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Is starting with the abstract and conclusion an efficient reading approach for writing a literature review? [duplicate]

I'm writing a literature review at the moment. I have many many papers to read and I don't have that much time (just one month). What I do is reading the abstract and then the conclusion and from ...
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Breadth vs. depth of reading in preparation for postgraduate study [duplicate]

I am considering returning to university to begin postgraduate study, but before that I plan to spend a year or two in industry to earn some money and also gain perspective on the idea. However, I'd ...
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How to read an article? [duplicate]

I have searched the literature and I'm now have all the papers I need. I'm reading the papers at the moment in order to write a lit review. I would like to know some strategies to read them, should ...
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Good practices for organizing notes

As a PhD student I generate a lot of pages with calculations, ideas and lecture notes. Most of them are useful only for a short amount of time, but some may be important for much longer (when writing ...
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How can I do a literature review efficiently?

For a new project I want to compile a literature review to determine the state of the art and possible approaches to start with. Last time I adhered to the following scheme, but it felt very ...
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How to efficiently read mathematically and theoretically dense books in STEM fields?

When it comes to reading, there are literally thousands of methods from Speed Reading to SQ3R to Sequential(Word by Word till the end). My question is regarding reading mathematically/theoretically ...
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How to stay on top of recent literature?

When I started my Masters thesis one advice I got for getting good material to read was to subscribe to several journals' alerts system, so that I would get mails with eTOC (electronic Table of ...
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How should I go about reading mathematics papers and textbooks as a PhD student

It shames me to admit it, but I feel like I still haven’t figured out the right way to efficiently read papers and textbooks. I am a second year PhD student in pure mathematics, and I struggle a lot ...
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Should I cite a paper for its literature review?

Let's say I'm writing a report about sociological consideration of Aurora borealis in hipster communities. I want to support the value of my paper by showing that the way in which people consider ...
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I can't come to finish the textbooks I start

Background I decided to pursue Physics independent of my course, a while back. I selected a few textbooks to study for this. And.. I could not come to "finish"[1] them. It's been an year and ...
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How do I understand the main concepts in a paper by just skimming through it?

What's the best method to understand the real concept that a paper is trying to explain? Should one go through the paper as it is presented, from first page to last page? Is there a specific walk-...
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How to quickly understand the main idea when reading a paper?

I have problems in reading papers, specifically papers where the subject is not so new to me and I am familiar with the problem which the writer wants to solve. How to find the those parts which talk ...
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Breadth or depth in math graduate school?

I'm a recently admitted in a masters program in mathematics. My question is about "strategy" of learning. Should I focus on learning many things or should I pick an research area and start learning ...
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Best Way To Research On An Alien Topic?

One of the key challenges I have faced whilst transitioning to university life and further has been the independence bestowed upon oneself to find out information on their own. What is the best way to ...
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