Study Methods

Every Scholar is an Island… or not — Peer Learning & Community

A pre­vi­ous pro­fes­sor of mine used to give this adage: ‘Knowledge comes through learn­ing, but mas­tery comes through teach­ing.’ In many ways this rings true with expe­ri­ence being the coun­ter­part to knowl­edge that aids in gain­ing mas­tery of a sub­ject. One may know every­thing that there is to know about…

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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 we…

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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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