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Jun 21, 2022 โ€ข 9 tweets โ€ข 7 min read โ€ข Read on X
Writing apps for PhD! - a ๐Ÿงต

Looking for the perfect #notetaking system? Or writing #workflow?

After trying to integrate all my writing into one app, I couldn't choose one.
As researchers our writing needs are diverse & so here's my #writing system for anyone who needs! Image
#academicchatter #writingtools #researchtools #phdlife #AcademicTwitter #PhDtips

Our systems can be as simple or as complex as our needs are. So the best system is the one that works for you!

Here are all the apps I use for my writing & why I chose them:
๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜๐˜€
People in my field and lab mostly use LaTeX for most documents. Especially ones that need impeccable formatting/ with lots of in-text citations. Online app for

@overleaf @TeXstudio #LaTeX #acwri
๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€
For searchability, security(stored locally) and future-proofing (your notes should be accessible even if the app ceases to exist), I chose MarkDown(.md)

@obsdmd #Obsidian #markdown #pkm
๐—ž๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ
For quick notes and creating databases of personal knowledge, I choose to have this in addition to Obsidian, because of the powerful and visual features:
๐Ÿ”น ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ

@NotionHQ #notion #personalknowledge
๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€
Collaborating with lots of people and sharing & editing docs quickly requires something cloud based and that everyone uses. Hence,
๐Ÿ”น๐˜Ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ด

@gooogledocs #GoogleDocs
๐——๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€
For creating digital notes for online courses and for the joy of 'writing', I use the native app in my tablet:
๐Ÿ”น๐˜š๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด

@Samsung #digitalnotes #spen #notetaking
In addition to this, I maintain a research journal which has everything about my research. I'm trying to slowly digitize it to Obsidian - only as a searchable back up and not a replacement.

Because we all know writing with pen on paper is the best! ๐Ÿ˜‰
This is not a *perfect* system, but the one works for me. Feel free to mix & match!

โžก๏ธ Coming next: apps I use for time management and how I set them up! Stay tuned, tweeps๐Ÿ˜

Please share this post with anyone who might find this usefulโ™ฅ๏ธ

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Jun 5, 2023
Embarking on the PhD Journey? โœจ
Congratulations & here are my top tips for beginners - a ๐Ÿงต

As a 4th year PhD student, I am sharing the top tips, which I received as a beginner, to help you navigate this rewarding yet demanding experience.

#PhDBeginnerTips #academicchatter Image
1๏ธโƒฃKeep a #ResearchJournal

A PhD is a whirlwind of ideas, experiments, and discoveries. A dedicated journal to document everything will be an invaluable resource throughout your journey.

โžก๏ธCheck out my upcoming tweets on how to maintain a research journal Image
2๏ธโƒฃHave an Unofficial Board of Mentors:

In addition to your guide or doctoral committee, cultivate a network of trusted individuals who can advpice & support you.

โžก๏ธThis amazing advice is from my mentor & friend @Maddie_Chera, & I have 6 people on my "board" now!๐Ÿ˜

#mentoring Image
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Jun 5, 2023
Hey y'all, I've got big news!๐Ÿคฉ

I got selected for an international workshop in Spain!!!! (more detailsโฌ‡๏ธ)

Past few months, I've been preparing for that & was waiting for everything to be confirmed. I was dying to tell you guys๐Ÿ˜

Now please send me your best tips๐Ÿ’–

#PhDchat ImageImage
So this workshop is called the #Complexity72h where participants form teams and work on a project for 3 days and by the end of the 72 hours we need to upload a report of the work on ArXiv!

It's like a hackathon but for research writing!

How exciting, right?๐Ÿคฉ
And ya girl also got a research visit at an amazing lab!!๐Ÿ˜
I'm absolutely thrilled about this. And anxious, of course.
It feels like the pieces are falling into place - after years of rejections. And man, do they happen in the most unexpected ways!โœจ
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Oct 23, 2022
PhD and #planning are inseparable. But more often than not, it NEVER works!
Either we procrastinate till we fall into anxiety or overwork to the point of burnout.

Here's a little๐Ÿงตfor procrastination-proof planning!

#PhDlife #PhDchat #phdtips #AcademicTwitter
Why planning has always been a tricky thing for me:

โŒMy plans are either too big & I get overwhelmed or too short & I lose the big picture.

โŒthey have no space for changes. One interruption can cause a domino effect & I'd feel like the whole plan is sabotaged.
In my journey to build a routine, I realised these mistakes in my planning and found little ways to improve them.

๐Ÿ“Here's what I've learnt:

(more detailed explanations belowโฌ‡๏ธ)
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Sep 5, 2022
Do you feel confused over how to write a #LiteratureReview, clueless about why we write this or where to start? A lot of us started there!

Here's my idea to
Write a #LitRev in 5 definitive steps๐Ÿงต

#LiteratureReview #AcWri #PhDtips #AcademicTwitter #ScienceTwitter #PhDlife
1๏ธโƒฃ Start by identifying the ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—น. These questions will guide your literature collection and writing of the review:
โ€” Why this problem?
โ€” What has been done before and where's the research gap?
โ€” What other methods exist, and why could the chosen method fill the gap? 1. Identify the goal of the review Why am I solving this par
2๏ธโƒฃ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ relevant literature to answer the above questions by starting from a root paper, branch out and then narrowing down to your theme.
I'd suggest @rsrchrabbit for this step. (I've already made a reel about this and you can find it in my recent story/highlights.) 2. Collect relevant articles to answer the above 4 questions
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Jun 15, 2022
So.... I finally made the switch to @zotero as my #ReferenceManager and am absolutely in love with it! โ™ฅ๏ธ

The Zotfile and Notero plugins are a godsend - delighted with how they make my #workflow seamless.

Here's why: a ๐Ÿงต

#literaturereview #litRev #acwri
Zotfile lets you
- sync Zotero library across devices through any cloud storage you use.
- Extract annotations from pdfs annotated with other software!
- rename all the pdfs in any format you prefer, save & sync them with your cloud.

This article helped:
Notero syncs Notion + Zotero!

Whenever you add a new paper to synced Zotero collection, a new file is created in a linked Notion database.
Any note you create for that paper will be automatically sent to that file!

So easy to organize & keep track of notes.

#notetaking #Notes
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Apr 13, 2022
Ok #AcademicTwitter. This month, I'm entering my 3rd year of PhD! yayy๐ŸŽ‰

I was looking through my 1st research journal and found these "tips" I had written for myself. I thought I'll share them here.

So, here's a ๐Ÿงตof #PhDtips for those starting their PhD!

#PhDlife #PhDchat Image
1. Maintain a #PhDjournal๐Ÿ“’
Experiments, results, failures, meetings w/ guide, seminars, weekly plans, proposal brainstorming, talk prep - everything related to your PhD in one notebook.

(coursework & journal notes can be separate, but I used the same note. 1 note/year for me)
2. Read a lot of journal articles. A lot.
It is the best way to take your research forward!

(I wanted to try the #365papersChallenge, but couldn't keep up. I read way fewer papers than I want myself to. This could be my sign from the universe to step up!)
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