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If you are trying to increase your reading speed,it probably seems counterintuitive to include note-taking in the process.After all, if you are stopping to take notes or mark a spot in the text, you are also stopping the reading process, right? The goal of speed reading is to absorb, process, and retain the essential contents of an article, book, magazine, or other written material. You can make notes in the margins of the text, highlight or underline key phrases, or jot down what you need on a separate piece of paper (highly recommended if you are reading a book from the library!). Mark key words to get a quick visual overview of the entire page or chapter for later reference. Make a note of quotes that might be useful when citing the text in a presentation, and keep a list of facts, figures, and statistics that you can use later. At the end of each major section or chapter, make your own short summaries to lock the information in your understanding and memory. If you transfer all the notes you made to another page or two, it is the perfect review material, and there is no need to keep the original text.
To learn more please check out this blog post and make comments or ask questions if you need any advice! Anyway, I have been thinking recently about a group of people who are nothing less than crucial for my research, but whom I very rarely consider – my research subjects.
What has brought on this sudden cri de coeur (ooh lala, French words alert!), I hear you ask? I slumped back in my seat, and started into empty space (there’s a lot of empty space in that reading room). Time-management is a vital skill, one that will be necessary in your chosen career as well as in university.
Create a master schedule that indicates on a term or year basis when holidays, exams, reports, essays etc.
Consider the purpose of the study task - if it is working on an essay, more time will be needed therefore schedule a block of time.
Monitor and Evaluate: review what has been accomplished at the end of a day and decide if the schedule needs to be changed the next day.
Schedule in rewards, for example your favourite TV programme after doing a task you were dreading. Of course, I've felt huge amounts of guilt for this approach, but like one of my supervisors said recently, for me the PhD has been an immersive process. Suddenly, it's all gone a bit pear shaped, and I even had the rebellious thought that actually, I might have earned a holiday from all the words filling my brain. I'm starting to feel a tiny bit like a hamster in a wheel, and I'm not sure I like the sensation. In the meantime, I'm in the process of weighing up my options: I have a potential job offer which would take me firmly back into the NHS. Sometime in September, I was opportune to present a research paper before a group of colleagues in a faraway land somewhere in England. Later that evening, I began to reflect on the day - what did I get right and what did I need to improve on? Slides: I put my slides together in a hurry, and they were not the best I could come up with. This is a fairly rare occurrence, but today I've managed to give myself an actual headache just by thinking about all the things I've got to get done within the next month. Over the weekend, there was apparently a small miracle occurring: I was changing from PhD student to research fellow.
How long it will last is highly debatable, but that's a different story and not one to be told today. Yesterday, I discovered there was an induction session for new WBS employees - I hadn't actually been invited, but I gatecrashed it anyway.
I'm not sure I like this: according to the Graduate School, I'm still a PhD student because I'm writing up. So the lovely IT people have made my student card work again, and I'm just off now to pick up my staff card. A number of your activities in your first two weeks will be predetermined by your department, all in the name of helping you to fit in.
By the end of the fortnight, you may even get a chance to knuckle down and embark on the project which brought you to Warwick, but it is worth taking your time finding your feet.
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Post Address – If you knew the exact post address, you would be able to arrive at the correct destination, right? Thanks to the inventions of GPS, you can measure our remaining distance to the final destination. On the other hand, if you think that the goal is unrealistic, you will never truly be committed to complete the mission. It`s like if you were able to do 10 push ups on a VERY good day, and then you set the goal that you should be able to do 100 push ups in two weeks time. If you are going to arrive on a specific address in Montreal on a certain date to deliver a package to someone, you still have a 24 hours window. If you DON`T have proven system that you use when you set your goals, you are depending on guesswork and gut feeling. Because they want to MAKE SURE that the house is going to look exactly like they have PLANNED. About Tor Refsland I help online entrepreneurs NETWORK with influencers and position their BRAND so they can attract the right CLIENTS fast. If you wanted to get in good shape running a marathon and your goal was to run the marathon in X amount of time.
