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For all you students who are suddenly finding yourself with online classes, here is list of people who are willing to help out with anyone struggling and our specialties/areas of interests. We’re all colleagues and we’re all in this together! Let’s be a true academic community and support each other as much as possible in the coming months.

This google doc has a list of over 100 people (with more being added) with different academic specialities ranging from chemistry to theatre and we want to help you with studies. In fact, we are very excited about helping you!

If you reblogged the first version of this post, please consider reblogging this one too, so that we can get it in the hands of as many people as possible. Thank you all for your wonderful support!

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#WFHchallenge day one

Got up, showered, dressed, made coffee. Moved my desk into my roommates room (he’s moved out but still on the lease 😬) and have started working…. ish. Opened all the back windows in my house because it’s absolutely lovely out. Might do some laundry in a bit, but I’m very cautious to go into the laundry room lol

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march twenty-fifth: I have an interview at harvard tomorrow to be a full-time researcher for a very very prominent former presidential advisor. the job is really competitive, so I won’t be heartbroken if I don’t get it. it’s an honor to even make it to the interview stage!

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Hey guys does anyone know of other websites that have virtual dissections other than froguts? I’m trying to find perch, clam, crayfish dissections for my students and I haven’t been having much luck.

I have been using Scishow, Animalogic, and TED talks on YouTube videos for fun information to try and make it more interesting also.

If anyone else has suggestions and links I would forever grateful :)

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Monday March 23rd

I’m feeling conflicted. Today was technically one of my more productive days so far, but I feel like I’ve done less than yesterday since I didn’t do it all in one block, since I zoomed with friends in the UK for like 2 hours over lunch which kind of broke things up. And I went grocery shopping mid-afternoon. Yet somehow I got a fair bit done, had a zoom meeting with my PI, and with a friend for accountability purposes. Huh. I was thinking that I would be more productive if I tried working in a solid block form 9am to 3pm, but now I’m not so sure. 

Either way, today I processed a bunch of data and found some interesting new things about different adsorbates which is always fun. This project is definitely revitalizing me and making me want to make even more progress. But there’s also just so gosh-darn many calculations to run and troubleshoot (for reference I think I’ve run maybe 100 in the past week alone) which is not exactly grunt work but also not super intellectually stimulating so it’s a weird balance to walk. I’m trying to throw in more data analysis so I can keep myself fresh and sharp. 

I haven’t been doing much paper or textbook reading or writing, but I feel like for the former it’s more important to really get going with research again before I “take breaks” to read, and for the latter, well I’m a bit too far away from having enough data for a paper to think about that too much.

Aside from work work, I’ve found that if I write down my housework chores I’m much more likely to actually do them before they get critical. Who knew?? So I’m trying to write out my main chores each day, and I’m using them as procrastination. I don’t think anyone is really getting in an 8-hour workday at the moment unless they’re super used to working at home so I’m not beating myself up for working 5 hours a day. While emotionally I feel more or less fine, I guess the whole  ✧・゚: *✧・゚:* pandemic*:・゚✧*:・゚✧  thing is weighing on me more than I thought. 

Anyways. Gotta go tick off some chores from my planner or I’ll feel bad about not ticking off all the boxes. Good luck y’all, and keep up the good work ✌️

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For all you students who are suddenly finding yourself with online classes, here is list of graduate students who are willing to help out with anyone struggling and our specialties/areas of interests. We’re all colleagues and we’re all in this together! Let’s be a true academic community and support each other as much as possible in the coming months.

ceebycee - introductory physics, modern physics, quantum mechanics, astronomy, calculus (differential, integral, multivariable), linear algebra

@feamir - upper level physics and math

@andbeavillain - anything science and math related up to the university level, editing papers of any subject for clarity and grammar

@softcroft - biochemistry, biology (particularly genomics and transcriptomics), public health, epidemiology, social and behavioural health, PH biostats, organic chemistry, scientific writing, presentations, resume/CV/interview prep for bio sciences, Latin language

@cancerbiophd - biology (human physiology, mammalian cells, biology lab techniques, cancer), fellowship applications, grant writing, presentations, academic/scientific communication

irishfencer456 - biology (genetics, cell biology, signal transduction, intro biology subjects), technical writing, fellowship applications, grant writing, presentations, academic/scientific communication

@studyevergreen - environmental studies, biology, lower level chemistry, physiology, toxicology, environmental education, environmental governance, high school level subjects, proofreading and editing

@adelicateculturecell - general biology, genetics, basic chemistry

@xmarksthenerd - general biology, molecular biology, some orgo and biochemistry, algebra and geometry

thesleepiestsleepscientist - biochemistry, systems neuroscience, human physiology

@my-lions-mane - anatomy, human biology/anatomy, developmental biology, biochemistry, forensic toxicology, microbiology, interviews, applications, and statments

@narrativerehearsal - osteoarchaeology, archaeological science (isotopes, radiocarbon dating), skeletal anatomy and pathology, general archaeology and world prehistory, some medieval history (mainly British), some zooarchaeology

caffeinated-phd - computer science, Java, Scala, Python, C, C++, C#, Haskell, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

@professorerudite - English and Japanese

@myskyisempty - psychology, educational psychology, counseling and education

@gardenforsparrows - outdoor education/recreation, environmental education, environmental science, program evaluation, GIS, lower level english and literature


And speaking for myself, I’m more than happy to chat or answer questions about what I’m studying for anyone who’s curious, regardless of whether or not your studying it!

