I have previously spoken about being dyslexic academic but never in my wildest dreams I thought my posts would reach so many. I must admit getting my dyslexia diagnosis helped me to understand why I was struggling academically, what my strengths and weaknesses are, and how to play to my strengths. If you have a learning difference, particularly dyslexia, my advice to you is to consider how severely dyslexic you are and find your own strengths and weaknesses. If I can do it, so can you! Never let anyone discourage you from your dreams.
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Being in education for some time now, I have came across range of helpful tools that can make your journey through academia a lot more pleasant. Below are the links for the tools I use for my PhD:
https://www.researchgate.net this is a well know platform for researchers, here you can find loads of papers and articles for your subjects.
https://www.grammarly.com/m this tool I use for writing, I have dyslexia so writing isn’t the easiest tasks for me, this helps to keep my writing tidy and understandable.
https://www.citethisforme.com/uk/referencing-generator this is a reference generator website, I used this throughout my whole academic career so far, I create perfect referencing lists and bibliographies with this tool.
https://scholar.google.com cannot stress how important google scholar is for finding articles and texts for your research. It is by far on the easiest tools to use.
https://www.elsevier.com/en-gb this is my favorite tools to find articles that I need for my research. It is easy to navigate and easy to search.
If you have any questions on how to use these or you want to ask about getting into a PhD/research degree, drop me a message and I will happily answer any of your questions.
Schools are great for teaching how to work under direct oversight, like a teacher standing over you, and this translates well to traditional work with a boss standing over you in set working hours. The world is moving towards self-directed work (especially working from home or self-employment) as well as self-directed development and learning, and this is something most people are simply not good at long term.
In my opinion a key ability of our generation will be to plan and implement work at home under no supervision, and this will be one of two critical things to teach children (and adults) to prepare them for a 21st century career (I’ll talk about the second thing another time).
Agree or disagree? How would you develop this ability on a national scale? Let me know your thoughts!
How many of you can do 8 hours of work for an employer 5 days a week? And how many of you can comfortably do 8 hours of productive work for YOURSELF for 5 days on a week off?
In my opinion, the ability to self-motivate and self-implement work over large timescales will be a key skill in future of working from home, working remotely, or self employment.
However this is something most people are not good at, because it is not a taught skill
In my opinion, teaching this throughout child development is essential, starting as young as possible. But what might this look like for a 4 year old?
One idea is to have a set goal (for example a tidy house) and by a certain time the house must be up to standard. So the child gets the hang of tidying and cleaning to this deadline each day, and eventually can practice doing it themselves with no input from a parent.
This would set up the thought processes, behaviours and habits that could be nurtured into a more specific productivity-based goal as the child reached 7 or 8 and is able to work towards more abstract concepts than a tidy house
What do you think? Would this be useful or developing the ability to self motivate and be productive as an adult? Let me know your thoughts!