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  1. I thought we could share some effective reading strategies for those enormous reading lists, and particularly difficult texts in our field. 1. How do you make time for reading with classes, grading, work, etc.? 2. How do you improve your powers of recall on various authors and their scholarship? Do you organize notes electronically or on paper? 3. What do you do with a text that you find difficult to approach or understand? I'm sure there are some great ideas out there! 😊
  2. Hey everybody, I'm a big fan of long lists of books to read, and as the holidays approach, I think we all need to sit back and read some books. Any reading lists on any topics are welcome on this thread. Old biblos for class, research, anything of the like.
  3. Spring term is now officially done (at least in most North American schools) and Summer term has begun. I'm just curious how people plan to structure their time over the Summer. I know some people really like to get into a whole different mindset in the Summer months and read, write, etc. -- especially if they aren't taking classes. Myself - I'm finishing up 2nd year of my PhD, so I will be doing RA work 10 hours a week and spending the rest of the time reading, writing, and finalizing my ethics application. How about all of you? Planning to get into a different routine this Summer?
  4. Hello, Everyone! My wife and I wanted to tell everyone about our new online course, The Grad Academy. We've taught graduate students across the nation through our face to face workshops, and we just recently put everything online. We teach graduate students the skill sets they need to succeed in their MA and PhD programs, including conquering academic writing, demystifying academic reading, and decreasing impostor phenomenon feelings. Our participants have reported increases in productivity, reading, and writing (93%, 95%, 95%) and 100% of participants very strongly or strongly (94%, 6%) recommended The Grad Academy to other graduate students. If you're interested, we posted one module from The Grad Academy on The Literature Review Matrix, available on Youtube here: The Full Grad Academy Provides Information on: Impostor Phenomenon and Academia How to Think Like Successful Academics Academic Efficiency Conquering Academic Reading Demystifying Academic Writing Mastering Academic Research We're hoping that The Grad Academy can reach the students who haven't been able to come to our face to face workshops. We also have a blog at http://thegradacademy.com/blog/. Wishing you all the very best, Jonathan and Jayme Cisco, PhD The Grad Academy: JOIN.THEGRADACADEMY.COM (Note: We've tried to contact the moderators prior to submitting this announcement. We don't want to spam anyone. We're happy to remove this if inappropriate.)
  5. Since I will be out of school until the Fall of 2017, I decided to make my New Year's Resolution to read more frequently. I have always regretted not reading as much of the classics as I would like. I will be studying psychology, so I may want to avoid books on that subject, but I love anything educational and enhancing. If you have a list or recommendations for must-reads, please share them! I'm currently focusing on The Classics according to Good Reads.
  6. I apologize if this is a topic that has already been discussed at length. So I am in my first semester of my PhD program (I came in with an MA). I think that over the course of my MA program I read somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 books and probably 50-70 articles. This is just an estimation based on class hours, and additional readings I conducted during my thesis research. Some books I read nearly cover to cover, while other books I skimmed a lot. I rarely read a book that was not either assigned in class or pertinent for my thesis research. However, I am wondering what a productive amount of reading looks like at the PhD level. Right now, I am on a fellowship that stipulates 12 hours (4 courses) of graduate credit per semester for the first year. Thus, I am sometimes reading 3-4 full books a week for these courses. Of course, I skim more than anything, since I have never been the kind of person who could speed read entire books. Once I am ABD, I'm sure I'll have dozens of books that I will want to read in full or in part for my dissertation. However, I don't see myself going "above and beyond" in reading the latest scholarship in my field, or trying to absorb the entire canon of my major and minor fields. The general exams for which I'm preparing require "reading" upwards of 200 books, and that I am expected to complete that within the next three semesters. Meanwhile, I have met several colleagues that seem to make reading additional scholarship a hobby, and can cite scholars and arguments in conversation with ease. This is still a challenge for me, and I can cite perhaps a handful of scholars and their major ideas off the top of my head. While this post may seem to be directionless, I guess what I'm really asking is, how much are you guys/how much have you read as a PhD student? Do you think being able to cite scholars conversationally is more a product of heavy reading, a good memory, or just a coincidence of being familiar with that particular work? Just curious!
