Saturday, 30 June 2012

Happy one week Anniversary!

Advice for any exam

This isn't like my usual stuff, but I thought whether you are doing exams now or you are starting really important ones next year, you could use a little help. I am in the first year of doing my GCSE's, and I have had a few problems revising/answering questions during exam season. So, I thought you would appreciate a little bit of help as I would have done starting off.

The three main stages of exams are:
  1. Learning the topics in class
  2. Revising
  3. Sitting the actual exam
Learning the topics is the easy part... if you have a good teacher. Somehow, I managed to get stuck with a few bad nuts, so if you end up in the same sorry situation as me then you will need some guidance on how to survive their stupidity.

Always try to listen to them. If you don't because they're talking nonsense, then you may actually miss a couple of good points that they tend to sneak in from time to time. Two out of the three of my science teachers are... no offence to them, but complete idiots. However, my Biology teacher taught me something about fat cells the other day - and I realised that it was the very first thing I had learnt from him ALL YEAR.

The second part of this exam malarkey is revising what you have learnt weeks, or maybe even months, later. I had to learn a 106 page science book all over again because I had not had appropriate teaching in class. This is extremely hard but I did it only a couple of weeks ago, and I'm not the brightest of people so you should be fine.

I usually do these things to revise:
  • Write a song about a topic
  • Condense the revision guide into a portable file, in your own words
  • Write out a 'trigger' sentence many times, to commit it to memory
  • Go through a topic with parents or whoever you are with
  • Create flash cards, by hand of course
  • Watch revision videos on Youtube
I always use a certain one for each subject, because that works best for me. However, you can just stick to one for all subjects or use all for one subject! If you are more of a visual learner then reading and watching videos are the way to go, but usually I prefer the writing of trigger sentences because I learn by activity, not looking.

The last one is the hardest - sitting the actual exam! Arghh, impossible.


If you don't know who Edgar Allan Poe is, check my post on his quote. Using that quote though, I have come up with a good theory to see you through your exam.

Just think; if mankind are only as clever as they were 6000 years ago, then children are as smart as adults, but we just don't know how to use our brains as well. So, if we are all of the same abililty, then the examiners who write the questions are only as smart as us. Therefore, if they know how to answer the question, so do we.

I hope that last paragraph made sense, and good luck to whenever your next exam is!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon

If you have seen the awful movie containing Lindsay Lohan with the same title, then that's because it is based on this book. Supposedly. However, I did watch it a few weeks ago and the comparison of book to film was embarrassing; they have clearly taken the easiest bits to film and left out the detail... the details where Lola Cep is not actually ginger and Ella Gerard does not cry every single minute.

Unlike the disaster of a movie, this book is sheer genius and will have you laughing at Lola's adventure and 'hissing' and Carla Santini's pure evilness. It follows a teenage girl called Mary Elizabeth Cep who comes from the bright lights of New York, but has been forced by her wicked mother (and not in a good way) to move to the city of Dellwood, or as she calls it, Deadwood.

Compared to the Big Apple, the high school Lola (her stage name she gave herself) has to endure for five whole days of her precious week views her individuality as being... well, just plain weird. It seems as though Carla Santini will always have her way; pushing Lola and Ella around and basically winning them at anything she can.

With the drama department's play of Pygmalion coming up - who will win the role of Eliza?

Lola thought she could cope with her school life though, and drowned out the sound of Carla's constant annoying voice with music from her favourite band, Sidartha. Being a drama queen, she doesn't just view the lead singer Stu Wolf as any normal musician. He is literally...


Well, he was. Until that dreadful day.

The end of the World.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Introverts: What we are really like

This is a video from one of my favourite 'Youtubers' Charlie Mcdonnell, and his Youtube username is 'charlieissocoollike' if you don't already know him.

If you don't know him, then may I kindly ask you where you have been for five years?

I haven't heard of Charlie for very long - in fact it was my physics teacher who introduced me to him a month or so ago when he put on one of his 'Fun Science' videos for our class.

I don't really need to say anything about this topic, because Charlie covers everything I was going to say anyway. I myself am an introvert and shy away from anyone who seems to have a louder personality than me, and obviously Charlie completely understands this so decided to make a vlog about it.

He is brilliant, so watch this video or your life will never get any better.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

For all of those Potterheads who are still crying over the last book and replaying the movies over and over and over and over again... the games are just beginning!

Yes, I am talking about the one and only Hunger Games; the only book series where a boy and girl get set on fire and don't. actually. burn.

