Using Habitica for Schoolwork

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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Once a month we highlight a helpful post from the Wiki with tips about productivity, wellness, and optimizing your use of Habitica!

Happy August, Habiticans! This month, on our ongoing tour of some of the most helpful articles the Habitica Wiki has to offer, we’ll take a look at some advice the Wiki Scribes have to offer about using Habitica to help manage your studies!

School can be tiring and stressful, but with Habitica, a player can easily beat procrastination and manage schoolwork! By simply using Habits, Dailies, To-Dos, and Rewards to motivate themselves, they can lower stress and improve grades.

Want to know more? Head over to the wiki to check out the full article!

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Meetings of the Minds: Guilds for Learning New Things

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It’s August, and for many folks that means that school is back in session, or will be soon! Whether you’re a student in school or just a person who loves to learn about the world, you can find fellow Habiticans who are excited to join you and help support you. In this month’s Spotlight we’re focusing just a few of Habitica’s best Guilds for Learning New Things!

The Samurai of Philomathy:
https://habitica.com/#/options/groups/guilds/c4328791-5172-4126-a73d-b54b34f9c20e
Philomathy means the love of learning and studying, and this Guild is full of Habiticans who are excited about expanding their minds! Check out their variety of running Challenges, which will encourage you to explore new topics and experiences.

Busy Learning:
https://habitica.com/#/options/groups/guilds/870e2ca0-30b1-49df-9107-75188a58cb00
Busy Learning is a place for exchanging all the new things you’ve added to your knowledge with fellow Habiticans. This Guild also has a series of ongoing Challenges posted in the Tavern called Learn for 30 Days you can join for an extra motivation boost!

Today I Learned… :
https://habitica.com/#/options/groups/guilds/a8f0bca4-dc08-437e-9664-de7520b8fba2
Habitica Moderator deilann created this Guild where folks can share interesting facts with each other. Read the exciting things your fellow Habiticans have learned, and be inspired to seek out some new knowledge yourself!

Coursera Conscripts:
https://habitica.com/groups/guild/896f82a1-a7d9-489c-9bdd-4fccd3373630

This Guild welcomes all who are taking or interested in taking a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, from any MOOC program or platform. It’s a great place to chat about what sorts of courses are out there to take, as well as to share what you’re learning! Coursera Conscripts members also have posted a number of Challenges for those taking specific courses.

These Guilds and many others are here to help you learn better and remember more! And if you’re looking for more advice on using Habitica to enhance your knowledge, be sure to read this month’s Use Case Spotlight, featuring tips and tricks from fellow Habiticans!

Use Case Spotlight: Learning New Things!

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In last month’s Use Case Spotlight we featured some awesome suggestions from Habiticans about using the site and apps to improve your pet care routine. This month we enter Back to School season and look at some great tips, tricks, and ideas for using Habitica to set (and maintain!) new tasks and goals related to Learning New Things. These come from your fellow players in the Use Case Spotlights Guild!

CaptainJemima uses each type of task to make sure they’re always learning something new, as well as refreshing what they already know!

I have a Daily for using the website Khan Academy for 5 minutes every day. I’ve really enjoyed using the website for Math practice (it’s amazing how much you forget!) and also watching video lectures on Mental Health, which is a good support for the course I am studying to become a qualified counsellor. There are lots of other topics on there that I could look into so I feel like I can keep learning for a long time. I always use the To Do list to keep track of what I need to do in terms of studying/homework – it has become my first port of call for all the things I need to do! I like using the Checklist feature to break down each piece of work into steps, which really helps me not to feel daunted by what I have to do, and makes me feel proud and accomplished when I can tick off a step. Using the Due Date feature is invaluable, so I don’t have to keep referring to the calendar. I also have a Habit for fully reading an article or blog post, which in my eyes is a way of learning more about the world.

Drosera uses Challenges and To-Dos to set educational goals!

I found the challenges in the Graduate Student Guild really helpful. I had a daily for reading one educational article each day, plus habits for reading any extra ones, and a daily due every Friday to go through all of my article alerts for the week and see which ones I actually need to put in the “to-be-read” pile. I use To-Dos to mark my progression through course sections (particularly for Coursera courses), and I have a daily with a checklist that I update every evening with a list of priorities for the following day.

