Wanting a life reset *so* bad + yay it’s June!

Hey people, welcome back to my blog! My vacations are finally ending 😭 and it’s gonna be hard getting back to the school routine. Today’s post is gonna be all about, a life reset.

Do you ever wish if only our life had a reset button? I do that, like everyday. My life status is always in like a deep pit of mess and despair. I do so many things, and by many, possibly a hundred. I’ve got so many projects going on, after a while of trying to tackle ALL of them, I take a step back.

I realize-

Number one, what crap have I gotten myself into?

Number two, how do I finish all this??

Basically I’m the type who does gazillion projects at once, and gets things done on time. But the process is a little…crazy? I get myself to a burnout stage doing all that stuff, all at once. I mentally suffocate myself trying to be that all-achiever and multi-tasking girl.

If you relate to that, we’re in the same boat. You, my friend, need a reset like I did.

Clean up your mess

So once realization takes over, the first thing I do is clean things up. Virtually and literally. All those things on the checklist, you cannot cancel them and leave them hanging on the thread. Finish all the current projects, and do nothing new for a while.

Then I go on a declutter mode. Is it just me, or is decluttering  ACTUALLY pretty relaxing?

Once everything on the plate is done, there’s actual time left for yourself. I like using this time to clean my room, maybe my shelf, wardrobe too, if I feel productive. Trashing away things you don’t need anymore, is the perfect way to reset.

This was me, I like decluttering because it frees up space for positivity and I feel good about it. You could find your groove, something that helps clear up your mind.

Change of routine

I like picking up a new daily routine. It’s nice to change a few things in your day, for the good, of course. Instead of waking up at 7 AM, maybe you could wake up at 6 AM? You’ve got an extra hour on your hands, that gives you more room for energizing things to do. Maybe workout more, or perhaps go for a cycle ride in the evening alone?

During my exams this February, instead of studying 2PM till 6PM, I went for a run between 5PM and 6PM. Then extended my study till 7PM. There’s a break, a difference a routine. It makes things feel less boring, and more exciting and new.

Style change

Changing up your style is really cool, if you want to reset. Like a 2.0 version of yourself? I like to try different combinations than I usually wear, and generally after I clean out my wardrobe, I find all these *hidden outfits* at the back of my shelf. I don’t insist on buying new dresses, instead different combinations with the dresses you already have. I spend a week on Pinterest looking for style options and different combinations, hairstyles. Anything that is different from what I usually look like.

(I said style change and NOT wardrobe change. Be more sustainable, don’t hoard clothes, it’s not good for your pocket AND the environment. )

Affirmations

Positive affirmations help. A life reset gives a feeling of being, reborn (sounds like some superhero dialogue, but okay). I come across such stuff on the internet, like affirming quotes that energize you from within. I like reading such things, they just give you a new slice of life.

Expose yourself to positivity

Coming out of a mess is never too late. At least you’ve taken initiative. Expose yourself to positive things, that don’t make you feel guilty about being on a break. Surround yourself with good people. Control what you see on the internet.

I personally love seeing Pinterest pins about productivity, health goals and self-care. Exposing yourself to such things gradually takes you in such a state of mind.

So that is all for this post! Remember, you are your priority, don’t burnout yourself! Take good care, be productive and remember to relax. I hope your life reset goes well~

Also guys, happy june~~ it’s already half of 2022! Plus its birthday month, so see me smiling ear to ear. My birthday’s in four days, and is it normal not having any excitement? I feel I’m getting too old, I wish I could tell myself “yo stop growing now” 😭😭😭

I hope this month is gonna be great for all of us, and hopefully my blog too 🙈.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Yes, I still exist! || A life update.

*opens her drafts after weeks*

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing well! I know it’s been a while. Today I chose to crack my knuckles and finally begin writing a blog post.

So where was I all this time? Nowhere new, just same old home, and school. I was preoccupied for a while, with all the “new-school-year” crap, and things got real now. I always thought managing a blog and school will not change despite offline school, but no, I’ve successfully managed to fail at that.

Credits to owner. Via Pinterest.

No that does not mean that I’ll stop writing. It just *motivated* me to be more extracurricular and that life, isn’t only school.

Quick question- How much do I like Tenth grade?

Umm…

*scratches her head*

Out of 10 maybe a 6. Tenth grade is nice, right now, because I’m just one month in. But I think it is stressful, about how much you need to study. And peer pressure about how much you need to study JUST because you’re in tenth grade. I find it difficult to manage hundred things once right now, I was an expert at it once. So ninth graders going into tenth, take notes, you need to be good at multitasking. (Wow, I’m giving advice already.)

One important thing I’ve been wanting to say for a while was that, no matter how busy you are, never neglect time for yourself. Overworking only brings ruin (why does that sound so evil-) for you in the long run. Take care of yourself!

Also, I guess I finally came out of my book reading slump.

Credits to owner. Via Pinterest.

I’ve read quite a few books in a while, but apart from that I also think I finally found my mystery novels groove. With Agatha Christie. I’m just disappointed why I didn’t read her books, and why I was prioritizing reading Conan Doyle. I don’t think I’ve read those many plot twists in Sherlock Holmes, frankly speaking, they’re way too predictable and I sometimes find myself “obliged” to read them. A reason why I don’t like Conan Doyle. (I’ll save the dislike for another post.) I stan Agatha Christie. I also I think I became a fan of Colleen Hoover’s books.

What else is interesting? Can I say I don’t know? All I’ve done lately is eat, study, binge watch Slayy Point (why didn’t I watch their channel before???) and try to be a more determined person. Past few weeks were like so lazy and dispassionate. I felt to less creative. Okay, brace yourself for my melodrama- I felt old.

Credits to owner. Via Pinterest.

I don’t know if I’m right about this but I always associate being old with something negative. Old is non-creative, old is not fresh, old is stale (wait but isn’t it already?). And lately I’m not liking this word, because I feel old, I don’t feel young or the jumpy, hyper-excited person I usually am (my opinion, no hate towards being old). Nobody noticed this because I didn’t show, because I try to be jumpy, in hopes that it will make me feel jumpy. Kind of like fake it till you make it situation.

Then I realized. That I had a freaking blog, on which I am supposed to write and post freely.

I’m being melodramatic again, but I felt better while reflecting and writing this post. I was on the verge of killing my creativity, but happily, I’m back to blogging! I think I’ll feel non-old now.

So after a long time….

