If you’ve never seen the felicitous conflagration that imbues the visage of your companions then you ought to.
Yea… don’t worry. That barely means anything. The words are real but who gives a toot. They might as well be meaningless.
Have you ever made up a completely meaningless word while talking to someone?
I don’t mean a fake word with an obvious meaning like, “it tastes kind of… chickenish.”
I mean a complete audiolographer.
A “word” that literally has no meaning at all.
It’s kind of funny what will happen for most people.
You might think people would stop you and ask, “Hold on. What does audiolographer mean?”
That almost never happens.
You might get a spark of curiosity on your face but usually it’s not even that.
Based on the context of the sentence, most people assume they know what you’re talking about even if they don’t actually recognize the word.
If the word sounds real enough then absolutely no one will stop to tell you that you’re full of crap.
People will just take the fact that you’re using it in a sentence and assume that you’re using a word because it’s just silly to think you’d make up words. Worst case, they might assume you’ve been studying for the SATs and want to sound impressive.
What does this have to do with anything?
This kind of has to do with everything when it comes to learning.
If I asked you what the word audiolographer means in the context of this article, you could probably tell me despite it being completely meaningless.
You might guess, “a made up word?”
If you’re getting real clever you might notice the “audio” prefix and “graph” part of the words could mean sound and writing.
In fact, if you’re a complete buffoon like me then you might come to realize audiolographer is a made up word that “sounds” right (“write!”). (Oh boy… I try to be too much clever for my own good. It just makes me look ridiculous.)
You can add meaning to the meaningless with context.
This is what learning is.
You take the context of a situation and try to create links with new information based on it.
You can do that with anything.
When you’re taking a test, you can read the questions and derive meaning from it. You may even be able to answer the question without knowing the answer but simply by understanding the constraints of the question.
The answer will probably make sense in the context of everything you know.
If it does then you’re probably on track.
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Leave Procrastination In The Dust! Never EVER let it stop you again.
Doing stuff is easy – sometimes, right?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always pining over?
It’s not difficult but it can sound weird to unfamiliar eyes.
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