An updated description of my colour-coding scheme for highlighting and scribbling – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

In 2015, I think, I initially explained the process I use to read and highlight. However that has actually been progressing through time. This post, like the one I did on an upgraded variation of the Drafts Review Matrix, is planned to reveal how I check out, highlight, and scribble on the margins of book chapters and journal posts. This colour-coding plan is approximately the very same that I utilize right now, though as I have actually discussed before, often I divert off.

For me, checking out means really ENGAGING with the text. Doodling marginalia, highlighting. Remembering in notebook pic.twitter.com/dbnqr1yl30!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco)November 2, 2017 There are a variety of choices that students and early career scholars ask me about. How do I choose which short articles I’m reading merit a memorandum, which ones warrant a synthetic note, and which ones are merely a fast AIC/CSED row entry? Here’s one example of such choice. If after running an AIC Content Extraction I find that the paper is truly heavy with marginalia and highlights, it would most likely be a good idea to read it more deeply and in its whole. On reading tactically: if a paper I’m highlighting is heavy on notes and cross-references, it benefits a memorandum pic.twitter.com/10JSNSq9ia!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco)July 16,

2017 I often tweet about the truth that I match colours throughout. For instance, if I highlight in pink, I doodle matching notes in pink, and I compose on my Whatever Note pad in the very same shade. When I check out, I colour-code my highlighting and make colours correspond throughout with minimal scribbles/notes pic.twitter.com/Da0RCxLxP8!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco )May 6, 2017 On highlighting, doodling and cross-linking: note how my highlight colours match my marginalia AND my notes on Everything

Notebook pic.twitter.com/dX1lKbB3GV!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco)March 15, 2018 As I pointed out on Twitter, this is basically my colour coding scheme today. Individuals have asked me to explain my colour-coding plan when I highlight and doodle. Yellow is for primary, essential, high-level concepts.

pic.twitter.com/0QSdHNOzuE!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco )March 10, 2018 You can check out the rest of the thread by clicking anywhere on the tweet below. As soon as you do, the Twitter thread will expand and you can

scroll up and down to read it in its entirety. As I mention, I normally use Yellow for

main-level, or crucial ideas. For example, each paragraph’s opening sentence(if the paper is written that method)would be highlighted with yellow. The issue I have with writers who lock their essence in the middle of a paragraph is that you require to read a whole paragraph to”open it”and discover THE essential principle.

Green is for 3rd level ideas: key principles normally buried mid-paragraph. I also mix colours to identify in between factors/elements pic.twitter.com/mD8JEP1AZc!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco)March 10, 2018 I usually utilize orange, pink, green and blue to second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-level concepts (hierarchically and sequentially arranged). Keep in mind how I follow a consecutive process here– crucial concept– reason (second level )– example(3rd level)– corollary (fourth level )pic.twitter.com/AiXINoCAJZ!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco )March 10, 2018 This is an important component of the procedure. I don’t constantly summarize on the margins. I discussion with the text’s author, with the literature and

I also critique. I likewise give myself guidelines on what to do with the text I’m emphasize(e.g. “construct a table summarizing these insights”suggests I should discover the most essential principles and construct a table that sums up these insights in a visual manner that is a lot more rationally arranged than the way in which the author exists these thoughts ). My marginalia have 3 purposes: sunmarize, dialogue with the work and critique, and cross-link to other work. Here I dialogue and review pic.twitter.com/kOngSs2php!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco)March 10, 2018 The side bars I use to”get “a whole paragraph or a few sentences mean” these sentences have important concepts, and the paragraph is too wish for me to attempt and get just a few of them, so I’ll record all of it”. They can likewise imply”this quotation looks really cool and need to be sent out to my Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump”. If you remember my Conceptual Synthesis Excel Dump (CSED ), these”key sentences” usually end up priced estimate in my”Quote “column(with page!)– Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco) March 10, 2018 Hopefully this post will help others produce their own colour-coding plan.

