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21.10.2020 // i finished “Agnes Grey” yesterday and it was a lovely read. when i came home yesterday i found another letter by my great-aunt and i wrote her back this morning (4 pages in total, i’m proud of myself).

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Hello studyblr community!!

I just thought maybe I should introduce myself ( not that it particularly matters but we move )

- My name is Aynaz, I’m 19 (almost 20)

- I’m a second year medical student

- I’m a Capricorn (I love reading horoscopes)

- I’m interested in cardiology, orthopaedics and acute medicine currently

- I live in the UK

- I don’t have lots of hobbies but I guess I love reading books, particularly young adult fantasy 😍😍 and watching kdramas

I’d love to get to know more people! Please like or reblog this if you’re an active studyblr so I can check you out and follow you :)

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15.10.2020 // new apartment, new city, new degree

A lot of things have changed in the past month and I’m starting new now!

I finished my Bachelor’s degree with better grades than I ever imagined and got accepted into my dream master’s degree! I’ve just moved to a new city where I’m going to study a Master in International Business Studies and I’m really excited!

I also really like my new study space and the rest of my apartment - life is good 😊


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14.10.2020 // i very much enjoy studying atm. mainly because i learn things i’m interested in. Harry Potter in french is awesome. my french isn’t that good (i would say between A1 and A2) but i know this books by heart so i can easily imagine what a word is supposed to mean. i also started to take notes on the articles i read. here are some bullet points about the use of technology in chemistry lessons. very intersting.

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13.10.2020 // did a lot of organising these past days. i got my bike fixed, bought some sportswear, printed my last essay, bought groceries, did laundry and most importantly: i found this second hand copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban in french!!!

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🌧13/10/20🌧

Studyblr Community Challenge:

Do you have an ‘aesthetic’? If yes, what is it?

I love mixing study photos with nature/scenic photos I take on my walks. My best study days are when I balance learning with exercise and relaxation, so I try to show that on my blog. However, I don’t let myself get too carried away with my ‘aesthetic’ as this blog is just about tracking my productivity and supporting like-minded individuals.

Photo taken in Cornwall.

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how to write essays (for university)

last semester i was very scared about the essays i had to write. in spanish, after the first two semesters, all exams are more or less essays you have to write during semester break. i had never written an essay before, at least not at university and let me tell you: the first one was a mess. i had no guidance. nobody told me how the f*ck i should write an essay. it took me so long to finish, i had no structure, my citations were messed up, but it was also a learning process. i pulled through and the marks weren’t that bad. now i’m writing my fourth essay and i must say, it get’s so much easier after the first one. so here are some tips for your first essay or maybe even for people who have already written some university stuff.

the first step is always finding a topic. i would suggest a little research. go find some books in your library or even google scholar will do it (honestly, due to covid-19 i write all my essays with internet resources and it’s working perfectly fine!). 

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google scholar even gives you citations (be careful though! always check twice) and shows articles related to that topics so you can build a strong bibliography.

read some general articles about the topic and find something that interests you. i love using notion for this step. they even have a thesis-template i adjust to my needs and use. i can copy the link to the source, write down author, year, title and form of publication and have everything in one place to quickly find it. 

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i even use it for a small timetable.

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now do a more focused research and narrow it down. at my first attempts i made the error to choose a wide and very unspecific topic. therefore it was quite difficult to write everything important on only 15 pages. so try to choose a small topic and put enough research into it to write your requested pages. after finding a topic try to phrase a hypothesis. ask yourself a question you want to answer after writing this essay. think about possible answers (this first hypothesis doesn’t have to be right! you will certainly find the answer while writing). a big tip is also talking with your prof! present them your research so far and talk about the question you want to answer in your text. they are going to tell you, if this sounds good to them or if you messed up. doing this at the beginning is so much easier than afterwards, i promise.

before you start writing you should organise your thoughts and resources. thanks to @honig-prinzessin​, who introduced me to citavi, i can now organise my citations in one programm. 

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for most university students this should be free, just look it up at the website of your uni. i don’t want to go into too much detail but you can create an overview of the topics you want to talk about and arrange all relevant citations below that. i find this system very easy to use! 

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what i like to do afterwards is organising my thoughts and arguments. i write a small plan of what i want to talk about exactly at what point in my essay. i used to simply start writing but this resulted in a big mess- in my head and on paper. 

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citavi even has a word extension so you just have to click to transfer your citations plus bibliography into word. really useful!

now start writing(oh it sounds so simple…). it doesn’t matter how bad the first draft is, just get it out of your head. make sure you use all guidelines your uni has for essays: font, size, layout, how to quote, etc.

when you finished the essay ask someone to read over it. get a second opinion. check again if you did your quotations right (don’t want to get accused of plagiarism!). and then just send it off. honestly, i hate editing the most. i don’t want to read my bad wording. and be proud of yoursef

when you get your grade always ask for a detailed evaluation! a number won’t tell you what you can make better next time. and i’m pretty sure most profs will do this if you ask. at least it helped me with the essays that followed my first one, so highly recommend!

