Trying out Coggle

Trying out Coggle

New Year, new study area! Right now, I’m sitting in the second- and third-year study area, called “The Anatomical Study Hall”. Although I miss the comfy chair I used to bogart...

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Applying the Feynman Technique

Applying the Feynman Technique

Since we’re meeting the new students for the first time tomorrow I’ve started reminiscing about our first few lectures in vet school. I remember our biochemistry teacher joking about the valley of despair...

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My current anatomy and physiology study routine

My current anatomy and physiology study routine

Since being advised to draw more as a study method over on Instagram, I’ve been drawing up a storm. In addition to giving me a bit more perspective on where the different structures are in relation to each other, I’ve found that drawing...

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Could doing the same exam again and again be the best way to study?

Could doing the same exam again and again be the best way to study?

There’s a study technique I’ve been wanting to try out for a while, and I’m thinking that now is a good a time as ever to test it out. In episode 8 of the Relay FM podcast, Cortex, CGP Grey mentioned that when he was a physics teacher, the way he would...

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The 10-minute rule

The 10-minute rule

This is going up a bit late since we’re cat-sitting, and she’s a bit of a rascal. We’ve turned off the lights in the cat room (aka the kitchen), and right now we’re just waiting for her to fall asleep and stop what sounds like a demolition of our kitchen counters...

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The 5 most important lessons I learned from last semester

The 5 most important lessons I learned from last semester

We’re two days away from the exam. By the time the next blog post goes up, I’ll be officially done with cell biology. Just writing that gives me chills. One of the seniors told me that those who worry about failing usually aren’t the ones who fail. So if there’s a...

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Trying out weird memorisation tools

Trying out weird memorisation tools

We’re already a week into the genetics part of the cell biology course, and even though we’re well into our fourth (!) book this semester, I thought I’d take my own advice and try out some spaced repetition. As I mentioned in my last post, our professor suggested a strange memorising tool, namely connecting biochemical processes to weird or even lewd concepts. I’ve decided to take this one step further, and combine three different tools for remembering, in this case, glycolysis.

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How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

The belated third entry of the four-week project is here, and this week I’m discussing how to focus and prioritise as a first-year vet student. However, this can be applied to almost any type of university degree, or transition to a larger amount of coursework, as figuring out the 80/20 of your efforts, that being the 20 percent of work that produces 80 percent of the results, is hugely beneficial regardless of field.

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When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

When the going gets tough, the tough work smarter

I’m not a huge believer in the saying «when the going gets tough, the tough gets going», and I very much subscribe to the engineering school of thought of finding smart solutions to repeated problems. If you find yourself struggling with the same thing day after day the best solution will never be gritting your teeth and simply “pushing through” whatever obstacle you’re facing, it is implementing a sustainable system to deal with it. This goes for almost any repeated issue, whether it is conflict at work, a leaky faucet, or that clothes pile on the chair in the corner. Today however, I’m taking on the daily annoyance of distractions and procrastination.

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What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

Today marks my twentieth blog post on vettobe.com! I can’t believe how fast this autumn is going, it feels like it was September 1st yesterday. So since the Sunday posts are dedicated to the four-week project for the next three Sundays, I thought I’d give you a bit of an update about what we’re currently learning, and how I’m keeping up with my coursework.

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How to stay motivated – on grit and stick-to-itiveness

How to stay motivated – on grit and stick-to-itiveness

Motivation is a lie. It’s a fleeting, unreliable source of energy, spurred on by whims in the middle of the night, or arbitrary dates like new-years-eve, or Mondays. This summer I vowed to build a bunch of nightstands and side tables after binge-watching about 50 “how it’s made” videos, and this guy on YouTube. Do you want to know how much carpentry I did this summer? You guessed it, none.

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How to spread your workload throughout the semester

How to spread your workload throughout the semester

So if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had to deal with the procrastination monkey one too many times. Since we’re about to embark on one of the toughest subjects of the semester, which is basically cell biology, genetics, bio chemistry and histology combined, I’ve devised a plan to make my work load look more like this:

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Some more resources

Some more resources

The blog post on how to ace difficult subjects is going to have to wait, as the seniors pranked us today, and threw us a huge party. I’m pretty sure that I’m not allowed to tell what happened there, so therefore I’m just going to link you some of my favourite video resources.

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