And of course this bias doesn’t just go away beyond the classroom.

Male biology students consistently underestimate female peers, study finds

Female college students are more likely to abandon studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines than their male classmates, and new research from the University of Washington suggests that those male peers may play a key role in undermining their confidence.

Published this week in the journal PLOS ONE, the study* found that males enrolled in undergraduate biology classes consistently ranked their male classmates as more knowledgeable about course content, even over better-performing female students.

The over-ranking equated to males ranking their male peers smarter by three-quarters of a GPA point* than their equally-performing female classmates, showing what researchers say amounts to a clear and consistent gender bias. Female students, on the other hand, repeatedly showed no significant bias in whom they picked as knowledgeable.

“This shows that there is a huge inequity in who male students think is strong in the class materials,” said lead author Dan Grunspan, a doctoral candidate in the UW Department of Anthropology.

Males were consistently nominated as being more knowledgeable by their male peers, regardless of performance.

Daniel Z. Grunspan, Sarah L. Eddy, Sara E. Brownell, Benjamin L. Wiggins, Alison J. Crowe, Steven M. Goodreau. Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms. PLOS ONE, 2016; 11 (2): e0148405 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148405

8.25PM : just came back from downtown, and… well I have to stop buying notebooks. // However I could not resist with these, they’re so cute! I am now ready to fill them with notes for my creative writing classes! 

Little tip about notes ✎ : if you’re wondering if you should be writing down notes or type them once in college/university, remember that handwriting often helps memorization. However some people do manage to remember things just as well when they are typed. You have to try it for yourself an see what works best. No one has the same brain as you, this is quite subjective so go for what seems to be the most efficient method. x



I apologise for the delays in replies and being a bit inactive. I am still not feeling that great. My current major is the main source of stress.

Anyways, I just wanted to let you guys know that I most likely will be switching my major and university next semester. Currently, I am in Software Engineering(More like Electrical classes + a few Programming classes). The electrical classes are affecting my mental health. My mother does not understand the important of mental health and she is not letting me switch so… She just wants me to be an engineer (any engineer)…I am feeling a bit lost. Hopeful things will work out.

I am planning on switching into Computer Science majoring in Computer Games at Concordia. 

Aside that, I have an interview for a barista job tomorrow. Wish me luck :3

Best of Luck.


February 13, 2016 - 7:20PM

Been so unproductive the last few days ugh. Got 2 essays due this coming Friday and I may or may not have a reading week this week (my uni’s kind of a mess sometimes). Here’s today’s setup featuring my new silicone neon green pencil case that I got for £3 at ASDA! 

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” — anonymous.

3/100 days of productivity reading & analyzing “Amours de Voyage” by Arthur Hugh Clough. Drinking water instead of coffee because I am so wise.

Little tip : be patient today. Patience is an important element in a student’s life. Focusing and taking your time to understand things, these are likely to give you the best of rewards.

The essentials for the Extended Essay

As the DP1′s are starting their extended essay I would like to say some things that I think will help you during the process.

1. Always keep deadlines

This is not for the teacher’s sake, but for your own. If you don’t keep deadlines or book meetings with your teachers, it’s so easy to think “I’ll do it later”. But the truth is, you need those meetings to make sure that you are on track with everything. 

2. Start early

You are not supposed to write your extended essay in a month. Not the first month after choosing a topic and not the last month before the deadline. This is supposed to be a process spread out over several months, but make sure you have started and know what to do.

3. Write when you want to 

If you choose a topic you really like (which you should) you will feel the urge to write on your extended essay. This is when you are supposed to write! Write when you feel motivated and inspired, and not when you feel forced to. By writing when you feel inspired and motivated you will keep the the process of writing the extended essay seem fun and positive.

4. Leave it for a while

If you follow the above tips, you will have time to leave the extended essay for a couple of days (or maybe even weeks) just so you can later on go back and look at it again from a different perspective. This is crucial, so that you see what your strengths are but also your weaknesses.

I hope this helped a little at least. Good luck!


75/100 days of productivity
Today I wrote my lab exam and it went really well as it wasnt that difficult. When I got home we got the results for the physics exam and I passed with a 3.3 (=C) I was sooo happy, the hard work payed off :) 55% didn’t pass the test so I am very happy with my result (in any other subject I would have been sad but not with physics xD).
In the evening I was summarizing lessons from inorganic chemistry for which I was very motivated after hearing those good news :)