23.9.21 | Reading about animal vulnerability for my English literature class.
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it's chem and it's endless
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Last night I received news that I would be attending my university for face-to-face this 17.10.2021. Would sign in for the hostel on 15.10.2021. I felt nervous and excited at the same time. Wish me the best!
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Tips for Learning Languages
If you are familiar with your target language alphabet, reading is going to be your best weapon. (If not, then start learning it little by little)
Because reading is a natural and passive way of learning grammar and very entertaining, without the boring memorizing of rules.
It doesn't matter if you barely understand, children go through the same process.
A parent won't read a grammar book to their three year old kid, they will tell them stories with beautiful pictures.
Immersion is the key, listen music, read stories, watch movies, play videogames, learn recipes, watch the news, all in your target language.
Duolingo is an excellent way to start grasping the basics, but eventually you should move on to more in depth books. Learning grammar is inevitable, Z Library has a huge free offer of workbooks, conversation practice, etc, and some are quite interesting.
Write three sentences per day, even if it's just "Hi, my name is [...]".
As you advance you could have a journal in that language.
I suggest you to watch your favorites movies without subtitles or with them but also in that language. Because you have seen it already you won't feel lost and will have an understanding of what they are saying.
Children or Middle School literature is absolutely fantastic for beginners.
Speak and record yourself so that you can hear you properly and work on your pronunciation.
Make lists of your favorites words, frases or expressions.
Read history books from native authors (good ones of course, not those dense and boring ones). It's important for you to understand the people, their mindset and culture.
Learn some memes from their country, it can give you a glimpse into their culture from a different angle. Plus you will laugh.
Find artists and contemplate their works and backgrounds.
Once you're more advanced, you could change your phone language settings.
If you don't mind making notes on a book or e-book, you should mark words you don't understand but search it's meaning not a translation. Also look at the pictures google shows you from that word.
Learning shouldn't be a chore, take it easy and make it fun.
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23.09.2021 // good to do some coursework again
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Finished the obstetrics chapter of Step 2 CK today. Not long to go now!
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Just endocrinology Homework.
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thursday 23rd september, 2021
It was a foggy morning yesterday. The perfect weather for walking and listening to an audiobook. I'm currently listening to "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt and I really like it.
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- day 28/100 days of productivity
it just dawned on me today that this week is a jam-packed week filled with assignments, long quizzes and normal quizzes (?). next week's already our preliminary examinations so it's understandable and the quizzes and tasks given to us are actually really useful with reviewing for the exams, so maybe my only complain for this is - I want to sleep, hahaha.
For today's productivity checklist !!
Microbio long quiz
Fundamentals notes on humidification for a quiz
forgot to post this one yesterday, it was such a long day, hahaha.
I hope everyone's having a good day !!
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I got a scholarship!! <3
Good morning, everyone. How are you?
I'm currently studying. And I am so happy to announce that I received a very good scholarship. I am beyond excited about that and I am so grateful!!! In my application, I listed this blog and my Discord server and they must have liked it. Wow. That is just so cool.
Thank you to everyone who supports this blog. I AM SO GRATEFUL.
Love, Sophia <3
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24.09.2021 // Friday ☘️
Okay so ngl, I haven't been able to study that much in the last week nor have I been able to read. And the very reason is that I fractured my ankle. But yesterday I got the plaster cast and now I'm stuck at my aunt's house for a good two weeks. (The cast will stay for 6 weeks tho). But I'll start studying in bits from today. I have a few books here with me so l'll study from those. Okay bye!
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In Germany, the new semester starts at October 1st, so I thought it would be a great time to share the experience I gained during my last five years of uni.
Feel free to add your own pieces of advice! ✨
Create a (broad) overview of the classes you want to take at the very beginning of your studies. Look up during which term a class will be taught (summer or winter) and what the coursework will consist of (exam, oral exam, essay etc.). Also, find out the scores of the last years of these courses.
Ask yourself about whether you want to do a semester abroad or an internship during your studies and prepare for it as soon as possible. Look up important dates for information sessions.
