January 26, 2015

things I Learned in England


Hello!
I am back with a video on some cultural differences and random bits I wanted to share. Excited to get back into blogging. I have a million things to share!



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bicycles in Sloane Square

Maria

16 comments:

  1. Ihanaa seurata sun postauksia Briteistä, koska hain itsekin sinne opiskelemaan ja on kiva nähdä mitä tuleman pitää (tai saa nähdä miten loppukokeitten kanssa käy…)! Pistä vaan lisää postauksia tulemaan, olisi kiva nähdä kuvia esim sun huoneesta ja kuulla millaista opiskelu on :)

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    1. Jep, ajattelin ensi postauksessa kertoa tarkemmin opiskelusta, sen arjesta ja sisällöstä. :) Tsemppiä rankkaan IB-kevääseen!

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  2. you're absolutely lovely (, dear) and we've missed you!! hope that you have to time to start blogging again :)

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    1. That is so sweet of you, thank you! :))

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  3. First of all - yay, you're back! Loved this, hope to hear more about uni life soon. But I have a question and yeah, I know you might not be able to answer it (which is okay). But if you have any idea, please share. I've been looking up these undergraduate programs in the UK. I have very similar interests as you when it comes to studies. So I was wondering, what is the practical difference between PPE in Warwick and Economis, Politics and International Studies? Both have economics and politics, right? What's the essential difference?

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    1. Wonderful!
      Alright so in PPE at Warwick you study Economics, Philosophy, Politics, and Math modules as your compulsory modules.
      In "EPAIS" you study economics and politics, as well as a maths module. The politics dept here is called PAIS (Politics and International Studies) for some reason and is really just a fancy name for a politics dept.
      In essence, in EPAIS you do not study philosophy (a shame as it is so useful and interesting!), but PPE is more work as you have an additional core module that lasts all year long and is very valuable in terms of marks. You are able to add on 1 long or 2 short optional modules in both courses from the departments of your choice.

      Hope this helps! I am planning to talk a lot about studying PPE itself so maybe that will be useful to you!
      xx

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    2. So in your mind PPE is a better package? Can't wait to hear about it in more depth :) this was helpful. I read about both programs and thought they must have a lot in common but in practice it might be different. Thank you!

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    3. If you enjoy philosophy and are interested in it, I say definitely go for PPE. After the first year you are to choose whether you continue with all three subjects or select two to specialise in. So, in essence, if you end up selecting economics and politics after the first year, you will end up with something similar to EPAIS but with a strong philosophical background.
      I am still unsure what to choose...

      Both programs are really excellent!

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  4. Hi Maria, its good to see that you're back on your blog.I just started my a levels and have been wanting to change my mindset on learning. I have a few questions for you. How do you stay disciplined and motivated to revise during your free time? What keeps you going when you're having a tough day? And how do you balance your studies and cocurricular activities? Thanks :)

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    1. Hello :)
      Wonderful that you are taking a new attitude towards learning. :)
      These questions are really big topics but I'll have answer them shortly and sweetly.
      1) I am not always disciplined and motivated. It takes a lot of work. Motivation stems from a lot of factors, but genuine interest and passion as well as willingness to reach goals are important. Perhaps the interest factor is the most important: i.e. you do not feel like writing an essay because you don't know much about it and don't know where to begin. Once you get into and start thinking about the topic, you are much more motivated to work on it, because it is interesting.

      2) What keeps me going through a tough day: my best friend on campus is such a positive person that cheers me up/calling my boyfriend/eating healthy/exercising/meditating/blasting out TAYLOR SWIFT (ultimate guilty pleasure) and having a dance-off with myself.

      3) Balancing your time between studies and activities is all about priorities and commitment. My degree is top priority but if I have made a commitment to do something for a society or attend rehearsals and so on, I must do it. Think about the order of deadlines, your energy levels and mental state when you are choosing what to do. Try to prioritise your affairs well.

      Hope this helps! :)

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  5. Hello Maria! Oon vähän miettinyt, että mikä oli sun opiskelutaktiikka yläasteella/lukiossa? Esim. luitko kokeisiin ennen koetta vai silloin kun tuli kappale luettavaksi? Ja muita tälläisiä vinkkejä. Tarvitsisin apua siinä ja toivoisin että voisit auttaa.

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    1. Hmm! Yläasteella tein lähes aina läksyt ja luin viimeisenä (kahtena) päivänä kokeisiin vähän aineista riippuen.
      IB'llä meno oli aika erilaista; usein piti olla selvillä siitä mitä aineessa tehdään ja jollei ymmärtänyt aihealuetta meni seuraavakin ohi. Kokeisiin luin välillä yli viikonkin (HL matikka), ja tietenkin isoihin mock-kokeisiin yms koko lukukauden kokeisiin, viikon ajan. Pienempiin testeihin yksi-kaksi iltaa tuli luettua (ei ideaalia, mutta meni hölmösti monet yöunet juuri näin).
      Itse IB-loppukokeisiin luin ensin kokonaisen viikon (helmikuussa) ja sitten kolmenkymmenen päivän ajan aamusta iltaan taukojen kanssa (huhtikuussa). :)

      Olen käynyt läpi hurjan monta erilaista strategiaa: tarkat muistiinpanot, laajemmat muistiinpanot, pelkkä lukeminen/laskeminen yms.
      Tällä hetkellä yliopistossa teen melko tarkkoja muistiinpanoja koneelle ja luen sitten omia muistiinpanojani (vaatii paljon aikaa). Tärkeintä on harjoituskokeiden tekeminen (matikka, tilastotiede, esseekokeet yms.)!

      Lukutekniikoissa minulla on aina parannettavaa, sillä olen vähän huono toimimaan kunnolla ennakkoon. Kokeile eri tekniikoita ja koita repiä motivaatiota lukemiseen omista tavoitteista, intohimosta oppmiseen ja palkitsemisen avulla.
      Tsemppiä! Laita viestiä jos on muita tarkempia kysymyksiä.

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    2. Kiitos tosi paljon avusta! :) Vielä siitä, että kun sait kymppejä niin miten toimit tunnilla? Olitko aktiivinen viittaaja vai veditkö esim. kokeet hyvin ja tunneilla vähän rennommin?

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    3. Olin aktiivinen tunneilla ja viittailin paljon :)

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  6. How were the IB exams? How could I prepare for the exam? I saw your video, but I did not notice anything about the problems or questions. Thank you!

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    1. The exams were surprisingly alright in the end and I managed to pull through with an +40 score.
      My one piece of advice is past paper, past papers, past papers. Do them early. Do them in the set time and use the mark schemes learn from your mistakes. Past papers are available online everywhere if you bother a little to search for them. If you prepare the exam itself, you will be fine!

      :)

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