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Much loved Sponge turning to scum?

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I love Spongebob. I really do. Who can’t love a neurotic, immature sponge who lives in a pineapple and is best friends with a brainless starfish? (Well…. my Mum HATES him…) I used to love watching the senseless episodes, lazing about after school, until recently, I have noticed a change…
Has the rating changed from G to PG? The witty humour from the old episodes has been replaced by matter that is a bit too mature for the majority of the audience that are fans of the show (and i’m talking Primary kids here- five to about ten years of age)…
I was flicking through the channels the other day, looking for something to watch so I didn’t have to do my homework (well, that always has been my favourite form of procrastinating) and I just caught the end of a SB episode, where Spongebob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs were going on a panty raid or something similarly sleazy. It wasn’t so much what was being said or done was but how it was being said and done. I found it kind of disturbing… especially when it turned out to be Mr. Krabs’ mother’s underwear drawer they were messing around with.  (I asked someone at school the next day [yes we still talk about cartoons, and no we are not too old to be discussing cartoons in math class] and the episode had been about Mr. Krabs feeling like he was old so he went for a day out with Spongebob and Pat. I later found out [thank you Google!] the episode’s called Mid-Life Crustacean, so check it out if you’re curious). This was only one of those examples.

I mean, after some more research into this (what would I do without Google?) I found that I am not the only person who has noticed this, change. Or have I  just started to notice it? Has it seriously always been like this? I read up a grandparent’s concern on the kind of behaviour that is being  conveyed through the show, and how their granddaughter said something that they didn’t like and they had heard it on a Spongebob episode.

This is a much debated opinion but I think it depends on the child, really, whether they can differentiate between real life and what they see behind the box or not. And here I’m referring to kids around the age of 5-6. This may sound ridiculous and just slightly off topic but seriously, kids know a lot more than what they show, so don’t be fooled by the innocence you see in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying kids aren’t innocent, (with a 3-year-old brother of my own, I know they are)but their ability to understand and know things should not be underestimated.

Although, as surprised as I was by this ‘change’ and wasn’t totally impressed by it, I have to make a point here; kids perceive cartoons differently from adults. You’d think they would catch on but they don’t or you’d think they noticed but they didn’t… And yes, watch carefully and you’ll notice that almost ALL cartoons have some sort of adult matter cleverly woven into them, just to amuse any parents that may be watching the show with their kids. It’s something I’ve noticed myself. So taking this point, maybe the hidden humour is getting where it should but getting the wrong reaction. Just something to ponder over; maybe what you’re seeing is not meant for the kids but you.

But there is one thing you can’t really deny here and that is that they will hear much worse out on the streets or on a trip to the mall than they will on Spongebob. The best you can do is teach them wrong from right. Talk to them about what’s acceptable and what is not.

I guess it’s also up to parents to censor the shows their kids watch. You’re the best judge here… Innocent fun or not quite so?


Surviving Exam Prep

Uh-Oh it’s that time of the year again!

And so I have put this post back up which by no means implies that we’re all hard core on studies on Ebony Ink. So if you’re not being tortured by exams, check out the other not-so-serious-and-depressing stuff we have to offer. 😉

Till then we shall be squirming over our books…


A lump rises in your throat and you get wild butterflies in your stomach at the very mention of revision, and soon there are piles and piles of books, papers, pens, notes scattered all over the place with you in the middle having a nervous breakdown. Sound like you? Then you’ve come to the right place… I’ve put together some do’s and don’ts’ that will keep you healthy and at your best so you can kick some butt in that examination room!

UNFORTUNATELY, there is no alternative to plain old classic revision, BUT it doesn’t have to be torture… seriously, I mean it. And it doesn’t have to be plain old classic revision either. 🙂


DON’T:

– Whatever you do DON’T stay up for all night study sessions, fueling yourself with caffeine. This is the worst thing you can possibly do, even though it may seem like you’re achieving a lot in a little amount of time. All this does is disrupt your sleeping and eating patterns and totally trashes your immune system, making you more vulnerable to catching a cold or other illness.

