Writing papers is hard when your two options is either: brain dump your garbage pile of goblin nonsense so that you at least write something but have to reconstruct it later, OR stare at page, head empty, th….esis stateme..nt?
Back to medschool again!!
Just wanna share a glimpse of how I study and how I set things up to make most of my time productive.
Yes, I’m currectly studying at the moment just speding my break to share this to you guys. I may not have the most luxurious stuff and study set up because honestly, we’re not rich! But just wanna share how I study… And maybe or hopefully some of these things can help you too in your medical journey..
1. I READ THE TEXTBOOKS!. yes, that is the safest and most efficient way I can gain info aside from lectures.
2. I HIGHLIGHT /UNDERLINE/PUT MARKINGS ON IMPORTANT TERMS.
Yes, I use different colors of highlighters and pens to distinguish the meaning of the term from the examples, or quotations, etc. Using one color pen or highlighter is a big headache in medschool because trust me, in every page, its like almost every sentence is important. So you have to designate certain colors like a legend (e.g. Blue-for meaning, pink-examples, orange- enumeration, green- numbers) so that in reviewing your book, you can easily find what you’re looking for.
3. I DOODLE/DRAW ON THE SPACES ON THE PAGES.
Having a separate notebook for notes is very tiring and time consuming(for me). So I always do my notes on the book itself. I draw schematic graphs or images or sometimes summarizes the main points on the space above or below the pages.
4. I MAKE SURE I AM HYDRATED.
Health is wealth future physicians! Because of my laziness to go to the kitchen just to drink water, I always bring my tumbler filled with water instead. Also, it drives sleepiness away.
5. I ALWAYS CHECK THE TIME.
Time is very important. I always track my time and make sure I’m doing my tasks quick and efficient. Also I use pomodoro technique (sometimes).
LAST but MOST IMPORTANT thing in studying…
6. PRAY BEFORE YOU STUDY!
God is the source of knowledge and wisdom. He created everything and of course He knows everything that we study. When we ask in Him knowledge and wisdom He is most willing to give it because it is His passion to impart these learnings upon us so that we too can be his co-laborers in helping others who are in need and sick. “Ask and it shall be given to you…” Matthew 7:7
Well, my breaktime is almost done… And I hope things can help you…in your studies. God bless you guys, and to all the future physicians!!! Keep the passion growing.
September 20, 2020
Decided to change locations and went to study outside today. It was a bit chilly, but I really liked the weather. I’ve done a lot of studying for my psych test and finished my chem homework and chem lab. I’ve gotten feedback on my narrative paper from my professor. Apparently, I’ve over-narrated it… but she did say that I’ve nailed the concept of the prompt. I guess my writing magic is still there.
I wanted to show Jasmine that her book “Study with Me” is helping me a lot on keeping my notes more organized especially with math! Thank you Jasmine! She is an inspiration to me and she’s so young and has accomplished so much!
So I was doing some studying and created my own study guide. I think study guides are helpful because you can make your own questions and try to predict what the teacher is going to ask on an Exam. So while doing this, I did end up in a little predicament, but it’s not too bad.
I’m using my Mildliner and my Kokuyo Beetletip highlighter for this and my ballpoint pen. Later on I’m going to write the answers in gel pen.
My predicament is that all of my highlighters bled through…horribly. (-_-;) Just want to say, if you want nice paper that won’t let your markers bleed through, go for whitelines, Kokuyo campus, or Fivestar brand notebooks. I do love this notebook because it came with dividers that you can move within your notebook and it’s a 5 subject notebook and it also came with clear flags.
This is an Accel notebook from Staples that I got a year ago and decided to use it again. Like I said it is functional, but the pages will have your highlighters bleeding through horribly. That’s all for now. :)
Anyone have a good online note-taking app/system for Mac/Desktop??
Literature is all about interpretations. We’ve all lived different experiences so we bring different things to the text when we read it. This means that, as long as you can back it up with evidence, your interpretation of the text is just as valid as anyone else’s.
Bringing back our old friend The Go Between. Gonna be honest here. I did not like this book when I first read it. so, The Go Between is about Leo, who, in 1900, when he was 13 became the ‘go between’ for Marian- rich girl engaged to Trimingham- and Ted- sexy farmer she was having an affair with. Leo didn’t know this. When he did find out he did some great angsting and then he carried on. Later, Marian’s mother finds Ted and Marian having sex in a hay stack. Leo also sees this. Ted then commits suicide. We’re told in the prologue and epilogue that Leo is a “cindery creature” because of this summer.
Now, the interpretation my teacher gave was that it was the visuality of cross-class intercourse that caused this summer to ruin Leo’s life. Coming too close to the sun was Leo coming too close to desire, the heat of sex whatever, in his youth.
However, when I read it, I disagreed with this. When Leo witnesses said hay stack shenanigans, the wording is that Leo is “more mystified than horrified”. This sounds to me more like a character excited by the possibilities the breaking of class barriers would offer (Leo has previously been unhappy with his class status). The part I think traumatises Leo, is Ted’s suicide. It’s not the fact of the relationship, it’s the ending of it. Throughout the long hot summer, Leo’s also been enjoying the heat for the “freedom” of it. He’s burnt because that heat never came into his life again.
So I have an argument that differs from the standard one… and yet, it’s still backed up, has evidence, and is just as valid as anyone else’s.
So be brave! If your teacher gives an interpretation, fight against it! Death of the Author means that as soon as the last punctuation mark gets put in, it becomes your book, so own it! And own your interpretation of it! But also know that everyone else’s interpretation is just as valid as yours.
