WikiHow, Or Why You Don’t Need To KNOW Any More

If you’ve never heard of WikiHow, then you’re missing out. Seriously, this is the only website you need if you want to know anything from how to make an iced green tea, or where to start if you’re new to palmistry.

With over 120,000 articles, there really is a massive bank of articles to read through, which allows you to learn anything, or get a background knowledge of almost anything , and is one of the reasons why, in our new internet-centric world that’s developing in the Western culture, you don’t need to know anything at all. There’s no longer any need to memorize how to say, wire a plug, or clean a toaster, or really anything at all, because it’s all there on the internet, if you’re lacking the knowledge to do something, it’s on the internet ready for you to digest, and then directly copy from. No need to remember how to do it, or even remember where you found this information, because you can bookmark the page for future reference. Really, the whole internet is like a giant “For Dummies” book, letting you learn whatever whenever however. How-to videos, articles, picture guides, on everything from the every-day to the downright obscure.

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Art and University

Recently, I’ve been looking at universities, again..

I’ve given up on the idea of doing sciences or mathematics at university, not because I think I’d find them difficult, just because they don’t excite me. And there’s no point in wasting three years of my life in something that I’m not passionate about.

And that is why I’ve started to look at art universities again. I’ve narrowed it down to a few, from UCL to Oxford, and then Swansea, Newport and CSAD. Yeah, I’ve got a bit of a thing for Wales..

But then, thinking about it, what exactly could I do with an Art degree? This is the ONE question that’s holding me back at the moment, as money will be super-tight, and at least with science, there’s loads of bursaries and scholarships, and almost guaranteed jobs at the end, with art, there’s what?

There’s lots. Lots and lots and lots and lots, but there’s too many, and most of them seem to be too big a goal for a student without the reputation of the bigger names in the already-saturated artistic sector.

So, here are some crazy, crazy ideas of what I could do with an arts degree, that I really feel would be fun!

Start a small clothing boutique, create advertising campaigns, get involved with musical artists, work on interior design, spontaneously create a massive piece of art in a public place, etc, etc..

And here are some massive, massive things that I feel would really help me in an artistic career..

Learn another language (or several), travel the world and visit many countries, learn many skills that have a niche market, stay ahead of the technological game and its creative uses, make important friends in the business industry, gather a group of friends with wide skills and interests to turn to, etc, etc..

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How To Actually Revise

After my post, How To (Not) Revise, maybe it’d be useful to give some ideas on how to actually revise. I’m probably not the best person to tell you about how to manage your time effectively, or anything like that, as at the moment, I am writing this instead of revising for my Physics AS exams. Oh well.

  • Flashcards

This is one of the most common techniques for revision, but instead of writing out hundreds of cards that you need to carry around with you, why not type them on the computer? I use Anki to revise flashcard-y material. Just open it up whenever you have a spare couple of minutes and see how well you do. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you learn!

  • Understand And Link

This may seem like common sense, but if you understand and link pieces of information together, then they make more sense, and you’ll remember them. For example, I used to find integration difficult, but as soon as I realized that it’s just the reverse of differentiation, and that you can use both to jump between equations for area, line and gradient, it made a lot more sense.

  • Mnemonics

The poster boy of remembering techniques, I don’t actually find this one that useful. There are only a few examples that I find it useful for, and that’s oil rig, (oxidation is loss, reduction is gain), and SohCahToa, trigonometry.

  • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat

I’ve used this a couple of times to remember stuff, and it’s quite useful, but I’ve never really remembered or learnt the information, it seems to push my mind into cyclical thinking of the phrases over and over again, so I’d use it just before a test, for some last-minute stuff, remember it, write it down right at the beginning of the exam, and then I have it there to refer to later.

  • Mental House

This idea always fascinates me, but I’ve yet to use it, even though maybe I should, especially with my impending AS Level exams coming up. The basics is that you visualise an area that you know really well, your house for example, and then go around, hiding or placing the items that you need to remember around. Then later, you go around the route and find them and in theory, you should remember them.

I hope that if you have exams coming up, your revision is going well! If you have any other revision strategies, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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