Graduate School is fabulous and exciting! But . . .it is also:
Metacognition--what is that and why would you care?
Think about the list of 'abilities': do you already possess each? These take reflection (and self-honesty) but likely help you grow from student to academic; student to life-long learner.
Metacognition is the ability to:
From: Flavell, J.H. (1976). Metacognitive aspects of problem solving. In L.B. Resnick (Ed.), The nature of intelligence (pp.231-236). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum
Reading research articles--reading to understand the content and then critique it--is a learned skill.
Below are links to several articles that will walk you through the process. Whether the tutorial is titled a scientific or research paper, the processes are essentially the same. The same skills will translate to non-scientific or humanities based materials.
Mary Purugganan and Jan Hewitt: How to Read a Scientific Article (their worksheet/template is below)
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