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Some of you may be wondering quite why I’ve made a poster with synonyms for ‘suggests’. Well, in my experience, it’s one of the words I most often struggle to replace in my essays. How interesting is it to read two pages of essay with the word 'suggests’ written over a dozen times? Right, not very.

Ergo, here is a list I have compiled of words to replace 'suggests’. “Shakespeare’s use of animal imagery implies an untameable nature to Katherina…” Whilst that is an appealingly written example, it does work to illustrate the underestimated use of synonyms for 'suggests’.

17/3/16 - I’ve just finished up my last two essays before Easter and when I was writing, I noticed that I tend to use the word ‘consider’ an awful lot in my work. So, here’s a nice new list of synonyms! I hope they help!

I know for lots of students, particularly UK school and sixth formers, today was the first day back after the Easter Holidays! So, here’s a list of synonyms for “lots”, in honour of the “lots” of studying there is to do!

It might seem like a fairly minor word to include in my posters but I find it rather helpful to know several ways of saying there were “lots” of something in a more sophisticated way.

How to ace a chemistry exam

After doing the “How to ace a math exam” post I got a lot of request to do something regular but with chemistry. Now my story with the subject chemistry is the same as with math (well all of the subjects I had in highschool) which was the fact that I for the first two years almost failed, during some tests actually failed, and I had such a hard time figuring it out, but in my third and last year of highschool I actually managed to raise my grades to an A and actually just like the math exam, percieve the chemistry exam as somewhat easy - although many did not. So here are my tips for how you can ace a chemistry exam. 

First and foremost, make sure that you do your work based off the text book that you have been given, and try as much as possible to understand that and the way they do chemistry - yes methods actually differ - because if this is the assigned book, then the exam will most likely be made with the book in mind. 

But how can you understand the book? Lets be honest, sometimes chemistry can seem odd, and it can seem so foreign, especially when you are sometimes given a piece of information and the reasoning is - “it have not been discovered yet why” - its confusing, but for the optimal “learning experience” here are my tips:

  1. Be aware of your study goals - unlike math, chemistry is something that is based on actual existing material and stuff, which means that it is such a large subject being researched to this day still. So it is important that you are aware of the study goals - which teachers often present - this will make it easier for you to pin point what you should focus on. If your teacher has not presented a “study guide” to you then ask them for one - because they usually have one so that they also can know what they should teach you. And if the teacher for some odd reason refuses to give you one, then listen to what the teacher focuses on during lectures and classes, they make it pretty obvious. 
  2. Don’t skip examples - when I used to study chemistry in highschool, I used to skip examples and think “all I need to know is simply the theory” - you could not be more wrong. Examples are one of the greatest ways to fully understand. They put the theory into perspective - which is a ability you only learn by looking at examples. 
  3. Write out examples - However to benefit from the examples, then I would recommend writing them out. This way by illustrating your understanding will be better. Also because when I read examples and a lot of equations are involved, I tend to skip those and simply read the text part of it. But writing it out actually helps alot, also because there are so many examples in chemistry books that by keeping on doing them, you will get used to it, and you will actually be able to identify the type of question and the way it should be answered!
  4. Hand written notes - But don’t only write out examples, write out your notes in hand, this is again a better way for you to remember all the different structures and the different names, it is just better than copy pasting an image from google images into your word document. 
  5. Do old examsets - This is one of the best ways to actually get ready for an exam. This beats any form of revision method. You can read and read theories all day long, but if you don’t put that theory into perspective and use it to solve problems - which is the main focus of exams - then there is no use for that reading. Doing old exam sets also helps you be able to get an idea on what type of “questions” will appear in the exam. 
  6. Do ALL the work in the book - This tip is just for extra understanding of the subject. Yes your teacher might have assigned you to do only 5 of those 10 questions in the book, but the question in the book are made so that you can understand the subject. So if you have extra time then for sure do make all of them, or most of them at least. Many of them are almost the same thing but with different numbers, which just gives your mind a form of “routine” that will be useful during exams.

And last but not least, study smart. Don’t sit infront of your book whilst playing on your phone and then be in awe that you failed the exam. Put effort into it, and try to understand it. Don’t give up. It is not impossible and you can do it, I promise! 