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Some things, you need to do with yourself- a small little life update+chit-chat

I was really tired that day Like I am everyday. I was exhausted, after solving math (how typical) and studying for the exams coming up next month. Pressure was building up on me, especially since I performed real bad in the previous exam.

I got so frustrated after a while, I just banged my books. I didn’t understand what was troubling me. My head felt so heavy. That’s when I realized, I was just being too hard on myself. I was overstretched.

There’s very simple things that bring joy to us. For me, things that bring joy are some little things like baking, photography, painting or writing something, or watching a bts video (the crackhead stuff) and listening to a sad taylor swift song but that makes me sad again . At that point of time, my mind feels at peace. I feel so pleasant while cycling during evenings with soft sunlight and gentle wind.

Just when things seem purposeless, or you feel aimless, you need to do a few things by yourself. Spending time with yourself. For me, I know the time for leisure has come when I am sick of everything I do. When my head, body and mind feels heavy.

A new hobby I found was- painting. A budding Pablo Picasso coming straight up. I never thought I was any good at painting, but once I got the hang of it, it felt doable. Painting is kinda abstract so you can have like a predefined picture of what you want but it goes in a COMPLETELY different way.

Then I began writing a story. I don’t know if I can call it a novel yet, but it’s as of now just a plot that is loosely held by some words, lol. It’s a mixture of so many genres and tropes, for now, I’m thinking of calling it “my mess”.

I’ve been deep in my own heap of study these days. My mom says I’m being too much of a nerd. I hate the word nerd. What do you say?

I’ve also been reading this book “One of us is lying” by Karen McManus. It’s interesting till the point I’ve read, thank you so much Book bloggers for that book rec!

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Our school began online once again though :( Just when I thought school would be normal, wham! Online school. Truth be spoken, I HATE online school. My eyes hurt, and it’s too boring without any interaction. Like mischief with friends.

But! Since I was part of the Republic day event at school (ahem- I was the emcee-), I did find my cue to go to school. I found such beautiful bougainvillea blossoms, in white! They looked so prettyyyy~

I wonder if I’ll have the chance again to go to school.

There we go with the sadness again.

This post was supposed to be happy.

Anyways, I hope y’all are doing well. Keep being weird, spend some time with yourself, stay hydrated and this is where I end today. Sayonara.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Getting out of my hole of procrastination (again)

Hello! I have been so irregular with the blog. Guess why? I chose to procrastinate over this. My apologies, again.

So, I’ve been sinking in the hole of procrastination again. At this point of time, I’ve realized something. It’s only natural to do this. Procrastination was meant to happen, to deviate our minds. It’s just like another piece in a chess game.

But how I got out of it, it’s a long story.

So it began this way. In the Xmas holidays, I sorted out my life. I reoriented myself to work towards my goal(s). I began to be organized, I started with the so called “perfect life”. But then after I recovered from covid early January this year (I know, such a bad start for a new year), I started using this excuse of “recovery” trauma.

I binge watched series and films, because I was “recovering” and I needed to feel good.

I did art stuff to make me feel good.

I inclined toward pleasure, because I had “trauma”.

And…I lost focus in practically every single thing I did.

After I realized I was being too much of a master procrastinator, I hatched a plan.

  1. I would finish a chunk of work
  2. Watch whatever I was watching
  3. Get back to my work
  4. repeat.

This was a good system when I was watching something very gripping. Like a series or a film or reading a very interesting book. Let’s say, finish 10 long history essay type questions, get 10 minutes of watch/ reading time.

It is very efficient, until I discovered a loophole. When I traded every history question for a minute of leisure, I sometimes, you know, extended it. Like 10 questions= 20 minutes of procrastination.

The starting, goes smooth, but long term, well, back to day 1. So, I figured a better way.

We’re humans, and as good as we can be while being stubborn, we also tend to get deviated. So, an atmosphere where there can be no possible distractions (like, literally nothing), you’d succeed in finishing your work, zero procrastination. But this isn’t practical. We live in the tech era, if you forgot.

I wouldn’t suggest you downloading procrastination-free apps or something as such (though they can be useful, but they have their own flaws and CAN be cheated). Instead, try to think really hard.

Remind yourself what is at stake. Like a paper that is due the next day or a project goal you need to submit by midnight. Get to know yourself. Can you do it if you procrastinate? Are you capable enough?

Well if you budge a yes to these questions, you’re free to procrastinate. But what is at stake is quality work . If you stay up till midnight and get the work till it chokes you, sorry, but you won’t get your work done either.

So, remind yourself what you’ll be losing if you procrastinate. Then you’d be afraid to do whatever it is you’re doing.

Couple of other inputs you can try-

  • Try to go for non-tech options: Like resources or something, you can use books or papers from library. You can turn towards your laptop when you really feel you need it.
  • Sit in supervision: Don’t ask someone to superintend you, just go sit somewhere in a place where there are people. You could work on your pc, and you’d feel a “fake” pressure of completing your work, because you don’t wanna show the other person that you’re a total waste, and you wouldn’t want them to see that your work process is really sloppy.
  • Keep a water bottle beside: Really helps when you think you’re going to fall asleep. We tend to procrastinate when we don’t have a lot of energy and are entering a state where we don’t want to do a SINGLE THING. Drinking water gives your brain some activity and plus, it’s a good skincare hack. (Glowing skin like BTS hehe.)
  • Learn to take a break: You never really procrastinate when you’ve already had your dose of break. You procrastinate because either you don’t want to do that task or you’re longing for a break. Breaks help you to solve both the problems. Cut off procrastination, just like that.

So, that’s it for this week, readers!

Also, I’m gonna be launching a new blog series in a while, but before I can write, I’ll need your participation! Stay tuned for the post!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

5 things I’d like to be thrown out of my life in the coming year. If I could, obviously.

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is good. Happy December again. And maybe an early wishing of a happy new year? I know it’s been a rocky ride since the cursed year, and I know everyone else probably feels depressed by whatever the heck is going out there. And I also know that I’d be better off doing some worthwhile things rather than procrastinating over it. But, here I am.

There’s these things I absolutely DISLIKE (hate is a strong word haha) about me and my life. Whether scrolling endlessly or being too much of a weirdo (or showing off my bookworm side lol).

Time-wasting apps

Please, get out of my life. I don’t need you.

I sit at such apps for a long time, scroll and scroll and find nothing. Except a few moments of laughter after reading a joke. That laughing isn’t even qualified as laughing, it’s just hot air coming out of my nose (try it). Zero productivity.

