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Hey!

Sooo.. I’ve been stalking this community for forever and it seems like its a great place to be. Hi, I’m Cael and I’m from Canada. I’m 16 and I’ll be a junior in September. 

I started this blog bc I want to get better, I love learning but lately I haven’t been able to concentrate.  I’m here so I can look @ pretty notes and be inspired / make pretty notes and inspire others 

A bit about me: I LOVE BIO and THE ARTS and I can’t decide what I want to do bc they’re both sooo cool. Architecture is also pretty cool, but so is gardening and honestly idk. I kinda wanna do everything. 

I really love world/ classical lit and anatomy (remember: lit is LITT) I’m also really interested in psych and anthro. 

I’m in the IB program and I’m taking:

- HL Literature

- HL Psychology

- HL Biology

-SL Math

- SL French

- SL Chemistry 

oh I’m also taking an afterschool symphonic band class ( I play the trumpet )

rn I’m taking summer school online for physics in july and functions in august.     My URL is an allusion to Dante Alighieri, I love the Divine Comedy and his other works and, Dante’s really tragic, I want to hug him and fite people

I’m also currently teaching myself ASL (don’t know how well this’ll turn out but )

This has turned into  a ramble, but to conclude, a couple of studyblrs that have inspired me:

@asazora  kou-sempai pLs tEaCh me uR wAys, it, its so beautiful, ur notes, ur personality, u- ur .. You, You’re a literally sunbeam @academiae  Scientia gratia scientiae—>knowledge for the sake of knowledge, pls jay how do u physics, ur blog is organized and v pretty, wow aesthetic @academla I LOVE YOUR Remind.com positivity thing, its *weeps* so beaUtiful @areistotle uR masterposts have saved me mulitple times, ur guidance is invaluable, @emmastudies, I love ur icon and you’re posts are v helpful,  + honestly so many more, everybody’s been really supportive and n i c e and kind and, adn, I aspire to be you.

 @nehrdist, @elkstudies, @academici, @aspiringstudyblr, @dang-doodles, @hayley-studies, @intelectum, @intellectus, @juliaunistudies, @medical-af, @medicinepassion, @meicstudies, @mochi-studies, @mujistudies, @notesworthtea, @omgstudytime, @productiveflower, @reviseordie, @sirenastudies, @studie-s, @studyign, @studyguideverified, @studyquill, @tbhstudying, @studysthetic

Nice to meet you!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any tips for exploring math ahead of my current classes that i am taking? I love everything about math and would like to gain some knowledge through non-school means

Hey! Thanks for the ask! 

A lot of this depends on whether you’d be interested in looking into things in a broad sense, which might have details which are too technical to understand at this stage, or if you’d prefer to actual learn further maths with full details and get better at it overall. When I was at school, I preferred to do the former, but the latter can also help make everything a lot more satisfying.

Note that everything below will be UK-centric, since that’s where I live!

Popular Maths Books

Personally, I loved to read “popular science” books a lot, since they often give overviews of a lot of topics but in a way that makes sense. A few of my favourites were:

-Norm Chronicles - David Spiegelhalter (I’ve actually got a signed copy of this one now, since he’s my Stats lecturer!)

-Sex by Numbers - David Spiegelhalter

-Alex’s Adventures in Numberland - Alex Bellos (plus the follow up Alex Through the Looking Glass)

-Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension - Matt Parker

-Not a personal favourite, but anything by Ian Stewart is usually quite popular: I know I used to find his books a bit too full on for light reading however. He also writes a lot of university level books, which are very good, I just don’t think he’s so good at simplifying. Having said that, I did enjoy The Magical Maze

-Anything by Rob Eastaway is also top quality

But honestly, if you’re anywhere near a book shop, they usually have Popular Science books available, so have a browse to see what you think looks good to you!

In addition, here’s the pre-undergrad reading list for Cambridge: can’t say I’ve read everything on it, but it’s bound to have some decent things on it.

Youtube

I was never that big on Youtube, however there are a lot of channels out there which talk about maths. The ones I can think of off the top of my head are:

-Numberphile

-Matt Parker

-James Grime

Undoubtedly, there will be loads more than this: you can occasionally find talks given by people on there as well. One of my faves is Hannah Fry, but these are other things which you’ll probably come across by browsing a bit!

Podcasts

Two podcasts which I used to listen to a lot, and still do occasionally are:

-Infinite Monkey Cage (occasional maths episodes, but also a lot of good science)

-More or Less

Attending talks

I live within a reasonable range on London, so this is potentially more reasonable for me than others, but often universities and science societies host cheap or free talks. In the UK, the Royal Society are very good, as are the Royal Institute: but also keep an eye on any academic institutions near you, academics love talking about things they’re good at ;)

Attempting hard questions

If you ever feel like doing questions which are within your range of knowledge but also a bit more challenging/extensive than your curriculum, I can recommend:

-Nrich

-STEP Questions (aaaaa!)

Getting good at more “academicy” stuff

Honestly, for this there’s nothing I can recommend more for this than finding a textbook that looks like it’s a little bit of a stretch for you, and working all the way through it. If you get to a point where you run out of ideas of things to learn, there’s a brilliant set of lecture notes here, which start at early university level content (anything prior to that, I suspect teachers will have good suggestions for!)

I’m sure I’ll have missed something useful here, but I imagine people will also suggest things in the notes :D