20211025 // 11:48am
🌾 Autumn Studying Challenge Day 25/40: Fireplace or bonfire?
Fireplace, but as a Dark Souls player a bonfire sounds very enticing.
Mondays are lecture days, which means a whole day of Zoom lessons. Cleared up my desk for a less cluttered work environment - hoping it’ll help me maintain focus during those long hours of classes.
October will soon be at an end and it's a little shocking how quickly time goes. Somehow, I feel like this month moved by so fast. I haven't even soaked it in and it'll be done in a couple of days. Another spooky season has gone by.
☞ studygram: blueplaidstudies
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// autumn studying challenge ; day twenty-five
bonfire or fireplace?
i think bonfires - they usually always mean that you’re doing something fun with friends. on bonfire night we usually go to a local firework display where they have a gigantic bonfire.
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I mixed up the dates of my assignments so I have completely lost the motivation to finish my philosophy essays because I have two whole weeks to do them! Why am I like this !! I was in such a roll when I thought they were due soon 🥲
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I have a Tardis mug now. That’s an excuse to drink more tea, right? As long as I’m still writing…
🎶 easy on me - adele
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25.10.21 // winding down the day with a bit of artsy activities - nothing refreshes your mind and soul like doing something that makes you happy ♡
if theres one thing i’d like to share - please try to make time in your life to do the things you love! if you don’t know what it is you love yet, then take the time to explore + try new things! it’ll make all the difference in the world 🌻
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october 26, 2021
Hey guys! Unfortunately, yesterday was bad again bc I felt overwhelmed so I had to take the day off :( but on the bright side, I feel a lot better now! And I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but for the past few weeks I’ve been waking up at like 5 - 6 am and if I try to go back to sleep, I’ll have nightmares :’) my mom thinks its because of all the stress I’m going through rn, which sucks.
On the bright side tho, I signed up for the UberxSuperposition hackathon a while ago and it started this Sunday! Our submissions are due on Friday, and my team and I are making an app and a website :) hopefully it goes really well!
Also, my birthday is coming up in less than a week now (November 1st) and that’s the day my extended weekend (which starts this Friday) ends so I’m going back to school that day -_-. It’s also the due date of literally every Early Action college app I have (although I’m gonna turn them in before that) so that also sucks. But hopefully I’ll enjoy it, anyways. I don’t really want much for it, even tho it’s my ‘sweet sixteen’. COVID partially ruined that, but I’m not really sure if I’d be able to handle all the attention on me lol
Anyways, I’ve ranted enough, hehe. I hope you guys have a nice day! :) <3
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I've decided to finish reading all the books I've already started before picking up a new one. I finished 2 assignments these week thinking now I can finally relax but nope 2 more showed up. I'm getting fully vaccinated tomorrow so yeah 🥳
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10.27.21 | reader, i am Clowning on the coagulation cascade. sorry for this TERRIBLE quality tumblr clowning yet again
🎵 i am listening to: unfinished symphony, schubert
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_autumn studying challenge;
🍁25th October - Fireplace or bonfire?🍁
Fireplace, I have always been lucky to be able to enjoy it at home, sit close and feel warm and calm. It is reconfortable.
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— 30.8.21 ☕️ studygram
my semester starts next week and i’m terrified and excited at the same time — mostly stressed because of everything else going on in my life but also because i’m finally writing my thesis this year and it scares me; with my thesis seminar i only have two other courses: swedish and environmental & economic anthro
peep some of the pictures i’ve taken for my studygram/bookstagram 🤎 i hope you’re doing okay wherever you are
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I can’t decide whether I should study or sunbathe 🌞
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20211027 // 9:45am
🌾 Autumn Studying Challenge Day 27/40: Haunted house or Halloween party?
Halloween party! I've never been to a haunted house but I'm not sure if I want to. 😂
Some structures notes from recent lectures. It's actually not too bad so far and I'm enjoying it. Having great lecturers really help!
