Life :: Dealing with exam blues

If you are in highschool, or year 10-12 you are most probably chin deep in studying and exam prep. More often than not you get stressed, even when at the beginning of this time your told yourself you wouldn’t. You find yourself crying at the smallest thing, you lose whatever social life you had during the school year. The key to surviving these weeks (for me it will be three very, very, very loooong weeks) are finding the things that you love and finding time to do so. Here are my (and some of my friends) top 10 tips to beating the exam blues…

Tip 1 :: Find music that helps you study. I recommend soundtrack music. I am enjoying all the soundtrack music from the James Bond movie’s (the year 2000 + ones that is). This music is simple with a beat to it and will not distract you but there are a few lyrical pieces thrown in there to shake it up a bit.

Life :: Dealing with the exam bluesTip 2 :: Make a timetable. This will help your prioritize what you do. Use a simple table chart from word (or use this one here)

Keep studying on trackTip 3 :: Journal away. What do I mean by this? In the weeks before the exams or major assessments start a journal, either a diary, a gratitude journal, a journal bible, anything. You can use this to write down quotes that define how you want to feel in certain situations, or bible quotes on how you should deal with things like stress or hardship.

Tip 4 :: Be Social. Don’t become a recluse, go out for coffee dates between exams, go out for lunch, go shopping! Do anything that will take your mind off the stress of the exams.

Tip 5 :: Sleep it off. Get as much sleep as you can because trust me, you will need it!

Dealing with exam bluesTip 6 :: Bring on the bookworm. Read! This will help you escape the stress of exams. Recommendations? “The Rapunzel Dilemma”, “All Fall down”, and the “Young Sherlock” series. All short (relatively) and sweet.

Tip 7 :: Craft and create. Sketch, paint, sew, knit, crochet. Anything that will keep you busy so that you don’t dwell on stressful thoughts.

Craft and CreateTip 8 :: Give the worry warts the cold shoulder. Alright, that sounds downright strange but hear me out. Nothing helps your situation when you are listening to someone else stress, if they are talking about how they are sure to fail the test, how they haven’t done any study, anything. If they are stressed, you will get stressed. The solution, ignore or walk away.

Tip 9 :: Eat healthy! Avoid as much fatty food as you can. This will keep you awake and prevent you from growing tired and sluggish.

dealing with exam bluesTip 10 :: Keep your fitness up! Either go for a run or play a sport, keeping yourself fit and healthy will do you good mentally and physically. Doing sport or anything that is physically draining will clear your mind and help you get your thoughts straight.

keep away the exam blues

If there are any other ways that you can keep up with your exams, keep awake and being able to deal with the stress with exams comment below or email me via


Life :: Keep studying on track

Keep studying on trackIf you are a student doing your exams (like me *sigh*) than you are more than likely finding it hard to slot in time to study everything and do anything else that you want to do. (Note: When studying for exams also find some time for yourself, this way you won’t get as stressed!). Here is a handy tool to help you do so! A study timetable (ba dum dish!). Yeah, I know, not so original right? But think about it, how else do you find time to do everything and keep on track?

I hereby present this gorgeous (If I don’t say so myself) timetable! It is available in portrait and (when I get it done) another version in landscape will be coming soon!

Keep studying on track

Exam Study table

My tips for using this? Laminate it and you can use it again, or print out a couple of copies! When you are filling it in, use different coloured pens or highlighters to help you tell the difference between everything (i.e. exam, study day, homework or what to study)!

If you have any tips on how to make studying simpler, comment below or email me at

Social Media Monday

social media monday :: Piracy

I was recently given the task of writing a feature article for English in the previous week. I chose to deal with the issue of Piracy as it is close to home as many of my friends admit to pirating music and movies illegally. I am sure that everyone has pirated something once or twice in their lives, and I admit that I have done it but now I see that it was wrong and why. Also, now I am more aware of the consequences pirating has on the industry of Australia and overseas.

Could your neighbour be a pirating scoundrel?

After the release of much anticipated movies and television shows, the Australian Movie and Music industry was shocked to find their jobs on the line, all because people loved their work so much.

Not long after the release of the well-awaited fourth season of “Game of Thrones”, the statistics have come back in revealing some shocking results concerning pirating. This information may not surprise some, but will come as a shock to others. Australian citizens are the top Internet pirates, with more than 18% of all download are illegal. Scientists and politicians alike are now seriously trying to find a solution to Australia’s illegal Internet activity.

Why are people pirating?

