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Micro-thread on highlighting and scribbling. One critique of highlighting is that people (students?) tend to highlight EVERYTHING. Sure.
One reason why I colour-code highlights and marginalia is to avoid this. I change colors as I go deeper into the argument sequence.
I came back from Paris w/ 2 sets of highlighters (neon & pastel) so now I combine them and I feel I can be clearer
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Micro-thread on "dealing with The Dreaded Blank Page". I have been wanting to write a thread and a blog post on this topic for a very long time. When one of my PhD students told me "Dr. Pacheco-Vega, I don't know how to START a paper", I literally froze. I was like "BUT WHY?"
He explained that he had read plenty of scholarly papers, and so on, but STARTING was the challenge. I have written about how to write a first rough draft of a paper in 8 steps raulpacheco.org/2016/04/8-tips… and how to go from idea to a finished paper raulpacheco.org/2017/06/writin… Later on...
... I understood what he meant:

Facing The Dreaded Blank Page was VERY challenging to him.

Well, people, I have been writing for more than a decade and I am here to tell you that

a) Writing is hard
b) Writing well is VERY hard
c) Dread for the Dreaded Blank page is justified
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Long thread on #AcWri particularly focused on overcoming procrastination and "writer's block", and moving stuff forward. Each blog post will be linked to in a tweet, so please bear with me through a long thread. If you're not here for #AcWri stuff, do mute.
A while ago, I read Joli Jensen 's book "Write No Matter What". It's delightful and offers a really chill approach to #AcWri - sustain constant contact with a writing project you like, under very little pressure. My reading notes here - raulpacheco.org/2018/03/write-…
I wrote about the different things I do to sustain "constant, low pressure contact with a writing project that I like" (I shared this blog post with Joli herself, BTW and we had a nice chat about it) raulpacheco.org/2019/03/what-d…
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This is a thread on goal-setting for graduate students using the tools I have developed, in response to Dr. @JaneLSumner 's request. More than a guide for my students, here's how I set my goals. In December, I plan my entire year (it's calendar year, more than academic year).
I used to do academic year but then I realized a lot of stuff isn't out (e.g. dates and locations) so I can't plan in August. My process looks like this raulpacheco.org/2016/12/my-yea… I recommend that my students do the same (plan their year). I have suggested they use Gantt charts.
So I wrote this guide raulpacheco.org/2018/10/planni… once they've figured out what they have to do per month, per semester, per year, THEN they can break down the work in smaller, workable, manageable pieces. raulpacheco.org/2016/05/my-dai… this still doesn't get to the SMART framework.
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Good morning! Students (mine and others) as well as faculty members have asked me if I do have a particular sequence of blog posts about reading strategies, academic writing, literature reviews that I would recommend. I have to get my #2ThingsADay done, so here's a MICRO-THREAD.
For me, reading IS a fundamental component of writing raulpacheco.org/2018/01/legiti… this means that I have a dedicated section on Reading Strategies in my Resources page raulpacheco.org/resources/read… the Abstract-Introduction-Conclusion (AIC) method can be found here raulpacheco.org/2017/01/findin…
When my own students have to undertake a literature review, I ask of them to systematize their reading in an Excel table, the Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump (CSED) raulpacheco.org/2016/06/synthe… combining #AICCSED allows you to stay on top of the literature raulpacheco.org/2017/12/carvin…
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