Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 2014

So what’s the big deal about November anyway? November is the academic writing month and this is my third year of participating in the month-long writing marathon. I try to write everyday but in November I write more because I consciously work to meet the goals I have set. It’s all about accountability; and it starts by setting and declaring of goals, and daily updating ones progress on the accountability sheet. Some days would be great, some days might not be as you expect but you’ll always get the support of other writers on Facebook or Twitter (#AcWriMo). Read more … Continue reading Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) 2014

Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences

“New social science departments could also help to better train students by engaging in new types of pedagogy. For example, in the natural sciences, even college freshmen do laboratory experiments. Why is this rare in the social sciences? When students learn about social phenomena, why don’t they go to the lab to examine them — how markets reach equilibrium, how people cooperate, how social ties are formed? Newly invented tools make this feasible. It is now possible to use the Internet to enlist thousands of people to participate in randomized experiments. This seems radical only because our current social science departments … Continue reading Let’s Shake Up the Social Sciences

The Power of Constructive Feedback

Constructive feedback involves giving both positive and negative aspects of something. Feedback helps in making necessary adjustments that will help in enhancing ones effectiveness. It is expected that if you look at feedback as constructive it should make you better i.e. more effective. When the feedback is viewed as criticism, we tend to be defensive and deny its legitimacy. It can also lead to questioning the motive the person giving the feedback which may lead to a negative outcome like resentment rather than enhancement. From my personal experience, it is good to be humble in receiving feedback especially when it is coming … Continue reading The Power of Constructive Feedback


The academic writing month starts this week! I’m really excited to be taking part in it again this year. For last year’s AcWriMo, my goals were time based, counting daily pomodoros. I was able to achieve my goals and some of last year’s output gave me a head start this year. I discovered that declaring my target publicly made me focused and accountable. The Twitter updates from participants were also very motivating. This year, my targets are specific to my thesis and my ultimate goal is to complete a chapter and write the first draft of another chapter. My daily … Continue reading ACWRIMO 2013

Presentation Skills

I recently attended a course on presentation skills and really enjoyed the workshop! We had vocal and breathing exercises like you would when training to sing. Here is the story: Three days before the workshop I got an email stating that the workshop session would involve each participant making a short presentation. I was tempted to reply the email and say I wouldn’t be able to attend. I could cancel my slot at least 24 hours in advance of the workshop. Now you might be wondering why I was tempted to do so. The reason is that I normally do … Continue reading Presentation Skills