Test yourself: Which of Typist are you?
The Typist Test
Choose between a), b) and c), write down your answers and then see what answer you have most often taken.
How many articles do you read about before you start to write a scientific work?
a) 3 to 6
b) from 1 to 2
c) at Least 7 and one or the other book
Which of these statements do you agree with the most?
a) “Before I start to write, I need to have the main substantive issues to be solved.”
b) “When Writing to clear my thoughts.”
c) “I would like to have a in-depth Overview of the research literature, to write before I can start.”
The manner in which you’re quoting?
a) I quote only concise statements that stand out in the research literature, especially, directly. Otherwise, I’m taking references for my arguments regularly due to indirect Text.
b) I will write freely first, and to quote, then in a next step, the most important points indirectly, or, in exceptional cases, directly.
c) I most of the evidence of my statements. Here, I refer to Controversies in the research literature and, if necessary, on developments in the last decades.
You’re at the first draft of the text to correct wording?
a) I keep in mind the spelling rules, and write mostly whole sentences. But if to me right away, no perfect formulation comes to mind, I write anyway.
b) no, this comes only in the next step.
c) Yes, because the Text should be readable.
Do you sometimes fear that your working time is not sufficient?
a) Sometimes, but all in all, the time frame is sufficient.
b) no, I can’t deal for too long with a theme.
c) Yes, sometimes I don’t even know where my time flies.
Mostly A: The Practice Pen …
… trying to find a healthy balance between Information and flow of Writing is in a very good way. The texts he produced with the necessary care, but also knows that no first draft has to be perfect – the fine-tuning, he does prefer to be in a second step.
- You are progressing quickly, but also thoroughly.
- You can take your time usefully be divided.
- Do you know roughly how much literature you can the time span in which to edit.
- The final version a couple of days before you final checked. With a bit of time interval error and inaccuracies on fall better.
- In the Revision of the first draft of sharp criticism is called for: Is the structure logical? The arguments are understandable?
- Strangers recognize weaknesses is often much easier.
- The formal design is not forgotten!
Mostly B: The quick scribe …
… will not hesitate long, but writes for it and is progressing rapidly. He knows the most important secondary literature, but not every single essay on the subject. He cited only when a statement appears to be particularly important.
- You’re getting on well with the time frame.
- You’ve got inhibitions, no Write and verzettelst you are not in the literature search and reading.
- You have problems to fill the required pages, and cheat you in with Tricks (line spacing, etc.).
- You volatility’t happen, I sometimes get error, because you overlook the precise facts.
- The time for a thorough Research take.
- Thoughts of bullet points, at best with a full citation of where the idea comes, write it down.
- If the Overview is there, begin to formulate and critically.
- For more secondary literature can clarify inconsistencies.
Mostly C: The slow writer …
… to be perfectly informed, before he starts to write. Hence, he reads only a large number of research posts before he self-produced a Text. In addition, slow writers tend to perfect each formulation immediately.
- Your texts are characterized by a high level of quality and depth.
- Do you know about your topic, know and get good grades.
- Your slow work pace may have time problems.
- Do you feel the Writing is often as a hurdle.
- Not for the first gaps, if the right formulation to succeed immediately.
- In conversation with others about the work of the perfect practice. Since you can’t hesitate to finally, a long time, until a train of thought sits.
- A time-eater diary helps to get an Overview and to banish the Banal from the writing process.
More tips for the scientific Work of our guest author Kristina Folz (together with Dr. Detlef Jürgen Brauner, and Dr. Hans-Ulrich Vollmer) can be found in the guide “study-SOS undergraduate work,” which appeared in the publishing house science & practice.