Tuesday, 5 April 2011


I am desperate, too many distractions and I need to memorise a chronology of art history from early christian art onward to the early 1700s, dipping into Islam and China (meaning I have to learn about their religion, philosophy, social history etc), besides also studying a broad overview of the imperial reign. Naturally, I need to go over and improve my ability to comprehend intermediate Italian texts and master the pronoun, comparative, several new forms of verb conjugation.

Okay, I understand that if you're a university student reading this you will also (probably) feel the same, it's majorly tough and overwhelming, all these facts we have to somehow absorb. I suppose you are also finding it difficult concentrating, given that you are in the process of reading my mundane ramblings. I am putting off important issues with not so important plans, for instance, today I followed a rather lengthy recipe to make melanzane alla parmigiana, and for dinner ratatouille with naan bread. The two hours spent in the library were perhaps more productive, though I would in all sincerity say cooking is productive in great Britain. I went scouring the supermarket shelves this morning, looking for Scottish delicacies. They do exist, I can assure you, but the traditional dishes are often of an obscure nature; Macaroni pie! Yes, macaroni cheese in a pie. I fear my studious nature has been debauched.

On from that little discovery, it's time I wrote out a revision timetable and stuck to it. If not, later will always seem more convenient. That said, tomorrow I will doubtlessly make sultana scones, watch a movie, continue reading goodbye tsgumi. Whilst not as as Kitchen, again Yoshimoto writes in a very intimate, adept style, of personal relationships. There isn't so much a plot, as a narration held together by the connection between the frail and sickly Tsgumi and her cousin, Maria. I had watched 30 days of night the night before I began reading the book, there was a gail outside and the noises were echoed through my chimney. Feeling a little vulnerable, I picked up this book, unfortunately the first chapter was entitled 'the haunted mail box'. My transformation from a country to city girl seems to have been both rapid and effective. There is a strong likelihood I'll also experience compunction.

Tuesday 7th April TONIGHT-reach at least page 338 in roman history text book. Watch a documentary on a Roman emperor to get in the mood. Look over italian vocab lists and print outs of key images for history of art. Upload onto kindle e-books I need to read.

Wednesday 6th April- read more of roman history text book and religion in roman empire journal. Add to notes for history of art using Jstor. Complete 'ancora un po' di pratica' in italian book. Bake scones.

Thursday 7th -Again, read more of roman history text book. Review notes. Start testing self on grammar rules up to part 5 of the Italian text book and using flash cards to test knowledge of vocab. Send to kindle (after touching up) notes on 2 topics from east semester for history of art. I pick Medieval art and Islamic art from the first semester, Renaissance and Netherlandish from the second. Start reading!

Friday 8th More reading for history of art and ancient rome. Review progress on grammar from topics 1-5 in italian text book, proceed to 5-10. Continue learning vocab.

Saturday 9th Review vocab and grammar AGAIN. Practise some compositions. Reading for history of art. Review images and test progress so far.

Sunday 10th Continue reading for ancient rome plus read another journal on kindle-this time the city, economy and culture.

Monday 11th More reading for history of art, followed by more reviewing of images. Review Italian, read through text book.

Tuesday 12th Dentist appointment, picking up Ksenija in dundee or Kirriemuir. Stil find time for more roman reading and reviewing of images. Glance over italian book.

Wednesday 13th

Thursday 14th Morning, review images. Read Italian. Ksenija returns home in evening, half-day in Dundee and cinema?

Friday 15th Watch film in italian after reviewing grammar. Listen to songs in italian and sing-a-long. Find online site and use it to test grammar. Review history of art key images.

Saturday 16th Continue reading for ancient Rome. Mind maps. Review history of art. Mind maps.

Sunday 17th Continue making mind maps and stick them around my bedroom. Read through italian vocab lists and grammar specifications.

Monday 18th Identify words I'm having difficulty remembering in Italian and stick to bedroom walls. Read AGAIN through notes. Continue reading for Ancient Rome.

Tuesday 19th More history of art reading. Try writing an a4 page in italian putting into application all the different grammar rules in the curriculum. Then grade it and learn from improvements. Review images (basically, do this every day-test self on names, dates, patron, contex).

Wednesday 20th I predict a long day, topped of with cream and a cherry. Glasgow, mum's birthday, Glasgow airport ;) The next few days will involve lots of fun learning of italian and brief early mornings spent studying.

Thursday 21st Un po' d'italiano.

Friday 22nd Try guessing what's in the exam and brainstorming key points required for a multitude of different essay questions. Practice writing image description for the images with the most notes from the lectures (guessing these will be the most likely to come up?)

Saturday 23rd Tell someone about the key images.

Sunday 24th Storia antica, prova di imparare qualche dato. E' Pasqua, e cosi' questo e' un giorno per le uove di Pasqua. Anche i hot cross buns.

Monday 25th Storia dell'arte-leggi ma anche studiare. Ovviamente posso studiare l'italiano ogni giorno :)

Tuesday 26th Review notes. Tackle problems.

Wednesday 27th Read.

Thursday 28th leggi ancora. Scrivi se c'e' qualcosa che non puoi ricordare.

Friday 29th :( Oggi sara' triste. Forse anch'io tornero al mio appartamento a edimburgo? Oppure tra alucuni giorni.

Saturday 30th


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Thursday 12th

Friday 13th ANCIENT ROME exam, 2 1/2 hours

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Monday 16th

Tuesday 17th ITALIAN EXAM, 2 1/2 hours

Wednesday 18th

Thursday 19th

Friday 20th-FINAL EXAM! 4 hours of history of art...

Saturday 21st I'M FREEEEEEE! Study Italian and French, but I don't need a timetable for that. :)

The first of June-Rome.

I can do this, though this isn't the limitation to what I will do.
Supplements: Collins verb and grammar books, italian movies, books, websites, wikipedia, metropoliton and british museum websites, and any other reliable website, documentary, journal, book that I can get my paws on.

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