Academic reading and writing can be overwhelming at times. It’s easy to get caught up in the amount of work you are supposed to read or how many pages you are supposed to write, and lose track of what you are supposed to be learning along the way. It is important to develop strong reading skills that will help you navigate articles and text books, allowing you to read efficiently while still retaining important information.
Writing skills, whether for formal academic papers, or simply taking notes of what you are learning, are equally important for your academic success. Look below for tips, tricks and additional resources to facilitate your reading and writing goals.
Grad student writers' group
Every other Monday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, Graduate students who are in the process of completing their Masters or PhD theses meet to share their experiences, discuss their progress report, explore solutions to the barriers they are experiencing and create a peer network. For more information concerning the Writers' Group, please contact patricia.diazdelcastillo [at] mcgill.ca (Patricia). There is no formal registration for this workshop; simply email us to inform us of your intention to join the group.
Apps and other resources
- Mind Meister: concept-mapping program
- WriteRoom: keep your computer screen distraction-free with this writing interface!
- Try out Scrivner, this fantastic tool is useful for all of your organizational and editing needs!
- Text-to-Speech: Voice Dream
- Distraction Free Text-Editing: Writed
- Have you ever considered Adobe Acrobat Professional as a helpful tool?
- Inspiration: app that uses graphic organizers
- Connecting Reading to the Course