Save time and retain more by reading scientific literature
Online course for doctoral students
Gratis from Wednesday 2 to Sunday 6 January 2019
If you feel overwhealmed by the amount of texts you need to read...
If you forget what you have read...
If your reading is too slow ....
If you don't know how to take notes to use them for future writings...
Take this reading course!
Invest 8 hours and read quicker to retain more.
A project-based reading course for PhD students
This online course is specially designed for PhD students. It offers ways to get effective working habits.
It is project-based: you will work on your own research project using your own scientific literature.
- Increase motivation to bring more energy to your readings.
- Make yourself immune to distractions by deepening focus.
- Break out the passive reading habits by learning efficient techniques to deal with information.
HOW DOES THE COURSE WORK?
- Every morning you will receive one video explaining one exercise.
- Each exercise session will last from 40 to 90 minutes.
- You will have acess to a forum (Facebook group) where you can ask questions and share experiences with other participants and me.
- You can do the daily exercise whenever you want during the day.
- Each exercise is additionnally explained in a PDF to download. So you can go back to it later if needed.
A certificate of attendance will be delivered by completion of the course.
What will you learn?
- Increasing your reading speed
- Finding information fast
- Focusing on information you need
- Recalling information to increase retention
- Defining clear reading goals
- Designing a strategic reading programme
- Combining reading and writing for better comprehension
- Structuring your notes for future writing projects
Become a knowleadgeable expert!
Testimonials from former participants
Rachael, PhD Student- Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Institute of Nanoltechnologies
THE COURSE HAS SAVED ME FROM WASTING INVALUABLE TIME AND ENERGY
After completing the training with Martha, I can honestly say that the quality of my day-to-day work as a PhD student has improved.
This course was a game changer! I am so much more efficient in reading, setting realistic goals, and finding the important sections of the text!
It has saved me from wasting invaluable time and energy. I think that at the end of my PhD, I will still say the most important decision I made during my research was to enroll in this course!
Naji Salah-Eddine, Doctoral student in Finance , Casablanca, Morocco
To end the loneliness, try this revolutionary experience
... now that I attended this course, I have acquired many tools to refocus my approach and my efforts. I learned a lot of techniques of reading and synthesize information. Read more...
Starting preparing a PHD is to undertake a long journey. Dealing with many articles and books is not something easy, especially when you do both, having a full time job and preparing PHD. That requires vast amounts of commitment in terms of mental effort and time. After a while under the pressure and stress. I feel lost without any visibility or targets. But now that I attended this course, I have acquired many tools to refocus my approach and my efforts. I learned a lot of techniques of reading and synthesize information. In fact, Ms Marta is the captain that governs the ship until destination. The way she simplified the methods gives me a glimmer of hope. In fact, using those methods lead to gains in time, efforts and allow you to make progress. This experience is a unique opportunity to get academic tools that will be useful in a number of ways. So I recommend each person to take this course. I would like to thank Ms Martha for the precious time she allows to us. To the successful continuation of “Dealing with scientific literature”.
Qendresa, PhD student in Anthropology, Lyon
now I can get the best out of MYSELF
Her workshop was very useful and of high quality. I learned different reading techniques, and lots of other ideas how to make the best for my PhD. It makes you aware of your working habits so you learn to become more reflective and work cleverly. Read more...
During my studies, I didn’t have the opportunity to acquire effective learning methods and I usually spend a lot of time studying and being completely stressed out. When I started my PhD I was quite scared that this lack of efficiency, organisation, lack of reading skills and note taking made me waste a lot of precious time and I felt I should give up everything else and work non-stop on my PhD. I realized there was no promise of pleasure in this process.
But when I enrolled in the workshop Dealing with scienfitic literature efficient reading and good note taking habits I was really lucky to find out that finally I can acquire effective methods.
About two weeks before starting the workshop Martha send us the instruction about the workshop and I was amazed to see that this workshop is really serious and very well-prepared.
Unfortunately we are not used to have this kind of workshops in my doctoral school. It is like an unsaid thing that you should have effective methods when you’re a PhD student.
Before starting the workshop, I borrowed a book written by Martha and it was a revelation for me because she explains very brillantly about effective working methods.
Her workshop was very useful and of high quality (even though Martha seemed to be really humble) I learned different reading techniques, and lots of other ideas how to make the best for my PhD. It makes you aware of your working habits so you learn to become more reflective and work cleverly.
I found her knowledge to be the most useful one I’ve learned in the university. I feel that now I can get the best out of myself, work effectively and also studying and researching becomes a pleasurable experience.
Thank you Martha for putting your intelligence and efforts into improving our work.
Marcela Contreras Cruz, 1st year PhD student in Management , University of Montpellier
boosting my reading skills also boosts my writing skills!
I was very surprised and glad with the result from the second day exercise (recalling information). I have realized many things. First, I had lacked confidence in myself to recall information from my readings and use it in writing. In this exercise, I followed the instructions and didn't look at my notes from the previous one. As a result i got 392 words written in the 1st ten minutes and 397 in the 2nd, for a total of 789 words in only 20 minutes of work! It's definitely more than I have accomplished in a regular day of work at the office! So my second discovery was that boosting my reading skills also boosts my writing skills. Read more...
