I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty
001. CALEDONIA’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
- advice for college
- how to survive in college
- how to survive freshmen year of high school
- college packing list
- alternative to buying expensive textbooks
- dorm room survival
- free online college courses
002. WRITE LIKE A FUCKING ANGEL
- the ultimate guide to writing
- how to write good
- how to write an essay
- how to write a good essay
- the five paragraph essay
- deadly sins checklist
- formatting your paper
- tips on getting started
- seven tips to become a better writer (stephen king)
- four ways to have confidence in your writing
- seven ways to speed up your writing
- five ways to add sparkle to your writing
- how to finish what you started: a five step plan for writers
- thirty-one ways to find inspiration for your writing
- tips for dealing with writer’s block
003. READING ISN’T ONLY FOR NERDS AND FANGIRLS
- how to take care of your books
- how to read shakespeare
- no fear shakespeare (i found this incredibly useful when studying macbeth!)
- one hundred most read books
- how to read difficult books
- how to read faster
- books made into movies
- books made into tv shows
- 350+ free ebooks
004. STUDY MOTHER FUCKER
- studying tips
- studying techniques
- how to pull an all-night and still have a successful exam result
- how to get motivated to study
- tips to help you concentrate
- time management tips
- chrome site blocker
005. LEARNING SHIT
- solve any maths equations: 1, 2.
- when your teacher says not to use wikipedia (an alternative)
- square root calculator, cube root calculator
- for when you can’t do your homework
- chemical equation balancer (what got me through chemistry last year)
- cliffnotes, sparknotes
- college courses
- how to: multiply big numbers
- crash courses (youtube)
- teaches you everything
006. PRESENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL WORK AY
007. USEFUL WEBSITES BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS A WONDERFUL PLACE /SOMETIMES/
- TED (basically gods gift)
- challenge your brain
- feed the hungry and up your vocabulary game
- free online textbooks
- final grade calculator
- a whole page dedicated to studying and organising
008. MUSIC TO CALM DOWN UR SCHOOL DAY BLUES YO
- a really chill playist
- coffee shop blues
- coffee shop sounds
- calm nature sounds
- concentration/focus playlist
- relaxation is key
- four hours of classical music
- playlists to listen to: xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx.
009. ALL THIS STUDYING??? YOU NEED A BREAK, MY FRIEND.
- watch a cute ass dog lick your screen
- one hundred thousand stars
- movies masterpost
- foreign movies
- gay movies
- lesbian movies you should definitely watch
- broadway musicals
- LGBT+ books
- download free books
- read any book
- the best masterpost ever if you’re bored
010. TIPS FOR SCHOOL N STUFF BCUS I WANTED TEN BITS
- try your best. not everyone can get all As, and getting all As does not make you better than everyone else. just do the best you can and be the best person you can be.
- don’t sleep in class! i know it seems so so tempting but slept my way through geography last year and i got a C in my exam instead of the expected A so…
- Don’t tick off your teacher, follow the rules to an extent, get to class on time, respect your classmates and teachers. you know, just be a decent person.
- be positive!!! and not just for the first week or so, keep the positivity going throughout the whole school year. if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
- "you can do it, wildcat, i believe in u" — something troy bolton said one time probably definitely
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Q:I had a problem with self harm a wile ago, and I don't think I even know a cause to why I even started. I was happy, but I don't know went wrong. Now it's getting harder to stop, and I'm running out of places. I feel like I need to do it every day, but it's summer and I can't where pants forever. Do you have any advise for me?
We actually have a page dedicated to tips for reducing self harm. You can find that here. Also, remember that recovery takes time. Don’t feel like you have to completely stop right now if you’re doing it so often that that is an impossibility right now.
Q:My friend killed themselves and I don't know how to deal with it. I've talked to friends and parents and now everyone assumes I'm just over it, but I'm not. Every time I close my eyes I can picture him jumping in front of a fucking train and it won't stop and just don't know what to do. I've been self-harm free for almost and year, and I don't want to fall back on bad habits. I should have been a better friend. I also feel guilty for thinking about me instead of him right now, it's just a mess.
You can’t feel guilty for things that happened in the past. Your friend’s death wasn’t your fault and laying blame won’t help you move on. You have every right to feel upset and scared. Feeling these emotions, including the guilt, are all part of the grief process.