In the world today, and with the rise of National Broadband Network (NBN) people have greater access to the internet and the files and secrets that it holds. Why? The answer lies in cost and availability. Companies such as Itunes, Foxtel and Netflix sell, view and rent movies, music and television shows for a reasonable amount of money each month. The problem though is the cost. Itunes sells a single television show, at standard-definition, for $2.99, to get it in high-definition you have to pay $3.49. This is what is putting people off. They do not want to pay that much money for something they can download, or buy for half the price. Illegal download sites such as Torrent Freak sell illegally obtained music, movies and TV shows for 50c, $2 and $1 respectively. This is less than half the price of what you can get with iTunes, which sells music (on average) for $2.19.

The excuse of it costing to much is weak. If these people wanted a certain piece of music, a movie or television show so much why don’t they spend the money on it then? However, cost is not the only problem, as mentioned earlier availability is also an issue. Take the most pirated television show ever, for example; Game of Thrones. One of the key reasons why it was so widely downloaded illegally was because this very, very popular show is restricted to Foxtel. This means that if viewers want to watch Game of Thrones they have to sign up to Foxtel, which isn’t always in everyone’s price range. Also, many people pirate because of Geo-Blocking. Geo-Blocking is when companies such as iTunes restrict a person to purchasing music, films and TV shows in their country and currency. This means that people cannot pretend to be in America and download whatever they want for less money. It also means that songs, movies and TV shows are released earlier in certain time zones. Moreover, if a downloader wants to sell their illegally download media, they can synchronise the release time with the bigger, legal companies.

Shocking Figures and Predictions

In 2011 Sphere Analysis (S.A.), a business aimed at helping companies make decisions that will affect their futures, wrote an article on how the rise of internet pirating will affect Australian and worldwide businesses. In Australia today the industry of music, film, publishing, games and software development employs over 540,000 people. This industry also makes more than $70 billion each year; it accounts for 5% of the Australian Workforce, 7.3% of gross domestic product and over 1% of Australian exports. However, now with the rollout of the NBN more people are given the opportunity to use the internet for illegal activity. The SA have also found that more than 27.8% of Australians using the NBN have admitted to illegally downloading movies, music, games and TV shows.

In March 2010, the European based firm TERA Consultants released a report that was brought to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on the national and international affect piracy will have on the European Union. It is the most thorough report ever done and hides no secrets. The countries that TERA focused on included Germany, the UK, France, Spain and Italy. These countries have much in common with Australia such as size and population, unlike America where many comparisons are made by similar reports. The TERA report predicts that in 2008 and onwards the EU lost more than 186,600 jobs as a consequence of the rise of Internet piracy. They also believe that this number will increase by 2015 from 186,600 to more than 1.2 million.

Scientists and Politicians alike predict that by 2016 internet piracy will cause 40,000 jobs to be lost, the industry will loose $18 billion, and more than 8 million people will access the internet and use it to download content illegally.

The Ultimate Cost

The movie, music and television industry employs thousands of people. People who need money to feed themselves, their families and pay for daily living. Their jobs and money have been put at risk because people do not want to spend the money on buying their handiwork. Thousands of men and women around the world have lost their jobs because of illegal download sites such as Torrent Freak, which have yet to be taken down. But what has been done about it?

It seems the government hasn’t done much about pirating. The Websites such as Torrent Freak are still up and running, making money off other people’s work. Many people who do download such illegally obtained items say that if the website that they got it from has not been shut down by now they have every right to do so. Also, most of these websites state that they are legal, that what they are doing is okay. They are wrong. Never think that if the site indicates that what they are doing is allowed by the government or law does not mean that you can download anything you want. There are copyright laws and regulations; some enable you to download internet content for educational and informative purposes but only a small, a meagre percent of people who download illegally do it for this purpose.

The Government has mentioned retaliating against the piracy act by removing piracy sites, but nothing seems to have been done. Or has it? One of the reasons behind the rise in piracy is the now ever available “Pay-Tv”. It could also be the solution. Statistics shows that now with the release of the highly acclaimed “Netflix” has eased the tide of the illegal downloads. It is cheaper than other cable TV networks, and it broadcasts a much wider range of music, movies and Television shows. TERA Consultants predict that with the rise of Netflix the rate of the illegal downloads will reduce rapidly.

Public Response

None of this would happen without the cooperation of the public. But how? Raising awareness is the key, letting people know what Piracy is doing to the lives of thousands of people, ruining them, taking their money. Why? Because their work is loved so much, too much.

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