Find at least one or two trustworthy people per class that you can rely on if you need any help.
Don't feel obliged to do anything you don't want to just because your peers are doing it (concerns every area of a student life).
Make use of the benefits you get as a student. Visit museums and theaters for half the price, sign up for discounts (looking at you, Asos and Amazon Prime) and use that semester ticket for trains and buses.
Always keep a reusable bottle of water with you.
Actively listen during lectures! I feel like the more you listen, the more you understand the context in which different topics are placed in and how they are connected.
Have a way to write down important dates - whether it is a planner, a bullet journal or your smartphone calendar or all three.
Have a personal deadline of submitting coursework one day prior to the university's deadline.
Find your personal style of studying. Studying at uni is much different than studying in school (in my opinion)!
Enjoy your studies. Don't feel the need to study from morning to evening. Make time for friends, hobbies, traveling - whatever you desire.
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rereading one of my favorite books ✌🏻🍂✨ the best novel for autumn haha, I’d like to be modern lady of Pemberley now
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I just re-read this great post by @marias-studyblr and it inspired me to try something:
I’m going to start setting daily goals for myself that I have to do before I can do any leisure activities. This will give me incentive to do my homework, and the reward will make me feel good about doing my homework. I’m hoping this feedback loop will work for me.
Because I don’t have homework due every single day, I’ll break down my tasks into smaller tasks and stagger them throughout the week.
I’m not going to over-do it. I know that doing so has often derailed my progress in the past. I need to keep it simple and relatively easy if I want to stay consistent.
Every Monday my professors post the new Weekly Folder with all our assignments for that week. So every Monday I’m going to look at all my assignments, and create my weekly schedule. I’ll post it here.
So every Monday I’ll post my weekly schedule. Then every day I’ll post my daily schedule. And just to add a level of accountability, I’m going to post updates every day as well.
While writing this, I feel like I’m lying to myself. “Like I’m actually going to do that.” I’m so used to failing at time/task management because of my adhd that it’s reflected in my self-esteem.
I may not actually follow through with this. But I’m gonna try. I need to try this, because if it works, it would be life-changing for me. I’m only three weeks into my first year and I’m already suffocating. This is why I stayed an extra year in high school and took 5 years off after high school to work — I was putting off post-secondary because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to handle it. And now that I’m here, I’m scared I might have been right.
I’m going to try to prove myself wrong.
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Trainy lawyer in action 👊🏼👊🏼
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So the 3D graphic banner is driving me up a tree but all my discussion work for the week is done ✔ caught up on a couple other little projects too, and deciding on new colors to paint my room✔ excited it's autumn as well!
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september 23, 2021
Heyyy y’all! Once I came back into my room after my Physics class, the sun absolutely blinded tf out of me, but the lighting was amazing so I took some pictures anyways, hehe. Report cards come out next week but I already know my grades! I have an A in everything except Physics. I have a B+, and I am very unsatisfied. So I’m gonna try my best to move it up to an A! Because I want that 4.0 GPA this year lol. Last year, a lot of shit happened (*cough* COVID, and moving countries) so my unweighted GPA dropped by like 0.3 points. But I’m determined to get it back up! And my school only does weighted GPAs because of the rigor of the courses so that’s also relieving.
I’ve also decided to start actually developing the idea that my group and I came up with during the entrepreneurship summer program! But making a G-mail extension is much more complicated than I thought, so I’m probably going to continue this project for a few years, at least.
I hope you guys have a nice day! <33
Edit: I added a picture of the mini pond/garden area in my school! ^-^
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24.09.2021 | I am trying to find somewhat of a balance between the tutorials, my research and my social life. It was my first week of teaching so I feel exhausted but proud of myself and I hope the students found the tutorial interesting ! I am SO dreading next week, as I have to start grading papers...
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thursday, september 23, 2021 | autumn has begun!!! the weather here is cooperating for once & I’m loving the cooler temperatures. exams are coming up next week but I think they’ll go well! I hope y’all are having a good week :)
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