Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tips on Exams and Preparing

I've had my moments in the past where I would stay up late at night to finish a paper/assignment or studying for an exam the following day. (One night, I only got 1.5 hours of sleep. No joke!) Form what I've learned from my classes so far this semester, one of the most important things is not to stress over the material. The last few days, I've been studying for a midterm this afternoon (which I just finished a while ago, in fact). I had to remind myself at times to look at/focus on a certain issue, topic or (in this case) play, in order to really understand the material and not try to cram everything in at once. That's the wrong way to prepare for an exam, not to mention overwhelming.

My exam went better than I thought it would, which was a relief. But that doesn't mean it will be the same the next time, nor that I should take my studying and education for granted. I started making notes this morning for what to consider for next time, such as making a list of issues or subjects related to what is being discussed in class. Personally, I have no desire to go through routine. (I still have a bit of that in me, to be honest.) As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, to learn is to explore, to experiment, to go through several drafts to see what works and what doesn't, and so forth. Glass half-full, one day at a time, and all that jazz!

I hope this gives you all encouragement, especially if you, yourselves, have midterms or exams coming up.

Wishing you less stress,
B.E. Kerian

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Random Thoughts: October 21, 2010

1) Many of us take certain things for granted. A few examples include classes  that may not benefit our future endeavors, or a tool we only use once or twice in a lifetime, or a CD or book we bought but never listened to or read (respectfully). The thing is, even if such things will not be benefitial in the future, there is a purpose for them, whatever that may be.

2) Good can come from or be influenced from bad, and be made into something beautiful.

Example: Bruce Wayne using his negative impulses and making out of them an ideal for the good of protecting Gotham City and standing for justice.

Example: Taming animal-like qualities of something and finding the humanity within.

3) Writing several drafts of work can get difficult. But, on the other hand, if you are generally the kind of person who writes only one draft of something, where's the creativity? Where's the experimenting? The exploration? If nothing else, laziness.

4) If you're gonna be lazy, do it wisely.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Article research, search and process: Overwhelming

So far, the two most difficult things about writing an article are 1) Finding a market, and 2) Knowing what to write about (not necessarily in that order). The last 2-3 days, I've been down in the Periodicals section of the campus library one day, and a floor above reading/skimming through the latest addition of "A Writer's Marker," looking mainly at the consumer interest section. So yeah, it's a pretty overwhelming process. As for my current topic, I've been on-and-off with it (I say that a lot, for the record, "on-and-off"). At the moment, it's focused on traditional Disney animation, its history, and its relevance today. Do audiences still have a taste for 2-D? Have they gotten tired of all the 3-D/CGI movies nowadays (not that I'm dissing the medium, it's just there's so much of it nowadays).

It's a matter, on one hand, of going back to my notes and figuring out how to narrow my topic down to make it more local and less broad. Any thoughts?