My mom’s thesis adviser wanted each student to have a research log book. Weekly research goals needed to be designed and recorded by each student. If the student failed to reach his own goals, the adviser would simply say: “I did not force you to put that goal down. If you were not able to reach it, you should not have included it in your weekly goals.” My mom became a great researcher, so whatever her adviser demanded, apparently, worked out very well.
When I entered my 6th week of the first year of graduate studies my mom was shocked when she found out that I do not have a research log book, moreover, no one demands that I do. “You should record your research activities every day,” she said. I, in turn, was shocked because it did not occur to me that I need one. My first year was full of course work and other issues, so the idea of the research log slipped to the bottom of my priority list.
Now when I started my second year (and I am busier than ever with the remaining course work) and my first research work is starting, I recalled my mom’s and her thesis adviser’s words about the research log. I will be honest – I cannot imagine jumping into this hard core weekly-research-goals routine, but I will attempt to start by recording interesting things (academic and not so academic) that I will be learning each day. I will also be posting them (I will attempt to do it every week).
P.S. The fact that I impulsively bought a notebook another day has something to do with the above statement
Here are the two things that I learned today:
Magnets would stop working after exposure to extremely high temperatures
Rene Descartes taught mathematics to women openly event though his contemporaries disagreed