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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Accountability update

Accountability update

While I’m waiting for my lasagne to cook, I thought I’d update you on how yesterday’s accountability tricks have worked out for my day off. Today got off to a slow start, with a morning walk that lasted about an hour and a half. After that, I texted my best friend my daily schedule, which read:

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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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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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Making time for deep work

Making time for deep work

Now that we’re off from uni for the holidays, I can’t really update you on what we’re doing at school lately (not that I’ve been sticking to the Sunday=weekly summary plan religiously). Therefore, I want to write about finding time for deep work during...

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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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