Welcome to the next edition of my Student Survival Guide!
I’m glued to my phone. I LOVE new apps and I’m constantly downloading new ones (free ones, I might add) to see which are my faves.
So here’s my selection of apps that I think you students (or people on a budget, or people who just love apps) need! There are WAY more apps that I love on my best apps for students page :)
Disclaimer: I’m from the UK so I’m going to be posting apps that I’ve used and loved. If they don’t work/aren’t available in other countries I’m super sorry. These are all links to the Apple iTunes Store as well, but most of them are also available on Android.
Health and fitness:
- 5k Runner: 0 to 5k run training pro (£1.99) Now I’m sorry to start off the article with a paid app, but it’s just SO good. And it means that you don’t need a gym membership or a treadmill! I’m using it currently and I couldn’t recommend it enough!
- Nike+ Running (Free) I love this app, and the fact that it’s free is even better! I use it alongside 5k Runner (above) and use it to track my progress. I do need to get into the habit of using it more, though…
- PumpUp (Free) I am still yet to use this app properly and regularly but it’s amazing! You can enter in where you are (home or gym), what area of the body you want to target, what props you have access to (weights, skipping rope, only you and your body etc) and a bunch of other stuff and it tailor makes a workout for you to follow! AND it’s got a fitness community on there for motivation and just to chat to! A+ seriously
- Calm - Meditate, Sleep, Relax (Free) I used to use the app Headspace, and I admitedly did prefer it. But when I found out you only get the first 10 days free and after that it’s a monthly supscription I deleted it out of principle. Calm comes in a very close second and I still do love it! Especially seeing as it’s free!
- SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) (Free) If you have anxiety like me, this app is brilliant. It really helps you keep track of everything and manage your anxiety well. MindShift is also a good, also free app for this!
- BBC Good Food (Free) I love this website and I love this app. It has SO MANY recipes on it, it’s in UK measurements (FINALLY!! I find it so hard to find recipe apps that don’t measure everything in cups) and you can search by a bunch of different catagories! Healthy recipes included!! You can save recipes to your favourites as well which is handy! It ALSO has cooking tips and tools, so if you’re not a great cook it doesn’t matter!
- Can I Eat It? UK (£1.99) Okay so this is another paid app but oh my jesus it’s amazing. Ever wondered whether something is vegan/fairtrade/low sugar/organic or a bunch of other things but can’t be bothered/struggle to find out through the label? THIS APP IS FOR YOU! You just scan the barcode and it tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about the food. It also now has a section for drinks as well! There’s an American version of this as well!
- mySuperList (Free) This is an app from the website MySupermarket which I used ALL the time at uni. You put in your shop and it tells you which supermarket the shop would be cheapest at, if any items you choose have a cheaper alternative, then delivers it to your door! So now you can do all this from your app! It’s seriously amazing for saving money on your food shop.
Money and Finance
- RedLaser (Free) This app is great. You scan something in using the barcode scanner and it will tell you the price of the item and if you can get it cheaper anywhere else!
- Money Dashboard (Free) Helpful if, like me, you sometimes lose track of your spending. You hook it up to your bank account (totally securely) and it keeps track of your spends and catagorises them so you know what you can cut down on buying.
Organasation and Productivity
- Evernote (Free) If you haven’t heard of this already I’d be surprised. Compile notes, photos, anything you want and have access to them from all your devices. I use it all the time!
- Wunderlist (Free) Similar to Evernote except purely for lists. I actually use this one more than Evernote because it’s just so handy to be able to access any lists I make from my iPhone, iPad AND computer.
- IFTTT (Free) This app is revolutionary. It basically hooks up your device with tonnes of different apps and services and does stuff for you! For example, my phone now notifies me if it’s forecast to rain tomorrow and my Instagram photos automatically upload to Twitter as photos, not links! I love it.
Deals and Offers
- Student Beans ID (Free) Student beans has a website as well and it’s amazing. Articles, offers, freebies, job listings, EVERYTHING a student could ever need. I’m so happy they got an app!
- UNiDAYS (Free) Want to know where you can get student discount? Get this app! You get a ton of exclusive student discounts through it as well!
- TED (Free) Stream/Download unlimited TED talks! I’m on this app all the time.
- Buzzfeed (Free) I really don’t need to explain Buzzfeed to you, do I? Basically, you need it. But be careful, it’s easy to waste hours reading the articles!
- Flipboard (Free) I love this app. It’s beautiful to look at and it makes saving and reading articles so easy! Feedly is also a great one for this.
- Pocket (Free) I only recently discovered Pocket and I love it. You can save ANYTHING you read on the internet to Pocket and read it later, really handy for any essay/dissertation research articles!
If you have ANY other great apps for students or if you know any alternatives for other countries then reblog with the link!
Part of my Student Survival Guide.
Tutorial: how to make organized notes.
- Read the objectives of the lecture. If there aren’t any, flip through the lecture slides and make an outline. This puts into perspective what you need to be learning and what you should get out of this lecture.
