Study Methods

Easy Note Taking — Evernote, OneNote, Pages and SimpleNote

He lis­tens well who takes notes. — Dante (Canto XV) Note tak­ing can often seem like some­thing of a bur­den, that gets in the way of learn­ing stuff, or get­ting things done. However, unless we have a robust eidet­ic mem­o­ry, then we are going to need to take notes. Thankfully…

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Being Broad Learners — Conferences and Other Interests

In acad­e­mia and many oth­er fields, the temp­ta­tion is to become ever more spe­cialised. Indeed, con­tin­u­al­ly nar­row­ing and par­ing back the breadth of exper­tise to be deep in a spe­cif­ic area is one of the require­ments of many post-grad­u­ate research degrees. Despite this trend and require­ment, it is not actu­al­ly…

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Finding the Needle in the Haystack — Dropbox and DEVONthink

Now, where did I put that doc­u­ment again? Any organ­i­sa­tion­al sys­tem is only as good as how easy it is to find the mate­r­i­al you are look­ing for, and this sys­tem is no dif­fer­ent. But some­times it can feel like try­ing to find a nee­dle in a haystack. I think…

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It’s All About the Style — Writing Well

Style or sub­stance, which one is more impor­tant? While our last Friday post dealt with the process of writing—how to stim­u­late those word juices flow­ing in your head—this post looks at the style of those words. Now style is a very per­son­al thing, and it is entire­ly like­ly that your…

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Digitising Print Media — Briss and OCR

In almost any field one of the pri­ma­ry research tasks is the read­ing and absorp­tion of infor­ma­tion. Now, in some fields you may be blessed by hav­ing all your infor­ma­tion acces­si­ble dig­i­tal­ly, and prefer­ably native­ly digi­tised. However, in every dis­ci­pline I have worked in many of the papers and mate­ri­als…

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How to Write a Lot — The Writing Task

We often con­sid­er writ­ing an ardu­ous task, bemoan­ing things such as writ­ers block, or loom­ing dead­lines; and the writ­ing require­ment of acad­e­mia usu­al­ly won’t alle­vi­ate this. However, it doesn’t have to be this way, the seem­ing­ly sheer cliff face of a writ­ing task can be scaled, and often with rel­a­tive ease.…

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