April 22, 2009

Study skills

I was very confused and frustrated that there is so much literature available and I was drained in the sea of ‘knowledge’/'Information'. And then I was thinking what I read in Kang Fan’s blog about ‘knowledge’ and ‘information’. Information is not always necessarily useful until you encountered the most ‘useful’ and the most appropriate one under certain circumstances. When facing overload of information, which has always been the case, we need to ask ourselves what we need to get out of the research. It is essential to set aims and objectives and stick to them, otherwise you might get lost. I always find some interesting articles but rarely relevant to the PMA or project, I keep reading and lose valuable time,which could had been spent  contricuting to that specific project. Maybe we just have to say bye-bye to those relatively unrelevant information because we have to prioritise our tasks and allocate our time wisely. Thus, selection of information is critical.

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  1. It’s a common problem for me too. Sometimes I feel without firstly reading broadly (ie. unfocused) it’s difficult to know what exactly what we’re looking for. Personally, I find planning ideas using mindmaps early on helps to organise random sources of information, once we get a better idea what direction we’re heading , we can begin to narrow down and focus only on the sources that are relevant to the initial plan.

    03 May 2009, 21:38

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