Another thing is that I would normally have a dictionary, translator, and other tools available when writing since the beginning, and also the texts I had read. So I would go back and forward through them, and end up with few text written. Thanks so much for this lesson, it has been very enlightening for me and it has given me a new sense of confidence for writing my thesis!
EL OUADRASSI, Doctoral student in Materials Science, Tangier, Morocco
I highly recommend any PhD student to take this course. Instructive, clever, clear, helpful
At the beginning of this week I was quite lost in terms of how to face all those scientific papers I had to read, and how to find the most important and relevant information within them. I spent so many hours reading everything and get stuck in the details, and at the end I didn't get the main purpose of that article or chapter. So motivation started to fade away, and if motivation fades, your research won't progress, and then you're over. Read more...
But now that I attended this instructive course, I discovered new great techniques and methods that combine reading and note-taking to retain the most helpful and useful information of your texts, as well as setting your goals for your research, getting a clear view of what you need to do from now on.
As a first year PhD student myself, I highly recommend any PhD student to take this course. Instructive, clever, clear, helpful...
These are some of the adjectives that I find to describe it. And because you can't find this kind of workshops nearby, having it in such an available and easy way is more than enough for you to get enrolled too and start taking benefit of its contains.
Yu ZHANG, Doctoral student in Materials Science, Lyon.
THIS COURSE COULD SAVE YOU A LOT OF TIME IN READING
One big challenge in reading scientific literature for me is efficiency. I couldn't read fast and I often lost track of what I had read, so my bibliography was not systematic. After this course, I feel that I can already read faster and my research subject is also more clear to me.
The course is really helpful in many ways. Primarily, it helps improve reading efficiency. I learnt different techniques for reading difficult papers, reading a few related articles at a time, reading for a specific piece of information, etc. We don't need to read everything and we don't need to read everything so carefully simply because we can't. Learning these techniques helps us read for the need. Of course, it's more efficient. Read more...
Secondly, I learnt to set goals of reading, which should also be applied to many other things. I used to read blindly whatever papers that I think may be useful. Without any goals, it was very difficult to grasp the information scattered in the article.
Lastly, I have become more confident in doing science after the course. This is very important to me personally. The mass of literature is scary and I always had the fear of not knowing enough, which is very common among PhD students. Now I have learnt to accept that fact and I am confident with what I already know because I have tried my best.For other PhD students, take this course as early as possible. This could save you a lot of time in reading. Also, be well-prepared before going to class, that means getting your reading materials ready. This way, you can learn the techniques better and the class would be more interesting. Most importantly, use the techniques after the course, in your life.
Finally, I would like to thank Martha for delivering this course and answering questions in so much detail with so much patience. It was a great pleasure to be in her class.
Meriem, Doctoral student in Mining Environment, Rabat, Morocco
I was in a dark tunnel and she gave me a torch to walk forward
As a first-year PhD student, I started my research by collecting scientific articles and books related to my research field. However, with their increasing number, I found myself confused as I didn’t know how I should read all of them efficiently. Luckily, I found Ms Martha’s workshop and it helped me a lot. Read more...
Thanks to this workshop, I learned how to work with scientific literature by setting specific goals so that I won’t lose track and I can keep my work organized.
During each session, Ms Martha presents a reading technique in order to deal with a specific problem that a student can face. Like how to read efficiently without loosing time, how to avoid getting lost while looking for references, how to stop procrastinating…. Ms Martha’s explanations are clear, and her handouts are well done. Moreover, she is very active in her forum. She answers all the questions and even gives more details.
So, if you are a PhD student, this workshop is for you. While taking this course, you will not only acquire techniques to deal with scientific literature, but you will also learn some tips that will become helpful in your academic career.
Last but no least, I would like to thank Ms Martha for giving us the opportunity to improve our reading skills. It’s like I was in a dark tunnel and she gave me a torch to walk forward. I’ve really enjoyed the experience. Wish you all the best.
Mohamed Nadour, Doctoral student in Electrical Engineering at the Higher National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis, Rabat, Morocco
dealing with tons of papers seems no longer to be an overwhelming task
In addition to everything that has already been said, what I like the most about this course is that dealing with tons of papers seems no longer to be an overwhelming and a stressful task. In fact, with the techniques that has been shown throughout the courses it sounds like having fun. I've really enjoyed the experience.
The course was clear, concise, complete and accurate. Thank you Ms Martha for your time and effort, and for being such an amazing person.
Aziz RACHID, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and 2nd yearDoctoral student at Ibn Tofail University of Kenitra, Morocco
A GREAT EDUCATIONAL TOUCH
I followed with great enthusiasm your course during the five days. I find it very interesting and very useful. I admit that you have a great educational touch. Thanks to this course, you will be able to render a great service to doctoral students from all over the world, the majority of whom have difficulties to reorganize their reading and scientific research.
I can not find the words to thank you for all your efforts. You are very helpful, thank you so much dear MARTHA.