How to extend your knowledge and improve your writing drastically without really trying 

Read.

I learned this the hard way

I used to be an avid reader, one of those students that frantically tried to read as much as they could before the bell rang, or snuck books under my desk and read during boring lessons.

Unfortunately, I discovered Netflix and YouTube and that was the end 😂😂

So tip of the day: read more

Even if it’s just a book that you read a little bit of in the span of 6 months or if you read book after book, without fail, just read, and I promise it’ll help you extend your knowledge and your writing skills drastically

When you read, you subconsciously accumulate knowledge and learn new words which really helps and which is why I wish I read more, and I’m currently trying to read more

If you have any book suggestions maybe we could all help eachother out in the comments?

The only non-mainstream book that I’ve really enjoyed is “Splintered” by A.G. Howard, great for Alice in Wonderland fans 🙂 

Also Flowers for Algernon is a really great book that opens your perspectives- I wanted to do it for my lit circles in school but they didn’t have enough books 😩

-gravycf

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Lightroom Photo Editing App

I’m not trying to one-up Briar’s post or anything (I use a lot of those apps and theyre all amazing) but I started using Lightroom to edit my photos today and it’s AMAZING.


I’m not kidding 

I find that normally with editing apps, the more you filter and edit, the blurrier the photo gets but Lightroom keeps the photo crystal clear and the quality of it’s filters are so nice

Here are some examples-

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^here, even with such a dark photo, it can lighten it and yet keep the quality of the picture


If you know me in real life and follow my insta and stuff, I apologize because I’ve literally posted these photos everywhere LOL I’m wayy too proud of these pics

Anyways, Lightroom is a really great editing app, and it’s completely free in the AppStore so I’d reccomend giving it a try 🙂 

-gravycf

MUSIC TO ADD TO YOUR PLAYLIST!

MORE MUSIC! WOW!

I usually really like a song for about a week and then I find new ones

Anyways, I recently started using the Apple Music 3 month-trial and it’s SO GOOD

I know a lot of people like spotify but I can’t seem to find my way around spotify.

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Sometimes when I’m painting and stuff, I like to play the “recommended songs” list on Apple Music and I find a lot of good songs on there 🙂

Disclaimer: Generally, I don’t search up or really listen to the lyrics of songs, I mostly listen for the tune so if there’s a song with strange lyrics I am most likely not aware of it.

Also I’m not a very musical person, like I couldn’t tell the difference between pop/alternative/indie/rock and other genres until a month ago (still can’t really tell the difference)


This is a really good song

I found this song on the Music app and I searched them up on youtube and they only have 94 subscribers??? whaatt

The 4 songs that Far Places has made are all really good

Camila’s first solo song 😀 (i think)

It’s really good, I listened to it on repeat for about a week, and I still listen to it now

Honestly all of the Brood’s Conscious album songs are really good, I just didn’t want to post every single song in their album on here, so here’s my favorite song 🙂

Here’s a link to their album

I never really liked one direction songs very much but THIS SONG IS SO GOOD

The genre is “soft-rock”, so it’s quite different from one direction songs.

Another good song from his album is Two Ghosts

Not that 1D songs were terrible, but in my opinion, their solo songs are so much better- including Zayn and Niall’s solo songs (speaking of which, Slow Hands is a pretty good song too)

This was the first Halsey song I ever listened to and it’s so goodddddd

I like how every song she tells a story and they’re all really unique stories

also her voice is amazing- I’ve heard her live vocals are not that good but I just like how smooth and “ethereal” her voice sounds

Another Halsey song worthy of having it’s video on this post 🙂

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The tune itself isn’t all that good, but I just really like Halsey and Lauren’s voices together

Also the pronouns in this song- very diverse

Other really good songs in her album include Angel on Fire, Sorry, Hopeless ft. Cashmere Cat

My teacher plays this song during workblocks and ITS SO GOOD AFSJBIHE

This is another really chill song, and it’s really good 😀

Not really sure how everyone knows Sabrina Carpenter (is she from a movie or smth?)

but her songs are really good and she has a nice voice 🙂

This songs kinda weird but it’s pretty good and I keep going back to this song

Honestly I can’t understand anything she’s saying in this song but it’s really good and the tune is nice and it’s always stuck in my head

There was an ad for this song on youtube and I listened to the full song and it’s actually quite good and Vanessa Hudgens sings here and high school musical memories y’know


That’s all I have for this post

And to bless your day

Here’s a hilarious video

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Studying Tips!

