• 17.04.21 •
As lovely and relaxing as this looks, I’m afraid it’s a lie - my partner got to read outside in the garden yesterday while I stressed out in the office, and today I’m stressed on the sofa instead. This is the first summer in years I’ve had a garden so I’m desperate to spend time relaxing outside!
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Good morning to the online learners, my disillusioned college peers trying to crawl to the end of their degree, the ones who love to learn but are constantly thwarted by red tape and bureaucracy, the ex-gifted kids, the ex-not-gifted kids, the textbook pirates, the class skippers, the gap year takers, the kids who stay up late just to experience something that isn't the work grind, the one-week-at-a-timers, the one day-at-a-timers, the neurodivergent students every institution ignores and overlooks, and everybody who has been and is being traumatized by public or private education systems. Good morning to y'all and y'all only.
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medications don’t work the same for everyone.
therapy doesn’t work the same for everyone.
self care doesn’t look the same for everyone.
mental illness doesn’t look the same for everyone.
recovery is a personal process and shouldn’t be compared to anyone else’s. we are all healing from different things. just because someone else says, “my life has been bad too, and i got over it”, that in no way means you’ve tried less. you will grow at your own pace.
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Underrated Study Tips everyone needs to know
the whole idea of taking breaks is gaining momentum, but scheduling breaks is just as important. for example, I schedule my breaks at breakfast and lunch, and one break each in between the time from breakfast to lunch and lunch to dinner (these are very specified times, by the way). this way, I know exactly when I’m going to be taking a break and how to plan my study session.
managing energy is more important than managing time. I know my most productive time is after breakfast and in sunlight, so I do the most demanding tasks then. in the evenings, I just do some light reading or watch a video lecture (I’m currently self-studying).
planning your day/week doesn’t always work out. there’s always something that comes up, including random drops in motivation and productivity. always leave some legroom for such events – even though you can always rush in the end – to avoid stress and anxiety. and don’t feel bad if you didn’t check off all (or even any) tasks on your checklist.
have a little notebook with you at all times to jot down any ideas you have while studying. this is an incredible technique for days when you cannot focus and/or have too many thoughts running through your mind. I don’t suggest the notes app on your phone, since that increases the likelihood that you’re going to open a distracting app (muscle memory, amirite?). you may use a small dry erase board, too. post-it (the company) makes a whiteboard which is slightly smaller than the size of an A4 paper.
the two-minute rule is pretty bullshit. if there are, say, ten tasks that will take you under two minutes to complete, and you remember each task after five minutes of studying, you are essentially wasting an hour. the brain finds it difficult to switch between tasks so quickly, and constantly getting up from your studying spot to do something makes it even worse. this is why it's a better idea to jot down what you had to do, and then do all the tasks later, saving a lot of time (hence the notebook).
you really have to love what you do. I know that this is a privilege that not many of us get – however! worry not! you can actually make yourself like a subject, especially if you link it with daily entertainment and observations. my favourite methods are interconnecting how science and culture are related and making fandom references/daily applications while I’m making notes. it makes you see that what you’re studying is actually not useless, after all. I also like making fun mnemonics: my favourite is “And Another Mildly Hyper Ninja” for the order of priority for naming benzene substituents and derivatives (acid, alcohol, methyl, halogen, nitro)
do something creative regularly. this keeps your mind active and happy, making you more receptive to what you will study. ‘doing something creative’ may sound very vague, but that’s the beauty of it! doing literally anything creative, such as drawing/painting, music, photography, cooking, or even making your notes look aesthetic, can do wonders for your brain. this is especially helpful for science subjects, since a scientific mind is inherently a creative mind.
that’s all I can remember today, I hope this helped!
my main: @nerdartsy
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“They say nothing lasts forever but they're just scared it will last longer than they can love it.”
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JOMP Book Photo Challenge, April 2021
Day 9: Time Travel ⏳
I will never stop marvelling at the sheer inventiveness of Australian YA authors.
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They are going to pass all of their finals
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I was able to visit a used bookstore recently and picked this beauty up
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if i don’t periodically remind myself that there are a LOT of other ppl in their 20s who currently do nothing at all but lie in bed and type on various different screens all day then i start having heart palpitations
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It's been a slow reading week
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Kaz Brekker // Six of Crows Duology
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Reading material and reading spot
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’Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep.’
[Circe by Madeline Miller]
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The weather, while I panic because I’m late to my end-sem exam
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Grief is the price we pay for love, so they say. The price is far too high.
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Nope. Colonialism was not that bad at all. It's just the part were colonised countries are still reeling from poverty and in-fighting because the colonisers wrecked them in every imaginable and unimaginable way. Oh and the part where colonising countries have the audacity to look down upon the countries they sucked dry to fill their own coffers. And the part where these countries are now throwing out immigrants from the countries they colonised because apparently the immigrants are stealing their jobs. It's not as if they depleted every resource in these colonised countries leaving nothing for the local economies to build back up. Just these try bitty things that we can look past, yk. And, like, a zillion human rights violations. Nothing else.
'if i have to listen to another minute of how stalin was actually awesome i will physically put my head through a wall'
How about another minute of how colonialism was all bad ? Are you independent enough to jump off *that* bandwagon ?
are you grown up enough to not hide behind an anonymous tag?
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9/100 days of productivity and day 10 of the zoomester studyblr challenge!
There's something so peaceful about taking the night bus back from the library - especially at the moment when there's hardly any drunk people 😌 bonus photo of the slightly judgemental note I found scrawled on the side of the seat I booked at the library
Day 10 - tag someone whose aesthetic you love!
There's so many people to choose from!! But I gotta say I'm a big big fan of @peoplehood and it's not exactly an aesthetic thing but their vibe is so gentle and warm and their blog renews my faith in humanity
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Zoomester studyblr challenge
Hi! I'm Elena, from Spain 🇪🇦(Madrid)! Right now I'm studying classical philology (idk if that's the right term in english) and working my way out of the second semester.
📷: Ancient greek class while breakfast / I went to eat (vegan 🌱) ramen for my friend's birthday! 🍜
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Zoomester Studyblr Challenge
Day 3 - Have you done a challenge before? If so, how was it? If not, what are you expecting to get out of this experience?
I don't think I have. At some point I tried the hundred days of productiveness and I obviously did not get past five days. From this one I'm mostly hoping to make what I am doing seem less scary. I want to work really hard to make sure I do everything right and get through the selection process. A lot depends on whether not I get through, so devastating that into something fun hellos make it feel a little less pressurised.
Took a day off today because I won't get to a single day off until after the exams; thought I should take this first weekend off to recharge. Here's what I started reading today:
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I found an old train ticket in this second hand book I bought a while ago.
I’m wondering who was so passionate about studying Romanticism on a train from Milano to Trieste on 11th april 1988. Were they returning from holidays and studying for an exam? Or were they doing research for their thesis?
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