☞ studygram: blueplaidstudies
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// autumn studying challenge ; day twenty-six
spooky or cosy mood?
definitely cosy! i’ve never really done anything for halloween so spooky’s not really my thing.
(also a side note: i got my first offer from a uni yesterday!! not from any of my top choices but the offer’s very achievable so it’s nice to have a fallback option)
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here's a quick guide on how i proofread and edit my essays as an humanities undergrad! i tend to spend more time on research and editing and much less time on writing and my first drafts are often horrendous, so editing is really important for me :^)
i've also created guides on essay preparation, the 5-paragraph essay, how to research, and how to write essays. you can find all my other masterposts here.
how to proofread essays by apricitystudies
(section one: before beginning) ideally, you should finish writing your essay a few days before the due date so you can step away from it for a while. this helps you to 'forget' what you wrote and allows you to proofread with fresh eyes. after staring at the same piece of writing for so long, your brain tends to fill in the gaps itself as you read, leading you to miss mistakes.
(section two: the key to effective proofreading is to edit in rounds) each round, focus on and attempt to fix a different issue. this requires you to have a little bit more time to edit, which is why you should finish writing early.
(round one: content) argument: does your argument make sense? is it strong? is it logical? evidence: is your research robust? are your points all backed up with sufficient evidence? is every piece of evidence necessary and relevant to your argument? elaboration: is your argument well developed? is every piece of evidence explained, analysed, or critiqued? is the research you provide linked back to and used to support your argument?
(round two: flow) map: have you provided a clear and concise roadmap of your essay? linking: are your paragraphs linked? do the last sentences of each paragraph flow into the next? have you shown how your points are connected? coherence: is your argument logical? is the order of your points easy to follow? is the reader able to see the progression of your argument? TIP: put all the topic sentences of your body paragraphs into one single paragraph. do they make sense together?
(round three: language) vocabulary: have you repeated words/phrases excessively? is your paraphrasing accurate? sentence length: are your sentences overly long? can they be split up? cohesion: does your writing flow? does it sound stilted or clunky? is everything you've written clear? punctuation: are your quotation marks correct? have you used em dashes, colons, and semicolons accurately? small errors: are your spelling and grammar correct?
(round four: format) referencing: are your in-text citations/footnotes correct? is every piece of evidence referenced? style: have you used the correct font size/style? is your line spacing correct? are your paragraphs justified/indented if they're supposed to be? page setup: are your margins set up properly? are your headers/footers/ page numbers correct, if required? bibliography: are your bibliography entries correct? are they in alphabetical order? is the line spacing and indentation correct?
(section three: other tips) 1: change your font to something like comic sans. this makes your brain work harder to read and stops it from skipping words/phrases. 2: print out your essay and go over it with a red pen. mark as if you were a teacher and pick out as many mistakes as you can. 3. read it aloud or use a text-to-speech function. listening to your writing helps you to identify awkward writing and repeated words.
(ending slide: thanks for reading!) this is just my method of proofreading and it might not work for everyone. that being said, i hope it was still helpful! from @apricitystudies
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Other advice posts that may be of interest:
How To Study When You Really Don’t Want To
Active Revision Techniques
How To Do Uni Readings
How to Revise BIG Subjects
You find a comfortable spot to study and refuse to move ever again. You don’t even think about taking a break—that would be a waste of time and your due date is super close so you can't afford to do that
Whether you’re doing this because you think it’s efficient or because you left everything until the last minute, you’re not going to learn much. Our brains need rest time to process information. Planning ahead is the key here. Instead of focusing only on your deadlines, work backwards and figure out when you need to start working on a project. Take into account how long each part of the work will take you. You’ll feel less overwhelmed and more able to actually learn the material, as opposed to just cramming. If you’re really in a pinch (hey, it happens to everyone), try out the pomodoro method: 25 minutes on, 5 minutes off, with a longer break every 4 circuits. It holds off exhaustion and keeps you feeling refreshed over long periods of heavy work!