(this may be updated later as I made this using only online resources and what I remembered and only recently found my old notes that I will be searching through at a later date)
Literature Guide 4: First Lines and Last Lines
As a writer, I normally have the perfect ending written, but have no idea how to start it. So, from experience, I know just how much thought can be put into how to begin a story or adversely end it. What does that tell you? They’re hella important, so look at them!
One of my A Level texts was ‘The Go Between’ by L. P. Hartley. The first line of it is “The past is a foreign country; they do things different there”. What a power move! Just flexing a line like that! But why do it? The novel itself is a reflection on the summer of 1900 which is the year it went wrong for our narrator. So let’s do some “hardcore”* analysis of it:
“the past is”- “is”???? “is?” the past? is? For our narrator the past is still the present. Our narrator is using present tense verbs to discuss the past- Leo’s mind we can argue is still in the past.
by using “the”- the definite article, Hartley shows that this past is unchangeable, unalterable, it cannot be visited
“a foreign country”- what are the connotations of “foreign”? This pretty much just emphasises the difference, and perhaps hints that it’s scary- think about what people thought about the “foreign” at this time. What about the idea that we are tourists to our own past?
Who’s “they”? Are the people of the past so different from the people of our narrator’s ‘today’ that they’re somehow separate from the present. Or is it that they’re dead!?
So in the first line we see the conflict between our narrator’s view of the past and present. We see that our narrator isn’t comfortable with the present, and is perhaps in some ways traumatised by the past, though he continues to think on it.
Sometimes there’s less you can say though. If you read a first line and you just think ‘cool’, it’s probably not worth analysing. If it makes you think, it’s gold dust, if not, move on.
Always love these because they are the last thing the writer wanted you to think about. If I pick up the book next to me (Stoner by John Williams) and look at the last line (please don’t let there be spoilers…) it is:
“The fingers loosened, and the book they had held moved slowly and then swiftly across the still body and fell into the silence of the room”
I’ve got an advantage over you since I’ve actually read some of the book, so I can understand what’s going on more. Obviously it’s a death scene (got that to look forward to), but what can we say? “the fingers” are life- there’s been a lot of imagery earlier about Stoner’s relationship with his hands- they’re ‘too big’ and ‘clumsy’ harkening back to his roots in agriculture- but his last act presumably is letting go of a book. Hands important for what they do? Is it making clear that he’s truly moved past this agricultural association? Is it saying that his life was spent entirely reading books? Is this positive? “still” and “silence” are part of a tiny semantic field about emptiness, the character’s dead and with him all the life he had. The book opens ironically with a wikipedia style summation of Stoner’s life and death, and this outline of him is contrasted throughout the book with the depth of his actual character, a way of colouring him in. With his death, it completes the circle. It was life that made his character, now the emptiness shows the end of that. The verbs (and adverbs)in the sentence manage to evoke the sense of ‘slipping away’- “loosened”, “moved slowly” “then swiftly” and “fell”. The movements start off gently, then suddenly and then we end with a past tense. Almost as if Williams is literally removing Stoner’s life from the words. There’s probably much more I’m not getting/would get if I’d read the whole book but the point stands.
First sentences and last sentences are important. Have a look at them.
*I’m saying hardcore analysis because not every sentence needs to be analysed this much.
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Literature guide 3: the curtains are blue for a reason, but there’s no reason they “are”*
So it can be tempting to try to analyse every single word of a text. Here’s the best advice I’ve got: don’t.
I mean, if you read a poem, don’t look at every word. Instead, read it through and pick out what jumps out. Or even just what confuses you.
For example, Carol Ann Duffy has this brilliant poem ‘Anne Hathaway’.
What jumps out? Not every word obviously, it’s the specific images, and by asking questions to the poem, your attempt to answer these can create an interpretation.
As you can see, I picked up on “my lover’s words were shooting stars”- because they are without direction. The image is nice, but does it conceal something else?
What about “Some nights I dreamed he’d written me”- there’s multiple ways this can be taken. Is it she dreams that he’d created her- the subject is Shakespeare so the wish to have been created makes sense- or is it the more cynical that she wishes “he’d written (to) me” or that “he’d written (about) me”
Why is the world one of “forests, castles, torchlight, cliff-tops, seas”- the subjects of his plays and sonnets rather than, we’d expect, something more intimate, something other than the Shakespeare we know as readers.
My interpretation was that this poem frustrates the distance of a famous marriage. Shakespeare in this is the figure we all know, as good at sex as he is with words. He writes- but does he ever branch beyond our image? If Shakespeare’s “words were shooting stars”- is it acknowledging his infidelity? He wrote so many sonnets but none for his wife- so his words shoot somewhere other than towards Anne Hathaway. If she dreams “he’d written (her)”, it can suggest she wishes she’d been the subject of his poems, and even that his world of writing is a different sphere to her, and one she wishes she were a part of. The semantic field world of “forests, castles, torchlight, cliff-tops, seas” is the distant world of Shakespeare’s works and critically is a fiction. The distance is between their marriage and the fictional world that Shakespeare inhabits. To come to this, we didn’t discuss every single line, we just picked up on a few different parts that stuck out- and then interpreted them. Easy as that. Turn your questions into answers and you can’t go far wrong.
*Having said that, as an A Level English Language veteran, if you wanna make a point about “are” being the present tense- is blue the continuing melancholy emotion, etc, please go for it.
For those of you cramming for the AP Physics C exam, here’s a bit of help! More is to come momentarily. :)