For 29.6.17

  • Self-evaluation
  • Modeling your workflow
  • Revising your research


Prepare a self-evaluation, where you are looking at what you have learned and how, so you will leave knowing better what you’ve accomplished here and might do next. For next week, prepare four paragraphs addressing the following:

  • Transformative Learning. How have you changed your way of seeing things, AND given you autonomy/power (self-confidence, methods, concepts … )
  • Support for your assertions. Where in your portfolio do you see this, what exercise, what did you do for this to happen? Here you might review your progress by compiling your homework into one file and so be able to mark your progress over time
  • Team Work. Who helped you (do not include me) among classmates, friends, family … who helped you gain perspective, who confirmed your experience and learning, who helped you along the way
  • Professional Development. How has this work furthered your larger academic and professional development?

Modeling your workflow

  • Building on the exercise from last week, develop a finer analysis of what you are actually doing, how you’ve changed, what you’ve achieved, and what you might do next
  • Create a schedule to start, adjust the schedule as you go along, and note how and why you’ve changed things
  • In your homework, include a screenshot of your schedule and annotate this schedule with indications of what happened, how you have changed things, and an explanation, for example

Changing your habits

For example, many students spend hours trying to be perfect, which is just great as you are ambitious and want to learn, but not so good if you work inefficiently. One thing you might do is start earlier in the week, spend only 20 minutes on each assignment, and come back to them later when you’ve had a chance to reflect on your first effort. We noted how, after you’ve written something, you often think of a better way: excellent, make a note of that so when you come back to things later you can immediately remember and get to work.

  • Make lots of little notes in between sitting at your desk (synchronize your phone and laptop)
  • Don’t be perfect, do just enough to get started and come back to it later
  • Discuss your work with someone else and take notes off advice and impressions
  • Start earlier in the week and where you do only the most interesting things to start
  • Become incredibly self-conscious of your good attention and how you likely have only a couple of good ideas in the first 20 minutes or so: get them down, and when the ideas stop flowing move on to something else

Revising your research

  • Turn your notes upside-down: find the important points, move them higher up in your outline. and bury the rest in lower levels as support
  • Learn how to View Heading X for just these key terms and revise them to read as one glorious argument: the path of your research that you will remember
  • These sub-heads should be both informative AND actionable: what you would offer a meeting of managers the direction and options they might best consider
  • Outline and revise a second or even a third article so you can compare and contrast them (and so carry your method into the literatures, to extend your analysis)