Love, 

Dunia 

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How to ace a math exam

So a while ago I received a message from a girl asking me how I studied for math. Now I was not the greatest math student, however, I did manage to get full points at my last math exam and actually be able to say that I found the exam pretty easy (although many did not). I will therefore, share with you the methods I used in order to ace that exam. 

First of all it is really important to know that you will be quizzed on the things that you have already been taught. Therefore, your best friend during the exam season should definitely be your math textbook. Study it and love it. Make sure to take a lot of notes on the theories explained in the book and make sure that you fully understand one subject before you move on to another

But how do you know that you have fully understood something in math?

  1. Read it out loud. Sit together with a friend or just by yourself (I had study dates with my friend at a local coffee shop) and just try to explain what you just read. Read it first just of the textbook and then recap it for yourself. 
  2. Solve ALL the work. The work assignments in the textbook is made so that you can have a full understanding of the subject. So although your teacher might not have assigned you all of the work in the book then do them anyway. 
  3. Do old exam sets. Sometimes just doing the work and reading the theory is not enough to ace the exam. Exams require you to take that basic knowledge an apply it in a more advanced matter. Therefore old exam sets will give you an idea of how “they” want you to use this basic knowledge. This is also a good idea to do with someone else who can share their ideas on how a certain assignment should be done. 

That was pretty much all I did. But remember it is really hard to ace an exam if you dont put the time and effort into the studying.

I wish you all the best

Love, 

Dunia 

10.2.2016 // So I have a really odd note taking routine, that many of my friends seem to identify as somewhat “excessive”, but I like it, alot actually it makes me remember more and it means less stress when the exams are around, because revision has already been made 

Should I make a post about my note taking routine? It is difficult, but it works for those who like me has a very difficult time remembering

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27.2.2016 // Today is spent with this setup. I am recapping all the chapters I have been through so far. This is something different from my average notes that I take. This is one of the ways that I do revision. The way that I do this is by answering the text book “outcome” questions.

Also I have an Instagram (@studyspiration) and a Snapchat (@duniakader - more personal) feel free to follow and send messages ❤️

I know it’s a problem I always have when writing anything - not just academic essays - I constantly reuse the same sort of words over and over again. It hardly lends itself to the impression of utter sophistication and confidence I’m trying to portray to the examiners marking my work. As such, I’ve compiled a list of overused words and some synonyms for them. I can already hear some of you crying out about why you’d need to learn these, Word has an inbuilt synonym function, but that isn’t very helpful when you’re writing an answer in an exam is it?
I think the synonyms for difference are particularly useful. How many times in an essay will you write “X differs from Y…” or something of that nature? If you are anything like me, quite a few. How much better does “X diverges from the form of Y…” sound? It’s setting you up for an easy comparison, I think.

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7.6.16 // I know..I have been gone for a while, but studying for a University exam is not as easy as in highschool (Which I am going to make a post about - a guide on what to expect and what mistakes not to do). But those of you who follow me on Snapchat (@duniakader) probably do see that I am really busy. I am trying this thing where I have to have regular date nights with my friends or else I Think I will go insane with all the studying I do. Also my giveaway is still going (winner will be annonced june 28 - the day of my last exam) ❤️ but I will be back now and post more I have a lot of Photos I just havent got the time to upload them

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19.3.2016 // today was a flashcard type of day..finishing up some of my flashcards on the senses and getting started on the skeletal system..

Also, today I Met with my patient and I had a long and very good talk with her (on Snapchat @duniakader - you probably Saw me Prepping for the meeting in the bus). This was such a beautiful individual that I Met with and with such a kind soul, I really feel like that besides having good material for an assignment I also had good material for personal growth. So today was sucessful

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18.3.2016 // pictures from my Snapchat (@duniakader - feel free to follow)

So I am busy getting ready to interview my patient tommorow, I am doing it as a part of a subject we have on our first semester where we get insight to communication with patients. And I am very excited!

So, here’s another of my connectives posters. These are all words or phrases that suggest a causal relationship. Obviously, it depends on how you’re writing about a topic to which one you use but, regardless, I think they’re quite helpful!

So, I’ve been quite relaxed about studying today but I did make several essay help posters, mostly about connectives. You could use them in academic writing or if you write more informally. These are just some simple connective words or phrases that can be used to denote a comparison.

So, here’s a rushed comparison. “T. S. Eliot shows temporarily progression through repeated references to food and meal times, whilst Larkin, on the other hand, depicts time through makes far more overt comments on time…”