Things I love: Kingdom Hearts, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Digimon, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, K-ON, and Avengers. I have other Manga/Anime and show/movie interests but these are what make up my life.
If you find it difficult to concentrate: you might think it is difficult to finish projects or learn new things. This requires protracted effort, not something you are able or willing to give. Maybe you’ll give up: why bother forcing yourself to continue when you have no natural inclinations.
Don’t try to push harder when you start to lose concentration. Do what you are most comfortable with: change direction and keep your energy levels high.
Here are my suggestions on the changes which I’ve found have made me a more productive learner:
- Set yourself very short-term goals. Goals that can be achieved in mere hours. Break tasks up.
- Build habits; avoid long-term goals. Build habits that ensure you progress. Goals, once set, will cause you stress. Habits become second-nature. (Particularly build the habits around the fundamentals.)
- Don’t force yourself to do something that you’re losing interest in. Very few people would be able to manage that without negatively affecting their mood and making themselves worse off.
- Move onto the next difficult task if you’re losing interest. To remain productive, all you need to do is challenge yourself: make sure that everything that you move to is difficult, useful and requires learning. Don’t take shortcuts. You can always come back at a later date when you’re less bored by the topic and have smarter solutions. Distract yourself with other work, not entertainment.
- Always do what you love (if you can). This is for your sanity but also your productivity: you can’t work as hard when you’re not enjoying yourself.
- Write every useful non-obvious bit of information down. Write in as concise and clear a way as possible. And write for yourself: what you find illuminating; what you found challenging; the example which exemplified the problem most. Every couple of days pick up one of your books and skim it. It will jog your memory and give your frames of reference so you are able to quickly pick things up if you need them at a later date.
- Network with people that have skills you want. Find mentors.
- Don’t overdo it. If you’re close to a burn-out you need to stop and find balance.
UPDATE: Following a comment I read on lesswrong, I’ve written a short update here.
As a person who has a desire to become more of an autodidact, this is extremely useful information for me! Thanks a bunch!
For the sake of role play, certain canons will probably be established by the admin since various facets of the lore differ depending on the source. Whether or not it’s transferable, who can transfer it, and whether more wolves can be bred are a few of the things that should be specified. There is a lot of creative license here considering werewolves don’t actually exist. The widespread practice, though, is that werewolf behavior is largely based on canine behavior. Makes sense if you think about it.
were·wolfnoun \ˈwir-ˌwu̇lf, ˈwer-, ˈwər-\plural were·wolves: a person transformed into a wolf or capable of assuming a wolf’s form
In European folklore, a man who changes into a wolf at night and devours animals, people, or corpses, returning to human form by day. Some werewolves are thought to change shape at will; others, who inherited the condition or acquired it by being bitten by a werewolf, are transformed involuntarily under the influence of a full moon. Belief in werewolves is found throughout the world and was especially common in 16th-century France. Humans who believe they are wolves suffer from a mental disorder called lycanthropy. (- Merriam Webster Online)
- Hierarchy: It is generally taken that werewolf hierarchy would mirror that of a wolf pack. The only difference being that werewolves spend time as a human. Leaders are Alphas. The part that can be contested based on canon is the Beta and the Omega. In Laurell K Hamilton lore the Beta is the Alpha’s mate who has the same power over the pack and reports only to the alpha. While, in wolf behavior the Beta is second in command and the one who takes over the pack should something happen to the Alpha. Omegas in Patricia Briggs lore is a special yet rare breed of werewolf who does not sit in the dominance/submissive struggle. They are neutral. This is more a reflection on the Omega placement in actual wolf packs. Omegas can also be seen as lone wolves. They have no pack whether it be by choice or by exile.
- Power: In canine behavior everything is about your place within the structure. This is tested by dominance and strength. In Laurell K Hamilton portrayal of hierarchy dominant wolves are at the top of the ladder while the submissive are at the bottom. Females share their mate’s spot on the ladder whether or not their dominance can handle it. Keep in mind that it is also portrayed that dominants and the submissive balance each other out. Dominants are often overbearing and protective over those submissive to them while submissive are often calm and quiet. Changes in power, most notably Alpha, usually come by challenge or death. A challenge doesn’t necessarily have to lead to death. it’s simply a demonstration of power.
- Family: It is said that wolves take mates for life, though that is not always the case. Due to the human element in werewolves this can be extremely open ended and up to the player and or admin. The result of werwolf mates can also be up to the player and or admin. In some instances werewolves are incapable of bearing children due to the violent nature of shifting. In this case, more wolves are brought to the pack with bites. Sometimes only the Alpha can turn another and other times it’s an ability any wolf can perform. In other instances, perhaps only a human woman is capable of bearing a werewolf through the father. Or, it’s not an issue for a female werewolf at all.
- Shifting: The timing of shifts varies depending on lore. Some wolves can only turn during the full moon. In other cases, shifting is a matter of control. Older, stronger wolves can shift whenever they choose. This would mean a time of struggle with the shift. Younger or newer wolves would probably endure a longer and more painful shift. In other lore, shifting isn’t even an issue. it can be done wherever and whenever. This should be taken into consideration when writing lore for your story as it can limit what your character may be able to do.
- Senses & Lifespan: Werewolves are usually seen as physically superior to humans with enhanced senses and strength. Often it is written that werewolves also have an accelerated ability to heal. The extent of these should be taken into consideration when writing lore for your characters or story. With the healing ability it is also widely seen that werewolves have an extended lifespan in comparison to humans. In a more supernatural setting your werewolf could even be immortal. Although, take into consideration that most lore will cite silver as an effective way of wounding or even killing a werewolf.
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