Well schools on soon and tbh I’m kinda looking forward to it. Not so much the early mornings and having to squeeze through crowds of people (people at school can be kinda gross :s) but just the fact that I’ll have more things to do and more things to organise and plan oh and of course the opportunity to see all my friends everyday 🙂 so back to topic in this blog I will tell you on how I take notes in class and what I think are some really great ways for taking notes.
The cornell method
I think this by far is the most useful one. Not so much the most popular amongst teens since we tend to be pretty lazy but this note taking method is extremely productive and useful.
The diagram is pretty straightforward about how this system works but if you write all your class notes on paper then I suggest this is how to do it.
The outline method
I think this method is much more suited for students who write their notes on a computer or tablet. It simply requires you to write your main points in a larger font then bullet point other information within those points in more detail. You could of course still use this with paper but on a computer or tablet you can easily add more bullet points (like a whole lot of bullet points) but on paper you tend to run out of space as you cannot predict exactly how much space you’ll need per topic.
Mind Map Method
I generally don’t use this for studying or taking notes are anything really. I more so use this method for like planning what I’m going to write for an essay or just keeping organised. This would be more like a content page for your notes I reckon. I don’t even know haha but this method requires you to write the main topic in one giant bubble in the middle of your page, then several mini connecting bubbles coming off it that are subtopics to the main idea. Coggle is a great app to let you use this kind of method.
So that’s all I have for now. I generally use the outline method with like a bit of a mix with the cornell method but I use an iPad to take notes so it’s mostly just the outline method but instead of using bullet points I generally just tab them. Not really a difference but it just looks less like a test and more like notes to me. Oh I do have one more important tip and that is to COLOURCODE. Yes colour coding is exxtreeemmmmeeelllyyyy important (on computer and paper) it just make your notes a bit easier to read instead of it looking like one big 1000 chaptered book of jibber jabber.
So this is something I always try to use when school starts. It just helps handle the tonnes of homework assignments you have to do in one night so you don’t end up leaving it til 12am (which happened like all the time when I didn’t use a study planner xD)
1. Open Excel (Microsoft Office) or Google Spreadsheets
I’m using the Google Spreadsheets because my Microsoft Office was recently deleted :((((( but Google Spreadsheets work just as well, they get done everything you need in this diy. So basically you want to use the columns as the times and the rows as the days. (You can fill a square in by clicking on the rectangle you want to type in then just start typing)
2. Fill it in
If you’re on holidays like me right now, then just fill in the days you know what you’re definitely doing (eg. definitely going to be at school from Mondays til Fridays 9am-3pm). An easier way you filling out rectangles with the same activities is by only typing it in one rectangle then copy it then select another rectangle/column/row where you have the same activity on and click paste.
3. Print or even keep as wallpaper
Once every rectangle is filled out (remember to put it break times too not just studying/extra curricular’s etc), print it out and stick it in your planner or something 🙂 or if your weeks change quite frequently just save it on your laptop or phone or something and adjust where they need to be every now and then.
Some adjustments that I think should be in the next few updates….
Upgrade level 7+ walls with elixir & gold
New Troop of some sort
Return survived troops in battles to army camps
A gem collector ? or just some other way of collecting gems
A “recent searches” list for clans that clashers have recently viewed
Private chat with other clashers
The ability to search other clashers
Online or offline clanmate
Leaders choose who participates in clan wars
A setting that notifies you when you play to much and block you from continuing to play for about half an hour. A setting like this that you can turn on or off (This should definitely be made and turned on at all times by overly addicted clashers!)
Additional ways for clashers to join clans
Ability to change clan name for some sort of cost (eg. 150k gold)
Reduce upgrading time by like 20%!!!
Function that lets you delete messages
A day & night mode (during the day its the day mode and during night it should be night mode)
Different weathers every now and then
Reduced troop training time
Larger base ground
Clash of clans for pc & mac
Clothing or accessories that you can buy from the shop for troops (or even different weapons)
More collectors (like maybe one or two more for each)
So these are just some of the supplies that you will pretty much always find in my school bag 🙂
1. planner + sticky notes
Duh. The best part of a new year at school are new planners! This year I just bought a pretty basic planner that’s still really cute from Typo on sale for $5 🙂 Planners help you organise your year more carefully and just lets you see whats coming up ahead that week and all.