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🍂08/10/20🍂

Studyblr Community Challenge:

What is the best thing about studyblr in your opinion?

It has to be how friendly and welcoming everyone is. I haven’t been in this community very long but people are already wishing me success and happiness. I really appreciate the positive energy I receive here. I normally find scrolling on social media draining, but I genuinely love seeing pictures of studyblrs’ working towards their goals and listening to other students chat about their day.

Desktop background designed by Lívi Lénárt.

Photo taken in Cornwall.

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day 4 of the studyblr community challenge// 04.10.2020 // how long have you had studyblr? // i think i made my studyblr like four or five years ago? anyways, i’m once again sitting in the train and i started reading “Doktor Schiwago” by Boris Pasternak. what are you currently reading? today i recommend you @music-of-languages. great content, lots of language learning tips!

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day 2 of the studyblr community challenge // 02.10.2020 // explain your studyblr url // well, i always admired Marie Skłodowska Curie and her life. when i finished highschool i wanted to study chemistry and just be like her. my study plans have changed but she as my role model hasn’t.

today i recommend you all @stu-dying-fox. their studyblr is awesome! and they as well ;)

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day 1 of the studyblr community challenge // 01.10.2020 // introduce yourself and tell us what you study // hello you all! here on tumblr i go with the name Marie. i’m 21 years old and come from germany. currently i study spanish and chemistry in third year. i want to become a teacher after my masters but this will still take some time ^^ next semester i mainly have spanish courses like spanish V and VI, literature and linguistics. but i also have a pedagogy class for chemistry and i’m going to work for the chemistry department as a tutor. when you want me to see your content just tag it with #mariecuriestudies :) i also love learning languages. german, english and spanish of course but i would love to learn more! next semester i will take a french A2 course and study a lot on my own. the goal would be learning russian as well. we will see! do you know @honig-prinzessin? she loves languages and has amazing content. go check her out! apart from studying i love doing acrobatics, as well as playing piano (i try to learn ukulele atm). and of course my favourite thing to do is curling up in a blanket and read all day. when you need some book recommendations or have some for me just send me a message!

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🌹01/10/20🌹

Study Update:

I used to think I was really good at Excel, however, I recently tried to analyse a database and had to google lots of the formulae I needed. I’ve therefore decided to write up some notes so I feel more confident the next time I use it. Hope everyone is having a productive week!

Photos taken in Edinburgh (past trip) and Warwickshire (recent).

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🥀28/09/20🥀

Study Motivation:

Reading classic books. Writing in new languages. Listening to educative podcasts. Looking round museums. Visiting manor houses. Watching online lectures. Feeling history through news updates. Gosh there’s so much to do and so little time!!

Photo taken in Oxfordshire.

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i’ve been using notion for quite a while and at the beginning i found it quite confusing. but recently i got into the hang of things and now i have established my own system. for all the people out there who have no idea how to start, i want to show you my set up for university. maybe it will help you!

my university page is a board view with every semester i used notion in. let’s take a look!

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when i click on a semester overview the first thing you will see, is a list of all my courses. i write down important details i might need and turn every course into a page.

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when you click on the course you’ll find an overview of all the lessons, tagged with the date, status and type of lecture. so it’s very easy to find information.

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below all my courses i have two tables. the first one is for my exams and essays. just a little overview of my exam season, the dates, the form of the exam and the credits i get for the course. below that i made a little timetable, which isn’t perfect, but i havn’t figured out yet how to make it better.

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and at the very end of my semester overview i have my study plan. this is a great tool for spaced repetition and planning your study sessions. it’s just a normal calender view where i wrote down every lesson i want to revise that day. so i never lose track!

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and when you click on one of the topics you will see, that i established a relation to a lesson. so it’s really easy to get back to the lecture material and revise!

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my revision, at least for chemistry is heavily based on the toggle feature. because below every toggle you can hide the correct answer. so it’s just like flashcards, but easier. you can even screenshot the lecture slides and fit them in. after answering the question i will mark it with either green (very easy, i don’t have to revise it next time), yellow (i had some difficulties, but i mostly got it right, maybe look over this next time) or red (no idea whats going on, might have to do some research). 

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i hope this little overview gave you some ideas how to use notion. just keep trying to use it and you will see how much potential the app has! and remember, as a student it’s totally free to use, as long as you use your university mail to sign up!

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🌺26/09/20🌺

Study Update:

I’ve fallen behind on my studies due to job searching and am starting to feel very overwhelmed. It was so easy to manage studying and job searching when I was just filling in applications. Now that I’m having to do online tests and interviews, things just aren’t that easy. I can’t let this pressure get to me though. I will just have to start working smarter; planning my days more meticulously and prioritising tasks based on importance. If anyone has any tips for job applying, please message me.

Photo taken in Cornwall.

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