It you want to be on (or off) this list, just send me a message.

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20.3.20

i’ve been doing ok in light of the covid-19 developments. being in the thesis-writing stage of my graduate work and doing qualitative work is definitely a privilege. my thoughts go out to any grad students dealing with being separated from their labs, having to pause data collection, or no longer being able to access archives. that being said, i want to echo what i have been seeing on many academia-related media platforms and say that this is also not a time to throw oneself into being defined by productivity. you are more than your work and you deserve to take care of yourself and focus on other things than graduate school demands in these trying times.

in the spirit of that, myself and my partner went for a drive today to enjoy the exceptionally nice weather we had today (its been a shite winter, weather-wise, here). there are many things i don’t love about living on this island but the proximity to the ocean isn’t one of them. the sun actually felt warm for once and the sky was such a beautiful wide blue expanse. i had been getting cabin-feverish and anxious spending so much time inside and traipsing through the woods and smelling the clean ocean air definitely cleared my head.

i also came home and found 2 scholarship letters waiting for me. while my conferences for the year have been postponed indefinitely this was such a good nugget of news. i wasn’t feasibly going to be able to self-fund to travel to present my work so its nice to know that whenever the world does return to normal i can have these conferences to look forward to.

hoping you’re all well xx

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19.03.20

Mid-day update! getting started today was somehow a little more difficult. I’m losing motivation a bit. I might go for a nice socially-distant walk to refresh myself. 

I’ve just been running calculations for my no-longer-neglected project, at the cost of doing any of the coding for the other one… ah well, can’t win them all. Not sure how people juggle actually doing multiple very different research projects. Even if mine will eventually converge into my thesis, ultimately, and I know how to combine them, but that’s far enough down the line that it’s a little dispiriting. Oh well. Plugging on. 

I’m also trying to use this time of a little bit more calm to get more paper and textbook reading in. The textbook on my desk came today and looks like it’ll be an absolutely amazing resource for everything I could possibly want. My one-stop-shop for any theoretical basics. So I think I’ll be trying to go through a chapter and do problems every couple weeks to a month just to keep my maths sharper and really stay on top of the material. I really want to expand my knowledge base to make sure I can think of things in lots of different ways and try and make innovative connections. Bc research!!

If anyone has any suggestions for how to use a textbook for review outside of a structured class, I welcome them! I’ll be muddling on the best I can, but if anyone knows any really good ways to maximize the benefit, I’m happy to try and incorporate them.

Well, I think I’ll head off for a walk now to clear the cobwebs and then get back to work! I’m 3/5ths of the way through my planned work hours, so want to revitalize myself a little bit before getting entrenched in it again. 

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03/19/20

Now that work is officially shut down, I have a lot of time to review for the GRE and finish my Graduate school application.

Focusing on what I can control at the moment.

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I’ve talked before about me not liking group work, but I also just want to take the time to add that OT school is ALL group work. Every assignment we do is group work, even when we’re practicing writing documentation. This gets on my nerves because I personally don’t learn anything from group work. We have so many group assignments, projects, and presentations that the only way to get it done is to split up the work, despite our professors saying that we should meet outside of class and all go through the assignment together step by step. There is simply no time for that. We spend so much time in class which isn’t used productively, profs drag on lecture for the full three hours when they could have covered the material in one hour or one and a half hours tops. The amount of time spent in class makes it impossible to meet outside of class time unless it’s absolutely necessary for the assignment, not to mention that we also are required to meet with our research groups and faculty mentor each week. With so many groups project with different groups members, coordinating schedules just doesn’t happen so we split up the work, do it through google drive, and hope that everyone does it on time and produces quality work.

Honestly, the amount of group work makes me feel like I’m being jipped out of my education (a $200,000 education) because the reality is when I go on fieldwork, I’m on my own. It’s not going to be me and five other students from class treating one patient or writing one progress note. It’s going to be me alone that has to the work, the planning, and have ALL of the clinical skills required of me.

The professors always justify the amount of group work with “oh, but health care professionals work in teams, it’ll help you.” Health care professionals may work in teams, but the interactions are not the same as in an academic group project. In health care, for the most part, the extent of team work is “Oh, PT evaluated this patient this morning, let me ask the PT what their FIM levels were and read the PT note to get the information on the home environment so I can focus my questions on something else so as not to have the patient repeating the same information to three different therapists in one day.” This is what makes group work frustrating to me, not to mention the work ethic, quality of work, procrastination, and other characteristics of classmates that makes group work all the more infuriating.

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