​Course Dealing with scientific literature

​Qendresa,  PhD student in Anthropology, Lyon

now I can get the best out of m​yself

​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...                                                                                                                                                                        

​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...                                                                                                                                                                  

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...                                                                                                                                                                        

​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


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.


​​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. ​
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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

Solutions for many problems in my research               

After presenting my thanks to Martha.I find these skills as the solutions for many problems in my research as                                                                                                   1-To be afraid to writing so the freewriting is the solution.                                                   2-To lose a lot of time reading some texts so the solution is to take a panoramic view.                                                                                                                                                                           3- The forgetfulness is a big obstacle so mind map is very helpful..                                  Thank you again.