1 Beforehand: get prepared Devise your own note-making shorthand, adapt it for your course requirements and vocabulary and then use it consistently. Having an effective shorthand system avoids the need to write down full words, but remember to introduce new…
If you find it difficult to get started on your essay, start with a mindmap, then group your ideas togethers to form the essay sections.
Declutter your workspace and make some flashcards or mind maps to summarise the key information you need to revise.
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Getting off-screen and looking at your research in two and three dimensions can help you see the ‘big picture’ more clearly.
Academic writing is a significant challenge for predominantly visual thinkers. Here are some ways to help them to convert an explosion of connected ideas into a linear format.
Max Adams During workshops with undergraduate, graduate or doctoral students, I use images – anything from films to works of art – to help them to develop their sense of story and visualise its shape. In great art, as in…
Creativity is a core feature of writing in the sciences as well as the arts.
Using objects can bring a fresh perspective to writing and other tasks.
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