Hello wonderful people! I just want to share some of my favorite studying methods and add a personal review about it. Hope you guys like it!
I. Note Taking
a. Flashcards + Doodles I associate things with some doodles that’ll make sense to me personally. Sometimes, I make puns on things I need to remember so that I can recall them easily. This really helps me since I tend to forget things easily.
b. Lecture notes + Drawings Since I’m a visual learner, I draw things on corner by corner of the paper and write information beside them! I also color-code terms or the topic itself to make myself remember things easily. It became helpful to me on memorizing rules on my Research I subject and as well as some terms on Statistics and Probability!
c. Personalized note taking system My note taking system is kind of similar to Cornell note taking system. I fold my paper into half, mostly the left side’s wider than the right side (but I also do it on the other way). On the right side, I put graphs, formulas, charts and other important information. Meanwhile, I put the key points and notes on the left side or the explanation of the presented graph/formula/chart. I adapted this method recently and I’m loving it!
II. Recording I record myself teaching my chosen topic. Mostly, I address it to myself since I like to talk to myself in second person’s point of view. I also like to add puns or personal remarks about a certain thing. The negative thing about this is that it is time-consuming (sometimes a broad topic can last up to 30 minutes) but it helps me to understand things if I really can’t grasp the concept that well. During my free time at school, I listen to my recordings like an audio book or a podcast. It’s quite entertaining to me, I’m not lying, haha. This became helpful to me on my exams and quizzes.
So these are my favorite studying methods! If you want to try them, just go for it! Happy studying!
This hardly even scratches the surface, but it’s got some nice pro-tips I think:
1. Big words does not mean more scientific. Scientists use layman’s terms, too.
2. Take a minute to give yourself a quick refresher on human anatomy. Please. Do it for all of us.
3. There is not one catch all “Science Lab”. There is NO REASON why a chemist, a biologist, and an engineer would have the same set-up or equipment. A lot of people think beakers and test tubes when they think of scientists, but that’s not always reasonable or practical. Know your field!
4. Rehashing the shake-and-bake lab you did in your high school introductory chemistry course does not make for a convincing experiment for your character, unless they’re in a high school introductory chemistry course (no matter how impressive you think the word titration looks on paper.)
5. Sticking a needle into a normal mouse does not a transgenic/mutant mouse make. Making a mutant strain of ANYTHING takes time, and if you want your mouse to glow it’s going to be one of the offspring, not the mother, that lights up like a christmas tree. (in some fandoms this doesn’t really apply…if I can suspend disbelief for the Hulk or Spider-Man I can let your GFP tagged rat slide)
6. Gloves, goggles, and dear god did you just put that in your mouth??? ON PURPOSE??
7. Despite what Captain America may want you to think, experimenting on humans first is generally not a good idea, and…yeah most emotionally stable people can recognize that. And on that note, there’s a fancy thing called Informed Consent, which you need for human trials (and I’m looking at you, Trainwreck That Is the Sherlock Fandom).
8. If you are going to list random chemicals, double check that they actually…you know…do the things you say they do.
9. The “humans only use 10% of their brain” thing is total nonsense. Limitless is still a good movie, though.
10. So is the whole “deoxygenated blood is blue” thing. Nope. Still red.
11. Experiments take time. No, more time than that. Most people need months to years to get any worthwhile results! Obviously this is a little YMMV, and you can probably justify why Reed Richards might have publishable results in a day or two, but don’t be afraid to let your characters struggle with it!
12. No food in the science microwave/fridge. Ew. We keep e. coli in there.
13. A strong acid may neutralize a strong base, but I really strongly advise NOT trying that on your skin as first aid.
14. We do not practice CPR on living people. Say it with me now. Also, it’s definitely not as sexy or romantic as you’re imagining it when you plot that slash-fic, and you should probably recognize that some ribs will be broken and they may throw up on you, a little.
15. If your science is constantly exploding, you’re definitely doing it wrong.
16. Copying that Wikipedia article is not going to make you sound like you know what you’re talking about.
17. Your sample size is small, your standard deviation is high, and you should feel bad.
18. Seriously though, odds are you’re better off just trying to not go into too much detail about whatever experiment your character is performing, because it may sound great to you but it’s nonsense to me.
19. The less you explain your pseudoscience, the more scientific it seems. This may seem backwards, but once you start putting in details you don’t understand, we start picking out mistakes.
20. When in doubt, just explain what your character INTENDS to do, and leave the how up to our imaginations.
My last suggestion:
Do do your research, and where that fails, ask someone. Jenna and I don’t mind questions. I know of at least three other science-savvy people that I follow, and I KNOW that’s not even close to all of them.
“There’s not much
traffic this weekend, it’ll be fine if I just take the M6!” Jyn practically
growled at the traffic around her. “When are you going to learn, Jyn, never
trust the bloody M6!”
Of course, the M6
was currently failing her. Only a few miles out of Birmingham, the northbound
traffic had naturally come to a complete and utter standstill. Unfortunately,
there weren’t any of the slow stops and starts of usual traffic congestion,
which meant it was probably an event that was causing this particular jam. Sure
enough, a quick Google search was able to tell her that there had apparently
been an accident and that traffic was currently backed up for miles.