With the start of the new academic year it is worth considering some methods, skills and tools for study in the year ahead. This year I have decided to put together a short seven week blog series covering many of the questions I am regularly asked when it comes to studying. I will divide it up into three separate sub categories: Study Tools, Study Skills and an assorted series of Biases and Fallacies that commonly arise. On Mondays the Study Tools part of the series will focus on organisational tools that can make the process of gathering, sorting, absorbing and synthesising information easier.
On Fridays the Study Skills section will look primarily at holistic skills for getting the most out of the time that is spent studying and writing.
Finally, on Wednesdays the Biases and Fallacies section will look at a series of common cognitive biases and fallacies that crop up in academia of all levels, and this section will finally culminate in an attempted Grand Theory of (Almost) Everything.
However, even though I have been studying and working in academia for quite a while now, I certainly have not come across everything that there is to be said in each section. Many of the posts will deal with questions I am asked commonly, and have proven helpful to others at Ridley and elsewhere. So I will mostly be sharing what works for me, and hoping that you, the readers, will be able to use and adapt my methodologies for your purposes.
I am really interested though in hearing what you would like to see covered. Are there any specific situations or problems that you find yourself regularly encountering? Also I will be welcoming comments and sharing of personal tweaks and methods on each of the sections when I get to the specifics. I am keen to learn from others, and hope that we can make the learning process as a whole better and more enjoyable. So please comment below, or on Facebook with what you would like to see me cover and what would be useful.