something about this fall weather just makes me want to study
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10.10.2021 // yesterday i had a sudden motivational boost to redocorate my room for the new semester. i reorganised my bookshelf and threw/ gave away everything i don't need anymore. and today i picked some small flowers and put them in these fancy flasks.
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Academic Earth: Astronomy (multiple courses)
Class Central: Relativity and Astrophysics (course)
NASA Astrophysics (govt. website)
MIT Astrophysics II (lecture notes)
Astrophysics and Cosmology by Prof. Somnath Bharadwaj (lectures)
Matrix Operations by Richard Bronson (maths textbook)
Linear Algebra by Seymour Lipschutz & Marc Lars Lipson (maths textbook)
The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack (book)
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson (book)
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (book)
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene (book)
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking (book)
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Don't guilt trip yourself :)
Do you find yourself having spent way too much time doing nothing, and now feel guilty about it and not studying/working instead? It's okay. Let's appreciate the fact that you realised it, and are willing to take an action on it :)
Set a timer for 20 guilt-free minutes.
Clean your desk. Make your environment attractive.
Clear your mind. Take note of all the things that are clouding up your clever brain :)
Get some kind of beverage/light snack to boost your mood, or something caffeinated to get you going.
Focus on the first thing you have to do, and just pay attention to it for 5 mins. Don't do, just think of how great it's going to be, now that you're going to get done with it.
Now let go of that guilt. Because you're back on your feet <3 You can do this!! :)
Tip: begin with smaller, low-effort tasks to boost your morale. Also, make bigger, scary tasks into smaller, trackable tasks, and do them one at a time.
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went up to the terrace to study chemistry ..
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At long last, the Chemistry Sampler is complete! 🥳
From my records, I started the first sketches for this summer all the way back in 2018-- ages ago, now! In the years since then I’ve made multiple mockups, each with different colors and panels-- it feels strange to finally set it down, finished and stitched and framed. Honestly I couldn’t be happier with it. 😊
[Pattern is Here] [Closeups (including a microscopic one!) are Here]
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Good morning! Hopefully we can have a productive day! I'm a bit overloaded with schoolwork but it'll all get done one way or another.
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Monday, 4 October 2021
Can you believe it's October already? I'm still struggling to accept this fact. Classes start tomorrow and I'm equal parts nervous and excited. I know that the first 2-3 weeks are going to be difficult, as they always are, but given how fascinating all my new courses seem I'm feeling rather positive anyway. Genetics! Biotransformations! It's going to be a very interesting semester 🥰
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All other tags are left as an exercise to the reader.
Thanks ani and @sadcypher for helping me with this!
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tuesday, september 21st
spending the day in the library to prepare for my organic chemistry exam and catch up on readings
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18.07.2021 // here i am again, trying to understand pchem and probably failing at it. at least i get "fancy" drinks by my mum aka water with lemon and blueberries. that's one of the best thing about being home: not having to think about cooking and all that stuff.
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how to pay better attention in online classes
1. use blocker extensions: opening a new tab and wasting time on social media sites will be impossible if you simply block ‘em. it makes a huge difference in your concentration. i personally use blocksite.
2. disable incognito mode: you may have noticed that extensions don’t necessarily work in incognito mode. i would often find myself simply opening an incognito window and whiling away precious class time on tumblr and youtube. it’s pretty easy to remove incognito mode, you can learn how here.
3. answer a lot in class: (if you can). this way, the teachers will be familiar with you and might call on you a lot and you’ll build a rep in class and naturally interact more and participate more. so you’ll automatically have to pay attention and plus, it might be fun, you’ll have interesting discussions and get to know your fellow classmates.
4. be well-prepared beforehand: have a good meal; use the washroom; brush; shower; have a snack, a water bottle and coffee/tea on your table and your books+stationery ready before class. this way, you won’t get distracted or feel tired or sleepy, but rather fresh and prepared.
5. find a way to stay grounded and pay attention: i’m a maladaptive daydreamer so i drift off or zone out quite a lot. i’m sure other people might have trouble paying attention too for some reason or the other. i try to answer a lot, take handwritten notes, meditate during breaks and have something to fidget with to try and pay attention. try find a system that works for you and is suited to you.
i hope this this helps. happy learning!!!!
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Experience: Subconscious stress
I know that is a no brainer for most adults, but for all the students who are new to the world of competitive exams, or major exams in general, this is a lesson you should learn without having to go through it.
I had a major exam, in two parts with a week’s time between the two papers. I had been preparing for it for 1.5 years, and I knew I could nail the exam.
Then, half way through the exam, I started having severe stomach pain. I tried to bear it for 30 more mins, couldn’t take it longer. I had to leave 1/3rd of the paper and quit. I absolutely cried because I knew I could do better but, the unknown stomach ache stopped me.
Apparently, you don’t always consciously know you are stressed out. It comes out as little actions in your daily habits. My mother recalled that I had been fidgeting and buzzing around like a lost bee even while doing things like brushing my teeth and eating (I don’t have any diagnosed mental disorders, so this wasn’t a normal thing for me). I was distracted, but never knew. And stress and burnout can have many physical results, like what I had.
So, if any major d-day is coming up, make sure you’re around people who know you well, and can let you know of such things. Though I am not very aware of ways to avoid/predict this, here’s a video that will help you out.
Take care! <3
#note: this is not scientific terminology, but rather something I recently experienced and discussed with my doctor. Do not take this as medical advice.
The Cure For Burnout (Hint: It isn’t self care) - Ted Talk
Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle (Book)
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some more notes from this week! chemical engineering isn’t too bad so far, and organic molecules are pretty fun to draw :)
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Studying organic chem and a photo from Kavala...
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It’s Chemistry Time! 🧪
I’ve had ‘Chemistry Sampler’ on my to-do list ever since... well, since not long after the math sampler days! I’ve done so many sketches and experiments for this one over the years, and it’s finally all come together. 😌
This is square one of sixteen-- the others will be revealed over the next fifteen days! See y’all again soon ✌
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Lab work is always chaos and no one can tell me otherwise
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Tuesday, 12 October 2021
My Tuesdays and Wednesdays end way too late, but at least I have an excuse to get myself a bigger coffee 😌
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