December favorites

I took a month off from blogging to study for my Anatomy and Physiology exam, however, taking a month off leaves you with a lot of pent-up blog post ideas. So in order to get rid of some of them, here are some of this month’s favorites. This includes everything from apps I’ve been loving, new tech that I’ve bought, to study techniques I’ve been using.

1.      Wunderlist: After Animal Crossing Pocket Camp, this has been my most used app of November. I’ve always been a list person, and having a list that is not only modifiable, but that you can categorize and set reminders for is a complete game changer. So far I’ve been using it exclusively for studying, but I can definitely see this becoming a useful tool for chores and daily reminders as well.

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2.      Sony MDR-1000X: These headphones are on the pricey side, but worth every penny! Talk about game changers! The noise-cancellation has made it possible for me to study literally anywhere. I spent the past week studying in a crowded university cafeteria, and was able to work completely undisturbed for hours. It was only when I took the headset off that I realized that not only had it canceled out everyone’s voices, it had also eliminated the sound of the music playing from the speakers. They’re also super comfortable, have a chic design, and excellent battery life.

Image originally from http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-mdr-1000x

Image originally from http://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-mdr-1000x

3.      Anki: I’ve had an Anki-blog post in the works for months, and I’ll probably do a more thorough write-up on how I make my flashcards. However, for this blog post, I’m only going to echo what I’ve said before; spaced repetition works, and this might be the perfect format for it. The app algorithm takes the hassle out of figuring out what your weakest points are, and makes you revisit the cards you struggle with more frequently.

As you can see, I have a bit of studying to do!

As you can see, I have a bit of studying to do!

4.      Camelbak Eddy: This has been a favorite for years, but I especially appreciate it during exam seasons. My one liter Camelbak Eddy bottle keeps me well hydrated while studying, and given its huge size keeps me from getting up to fill my water bottle all the time. Protip: Sometimes if you feel sluggish while studying, instead of reaching for that extra hit of caffeine, try to chug a glass of water instead! Odds are you’re dehydrated, which can make you feel equally unconcentrated.

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5.      Posters: This is a development as recent as last week, but compressing the entire syllabus into about 10 or 12 posters is going to be my next study project. I think by remembering a few important diagrams or simple structures I’ll be able to memorize a lot more. I’ll keep you posted on this one, and do a blog post on it next Sunday (when I hope to have them all finished).

This is a mock-up I did yesterday when I came up with the idea. I'll post the completed versions next week.

This is a mock-up I did yesterday when I came up with the idea. I'll post the completed versions next week.

If you’re interested to read more about the items and apps that I’ve mentioned, click the links I’ve provided above. Other than that I hope you’re all having a lovely December, and second Sunday of Advent!