- Skim the book to get familiar with how the information is divided compared to your outline or objectives. While doing this, you’ll figure out whether or not you need the extra details from the book. Sometimes the lecture is enough and you could keep the textbook just as a reference to things you don’t get.
- Write down the first objective and flip to the page in the book that has the information pertaining to that objective. Read the lecture slide then refer to the book for details.
- Combine your lecture notes with the textbook information. Do this by rewriting the information in your own words and try to be as concise as possible.
- Keep doing this for every objective. Paste things if it helps.
- Make sure that you’re not just copying information. Use visual aids as much as possible. Put the information in a table, flowchart, diagram, etc.. (refer to this post to see how I make my flowcharts).
- When you’re done with all your objectives, go through the lecture and your notes to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
General tips on how to keep them organized:
- Be systemic. Making objective-oriented notes is one way to do that.
- Use two (or more colors). Color-coding information helps me remember it + it doesn’t look that bad.
- Section your objectives according to the topic. Then make sure that when you’re writing out the information, it’s in a sequence that’s understandable.
Disclaimer: this is the way I’ve been making my notes since I started med school. By no means am I claiming it’s perfect or that everybody should follow it.
Hope this helps and as always, happy studying :)
- breath in for 4 seconds
- hold your breath for 7 seconds
- exhale breath for 8 seconds
repeat once or twice more.
This causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or flight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response.
Use this for panic/anxiety attacks, exams, presentations.
Bra Fitting 101. This changed my life
Okay for those of you who are saying you get it about language imperialism and backing away from the idea of teaching abroad, please use that knowledge and help change the perceptions of your peers. Get educated in teaching if that is what you want to do, but question your education too and any possible racism engrained into your education experience and pedagogy. Get educated on what teachers in the areas you are considering teaching in have to say about the problems there and what they are doing to change the system from within so that you can support that rather than force your own ideas onto them as if you know better.
I’m not saying to not teach English abroad at all, because lets be real about this, there is ALWAYS going to be demand for native English teachers with English continuing to be positioned as the dominant global/”international” language and I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future. I’m advocating for more qualified teachers and conscious teachers who are aware of the issues and do their best to combat and nullify the harms of English language imperialism and global white supremacy as best they can in all aspects, but who also acknowledge that it is impossible to be problem free by the very nature of English as a forced globally dominant language. I want teachers who understand that English communication is not a long-term/life-long goal for many of their students and is not the “necessary” language that school and global politics pushes. Increased global understanding and cultural respect for other people is not contingent upon English and communication should be encouraged in other languages. I also don’t want teachers sabotaging students by not helping them to the goals they have and the constraints on that in place by national education standards and things like entrance exams that have required English language knowledge sections, thinking that by not effectively teaching English is somehow subverting English language imperialism.
It is a very delicate balance and of course not everyone shares the same ideas and approaches to how best to teach English within the context and regulations here and combating the problematic aspects at the same time. For me personally, I’d rather there be more teachers aware of the problems they bring with them than more folks who are unqualified AND ignorant of the problems they perpetuate. Is it ideal? No, but we’re not going to have an ideal situation so lets work with what is here and within our means to improve.
The term misogynoir (which articulates the way misogyny and anti-Blackness simultaneously impact Black women, specifically) was added to Wikipedia. The term was coined by Moya Bailey, who in the past explained her epistemological process in creating this term.
I’ve written a lot on the topic. However, my blog Gradient Lair is not considered a “valid source” as a “reference.” I briefly discussed this with Moya (she didn’t add the term now; she can’t as the person who coined it) on how this functions as epistemic violence, where Whiteness is the authority on what is “valid” scholarship and where it can appear.
My blog is often not considered “valid” as those who occupy “valid” spaces troll my content and plagiarize simultaneously. Daily. Nothing about this surprises me. This isn’t solely about Wikipedia’s rules so I won’t need Whitesplaining or mansplaining of them; this is about epistemic violence as an institutional factor.
Anyway though, for a more thorough understanding on misogynoir, see my essay: Explanation of Misogynoir.
I love that. I know so many people who think the past is always Super Serious All The Time. Nope. Testicles and poop jokes for everyone!
That’s one of the perks of running a generally Medieval Art History blog. Relevant:
Here the word appears (for the first time if not the last) noted down by hand in the margins of a proper text, in this case Cicero’s De Officiis. “It’s a monk expressing his displeasure at an abbot,” writes Katharine Trendacosta at i09. “In the margins of a guide to moral conduct. Because of course.” She quotes Melissa Mohr, author of Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, as declaring it “difficult to know” whether this marginalia-making monk meant the word literally, to accuse this abbott of “questionable monastic morals,” or whether he used it “as an intensifier, to convey his extreme dismay.”
