# freshprogressgeek

I was once told that physics is like being a mathematician except with more ego and concepts. Being in my second semester of physics, I decide to create a collection of study strategies for my subjects.

1. Study about a week in advance. Reduce the amount of cramming and stress.

2. Make a study guide… this was a slightly issue I had earlier in the semester, I believed that I only had to understand problems… but that is not physics… it is understanding concepts and acing problems. So I made a Cornell note summary packet. For example

• I will be tested on chapter 20-23, that is 4 chapters, so I forced myself to condense my notes for each chapter to one page of notes, condensing notes, and putting it in my own words is the best!
• Redo most homework problems, using the equation sheet from the exam
• Taking the practice exam, early enough to meet with the professor, and pin point my errors.

Other methods I have heard of is:

Section off by chapter/lecture//Cornell//Draw figures/ diagrams, color coding is your friend

3. Color coding, Equations in one color and concepts in other. Use different fonts: bold, all capital letters.

4. Physics is math mixed with information. I recommend taking it with Calculus. I wish I did. The subjects go hand and hand.

5. Be familiar with equation sheet, use it for your homework and practice problems. Understand the concept- when/why to use equations as well as - helping you ace the exam.

6. It is easy to get intimated by problems. First break it down

• Preform all of the lecture notes problems. That is core, the foundation from the professor himself. You want to understand these
• Do all the homework once and check answers. Then do it again, then circle and make note of the problems you cannot solve by yourself. It is important to preform the step of redoing. If you miss a minus sign or even a slight error, is the difference between the strong and weak students.
• Write the formulas you may need when preforming your homework. It will help you memorize. A blogger by the name hexaneheels, recommends learning over time (best tip!)
• Units are so important!

My advice can be used for “Technical science - courses” like Physics and Chemistry

20 things I learned my sophomore year of college {Share}

1. Remember what the mistakes taught me. (via : Things I learned freshman year)

2. Block distractions… but be smart. “I learned I could do physics for hours with my ipod on and my study playlist. I also have started putting my phone in my bag when I study, and some hot tea is always a nice push!

3. Studying… College demands technology. So much so, many students including myself engage screens for more hours a day than sleep!

4. I am completely awed by how much I have learned in 2 years, at the exact same time, horrified by all the things I repeatedly forget.

5. Learned the art of observing and listening. Learn to find positives and negatives in structures and ideas.

6. Learning that in academica ideas are legitimate when they have been published in a book. In that theory most times out weighs lived experience, such dominance seems unhealthy. Very insular.

7. Follow your passion, is not one size fits all. Students have loads of the debt, and now the college debt is akin to a high school diploma. While education can be both inside and outside the classroom, certification of degrees, create hierarchy, act as status markers, and if more students will need graduate degrees to compete then why not follow ones passion then? Or …

8. Learned to find mentors who have found their spark.

9. Learned production is valued. Grades are valued, and with sophomore year being quite difficult for me, it is important to understand how numbers create options. Connections are important and valuable but numbers create options.

10. I have a lovely circle of friends, but when meeting others at party or social gathering, it can be a little tricky. I have learned, when I interact with an adult, try to have a conversation with him or her about a challenging topic. Ask for views to be explained as well as share yours. Push for clarity and be interesting.

11. When I am nervous I can go to my phone. I’ve learned, that technology at my fingertips can create missed opportunities. It is always sweet to show one’s patience, manners and social etiquette.

12. This year I unfortunately experienced what Malcolm Gladwell called, “relative deprivation — we make our self-assessments based on our immediate surroundings. So when you’re not part of the group that’s the best around you, you’re unhappy and feel like you can’t compete, so it dramatically increases the risk of dropout and failure.” Let me make this straight, I am not as risk of dropout, and I might even graduate earlier, however admittely being at an elite institution in the science when you are not in the top of your game (gpa or research wise..) it can hurt. No one ever talks about this. The feeling of inadequacy. It is real. But I found using my social and intellectual capital and network as support - kept me at bay.

13. I have learned (perhaps due to number 12) to be more humble and try my best even when I may not be motivated. Sophomore year for me was quite reflective. It was the year in which I wanted to “show my goals” rather than tell my goals.

14. To enjoy my Sunday ritual. Which consisted of: Eating my favorite omelet, doing my readings for the week ahead, making my weekly do-to list, cleaning my room, doing laundry and watching “Real Housewives” with my roommate! It is the little effective habits that makes the difference.

15. Upper division courses taught me critical thinking, and my freshman intro classes taught me the rules.

16. I am being much more assertive. Although I am still very polite and cautious (cue my immigrant parents who instilled such values), I have now been able to say “no” more often, and explain my priorities with ease.

17. Social scientists have described two entities known as treatment effects and selection effects. Treatment effects simplified says one builds character while in this institution and a selection-effect institution is because one already possess “valuable traits” that they are accepted to such institutions. College can feel like both.

18. Speaking of treatment effect, sophomore year has forced me to think about concepts in which repetition of facts is not enough, it has force me to have deep thought concerning my abilities and calculating where I am a and where I want to be, lastly I have been encourage be a bit more of social butterfly. I met so many awesome people though others.

19. I learned that pre med is grit. Since I have only two lab courses left to graduate, I will be taking my MCAT in september :\ It is nerve racking, and it is also yet another means of comparison. Along with gpa, and internships, mcat is the holy gail of medical school admissions. But I have learned to respect the mcat, respect the privilege I have as a college student to learn all the pre-req sciences and embark on AMAZING internships every semester since freshman year. I will study hard, and understand that while my worth is not measured by the exam, my ability to work under-pressure, think critically as well as adapting to different disciplines is measured. I want to swim to the finish line with dignity.

20. I learned that despite applying for study aboard as a sophomore I was accepted! I am going to Costa Rica this summer! I will not be blogging after May 24th but before then I have lots of posts. I am doing so much as a sophomore.

1. Cultivate habits of motivation and thankfulness. Perhaps a gratitude journal or a vision wall.
2. Plan. Meshing your day planner and tech planner, like google calendar. I like my tech calendar for inputting dates, and events. My day planner is a paper journal, I like to brain dump all my little responsibilities, as well as create pages for goals, quotes, and motivation.
3. Speaking of planning, create a “what I can do.” I heard of this habit from a tim ferris podcast. Usually the more professional a person is, the more specific they can be with their time. The podcast suggest batching specific times for meetings, can you have meeting before 10, after 8, are sundays available for you, etc.
4. Keep or swipe. Clean out your bag and organize your desk, closet, and bathroom weekly. What items can you give away to a godwill? What items can you move to a better location.
5. Ask my blogger friend organized charm says, create an assignment planner. Write down all your responsibilities (projects, family, religion) and academic assignments, on with a word or excel sheet next to the due date. Great for responsibilities with a SET DUE DATE. Aggressive action sets you apart.
6. Define your personal freedom. When do you feel most whole and how can you fit that release into your current schedule.
7. A book a day, keeps the mind young! Now I understand we are all not, Tai lopez, but take a reading and thinking trip! Create a reading list. Once or twice a month, just read and focus. So often reading can help us focus. Build focus thought! I also like to type my notes in evernote!
8. Ask yourself some life questions.
- What would you want people to say and to be remembered for, at your funeral?
- You have an hour to live, and you have one page of advice and reflection to give your mentees, followers, friends, and family, that you have learned from life?
- What things in life do you not want to comprise on? What rituals can you add in your life to improve your life?
- How are you loving yourself? What inputs are you feeding into your mouth through food, ad well as your eyes and ears.
- In ways do you procrastinate? How can you strengthen the incentives and rewards?
- How are you spending money? How your spend your treasures displays your value.
- Come up with a list of identifying strengths, aptitude, and natural strengths? What feedback does the world give you about your strengths and weakness? Think of life as personal seasons, winter look for feedback and natural strengths, then spring experiment and try strategies, then summer put in the work, and then the fall is harvest!
- Freud, said “love and war are the cornerstones of humanness”. Think hard and long about your professional goal. Do you believe your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time?

