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2016- A review

“Every new day is a blank page of a 365 page book, write a good one”

-Brad Paisley.

2017 is here now!! As we all take up resolutions, and look forward to the upcoming year, we are getting older, each day and there is more for us to accomplish this year. Goals are set and it is in our hands to accomplish them as we move forward. As we move forward, let’s take a moment to look back and see what we have left behind of 2016, and see how we could’ve improved ourselves, because looking back into the past doesn’t make sense, but knowing what we should’ve done and shouldn’t have done is vital for us to be a better personality that we left of the previous year.

2016 started in a different way for each one of us. Whilst we Indians mourned the loss of a great leader, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, 2016 kick started for us. Half of us were ready for it while the others weren’t, but when it started, little did we know what we had to face, as we walked through this.

January 2016, was sticking to our goals and resolutions, and enjoying the newness of Christmas and New Year presents.  This time January had more for us, leaving the Harry Potter cast, crew and the fans in heartbreak, as Alan Rickman, the man who acted Snape in the Harry Potter series died on the 14th of January, aged 69.

 2016, being a leap year, gave us an extra 24 hours. We also know what a leap year means, Olympics; anticipation and expectations from the nation, to bring back something home.

February 2016, also meant Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, being the next President of USA to visit, since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

March 2016, was sprayed in colours as we embraced Holi. March also meant the last month of our academic year 2015-16. As all of us completed our exams and heaved back, our holidays begun!! As March peeped in, summer also decided to peep in as it slowly increases the sun’s wrath, making us whip our foreheads off sweat and tire.

April 2016,got into the peaks of summer and holidays. As the sun decided to make us all immobile and awe at the weather reports and temperature, we slowly get past the wrath to May! As we were ready to move on to May, destiny decided to play its game and on the 21st of April, we lost Prince, an American Singer and songwriter who died at the age of 57. As we mourned his death, Beyoncé, decided to cheer us up, as she dropped her sixth album, ‘Lemonade’.

May 2016, was tough as we geared past summer’s last month of wrath. May 2016, also meant my birthday! J

June 2016, was “Phewing off” the heat as the wrath was over! As students geared up for their next academic year, dusting off their laziness from the holidays, school rolled in getting us students on our toes, when the sad news of Muhammad Ali’s death loomed in. On June 3rd, Muhammad Ali, an American professional boxer, died at the age of 74, leaving behind his achievements for the pride of the people.

July 2016, was overall an exciting month as Harry Potter fans, including me, waited in anticipation for the eighth story of the Harry Potter series, (as J K Rowling had announced previously in the year) Harry Potter and the Cursed child to be released, since the last one, 19 years before. On July 31st, the long wait was over and the book was released, as people rushed to the bookstores to grab their copy! J K Rowling was back, after her long nineteen year break for her career, and the series.

August 2016, was quite a milestone for Indians, as we saw P V Sindhu win the Silver medal, being the fourth Indian to win the silver. Celebrating the triumph of Sakshi Malik too, we dived into celebrative moods.

September 2016, passes by with celebration as exams turn round the corner and everybody gets back to work at school and workplaces.

October 2016, was filled with festive spirit as Diwali, Dussehra and Halloween spring up for us!! We light up our houses with lamps to chase darkness and sorrow, and celebrate Dussehra at its best! Little did we know that the next month would be so significant for Americans and Indians alike.

November 2016. November 2016, majorly consisted of Indians thinking of India’s future as it got MODIfied, while Americans thought of America’s future as Trump made America great again. Yes, on November 8th, Indians got to know India was to be demonetized, and we bid goodbyes to Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes and Americans got to know Trump was elected President! Luckily, the month ended with a happy note as J K Rowling released her last work of the year, “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them”, a prequel of the Harry Potter series.

