Exam Tips, Good Luck.

This was originally something I wrote in an old notebook I recently unearthed which noted parts of our conversation but with illegible handwriting. I’ve tried my best to keep this accurate but if there’s any outdated information, please do let me know. – Nishat

My brother got 100% on his economic essay in his A-Levels despite the fact that he only revised the day before the exams. He kindly bestowed some of his wisdom to share – which is nice considering he could make a slammin’ book out of this.

Conceptualising Knowledge

It’s becoming a more prominent aspect in exams. You have to understand the content well enough to a point where you can see the connections between each idea.

Here’s an example:

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This is a simple example from what seems to be two different aspects of German history merging together. In this question, they give two topics to work from, it all depends on knowing your stuff and having a good structure when you write your answer. We’ll address presentation in a second too.

Some could appear like this:

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When these questions pop up, they’re asking for the same thing. Except you have to rely on what you know. So you might wanna revise.

“But this is all self-explanatory Nishat, is there a better way to revise for this?” 

Glad you asked.

Revision Technique:

  1. Scan your whole textbook or your notes.
  2. Try to understand, not remember, the points until you get a good grasp of the content.
  3. Come up with exam-style questions and write them on sticky notes.
  4. Allocate a mark to each question as you see fit.
  5. Answer them, duh.
  6. Do a load of practice papers.
  7. Then teach a friend (or just anyone, I used to teach my cat about Kant’s Axe).

Ideally, you want to create both simple and hard questions. The easy questions are equivalent to 4 mark question (or you can make it 8 if you’re feeling frivolous) and they allow you to consolidate your knowledge. The hard ones link up various topics that can be compared or used to evaluate different sides of a statement.

If you do this and formulate strong answers, you’ll be able to comfortably understand the content and how it factors into your topic. There’s even a chance a similar question will appear in the exam. Then you don’t have to plan what points you need to make, you just need to focus on how you’ll structure your work.

This scenario happened during my brother’s test. He came up with a few questions in his head beforehand and when one very similar was in his exam, he didn’t have to stress about his points, he just needed to present his work concisely.

Once you got that on lock, you’re halfway immune to the threat of exam failure.

Let’s move on.

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The stupid reality of terrorism.

Hearing the recent news on terrorism has really been a shock to everyone, and I think I’ve rejected this whole concept because it’s genuinely just atrocious but this is all nothing more than culling. This is the brief.

  1. Terrorism is stupid
  2. Being “tougher” on terrorism is practically impossible
  3. Terrorism won’t stop.

I’ll go through these points clearly with structured paragraphs that will definitely not turn into a rant.

1. Terrorism is stupid

Indeed it is. Think about it, you’re slaughtering innocent lives of people you never knew, people who had families, lifelong plans and the same raw human emotions you once felt and experienced for yourself, and you destroyed that for what?

To push forward your stupidly misguided political agendas? Religion takes no part in slaughter, your mentality does. It’s worth nothing.

Islam has nothing to do with this either, as it doesn’t promote this. Islam doesn’t permit the butchering of unarmed harmless people. You’re just being a self-righteous monster killing people who did nothing to you. Thinking your life is superior or worth more than someone else’s is disgusting, no human should ever determine another’s death.

2. Being “tougher” on terrorism is practically impossible

Look Theresa, ISIS is causing quite the havoc. Cracking down on immigration and making international contact difficult is not gonna cut it. The only physical form of ISIS are in Syria right now, but in the Western world? It’s a movement.

Anyone can really “join” as there isn’t any formal structure behind it. Not that we know of. Literally anybody can run into the streets and preach whatever misguided ideologies you want, as long as they attract attention through means of violence. There can be groups of people either connected by family, work, friends, a community or just one rogue person.

Anyone can do it, and I believe the people who recruit are found worldwide but that too has no formal structure. It’s led to a stage where one single person could wreak havoc and if the act is not explained, we’ll just assume ISIS did it.

(Please do tell me if I’m wrong, I’ve just personally seen nothing that proves otherwise.)

So whilst people from abroad may be an issue, I believe we are slightly prejudiced here. There are internal issues within the country with those who suddenly change their ways, and we must prioritise looking more into that. And if you think about it, it’s stupid because they believe they have a message for “the greater good”, but they’re not really reminding us of that are they?

ISIS definitely exists. It’s just impossible to tackle because it’s not just a bunch of idiots in Syria, there are people everywhere being brainwashed.

3. Terrorism won’t stop.

It really won’t. Anyone can do it, they might do it because they think they’ll die a martyr and do it for “the greater good”.

Some may do it because they think it’s the right thing.
Some just want to conquer the world with their opinion.
Some think they are the right ones and others who don’t agree must die.
Some just think that scaring the authorities must mean that it is for good reason.

Some are just gullible enough to fall into that trap because they want a calling in life.
A meaning in life.
Something they can say that matters to them and is worth dying for.
They want to grasp their destiny and feel worth,
and that’s when the lives of others become expendable.

It’s a tragic and upsetting mentality. And it’s become so normalised that anyone can feel this way and it would never be noticed.

What do we do now?

The underlying issue is that this idea is hardwired into people’s brains. We need more than political figures making empty promises to end terrorism. We need more than just thoughts and prayers to those who are affected. Your thoughts and prayers aren’t going to save another person’s life.

A good start for America is to have some control of the 2nd Amendment they proudly love to be reckless about, and we need to be more accepting of diversity in general.

Fear never works, it fires up Trump and only wards people away. So trying to get your dream to come true is rather impossible.

(apologies for any atrocious grammar or repetitive of the word stupid, it’s late at night and I like not having any structure in what I write.— Nishat)

this blog, and how i feels.

Okay. Ever since I started this blog, I kind of wanted to experiment and play around with it, see how far I can go. It’s been 6 months, and I couldn’t be any happier.

With this sort of stuff, I get way too over-the-top and be a perfectionist when it comes to design and writing because I know I can do better. But recently, I just figured out the look I want on this website (which is rare taking into account my constant uncertainty when it comes to anything) and I just grinned like an absolute idiot.

I never smile when I’m working on a project controlled by me. I never smile (yes i do).

But I feel good about this. Usually when I’m on a client job, I’m never happy about how my work looks, though my customers tend to be, and it leaves me on a bad note. With this blog, I feel otherwise. I feel…

 

I feel like this is a beginning of a beautiful digital era.

Photography = Time + Money

Photography is a really expensive hobby that you have to invest tons of hours into. I feel that people underestimate that, and aren’t prepared to go through those hardships. But then again, I don’t blame them. There is work, school, family basically life smacking you in the face. It sucks, and I don’t think you could ever claim yourself to be a true photographer because there are no standards like that (in my opinion).

Even the simplest of things can spiral out of control, like getting a good camera bag.

sees a really nice bag, finds out it’s £140. oh well. nevermind.