Study Methods

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. Welcome…

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Organising Your Research: Advanced Zotero

Now where did I read that quote? What did that book say again? Was the argu­ment in this chap­ter coher­ent? For any­one work­ing in a research field I’m will­ing to bet that you have asked your­selves such ques­tions, and it only gets worse the more you read. So after the…

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On the Reading of Whole Books — The Reading Process

In the pref­ace to a trans­lat­ed vol­ume C.S. Lewis wrote an essay on the impor­tance of read­ing old books, bemoan­ing the lack of appli­ca­tion that many peo­ple of his era had for the read­ing of old­er books, instead pre­fer­ring to read sec­ondary lit­er­a­ture. While Lewis’ essay still speaks pow­er­ful­ly to…

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Getting Things Done: Task Managers, Calendars & Focusing

Productivity can be hard, almost like mur­der. But there are ways of mak­ing things eas­i­er, var­i­ous tools that are acces­sories to pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. We have all been there, a ton of things to do, but no idea on where to start or in what order to do things. Plus all the…

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Work, Research and Organisational Tools Overview

When work­ing, or study­ing, or for that mat­ter going about dai­ly life there are a mul­ti­tude of skills and dis­ci­plines that will help us be bet­ter at what­ev­er we are doing. Some of those skills and dis­ci­plines I will look at in the Wednesday and Friday ses­sions. But in addition…

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