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How to reclaim your life when writing a dissertation

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Dora Farkas outlines 12 simple habits that will help you to reclaim your health and personal life while writing your dissertation. These straightforward choices help to increase productivity allowing more time for other commitments. She also provides a link to her “Finish your Thesis Program” if you are interested in further webinar coaching.

All About Speed Reading

woman-notebook-working-girlSometimes getting through readings a little faster is all you would need to get them finished on time; but how successful is speed reading for your comprehension of texts? This article dives into the pros and cons of speed reading, as well as describing the different kinds of speed reading that exist. These include:

          • Skimming
          • Meta-Guiding
          • Rapid Serial Visual Presentation

Click here to learn about the different methods and the give and take relationship between speed and comprehension.

 

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Taking Notes for Online Courses

UntitledTaking notes during a lecture on campus is generally straightforward – you write down a concise version of any important information emphasized by the professor throughout the lecture. But how do you take notes in an online class where there may not be formal lectures, and important information may be harder to recognize? Taking notes in an online environment is foreign to many, yet with distance learning on the rise it is becoming increasingly important to become an expert. This article provides many of the tips necessary to take notes successfully so that you may succeed as an online student.

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Writing Inspiration

Inspiration written on pencil shaving At times, sitting down to write is an extremely difficult task. In this article, however, Lesley Vos shares a list of ways that one can find inspiration for their writing, consequently making the writing process much easier and more enjoyable. Some of her many suggestions include:

-          Meditation

-          Freewriting

-          A change of scenery

-          Word associations

For her elaboration on said suggestions and the rest of her list, read the full article.

 

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Taking Notes in an Online Course

open notebookIf you have articles to read, create short notes on them now to save time later.

Cornell University has an excellent procedure for creating annotated bibliographies. In essence, you write down the document’s citation information, then you create a succinct description of the document that summarizes its value to the topic that you are studying. See their Annotated Bibliography Tutorial for more tips.

For more effective note taking tips, especially for online courses, visit this web article by eLearners.com.

 

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Five Mistakes Online Students Make: Part 1

Five Mistakes Online Students MakePlanning: School adds another source of “things to do” in your life, so stay on target. Avoid letting a day go by when you don’t use your time effectively. Those 3 hours that you saved for your research paper evaporated when your hot water heater died; if only you had started it earlier! Work ahead of, not on, schedule.

For more on mistakes online students make, visit Margaret O’Hara’s article from The Evolution: Illuminating the Lifelong Learning Movement

 

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7 Steps to Success: Online Learning Tips from Students

Seven Steps to Learning OnlineOnline students agreed on the importance of developing and asking thoughtful questions as a technique to engage the instructor and other students.

Such a technique welcomes new perspectives and can deepen discussion. By asking a good question to challenge or extend an idea, learners open up conversation rather than close it down.

For other tips offered by successful online students, visit this EDUCAUSE Review Online webpage.

 

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