  7. Hi All, This is a thread partly to pass the time while we are waiting but hopefully it will also be informative. I saw on another forum a general reading list of what people are currently reading and I thought it might be a good to give some ideas for fun/academic reads specific to the field of education. Now, to kick start this thread. I am currently reading: Education related: 1) Death at An Early Age, by John Kozol 2) Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, by Daron Acemoğlu Non-education specific: Swing Time by Zadie Smith (thus far so good and certainly interesting to me for its discussions of class, race and education). How about you?
  8. Hey everyone, i just wanted to ask those of you who have kindle if it's worth paying over $100 for. As everyone else here, I spend a lot of time reading on my laptop and it's really hurting my eyes. I always set my screen to negative so it's a little better but still it's not very good. On the other hand, I mostly download my books cos I can't pay for them. So Kindle users, please tell me if it's better for eyes and if it is, is it really much better compared to a good quality laptop screen (HD, IPS, etc.)?
  9. I'm a PhD student (in Cultural Studies, practice-based), currently self-funded, but about to be partially funded from October (yay!). I've been working full-time since last October because I ran out of money - this meant I had to take a break in studies But I'm back studying again now, working part-time - I have time to read and think again, it's amazing. But it's not as easy as that. The pace of reading and researching is very different to doing my job, where I've been manically trying to show how deserving I was of a permanent part-time position, demonstrating efficiency, speed etc. But now I need to go slowly, read things carefully, flit around between things as I make the connections, go back to read up on certain theorists and then return to the text that mentioned them. I'm trying to set up some systems and a regular weekly routine. Is anyone else trying to get a routine like this set in place, especially around jobs etc? I could really do with some cheering on and being in touch with others in the same position. This PhD business can be quite isolating!
  10. Hi all, I thought it would be fun - now that the application season is juuuust about over and we're all starting to breathe and maybe even relax / read again - to have a thread to post about what we've been reading. If nothing else, maybe we can give each other some exposure to new titles and authors that we otherwise might not have stumbled across! And while I have in mind primarily philosophy, I don't feel that this thread has to be limited to philosophy proper: if there's anything you're reading that has you excited or has gotten you thinking, across the disciplines and genres, feel free to share! I'm currently in the midst of two different books: A Philosophy of Walking by Frederic Gros. Not necessarily philosophy in the rigorous academic sense, but I find it wonderfully engrossing and engaging, particularly for the thinker who likes to wander. I'm about at the halfway point, and so far Gros has been spending a lot of time talking about the correlation between great thinkers / writers and the activity of walking: Rosseau in Saint-Germain, Nietzsche in Sorrento, Thoreau in the forests of New England, Rimbaud in the desert... If nothing else, this book will make you want to get up and get outside, which, let's face it, is something we pasty bookworms could probably use. Home: A Short History of an Idea by Witold Rybczynski. I love this book. Love, love, love. Rybczynski's project is to analyze the evolution of the home, or "private space", over the course of European and American history, from the Middle Ages to contemporary times. Fundamentally, he asks, At what point did building and arranging shelter evolve from a practice of physical utility to emotional utility? How new of an idea is "comfort"? (Spoiler: very new). And while this project doesn't necessarily relate to philosophy, I feel there's a lot of good fodder here for discussions of continental philosophy and the historical divides between public/private, community/individual, etc. What have you been reading?
  11. Hi everyone, new to the forum and I thought I'd share some tools I've found that are pretty good. I don't have any affiliation with these guys, I just think they're super useful and people should know! Vocab learning tool based on memory research: www.membean.com - is pay-based, but they have a trial and it's been worth my money. If you have an iPhone (and maybe for Android also), there is a similar app for learning GRE vocab: IntelliVocab. It's developed by some grads at MIT, and it's free too! Hope you find this useful! Frank
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