Vlog 18 Note taking during a PhD

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Tara talks about one of the most basic – yet one of the most powerful – academic skills: note taking. How can PhD students future proof their notes to build a research career?

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  1. My first "whoopsie!" moment begins with tip number 1! I can already see where I have been falling down with my notetaking and love this in-depth video to the approach to notetaking. I hadn't really thought a great deal about it before, and this is a fabulous way to begin my research journey. I absolutely love your vlogs, Tara, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us! I have been watching your videos for about a year and a half — about half-way through my honours year. I am now preparing to submit my PhD proposal and gain so much for your videos. I actually listen to most of them twice and have been devouring them lately. Thank you.

  2. Dear Prof Tara, Thank you for your Vlogs, they're very informative. I am starting out on my PhD journey and I would like to get more information with regard to your 3rd point. I can understand the advantage of saving each Topic/Subject as a file, and adding notes from each article relative to each topic, however, what is your strategy for keeping track of your notes for each article you read? Thank you in advance, Tom

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to create this vlog. Not only have your tips resonated with me, but they have helped my fellow Ph.D. student friends improve their note-taking. Thank you, thank you!

  4. May I ask how do you store you notes for access? I was thinking separate word documents for each article but that would not be easily searched. Endnote is searchable or possibly an Excel document for each topic. I am just wanting to develop an efficent system to save and search notes. Thanks in advance.

  5. Hi Tara,
    This video is fantastic. I am starting my Masters Research Project for my MD qualification and found it incredibly useful in helping me to approach my literature review. I would greatly appreciate some more information on how you structure and take further notes on an article after the initial summary sentences.
    Thank you,

  6. I was doing a YouTube search for Rock Stars and this video showed up. So I watched it. And Yup! It was all I was expecting it to be! Totally rockin'. Seriously, this is really a fantastic dive into note taking. I was doing a search for specific methods of note taking. You know, the paper versus the electronic, the google docs versus word, the this versus that, etc. It was really nice to come across this foundational video that seals everything together. I'm still keen on finding a couple of good specific approaches for project based, program based, and someday-I-might-need-this-based. I'm looking for answers about note taking for my own independent research, white papers, blogging, course development, and business development. I shared your video in a group on Facebook with the InterPlay Academics group. InterPlay is an Improvisational modality that was created in the United States and is most prevalent in the US and Australia. It's based on providing easy improvisational activities. Underlying everything in InterPlay is allowing people to Notice, Notice, Notice what they are experiencing in the moment, or the data they are collecting from their body. So they are essentially taking notes on their body. So I thought they would be interested. Anyways I subscribed to your channel and tapped the bell. I look forward to watching many of your other videos! Thanks! https://www.facebook.com/groups/InterPlayAcademics/permalink/2066025670136067/

  7. Thanks for another terrific vlog. This is the first time I have seen an explanation of note taking explained in such a compelling way. I do have one question. Does the interdisciplinary nature of your work reflect in the way you organize your notes and, if yes, how? Also, I would love to hear more from you on starting an interdisciplinary scholarly journey, particularly regarding some pitfalls an inexperienced researcher might not be aware of. Perhaps you have already done something on the topic and I simply have not found it (apologies if that is the case). Again, I am not a student at Flinders so this is just a very informal plea for a future vlog, somewhere down the line. 🙂

    Kind greetings from the (still sunny) Croatia,

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