain of your place at work or even your career choice.” Worried about the school bell ringing? “That suggests we feel time is running out on us in real life in the career department.” THE LESSON: From this evident dissatisfaction, perhaps it is time to take action and bin the school bell. Maybe this means finding a new job, or solely making the existing one more meaningful.


FURRY FRIENDS- Dogs are said to represent the characters they possess: loyalty and friendship. THE ANALYSIS: “When you have a dog dream, think about whether the behavior in the dream mirrors behavior in a human relationship you have.” THE LESSON: “Ask yourself which of your real-life relationships reminds you of the behavior of the dog in your dream. Are you or is someone around you being as loyal as a Labrador or as vicious as a pit bull? Your dog dreams will clue you in to the degree of loyalty within you or around you and whether it needs some obedience training or needs to be let loose.”


FLYING HIGH- It’s said to be in connection with your ability to ‘soar to new heights’ and progress onto higher levels within your life. THE ANALYSIS: “You may find yourself flying in your dreams when you have broken free from a bad relationship or a heavy situation the previous day.” THE LESSON: “This dream is telling you to continue being inspired about something you’re doing…this dream is showing you that the ability to rise above and break free is alive and well within you.”


 SECRET RENDEZVOUZ- The affair dream does not have to mirror reality; there needn’t be a real affair to dream of one. THE ANALYSIS: “It does mean something is getting in the way of your relationship. Usually the culprit is work. But it could also be the Xbox, golf or fantasy football. THE LESSON: This dream can actually fan the flames of your relationship.  Once you can pinpoint the cause, compromise. “Offer to give up or cut back on something your mate isn’t a big fan of if he or she promises to cut back on the activity that is causing you to feel left out.”


 

LOOSING YOUR TEETH- This is said to be linked to the way you communicate in waking life. “It may indicate you allowed something out of your mouth that should have remained in there, like your teeth . Another variation is the “teeth crumbling or breaking” dream. This is often about weak speech. Maybe you don’t feel you made your point well enough in an argument, or perhaps you didn’t say anything at all when you should have.”


FULL EXPOSURE-“Finding yourself naked in public is a classic dream and may reflect feeling vulnerable and exposed in waking life.” THE ANALYSIS: Loewenberg says she had the dream the night before she went on “Good Morning America.” The root of the dream is often connected to the concern that others are going to see your flaws. THE LESSON: “Have you ever noticed that no one else in the dream seems to care that you’re naked and you’re the only one freaking out? Your dreaming mind is reassuring that you are the only one giving so much thought and energy to this situation.”


HOME SWEET HOME?- The house is representative of you, whether it is the home you know and love or somewhere utterly unknown. THE ANALYSIS: “Look at it as an honest blueprint of your current self-image. If rooms are neglected, this could be connected to a talent or skill you are no longer using. If you’re eager to explore new rooms, this could be connected to your need to learn and grow.” THE LESSON: “Finding new rooms is your dreaming mind showing you there’s more to you than you are using”- hence perhaps it is time to use that neglected talent, or expand further in your job, schooling etc.


HELLO, LOVER-“In dreams, sex is not about a physical union you want but rather a psychological union you need. For a woman to dream of sex with an unknown man, for example, may mean that she desires generic male qualities and is working on uniting these into her own self and behavior. Sex with a coworker doesn’t necessarily mean you secretly lust for the person, but rather that you desire his or her ability to handle clients with ease.” THE LESSON: “Your sex dream tells you that uniting a particular quality or attitude into yourself right now — a quality from your dream lover — will bring about a new life for you.”


APOCALYPSE NOW-“End-of-the-world dreams are very common and signal that some aspect of our own world is ending or changing.” THE ANALYSIS: “Moving to a new town, changing careers or quitting an addiction — all these milestone changes can bring apocalyptic dreams with them.”


WHERE IS MY CAR?-“Losing your car in a dream is connected to uncertainty or loss of motivation.” “Ask yourself what in your life you no longer want to continue or what is causing you to feel uncertain. This is found to be a common dream among retirees. It can be a reflection of their feelings of being directionless now that they no longer have a job to get up and go to every morning.” THE LESSON: “Your dreaming mind wants you to find a new path.”. “It’s time to try something different because the direction you are headed in now isn’t going to get you anywhere.”


FINAL FAREWELL-Dreams about death don’t usually signal a person’s actual demise. ANALYSIS: “Typically, they occur when things change or end in our lives”. “We may dream of someone we care about dying when our relationship with them is changing. Parents, especially moms, may dream of their children dying when the child has reached a milestone. We may also dream of our own death when we have undergone a major change.” THE LESSON: “Your dream is telling you that it is time to let go of what is passing so that you can look forward to what is coming.”


CLOSED FOR REPAIRS-“The most common metaphor for the clogged-toilet dream is the inability to use it  because of its condition. It’s often linked to the inability to express yourself when something is really bothering you. If you dream toilets are nasty, clogged or unusable, you need to ask yourself what frustration or negativity you are holding in right now. What is it that you are not allowing yourself to flush away?” THE LESSON: “This dream is warning you that your emotional plumbing is backed up. The more you allow your frustrations (to build up), the bigger ‘mess’ you’ll have to deal with in the end. Let it go!”


READY FOR TAKEOFF-“Planes often represent a journey for which you have high hopes.” is most commonly found that planes are connected to career because, like a plane, your career is something you hope will take off, reach new heights and take you places. “When the plane comes crashing down from the sky, it may reflect a giant letdown that has occurred.” THE LESSON: “Be proactive in assessing and evaluating your career path and where it’s headed. Don’t let a little turbulence throw you off course — time to regroup and change directions…”



 

5 WAYS TO INSTANTLY BOOST YOUR ENERGY~ PLOTTWISTT

The result of these methods is said to turn your body into a ‘fatigue-fighting machine’…I’m not so sure these have the ability to transform a human into something bionic but I’m sure they’d do something  just as effective (only slightly less risky, I hope.)

So here goes… five exhilarating ways to instantly boost your energy:


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FIND SOMETHING RED: It’s odd maybe, well actually, it’s not. red is an emotive colour that is capable of physically changing the body: it enhances blood pressure and can boost heart rate. It’s known as a ‘stimulant colour’…
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YAWNING – seems trivial and obvious right? But yawning is a way of cooling of your brain, and hence re-energizing it. (Fun fact: did you know the average yawn lasts for 6 seconds? Well, the more you know!)
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RUNNING/ WALKING- 2 hours…that’s how many hours of energy on average you will have after only a brief 10 minute walk.
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GET ON YOUTUBE- run and tell your parents: watching videos like dancing hamster (or ay other hilarious creation) will boost your blood pressure and increase heart rate, hence leaving you with a new and energised self.
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CHIA SEEDS- sprinkle some of these around! (Preferably keeping them on your salads, thanks). They are choka-bloka with Vitamin B, protein and fibre.
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STRETCH!- Bored? Tired? Lacking energy? Try this: stand in the doorway facing forwards with your feet several inches apart. Reach the sides of the frame, now grab the frame with your fingers and push your chest forwards, until you feel a stretch in your torso and back. Hold this for 30 seconds. The exercise stimulates the ‘sympathetic nervous system’; this hence, is clearly a beneficial little stretch.

8 THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN USING WRONG YOUR ENTIRE LIFE!

Do you use your hair grips (or bobby pins if you are that way inclined) upside down? Can you locate the built in straw-holder in your coke can? Do you know how to double the volume of your ketchup pot at McDonalds? Your life-changing wisdom awaits you…

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‘Eat your way to smoother skin’

The long and short of it is, as obvious as it may sound, it is not necessary to pay astonishing amounts of money for some devil-looking cleansing serum when it is perfectly possible to obtain clear skin without the chemicals.

These foods are ‘anti-cellulite’- yes, I too what a little like ‘what the hell is this cellulite beast I have been eating my whole life, it sounds like some type of disease’. But no, this is cellulite:

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…And here are the top twenty foods to fight cellulite:


Tomatoes- great for fighting cellulite, also for containing lycopene, and vitamin C which promote collagen production…this in turn increaes skin elasticity. 
Pineapple- known for being an extraordinary aphrodisiac…(in case you don’t know what aphrodisiacs are…well…have fun googling that!). On a lighter and less odd note, pineapple is a rated anti-inflammatory. Again it prevents water retention
Watermelon- contains up to the equivalent of one glass of water per slice. Also a good source of potassium and fibre, of course. It is high in antioxidants that stimulate blood flow and fight against water retention…

 

 

Pears- provide potassium, and activate slow metabolism, and furthermore reduce the effects of toxins in the body.
Citrus- marvellous for vitamin C, certain for B, which help increase blood flow and reduce toxin deposits
Berries- for vitamin C to eliminate toxins and their deposits within cells
Bananas- great for stimulating blood vessels. Good source of potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. In addition, bananas prevent water retention and stress- great for combating cellulite. I REPEAT- BANANAS PREVENT STRESS?! Apparently.
Avocados- high in calories, yes. But they also are chocka-blocka f essential fatty acids that are tremendously good for skin. Just to top it off, they also improve blood flow and fight cellulite.

 

Nuts- packed with protein, fibre, healthy fat, vitamin E…all things marvellous at fighting cellulite. Eat too many, and the fat shall roll on, ‘all in moderation’, as they say. A handful a day keeps the cellulite away
Grains- pasta, black rice, cereals, and other grains are a great source of low-calorie energy. They are too packed with antioxidants that contribute to eliminating cellulite-forming toxins
Broccoli- as well as being an exceptional source of vitamins and minerals (blah blah, I know), this super-food is high in alpha-lipoic acid. This acid helps thicken collagen and thereby avoid cellulite.
Green Tea- Increases metabolic rate, which in turn reduces the absorption of unwanted fat. It also has diuretic and slimming properties- these fight water retention, and of course, cellulite.
Water- it helps eliminate a variety of toxins, which is handy since cellulite is absorbed by toxins. This means, reluctantly, the higher the volume of water drunk, the more toxins eliminated. So be sure to drink your 2.5 litres a day.

HACK FOR BREAKOUTS: USE TOOTHPASTE

Here is an insanely simple and cheap way to deal with breakouts...which also happens to be highly effective…and slightly odd, but hey, if you have spots, and toothpaste…combine the two to eliminate one. Why not.


A quote from a webpage noted: “Apply a small amount and leave overnight. In the morning, you should see a major improvement. The toothpaste dries up the acne and leaves you with smoother skin.”- clearly this is too for acne scars, but will work just as well for spots.

Here is a little illustration for your own amusement and reminder:

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“DABBING THE AREA WITH TOOTHPASTE IS SAID TO BRING DOWN THE SWELLING. THIS MAY BE DUE TO THE INGREDIENTS IN THE TOOTH PASTE- LIKE BAKING SODA, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, AND MENTHOL- THAT CAUSE PIMPLES TO DRY OUT.”

 

FUN FACT: did you also now that you can use toothpaste to clean jewellery, car headlamps, nails, (potentially) conceal phone scratches and to remove stains in clothes? Thought I’d just throw that in there! (You’re welcome, non-existent friend;) ).


 

I hope this minuscule blog is of some use…to someone…somewhere…somehow…*sobs in realisation of solitary nature of the world*.

So yeah…BYE!

 

 

(SOME) SURPRISING CALCIUM SOURCES TO BOOST YOUR HEALTH!

I pains me to say it but LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: always eat a balanced diet. This may sound as dull as hell and evoke an endless sense of foods with ‘HEALTH‘ written all over them…piles of fruit…vegetables…spinach…carrots EUGH. Well guess what…did you know that Cheerios are actually surprisingly high in calcium? Hm. Thought not. Your education awaits you my fellow (non-existent) friend…


HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY TO A CALCIUM OVERLOAD!:

  1. Drink a glass of milk after you wake up, and once again before bed. 
  2. Grab a handful of almonds with breakfast…you’d be ‘nuts’ not to! (sorrrry)– the most nutritionally dense nut, packing a crazy amounts of nutrients per calorie and ounce. Aside from calcium, they also contain potassium, vitamin E, and iron.
  3. And as for the cereal…well…CHEERIOS will do the job!– bet you didn’t expect that one… did ya now.
  4. Take an orange for a mid-morning snack– packed to the brim (not that oranges have a brim…) with not only calcium but VITAMIN C TOO!! Amazing. Thank the Lord for oranges (though he could have thought of a name with a little more imagination…)
  5. ….And why not have some orange juice while your at it?
  6. Fancy a yogurt? Take one!– Your calcium overload awaits…
  7. If you’re still not satisfied…take a nibble of cheese.