9 empowering habits for strong and struggling students

1. Understand the difference between process and panic. How is your energy, and your preparation? Negative self talk is horrible for the body, and such sparks of anixety and fear can cause the increase likelyhood for mistakes. An importance  quote to remember is “Do not say things about yourself, you do not wish to come true.”

2. Take 10 to 15 minds to plan your time. I like to usea sticky note in bullet journal. I usually write the estimated time, say an hour than the activity next to it. I also like to batch. Low energy less than 5 minutes tasks can easily be batched this means: (for me, writing)

Break: 15 minutes : Send email to english professor, send updated draft to english professor, and finish evaluations for class.

3. Read Brene Brown. She is just wonderful and amazing author on vunerability. Her, and “All about love” by Bell Hooks.

4. Brene Brown, really hammers this idea of “owning one’s worthiness than that hustling for your worthiness from others”, I have truly needed this quote in times when making powerful decisions.

5. Skimp before your classes. Not necessaryly reading all, by understanding who, what , where and why, and creating questions before class, helps prepares your mind for the new information from class.

6. Struggling students, high school or college, tend to keep a lot of things inside. If at a cross roads, I think it is a good idea to write, or even type, backup plans, or new methods of reaching your goals. “Be strict about goals, but flexible about methods.

7. Podcast. Period. If negative thoughts come by way, some how listening to podcast can give me the funny, spirtual or happy boost I need.

8. Call your familiy. It might sound cheesy but it helps

9. Lastly reach and touch. Going to career services, speaking with professors and your advisor, reframing your strengths, and given your plan, can help relieve stress. If this means changing a major, taking a harder course, dropping a club, even changing a professional you ached for do it. I am in the process as of not. I am utilizing resources and placing my professional goals and well being at the fore front. Yes, it is a lot of work, but I understand my future self with thank me. I understand I cannot make decisions birthed from fear. Change the gaze.

1. Find a place to write down on a blank sheet of paper. Write on the top “Who you are” and on the back “Where you want to be”. Dedicate serious time to jotting thoughts on this paper. Use mind maps, drawings, even color code. Force yourself to think for yourself.

2. Try craving out time to assess your schedule and your professors. Why kinds of professors are making your stronger as a student, which professors are not? Create an office hour appointment. Create a list of problems/ ideas you want to clarify.

3. What do you do repeatedly. Are you finding yourself devoting more time to a class, or sport. This question is beyond procrastinate, many student procrastinate, but with this question try getting at the core. Find what interests you and what activities are on autopilot versus those on manual.

4. Write down your goals. Mentally and physically create scene where your dreams outweigh excuses

5. Enhance the good rather than (repeatedly and unsuccessful) fix the bad.

6. Try to be dependable. Return phones calls and text when you can. Little things matter. That includes calling family and friends time to time.

7. Learn when to say no.

8.Be present. Sometimes thinking of future can make one lazy in the present. Just start. That is often times the hardest part.

9. Find love in your studies, and your student life. I think if one loves and is engaged in their work, procrastination might be more avoidable.

10. Take care of yourself

As one semesters closes another one opens. The routine begins, new pencils, stickie notes, and note books, planners have smiles and students have motivation.

But then the motivation begins to fluctuate. Some highs, some lows, the ability to pick up ones pride and start a new strategy is difficult. I do not think the hardest aspect of learning let alone getting good grades in motivation, instead I think it is how well a student has mastered themselves. In honors of finals week, I has created a list of thoughts aimed to help students improve their navigation of being a student:

What're some of your favorite studyspo blogs? I'm really into organization and note-taking pictures/tips c: any suggestions?

For note-taking pictures I would try out writingnotebooks but I don´t really know a blog with only organization stuff. There something about this on literally every blog :) You always find good tips about everything on study-hack!

My favorite studyspo blogs right now:

2. Friends, come and go, but making them are not a simple recipe. Below are some tips and such to grow a bond.

3. Friends are going to be people who “get” you, even if they’re not in the major as you. Friends in college are crucial because they are empowering, to bounce ideas off of, and dream with.

4. Use your personality from Day 1. True relationships are sometime random, or through mutual friends, something time and proximity are the best ingredients for creating a friendship. Quirks, random interests, ridiculous sayings, and nerdy knowledge - are shown through time.

5. Accept compliments, and pay attention to the other people who might present opportunities to hang out or collaborate.

6. Be specific in understanding your worth and the types of people you want around you, and go to lectures, and kickbacks at your school to meet others. Be bold (even as I shy person, I have found just going to events and meeting others though mutual friends can be powerful.

7. Laugh it off if you have a misunderstanding, or do something otherwise embarrassing. Most people will follow your body language and understand.

8. As time progresses, friends should start supporting you - being a lending ear, or studying together.

Roommate bonding activities:

a. Watching a favorite show with your roomie! It can be a weekly ritual

b. Movie night/ girls night/ guys night

c. Go out to an event together, and make an effort to do a check in, making sure your room mate is well, mentally and physically.

d. If you are going to lunch or dinner, offer you roomie if she wants to tag along. If you are going to the same class, try to walk together!

//Study snacks
Carrots (and/or other vedge/fruit) with dip
Toast and peanut butter
Tea
Wheat bagel and peanut butter
Yogurt with granola

//Favorite public study spot
1. Library! I need to see others being productive to get my motivation.
2. I enjoy reading outside on a sunny day.
3. When I am essay writing, I like Starbucks.

//How do you de-stress
1. Nap or lots of sleeping
2. Take a hot bath
3. Drink tea
4. Trying to confine in my close friend
5. Podcast. Period. If negative thoughts come by way, some how listening to podcast can give me the funny, spirtual or happy boost I need.
6. Call your familiy. It might sound cheesy but it helps
7. Lastly reach and touch. Going to career services, speaking with professors and your advisor, reframing your strengths, and given your plan, can help relieve stress.
8. Energy management. Not only assess how much time something might take you but also how much energy will be required to carry out the task

//Treat yo self
1. Sleeping and waking up whenever
3. Eating out
4. Getting a mani and pedi
5. Going dancing
6. Laughing with friends
7. Watching a really good documentary or one of my 5 shows I enjoy (that I do not get to watch often)
8. Reading a page turner
9. Listening a podcast that makes me want to take notes
* special thanks to hexaneandheels! Her December challenge inspired the direction of this post. Who was originally inspired by ennui-evasion padc.

Application nation: Sit down and clear your mind

This post for my juniors, sophomores, and  freshman readers, this post is for any reader who wants to further their education. Take the big leap.

I want to start my Application Series, with a realistic goal and advice in mind. Please take this time to get a pen, paper, and perhaps some time. I think you will need it.

- Take some time no matter how long it may be, to map out what you want. I am avid watcher of the show “Scandal” and I always admired the seamless organization and the ability to make the client feel content. I want you to come out of this process feeling content. You do not have to get into your top choice, you do not have to smile all the time, it is ok to cry and get messy, it is just by the end of it all, your head should be held high and you will promise to yourself to take responsibility.

What do I want? What would my dream school include? What are my academic priorities - what my college have to make me succeed?

How do I learn?

What are my strengths? and how can I use these strengths on a college campus? How can I make an impact at an institution foreign to me?

- Understand your ability to respond.

After answering the previous questions, look at your words.

Write a contract.

What are your deal breakers? What would like included in this journey? What do you expect of yourself? How long do you plan to study? How much will you depend on your parents/family/friends? What will be your interview pitch points. What is story? Why should you get an acceptance letter?

P.S: PLEASE MESSAGE ME YOUR CONTRACTS! I WILL PROVIDE EVEN MORE TIPS

Take your time to do this. This contract will lay the frame work for conversations with your parents, questions you will ask admission officers and even your guidance counselor.