December 2016: People heaved sighs of 2016, as it drew to an end, waiting for what not to come, and how time had just flown by, when something most unexpected happened. On December 5th2016, India lost one of its most valued and respected woman-leaders, J Jayalalithaa, aged 68, who’d served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for 5 terms. Just as people mourned the loss, 2016 decided to finish off with a last disaster as the Vardah Cyclone hit Chennai, on December 12, leaving behind massive destruction and loss of Chennai’s green cover .As the New Year approached, people looked forward to a new beginning, a new year, and newer achievements.

Let’s just pray for a great, successful and productive year ahead!

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50 Study Hacks to ace your next exam + Bonus printables for planning out your study!!!

When you know your exams are due in a week, you be like:

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So here are 50 Study Hacks to (hopefully) ace your test!!!!!

Hack #1

Grab those headphones of yours and just rock your study session!! 

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Hack #2

Not everything can be handled like your pizza! “All at once!” So break your study into chunks and take breaks.

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Hack #3

Also try blocking apps like SelfControl or ColdTurkey for blocking out your phone or PC for a scheduled time.

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Hack #4

Make notes like a BO$$!!!!

P.S : I love 5H

P.S.S : I Looooooove BO$$

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Hack #5

Read your notes!! Don’t just leave them in a corner nice and dusty, so you can just throw them away in the end of the semester.

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Hack #6

Now I know why we gotta make notes!!!! Now this is what I call ‘legit’!

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Hack #7

Being scented also gives you that ‘one another reason to study’.

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Hack #8

Be weird! Be cool! Be weirdly and coolly studying!

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Hack #9

Post it! Post this! Post that! “Post it” every goddamn thing!!

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Hack #10

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Gotta finish like ten chapters?? Then this is the best way to literally ‘skim’ through material.

Hack #11

Best not to try it in a library!

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Hack #12

I always* do this!! Drinking water will stimulate your body and thinking. I dunno why but it also inspires me to study.

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* Emotional sobs.“After all this time?” .”ALWAYS” said Snape.

Hack #13

I prefer teaching stuffed toys cause I’m no teacher!

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Hack #14

When you’re like totally scrunched for time and you gotta study in a public setting, this can prove useful.

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Hack #15

Now I know, #Monday blues

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Hack #16

Nappy nap!!

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Hack #17

‘Scholarly!’

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Hack #18

This reminds me of Chamber of Secrets!! “Enemies of the heir beware!!”

Hack #19

Punch ’em!

Hack #20

Try grape smoothies or grape ICE CREAM??!

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Hack #21

Or why not try making your own PowerPoint presentation???

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Hack #22

“I wanna stuff my face with Chocolate ” is directly linked to getting higher scores…. Wait what??? OH YEAH!! NOW YOU WANNA KISS ME!

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Hack #23

Be careful with music! If you’re on YouTube, you can get distracted and before you realise you’re into Superwoman’s latest video and three hours have gone by.048502ce5dcbc6344b63105ce2884c5a

Hack #24

Use mnemonic devices. Like the ‘VIBGYOR’ you learnt to remember the colors of the rainbow.

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Hack #25

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Maintain a planner to plan out your study. Don’t miss out my bonus templates for planning out your Study.

Hack #26

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After writing a paper copy and paste it on Google translate and it will read it out to you, as you find your mistakes easier.

Hack #27

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Try PhotoMath, it allows you to take pictures of problems and it will solve them step- by – step for you.

Hack #28

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Use Wordhippo.com to find words that you can’t think of but can describe.

Hack #29

Another method to remember things easily.

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Hack #30

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Revising is another hazzle, but we have to!!!

Hack #31

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Try studying with friends, though there are chances you can get even more distracted.

Hack #32

Flashcards are so DARN useful!!! I tell you, if you haven’t used any flashcards, it’s high time you do!!

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Hack #33

No one person will be found alive at that time…. seriously. (But I will! I woke up at 3am once for stuDYING!!!)

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Hack #34

Chew on!

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Hack #35

No more buying textbooks!

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Hack #36

All of us tend to drink coffee during studying. This is awesome for keeping your coffee hot.