If you loved the magical three then get ready for the fearless two, because this book is set in a place where we can only visit in our most horrible of nightmares. No-one is really sure what happened to the whole of Panem when disaster struck, but what we know is that the aftershock left folk low on food, warm housing and bathwater.

Let's just be glad we can't smell the people living there.

If you haven't read The Hunger Games yet then you must have been stuck in the arena and fighting for your life or something, because I doubt that there is anything more important than reading probably the best young adult fiction novel of 2012.

So if you are one of those people who were tributes during the last few months and have not managed to pick up the book yet, 'May the odds be ever in your favour' when you turn up to your local bookshop and the person on the counter gives you a weird look.

But seriously guys, if you haven't read this book get on Facebook right now and ask one of your many friends if you can borrow a copy. Because out of your 300 buddies, 299 will have definitely both read and loved The Hunger Games.

Oh, I'm sorry. You thought you were going to get a normal book review? You clearly don't know me very well then.

The thing I loved the most about this book is that the main plot was not based around love. Understandingly, there was an element of that which cropped up with the 'love' between Katniss and Peeta, but this complicated situation was the basis for the second book. Plus, being a girl and all, I was pleasantly surprised to see Katniss being the stronger competitor, and it also dealt with the subject of having a boy best friend very well. Suzanne Collins didn't need to provide love scenes to make it a good book, and that is why I really admire her as an author.

Was that bit serious enough for you?

In conclusion, BUY this book, READ this book, and let the 74th annual Hunger Games begin.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Edgar's Theory of Evolution

As an end to my first day of blogging I thought I would share with you probably the first sensible theory on evolution. I know what you're thinking... what about Darwin? But this stems from his theory because it talks about how humans, however hard they try, will not train their brains to grow larger but only train their feet to move faster.

This is a little something called 'Human Perfectability' and comes from the author/poet Edgar Allan Poe. I find it so interesting because in the weirdest way he is absolutely right; a person can only be as wise as he/she believes they can. And since most of us are not big believers of photographic memory, Allan Poe knows that evolution can only stretch as far as being the most athletically trained the human race have ever been to a certain extent, and nothing more.

The part that I adore the most is when he says "- not more happy - nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago". The happiness part caught my attention the first time I read it, because (cliche alert!) he hits the nail right on the head. However hard we petty humans may try, we will never be completely happy; although some days I find myself edging ever nearer to it because I am a girl who enjoys the whole 'being alive' part of living. I believe we stretch ourselves too hard and perhaps forget to enjoy the more simple things in life, and I would know this better than anyone being both a high school student and something of a perfectionist.

So, the moral of this story is that try as we might, we will never be intelligent or happy.

On a lighter note though... have a great evening!

The Power of Books

The Power of Books

This picture pretty much sums up what you should feel when reading a fiction book. Every explosion, every alien tentacle, every loving kiss... an author who does not write in such a sense that you feel you could be there should not be an author at all.

I particularly love this picture because this is what I sense when I read, and as a teenager that is a very powerful thing to feel. Yesterday, someone asked on Twitter if there is a word that could describe the dreadful feeling when you finish a good book, and I replied that it would be a word very similar to 'bereavement'. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I want every child and teenager to feel when they read - along with that fantastic feeling of picking up a new book to read too.

By the way, I got a retweet for that answer, and I can tell you I felt extremely proud.

My Twitter

My Twitter!

Ahh yes, I too am joining the millions of birds and tweeting. However, I am a bird with a difference - I am soaring to achieve my goals as listed in my very first post! This is where I started out really, so it would be much appreciated if you would join me in my flight:

I am @BookFangirling

First Post Ever

Hey everyone!

This is the first day of my blog, so I'm sorry for the untidiness of the page. Here I will be doing a few things:
  1. Review teen/YA books that I have read or you have asked me to read.
  2. Doing frequent Twitter updates.
  3. Recommending new authors and encouraging people to get reading!
The third item on my list is the one that made me think of doing a blog. I'm only fifteen years old, and have a passion for reading, writing, and everything else that comes with English literature. It amazes me how little fellow teenagers read nowadays, and I'm sure some of you reading this will be teenagers yourself and right now will be nodding in agreement.

I want to understand why teenagers don't pick up books anymore. Do you think you have got too old for them? Do you find them too expensive? Or do you just wait for the movies to come out?

Many people in my school refuse to read and think it is 'uncool'. This is the root of all problems, so I want to make reading 'cool' again.

I can't change the world... but I can damn well try.