Research Journal #2
This has been a very exciting week where I have been through the first formal PhD exam. I started to get a clearer sense on what PhD life feels like. To be honest, I like it so much. Below is my research reflection of the week on two components: research taste and communication skills.
- People use different lenses to look at papers based on their personal background. It's always important to exchange ideas. I realize this point when I started to read my classmates' reaction papers on the articles we discussed in a seminar class. I feel there are several ways you can think/comment on a paper: (1) Think about the theory in the real world context. Try to find examples that can bring the theory alive. (2) Make critiques on the paper. Focus on results that are counter-intuitive or oversimplication of certain settings. (3) Extend the thinking of the paper either horizontally in different domain / context, or vertically with higher level of abstractions. My own take is usually a combination of (1)&(2), slightly more focused on (2). It would be very useful to force myself trying other methods and make it a delibrate practice. Different methods give you different but all valuable insights on the same article.
- Understanding the differences and connections of different theoratical constructs can bring clarity and sometimes, new ideas.
Things to work on
- Read paper as a daily habit: I still didn't form the habit to read papers every day. It's always easy to get myself away from this since there are so much coursework you can do.
- Go to at least one research seminar every week: I didn't go to many of them in the first month. Again, it's easy to neglect when there are much course work to do...
The writing practice is fine. The first step is to cultivate the habit of practicing writing every week. Let's do that for two month, then it's time to improve on the content/style of it.
I didn't do much speaking practice this week. I guess it would be useful to imitate speeches. Let's do it for the coming week!
My listening seems to become better haha. Listening to podcast is useful!© Zhiwei (Berry) Wang.RSS