Dan O’Dea reminds us that practice and SMART goal-setting are important ways to make sure you learn effectively and that what you’ve learned really sticks!

For me the best thing in Habitica is scheduling practice time. Not just a simple habit or daily, but schedule a specific thing regarding the learning. An example for me is this: Decide what to do for drawing practice today, something to be done in 15-20 minutes, and do that thing before 5:00 PM. Use the SMART system for setting a goal: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.

There were so many helpful and exciting tips we couldn’t feature them all here! You can see them all and join in the discussion in the Use Case Spotlights Guild– one of your ideas could be featured next month! Look for an announcement of next month’s theme from Bailey soon.

Also, if you missed it you may want to take a look at our most recent Guild Spotlight, which showcases groups dedicated to Pet Care!

Behind the Scenes: Habitica at Comic-Con

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The “Behind The Scenes” series is a chance for us to give you a glimpse into the inner workings of HabitRPG, Inc., the company that makes Habitica. Every so often, we’ll treat you to some silly staff shenanigans or show you the work that goes into your favorite features. Enjoy!

Hello Habiticans! If you’re on any form of social media and/or are a devoted fan of movies, TV, video games, or comics, you may have heard a thing or two about San Diego Comic-Con over the past few weeks! San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC for short) is a huge event dedicated to geeky pop-culture fun in all its forms. And, as staff members of a productivity RPG and devoted geeks, Habitica’s Lemoness (aka Leslie), Redphoenix (aka Vicky) ,and Beffymaroo (aka Beth) were there to represent. On our agenda: networking, attending relevant panels, our Habitica meetup, and having a good time!

San Diegan Beth happily hosted Vicky and Leslie at her apartment.

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The real head of the household, Beauford, also approved of the guests- especially Leslie.

In addition to providing sleeping and chilling space, the apartment was ground zero for Operation We-Need-a-Banner-for-Our-Meetup.

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Vicky carefully measures out the right amount of Royal Purple fabric, surrounded by Beth’s many miscellaneous craft supplies and, of course, cat toys.
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Beth works on sewing the banner. Note the important supplies: Scissors, pins, a saw, and most importantly, tea.
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Beauford shows off a new accessory she acquired in the banner-making process, the Official Habitica Royal Purple Cat Kerchief™. Official Royal Purple Gryphon Cat Helms™ are still in development.
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Hey look! A banner. Something is missing, though…
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Yeah, that’s the ticket! Thanks to designer piyorii (aka Sara!) for sending us a great Melior stencil template.
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Now to paint the stencil! Note Beauford loafing nearby, showing off her new accessory while letting Leslie and Beth do the hard work.
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After a day or so of drying, the time has come for the big reveal!
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Ta-da! (note that on an official level Habitica does not endorse standing barefoot near cacti, no matter how cute they are)

When they weren’t hard at work preparing for the Habitica Meetup, Vicky, Leslie, and Beth attended a variety of panels and events, some about relevant super-serious business, some about media they enjoy, and some about exciting topics such as cosplay!

One event that Beth, Leslie, and Vicky attended was the Viking Funeral on San Diego Bay to commemorate the passing of a character from the History Channel’s show “Vikings” (no actual deceased people were involved, just a mannequin and a boat). Beth and her partner Mike attended with the Viking Guild they belong to, the Guardians of Midgard, and were lucky enough to be a part of the festivities!

 

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Can you spot Beth?
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A photo Vicky fondly calls “Viking Gothic”
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Meanwhile, Leslie fields important questions.

On Saturday Beth, Vicky, and Leslie scooped up a choice spot at a hotel lobby near the convention for the official Habitica Meetup! What a view!

 

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Staying classy in San Diego, indeed.

We really enjoyed meeting and talking with the Habiticans who attended, so a big shout-out to those who stopped by! We hope that you enjoy your promo codes and gryphon stickers 🙂

Finally, what discussion of Comic-Con would be complete without talking about cosplay? There were an amazing number of talented crafters, costumers, and fans who wowed the Habitica crew with their amazing interpretations of some favorite characters!

 

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Overall, we had a real blast, and we’d love to see some of you there next year at the SDCC 2018 Habitica meetup! Until then, we hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our Comic-Con experience.

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