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The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: January 15, 2016

“Every moment offers a great opportunity to write.” ― Rob BignellThis week brings you a unique mix of topics. From Bringing Your Own Work Into the Classroom to Writing: How to Take Care of your Hands and Wrists. From How do people read mathematics? to How to Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets to Concentration. All of the articles below are insightful and full of useful advice. Is there an article you read this week that you think should be on this list? If so, share it in the comments section at the bottom of this post!

Happy writing!

Bringing Your Own Work Into the Classroom
This offers an interesting look at how one can bring their research and writing into the classroom to better engage students.

How do people read mathematics?
Anyone in the mathematics field, especially those writing mathematics textbooks or teaching mathematics, will find this article both enlightening and useful. It may even cause you to re-think or examine your writing.

Code-Switching to Improve Your Writing and Productivity
Could the solution to overcoming procrastination, low productivity, and writer’s block simply be to multi-task? Theresa MacPhail argues that that’s exactly what it takes.

Dictating a Book? Tips for Editing the First Draft
Are you considering using dictation software to help you get words on to the page? If so, I think you’ll find this article worthwhile. It offers advice for editing post-dictation, which as the authors point out, is different than editing a piece you typed.

Journals to solve ‘John Smith’ common name problem by requiring author IDs
Could journals soon require all researchers to obtain a unique identification number? Do you see this as a necessary requirement?

writing the introduction to a journal article
Pat Thomson offers insight and advice regarding what your journal article introduction should include and how to go about writing it.

Writing: How to Take Care of your Hands and Wrists
Almost certainly at some point in your writing career you have experienced some form of hand or wrist pain. Learn how to prevent further damage and how to soothe ailing hands and wrists by reading the advice given in this piece.

40 Tips for Motivation That Actually Work
Although this doesn’t pertain to writers specifically, it is still an excellent read for anyone looking to increase their motivation and realize their goals.

How to Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets to Concentration
Again, this article isn’t directly speaking to writers, but I think you’ll find it very beneficial. One example to be more focused—and ultimately more productive—is to “stop being reactive.”