I have a week of final exams starting tomorrow and I’m still reviewing term 1 of science…..

I should be studying right now but I’m procrastinating 

Also, this is more for like long-term studying, so if you plan to spend an entire day studying this is for you.

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TIP 1

Open your window- let the fresh air come in because fresh air is good for you and you can think better in an environment that isn’t stuffy. 

Also if you live in a quieter place, it’s nice to have some natural background noise while studying.


TIP 2

Set your work space.

Personally, I can’t study in a messy environment so I have to clean up my ENTIRE room before I can start, or I can’t think.

It’s also good to have a glass of water or a drink of your choice on hand so you don’t have to interrupt your studying and go and get water.

TIP 3

Wind down and relax. Take a shower, wash your face and get all your ~problems~ or discomfort out of the way. I like to wear comfy clothes to study so I don’t have any added stress ontop of studying.


But don’t be too comfy or you might fall asleep!

TIP 4 

Get or use a bunch of really colourful highlighters and pens and colour code EVERYTHING

It helps to have a little legend on the side to organize your colours. For example,

Red- Vocabulary Terms

Green- important points

Blue- for titles and subtitles 


Maybe it’s just me but this makes studying more fun

TIP 5 

This is more for people who study by making study sheets like me- when you’re copying down things, say it over and over in your head while you’re doing it to help yourself memorize it.

TIP 6 

Quiz yourself!

Learning from mistakes is one of the best ways to learn and memorize things.

TIP 7

Spray a perfume or a scent you wouldn’t normally smell. And then on exam/test day, spray it in yourself.

This helps you remember facts from when you were studying.

TIP 8

Work in a BRIGHT, well-lit room.

If it’s possible, open your blinds so that sunlight can pour in! Unless you live where I live and it rains every day.

Your environment and the amount of light in your room greatly affects your mood.


TIP 9

If you’re in a time crunch and you study well by reading, Times New Roman is proven to be the easiest font to read. 

TIP 10

If you need help understanding a concept, watch a crash course video!

The guy who talks is John Green’s brother and all the information is really informative and it’s FAST (which helps if you need to relearn a whole years worth of science like me)

You might find that these videos explain things better in 10 minutes than your teacher does in a whole term!


TIP 11

Teach someone! 

Pretend you’re a teacher and teach someone everything or maybe even film a crash course video yourself. This helps you apply your knowledge and helps you memorize way better.

TIP 12

Take breaks! But efficiently.

Take breaks once your finished a certain topic and not halfway through so that you can remember it as a whole. 

Also, don’t just go on your phone during your break- take a walk! Ride your bike or something and excercise so you can get your brain moving.

TIP 13 

Use a mnemonic!

What is a mnemonic, you ask?

It’s a word or phrase you memorize to help you memorize stuff (I know, great explanation)

For example,

ROY G BIV helps you remember the order of the rainbow.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Here’s a mnemonic generator so you can type in the letters you need to remember, and it helps you generate a sentence

http://www.mnemonicgenerator.com/

TIP 14

Before you let yourself sleep at night and while you’re laying in your bed, quiz yourself briefly on what you’ve studied that day.

What’s a nucleus?

What goes on during anaphase?

Studies have shown that this actually helps you remember things better.

BUT this does not mean studying at 3AM in the morning before you sleep helps, because you’ll be too tired to remember any concepts. This means that before you sleep at a good time (preferably before 11:30), reviewing what you’ve studied helps you lock in all those facts

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Hopefully these tips help.

For those of you with exams, good luck!!!

Also, don’t procrastinate like me right now. 

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School Life Hack

It’s very possible that this “life hack” is already commonly used and I just suck at life


Have you ever struggled remembering math formulas before an exam?

Have you ever spent 10 minutes flipping around your book for a phrase or a formula?

Well forget no more!

