The Korean War and Covalent Bonding

As you can PROBABLY tell, from that strange title, I’m revising for my mock exams in January right now and it’s SHIT scary.

But I’m me, so my revision techniques are, um… Interesting. Usually, I’d read over the notes and that would be that, but a few months ago I realised that if I walked round my house whilst saying the stuff aloud, it worked. And THAT is why I still remember stuff about the Cuban Missile Crisis, not that I’m doing that one in the mocks. I hope.

For the past 2 or so hours, I’ve been revising the Korean War, yelling about how General McArthur and his troops went across the 38th Parallel on 7 October 1950 whilst my tumbledryer makes demonic noises, TRYING to remember that in 1951, upon the Russians’ insistance, peace talks were held in Panmanjom – is THAT how you spell it? – and just generally confusing myself about Yalta and Potsdam and all that stuff. If you don’t do history, ignore all that; I’m being a nerd and I’M GOING TO FORGET EVERYTHING OH GOD

I think the peak of my revision came just now, when I was talking about covalent bonding, and I said something along the lines of THIS:

“So say you’ve got carbon and oxygen, and those bitches want 8 electrons. THAT equals CO2 because it’s CARBON DIOXIDE, and carbon’s got four right now and oxygen’s got six. So you put 2 in each bond – WAIT NO – 2 carbon electrons go in each bond, then two oxygen electrons, cause 6 plus 2 equals 8 and 4 plus 4 equals 8 because there are two oxygens – EYYYY that’s clever!”

Tell me I’m not the only one who has really strange revision techniques? I feel like such a… Strange child. I mean, it’s not like I can do flashcards or mindmaps or signs with my notes on them, can I?

Hmm. REALLY don’t think I need to revise that part of chemistry any more – plus, I doubt you guys want to listen to me ramble on about metallic bonding, those adorable free electrons that make metal such a good conductor, or ANYTHING about lattices.

Maybe a break’s in order?

How do you guys revise? If I just talk things through with myself about the work, I’m alright, except when it’s maths of course.

That was a weird post – sorry I didn’t write yesterday; I was exhausted. For those of you who were wondering, the party was amazing! Because I’m cool like that, I formed a “social reject circle” with two girls I barely knew.

From Elm πŸ™‚

77 thoughts on “The Korean War and Covalent Bonding

  1. I usually record myself reading my revision notes and then play them whilst I’m eating breakfast. Although I usually start inwardly cringing about how disgusting my voice is within the first 20 seconds, I’m not sure if I would recommend that one.

  2. I don’t have much revision advice since I’m more of a visual learner with mindmaps and stuff, but if you need a break have one. good luck with your revision! πŸ™‚

  3. Oh God! I just had my history exam last week and I was studying the same stuff about Korean war and all that! I usually do the same actually. I read my notes out loud and kinda talk to myself and explain things to myself. Or I just read through my notes once. Whatever I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I like to teach things to others. Before my psychology exam I made my sis sit with me and I taught her all my psychology studies as a way for me to revise! Umm, yeah she got really annoyed by the end! πŸ˜›
    All the best for your exams! And if you’re tired, then you should take a break! πŸ™‚
    Take care xx

  4. that sucks that you have to study over chritmas. how is your circle going lol
    wishinh you all the best ,
    your rebel leader ayele

  5. I feel your pain, Elm, I feel ya. History is a pain in the a**. (I have to study Taiwanese history, Chinese history and world history…not fun at all.)
    As for maths…I’m afraid the only way is no other than to practice, practice, practice. Be familiar with the basic ideas, and try to understand the reason behind every step towards solving the problem. It’s always hard at first but it’ll get easier as you get to know it πŸ™‚ Maths is like speaking another language with numbers. Getting familiar with it is the key. (at least, that’s my experience)
    Good luck with your exams!

      • Honestly? It’s kind of awful. It’s either past Chinese people being freaking racist (resulting in foreigner invasion) or them fanboying over Confucius. (The same goes with Chinese lit.) Pretty glad that I won’t have to study that after my exams next January XD. That’s just me though, Chinese history is really not my cup of tea but maybe you’ll find it interesting πŸ™‚

  6. Missed you, Elm! I’m going through all my unread posts. πŸ™‚ I’m sorry, but I just got really confused. Good luck… I think? πŸ˜€
    P.S. Do you think we could trade guest posts in the new year?

  7. Oh gosh elm I feel your pain of the revision! I’ve been writing revision notes for biology EVEYWHERE I GO! Even in work on my break I’ve been writing notes and studying. Good luck with your exams!

  8. I think a break was in order haha! Sounds like a good study technique. I bet you’re jealous to know that schools in New Zealand don’t start until February 3rd! Have fun stressing while I’m in the sun hehe πŸ™‚

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