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The It’s-Not-Rocket-Science approach to study

Here are a few simple tips I’ve picked up during my first term as a research student, mostly by making mistake and learning from them. The blindingly obvious is sometimes very easy to miss. I’m sure you can apply these to any subject at any level, including rocket science research if that’s your thing.

If you have a work related idea, write it down, especially if you don’t have time to work out whether or not it will be useful. If you forget it you’ll never be able to find out, and it’s difficult to keep several new ideas in your head at once.

If you make some notes on anything remotely study related, remember to note what it is, where you found it and the date.

If you print something out that’s longer than one page, put page numbers on it before you print. It will save you and others headaches later.

If someone tells you a date, whether it’s a paper deadline or a party, write it down. Preferably in the same place. If they tell you a time or a place too, write that down as well.

If you meet someone interesting at a work or study related event, send them an email as soon as you can afterwards. It doesn’t have to be an essay, just be friendly and polite. If it was good to meet them, say so and ask if they enjoyed the event. Network network network!

Do you have any not-rocket-science tips to share?


  1. Lizzie B. says:

    Those are some interesting ideas. Basically, the jist of it is: write everything down and know where you put it. I’ve recently discovered the magic of staplers (lame, I know). Before, I never used to staple things I printed out, but now I staple everything- be it 2 pages or 10. I also write a brief one or two word prompt at the top of the first page so I know what it’s about. Interesting ideas here!

  2. Notes to self says:

    Thanks for the encouraging comment Lizzie!

    I love the idea of writing a quick note on the top so you can see at a glance what the paper is about – I’m going to try that one!

  3. Wow, I’ve never thought about numbering the pages as soon as you have more than two pages. It’s not necessary, but it will save you a lot of time I suppose!

    Nice tips here, I can just recommend to have one notebook only. A small moleskine probably, just have that little book and get everything down in there. Make diffferent sections, about bloggingm work and school.

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