If you have a math (or any subject) workbook, simply look at the front or the back pages of the book and you should find a blank page somewhere

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There, you can write any key notes, errors you commonly make, or any formulas.

That way, you don’t have to flip around your book everytime you’re studying, especially when it comes to finals, where you have to study everything 🙂 18575265_1558940340782732_1107242929_o

What if you don’t have a workbook?

You can use painter’s tape and tape a blank page behind your textbook cover. Make sure to use painter’s tape or a light tape so that it doesn’t peel the paper

OR

You can buy those giant sticky notes and stick it to the front or back of your book

OR

You can just write in pencil (not too hard) and erase it at the end of the year 🙂


-gravycf

Great Music

As you can probably tell, I’m trying to make my music taste a little better… like striving away from radio songs and orchestral music

Movie soundtracks, however I can’t stop listening to haha

Here are some songs I really like that aren’t very “mainstream” I guess

or maybe they are

maybe I’ve discovered a region of music that like literally every non-basic person on earth listens to

BTW these songs might be kinda weird, not in like the relatable way, like I am a strange person who has very strange taste in things like room decor, art, clothing and music that the average person probably wouldn’t agree with

(Don’t judge by my DIYcraft posts, that’s just me trying to a basic tumblr room decor person LOL)


Once again I have created a playlist in which I’ve named “Gravycf’s Strange Music Taste”

This song I like because it makes me sad and it’s not a breakup song, it’s a love song

THIS SONG IS SO SAD BUT SO GOOD I LOVE IT

I think I’m kind of a emotional masochist because I listen to depressing music for fun to feel the pain

I don’t actually like anyone rn so hahahhahah can’t really relate to these songs

WOW a happy song, I know right? There’s a swear word by the way, at about 2:40 and it’s loud and clear, if you’re someone that’s a bit sensitive to swear words

The other songs might have some swearing, but I haven’t caught it so far so it should be kind of subtle

LAUREN JAUREGUI

Anyways this song is great. The first time you listen it’s meh but then after a while it’s soooo good and you can’t stop listening

I’ve never heard the original song but this remix is great

I LOVE THIS SONG

also great

Steve Aoki has a lot of great songs but not a long of people listen to them :/

Popular artist- Louis Tomlinson

A lot of people know about this song but I don’t really know a lot of people that actually listen to it…

But it’s a really great song


-gravycf

Great Instrumental Music

That’s probably not the correct term but

here are some songs I like listening to normally, and especially when I’m doing my homework because listening to songs with lyrics is kind of hard for me while doing homework

Here’s a playlist with all the songs

Normally I only listen to about 2:25

Lalaland music is pretty great… although I listen to a lot of instrumental music mostly for the oboe because it reminds me of how much I suck at the oboe (shameless self promo: here are some posts I’ve made about the oboe)

I KNOW. BASIC. IM SORRY
First lalaland now beauty and the beast

But it’s a great instrumental :PP

DANNY ELFMAN IS A GREAT COMPOSER
also this song reminds me of my childhood

And the beginning is kind of suspenseful and makes me finish my homework faster

…but also increases stress so listen with caution

This is actually an instrumental of the song Summer in Ohio from the movie The Last Five Years

It’s better with words but still sounds good with just the piano

More great music, great singing (although this has no singing but the movie has great singing)

I can almost play this on the piano but not quite 😦 I quit at grade 3 piano hahha


I’m not really the type that likes listening to other people’s music suggestions haha

but usually, IF I cave in, I’m like

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because I’ve discovered a new world

but I still don’t like listening to other people’s suggestions

BUT comment any music instrumentals you listen to because I will force myself to listen to them and discover this great music you probably listen to

and maybe I’ll add it to the post too 🙂

-gravycf

Judgements

**before I start, sometimes things I say may come out as insensitive, but I don’t mean to offend anyone in any of my posts 🙂


When you meet someone new, what’s the first thing you notice?

Maybe I have a really innocent eye, because the first thing I notice is actually their personality?

It’s funny, because I know some people, after meeting someone, (once the person’s gone) they’ll immediately start talking about how one of their eyes is bigger than the other, or how un-proportional their body is, or how their haircut is choppy, or how they have really short legs

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