The Silent World of Colours

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How does it feel to be different?

Our post is about someone who found it hard to fit in. Everyone who struggles to fit in will tell you that they want people to notice what’s good, to acknowledge what one can do, and to try and understand the beauty of uniqueness. We all want to understand and be understood. Only sometimes we have to try a little harder.

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Self Portrait by Ziyue Chen

Ziyue is a Singapore-based illustrator and a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in US. She may not be able to hear the sounds and the words, but she sure knows how to translate the words in to emotions through her illustrations.

It all started with drawing on the wall as a kid,” she says. Art was a form of escape from the struggles, frustration and confusion of “growing up deaf.”  Her mum encouraged her to draw and continues to be her biggest supporter. When she was nine, her mum transferred Ziyue from a Hearing Impaired school to a mainstream school, so that she could fit into society despite her disability.

Anyone with a dream will tell you that it’s not easy. It couldn’t have been easy for her too. People grow disheartened when faced with challenges, and so did Ziyue. Somewhere down the road, Ziyue stopped creating art when she wasn’t doing well academically. Eventually though, she managed to complete her schooling and then completed her diploma in Digital Media Design, majoring in Animation. She worked as an animator for a Children’s Television Programme.

Today, Ziyue works mostly on Children’s Books, mural painting and print media from concept development to print. She says that she draws inspirations from life experiences, from memories, travel and people around her, which in her words, is “basically everywhere that comes within my senses”. Ziyue’s world is full of colours. “I’m happy to be an artist, working as a Children’s Book Illustrator and occasionally sketching in my personal sketchbook.”

Her story of colours and warmth is a reassurance. It reminds us of a rainbow after the rain, and of possibilities in a life full of challenges. An inspiration, not only to those who are faced with challenges in life, but also to those who would like to follow their hearts, Ziyue Chen makes it seem possible.

“I like that you emphasized on possibilities and my art, more than on my deafness,” said Ziyue when she read the feature our founding member had done for her. Read the feature here. We are grateful to Ziyue for allowing us to share her story.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exam Tips: How to Remember Better

exam-tipsStudying for exams? Here are 8 psychologically proven strategies that will help you remember better.

1) Associate information with an image: Memory is predominantly visual. So, associate an image to things that you need to memorize. It maybe a picture of something the word sounds like or something it reminds you of. Imagine it in your mind visually. Draw it out.

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2) Break the information in to smaller bits: When we try to remember a phone number, we chunk it. Similarly, large number of facts can be broken in to smaller chunks. Find a way to relate with a memory tree. Construct trunk, big branches, and then leaves. Label them. The main heading is followed by sub topics and the leaves are the details. Even simple chunking, listing of information is better for remembering information.

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3) Associate what you are trying to learn with what you already know: The more mental connections you have to a piece of information, the more successful you will be in remembering it.

4) Use mind maps to organise information learnt.

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5) Repeat & write: Write out the items to be memorised again and again. Writing can even be in the form of acronyms, one word or even a sentence. Surround yourself with post-its and small note papers on the wall/ table.

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6) Summarise: Summarise each paragraph in the margin. This requires you to think about what you’re reading. Teach it to yourself again. Or better, teach it to someone else.

7) Say it out loud

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8) Take care of yourself: Keep hydrated, eat healthy and get adequate sleep to retain information.

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