Original Artwork and Annotations for Shakespeare’s Best Sonnets by Owl Eyes

This post originally appeared on Medium, by OwlEyes.org.


We don’t need to tell you that Shakespeare’s sonnets are incredible (or that they can be puzzling beyond all reason). Though they may be difficult to decipher, they are well worth the hours you’ll spend close reading and contemplating the meaning of “is.”

Since we are literature nerds at heart over here at OwlEyes.org, we love doing this kind of stuff. For those of you who don’t, or for those who are just looking for a little extra help, we’ve got you covered! We’ve spent the last month annotating all things Shakespeare, including some of his most popular sonnets, and we’ve even created a comprehensive guide to reading them. Continue Reading ›

How to Survive Math Class When All You Do is English

Do you avoid mathematics and sciences like the plague? Maybe you’re not particularly bad at math and science; you just would much rather be studying literature (which is completely understandable). The reality is that at some point during your educational pursuits, you’re going to have to cross over to the dark side of numbers and fact memorization. Here are some tips on how to survive a math or science class when all you want to do is English. Continue Reading ›

7 Texts That Will Make You the Family Intellectual This Holiday Season

Ah, the holidays: that season of cheer, giving, and proving to your relatives that you do, in fact, have your life together. One of the joys of the season is proving yourself smarter than the rest of your family, but how can you cement your position as the family intellectual?

Simple: read some of the classics. Here’s a mixture of short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and literature that span from satire to tragedy. Best of all, you can find all of these and more on Owl Eyes. With these under your belt, you’re set to claim your place as the smartest of your siblings and cousins. Drop a quote into conversation at your leisure and wait for a flare of recognition in the eye of the nearest English major (or, possibly, a spark of alarm on the face of someone more plebeian). Whether you come away from the holidays with a reputation for a superior knowledge of literature or as the eccentric cousin, you’ve won. Continue Reading ›

Review Strategies You Need to Know for Final Exams

Final exams are right around the corner, and as much as you may be looking forward to a winter break, you need to get through tests first. Before you can open presents, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, and sleep in late, you need to prepare for your end-of-semester tests. As you begin studying, take in these unique study tips to help you review for your exams. Continue Reading ›

Take Note! 6 Tips to Enhance Your Notes for Successful Studying

Notes are a great way to stay engaged with material in class, whether it’s presented in a lecture or a discussion-style format. Not all notes are created equal, however—some strategies in particular can maximize the quality and effectiveness of your notes.

Consider these six tips to enhance your notes this school year. Continue Reading ›

6 Budget-Friendly Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged this Year

As a teacher, you know firsthand that students often respond to experiential and interactive learning methods, not to mention they often remember these lessons more vividly. Regurgitating information from a textbook might be today’s prevailing academic model, but you understand that students are more likely to absorb this information when they recognize the real-world applications. Continue Reading ›