Comic Book Sage Episode 388: Creator Spotlight: Carlos Pacheco

This episode I do a developer spotlight on one of my favorite all time artist in comics Carlos Pacheco. I will discuss his history in comics, and projects he has worked on. Enjoy!http:// traffic.libsyn.com/comicbooksavant/CBS_Episode_388.mp3!.?.!Podcast: Play in new window|Download(Period: 23:12– 12.0 MB)

On the importance of teaching the mechanics of doing research – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

I enjoy composing my blog site due to the fact that I can then use my article to teach my own students and research study assistants every method I need them to understand. As I said on Twitter the other day, my works on this blog site are a shared knowledge base. I just opened the knowledge base to everybody on the planet who might require it.

Q: “Why do you tweet and blog about your research and writing procedure in such detailed way?”– A: Due to the fact that I can embed my tweets in blog site posts that I then write to assist my own students. It’s a knowledge base. I just make the knowledge base openly and commonly readily available.

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) April 14, 2018

What has actually shocked me as a growing number of trainees, and even early profession scholars and seasoned professors have actually emailed me and tweeted at me about how they’ve found my blog practical was– I * believed * professors taught this stuff. This was my belief up till, well, I got to finish school, and after that I recognized that NOBODY was teaching this things, the mechanics of researching.

Graduate students appear to be expected to find out how to do research by osmosis or some type of magic process. When it comes to how I learned, I have constantly been curious, and my professors at UBC were kind adequate to mentor me and share strategies with me, however a terrific deal of how I discovered to do research was also user-friendly, reading books, and taking a look at professors I admired and seeing how they worked and interviewing them about their day-to-day process. Fortunate for me, they were really open and direct about how their writing and research procedure worked. I will have to acknowledge that my qualitative research techniques professor was very particular about how to compose memorandums and do thematic coding.

You know why I write about mechanics of doing academic research and composing? Due to the fact that a lot of my fellow academics PRESUME their trainees KNOW.

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) March 10, 2018

I am constantly annoyed to find that there are extremely high and outrageous expectations placed on trainees by their professors that they ought to know a lot of stuff that they were never exposed to in high school, undergraduate and even graduate programs. This, and knowing that my blog is practical to people, are really strong chauffeurs for me to keep doing what I do.

Thank you for sharing a lot. Writers need as numerous examples and specific descriptions as possible. Your posts are examples of exceptional composing instruction.Your post have assisted me TREMENDOUSLY– thank you a lot for doing this. since there is no magical research-methods absorption process.– Faine Greenwood(@faineg )April 22, 2018 last night me: i have to turn in an annotated bibliography next week what is that??? me, 5 seconds later

: @raulpacheco may have a blog post on it me, going through his blog: yes he does what a life saver– james (@lysanderjames)January 18,

2018 I know for a fact that numerous students do not understand how to write a literature review, an annotated bibliography, or how to contextualize their research study. “Go and do a review of the literature and bring me a conceptual

map that links your primary research concerns with the literature”pic.twitter.com/hmFtB10YLl!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco )March 10, 2018 “You need to have the ability to position your research question within the total literature “. pic.twitter.com/LAdrwnXeaB!.?.!— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega( @raulpacheco)March 10, 2018 Many trainees don’t understand how to take good notes, who to request for assistance on subject sentences or which databases to search and how to systematize– Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega(@raulpacheco) March 10, 2018 And we need to be delicate to different backgrounds, capabilities, reading speeds, processing speeds,

and so on — Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco)March 10, 2018 These strategies(the mechanics of how to do research study)can’t be found out through osmosis. We need to do much better and teach our trainees

how we get things done. I’ve started a research study writing and critiquing course. NONE of the PhD/M trainees had actually ever _ heard _ of IMRaD, choppy writing & other bits(me

neither prior to US doctoral research study stage). Difficult to do “contribution”,”get in touch with the literature”etc. without basics.– Vinícius M. Kern (@vmkern)March 11, 2018 In the end, we are all better off if we have the ability to train our students on how to carry out research, and walk them through the process. Even if the process we document isn’t best

, it can still help others determine approaches and techniques for their own research study methods. You are one of the few who take time to meticulously discuss your procedures.

