- T.L Spencer
- Diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of eleven T L Spencer turned to writing as a way to cope with her condition. Her vivid imagination and love of all things paranormal influenced her writing. T L Spencer enjoys all forms of literature and is currently studying at university, hoping to become a teacher.
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Today my post is all about getting back in the swing of things, and by that I mean the 'school' thing. Because (let's be honest) everyone seems to have that September feeling when it comes to education and studying. It just seems really hard to work and write assignments after a nice long summer of not doing anything mind-bogglingly taxing.
What you really need is a GET TO IT guide, some tips on how to get back into that studying mind-set which can often prove so useful. Here are some awesome tips for you!
One: Be Organised
Know what classes you're in, when - and where - they are and who they're with. If you're unsure about the location, try and check it out ahead of time so you don't get lost or end up late. Being on time to classes is important. Not only does it say to a tutor you're eager to learn, it allows you to get to know other students and/or get to catch up with friends.
Also buy any paper, ink, files and pens etc. before the start of the term/semester so you don't have to worry about supplies.
Two: Read Your Study Material
As soon as you get the material for your course/subject, READ IT! Being ahead of the game is useful in education as you can plan assignments, ask questions and prepare yourself for future classes.
Three: Make Paper Copies
There's always time for paper copies! Print outs of important presentations, notes, assignments etc. can be extremely useful in both the classroom and out. You can make notes for assignments and then afterwards improve on your own work. Paper copies are also a great way of backing up any useful or essential files just in case of emergencies.
Four: Have Back-ups for Your Back-ups
Computers aren't always the most reliable things, so having back-ups of your work is always a good way to go. Backing files up can be anything from emailing yourself a copy of your work, putting files on disk or memory stick to printing copies or filing them away in a DropBox. An emergency can crop up at any time so it never hurts to be prepared.
Five: Timetables Rock!
Everyone says this and many people think it is totally useless, but having a study timetable is a good idea. Even if all your timetable says is how long you plan to study each subject for a week - eg, Non-Fiction, 3 hours, English Lit, 4 hours - as long as there's something to stick to, that's fine.
Another great thing about timetables is that they give you a 'stopping' time. There are only so many hours a week in which you can study; after you have done these, it is healthy to stop.
Six: The Hierarchy of Needs...
In life, all of us need certain things, food and water, comfort and shelter - all the things people need to be 'happy and fulfilled beings'. In order for you to study properly - or just get used to studying again - make sure that you are well hydrated and have a full stomach, are comfortable in your surroundings and have everything with you that you need.
Seven: Have a Study Area
As mentioned above, having the right place to study, that meets all your requirements, is a must when starting to study. It could mean the difference between a good grade or a bad one...
A study area could comprise of a laptop, desk and printer, with plenty of lighting. It could also have extra screens or a radio for music (if you like background noise). Most study areas should be well-lit and located somewhere that you as a student wouldn't be easily disturbed. These places should also be comfortable and separate from your living/sleeping/chill-out spaces. Mixing up the areas can cause stress and conflict.
Eight: Take Time to Chill
Remember that while grades are important, so is your health. And too much work can seriously damage that.
Studying, at any time of the year, is hard work. And with hard work comes the need to chill out. Take the time to do this; find the time everyday to relax in some way, whether it be listening to music, playing a video game or reading a book. Whatever floats your proverbial boat, just take the time out and unwind from your hard work as a serious student.
Nine: Read Through Past Assignments
If you can't remember how to structure an assignment or are a bit hazy on the details of referencing, then looking back on some of your old essays is always a good way to go. This does two things: it gets you back into the subject you're studying and jogs your memory about essays all at the same time!
Ten: Study Little and Often
Don't go overboard. Working too long is detrimental to your learning experience. I'm sure many of you will have noticed how, when you've been studying for long periods that your body seizes, or your head starts to ache? This is your body's way of signalling that your mind is in need of a break. We only absorb so much information - in fact, adults are said to work more effectively in 40 min blocks - and pushing yourself over the limit makes your brain act like an information sieve. Any data that you've been trying to store will just trickle away. But it doesn't have to that way...
Studying is something that you can do - no matter the age or school - whenever and wherever convenient, and learning little and often is most often the healthiest and most beneficial route to take when studying. You can read/revise on the bus, in the car, on the train. You can conduct research in the library for 30/40 minute periods... As long as you chip away, you're well on your way to achieving.
I hope these things help you and your friends to kick start the year with success. Remember that education is supposed to be an experience, and that you're meant to enjoy it while it lasts!
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His golden fur was thick, protecting him against the thick thorns of the roses that lay strewn across the ground. His paws felt hot and dry in contrast to the ice-cold soil but he ignored it; there was a bigger problem to deal with.
The scents of the ancient pathways were always overwhelming. The wolf lifted his nose and was instantly overcome with fresh smells drifting over him in torrents, brought to him by the whistling breeze.
Rabbits and other small mammals were frolicking somewhere behind him, unaware of the danger they were in – that there was a predator nearby. Birds were singing up on their branches, collecting their dirtied twigs for extra warmth, and then there was the scent of wolf – the smell of his pack members carrying out his orders.
But even those smells were overwhelmed by the stench, by the ashen scent of death and evil that lay beneath him. Jordan’s ears pricked forwards as he stepped toward the darkened ground. No light had reached here and it wouldn’t for some time.
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I told you I'd be back with a review of the series and my fave episodes, and here I am. And this is a show that really doesn't disappoint. I've watched eight seasons in three weeks (quite sad, I know) and I'm just itching for the next one. But sadly, living in merry old England, number nine is a long way off.