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Hack #37

Draw your diagrams to get them nice and perfect rather than just stare at them for hours.

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Hack #38

A set of educational websites. These will be useful overall.

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Hack #39

Clean your room and table firstly, you will feel motivated.

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Hack #40

Try changing study spots. It’s proven to improve and boost memory power.

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Hack #41

Try highlighting and colour coding.

Hack #42

I’d mentioned this method of revising in my previous blog and it’s awesome!! I still use it.

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Hack #43

Get yourself inspired and watch a documentary.

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Hack #44

Use comfortable fonts.

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Hack #45

Treat yo’ self

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Hack #46

Record and listen to lectures with a soothing background.

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Hack #47

Listen to recordings 2× the speed.

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Hack #48

Stop procrastinating. I would not say this is a hack. I’d say this piece of advice is a life saver!

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Hack #49

Make sure you have this survival kit.

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Hack #50

Write down all formulae or important stuff in an index card and you’re ready to go handle it.

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Now, for the bonus planners to plan out your study…

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Testophobia: Fear of exams and how to overcome it. What Straight-A students are following and they aren’t telling you!

You wake up and find yourself surrounded with pens, pencils, highlighters, a clutter of papers and realise you were cramming down the night and fell asleep.

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You stare at your watch and you’re like “Goddamn! That’s fifteen minutes!!!😱” You rush and put on your dress and grab your exam pad, pencils, and pens. You reach school and realise you still have two chapters left.

That’s when all the exam fear turns up and you come in face to face with “Testophobia”!!

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So here are a few tips to overcome this so-called “testophobia.”

When does Testophobia turn up???
When you aren’t ready and confident enough for your exams. So it’s quite simple and straight forward: All you got to do is study in advance! I know…better said than done, but you know that there are a few kids who follow all these methods.( Like me!!😄😄)
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How do you study in advance??
That’s a common question. Maintain a revision planner and try to sort out the difficult ones and the easier ones. Eat that frog!!!Difficult ones FIRST!! Easiest ones LAST!! I know…but you can’t do anything but eat that frog!! Stick to your plan, I know this is the tiring part…just try your best…you will get results!

How to study to your best??!
Well, the usual old methods work best. Highlight, take notes, write out the things which you feel are difficult to grasp and just give your best out and just finish it off!!24abc4bc28727d2c327c2463b1189ef1

So after you’ve read all of this, if you tend to forget things, try revising all the subjects a few day before you exams start.

What is the most effective method of revising??
Grab a few highlighters, your textbook, a plain sheet and a pen.
Take your textbook and highlight ONLY THE IMPORTANT STUFF. When you highlight try using a variety of colours and code them. By highlighting, try removing all that fluff.
Next, grab your pen and weed out some more of the important stuff and cut out the unimportant stuff. This way you have summarized your whole textbook atleast twice, and remember you also read some of the unimportant stuff, so just in case this appears in the exam, you will vaguely remember something.
Next, write out all the filtered, important stuff in your notebook.
Next, (I know this is tiring!!😥) type it out and print it.
Now, grab your highlighters and highlight all the extra- extra-important stuff.
There you go written, printed and highlighted revision of your lesson. This way you cannot leave out even the smallest bit of important stuff and they’re revised for over five times!

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In the exam hall.

Now this is where your non- cramming helps you. You will naturally sleep early .(try not to grab a book or have a peep at the television the night before…these things will just make you stay with them till they end!)#Relatable
Wake up early in the morning and skim through your revised notes and get ready!! DO NOT skip your Breakfast!! Get to the exam hall early and take a comfortable position and settle down. Use the Washroom, drink some water and relax! ( I don’t do that!!😥) Once the question paper arrives, don’t freak out if you don’t remember a few answers. Just leave them for later and move on. Check your answers before you hand your paper over. (Just in case, you know, if you’ve made a blunder) and rejoice!!

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