 


Don’t expect a six pack after employing this tactic, but do expect a ‘new and healthier you’…yeah I don’t get that saying either. Bloody advertisements.

I do wish for you to find this blog post thing interesting…in whatever form a lecture about the health of human beings can be interesting…basically thank you to the one or two lost people who were unfortunate enough to stumble across this site. *sigh of utter depression in empathy*.

Gooooooood ‘damn’ bye (as said by the all love-able Joey Graceffa from the world of YOUTUBE. I love him- just a side note, as you understand.)

 

 

By PlotTwistt

 

REVISION HACKS FOR GCSE, A-LEVEL…

DID YOU KNOW THAT NEW TIMES ROMAN IS THE EASIEST AND FASTEST FONT TO READ? ARE YOU AWARE OF THE POWER OF CHEWING GUM FOR BOOSTING CONCENTRATION? HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BOOSTING MEMORY?

Follow these simple tips and others in order to revise ‘smarter, not harder’…a stupid saying which deeply pains me to say (type) the said words but unfortunately it happens to be true.

You (yes, you, my non-existent reader I do(n’t) currently own) may perceive some to be trivial and blatantly obvious but trust me- I myself have just sat 23 consecutive examinations and appear to still be alive and jolly- so my advice, if nothing else, is utterly honest (kind of). So tip number one coming up…*nervous awaiting*

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  • TIP NUMBER ONE– Don’t re-write the book. 

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THE WRONG WAY!

Yes, that’s great, you have re-written the entire book…some of which is (optimistically) in your brain but: (1) it took you 3 days to write, (2) you have used 2 of your favourite pens to do it, and (3) your time is actually more efficiently spend just by reading the bloody book.

Just reading the book (or whatever form the information be in) in front of you will save you a SHED LOAD of time. No- the information may not totally go in first time, but think: it takes you a maximum of 5 hours to read the book. It took you 3 days to write it. That is equivalent to 72 hours of non-stop writing. Within those 72 hours you could have read the book a total of just over 14 TIMES!! And by then, believe me, you’ll have nailed it.

I HIGHLY recommend too, reading aloud. Teaching your dog, cat, parrot, mother…whatever. It helps.


  • TIP NUMBER TWO- POST-ITS

1So basically revision cards.  Select a very small area- limit yourself to a maximum of 7 words- paraphrase. Then write it. Read through these before bed, over dinner, when you get a second.

Write a question. Test yourself. It’s the only real way to find out what you know, and what you don’t. Moreover DON’T BUY REVISION CARDS!! It is a heck of a lot cheaper to purchase a pack of post-it notes. Trust me.

A handy trick is with the small thin rectangular Post-it Notes. If you fold just the corner of the note down, you will be able to write your question on the visible part of the note, and scribble the answer on the under side of the folded down corner…then you can easily test yourself. Too you can stick these onto A3 paper and make an outrageously marvellous display…(as above).


THE FOLLOWING ARE A LITTLE MORE CREATIVE AND PERHAPS A LITTLE MORE ‘FUN’ (HAHA- FUN. & REVISION. NO.) SO HERE GOES…


  • TO MAKE YOUR NOTES NEATER- IMAGINE YOU ARE MAKING THEM FOR SOMEONE ELSE

This way neatness is of compulsion, not choice. Hence reading back through the works of art will be all the more enjoyable…and fun. 

 

  • FAST READING- USE NEW TIMES ROMAN

This saves yet more time, if you are to type out the notes rather than writing them, and using New Times Roman means you are just that liiiiiiiiittle bit faster. 

 

  • STAY ALERT AND AWAKE- SPRAY AN UNFAMILIAR SCENT

Weird as it may seem- it is scientifically proven to prevent the tugging and tight grips of sleep and drowsiness pulling you to surrender. And that means more juicy info into your expanding brain.