What I’d like instead: More productivity and a brain that makes me realize “You’ve been staring at this app for too long, get back to your work.”

Clutter

You deserve to be in the trash and not in my room.

Sadly, clutter doesn’t go anywhere. Instead it just piles up. My room is literally, cluttered, ALL THE TIME. Some of you might relate to this. I’m not a minimalist. I do not go repeating “less is more”. I have probably as many things in my room as the number of ants in the world. And let me tell you, the ants, are a lot.

What I’d like to do instead: De-clutter, get rid of my materialistic attachment and throw away things I don’t need.

My lack of being organized

Somehow related to my previous point. I’m just very lazy to keep things organized. Just like how I find socks in bookshelves. The problem is that I organize and clean something very passionately, and it stays like that for a while. Then I end up making a mess of everything soon after, because I keep thinking “Oh I’ll get back to cleaning this, but later.”

And by judging me as far as you know me, do you think “that later” ever came?

My book slump

I haven’t been able to read books the way I did before. Maybe it’s bad book recommendations (ahem, help me book bloggers), but I’ve lost my reading “touch”. I am not that passionate about it as I was before, I’m not that hooked to even good books. So, the coming year, I want to throw out this book slump and say “come in” to more books!

Covid

GET OUT ALREADY.

Enough of this torture, Covid. Please go. If you don’t leave now, people are gonna start looking weird to me without their masks. Enough of this, us humans are tired.

What I’d like instead: Some freedom and a mask free life.


I recently got some honest feedback about my blog, that it was becoming too boring. I must agree with that. I haven’t soulfully written my posts in quite a while. Blogging is becoming a chore for me. More like an obligation. I seriously am thinking of quitting. But hopefully if the blog stats do well after this post, maybe I’ll stick around. (a little “blackmailing” never hurt anyone)

I really feel this post will do well. Because I wrote it truthfully, just being myself. I hope you enjoyed! The QOTD is-

Can I get some book recommendations!?

Leave your thoughts, and the answers!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

spending a rainy, winter day || ~rainy day log~

– written on December 1st


The morning of December the first. What a beautiful day to begin the last month that I have left of 2021. It’s probably the coldest it has ever been in our city. It’s been raining since the past… 12 and something hours. What’s even worse is that I had to be at school, giving an examination.

The worst weather is when it rains on a cold winter day. My friends and I shivered at school and by the time I got home, my limbs were frozen.

I took a warm bath and got dressed. Our house was even worse than the outside, the floors were freezing cold. I tiptoed and jumped on my way to the couch. I curled up into a ball, but nothing could save me.

But my rug would.

I got cozy in my rug and binge watched some television lazily, with nothing to do. Except I had to study for an examination that’s on the day after tomorrow. I had no practical energy to study chemistry or biology or physics on such a day, the body really doesn’t favor you, especially if it’s about studying.

Like a lazy cat that I am, I slept. I slept and enjoyed every moment of it.

I made hot chocolate for my “home-mates” a.k.a my mother, my sister and me. It didn’t matter how it tasted, the sole reason I wanted hot choc was because it contrasted the weather and comforted me.

I realized this was the perfect weather to read crime, I picked up a book to read~

I decided to study a bit, because I was supposed to be a *model* student, and wowza, I did make progress. That leaves me enough time to enjoy myself during tomorrow’s study leave, haha.

I made a few positive affirmations for myself. I feel I was a little low on self-esteem lately.

The only thing I want to do on such days is to curl up into a ball, get a book, some milk(not coffee, hehe) and head to my temporary utopia. I mean, isn’t that what anybody else would do?

glow in dark books lol.

What would you do on such a day? Let me know in our gala place, the comments.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- The blog’s been a lil low on stats lately, can I get some love on some recent posts pwease? Thank you!

Highlighting a beautiful travel experience in Andhra Pradesh, India: Photo post#5

Hello there, blog readers!

I know, I’ve been gone for long. But just so you know and if you feel concerned, I’m still alive. I’ve just been pushing the drafting of this post to another day, because my thoughts didn’t feel collected. Now that I found time (finally), here I am.

Just so you know the context of this post, I’d gone for my Diwali vacations, as I mentioned in the earlier post, to my grandparents’ place, in Andhra Pradesh. Though I live in Pune, Maharashtra (which is, if you don’t know, FAR), I’m native to Andhra Pradesh. I don’t go there quite regularly, and it is more of an annual or occasional affair. That sadly also means I’m not that attached to the rest of the family that lives there.

Get ready for some pictures of landscapes and a complimentary animal misadventure🙂

Also, make sure you see this post on the original site because the blog graphics look best on the original blog! (if you’re using wordpress reader)

This was a b&w shot I took while our train was on a halt. It felt like one of those pictures you see in a history textbook.

As we crossed states, the millet crops and black soils vanished. While we neared, we saw vast fields of paddy fields and red soils. Not to be that geography teacher, but I’m awed by the beautiful transitions of the soil diversity even as I revisit the pictures again.

Flash forward to a few days later, I found myself at my aunt’s house, paying a visit. There’s a beautiful green farm, with cattle and chickens! I only managed to take pictures of a small cute calf because others were a bit…rude. And the chickens just ran away.

The calf’s name is moony, and he’s quite the opposite of the moon. Well, he’s black. On the roof, I could manage to catch a glimpse of him, somewhere. All alone.

“Wait- this human was on the roof, now she’s coming at me?”

“No, no, you’re not coming closer-“

“You’re a funny human you know, and is that my food you’re holding? can I eat it?”

*hides the phone and runs*

Thankfully, his unnamed sister is pretty calm. She’s pretty gentle.

The most exciting part was our trip to Rampachodavaram. That is a huge name, I agree. Break the word and read it again. Much of the photo post is about that place.

This place is a beautiful forest with cool waterfalls. This is one of the best memories I take back from here, apart from my jovial and fun cousins’ playtime, eating loads of sweets and spending time with family.

This place is kind of a very lesser known area, it’s not that popular, at least as of now. Who knows, this post might attract someone. (and there goes my feeble attempt to contribute towards Indian tourism)

Trees were coming closer to form a canopy like thing (sorry that I cannot put it to nicer words apart from “like thing”), and I understand that I dramatize things a LOT, but as and when you go deeper, the forest gets denser and dangerous.

On the way, we grabbed lunch. Not to mention the fact that there was no seating anywhere apart from a ginormous stone besides the waterfall (which was fine with me), there are a good amount of food stalls that give you bamboo chicken.

