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**Technology Tools for Graduate Students**

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Technology Tools for Graduate Students
By Loubna Bilali & Naser Madi
Setting Your Goals
“It's a dream until you write it down, and then it's a goal.” ~ Anonymous
Managing your Time
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." ~Abraham Lincoln
Becoming a Skillful Note Taker
Information explosion
is a term used to describe the rapidly increasing amount of published information and the effects of this abundance of data. As the amount of available data grows, managing the information becomes more difficult, which can lead to
information overload
~ New World Encyclopedia
Utilizing Academic Support
"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." ~ Alvin Toffler
Take a Break
Self Evaluation
"….that is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way." ~ Doris Lessing
Group Work and Collaboration
Presenting Your Work Professionally
"If you're trying to persuade people to do something, or buy something, it seems to me you should use their language, the language in which they think."
~David Ogilvy
[1] Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals - http://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2014/04/08/why-you-should-be-writing-down-your-goals/

[2] Why Time Management Is Important - http://www.appointment-plus.com/articles/why_time_management_is_important.php

[3] The Top Ten Challenges in Time Management - http://www.forbes.com/sites/patbrans/2013/02/19/the-top-ten-challenges-in-time-management/

[4] Preparing and presenting your work - http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/studentguide/essayprep.html

[5] MOOC - http://www.educause.edu/library/massive-open-online-course-mooc

[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster

[7] http://www.jordanlswartz.com/blog/271

1979 Harvard MBA program - graduate students were asked “have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”

3% had written goals and plans
13% had goals but they were not in writing
84% had no goals at all

After 10 years:
The 13% who had goals, but did not write them down was earning twice the amount of the 84%
The 3% who had written goals were earning, on average,
ten times
as much as the other 97% of the class
combined! [1]
Create a Vision
This is actually the fun part, figure out what you want.
Don’t be afraid to think big. Take fifteen minutes and document your vision.
Make it Measurable
Choose an achievable time frame to accomplish your goals, as well as measurable details, so you know exactly when you’ve achieved them.
Set Benchmarks
Break your goals into small actionable steps and assign realistic time frames to each.
Celebrate Your Success V.I.P
source: [1]
Reasons Why Time Management is Important
Accomplish more with less effort =>
stay focused on the task at hand.

Make better decisions:
when you have little time to make a decision, you're more likely to jump to conclusions and not fully consider the different options.

Reduce stress:
one of the main causes of stress is due to people feeling rushed.

Create discipline:
when you practice good time management in your life, you are less likely to procrastinate
source: [2]
The Top Ten Challenges in Time Management
Read [3]

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." ~Charles Darwin
Information explosion & information overload
"If engineers had more

the data that they had on the relationship between low temperatures and burn-through in the solid rocket booster joints, they might have succeeded in persuading NASA managers to
cancel the launch
." [6]
Space Shuttle Challenger disaster
Wunderlist helps millions of people around the world capture their ideas, things to do and places to see. Whether you’re sharing a grocery list with a loved one, working on a project, or planning a vacation, Wunderlist makes it easy to share your lists and collaborate with everyone in your life.

Wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your to-do lists from anywhere.
task details
due date
repeat option
Share list or task
share with email
Find your ideal work‑life balance.
With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it's easy to get scattered.

RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.
Step up to a whole new level of “Nailed it!” with the bold reinvention of presentation software.

Trello is the free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone.
Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.
Contact me:
- Systematic referencing can save you precious time later.

- You should record where ideas came from so that you can provide full references, and avoid, perhaps inadvertent, plagiarism.

- Differentiate at a later stage between your own ideas and those of others.
Importance of taking notes:
Source: [4]
inClass will help you keep track of all your courses. Not only that, but it will help you keep track of your tasks by reminding you that one is due soon.

Video notes, audio notes, photo notes! You name it! Just take out your iPhone or iPod Touch and start taking notes. inClass will even know which class you are in!
School Mark Diary Manager is a Free Android app to document and track your school grades and calculate your mean marks for each subject.
Diigo is a multi-tool for personal knowledge management
dramatically improve your workflow and productivity
easy and intuitive, yet versatile and powerful.
When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket. Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. View when ready! If it's in Pocket, it's on your phone, tablet or computer. You don't even need an Internet connection.
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." ~Confucius

ShareLaTeX is an online LaTeX editor which allows for real time collaboration and online compiling of projects to PDF format.
Quizlet is a free website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. It was created by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland in 2005 and now contains over 40 million study sets. All of the material is user-generated.
Doodle simplifies scheduling
The scheduling tool you'll actually use. Find a date for a meeting 2x faster
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created and managed by Google.
source: [6]
Massive Open Online Course is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit of attendance.
[Source 5]
Reference Managers
Software packages that help you:
Collect and manage citation information
Generate formatted bibliographies
Share bibliographical info in collaborative projects w/ peers
time tracking tool to track the time it takes
to complete tasks.
Remember the Milk
To-do-List app for managing tasks
Collecting research in a single searchable interface
Online research management, writing
and collaboration tool
www.coursera. org
for notes, reminders, syncing across various desktop and mobile devices.
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