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

This 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!

Tips & tools to reach your writing productivity peak

“I’m master of my universe.” This is a mantra that Kathleen P. King, author of more than 30 books, including 147 Practical Tips for Emerging Scholars and The Professor’s Guide to Taming Technology, both practices and encourages fellow academics to use when deadlines or writing anxiety start to set in. Have a plan, set deadlines, and be flexible—be master of your universe. You are in control of the deadlines you set for yourself and how dedicated you are to your writing. However, she says, you also need to reflect on what your writing habits are, how you can improve them, and how you can leverage your strengths and preferences to be most productive.

6 Tips for proofreading your own academic writing

Academic writing is one of the main things you’ll be judged on as a graduate student. It shows how much you really learned when you were earning that degree. Now that you’re out into the world, things aren’t much different. Every piece of academic writing you do has to be just as good as the ones you wrote in college – if not better. You don’t have a professor to proofread for you anymore, and now the task rests solely in your hands. It’s sometimes difficult, but practice makes perfect.

The most useful textbook & academic writing posts of the week: January 8, 2016

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