I don’t know if they do vegetarian, but I only know about chicken. The street vendors have huge grills with blazing flames where they put the bamboo on, that’s filled with chicken. It’s kind of the speciality in this region. And it did taste nice, apart from the fact that it was very spicy. Which is, again, fine with me.

We set off to go higher to find a better view of the waterfall, where there are less people. The path is rocky. Maybe that is why the picture above is blurry.

A few more wild shrubs and boring rocks-

That is how dense it gets as you climb uphill. But the denser it gets, the quieter it all seems. Just crickets in the background, and sticky skins. This place seems like somewhere Bear Grylls would go and build a house out of trees.

“Mr. Bear Grylls, you’re welcome to come here and build your new home…”

Wild mushrooms!

My dream house would be built somewhere near a waterfall like this. Waking up everyday to this, pleasant!

*also the fact that this forest hides potential wild life behind*

See that? Pretty, right?

Leaving all the beautiful things I’d seen there and coming back to live amongst buildings surely is angst mixed with nostalgia. It’s frustrating that I don’t get to live my native culture, while the rest of my family does. In Pune, everyone either speaks Marathi or Hindi (which I’ve gotten used to). Very occasionally do I find someone who speaks in Telugu (my mother tongue). Living in Pune doesn’t give me that familiarity of my native language.

I miss delicacies that are unfortunately found only in Andhra Pradesh. My parents tell me stories about their childhood that they experienced in their own state, such fun stories, of them sleeping under mango trees or nearly encountering a ghost or those little mischievous things they did with their friends. A huge part of their heart is still attached to that place, my parents’ don’t show it, but staying away from where they were brought up does shatter them and makes them sad.

I’d miss all those green fields, long coconut and palmyra trees, clean air of my native village and all the memories I made there. But I’m sure, I’d go back there, and I cannot wait until that happens.


No, I’m not interested in explaining where I was all these days and you’re probably even tired of waiting for me. I just held back this post, and making this post was so tiring, especially the editing! Anyways, I hope you all are alright.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Just a little bit of positivity: The thin line of difference between body positivity and reality

Generally people my age aren’t that comfortable talking about body sizes or anything of that sort. I don’t understand why, because we all do have insecurities. A few comments made purely for “jovial reasons” and occasional taunts of “You’ve become a bit healthy, had fun in your vacations it seems!”, apart from that, I don’t find body size discussions anywhere.

So straight up, I would begin with myself. I’ve been a fairly chubby child. If I exempt my lean toddler years, however. My mother herself holds her mouth agape as to how exactly this transformation came to be.

I’ve had some real nutritious food, usually “zero trans fat” or “high on fiber” stuff. Binge eating was and never is a practice at home. I did martial arts, yoga and occasional exercising to keep myself fit. I do classify as a healthy person, who is also a bit chubby. I do seem happy about it, because I try to do everything I can, and if it doesn’t change anything, there is nothing much I can do to fix it.

And when it comes to my behavior towards others, there have been some…questionable things. I do encourage body positivity now, but I never did so in my past really immature years. Not saying I’m some mature Buddha now, but I can say I’ve improved.

My gang and I in our classroom used to make stereotypes about an obese girl in our class (I’d refrain from using the word “fat”, because it does seem a bit rude to say that). We used to say things like, “I bet her lunchbox is her size too”. I know, it was a bad thing to say. A few in our class passed a few rude comments about the obese children being equivalent to bulky animals.

Photo by Anthony Shkraba on Pexels.com

Though funny at that time, it must have been very insulting and mentally disturbing for those children. And really, it’s not only the obese ones getting attacked. It’s also those underweight ones, often called “sticks” and taunted with “you’d fly away if a storm came by”.

And what would follow would be probable stressing out to fit into others’ mindset.

That’s when you need body positivity. When you need to feel good in your own skin. And this is not only for body sizes, it’s for your complexion or any other thing that is completely natural. Even being short heighted.

But at the end of the day, deep down, you might know that this is probably not your best self. At the end of the day, being overweight isn’t good for your health, being underweight isn’t good for your health. And this might not give a good outcome in the future.

This is the reality.

You need body positivity when you create a mental impression about how you wish to fit into others’ standards, but you need to think of the reality when it comes to your better health.

Being obese or underweight is a fact that you can work upon, but being “ugly” because of it is an opinion, that you need to change.

(I should get the last two paragraphs framed somewhere, shouldn’t I?)


This post was just me writing down my thoughts roughly. I’ve given this issue a bit of a thought, I realize that body positivity needs to be normalized, while embracing the reality.

Do you have a story to share on this topic? What are your thoughts about feeling insecure in your own skin?

You could mail me about this, and if I do receive a good amount of responses, I would get those stories or viewpoints published on the blog. This is open all the time, meaning there is no time limit. You could have your content published anonymously

CONTACT

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- Might be a wee bit late in responding to comments! And if you’ve filled the form, let me know in the comments!

A journey through words: Reading, writing and blogging.

I’ve got a few friends who’ve praised my IQ and called me smart. First off, I don’t know how to accept compliments, I deny that I’m smart. I just have good grasping skills, or I think, at least. But why did they even say that?

I told them I read my first book in Kindergarten. It was a copy of Aesop’s fables, that my mother had bought for me when I was four. I even recall someone asking, “Did you even know how to read?”. I said, “why not?”. I got interested in that book because of the pictorial illustrations at first. But pictures only half explained what my kindergartener brain was looking for. Words alone satisfied my craze.

The book seems a bit archaic- after 10 whole years.

And I haven’t stopped reading ever since.

My mother instilled this habit of reading in me. And then there is my father. My father is a coach who does not play. He doesn’t partake interest in reading, though I’ve relentlessly tried to get him to read any of those novels I got interested in. But he keeps reminding me to devote time to read, come what may. How ironic, isn’t it?

I was maybe 10, when I wrote my first piece of writing (At this point, I feel I’m writing an autobiography). It was a short story I’d written from a prompt given in English class. Never was I so satisfied with something I myself created.

I thought I should work on writing more. But, I hit a demotivating slump where I was “afraid” to write. So I gave up. I read even more for the next 2 years.

A glimpse of a few of my writings now

My vocabulary had increased, due to repetitive and vigorous reading. Books were somehow so telepathic, I felt so lost in that realm of endless adventures. I felt more confident in expressing myself. I began writing a diary. Over time, my words had become better than where they were before. But since I was more into reading back then, I kept on reading.