You try to study by reading the textbook, but somehow end up highlighting everything and remembering nothing.
Turns out, passively re-reading a textbook is pretty useless. Just because you’re holding a highlighter doesn’t mean you’re actually engaging with the material. Learn how to read actively by taking notes as you read, which will force you to decide what parts of the reading are worth remembering. Come up with practice questions or make flashcards. The more of the 5 senses you use in your studying, the more likely you are to remember the information. If your exam includes an essay portion, think about what kinds of themes your professor might ask about and make some possible outlines. Even if your practice questions don’t actually show up on the exam, you’ll be in the right headspace!
You are studying at the same time that you are watching the newest show on Netflix, texting a friend about what happened last Tuesday and cooking a three-course meal.
People are actually really bad at multitasking. While we think we’re focusing on 2 things at once, we’re actually switching between 2 tasks very rapidly, meaning that our brains never have time to fully adjust to working on either one. Unfortunately, the only way around this one is to plan ahead (weird how that keeps cropping up). Make a study schedule ahead of time and figure out which days you’ll devote to which subjects. You’ll be able to process the material more efficiently than you would if your attention was split between tasks, and ultimately you’ll have more confidence in what you’ve learned.
You only ever study in solitude and refuse to ask anyone else for help.
Studying on your own is fine (sometimes even preferable), but having people you can bounce ideas off of can be insanely helpful (even over Zoom!). Convince a friend or family member to let you “teach” them the material—the gaps in your understanding will become more obvious when you try to explain a topic to an uninformed party. If you have no one available, you could even teach to a pet or toy. Most importantly, take advantage of your professors or teachers and contact them if you’re confused about something. You won’t regret it.
You sit down to revise for an exam and you look through all of the notes from your class in chronological order.
In addition to being a very passive study strategy, it also puts you at risk of running out of time to review the material you learnt most recently, which is often emphasised more heavily on the final exam and can also be some of the most difficult concepts to master – especially for classes like math and languages that increase in difficulty throughout the semester. You will also probably be reviewing information you already know. Instead of studying in chronological order, try studying in priority order, spending the majority of your time on the information that will be most important for you to know for the test.
Memorising, Rather Than Understanding
You know that you need to know facts in an exam so you study by trying to memorise all of the facts from a class, rather than truly understanding the underlying concepts.
Memorising can work well in some classes, especially in earlier stages of school, but it often backfires in more advanced classes. If you’ve memorised a definition but don’t really understand what it means, then as soon as the information is presented in a slightly different format, or you’re asked to apply it to a new type of problem, you will have no idea how to proceed. Rather than memorising the information from your classes, use study strategies that encourage you to understand it. Explaining ideas out loud in your own words, or teaching them to someone else, are great examples of study strategies that promote understanding.
Not Practicing How You’ll Be Tested
You have a study method that you use for all of your exams no matter the subject or the format of the exam.
It’s great to have a study method that supports your revision but often they can be limited to specific skills. For example, flashcards might be a great strategy for a test that is mostly multiple-choice and matching questions, but they might be less useful for essays. If you want to be prepared for your exams, you need to make sure that the way you are studying for your test is similar to how you will actually be tested on the material. The best way to do this is by doing practice questions. Numerous studies have shown that students who test themselves on the material they are learning remember the information better than students who do not take practice tests. Practice testing also helps you avoid “illusions of competence”: situations in which you think you know the information better than you do.
Not Using Active Revision Techniques
You study by re-reading over your notes or perhaps rewriting them.
Unfortunately, this approach to studying is not very effective, in large part because it is extremely passive. Students who use this approach will readily admit that they can read over a page of notes and not remember what they have just read! If you don’t remember it right after you’ve read it, how could you possibly hope to answer questions about it on the test? Choosing more active study strategies that require you to engage with the material will enable you to learn the material more effectively and efficiently. This includes: mindmaps, flashcards, past papers, study groups, and many more.
