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How I Replaced Research Note Cards with Evernote
I am so excited to launch The Cafe Scholar blog! I am looking forward to sharing what I have learned – and what I am still learning! – as both a student and a professor to help you study smarter!
I am currently a graduate student and an adjunct professor (and a few other things…), and I got the idea for this blog while teaching a freshman class last semester.  I noticed that many of my students were struggling in school because they didn’t have the right tools in their toolboxes – study skills, time management, productivity, etc.

They didn’t know about all the neat apps out there that can save countless hours, and they didn’t know how to effectively use the apps they did have.  We didn’t have time to cover much of this in class, so I decided to create this blog as a resource for my students – and any students, at any age or level! – to find some more tools and study smarter.  We want to use our time for the actual learning, not all the legwork, right?

 

Here is what you can expect from this blog:

I plan to post twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, during the summer, and once a week, on Wednesdays, during the semester.  That might change, but right now that’s the plan!  You might occasionally see extra posts.

I will write about…

  • study skills
  • productivity tips
  • writing awesome research papers from start to finish
  • awesome apps for students
  • budgeting tips for students
  • updates on my progress meeting my own goals

Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links. That just means that I may receive a small commission if you buy a product linked on this page.  It sure helps towards paying off those student loans! For more information, please see my disclosures page.

I will be sending out a biweekly newsletter sharing updates from my blog and other resources that will be helpful to you.  Make sure to sign up below!
I will also be building a library of courses and ebooks to help students, such as my 5 day “Word for Students” email course.
This Wednesday I will be starting a 10-week series on writing a research paper from start to finish!
Until then, I would love to hear about your biggest study challenges & questions in the comments below!

How to Write an A+ Research Paper Outline

Did you know that a solid research paper outline is the key to an A+ research paper?  You’ll want to spend a good amount of time on this step, even more time than actually writing out the paper itself.  The outline is going to help you structure your paper in a way that makes sense and then pull together your research to fill in the details.

How to do your Assigned Reading if you're NOT a Reader?

Let’s face it: college reading is really hard. Grad school reading is super intense. This is coming from me, and I love to read. Always have. If strong readers get overwhelmed by a mountain of books, then what about those of us who struggle with reading, or just don’t enjoy it? How can you do your assigned reading if you’re just not a reader?

How to Write a Terrific Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a lot like the bibliography you would find at the end of your research paper or a book, but with more information.  Besides research paper assignments, you will find annotated bibliographies as part of a dissertation or thesis.  There are even published books that are extensive annotated bibliographies on a particular topic.

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