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saistudies·4 hours agoText


April 3, 2020

Studying immunology, as always

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Sometimes i think about how vastly different my life would be I wasn’t so addicted to escapism, borderline to dissasociation. on one hand being completely out of it for at least 75% of my life so far daydreaming kept me sane through some rough shit and helped me avoid to some extent trauma. on the other hand it is so goddamn hard for me to actually do the things i enjoy because it is so much easier to phase out and do them mentally. it’s so weird. it’s like i’m a drug addict and always have been and am constantly getting high.

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“Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.”

— Plato

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Possibly unpopular opinion? There’s a thin line between anti-elitism-in-academia and anti-intellectualism, and tumblr really walks it sometimes.


  • Criticizing class barriers to getting into academia
  • Criticizing lack of resources to help students with physical or mental health issues
  • Calling out racism and sexism in academia
  • Calling out people who treat others badly for being less educated
  • Calling out people who believe academia is the only way to gain knowledge


  • Being opposed to academia as an institution
  • Acting like everyone in academia is a rich and privileged white man
  • Acting like their opinions shouldn’t matter because of this
  • Assuming that any specialised language exists only to make things difficult for a layperson to understand and couldn’t possibly be necessary in order to explain a complicated topic
  • Assuming that if a specialist can’t explain what they’re doing to a non-specialist in five minutes then what they do is nonsense
  • Shaming people for taking pride in their academic and intellectual achievements

Am I crazy for thinking that tumblr sometimes veers towards the second?

Nope, you’re observant.

fucking thank you

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saistudies·4 days agoText


I was talking with my coworker about going back to school. The both of us want to go back but are unsure what to do and we’re both mildly concerned about our study habits. Most of our anxieties stem from past experiences and generally poor study habits. We both didn’t seem to know the difference between critical understanding needed to pass the class and know the material and memorization to just pass exams. It got me to thinking if we didn’t know how to foster better study techniques, who else was having that issue? So here is my studying master post!

Study Skills:

Give yourself enough time to study- Don’t leave it until the last minute. Ideally, for every one credit hour in which you enroll, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying. Therefore, to help determine the course load most appropriate for you, use the formula: 3 credit hours (1 course) = 3 hours in class per week = 6-9 hours study time per week. That can add up! To help sort out time management, set up a timetable for your studying. Remember to utilize your syllabus effectively! Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with. 

Organize your study space- Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. I need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.

Use different study sources- Don’t just look at your notes, diversify your study aids! Use revision notes, flowcharts, study guides, study groups, and old exams. I like using old exams the best because this helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section. 

Other tips & tricks:

Snack on brain food- Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt, and blueberries. The same applies on exam day - eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem appealing, but your energy levels will crash an hour later.

Take regular breaks- Develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or, if you’re more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you’re ready to settle down come evening.

Drink plenty of water and exercise- I cannot stress this enough. My first go at college, I ate like trash (and had the expanding waistline to prove it) and therefore felt like trash. I didn’t eat well, I guzzled coffee and Mountain Dew like my life depended on it, and I wouldn’t carve out time to get my body moving. If you don’t feel good, you won’t do well. It’s so easy. Get to the gym for an hour or two each day by finding something (whatever it is) you can do consistently 5-7 times a week. It’s easy to grab a bottle of water and to eat your food groups while you’re studying. You’ll thank yourself each and every day if you do that. Trust me on that.

Plan your exam day- Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don’t leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don’t know the way, or what you’re supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time. 

Other resources:

How To Study Better - Best Study Techniques

Scientifically Proven Best Ways to Study

How to study for exams - Evidence-based revision tips

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saistudies·4 days agoText


Tips from my amazing friend, Yury

A little background story, in secondary school I was very shy and didn’t make friends outside my class so when I started to listen to kpop I also started to interact with a couple of people and Yury is one of the 3 friends I made back then. (Well, these 3 are the only ones who “passed the test of time”.)

Even if she’s busy, she always makes time when I need her and she takes her time to remind me that so I never feel like a burden. Now, she has amazing tips/lines so I’m going to list a few.