Losing someone you love is tough, and often hard to move on from. But beating yourself up for the would’ve could’ve should’ve doesn’t help anything. In fact, it can put a cloud over your friend’s memory. You want to be able to remember your friend and all the good memories you’ve had together. There’s nothing worse than focusing on the negative when someone passes. Instead, celebrate their life. For every negative emotion you feel, conjure up a good memory the two of you shared. After my aunt’s death, I found it helpful to go back and look through photos that reminded me of the fun things we did together. Maybe you could even create a shadow box, which could include mementos of you and your friend’s relationship.
The best you can do now is be truthful with your emotions and let yourself feel them, while reminding yourself you are not at fault. It’s okay to feel sad and miss your friend, but don’t feel guilty because you’re thinking about yourself. It’s not selfish to focus on your health. Life will keep going on and so will you. You will get through this, anon. Confide in your friends and family. Go do something you enjoy. Keep your friend’s memory alive through celebrating their life. But most importantly: be safe.
Q:I've been trying really hard to stop self harming. First I did the rubber band thing to try and stop but I just did it harder and harder and it really way just a different way to harm myself, so I stopped. Then I did the ice thing where you but ice on youre hand to feel the "burning". Nothing works. Whats wrong with me???
Having no luck with certain alternatives does not mean there is anything wrong with you. Let’s get that clear from the start. Everyone has different things that help them. An alternative working for one person but not for another simply means that those two people have different needs, and that particular alternative does not cater to both of them.
It sounds like you’re trying primarily sensation-causing alternatives. If those don’t seem to be working out for you [or, as in the case of the rubber band, is turning into another way to SI] you may want to try some alternatives that affect you differently.
If you can, next time you feel like you need to SI, try to identify what it is that you want out of doing it. For instance, if you’re stressed and think it will calm you down, you can try doing literally anything relaxing really, but you may also simply be looking for endorphins in which case the things on this page may be of use. Also, though it’s not listed on that page, breathing exercises can be great for when you need to calm down. Try to inhale for 7 seconds, hold your breath for 4, then exhale for 8.
Basically, just try to think of what it is that you feel you need, then try to figure out something else that can give that to you safely. You can also check out our alternatives page for some suggestions if you just don’t know what to try.
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Q:I've been off my meds for a while now and my doctor just put me back on fluoxetine to help with the anxiety problems I've been having, and I'm feeling kind of like a failure for having to go back, like I'm moving backwards. Is that normal? What should I do?
I have a question for you. If you were diabetic, would you not take insulin? If you had cancer, would you not do chemotherapy? If the answer is “no, of course I would!”, then the same should apply to this situation.
People like to differentiate between mental and physical disorders. True, mental disorders are often invisible, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t physical.
There are these things in your brain called neurotransmitters. Each of them is responsible for something different. There’s a specific neurotransmitter called serotonin. It’s responsible for a lot of things, such as happiness, etc. If you have a lack of serotonin in your brain, it can cause anxiety and/or depression.
Basically what I’m saying is that it’s not your fault that you have a chemical imbalance in your brain. It’s not being a failure or being “weak” having to be on medication. You have an imbalance of a chemical in your body and you are taking medication to correct that. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
To answer your question: yes, it is normal to feel like this. Lots of people do. But know that being on medication is not a step backwards, but rather a step forwards in your recovery.
Good luck and I hope this helped.
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Q:I was diagnosed with bulimia, mdd, and gad a year ago. Recovery and the anti depressants have made me gain 50lbs or so. I feel huge and disgusting and ugly. I feel everyone is judging me for it. I'm afraid of dieting because of relapse and such.Help!
I’m sorry you’re going through all this, but HUGE CONGRATS on the recovery progress. Gaining weight can be a side effect of both recovery and antidepressants. I know it’s not as easy as it sounds, but try to remind yourself that you’re at a healthy* weight (*assuming you are at a healthy weight. If you’re not, your doctor would tell you, in which case you would listen to their advice on how to gain or lose weight healthily).
You’re not disgusting or ugly. You’re recovering and trying to become healthy again. Focus on that. I guarantee nobody is judging you for it. In fact, I’m sure your loved ones who know about your past with an ED are beyond happy that you’re recovering and getting to a healthy place.
Staying away from dieting is a good idea. If you’re really concerned that you’re overweight, talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about a) whether you actually do need to lose weight in the first place and b) how to do it healthily. Make sure you tell them about your past with an ED. They need to be aware of it in order to give you healthy, safe advice.