After last year’s popular Shut Up and Write sessions for Postgraduate Researchers, we’re running the same programme this year, and we’d love to see you there.
It’s a pretty simple concept.. you turn up, you sit down, you write.. Then afterwards you get the chance to meet other PG students and staff in your own dedicated space.
It’s a great chance to crack on with some work, and then chat to those in a similiar situation.
Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Monday September 15, 2014 from 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in the Archives Reading Room (Founder’s Library)
Tuesday October 14, 2014 from 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in the Archives Reading Room (Founder’s Library)
Monday November 17, 2014 from 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in the Archives Reading Room (Founder’s Library)
Tuesday December 9, 2014 from 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in the Archives Reading Room (Founder’s Library)
Tuesday January 20, 2015 from 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in the Archives Reading Room (Founder’s Library)
Tuesday February 17, 2015 from 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in the Archives Reading Room (Founder’s Library)
This year we’re thinking about adding another date to the schedule for a new Shut Up and Cite workshop – dealing with all of your referencing worries. If you’re interested comment below, and we’ll keep you posted!
As ever, if you’ve got a subject enquiry, contact email@example.com to contact your Information Consultant.
As well as working as an Information Consultant for the Drama and Theatre, Media Arts, and English departments here at Royal Holloway, I had the bright idea of taking my Library and Information Science MSc part time. It has been very challenging and very interesting – and it’s nearly done! My final year of three has just begun and I’m currently making the first steps towards writing my dissertation (a study into first year arts undergraduates experience of libraries before university and how this influences the way in which they find information at higher education level, since you ask).
So I was browsing through the Library’s helpful Tools for Researchers prezi and I discovered (among other things): focus booster. http://www.focusboosterapp.com/ Focus booster is great.
What is it for?
Do you ever have those moments where you just don’t know where to begin? Or you’ve too many tasks and not enough time? Or too much time and you feel that you’ll never settle down and get something productive done. Focus booster allows you to set yourself short tasks in a timed period, followed by timed breaks, and is great for knuckling down and getting things done.
How does it work?
Focus booster uses ‘The Pomodoro Technique’, a time management method that “uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as “pomodoros”) separated by breaks and is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.”
As the website states:
There are five basic steps to implementing the technique:
decide on the task to be done
set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
work on the task until the timer rings; record the task status
take a short break (5 minutes)
every four “pomodoros” take a longer break (15-20 minutes)
Both versions will tick to let you know a pomodoro has begun, change the timer colour to indicate how close you are to your next break, sound an alarm to let you know when time is up, and also let you adjust the time of pomodoros and breaks.
(There are whispers on Twitter that this will soon be available for iPhone and Android, so watch this space.)
Why should I use it?
Focus booster is a great psychological trick: you know you have a lot of work to get done, but the timed aspect means that you need to break your work down into manageable chunks – great, it already feels easier! Also, rather than thinking that you have the next seven hours to get something done, you have 25 minutes: long enough to focus, but not so long that you get distracted or tired.
If you’re easily distracted, this can be a great way of ensuring that short bursts of time are well spent; or if you find that you spend long periods staring down your computer screen this technique can encourage you to take regular breaks and relax rather than stress out. Personally, I find it really great for getting started; 25 minutes is just long enough not to be frightening, but I often find that I’ll get into what I’m doing, safe in the knowledge that a break is imminent, and then find that I’ve missed a break as I’ve got so into the task.
Burning the Clocks Cup Cakes. somewhereintheworldtoday. Flickr. CC-BY
Try it out – and comment below: was it useful?
What are your best techniques for managing your time and being more productive? Share in the comments below – tips are always appreciated!
Many post graduate researchers talk about how difficult it can be to just sit down and write, write up their research, their notes, because research can sometimes only involve you, it can make it harder to remain motivated and focused.
Unfortunately, the nature of some research plus the lack of space provision on campus for post graduates often results in these students feeling a little lost, alone and disheartened.
To try and reveal some of these anxieties.. the Library services have set up ‘Shut up & Write’ an event for post graduates only.
It’s a pretty simple concept.. you turn up, you sit down, you write..
Then afterwards you get the chance to meet other postgraduate students and staff in your own dedicated space.
These events have proved popular across the country with other libraries, we hope that is will give you a time and place to crack on with some work before discussing ideas with others in a similar situation.
Here are the list of sessions for 2013/2014 so far!
The Library will be celebrating all things RESEARCH!
From new PGT Masters, first year PhD students arriving on the 2nd October to established Academics & researchers
We are here to help.
We have three key events that will be postgraduate only:
Shut up & Write, Make your Research stand out! & Who’s citing Who?
Along with this, we are going to be promoting resources and guides that can help you get ahead with your research & sharing interviews, tips & advice from those who have survived the highs & lows of researching to tell the tale!
If there is anything that you’d like us to cover- please don’t hesitate to get in touch via e-mail, twitter or facebook!
Have you used the British Library? If you haven’t but are interested in going there and (to quote them) exploring the world’s knowledge these videos will give you tips before you go (so it is a little less scary).
It is a great resource for researchers, staff and dissertation students.
1. Registering with the library
2. Using the Reading Rooms
There are a few rules about using them so this is a great video so you know what to do before you go.
3. Exploring the Collections – Researcher
4. Exploring the Collections – Designer
Even if you don’t want to use it I’d recommend visiting the permanent Treasures of the British Library exhibition (see Jane Austen’s writing desk, The Magna Carta and Gutenberg Bible or any of their temporary ones.
You don’t need to follow everybody, you can select who you follow so that you don’t have to know what Lady GaGa has had for breakfast.
To stop the “noise” on twitter be selective about who you follow and run keyword searches to seek information you want.
Think of it as a radio that is playing all the time in the background. You can tune in and out of it when you want to and if something particularly good has happened you can search for it – just as you could look up a radio show on BoB or iPlayer if you missed it but everyone says you should hear it.
Twitter is excellent for networking and connecting with researchers with similar interests. You can also follow most conferences on Twitter using hashtags, so even if you can’t get to a conference or seminar you can find out what is happening.
A big concern for many researchers is managing their online identity. This video from the University of Warwick explains why you don’t need to worry too much: