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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… and how to go from idea to a finished paper… 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 -…
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)…
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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… I recommend that my students do the same (plan their year). I have suggested they use Gantt charts.
So I wrote this guide… 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.… 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… this means that I have a dedicated section on Reading Strategies in my Resources page… the Abstract-Introduction-Conclusion (AIC) method can be found here…
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)… combining #AICCSED allows you to stay on top of the literature…
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