It may not work for all people, however a minimum of gives insight into the type of practices for which to goal. I have sent your blog site to so & lots of very first years in my dept b/c I want I had this when I began– Mary Anne S. Mendoza (@MaryAnneSMM)March 11, 2018

Robert Pacheco III

Robert Pacheco III, 35 of Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly on March 30, 2018.
Robert “Tito” was a Palma High School Graduate class of 2000. He was a talented wrestler, as a young professional athlete he earned a number of MTAL & & MBL league titles certifying in CCS and culminatingin leading 3 finish at California CIF Championships. He went on to wrestle at West Valley College and continued to help coach wrestling as he was passionate about the sport. As an adult he was an effective entrepreneur, offering job opportunity to regional trainees pursuing greater education.
In his extra time he continued to complete in a number of Jiu-Jitsu competitions positioning 1st in US Open Santa Cruz BJJ. Tito delighted in the outdoors, however more than anything his biggest gifts were his compassion, empathy for animals and joyful personality “he was a simple, pleasant and loving soul.” He lived life fully as a caring person, loyal good friend, big brother, mentor and confidant to lots of pals and household alike.
Robert is endured by his parents, Roberto and Irma Pacheco; sisters, Judith and Julyanna Pacheco; bro, Alex Pacheco; nephew, James Campbell; girlfriend, Lulu Gonzales, her child Max and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends and his pet, Fancy and 2 cats, Boots and Wizard.
Robert was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Roberto and Reveriana Pacheco, maternal grandpa, Tomas Perez.
Viewing will occur Friday, April sixth at 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Greenfield, followed with rosary at 7pm. Funeral mass will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Holy Trinity Church in Greenfield, CA. An event of Robert’s lifewill follow instantly after the funeral at the Soledad YMCA, 560 Walker Drive, Soledad, CA 93960.
Arrangements by Woodyard Funeral Service House, 395 East St, Soledad (831) 678-9100. WoodyardFuneralHome.com

The value of handwritten notes in scholastic research study– Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

I have no pity in admitting that I’m totally old-school. I take handwritten notes. Regardless of my inherent interest in, and continued usage of, innovation tools (especially online ones, like Mendeley, Evernote and Dropbox) I compose my Order of business by hand. Not only that, however likewise when I am editing a paper (or composing a very first draft), or conceiving research concepts, I constantly do them by hand.

I discover that unless I compose by hand, my thinking always drifts away. There is something to the physical part of writing my concepts. I likewise modify journal posts, manuscripts and grants by hand. And undoubtedly, I grade by hand. When I was doing my PhD I used to write down all my notes in handwriting, and after that typing my notes, and conserving them as Word files.

@raulpacheco I stopped taking handwritten notes for a while, but just recently resumed and I’ve observed a huge difference. Helps me “process.”

— Bryan Parsons (@bryanmparsons) February 9, 2014

Somebody advised (and I actually agree with this idea) to jot down by hand your notes, but then to type them and conserve them on Evernote, which allows you to index them effectively. Some of my students (a vast majority) type notes in computer system, but I find that when I do this, my notes aren’t as solid.

@bryanmparsons @raulpacheco I take handwritten notes & & put in @evernote so they’re searchable & & un-loseable ;)

— Jamie Gravell(@Dontworryteach) February 9, 2014

I likewise like to compose on my whiteboard and map out how I am thinking about a specific research problem.

I likewise find that when I work from house, handwritten notes actually flow a lot more quickly than when I have my huge white boards offered (I have a little one with a little corkboard at my home office, but I only note my To-Do list there). I tend to draw up research concepts in a whiteboard when at my school office.

All the tables that I usually develop to accompany my journal short articles or to help me believe through my concepts are usually written by hand, then typed, then printed and THEN edited on paper (normally with red or purple ink). I know, old school, however incredibly effective.


Do YOU write your research study notes by hand? (excluding, obviously, fieldwork notes, which I suppose EVERYBODY writes by hand!)

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Has the Globe just shown a newfound, if inadvertent, support for the Pacheco Law? | COFAR blog

Although we are an advocacy organization that focuses on human services, we have at times waded into the ongoing controversy over the operation of the MBTA in Boston.