  • “It’s good you’re motivated. It means you got something worth fighting for.”
  • “You’ll piss off many people by being you and not pleasing them. What matters it’s the peace of your mind.”
  • “You need to be very selective with who’s around you. Your circle influences you and you don’t even notice it sometimes so leave behind people who are negative or drag you down.”
  • “Cry and complain but when you’re done, you’re done. Don’t let the pain become a part of you, the lessons you learned should be that.”
  • “Can I sleep soundly at night? Yes, that means no one else matters when it comes to my well-being.”
  • “Keep being focused and in the end, you’ll get more than you hoped for.”
  • “Lover or no lover, I know I shouldn’t and don’t want to rely on anyone so that’s why I’m doing all this "investing in myself” thing.“
  • "Elegance is never out of style.”
  • “Once you allow to someone to step over you, more will come. Don’t be afraid to speak your mind every single time when this is about to happen.”
  • “Invest in yourself.”
  • “Your attitude sets the pace in everything so never seem weak in front of new people.”
  • “Don’t show any sign of weakness in front of strangers. You’ll become their target after.”
  • “People will see what they want to see. Don’t bother explaining yourself, be yourself.”
  • “Last week a guy said I’m complicated but the man who went on a date with me last night said I know what I want and I’m bold in saying it. That’s why I don’t change for others, some can handle me, some can’t. Not my problem though.”
  • “You attract what you are, so be a goddess and attract people of that level.”
  • “If they cross me once in an unforgiving way, I cut them off. I’m not waiting to be betrayed twice.”
  • “Be private, it adds mystery and a layer of protection to your life.”

She is what I call in online games “a powerhouse”. The funny part is, she used to be quite a self-conscious shy girl when we were 12-13 years old but there was a period of 2-3 years when we didn’t talk and she’s really something amazing after those years when we didn’t keep in touch; amazing as in she figured out her life and lives life at its fullest.

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saistudies·4 days agoText

I feel like the attempts from teachers and trainers to ‘maintain normalcy’ during the shutdown is backfiring. All these classes and assignments are just emphasizing the anxieties of the situation for me.

It’s bad enough being at my parents’ place rn, but now I have to write 'interesting code’ and 'analyze the genome of SARS CoV-2’.

I wish they would just. Stop. Extend the semester. Stop sending emails. Please leave us be.

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tag yourself as types of people during quarantine:

type 1: self care queen, makes advice posts for other people, prolly knows how to cook rlly well, def has a good skincare routine going, bonding w their pets, goes for daily walks, picked up a new hobby to have something to do, fting with their friends all the time, does makeup to pass the time

type 2: actually knows the Fax about covid, reading a lot and listening to the news, sings the song when they wash their hands, actually takes online school seriously, maintains a routine to stay sane, podcasts playing all day long, works out every day, prolly like practicing doing their hair or nails

type 3: sleep schedule is gone by day two, has lost all track of time, microwave meals, binge watches tv while dozing off, tries to do some housework, really needs some sun tho, not rlly stir crazy but theyre Anxious, cant remember when they last washed their hair, animal crossing has Consumed them

type 4: set a lot of goals and has met None of them, losing it wo their friends, paces around the house a lot, listening to music 24/7, survives on snack food only, scrolling thru social media for hours at a time, “i didnt exercise before why would i now”, probably has started talking to themselves

type 5: is dying but in a very fun sexy way, prolly had to move back in w their fam, fucking despises all of them, bitching 24/7, definitely developing a drinking or drug problem, ignoring onling school and actin like its still break, naps for dayz, has been wearing the same pjs for 6 days

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Hi my name is ebony p'roductiv mildliner aesthetic way and i have ebony black eyebags (that’s how I got my name) with zero duolingo streaks and red marks on my exam papers and icy blue eyes with actual tears and a lot of people tell me I look ded™ (AN: if u don’t know who ded get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to (insert ur fav studyblr here) but I wish I was because they are a major fucking ~inspiration~. I’m a student and my grades are straight C+. I have pale white skin (bc who hecking goes out). I’m also a studyblr, and I blog on a hell site called tunglr on the internet where I dont even remember what year i am. I’m a geek (in case u couldnt tell) and I wear mostly pjs. I love stationery stores and I buy all my stuff from there. For example today I was using a fancy af mildliner and a tombow brush pen on a $100 premium notebook. I was blogging in tunglr. It was dying and the new color is sht so it was not functional at all, which I was very happy about. A lot of teachers stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.

This makes me question my sanity pat you okay dude?

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saistudies·5 days agoText


im following less than 200 blogs and it makes me sad

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saistudies·5 days agoText


My professor: hello!! I know we are going through big changes right now and everyone is coping through these times but dont forget to hand in your assignment by midnight!! Oh, and dont forget about your 16 page submissions due in 2 days!! Oh and dont forget about ur final exam in a week!!! Oh and dont forget about that 2k word essay due soon!!! Oh and dont forget about-


i get that we’re supposed to graduate. really do. but tell me how do i focus on studying and finishing assignments when the outside is in shambles and governments are crumbling under the weight of souls of the people their incompetence and unpreparedness killed. how they expect us to work as normal as if im not living thru the biggest disaster that struck mankind this side of the 18th century. this is like if fucking, sky opened up and the trumpets sounded and i begged they wait coz i had to turn in a fucking paper before 23:59h. absurd.

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General Plan:

Weeks 1 and 2:

  1. Learn the fundamentals sentence construction
  2. Learn how to spell and count
  3. Start building a phrase stockpile with basic greetings
  • The Alphabet
  • Numbers 1 - 100
  • Subject Pronouns
  • Common Greetings
  • Conjugate the Two Most Important Verbs: to be and to have
  • Basic Definite and Indefinite Articles

Weeks 3 and 4:

  1. Learn essential vocabulary for the day-to-day
  2. Start conjugating regular verbs
  • Days of the Week and Months of the Year
  • How to tell the time
  • How to talk about the weather
  • Family Vocabulary
  • Present Tense Conjugations Verbs

Weeks 5 and 6:

  1. Warm up with the last of the day-to-day vocabulary
  2. Add more complex types of sentences to your grammar
  • Colours
  • House vocabulary
  • How to ask questions
  • Present Tense Conjugations Verbs
  • Forming negatives

Weeks 7 and 8:

  1. Learn how to navigate basic situations in a region of your target language country
  2. Finish memorising regular conjugation rules
  • Food Vocabulary and Ordering at Restaurants
  • Money and Shopping Phrases
  • Present Tense Conjugations Verbs

Weeks 9 and 10:

  1. Start constructing descriptive and more complex sentences
  • Adjectives
  • Reflective verbs
  • Places vocabulary

Weeks 11 and 12:

  1. Add more complex descriptions to your sentences with adverbs
  2. Wrap up vocabulary essentials
  • Adverbs
  • Parts of the body and medical vocabulary

Tips for Learning a Foreign Language:

Learning Vocabulary:

What vocabulary should I be learning?

  • There are hundreds of thousands of words in every language, and the large majority of them won’t be immediately relevant to you when you’re starting out.Typically, the most frequent 3000 words make up 90% of the language that a native speaker uses on any given day. Instead try to learn the most useful words in a language, and then expand outwards from there according to your needs and interests.
  1. Choose the words you want/need to learn.
  2. Relate them to what you already know.
  3. Review them until they’ve reached your long-term memory.
  4. Record them so learning is never lost.
  5. Use them in meaningful human conversation and communication.

How should I record the vocabulary?

  • Learners need to see and/or hear a new word of phrase 6 to 17 times before they really know a piece of vocabulary.
  • Keep a careful record of new vocabulary.
  • Record the vocabulary in a way that is helpful to you and will ensure that you will practice the vocabulary, e.g. flashcards.
  • Vocabulary should be organised so that words are easier to find, e.g. alphabetically or according to topic.
  • Ideally when noting vocabulary you should write down not only the meaning, but the grammatical class, and example in a sentence, and where needed information about structure.

How should I practice using the vocabulary?

  • Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check - Use this method for learning and remembering vocabulary. This method is really good for learning spellings.
  • Make flashcards. Write the vocabulary on the front with the definition and examples on the back.
  • Draw mind maps or make visual representations of the new vocabulary groups.
  • Stick labels or post it notes on corresponding objects, e.g when learning kitchen vocabulary you could label items in your house.

How often should I be practising vocabulary?

  • A valuable technique is ‘the principle of expanding rehearsal’. This means reviewing vocabulary shortly after first learning them then at increasingly longer intervals.
  • Ideally, words should be reviewed:
  • 5-10 minutes later
  • 24 hours later
  • One week later
  • 1-2 months later
  • 6 months later

Knowing a vocabulary item well enough to use it productively means knowing:

  • Its written and spoken forms (spelling and pronunciation).
  • Its grammatical category and other grammatical information
  • Related words and word families, e.g. adjective, adverb, verb, noun.
  • Common collocations (Words that often come before or after it).

Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading

  • Reading is probably one of the most effective ways of building vocabulary knowledge.
  • Listening is also important because it occupies a big chunk of the time we spend communicating.

Tips for reading in a foreign language:

  • Start basic and small.  Children’s books are great practice for beginners. Don’t try to dive into a novel or newspaper too early, since it can be discouraging and time consuming if you have to look up every other word.
  • Read things you’ve already read in your native language. The fact that you at least know the gist of the story will help you to pick up context clues, learn new vocabulary and grammatical constructions.
  • Read books with their accompanying audio books. Reading a book while listening to the accompanying audio will improve your “ear training”. It will also help you to learn the pronunciation of words.

Tips for listening in a foreign language:

  • Watch films in your target language.
  • Read a book while also listening along to the audio book version.
  • Listen to the radio in your target language.
  • Watch videos online in your target language.

Activities to do to show that you’ve understood what you’ve been listening to:

  • Try drawing a picture of what was said.
  • Ask yourself some questions about it and try to answer them.
  • Provide a summary of what was said.
  • Suggest what might come next in the “story.”
  • Translate what was said into another language.
  • “Talk back” to the speaker to engage in imaginary conversation.

Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing

Tips for speaking in a foreign language:

  • If you can, try to speak the language every day either out loud to yourself or chat to another native speaker whether it is a colleague, a friend, a tutor or a language exchange partner. 
  • Write a list of topics and think about what you could say about each one. First you could write out your thoughts and then read them out loud. Look up the words you don’t know. You could also come up with questions at the end to ask someone else.
  • A really good way to improve your own speaking is to listen to how native speakers talk and imitate their accent, their rhythm of speech and tone of voice. Watch how their lips move and pay attention to the stressed sounds. You could watch interviews on YouTube or online news websites and pause every so often to copy what you have just heard. You could even sing along to songs sung in the target language.
  • Walk around the house and describe what you say. Say what you like or dislike about the room or the furniture or the decor. Talk about what you want to change.This gets you to practise every day vocabulary.

Tips for writing in a foreign language:

  • Practice writing in your target language. Keep it simple to start with. Beginner vocabulary and grammar concepts are generally very descriptive and concrete.
  • Practice writing by hand. Here are some things you can write out by hand:
  • Diary entries
  • Shopping lists
  • Reminders

What could I write about?

  • Write about your day, an interesting event, how you’re feeling, or what you’re thinking.
  • Make up a conversation between two people. 
  • Write a letter to a friend, yourself, or a celebrity. You don’t need to send it; just writing it will be helpful.
  • Translate a text you’ve written in your native language into your foreign language.
  • Write a review or a book you’ve recently read or a film you’ve recently watched.
  • Write Facebook statuses, Tweets or Tumblr posts (whether you post them or not will be up to you).
  • Write a short story or poem.

Writing is one of the hardest things to do well as a non-native speaker of a language, because there’s no room to hide. 

There are lots of ways to improve your writing ability, but they can be essentially boiled down to three key components:

  • Read a lot
  • Write a lot
  • Get your writing corrected
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Okay, so you’ve been called smart all your life. As a kid, you were one of the smartest in your class. Maybe you could read at a much higher level than your peers, or you could fly through multiplication drills like they were nothing. Then, you get to high school and suddenly you’re surrounded by lots of people who were ‘gifted kids’. None of what made you ‘special’ seems all that important now. Your work is actually challenging, and it’s actually requiring effort.

If you’re experiencing this, just know that so many students have gone through the same thing. Maybe it happens in high school, maybe college. But a lot of us who were considered gifted as kids suddenly run into this and it challenges our entire identity. It can be paralyzing, but it’s 100% possible to overcome it and succeed! I’ve compiled a few tips for ex-gifted kids dealing with impostor syndrome and self-doubt. I’m not a therapist, psychologist, or any sort of education expert. I’m just speaking to my own experiences, and I welcome any input from others who have insight into this as well!

1. Understand that working hard does not mean you aren’t intelligent. If something doesn’t come naturally to you, that’s not a reason to give up. Believing that people can do things “just because they were born with a talent for it” is only going to hurt you. It’s not true! People may have natural aptitudes for things, but hard work is involved even for the smartest or most talented people. You are capable of learning anything, and you don’t have to be “good at it” right away to do so.

2. Comparison will kill you. You are your only competition. Focusing on how you rank with other students, and comparing yourself to your classmates is going to exhaust you. By focusing on others, you can’t put your full energy into focusing on your work and yourself. You belong. Even if you struggle with your work, you belong. Focus on your own self-improvement and doing your best.

3. Don’t focus on the goal, focus on your current actions. If you’re always thinking about the future, and about whether you’ll get into that school or that program or win that award or get that scholarship, you’re not using that time to get work done. Don’t worry about college applications, just do your homework. Focus on what you are doing now to reach your goals so you can apply to schools with confidence later.

4. Your grades may not reflect intelligence, but they do reflect work ethic. Don’t let others convince you that grades mean nothing. They sure as hell mean a lot to colleges, and thinking that you should “reject the current education system” is not going to harm anyone but yourself. If you don’t feel like you’re learning anything in your high school classes, that’s all the more reason to want to get into a university that will challenge you. If you put effort into your work, it will not let you down. Your hard work will be reflected on your transcript. Don’t lose focus.

5. Talk to someone. Let people know if you’re struggling. It can be hard to feel like you aren’t allowed to identify as “smart” or to feel pressure to constantly compete and improve. I went to a highly competitive high school that pushed kids to cope in dangerous ways. This is not healthy and not okay. If you’re feeling overwhelmed you need to find healthy coping mechanisms. Speak with someone you trust and don’t let yourself spiral. Don’t try to self medicate. Your well being is always more important than your grades. Period.

6. Enjoy yourself. School may seem like hell, and you may feel like it will never end and you’ll always be stressed and worried. But high school is only four years, and you can do things during that time that you probably won’t ever again. Take advantage of things that seem fun, even if people think they’re nerdy or weird. Try and remind yourself that you’re lucky to have your education and you have the power to do great things with it. Don’t lose sight of your own ability and your bright future!

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