The real turning point was when the pandemic began. I suddenly felt so lonely. I had nowhere to go. From a very sociable person, I had gone to a confused state where I could not find oblivion. I needed to let all of these feelings that had accumulated all this while. I needed to write.

I wrote a blog post for the first time.

It was a post about being mentally happy and fit, something I myself needed. I wrote about mental health and self-love on my first blog. It concluded after publishing 10 posts on it. I fell into thought.

There wasn’t much more I could write about mental health. I was out of ideas, and I wasn’t fueled by passion anymore.

That’s it, if I don’t want to do it, I wouldn’t do it. I bid goodbye to the blog. Over a few months, I worked on a brand new blog, which is this one, where I would never run out of things anymore. Where creativity had no boundaries.

I swore to myself that I would try to improve with every piece of writing. Out of all the posts I’ve written for this blog, all of them aren’t my best. Some were good and some weren’t. But I’m who I am, with all my faults. Just like Kim Nam-Joon said. My faults and failures make me.

My past gives me lessons to learn from, my present gives me energy to move on and my future gives me something to look forward to. Words just tie them all up.

Words have been the most beautiful gifts given to this world. I’m grateful, that words have owned me. I don’t own them. I just act as a medium for words to flow, and the emotions just weave themselves.

Why I share this to you all is because, just as how I was so deeply impacted by words and became someone new, it can change you too. My best advice, read and express.

Who am I to give advice, you say? I’m a fourteen year old girl with aspirations of being someone different. Words help me absorb and reimagine every single moment I’ve ever had. My life till now gives me lot to learn. And my life feels like a life. I’ve got just enough experience to say this.


So here was a story I was excited to share since a real long time. I was so restless ever since I finished this draft and I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come and present this to everyone. Also because this is the 35th post I make on the blog and my first one after hitting a 100 follows on the blog.

Thank you!

But what exactly is wrong? Why all of a sudden such posts, essays and writings and what’s with all of the non humor? I just thought that the posts on this blog aren’t exactly what I would call “quality content”. So I’ve decided to put some more effort, throw in a few *fancy words*, and write more thoughtful posts. I understand that many readers won’t be too jumpy about this and there would be low stats for sure, but at the end of the day, it’s about quality.

What has been your journey with words? Let’s chat in the comments!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- My September month report is ready! Take a look at it!

My recent obsessions

Hello humans! (not that other creatures can read this post but whatever.) A splendid October to everyone! Leaves are turning to shades of red and brown, as wind blows more now. Let’s start October with…obsessions? (You know, October and Obsessions, get it?)

Obsessions aren’t good things, they’re more of guilty pleasures. You know it’s wrong, but it’s still pulling you back. You cannot think out of it. You know, just like how your favorite pop idol or boyband pulls you closer and closer and the only thing you can think of is…them.

I’ve been obsessed with so many things for a while too. And I know, these obsessions don’t stick around for long, so I’m gonna write them down now.

So that my future self can see how cringe I was.

Dam(n) Aesthetics

Above: Pictures taken from my Phone, edited with expertise(lol, just played along with image settings). Please zoom in to have a look of my brilliant photography. Props: An old dictionary, A dried flower, a cup and Mr Sun.

Haha, Dam. (It’s a Dam Percy Jackson joke.)

Aesthetics, how cheerful. I’ve become obsessed. My pinterest home page is basically just aesthetic photography and what not. It’s the influence of the growing aesthetic culture (hey, I coined it-), this generation loves it. So do I. I’ve picked up aesthetic photography, though I don’t know till what extent it is “aesthetic”.

Like, I’m not sure how many of you scream when you see a picture of person reading which is edited to look rosy pink. It’s the damn trend.

(Also, you’d find the proper version of the above pictures on the blog’s Pinterest, you could download them if you want to use them anywhere! But credits, please.)

Writing

Writing is getting into my head now. I’m writing more than ever. I’ve got loads of drafts here and there, I literally cannot find a book that is NOT filled with words. I should probably buy some new notebooks right now.

Not probably, FOR SURE I need to buy them. Or my obsession will get me to an extent where I’d be writing on walls, hands and possibly furniture.

Studytube

Nope, I don’t actually see studytube all day. But then, Study-youtube is a very good way to use youtube. It’s not really a trashy place. There are some studytubers who are providing good content, which isn’t exactly bookish or “studious”. I love watching study to success and studyquill on youtube, and they don’t tell you “STUDY FOR 24 FREAKING HOURS AND DON’T SLEEP, DON’T BINGE WATCH, DON’T BREATHE!”. They give easy to follow tips and some are actually funny. Plus, I saw my grades have improved-

But the downside is that it all looks so unachievable at times.

But the studytube is just so cool-

Insults

Uh, don’t get the wrong picture-

Kids, insults aren’t good things. But then, friendly insults are just good to do (with your friends; I mean only an insane person would do this to someone else-). Roasting, is that what it’s called these days? And in this pandemic, everyone’s gained skills in dry humor and sarcasm (which explains my sudden surge of fluent sarcasm). Text-roasting/insults are my favorite things to do these days.

Edits

Like, how are some people on Earth so talented? And I’m just sitting here? Just kidding, not saying I don’t have talent. But I’m just so humble and modest to not say that, haha.

I should stop this bragging.

No one’s interested in this conversation anyway.

Edits are so popular right now! I’ve tried making a few edits, but they so glamorously failed. But! I scroll through some really neat stuff, like wallpapers, cute doodles(Not to mention how they make fan made posters and stuff in the scrapbook style), and videos on pinterest.

It’s getting weird now, let’s go to the next one.

Pinterest

This is more like eternal obsession? I do have a love-hate relationship with this. But I love it now! Great for inspiration (but terrible to succeed in doing it lol), tips, ideas, and fandoms.

Pinterest is run by fandoms.

BTS

You may skip this point if you don’t like them-

Now, this is the only obsession that I can TOTALLY NOT GET OVER. I seriously don’t get how I didn’t become a fan before, like these men/boys/people are AWESOME. It was partially because I had cringe classmates who were screaming about them in high pitched voices. I thought this was just the boyband that any typical girl would a fan of, obviously for their looks.

And I’m even playing them more than others. (And no, I don’t listen to Olivia R. It’s probably my sister-)

I first heard their music in like 2018-2019 ish period. I liked it, but I was afraid I’d become like *those cringe girls* (No offence). There’s so much more to the fans, and what’s not to love about them?