Either way, it holds a great deal of value for scholars of language, given, as the OED puts it, “the absence of the word from most printed text before the mid twentieth century” and the “quotation difficulties” that causes. If you find nothing to like in the F word’s ever-increasing prevalence in the media, think of it this way: at least future lexicographers of swearing will have more to go on.
For those who don’t know, the abbot would have been this scribe’s boss.
Many of us understand sex and gender as categorically separate when envisioning trans women. How do we enforce transmisogyny through biological essentialist views of what we define as “sex” when imagining trans women? This storify examines how we enforce physical & ontological gender violence through non-consensual cisnormative separations of sex and gender. Sex is very much a gendered concept with its own colonial and violent baggage.
Note: This is a partial storify. Read the full version here
food for thought on forcing people to adopt the amab/afab labels
Wait…no, that’s…that’s not how science works.
Look, just because you are a trans woman does not give you the authority to overwrite scientific biological facts. I respect everyone’s gender identity and if you say you are a woman, who I am to say different?
But this whole idea that your sex is subjective to your consciousness is just incorrect. You were born a certain way and it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for your health that medical professionals (not that some of them aren’t biased, I am aware they are people and people have prejudices) NEED to know in order to keep you healthy. There is no such thing and “gendered biology”, there’s sexual biology and genetics and things of that nature, but they don’t really apply to a human being’s perception of themselves.
I can understand if there is a birth or biological condition that would cause confusion (child born with both/incomplete sexual organs), but there are special medical conditions that go along with that which NEED TO BE ADDRESSED AND TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT. Physicians assigning a sex at birth in that instance can be mistaken and in that case the line becomes more blurred but that is a relatively rare circumstance.
There is danger in assuming you can “lie” or falsify medical documents because even if you don’t agree with the scientific evaluation of your body and gender there are still very important details and differences in male and female anatomies that have to be considered.
I know I might get flak for this but I am a scientist at heart and there is this thing about science….it’s true whether or not you choose to believe in it
There’s also a difference if one is still in transition. If you are pre-T or -E then your doctor needs to know that you are planning to, as that will change medication. Granted this also changes when people accept that there are more than 2 biological sexes, and yes while it sucks that that knowledge isn’t mainstream yet, you need to make medical officials aware of that! Just because you have XX in your head, doesn’t mean you have XX in your body and medicine can be extremely dangerous. There are many places (I just googled a bunch) that are “safe places” for trans and non-binary people to seek medical attention from. Hope this helps!
So here Im going to challenge the fact that cis people see considering trans bodies beyond their assigned sex category at birth as “confusing” their medical professionals & thus would “trick” them into giving us the wrong care. This gender “mass hysteria & chaos” that trans women would create by being acknowledged is actually nothing new, nor is particularly insightful. Its a part of a long history of violent transmisogyny.
I am saying the exact opposite of what you are pretending. I am challenging the designation of the binary in science and our healthcare system. The fact that we are only offered two genders male/female that operate on a strict basis of cisnormativity and delegitimize trans genders is what I am challenging. I’m saying that trans women need to lead the conversations around our bodies in the healthcare profession & otherwise, not cisnormative binaries. This includes coming up with our own terms, doing away with some & broadening many of the old ones. This starts with a conversation that challenges the norms of existing labels & dangerous binaries.
Note that I never said that you should not tell your doctor that you are trans and discuss the specifics of your body and biology. None of you are healthcare professionals yet in all of these posts you insert yourself and your gaze into the examination room. This is gender policing. You look right over me challenging cisnormative sex designations to say that I am going to throw the medical industry into chaos by dealing with my body as more than “male.” You even suggest that I would harm myself by doing so.
Again. I am not male. As a trans woman I have my own specific healthcare concerns and needs that often intersect with those of other women and sometimes even those of men. This does not make me a male. It makes me a woman with my own specific healthcare needs. Healthcare is also dangerously misogynist and negligent of cis women because of this binary. We need to be asking “How does the binary operate dangerously in the medical profession?” IN ADDITION to erasing trans women, there is also a one size fits all model steeped in the pathologization & hatred of women in the medical industry. Other women face unique concerns AS WOMEN within the medical industry on the basis of race, class, gender, disability & body type. This doesn’t make them NOT WOMEN. This doesn’t change their sex. Rather, the definition of womanhood needs to be expanded to meet the needs of its entire community.
But I repeat. You MAY NOT consider me biologically male. Trans women have faced generational violence at the hands of this “biological assertion” in the medical industry and broader society.The medical industry has been a home base to discriminate against trans women in this country. It will stop now. It has been used to legislate against us. It is cisnormativity. It is violent. And it is unacceptable.
I’ll also note how people are only concerned about trans health care when its time to police trans women and our gender by designating us as male. Science as we know it is just another tool of cisheteropatriarchy and a violent colonial state to police the borders of its realms. This includes a violent binary that renders trans women as male to justify gender based violence.
I do now and forever challenge you and I challenge your science as transphobic, violently misogynistic, weak, lacking vision and straight up wrong.