Here are a list of tools, books, and other various resources that I’ve found helpful in life and in school.
- Todoist - This is my to-do list app of choice. I like the integration with Gmail that lets me quickly convert an email into a task and get me to #InboxZero
- 1Password - Reusing passwords is bad. Generating and remembering several passwords is difficult. I was skeptical of password managers but caved in after a month of trying. This is the only tool that I pay to use, but my digital security is worth the $36 per year.
- Toggl - A time tracking tool that I tend to use when my schedule gets overwhelming.
- Zotero - A reference manager whose full potential I still haven’t figured out. Right now, I store interesting papers there (never to be read again).
- SelfControl - Another productivity tool that I use when I’m becoming a slacker-man.
- Note-taking - Notion, Drafts, Bear, Notability, default notes app, and regular paper. It really doesn’t matter what you use.
- Machine Learning taught by Andrew Ng. This was the course that kickstarted everything back in my first year of undergrad.
Disclaimer: I am neither an expert nor do I claim expertise in these subjects. These are books I’ve found useful either in classes or outside.
I’m assuming you are familiar with calculus, linear algebra, and probability.
- Some textbook on Real Analysis - I have Advanced Calculus by Fitzpartick
- Introduction to Algorithms by CLRS - For computer scientists
- Statistical Inference by Casella & Berger - For statisticians
- Networks by Mark Newman - For network scientists
Other useful textbooks
- Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos by Steve Strogatz
For the uninitiated
- The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver - If you’ve taken a college-level course on probability, this book will be largely unsurprising.
- Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
- The Enchiridion by Epictetus
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius