For some people reading faster means skipping large chunks and even jumping straight to the conclusions.
But as Suzanne discusses in her article RTFP (Read the F*****g Paper), this is a dangerous habit.
In fact writing papers and grants are fundamental to getting your research out there and understood (as well as ensuring you have money for the next experiment).
Despite this necessity many do not take the time to hone this vital skill.
Unfortunately this is not the case and such an attitude can lead to wasted time, wasted reagents and a lot of frustration.
This year why not aim to be more methodical, and when problems arise take a pause to figure out what exactly went wrong – and fix it! We’ve got troubleshooting guides for mutagenesis and ligations that can have your creating colonies in no time.We’ve also got articles with helpful hints for PCR, immunohistochemistry and RNA isolation.While these troubleshooting guides are fairly specific, the underlying principles of each can be applied to most situations.It’s easy when you are focused on your experiments to forget about keeping on top of the literature, but with advances happening fast you need to keep up to date in your field or you risk being left behind.But never fear, with journals all being online, there are lots of tools to help you keep up to date, such as those detailed in Useful Tips to Keep on Top of New Literature.Sometimes the key to reading more papers is learning HOW to read them properly so you don’t waste time re-reading them again and again.How to Read a Scientific Paper walks you though a paper section by section so you can learn to read a paper more efficiently.All to often however these changes last only a few weeks before we slip back into old ways.Why not make 2015 different and make a change that sticks?Topic: New year traditions and new year’s resolutions Aims: • To practise speaking skills• To practise reading skills• To write resolutions and review future tenses.Age group: 11-18Level: B1 / B2Time: 60 minutes Materials: New Year’s Resolutions lesson plan and student worksheet By: Clare Lavery Copyright – Please read All the materials on these pages are free and available for you to download and copy for educational use only.