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If Y (the price you need to pay) is bigger than the X (the reward) you will most likely NOT do it. Who would want to put in a lot of work, sweat and time only to get rewarded with a few pennies? It serves as a reminder each day to keep moving things forward… because I want to see that thermometer totally colored in.
Visualization is always a good thing, the more often you can remind yourself of your goal AND to do the necessary activities, the higher is the chance that you will actually perform them.
Whether you’re using a paper calendar or the one on your phone, it’s extremely important to use a calendar or planner whenever you’re homeschooling. I like this one because you can use it as a desk calendar or a wall calendar, plus a free vision board. Another way we get disorganized in our daily homeschool life is by just grabbing stuff and putting it in the car. If you lean towards unschooling or child-led learning, you probably also lean towards a flexible routine. As kids get older, their needs change, and they can gradually take more control over their own time management and experiment with what works best for them. My own preference is for a routine, but I’ve also learned that I need to set a timer or watch the clock in order to stay on task in some areas and to remember to do the tasks in other areas! What’s the right balance between strict schedule and flexible routine in your homeschool? Kym (15 Posts)Kym is in the middle of her 17th year of homeschooling her four kids, two of whom have graduated. January 6, 2015 By Davonne Leave a Comment My kids absolutely love doing science experiments – and so do I! Not only that, but you can choose to have one groovy lab box mailed to you (hurry, they’re going fast!) or you can sign up for a subscription plan! I’m also thrilled to announce that Groovy Lab in a Box is giving away one science experiment kit to a Homeschool Blog Awards winner! Engineering Design Challenge: Can you design, build, and launch a rocket which travels the farthest vertical distance? To connect with Groovy Lab in a Box so you don’t miss information about deals, sales, new products, science tips, and fun ideas, you can visit their blog, follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Pinterest.


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If you read something very quickly but do not remember what you read, and later have to go back and re-read the material to look up a fact or figure, then the total time you spend reading the text is doubled. This will help you keep clutter off your desk, and you can organize the notes in a file folder in your desk drawer or on your computer.
I knew, I just knew, that I could never do justice to this social worker’s experience. You probably have a lot of things to do, so assess how important and how urgent the tasks are; then make sure high priority tasks get done first and are not put off on a regular basis.
Make the task as specific as possible - we tend to follow through then, especially if we write it down.
If the purpose is for review, say to scan a text then make use of the odd half hours available.
Again, at a regular time (for example last thing at night or first thing in the morning) plan your day taking into account your master schedule and the study goals for the week. Everyone has different needs; perhaps start with just organising study tasks for certain classes or only list your priorities. The list of things I had to do seemed endless and daunting, and to be honest, I really was struggling a bit. When we booked this adventure, I remember thinking it would be a super time, because I would have submitted my thesis, and would be embarking on a new phase.
During the PhD life, I worked around my guilt and the non-verbal signals from my husband, by always getting up super early on holiday and doing some work before anyone else was even awake. Because while I was in Nothumberland it dawned on me that I never really take any time off. I spent the whole of this weekend working, because in Northumberland I wasn't able to get enough done. Therefore, armed with my printed presentation slides, my iPhone to serve as a Stopwatch (yep, she's smart, true to her title), and a few notes, I stepped before the army of intellectuals. I feel I should share this with you, just in case you have a conference coming soon or in the near future. I arrived the venue early enough to save my PDF on the desktop (for presentation) before the event kicked-off.
I should have paid more attention to how I presented information on the slides to support my presentation. But you know what it's like - you commit to things, and then you just have to do them, even if you'd rather run down the street in the opposite direction with your fingers in your ears, singing 'I-can't-hear-you!!!' at the top of your voice. And none of those things include writing a doctoral thesis, which is more than a little worrying.
Suddenly, I have the postdoctoral fellowship to get on with - and I've come in at the point where reports have to be written, so I'm having to do background reading, data analysis, and writing up all at the same time!
Naturally, as ever, I gave insufficient thought to this process, and just spent the weekend trying really, really hard not to think about the thesis, which is ever-present and taking up considerable space in my brain.
So yesterday, I met with my new boss (not new at all - my first academic supervisor for the PhD) and the research fellow whose position I'm covering while she has a baby. And the WBS doctoral office obviously agree, given that they haven't turfed me out of my office. After all, I've just spend three years being in between midwifery and academia, so I expect that's why I feel quite chilled about the whole thing. So will follow a series of introductions and meetings, all designed to make sure that you are given the best possible start.
Depending on your programme, postgraduate study can be a long, lonely and often frustrating process, and it is not advisable to just jump in without caution. It may seem like a heady rush which has no end, but never forget that you are just getting started on a very exciting experience. And I will generally post a cartoon thermometer or arrow to my office cork board… then as I move closer to my goal, I color in my progress.
The stronger your why is, the higher is the chance that you will be able to endure all the challenges and struggle along the way. You can use the calendar to write down when things like CO-OP will happen or even when you have a homeschooling field trip.
Well, sometimes when you get going on a lesson or something else, you can forget to move onto the next task.
I have some friends who use a closet to keep their homeschooling stuff organized and others have a whole room.
Although it’s not always fun to use files, it can be a lifesaver when it comes to getting organized as a homeschooling parent.
It’s so hard to be an organized homeschooling parent when you have paperwork up to your ears. One aspect I usually take a look at is whether our routine or our schedule needs to be tweaked. If you homeschool following a classical style or using more traditional textbooks, you may need to follow a more detailed schedule.
People who have that natural desire to keep everything around them organized and are details-oriented tend to prefer schedules, while those who are more laid back and are big picture thinkers manage well with a general routine. Even if you relied on a schedule when homeschooling preschoolers and elementary grade children, you may find that a more general routine works well to keep everyone coordinated as they gradually work more independently in middle and high school grades. In fact, my timer just went off, which means I need to publish this article and then go on to the next task on my list. They have everything – and I mean everything – you need to complete a science experiment, all in one convenient package! No more hunting the house trying to find something that will work – because it all magically arrives on your doorstep!
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I was sat in the archive (seriously, some of the best days of my life have been in that small reading room), and I came across an article by a social worker talking about her difficulties in helping an abandoned child. Yes, I could contextualise it, I could argue about why and how it happened, I could add it to the qualitative and quantitative data I had already amassed about a vast number of people alive in twentieth-century Britain.
The following are some time-management strategies that you may want to incorporate into your time-management routine.
If you always study at a certain time or day then it will be easier to get into concentration mode.
Well, the embarking on a new phase was close, but of course the thesis has not been submitted. That way, I could spend good amounts of time with them during the day, and relax in the evening. And now that I'm in what I consider the harsher side of academia, it suddenly seemed that I should. Thankfully the audience comprised mainly other PhD Students and a sprinkling of established academics.
Even though I was very much aware that there is a need for improvement in my presentation skills, I was quite happy with my presentation. Also, I made sure I stuck to the key points of my project, dwelt less on background and more on methodology and findings. I found myself referring to stuff that obviously should have been on the slides to help the audience grasp my point better. Last week, I wrote a blog for our sister site at the PG Hub, in which I spoke at length about time management. I also have a job interview on Wednesday - for a job I'm not even sure I want, and which will add further complications if I'm successful. I found pink wine and the company of friends hugely helpful, and came to Warwick yesterday determined to enjoy my new identity for as long as it lasts.
The field of research I'm looking at is quite different (elderly care), but it's still NHS, and there are actually a lot of parallels with midwifery (risk and governance), so it's not so strange as it might have been. After a while, this endless tirade of workshops and whatnot can get a bit tiresome, but persevere, most of them will end up being very useful.
After that first fortnight, you will become more independent as your attention turns to your own work. In years to come you will look back on these fourteen days and realise that almost every great idea, wonderful collaboration and survival strategy had its roots here. It forces you to really define your goal instead of throwing out some vague fluff without any plan for achieving that goal. There are ways to be a very organized homeschooling parent, it’s just a matter of being intentional about it one simple step at a time.
