Course Dealing with scientific literature
Qendresa, PhD student in Anthropology, Lyon
now I can get the best out of myself
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. Read more...
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.
Naji Salah-eddine Doctoral student in finance , Casablanca, Morocco
To end the loneliness, try this revolutionary experience
Start 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. Read more...
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”.
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 Doctoral 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.
EL OUADRASSI, Doctoral student in Materials Science, Tangier, Morocco.
I highly recommend any Doctoral 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. 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 doctoral 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.
Aziz RACHID, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering and 2nd year doctoral student at Ibn Tofail University of Kenitra, Morocco
A GREAT SERVICE TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS
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.
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.
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.
Moulay Omar Sossey PhD candidate in Anthropology Casablanca