Long story short, I like them now. And the lyrics are pure, except they’re in Korean.

Other honorable mentions because I’m just too tired to elaborate more:

  • Photography
  • Cute doodles
  • Scrapbooking
  • Lettering
  • Fictional plotline writing
  • pov by Ariana Grande because, why not?

Since I realise that this post doesn’t actually provide any value to your time (it’s just me ranting), let’s convert this into an open hearted conversation! If you’re reading this, write down a few of your obsessions in the comments, let’s have a chat about it!

Write down your obsessions!

That’s all for today humans! See you next week or whenever I choose to write next!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Everything you need to know about journaling: My perspective, how I’m doing it and tips!

My graphic designing skills are sitting in a cringe bin, what’s happening!?

Let’s face it, Journaling is the new trend. It’s the new aesthetic everyone is going for. But what’s making it different is how unique everyone’s take on it is.

What is a Journal?

A journal is a book to store memories and reflections about anything you wish. It could be a day’s log, an account of an important/memorable event. You could maintain a journal of practically any sort- Art, scrapbook journal, a study journal (though I’m not sure what that is), a self reflective or even a private one!

I started a self-reflective cum scrapbook journal, and so far, it’s going great!

Why maintain a journal in the first place?

You know what, I’m not sure either. Why do it in the first place? Why not just jot it down in your notes app or something? Because there’s a special joy to it! Trying to visualize or think of how your today’s journal entry is going to be has a kick to it! What ever you do with your own damn hands is divine, especially during these days when everything is inside a virtual world.

*boken brones, yes that’s what I wrote.*

What do you need?

That’s the million dollar question. What do you need to maintain a journal?

A book and a pen, if you want to keep it simple.

A whole art shop if you’re willing to go overboard.

I chose a notebook I had, sitting in a corner of my *utterly littered* bookshelf. It seemed okay to make-do for the time being. And the rest, was just newspapers, lettering, old gift sheets, and some old sheets of paper.

Tips to keep in mind before you begin-

Do not be misled by Pinterest.

They seem pretty, they seem aesthetic. DON’T BE MISLED.

All sorts of stuff shown on pinterest.

The thing with Pinterest is that all creators are in an attempt to get more clicks on their pins. Pinterest is solely image based and the creators are making their pins look more and more and more attractive. Why wouldn’t they, if it’s visually appealing, who wouldn’t click?

I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just not doable. Not at the very starting. And you see that amount of glue and paper and the setup they make for shooting Pinterest videos? It’s not economically or environmentally efficient. So I suggest you to try and recycle things. But I can say this with a hand on my chest, truthfully, that Pinterest is great for gaining inspiration.

Things you could do-

  • Make your own stickers and decorations
  • Try to re-use old papers/newspapers (did I tell you that old brown paper bags make good aesthetic material?)
  • Avoid buying decorative and the so called fancy stuff; SUPPORT YOUR BUDGET!
Write it for your satisfaction

Don’t do it for the sake of doing it. If you want to do it passionately, spend your time in doing it. Your time is invaluable.

Get inspiration from everywhere!

Get INSPIRED. Get CREATIVE.

Do things that will make you want to write for your journal. Go out, somewhere different. Have a picnic with yourself, or read something thoughtful. And then you’d feel like writing about it in your book!

You could read a post about gaining writing inspiration here.

What is Journaling going to do for you?

Jumping to the next part; how is it beneficial?

Improve your writing-

Frequent writing will surely help you get better at it. I myself feel impacted by writing frequently. This is not only applicable to journaling, but can be used in any field. I personally feel that frequently writing for my blog has improved the quality and depth in my content. Also, journal is a no-nonsense book, so you’ll feel compelled to write insightful things in it.

(before you come and attack me using so many paper cuttings in the above picture- THEY’RE ALL RE-USED.)

Breeds optimism-

Journals help you to gather motivating stuff from all around. Especially if you’re maintaining a self reflective journal. The name says it all, you reflect yourself. You begin to understand yourself and find out areas you can improve. And in turn, you take it all positively. You look forward for another day full of experiences, how happy does it sound!

Very Happy.

Isn’t it getting cheesy now?

Peace o mind

I have no right to talk about having peace of mind. I don’t have any stress weighing on my head, but in a generic way, you’d feel calm when you write about your day. And how peaceful does writing seem to you? Very. And, along with peace, you’re also breeding insightfulness, when you’re thinking about yourself deeply. But it’s not necessary to write deeply.

What can I say, I’m very shallow.

Reminiscing

This is the best part, remembering memories of the past. Now imagine, after 10 years or so, you’re maintaining a journal right now, upon reading it in the future, it’s all very nostalgic. Flipping through all those pages, with so many memories and stories, imagine!


I hope you enjoy reading this post, it was just an effort to share what I have learnt. Both positive and negative, lol. The main aim isn’t to get you into maintaining a journal, I intend to make you think of yourselves even more and record it somewhere. Self-love is the best therapy, give yourself time.

Before you go, check out the blog’s Pinterest, there’s lot’s to go around!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- Please do not compare my images to pinterest, lol 😛

P.P.S- I recently read a post on journaling by Maya, she has some great tips too, you could check it out here.

The Sarcastic Synopsis: Writing a sarcastic synopsis for some of the most popular films since 2000

I’m gonna love doing this.

Hello, I’m back from my 2 week hiatus, I hope you missed me. Today we’ve got an interesting one coming up. I’m putting my grumpy-old- Sarcastic self to use today. I will be writing Sarcastic Plotlines/Synopses for some of the most popular films since the 2000s.

Mind you, this is just for fun and these films are actually some of my favorite ones. No shade! Even if you feel offended..ummm, no, nothing I can do to fix that.


Spider Man– A movie about a boy, bit by a genetically modified bug. He turns into a human spider and goes through a series of calamities, including a poor CGI enhanced Green Goblin, who turns out to be the father of the boy’s best friend.

Avatar– A critically acclaimed film about humans turning into blue people with tails on another planet, who were first fascinated by the place but later other bad guys from the same damn earth come and attack the planet who sent the humans to become blue people in the first place.

Catwoman– A super cringe film about a woman who gets cat abilities who goes around the city in a leather Halloween costume and a cat mask.

Hellboy– A story about a red chili with two horns who thinks he can save the world.

Cast Away– A film about a man from FedEx who talks to a volleyball named wilson after he lives on an abandoned island for 1500 nights.