With how busy everyday homeschooling life can be, it’s also important to know what’s going on each and every day.
A timer can help you stay on track throughout your day, so you don’t lose track of what you’re supposed to be doing, which can lead to disorganization.


If you do use the kitchen table, set up a few crates for homeschooling items, so you can stay super organized. In my opinion, it’s a lot easier to organize things electronically than they are paper wise. I promise if you ditch some of the clutter, it’s much easier to stay organized, no matter what you are up to.
If we’re behind in the lesson plans, or realizing that some subjects are being neglected or forgotten, we might be able to solve the problem by adjusting our routines. A schedule has designated time-slots for specific activities, while a routine establishes a specific order for the activities but doesn’t lock in a time. If your children go to a co-op or attend online classes, you’ll need to stick to the schedule for at least those activities. It’s seldom that mom (and dad) and all the kids have the same preference, so each homeschool family needs to find the balance and combination that works for them. On the other hand, if you or your child are having trouble staying focused, or feel disorganized and confused by too many options and things to do, a stricter schedule may provide the framework you need to stay on track.
Which is probably grading essays or algebra, so I can make the deadline for submitting report cards! Kym loves coffee, history, and homeschooling, and you can join her for coffee break at her blog, Homeschool Coffee Break.
Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. Stress management training programs are designed for the sole purpose of helping employees to deal with stress proactivelyTake A Break And Manage StressAre you experiencing high levels of stress? Better time management can improve your career prospects and chances of promotion, in your personal life you can spend more quality time with your family and friends, and overall you can experience less and be more productive.Achieve the benefits of time management with the following time management resourcesTime management presentations. Sometimes I just feel like a conduit (woah, fancy word alert!) for some people who once led somewhat more exciting, more important lives than me, and sometimes I feel privileged to give them a voice, to pick their ideas and anecdotes out of the ether and present them to the world. But I could not reply to this specific woman, I could not tell her that her plea had been heard, that someone in another century was moved by her words.
This type of experience is obviously not uncommon in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
There are lots of study tasks that can be accomplished in short periods, such as reviewing main points of a reading or a lecture. My husband has always more or less tolerated my approach to work, which is that I always have some with me.
But what do you know, I can't do that now, because I've been tasked with writing a report based on data collected for the study I'm currently acting as research fellow for.
I can see how lucky I was to have that space to think and write - not that I didn't appreciate it at the time, but it really is a striking contrast with the job I'm currently doing. Nervouseness does strange things to the human metabolism under conditions of adrenalin-proliferation. Even as I was writing, I was laughing away to myself at the absolute genius of its timing, because just at the moment I feel like I'm juggling about 15 grenades, and dropping any one of them would be fairly fatal!
Then on Thursday, I've somehow got burdened with presenting to a roomful of ward managers on the subject of an all-graduate nursing profession. Instead, I've got to endure the baleful glances from my husband and children as once again, a holiday week becomes a week of trying to find a bit of guilt-free time to catch up on the stuff that's hiding away at the back of my brain. I had a proper head-scratching moment, and then went to ask the lovely people in IT support what I should do. Whether you have come from Aberystwyth or Antarctica, you have found your way to campus, signed on the dotted line, and officially taken your first step into the world of Warwick. Meet your supervisor, meet your head of department, meet your future colleagues, confidents and conference-buddies.
Miss them, and you may find yourself in six months wondering how IT Services works or why a fire-alarm shatters the silence every Monday morning at half past nine.
Over your postgraduate career, there will inevitably come a point when you just need to get away from your research, and it helps no end if you have already found a place of sanctuary.
Nevertheless, it is crucial that you are aware how and where to get support, if and when you should need it. In my efforts to be more organized this year, check out my tips for how to be an organized homeschooling parent. It cuts down on clutter in our vehicle and just helps us all be a little more prepared when on the go. You can have a “done” folder, for schoolwork that is complete and you can have a “to be graded” folder that helps you keep track of what needs graded or reviewed.
I believe that we all need some level of routine, but some people really do function better when it’s detailed, and sometimes the tendencies are obvious even when they are babies! A couple years into the adventure, I was perfectly comfortable just studying subjects in whatever order and my oldest son was cool with that too.
What about failure to delegate?This time management exercise puts a dollar cost on procrastination and other timewasters and gives you objective dollar gains on improving your time management. These time management powerpoint presentations provide you with solid time management principles to improve your personal time management.Time management videos. However, it is admittedly true that I very rarely look at my work and think, “Hmm…I wonder what my research subjects would make of all this?
She was to my PhD just a faceless character in an on-going story, but to me she was, for just thirty seconds on a grey Thursday morning, a companion on a seemingly never-ending journey.
We all have research subjects, and we all want to get at something nuanced, important, something worth telling to the world. It might be a good idea to start by monitoring and reflecting on how you currently use your time. I suppose this has been largely because I didn't really see the thesis as work - it was a beautiful thing that had to be nurtured and fed regularly, in order for it to grow and blossom.
And of course, having completed many of the tasks that were stressing my head before the holiday, I come back to a thousand more things to worry about and get on with. Then there's teaching, which involves sending soothing emails to worried students, and reading a lot about subjects quite new to me.
Woe betide the one whom nature calls with urgency amidst a presentation before a sea of people. People came to present in nice cut tops and jeans with sneakers, shirts tucked into jeans waist bands etc except one lady from Hong-Kong who pulled off the CEO-Power look [boy!
I have literally no idea how that happened, and it's been quite time consuming putting something together, as nursing really isn't my area! I turns out, I don't appear on any systems just now, so I'm in a sort of non-identitied place.
Only they haven't quite managed to get all the necessary paperwork sorted in time for the October 1st start.
And besides, I'm not brave enough to actually go into the staff lounge in the WBS building.
Fill in a hundred forms detailing who you are, where you’re from, and how you like your tea. If nothing else, all of these first-fortnight activities will be an excellent opportunity to meet others in the same boat, as well as those who are seasoned veterans at the whole postgraduate game. It might be a coffee shop, it might be a park bench, it might be underwater in a local canal; it all depends on you.
It may come from other students in the department, or from academic staff; you may find that someone in no way involved with academia will end up giving you the advice which turns your research-hell into a land of plenty. The little one that must have their afternoon nap at exactly the same time and place each day, or wakes up on their own at the same time each morning will probably be a student that works well with a schedule. But my second son was constantly distracted or anxious trying to figure out what was next on the agenda, so I eventually realized we needed a set routine. These time management videos include some of the most influential speakers on getting things done and provide many time management tips and time savers.Time management books. I could only guess at what she might have been through just so I could copy her words down and deploy them in supervisions, conference papers, casual banter over a pint. There is no-one better for advice than those who have just gone through the process on which you are about to embark. In any case, it is worth taking a little time to ensure that the foundations of your support network are established in this early period. The baby or toddler that adjusts handily to changes and disruptions and can generally fall asleep almost anywhere likely will be just fine with an easy-going routine.
Good thing, because the third one literally could not focus on a page of a math if he didn’t know what subject was next or how soon it would be lunchtime! These books on time management give you plenty of time management tools and ideas on how to get the most out of your time.
Note to self was this - henceforth, i'll wear a neat top and a skirt (jacket in the handbag). It will be two weeks which will set up years of (hopefully) ground-breaking research and procrastination. With him, I often had to set a timer and assure him that if he worked on the math worksheet until the timer went, then he could have a snack and go on to the next subject. I wonder whether the researchers at CERN were spurred on by a desire to do justice to the Higgs boson, to allow it to tell its story of giving mass to generally ungrateful particles. He starts with the same subject every morning and works on it every day, but some of his other subjects he works on some days and not on others.



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