Making the most out of your reading time


Lifehack
turned with yet another fantastic post. I always decide to read atleast 3 research papers a week – and sometimes i do 😉 but then unlike rushing through a paperback novel reading an academic paper isn’t a simple process.Here is a post to help you make the most out your reading time.

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Acoustics for Academics

The moment i read this post by Shane, i remembered one of my friends who was a designer and he always had this acoustic setup where tropical forest noises enveloped the room – he suggested that it was really refreshing for long hours of work as well as boost one’s creativity. Well then i wasn’t sure how it would help people in Academia? From Shane’s post i am thinking about trying out this technique. ‘Noise for Academics‘ is an interesting post, with nifty links to try your hand at acoustic nirvana.

Oh by the way i would like to add just one more to the links already in the post – Pzizz !

PS: oh yes the title is a rip off 😉

Google Reader (Notifier) Update

Taking the risk of being a Google fan boy, just came to know that not only Gmail – but Reader also has a notifier!! Ok before you let out a sigh (what’s new?) the notifier allows you specifically monitor tags that you have defined for your subscriptions.Which means that if i want to be notified when a particular tagged subscription in updated, then notifier comes in handy, instead of going to the reader page to check if a particular feed is updated.Also available in a firefox flavour Nifty eh? ;-‘) oh if you haven’t seen how useful Google reader please read my previous post (plug!).

Google Reader for Academics

I have written previously about how RSS is a revolutionary phenomenon for people who need to process continously updating information sources.If you are in Academia then keeping yourself updated in research publications is a must.Most people including myself used the eTOC (electronic Table of Contents) facility of journals to update what’s getting published.However after RSS came up all that has changed.I have a screencast showing how advantageous it is to go through large list of information with RSS feeds and the mightly google reader 😉

More to Reader:

  • great interface
  • handy keyboard shortcuts
  • Google gears (access RSS feeds offline too!!)
  • Share posts from your RSS subscriptions

So give it a try you’ll notice that its much faster than the classical email subscription system 🙂

PS: In screencast i show how the feeds can be organized in reader, then quickly ‘skimmed’ using the trusty keyboard shortcuts, i usually mark (star) papers/posts that i want to read for later – i also share interesting papers via my shared feed which my friends can view, this way the chances of missing  significant publication very less. Also have subscriptions from my Pubmed searches, from social bookmarking sites like connotea, citeulike etc. again a method to really get everything you are interested in. Yes this will result in a huge inflow of information, which is why i need an interface like Googlereader to go through them in the shortest time possible.