What is Your SuccessType?

In my journey to better understand how I learn so that I can improve upon my study skills and learn new ones, I found an amazing book by Dr. John Pelley, a professor and advisor at Texes Tech University School of Medicine. Dr. Pelley noticed that many first-year medical students – who had excellent grades in their undergraduate careers – were struggling in medical school.

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Education, Sketchnotes

The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Study

After reading through Stella Cottrell’s incredible book, The Study Skills Handbook, I learned so much about how I learn best and how I can implement strategies to help me study smart, not hard. I found this book at my campus bookstore, and I highly recommend it to all learners – not just college students. Although I’m not a freshman student (and the book is very much freshman-oriented), there were a few chapters with surprisingly useful advice and tips that I felt were relevant for my studies.

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Blog Polls

Blog Poll: What Kinds of Posts Would You Like to See?


I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! :)

Today, I’m going to share a poll:

I would greatly appreciate your feedback and ideas! I am also considering having a monthly poll about interesting topics that can encourage discussions! Is this a good idea too?

(On another note, over my short Thanksgiving break, I am preparing for final exams and watching documentaries during my study breaks. Check out my bookshelf page for a list – albeit a short one – for some documentaries I have watched!)

Thank you for your feedback! Stay tuned for more cool things! :)

Education, Sketchnotes

A Review of A Few iPad Apps for Sketchnoting


As promised in a previous post, today I’m going to talk about some apps that I have tried out on my iPad tablet to sketchnote during my class lectures. Before I start, I should note that I have an Adonit Jot Classic stylus, and I’ve found it to be really easy to work with and use as long as: a) I have a sleeve on my hand to prevent my palm from interacting with the app as I’m working, or b) the app has some sort of built-in “guard” to prevent my wrist or palm from interacting with the app. There are fancier styluses with built-in Bluetooth that do the latter, but as I don’t have money to buy one and I already have a functioning stylus, I’m content using a jacket sleeve (maybe a fingerless glove would work better?).

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Education, Science, Sketchnotes

How to Sketchnote Science


I have been researching and working on my own sketchnotes for quite some time, and I’m still trying to get the hang of it. Last semester, I tried sketchnoting to help me study in my cellular metabolism class. I kind of went through an “evolution” of sorts, where my formatting and style completely changed as I tried new things.

Check out the gallery below to see my progression!

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Mind Palaces and Moonwalks

It’s thanks to my love for the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes adaptation, Sherlock, that I became fascinated with memory – how it works, where it goes wrong, and how it can be harnessed to make learning difficult and/or boring information easier (and more entertaining!). After seeing Sherlock’s “mind palace” come to life in the show, I decided to do some research of my own about this memory phenomenon. But it wasn’t until recently that I re-discovered my interest in the topic.

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Learning Chinese Characters The Easy Way


My last post here was on May 23rd. I haven’t been keeping up with my Reader or my blog in all this time because I have been preoccupied with medical school applications and studying for the MCAT exam (which I’m registered to take on the 21st of August). I have been quite busy! However, I found a few minutes to myself today, and thought an interesting post was in order.

Check out this fascinating (and quite humorous!) TED talk by ShaoLan Hsueh about how Chinese characters can be learned much more easily than a native English speaker would think.

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Art, Visual Novels

My First Visual Novel

Hello, everyone! Happy Summer! :)

I have been on summer break for almost two weeks now, and it has been a quite productive break so far! I have been working on research for a thesis (for the Honors College at my university), as well as pursuing other interests in my free time, such as knitting (I’m working on arm warmers for the fall season!) and…

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