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My other masterposts:
• extensions pt.1
• study sounds
• dealing with failure
• how to gain traction
• how to study when you’re struggling
Learn languages without taking any extra time for it - Toucan replaces random words on your screen with their equivalents in your target language; You can see the translation and listen to the pronunciation by hovering over them. It also works in reverse - if you highlight any phrase in your language, it can give you the target language equivalent!
Open-Dyslexic is a font specifically designed to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. The extension overrides all fonts on a web page with the OpenDyslexic font, and formats pages to be more easily readable.
INFINITY NEW TAB
Another new tab extension. This one opens up a dashboard that's quite customizable. You can make to do lists, check your bookmarks, etc. Its design is fairly minimalistic and features lots of HD backgrounds.
This one's super nice for graphic design students or just anyone who enjoys a pretty font here and there. It helps you find the name of any font you come across while browsing the web, along with the size and hex colour code!
This one is completely self-explanatory. It replaces your boring triangle cursor with a cuter one; You can even upload your own little image.
I, a professional student, can assure you browsing academic articles is way more fun when your cursor is a watermelon wedge.
Face it - unless you have a standing desk or a super fancy desk chair, your posture is pretty bad most of the time. If you spend hours on end studying at your desk, this will help you get better at looking after your spine! This extension sends you reminders at specified time intervals.
This one is great for everyone that has to read lots of articles - it removes any unnecessary clutter (ads and such) from websites. It also allows you to change the font and its size, as well as toggle between light or dark themes.
Your own personal mini journal & mood tracker. You can use different roasts to signify different moods, and you can write journal entries as well! Also works offline. You could also use this as a productivity tracker.
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08.18.21 - drew a little vision board a few weeks ago and honestly, i'm happy to say that 80% of the time, my current life is living up to it!
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Please excuse my chicken handwriting but here are some old mandarin grammar notes. I’m still not super good at mandarin but I’ve taken a proficiency test and I do so much better than I expected!!
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recently i saw a post on my dash compiling study music, so i decided to make one of my own! here are some of my favorite playlists on youtube to listen to while i’m working, hope you enjoy!
japanese jazz when driving on a warm night
do you like some japanese jazz fusion?
japanese songs i think you should listen to at least once
japanese pop/rock songs to cheer you up! bc studies are hard (help me pls)
calm japanese song to forget all the chaos now
japanese city pop mixtape vol. 11- seaside city
japanese pop/rock songs to cheer you up during quarantine
summer side | smooth 80′s japanese funk
🌻 9:00am : shiny morning time (indie/jazz)
japanese blues/jazz while floating towards the surface
korean r&b mix
loona; energetic, upbeat bops
chill/study kpop playlist
bts late night study playlist 2020
bts playlist to study//sleep//chill 2020
listening to a chill bts playlist in your car on a rainy night
seventeen chill playlist
playlist created and curated by seventeen themselves
red velvet soft & chill playlist
iu’s best songs
songs that make me feel like i’m in a high-teen romance kdrama
･ﾟ☆✧ soft n' chill ♡ | kpop playlist
a playlist for a 19th century villain scheming against his enemies
your pianist roommate may have made a pact with the devil, but you are too afraid to ask
dark academia slightly obscure playlist
dark academia classical music but its only ballades
a playlist to you feel inside of 'pride and prejudice' while you're waiting for your Mr. Darcy
a playlist of beethoven proving he’s an immortal god
that’s why tchaikovsky is the best composer
hope y’all enjoy some of these finds, and feel free to add your favorite study music in the notes so that people who need them can find something new to listen to!
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07.08.21 | are you a night owl or a morning person? I’m both actually. I love waking up at 6am during breaks. I love enjoying a cup of coffee and breakfast first thing in the morning, two of my faves in this world. however, college and med school turned me into a night owl because there’s no time to study during the day —we are mostly tired from a whole day of lectures, activities, and exams. this is also why I post at this hour. 😆 my study brain is active at night! old habits die hard, I guess. 😂
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