Avengers Endgame– A Blue machine and a man who wears Iron are rescued from space by a girl who has lamp-hands. A super fat former-good-looking God of Thunder, a 100 something old soldier, a depressed red-haired spy, a brawny-but-brainy Green beast, a shrinkable man and lamp-hand girl team up with the rescued guys from space to bring back dusted out people by a purple grape.

Conjuring– A jump scare film about a creepy woman who can see unseen things and her sidekick husband who solve ghost cases. They come to a family, who wasted their money to buy an obviously-haunted looking house. And NOW, they realize that a creepy thing is haunting their family.

Harry Potter films– A movie series about a boy with a torn forehead and broken glasses, a human dictionary and a freckled poor Weasley fight a nose-less, robed man with a magic stick while studying how to make objects fly at the school for magic freaks.

The Percy Jackson Franchise (Franchise? Really?)- A movie franchise that works well as a film franchise but utterly and most brilliantly fails in following the path of the damn books. In short, water-god’s half human kid sets out to defeat a titan living in a sickly, skinny, unattractive boy Luke’s body. (The book Luke was described so well-)

Percy Jackson author criticizes the films in series of emails
MAKE A BETTER SERIES FOR PJO!

Legally Blonde– The most applicable tagline to this would be- “Barbie goes to Law school!”. A blonde, human Barbie loves this man who hates blondes. She wants to go to law school just so she could impress him, that she’s smart. And it’s just not any law school, it’s Harvard. In the end, she becomes a lawyer and leaves the viewers wondering just how.

The Mummy– A movie about wrapped dead bodies awakened by evil magic.

AI: Artificial Intelligence– A robot wants to be loved by a mommy, that’s all.

Ip Man– A movie about a poor man (why is it always someone poor-) who is good at punching people. 1 hour 46 minutes of pure fighting and martial art beliefs and philosophy (same old things I heard from my own Karate teacher-Yes I did Martial arts).

Wonder Woman 1984– A very cringe overhyped film that involves a female Hercules who tries to fight with a wild cat. There is another antagonist, a man who grants wishes with a piece of stone.

*This is not how you portray superheroes anymore 😶*

Cinderella (2021)– A deeply boring film with a girl who wants to own a shop to display stitched pieces of rags, despite having one of the best voices and become a singer instead, but the evil stepmother prohibits her to even breathe, so there ain’t no hope for her except a prince in disguise. The entire movie revolves around a piece of glass as everyone starts singing irrespective of who’s watching and where they are.

Mr and Mrs Smith– No making this sarcastic, I cannot under-exaggerate this one. A couple who are secretly assassins are on a mission to kill each other. That is the actual plot.

Toy Story 3– Toys creepily come to life when no one’s looking, they get left at some school of ka-ray-zee kids. They discover that the school has an underground dictator, a pink teddy that smells like strawberries. The toys have to escape and get back to their owner, a kid going to college.

Orphan– a weird film with a senseless family who adopt an obviously-a-ghost kid. The kid acts very friendly at first but then later manipulates them. But, spoiler, the kid isn’t actually a kid.

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows– A movie about a poor, drug addicted detective who works with an equally poor doctor, as they try to find out the brother of a gypsy lady. They have to face an old man called Jim Moriarty who is supposedly a math geek.

Coco– a cliched movie, a family hates music but the kid loves music. The kid goes to the land of skeletons, dances with the bones and meets his dead ancestors’ skeletons.


So, I hope you liked my comeback. I sat and drafted this in one whole sitting, it didn’t take that long, now it seems stressful. I’d be detaching from my laptop for a while, but you should write down some things for me-

Is there any other film you’d want me to write a sarcastic synopsis about? I’d compile them into one post and make a part two!

and….

I would love to know how life’s going on for you! let’s chat in the comments!

And if you’d like to be Pen Pals with me- You’re always welcome to drop a message on my contact page, just send a hi or share something about you. I’d feel very happy to read what my readers and friends have to say!

My contact Page: CONTACT

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

How my previous week went, Why leaving school might be more of a dilemma than nostalgia and some pictures.

Heya everyone!

I’m finally feeling the pressure of a high schooler. This was the busiest week I’ve had yet! Honestly, that’s the most subtle way I can possibly put it into.

My assignments have bombarded my entire to do list.

I’m physically strained due to dance practises back at school.

I haven’t had a peaceful moment.

I’m horribly exhausted.

I haven’t been able to read any book(!!!).

And for the first time in my life, I’m not exaggerating.

I don’t know how I even managed everything.

I’ve begun journaling though. It’s nice to reflect upon a day that went by.

It all went by so quickly. Also considering the fact that I was ACTUALLY at school for 4 days(for a program we’re having for the 15th of August). It’s been a really long time since I stepped onto the school ground and see some ACTUAL people who weren’t my family. It’s all so surreal, makes it difficult to digest the fact that I’d be at this wonderful place for only another 1 year (maybe more, if I chose to do my grade 11 and 12 there).

If we count our time at school as a kid, we’ve spent majority of our years there. And then growing up, we make it a part of our life journey. It’s funny how we don’t want to go to school as a little child, and when you’re a little older, you don’t want to leave it.

The reason why I think leaving school is a little more of a dilemma than nostalgia is because of the confusion you encounter. Confusion to move forward and leave a safe place. I mean safe place, because school kept us safe from the grief of growing up.

Growing up isn’t sad, but then not realizing where all that time went is. It’s all very confusing. I cannot even think about it.

But on the brighter side, there is some excitement about the future too. After all, the world is our playground! Thinking of playground, here’s our school playground. Our gorgeous playground.

…and this beautiful tree.

I also seem to have a thing for purple flowers. This little thing was creeping through the window grill.

And that’s a shoe, I guess?

And what’s even better is that I took these pictures during the golden hour. This little sapling is coming through the cracks of the bricks.

And this is my friend who is tired after a long day.

And this picture to end this post.

After that optimistic, philosophical chit-chat, I think I’d rather get back to my reality. There are still assignments that await me, ahem-

I know this post was short, but you at least got them pictures!

And, I almost forgot, the question-of-the-post:

How did your week go? Was it busy or were you at peace?

Type down your answers in the comments!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi <3

P.S. ‘Tis the 25th Post!

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A Level Study Methods: A guest post by PP @youraverageSGkid

Hello readers! Today we have a guest! A few weeks ago, me and PP from @ YourAverageSGKid got in touch for mutual guest posting! I’m here to present PP’s post for you all, and you’ll find my guest post on his site, too (I’d probably reblog it.)!