 

  • REVISING IN DIFFERENT PLACES- THIS HELPS TO RETAIN KNOWLEDGE AND IMPROVE MEMORY 

Avoid sitting in the same spot day-in-day-out. This will bore you, and if your bored, lets face it…your stuffed. So sit outside, stroll the landing. Go to a friends house…or even the dreaded LIBRARY!

 

  • FACT: CHEWING GUM ACTUALLY BOOSTS CONCENTRATION

It’s proven, its true, it works. Go to Tescos.

 

  • SAY ALL ALOUD

Mentioned earlier..but hearing the words you are trying to learn and going through the motions of speaking them means you are more likely to remember them next time you see them. Science and stuff.

 

  • THE HARDEST PART OF REVISION IS STARTING- So get the hell up and do it…QUICK!!



So there you have it, numerous revision tips to aid your quest to success. I hope this has aided my millions of (non-living, non-breathing) readers who take (no) interest in my teachings. *Sigh*. Anyway, so… yeah. Bye.

What I Call ‘Life Hacks’

So, you may ask why the featured image for this post is four what appear to be floating bags. You ask this either because you genuinely believe bags can levitate (which, to clarify, they cant), or you just haven’t got round to reading the conveniently named title yet. I can assure you; this blog cannot- and will not- teach you the power of levitation, or even the meaning of the word. No, if that is your destiny, youtube is a much more suitable source.

Right, now I may have lost half the readers to a levitating youtube video (that is a video on levitation, not a video which can levitate…), it may prove highly beneficial to actually get on with the damn blog, before I loose the other half via boredom inflicted death. So here goes, 6 ways to easily (and safely) hack life:

  1. Hack numero uno: The miraculously longer ponytail- with miraculously less long hair.

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This is potentially a hack within a hack. You may have been hacked (<METAPHORICALLY) into thinking this is a hack to hack hair growth. Now besides the gazillion mentions of the word “hack”, I can tell you it isn’t. This hack (here we go again) is a way to imitate the look of a longer, fuller pony by creating two ponytails- a high and a low- which together create…well, a longer, fuller pony tail.

2. Hack dos: Longer lasting waves- without the longer lasting discomfort of curlers or plaits.

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Hacking the hack again. This may just look like a women with ocd which cannot stand curly plait nubs (), but in reality, the women most probably doesn’t have ocd, or curly plait nubs, which rules out that option. Running a straightener (or ‘flat iron’– if you are of the American type) over plaited hair crimps and curls the hair- leaving you with long lasting locks.

3. Tres: The correct way to perfume- ‘all day formula’ as the adverts say.

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No hacked hack here (< tongue twister much?), just the right places to apply perfume; which makes you wonder, what are classed as the ‘wrong’ places? Feet? Belly button? They all sound credible places to me- perhaps the ‘wrong’ is the awkward moment when the scent of Justin Beiber begins arrising from between your toes. Awkward.

4. Numero cuatro: matte lipstick- without the lipstick being matted.

yesUsing eye shadow on your lips both defeats the objective of the product, and the comfort of your lips- but hey, at least your lips look matted! Applying a dab of appropriately coloured powder over lipstick conceals the shine and voila- you have made matted lipstick (and saved a few million pounds).

5. Cinco: summer dress- from a baggy t-shirt.

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No double wammy with the hacks- “what you see is what you get”, so to speak. It is apparently so easy, it is possible to model the process outside your own front door- or so the picture suggests. It looks great, but what is there to stop it unravelling again? I propose (metaphorically) the discreet use of a safety pin, to avoid what could be a rather embarrassing and quite frankly awkward situation.

6. Numero seis: All in one eye-liner and lash curler…for real.

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So that is…”line” (the top of the lash curler), “curl” (using the lash curler), and then your’e “done” (with the last curler). This is the ultimate hacked hack of the hacks, hence its position at the end of the post, in the hope everyone will have lost interest  and left me and my all-in-last curler to be happy hacking hacks together.


If you have managed so reach this point, you are either bored beyond hope, lost from whatever webpage you originated from, or have somehow managed to enjoy my scrag of a post. Either way, I thank you.

S x