1. Not getting enough sleep. You absolutely need sleep. Yes, you might have a big test tomorrow, but chances are you’ll be unable to retain anything late at night after hours of studying anyways. You will most likely get more out of an entire night of sleep than those two extra hours of studying.
2. Unrealistic goals. Don’t make a to-do list you’re certain you won’t finish. Don’t schedule finishing three papers in one evening. Be realistic. Things usually take more time than we think. Looking at long lists of checkboxes unchecked isn’t exactly motivating.
3. Too much coffee. I love coffee. Most of you reading this probably love coffee. But always make sure not to don’t drink too much of it, and don’t drink coffee too late in the evening. If you’re not careful, it can screw up your circadian rhytm. This applies to anything with caffeine, not just coffee. Tea is usually not that bad, since many don’t have caffeine, and the ones who do have quite small amounts, but stay away from the energy drinks.
4. Working in bed. This is something I used to do A LOT, but you can see a significant improvement in the grades I got after being more strict with myself, forcing myself to sit by a desk instead. This is how those 2+ hour naps happen. Find other places you can study and be comfortable at the same time. Just avoid the bed if you want to be productive.
5. Tumblr. Yeah, so this is a bit ironic, considering this is posted on Tumblr, but: when starting a study session, close Tumblr. If you can’t stay off, download a website blocker.
6. Spending too much time planning. Let me explain this: If you spend half the time you have available planning your study session, and then the rest actually studying, you’re probably not all that productive, unless the excessive amount of planning truly makes you a lot more productive in your study session. Plan out your study time quickly, don’t spend too much time on it. You might feel productive, but the goal here is to study, so make sure you actually do.
7. Thinking “I’ll remember this, so I won’t write it down”. No. You will forget this at some point. WRITE IT DOWN. This applies to everything, not just studying and school. Make a note on your phone, in your journal, wherever. Just jot it down somewhere, you’ll be thankful you did.
8. Falling behind. This is not mighty specific, but it is important. Once you fall behind in one subject/class, you’ll most likely fall behind in at least one more. Do a little bit of work every day, and get things done right away (see the next paragraph), and you’ll avoid falling behind! Getting back on track is much harder than just keeping up throughout the year.
9. Not getting things done right away. Most important thing on this list. Received a set of maths practice problems today? Get it done today. Get it out of the way (but don’t rush through it), so you can continue with other things. On the day before it’s supposed to be done, you’ll be so glad you didn’t wait, avoiding an evening of stress trying to get it done.
10. Only writing down things written on the board/Powerpoint. Sure, the key points will usually be here, but the important details are those said out loud by the teacher/lecturer. I know it’s hard to write down things from the board/Powerpoint while also listening and taking notes from what they say, but I’d recommend focusing on taking notes from what they say. The things on the board/Powerpoint are probably key points you already know, or that you can read about in the textbook. The info said out loud might not be.
11. Being afraid to ask questions. If you have a question, ask the teacher/lecturer. Sure, there might be other ways to find the answer, but you’ll probably get a more straight-forward, clear answer from the teacher or lecturer. Also, ask right away, don’t wait. If there is something you don’t understand, going forward with the curriculum will be harder. This one might be hard for many, but try the best you can. If you are graded partially on activity in class or you ever need a reference, asking questions will make your teacher realise you are interested in the subject and learning.
In the end of this post, I’d like to remind all of you how much resources are put into your education. Your country is investing in your education and future. Appreciate the privilege of education. Realise that not everyone gets the opportunities you get, so make sure you’re not wasting them. Wow, this suddenly got very deep. But you know what I mean.
Hope you got at least some help out of this post! Any questions/feedback? Message me, I’ll be happy to answer any questions and I’d appreciate any feedback! ♥♥
CHUM - Centre Hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal CannonDesign
Though its design and creation, the CHUM is envisioned to act not only as a place of healing, but as a place of gathering. Not solely as a closed loop within the urban fabric, but as a generous public space that also plays the cultural role of gallery and educational center. The ambition for the CHUM was to become an architectural pillar within its community; a symbol of excellence and commitment to quality care for the province as a whole, with a focus on the generations to come.
CHUM is the result of the merger of three hospitals (Hotel Dieu, Hopital St. Luc and Hopital Notre-Dame) that replaces outdated facilities and brings these entities together in a single-site institution. An anchor of the Quartier de la Santé – Montreal’s new health district – the development will seamlessly combine teaching, research and healthcare and solidify Montreal’s standing as a health and science hub of excellence.
PS I don’t typically mix work with archatlas but I have been part of this project’s team for the last couple of years (therefore all the Montreal pics). Great team + great project!
Colours of Budapest Simon Alexander
It was my first trip around Budapest with my new fujifilm X-T1. We had just 5 days and it was a really short time to explore and photograph this city. I can say that I have loved underground places, architecture, panoramas and of course warm evenings!
Images and text via Simon Alexander
How Designer Josh Davis Paints With Sounds
“Without music, there is no Josh Davis.”
Says … Josh Davis (@praystation). Sure, the man himself might exist, but not the New York-based designer and technologist who had a role in making IBM’s Watson, developed visuals for countless DJs and bands, and, as the current media arts director of Sub Rosa, discovers how technology and design interacts with emotions. That guy — well, without music, he might still be doing art the old-fashioned way.
“I was pretty depressed in terms of being a painter,” recalls the 44-year-old creator, about the days before he switched to more high-tech mediums. “I just thought, What’s changed in painting? It’s thousands of years of history and you can look back and just think, Well, f—, what do I have to say now?”
Thankfully, he got his hands on a computer, which completely changed his outlook. “I’m still the painter, it’s just I’m not going to use paint and a brush anymore,” he says. “I’m going to use the medium of programming, the medium of a computer and a connected community, the Internet, to make work.”
For the last two decades, Josh has achieved what he set out to do, dreaming up colorful images and designs through coding. For his latest trick, he’s taking music and running it through a program that analyzes the sound as data — which then spits it back out as a set of moving images. By manipulating the program to correspond to different frequencies — a snare drum, a bass line, etc. — it will start to elicit new shapes and patterns.
Josh has put his Painting With Sound technique to use with artists such as Phantogram, Diplo and Squarepusher. He’ll often write dozens of programs for one project, in the hopes of finding something that fits both his visual tastes, and the band’s sound. Take the video for Phantogram’s “Fall in Love.”
“‘Fall in Love’ was 55 different programs just for that one song,” he says. “Usually, an artist will give me a thing of music and I just need to go meditate and just say, ‘OK, what do I think this song looks like?’ There is no goal in mind. I think that’s another thing that I’ve always tried to tell people, is I’m much happier making mistakes and failing.”
Josh’s digital creations aren’t typically political, nor do they convey any specific message. Instead, he traffics in the abstract. Which gets us back to that “No Music, No Josh” precept. Even when he’s not “painting with sound” he’s still using music as a means of inspiration.
“I will get into a zone, where one week I’ll listen to classical, and then one week it’s salsa, and then the next week it’s EDM,” he says. “And I just sort of listen to that music and my brain sort of visualizes what I think that music looks like.”
That could mean jagged green and red polygons, or fiery sparks, or his face pulsing from the beam of a strobe light. Really, it’s a search for something unique and unexpected.
“That’s really what I’m looking for,” he says. “I’m looking for that moment, where my eyes and my brain go, ‘F—, that’s beautiful.’”
— Instagram @music