2. notebooks + ipads (or laptops)+ USB
Generally speaking most schools use laptops, or nothing (a moment of silence to those schools that don’t use some electronic thing for schoolwork…) My school however uses iPads. Which i personally believe is much better. I have a mac too, at school I will be using my iPad and at home I plan on using my mac. Because of the magnificent creation of iCloud all my pdfs, photos, notes and just everything sync onto all my devices! (even my phone) The iPad to me is just a portable mac. I bought this extremely protective case for it too thats super stylish from Collette on sale for $10!!! It’s the best thing that I bought last year. Also a USB (or a flash drive as some ppl call it) will come in handy to store all your digital pdf documents.
Notebooks…. what are they again? oh yes that incredibly thin, white piece of surface we write things on. Yeh well a lot of schools have stopped using them but if you still do, it would be best to have a separate notebook for each class. Just incase your teacher wants the class to hand in their notes or something like that 🙂 but if you are using some apple gadget like meee then i recommend notability. It’s the best app for writing (well typing) down all class notes and adding diagrams and everything (except assignments) I suggest with essays and stuff like that you should use pages or word. Just better format
Ah my other favourite part of school supplies C: stationary is essential when it comes to school supplies! Here are the usual things that I keep in my pencil case…
One blue, red and black pen
6 different colours highlighters
White out tape
6 inch ruler
0.5 pacer & 0.5 lead
4 pens-in-one (pastel coloured pink, green, blue & purple)
Two spare pens (one black one blue)
4. food and stuff
Umm this is probably most ppls favourite part of school.. LUNCH TIME! Make sure you have something yummy for lunch :9 and healthy! Keeping you refreshed for the rest of the day.Water bottles are really important too. This is something I was never the best in but drinking water and keeping hydrated is extremely important! It maintains your body fluids so you can function throughout the day. It’s like our fuel. However sometimes the school tuckshop sells reallyyyyy yummy food like lasagne :9 and i just have to get some! oh and ALOE VERA!! MY FAVOURITE DRINK ALOE VERA! i love love love loveeee Aloe Vera so yummy! So always pack some money incase this happens.
5. wallet + go card (travel card)
A wallet is essential to take to school to store all your cards that you may need for some reason like student ID for a late pass or whatever (I have a collection of late passes lel xD) and money. Like I said in point 4.. you need some “emergency” cash incase something comes up ya know 😛 and my Go Card. In QLD we use this card to pay for public transport fees. You just top it up and when you hop on the train or bus just tap on the machine thing and tap off when you get off.
6. Phone + earphones
Ok now we’re getting more out of the classroom or “important” supplies as teachers and parents would call it. But yes we need our phones for multiple reasons.. Music being the most important for me. And just texting or calling friends at lunch times trying to find them if they’re late or not at school or something.
7. deodorant & toiletries
Girls you need to keep up with your lady moments and pack for them! don’t want classmates noticing some sort of stain left behind on chairs now do ya :s and deodorant! guys need this too. Especially in summer when it gets hot. I absolutely hate sitting near ppl who smell so bad. So when ppl who sit near me don’t wear deo i will spray them with mine whether they like it or not. I cannot stand people who just smell ew.
Ok so I know gum is banned at most schools but I try have at least one or two pieces everyday when you can. Don’t want to open your mouth and just start bleaching people with that breath of yours. Also my secret tactic from avoiding people constantly asking for gum (which happens EVERY TIME i have gum at school) is to keep two packets of gum. One with the gum you need and another packet empty so when people ask just show them empty pack and be like “yeh soz bro” >:) works every time huehue
Different schools have different rules with hats. My school has caps that we can buy from uniform shop so I always pack that for when I have HPE lessons or just when I wanna hang out and play soccer on the oval.
I am a person who tends to get realllyyyy cold. Like even in summer at school I would just wear a jumper. Most my classes are air conditioned aswell and I’m not sure why but I tend to always get the seats right in the direction the aircon is blowing and i just feel like I’m in the scene of frozen where elsa freezes the town.