– Don’t stress out. This is also going to weaken your immune system, you’ll end up feeling absolutely miserable and won’t be able to study. I know it’s easier said than done, but here are a few ways to relieve stress and get you back on track:
• Every time you start to feel a panic attack coming on, take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
• If this doesn’t solve the problem, then tell yourself to “stop” and think calmly about the problem. Is it really that bad? Is it really impossible to get through all the notes? If the answers are yes and yes, then have a 10 second panic period, then go back over the problems and list down as many solutions to the problem as you can no matter how silly they may seem. Now, just go back and eliminate all the ones that won’t get you anywhere, and you’re left with the best solution(s).
• Get out of your work space for a bit and get someone to test you on what you’ve done so far. This will help get your head back to the notes.
•  If you feel a surge of negative energy as you rack your brains over algebra, just relax, take a few deep breaths and imagine yourself in the exam room, cruising through the papers, then getting your results back, acing the test. As cheesy as this sounds- just believe in yourself.
• Squeeze one of those super cool squishy foam smileys. Release your stress out of your fingers or do yoga, meditation, kickboxing- anything that will help you relax.

– Don’t revise in front of the TV or computer. You won’t get anything done, and you know it. Find a quiet place where you can concentrate on your work, with nothing to distract you. If some spaces don’t work for you, then find another space where you can keep your focus. Study outside under a tree, or go to the library, but be careful about the spaces you choose, you don’t want to be disturbed.

 

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DO:

– Plan out your study timetable. I know this sounds like a geeky thing to do, but plan out what subject you’re going to study on what day, working around your exam schedule. This will really help you to manage your time well and you won’t be doing last minute catch ups.

– If you’re a hardcore crammer, studying for hours on end, then you wont really get a whole lot through your overworked brain. Do yourself a favour, take breaks. Do the 45/15 routine, revise for 45 minutes then take break for 15. This way you’re not prone to distractions and you’re not going hungry. Have a snack or go for a quick walk, fresh air will help you to relax. But make sure you stick to the 45/15 rule- don’t sit down to watch an hour long soap, that’s just procrastination and we all know procrastination lands us in major  trouble…(yes i speak from experience)

– This brings us to our next point- start revision early. Don’t wait for two weeks before exams to start revising. I start revising almost a month beforehand. Yeah, I’m a nerd, but it really keeps the pressure and work load to a minimum. Don’t go into hard out revision just yet-start with revising at least three times a week, and when you have some spare time do some more, and gradually increase the time you spend revising. This stops you from diving straight into full on revision, because that’s really difficult.

– Music will help you relax and study with a little less stress. Grab a couple of highlighters, a bottle of water, some snacks and your iPod and get to work. Highlighting out the key ideas, facts and words will reduce the quantity of things you go over and make it easier to learn, and a couple of sentences are less intimidating than huge chunks of paragraphs. Drink plenty of water-it’s good for you. Don’t go for energy, fizzy or caffeinated drinks. Water is always a healthier option and it will stop you from loading your system with junk. Grab an apple or a muesli bar to keep you going, don’t starve yourself- it’s not a torment competition. When you feel a bit weary of your science notes, just sit back, close your eyes and listen to you iPod for a little while.

– Limit group study sessions. Even though they can be helpful, don’t rely on studying with your friends all the time. It’s absolutely crucial you have some serious, individual study time, it’s not solitary confinement, if you go with the 45/15 rule, you have 15 minutes to text or call a friend (try to stay away from the computer, it’s a HUGE diversion). You can always call up a friend and ask if you’re not sure about something, they’re still there for you, you’re just not being a disturbance to each other.

It’s okay to feel stressed out, just don’t let it get in the way for too long. Brush aside the stress, keep calm, think happy thoughts… and here I go being cheesy again, but don’t give up at the first sign of trouble or an obstacle. It’s okay if some things don’t work for you, like the 45/15 routine, just tailor your study habits to fit you. There is no right or wrong.

And remember- don’t beat yourself up too much if your results don’t come out the way you expected, it happens to everybody. Nobody’s perfect!

Failure is an event, never a person

Failure is an event, never a person

I really hope this helps, especially if it’s your first time sitting an exam, or you’re just a worrywort, a hardcore crammer, or simply just hate exams because they scare the life out of you, take consolation in  knowing you’re not alone.

Good luck!

Its amazing how obvious it is! Haha 

 

lol... What can I say?


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