Anyhow, there's a lot to go over!!!
Criminal Minds is all about behavioural analysis - getting into the minds of suspects (or unsubs) and figuring out what makes them tick. All set around an FBI unit in Quantico, this show is action packed and extremely detailed.... also very disturbing.
But with these disturbing features come some very interesting characters, people who can see through all the grime and blood, all the horrors to find what lies beneath. And I have to say that here lies possibly the strongest element to the series, as the agents are superb; they are individuals with charms, faults and mysteries all their own which keeps the stories going even when the crimes are a little dull. The human aspect to this series is particularly well written.
We have Supervisory Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, unit chief of the BAU. He's the man that never smiles, is dedicated to his job, but is a family man through and through. He's willing to make hard decisions and never flinches. When he profiles, he is confident and I shows good leadership skills. Though not my favourite character of the show, I like the contrasts of Hotch's character; he goes from stressed and dedicated workaholic to chilled and loving family man - it's really kind of sweet. Plus, he brings an interesting dynamic to certain cases that involve missing children; things are obviously more personal. Played by Thomas Gibson.
SSA Jason Gideon is also known to many fans as the mystery man - he's the wise sage that has a particular gift for profiling, but it this gift has come at a price for him. He has a troubled past, returning to the BAU after a 'vacation'. Jason is quiet and somewhat introverted but is extremely quick-witted. He's the unofficial leader of the group because of his wisdom and experience. I love this character; he's just so quiet about his pain, and the techniques he uses to deal with it just really pull at the heartstrings. Played by Mandy Patinkin.
SSA Derek Morgan is the ex-cop from Chicago with UC and bomb experience; from the outside he looks like the stereotypical tough guy playing FBI agent, but all is not what it seems. This is why I love this show. DM has dark secrets in his past that this series brings to light, including a father that was killed in action and the fact that he was sexually abused. Derek is kind, strong, and protective. Played by Shemar Moore.
Dr Spencer Reid is my favourite character and I adore him. He graduated from high school at the ripe young age of 12, has 3 PHDs and 2 BAs, an eidetic memory and can read 20,000 words per minute. He also has an IQ of 187 and in S1 is only 23/24 years of age. His social awkwardness, while being a symptom of his brains, is quite cute, and many of the episodes include moments where people are just totally confused by his ramblings - this is brilliant. Not many people can relate to him on an intellectual level, so its interesting to see that he gets on with everyone really well. Jason Gideon is a father figure to him, replacing the father that walked out on him; JJ is like a sister, Derek is the big brother, protective and joking. Even Hotch shows him affection. In many ways he's at the heart of the team, making connections that others can't see. From a writing point of view, this character is a great idea. And I love him. Played by Matthew Gray Gubler.
SA Jennifer Jareu is the communications liaison and lifeline to civilisation for the team; she deals with all the press and often makes all the difficult statements on cases. She also had to troll through every case, picking which ones the team should investigate. She's a strong, independent woman with fire and loves her team like a family. Played by AJ Cook
SSA Elle Greenaway is the newest member of the team - and also my least favourite character. She specialises in sex crimes, is very confrontational, yet quite intelligent. Played by L Gaudini.
Other characters include groovy gadget girl Penelope Garcia, played by Kirsten V, who is unique and a goddess with computers; she can work magic in her position as tech analyst and is good friends with each member of the team, especially Derek Morgan.
While these characters help build the series, the episodes are what make it. Twenty-two episodes were made for series one - each one of them memorable on their own way - the five below are my favourite:
1 x 02: Compulsion.
The BAU are sent to a college campus in Tempe, Arizona in order to capture a serial arsonist. While most of the team investigate one path of inquiry, Reid takes Gideon's advice to think outside the box and discovers an interesting link between the fires, leading to a surprising suspect.
1 x 09: Derailed.
While heading to conduct an interview, Elle is held hostage (along with four civilians) on a train in Texas by a paranoid schizophrenic who is convinced that the US government is monitoring him through a chip placed in his arm. It is up to the team, Reid and Gideon in particular, to play into this fantasy, in order to save the hostages. Based on Ralph Tortorici.
1 x 11: Blood Hungry
While Gideon is side-lined on crutches at FBI headquarters, the BAU team head to Harringtonville, Tennessee, in an attempt to find a psychotic killer whose erratic and disorganised fantasies have drove him to cannibalism. Based on Richard Trenton Chase.
1 x 17: A Real Rain
The BAU travels to NYC to investigate a series of murders with a distinct MO, the work f a vigilante exacting revenge on criminals being released by the justice system.
1 x 21: Secrets and Lies
After a questionable death of an agent working in the CIA, the team is called to consult in Langley to identify a mole within the organisation.
My advice would be to watch this series. Along with the episodes, each disc has a bunch of special features from commentaries to making of documentaries, gag reels and deleted scenes. The profiles and FBI featurettes are probably the most interesting - the latter quite disturbing, as it has some of the gory details!
I give this series a 5 Stars. It has emotion, action, mystery, drama and a lot of disturbing stuff and is just highly addictive. The more you watch, the more you want to watch. It's great.
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven) Free Book Deal
Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven) will be available on Kindle, free, for a few...more Witch Dark (Powers of Witch-Haven) will be available on Kindle, free, for a few days as part of a book promotion. This is for a limited time only. So, buy it while you can! And please, remember to review... we do love reviews!
Have a peek on Goodreads for more details or keep an eye on amazon. xxx
Monday, 6 January 2014
In fact, I'm watching an episode right now!
As soon as I've finished the season, I'll give you the low-down on the episodes, characters and all the DVD goodies. :)