So this is my first actual blog (not including the “just a little about me :-)” section). Well to start off, I LOVE Clash of Clans!! I’m only level 67 (town hall 8) but these holidays have just been made up of clash like seriously I would be waiting and staring at my base til my troops finish training just to raid. So far I’m up to 70 raids this season like WUT?! I know right I need a life 😛 ahah but I have played dramatically less since i started this blog page and although i haven’t really posted much it has taken me AGES to figure out how to use this site but I think i got the hang of it now xD anyways in this blog I will be showing you my top 6 tips and OCD strategies for playing Clash 🙂
6 ocd things i do on clash of clans
1. taking notes & ordering my upgrades
So literally no one does this I swear but me ! haha but I personally believe this really does help me a lot. That is to write down the next 10-15 things you want to upgrade (eg. things to upgrade: wizards towers lvl4; mortars lvl5; archer towers lvl8 etc.). After you get an idea of what you want to upgrade, order them by their priority. I strongly suggest you follow my priority list which is..
For gold: Mortars, Wizard Towers, Air Defence, Canons, Archer Towers then everything else (Clan Castle, Elixir Storage, Elixir Collectors, Hidden Teslas, Traps). I generally upgrade my walls in between my upgrades, especially long upgrades.
For elixir: Research Lab, Spell Factory, Troops (upgrade other things while troops upgrade tho!), Army Camp, Barracks, Dark Elixir Drill/Gold Mine (whichever one you need more desperately), Gold Storage/Elixir Storage (once again it is whichever one you need more). And if your walls are at a high enough level, I would recommend upgrading walls in between upgrades.
For dark elixir: Barb King/Archer Queen (pfft if i had one -_-)/Troops. This one I just generally upgrade whatever is more suitable for my builders at the time. Like if i were upgrading my goblins i would upgrade my Barb King (or Archer Queen if i had one).
So to get to the ordering.. I would generally make a bullet point list with 5 points because i have 4 builders. (3 points if you have 2 builders; 6 points if you have 5 builders etc.) and generally I put the first prioritised defensive upgrade on the first bullet point, the first prioritised elixir upgrade on the second dot point and first prioritised dark elixir upgrade on the third bullet point. For the 4th & 5th bullet point I just put one cheap gold upgrade and another cheap elixir upgrade. Once you finish an upgrade I’d cross that thing off the list and replace it with whatever is after it.
2. Always keep your builders busy!! (except one to remove plantations and upgrade walls)
I try make sure 3 of my builders are always at work to max out my base quicker. I generally try to have the first 3 things on my list upgrading but if i do have a spare builder (because I cannot afford the next upgrade or some other reason) I will make sure it is working on one of the upgrades in point 4 or 5.
3. take advantage of the shield! duh!
So well you probably hear this a lot but IT’S TRUE OMG! So when you have a shield that still has like let’s say 8 hours left.. DON’T RAID AND WASTE IT! However…………. unless you’re a total addict like me xD you can actually forget about and raid if you know your gonna raid like 10 times. But if your only on for one raid i seriously suggest to just leave it, not worth it man. You will loose more than you gain (unless your base has extremely strong defence)
4. be a friend & donate
Donations are actually really important when it comes to clans and stuff. When other clashers view your profile one of the first things they see are your donations and if your donations are in the negatives (as in you have received way more than you have donated) then other clashers won’t want you in the clan. They could even kick you out! I have been kicked for that specific reason and I don’t know if this is just a girl thing or what but I actually got so offended and i planned the death plot of the guy who kicked me xD hehehehe.
5. have fun
What’s the point of playing a game if it’s not fun right? To make your clash of clans experience more enjoyable join a clan! And talk with other clan members 🙂 it’s great having a friend you can discuss your plans and objectives with in clash. I feel about 100x less lonely when I’m in a clan. You can ask leaders and co leaders for advice and everything. Your clan is your family. So choose wisely xD I’m currently not in a clan because i got kicked for not using all my war attacks in the last war … oops heheh! oh well but as I said earlier I have been playing clash dramatically less due to this blog :3
6. Overtrain troops
If you raid are hooked on raiding or just need the resources desperately then overtrain troops to reduce training time! It doesnt seem like much but by the time you finish your raid you will have about 60 capacity worth of troops all trained and ready to go 🙂 It’s also a great way to “hide” your resources from attackers.
thank you peeps for reading this! I will most probably update this every now and then or just post another blog for it so keep an eye out 😀 CIAO xx