From CORE to Root, digging deep.

An experiential journey from CORE to Root is a hub for the discerning taste – those that want to experience unbridled joy, insatiable curiosity, and intellectual stimulation. I created this space to share personal stories, my learning journey, and rooted concepts; to invite friends to share theirs as well, and to be the breeding ground for living – – the entrepreneur’s life with style. – Sherese Duncan

Entry 3: I “Thought” I Was an Avid Reader, a much needed awakening…

When I first started my Ph.D. in 2017, I thought I was an avid reader. I would comment, “I love to read!” In reality, I hadn’t read a full book cover to cover in years. Maybe one or two here and there.

When I received my first set of reading materials, it was over 100 articles to read to prepare for my first set of Ph.D. courses. I thought, wow…wait…what…okay, I can do this! Then I began reading. To my surprise, I was not as an avid reader as much as I thought I was; that’s what academic reading will do to you. Knock all the practitioner confidence right out of you.

In addition, comprehension was never something I had to work on! I had no idea that my comprehension of scientific outcomes, variables, theories, methodologies, and…key words, were weakened by fluff, falsities, and flaky content we encounter on a daily basis.

Whew! I had a lot to work on and work through. However, I’m competitive and I welcomed the challenge. Here’s the best formula I created for PhD Reading and Comprehension:

  1. Read the full article (not skim) and take notes as you read, specifically defining words.
  2. Create a presentation as if you are presenting a 15 minute overview of the article.
  3. Record yourself stating key points. And then, listen to your recording.
  4. Read the full article (not skim) again and go through your notes.
  5. Finish your presentation and create a video of your 15 minute presentation.
  6. Now read at least 10 other articles related to the topic you’re reading about.

This sounds ambitious and daunting, however, it works! For me that is. My challenge is comprehension in terms of academic language. I think this is where a huge gap exists between entrepreneurs and academics. We don’t need to “speak” the same language, we need to be able to “interpret” our languages for understanding and application.

The practice of conducting a “hard” read began.

In the days of digital “everything,” how are you tackling academic/business reading?

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From CORE to Root, digging deep


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