Creative Writing

Made Memories | A Poem

I made memories,

and I’m not sorry.

If given the chance,

I’d do it again.

But I will cherish

those few seconds

because I found my faith

in the most unexpected place.

Creative Writing

Selective Memory | A Poem

you scream in my ear

tell me I’m wrong

for feeling this way

demand answers you’ll never get

proclaim innocence all over again

say you didn’t mean it

but forgotten why

selective memory at times

had to release my demons

kept them on short leashes

Studying

Frequently Asked Questions About Studying For Exams

Whenever exam season rolls around, I ask myself the same questions about studying. So I figured I should answer some of them in a blog post.

How should I study?

Review actively. Use as many of your five senses as possible. Reading the textbook is more passive than writing notes. Having your friend quiz you is more active than listening to recorded lectures. You get the idea. The more you involve your senses, the better you’ll remember dense material.

When should I study?

Try to study during or around the hours your exam will take place. This primes your brain to think about psychology at 9 a.m. on a Monday or morphology at 5 p.m. on a Saturday.

Where should I study?

Learning different subjects in separate environments can improve retention or at the very least, reduce confusion. So study German in the kitchen and Latin in the office. Ideally, you’d review in the same room you’ll be writing your exam in. Context dependent memory is real.

How do I remember what I studied?

You don’t.

Try to condense your notes instead of rewriting them. Even if you aren’t allowed to use a cheat sheet, create one. After all, condensing fifty pages of information down to five forces you to select and understand key concepts. In terms of recall, writing something down is better than reading the same thing over and over again.

Happy studying. Then again, when is studying ever happiness inducing?

Reading

The Disadvantages Of Buying Books

There are a few. But the disadvantages don’t outweigh the advantages.

Space

Overflowing bookshelf (or bookshelves), anyone?

Handling 

Meaning you treat books better than you treat yourself.

Cost

$10 for a book isn’t much but multiple that by 367 or 2149…

I honestly can’t think of any others.

Plus I don’t mind the lack of room and I can handle the handling.

It’s a good thing my memory sucks. I won’t ever know how much I spent on books. Oh well. I can live.

Personal Reflection

Remembrance Day/Veterans’ Day

I haven’t forgotten about the significance of today.

Each time November 11th rolls around, I always think about how lucky and grateful I am.

But I remember writing an unpublished article a while back titled “In December, Do We Still Remember?”

To summarize it, I reflected on how most people tend to remember the heroes who fought for them only once a year. We should remember all the time. We certainly shouldn’t just be reminded to when we see a red poppy pinned to someone’s jacket.

So “this year and subsequent years afterwards, strive to keep the memory alive year-round.”

Personal Reflection

My Memory Better Not Fail Me

I have a love-hate relationship with line memorization.

For crying out loud, I’m a writer, not an actor.

My grades should not depend on how well I can memorize lines.

Let’s hope my memory cooperates with me.

Any tips and advice on memorization is welcome.

Personal Reflection · Quotes · Studying

Key To Studying

“The key to studying is not through rote memorization/learning but through applying the material, making connections, and asking questions.”