Examinations, something that I have become all too familiar with. As a medical student myself, examinations are the bread and butter of what I do. Having said that, I would like to think that I have somewhat mastered the art of tackling examinations, at least written ones for that matter. Having been a student for the past 13 years, I have modified my study techniques over the years and I would like to share them with you in hope that it can inspire you to find a study technique that will work best for yourself. In this post, I will write about how I studied for the Cambridge GCE A Levels (equivalent of the 12th grade curriculum in India) and share with you what I did to attain my As.

Before I begin, I would like to give put out some disclaimers: 1) I am not a perfect student, I wasn’t always an As student, 2) I did not have extra tuition for any of my subjects, I attained my As purely through implementing my own study methods, 3) I am just sharing what I did and I understand that my methods may not work for everyone but feel free to experiment and tweak it to suit your learning needs!

For the A Levels, I took a subject combination of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Economics, all at H2 level. In the following paragraphs, I shall go into detail and break down what I did to prepare myself for these subjects. 

Since secondary school, Physics has been my best subject 👌🏼 and so I was pretty confident about taking it for the A Levels. Nevertheless, I constantly reminded myself not to be overly complacent and underestimate the rigour of A Level physics. Additionally, to be strong in physics, one’s mathematics must be relatively decent too and so my math was pretty good as well.

For these 2 subjects, I did not make any notes at all as I felt the essence of doing well in them lie in practice✍🏼. So with that, once I understood the physical and mathematical concepts taught in my lectures, I was busy attempting practice questions from topical review assessment books that I can find in bookstores. I spent quite a bit of money purchasing these assessment books but I was able to justify the cost to myself as I was already saving money by self-studying and not going for tuition. 

If you are considering doing the same, you can always check online to see if there are free PDF versions of assessment books/practice questions from other schools which you can download. This will save you a lot of money and you comes with the additional benefit of having unlimited tries 🤩!

TL;DR – Learn the concept, attempt practice questions until you can’t get them wrong 

I took a different approach to studying chemistry as compared to what I did for physics and math. Chemistry, whilst also being science subject, involves a certain degree of memory work and hence I resorted to doing notes for specific topics which require intensive memorisation😪. Examples of such topics include transition elements where we were required to know the various chemical equations in full as well as all organic chemistry topics whereby we had to know all the reactions and its mechanisms in detail. 

After making notes for these topics, I would periodically test myself on how much I remembered by covering my notes and attempting to rewrite the chemical equations/ reaction mechanisms on a piece of rough paper. Now as I look back, I realise that I have been unknowingly practicing active recall and spaced repetition. After I have managed to memorise all that I ought to know, I start doing practice questions, similar to what do when I study for physics and math. 

If you are considering doing the same, you can use Anki 😍 to help you with the active recall and spaced repetition. For assessment books, online free PDFs or 2nd hand books are you best bets!

TL;DR – Create notes for content heavy topics, implement active recall and space repetition to boost memorisation, attempt practice questions until you can’t get them wrong.

As a math and science student, econs was definitely the hardest subject for me. Whilst I enjoyed econs lessons and understood the concepts taught, I always fared poorly when it comes to formal assessments. I was consistently failing (<45%) my case studies and essays for as long as I remember 😢. For a period of time, I felt as though my econs was hopeless and that it was destined to be counted as my H1 subject in the computation of my final university admission score (UAS). However, during the December holidays of JC1 (junior college year 1; in Singapore, you are given 2 years to learn the A Level content and study for it), I found a study method that really helped me improve my econs.

Essentially, what I did was to revise everything that was taught in JC1 and also create templates 👍🏼 to answer specific questions that are pretty commonly asked. For instance, I would have a template for answering questions on Market Failure or one for answering questions on Price Elasticity of Demand/Supply. My template contained all the key phrases which are the marking points that examiners look out for. Having these templates helped me to better structure my answers so that they are comprehensive and are not missing out anything when it comes to explaining the various econs concepts. Now you may be wondering how do I know what the key phrases/marking points? Well, I simply looked through many econs marking schemes from the Ten Year Series (TYS) as well as those from other school promotional (promo) and preliminary (prelim) exams to deduce the various key phrases/ marking points! 💯

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When I entered JC2, I continued doing the same for the new econs concepts I learnt. When I was preparing for common tests or exams, I will first memorise the various templates that I have created for myself. Additionally, I will practice econs by doing case study questions as well as write essay outlines. As time is extremely tight during econs exams, I find it important to practice doing a whole econs paper from time to time just to make sure that my time management is on point. However, constantly doing econs practice papers in full is of a much lower yield than just doing the case study questions and writing essay outlines in my opinion. Writing essay outlines are much faster than writing the essay itself and as they say, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and so planning the essay is actually more important than writing it. With the time saved by writing essay outlines instead of full essays, you can expose yourself to more types of questions and the different ways a similar question can be asked so that you will be more prepared to face a variety of questions in future!

TL;DR – Learn the concept, create answering templates, memorise answering templates, attempt practice questions until you can’t get them wrong 

Conclusion

So there you have it, an in-depth guide to how I studied for my 4H2 subjects at the A Levels. You may or may not have noticed, but regardless of subject, there is always one commonality in all my study methods – EXPOSURE to a multitude of questions. I truly believe that if you want to score well, you must first and foremost fully understand what you are learning. After which, you have to attempt as many questions as possible such that you are exposed to all types of questions which can be asked. Many a times, similar questions are re-used in exams with little tweaks in the question stem such that certain values or conditions are different. Exposing yourself to a wide variety of questions will equip you well to answer all types of questions in the actual exam as they will feel familiar to you. And, since familiarity breed confidence, I’m sure you will be more confident when tackling your exams too!

If you have read this post all the way, I hope you have managed to learn a thing or two. Let me know in the comments if you personally use a study method that is similar t0 mine or what your custom study method is! I would love to hear from you all how you cope with preparing for the A Levels.

ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR EXAMS AND HAPPY STUDYING! 💪🏼

PhattyPaikia (PP) is a medical student from Singapore, currently studying at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. In his free time, he loves to write about his medical school journey, share productivity tips as well as discuss topics related to money. Through his blog, which you can check out here, PP hopes to share what it is like to become a doctor in Singapore and inspire fellow students to lead the most productive and fruitful lives during their teenage/early adult years. Apart from blogging, PP is also a keen reader and an avid adventurer who regularly participates in many outdoor activities.