Hi there! First post here…
I was diagnosed with ADHD in Oct 2017 (at age 49) because I went back to school for a PhD in Special Education. I was having trouble getting through the massive amount of reading (and assaulting my system with way too much coffee!) and I figured it was time to find out if medication could help. After diagnosis, of course, my whole academic and work life made complete sense-- I finally understood why some aspects of school (like semester-long science projects) were really hard even though (I thought) they should have been easy. I was told I’ve got “a lot of great behavioral strategies” and I started taking Vyvanse.
Fast forward to today: I’m almost finished my coursework and am putting together my portfolio (the step in lieu of comp exams in my program). Next up is writing a dissertation proposal (holy cow!!). At this point I’m facing a double challenge being a brain from an older generation… Because the internet and lots of cool technology came along after I finished college, I’m not as tech savvy as other students. And my same-age peers (who are mostly professors now) used index cards, photocopies and filing cabinets to organize their own dissertation research! I need to find a way to organize data and ideas that makes sense to me (I’m very visual and still prefer taking notes in a spiral bound notebook) but that uses technology in a smart way to capture all the details and connections I need to do my research. I know about Mendeley and Zotero, and have ATLAS.ti installed on my laptop. I just don’t really know how to get the most out of these.
(And believe me, if this weren’t a labor of love-- my son has autism and I’m doing qualitative research on special ed teacher retention-- I would be quite content not to put myself through the stress of a doctoral program. But here we are…)
So what technology do you find helpful for organizing big projects?
Do you have go-to resources for learning said technology? (a book, a YouTube channel, etc.)
Anyone in grad school have good tips for managing research data?
Thank you for being here-- I’m so grateful!