The reason for that has to do with a now decades-long debate over privatization of public services and the implications of the Pacheco Law in that regard.

On Sunday, The Boston Globe reiterated its support for the privatization of T functions with an editorial that defended the current contracted operation of the T’s problem-plagued commuter rail system.

As a supporter of privatization, the Globe has, in recent years, been at the forefront of the long-running criticism in political and journalistic arenas of the Pacheco Law. But in calling on Sunday for a cost-benefit analysis prior to any proposed move to bring the T’s commuter-rail system in house, it seems to us that the Globe is also endorsing, if inadvertently, the principles and intent of the law.

The Pacheco Law requires state agencies seeking to privatize existing operations to do a cost-benefit analysis that demonstrates that the cost of privatizing the service would be lower than continuing to do the service in-house, and that the quality of service would be equal or better if it were privatized.

The Pacheco Law, which was enacted in 1993, has been a lightning rod for political criticism and controversy over the years. Much of the state’s political establishment and prominent journalistic institutions have been harshly critical of it.

We have supported the law because we see it as providing a potentially important layer of oversight and analysis in the ongoing privatization of services for the developmentally disabled in Massachusetts.

In a 2011 editorial, the Globe called the Pacheco Law “an affront to common sense,” and charged that it was allowing public employee unions to place their “demands” above “the obligation to run government efficiently.”

But in its editorial on Sunday, the Globe actually put forth an argument that appears, without directly admitting to it, to endorse the precepts of the Pacheco Law. In criticizing calls by Democratic candidates for governor for in-house operation of commuter rail when the current contract with Keolis expires in 2022, the editorial states:

Whoever is in charge in 2022, though, here’s a suggestion: Since in-house management is an idea that refuses to die, [and I would add, so is privatization, for that matter!] the state should ask the T to submit a plan showing what it would entail. If nothing else, that would clarify for the public the costs and benefits, and bring some specifics to what is now little more than a vague applause line for Democrats. (my emphasis and insertion in brackets)

That is exactly what the Pacheco Law calls for when state agencies seek to privatize services. What the Globe is calling for is the same type of cost-benefit analysis, only in reverse — from privatized services to in-house. To me, it actually sounds like a good idea.

The Sunday editorial further states that while the state “can definitely do a better job with commuter rail after its current contract with Keolis expires in 2022…the goal of better service, not adherence to ideological precepts, should guide the next governor.” (my emphasis)

Agreed, and that is also the goal of the Pacheco Law, which is to ensure better service and lower cost rather than privatizing based on ideological precepts.

The editorial contends that:

…the T doesn’t have — and never has had — the in-house ability to operate the commuter lines itself, and dumping the commuter rail system directly into an already overburdened agency risks disruption. It could also raise thorny union issues, probably raising labor costs. And there’s no reason to expect running the commuter rail in-house would result in better service. (my emphasis)

Maybe not, but in-house operation of commuter rail might actually result in cost savings.

We reported in 2015 that the annual cost to the MBTA of contracting for commuter rail services had risen by 99.4 percent since 2000, compared with a 74.9 percent increase in the annual cost of the agency’s in-house bus operations, according to cost information we compiled from public online sources.

Finally, the Globe editorial suggests that rather than bringing management of commuter rail in house, the T should consider offering the next contractor “a longer-term deal, to better align the incentives of the contractor and the state and potentially bring in private-sector money for capital investments.”

I would note here that long-term contracts are not necessarily better deals for the state or consumers. It is difficult if not impossible to project financial risks over long periods of time. As a result, long-term contracts tend to have provisions that protect private contractors from those risks while transferring the risks to the public.

Also, private investments for capital improvements must be repaid by taxpayers and riders, and those deals can be very expensive to the public. Often there is little transparency in the terms and provisions of private investment arrangements in public infrastructure.

All of these are reasons why the Pacheco Law is necessary and important to the continued efficient and effective operation of government. The law provides for an open and detailed analysis and discussion of costs and benefits when public and private services and functions come together. 

Jailed former Goa Minister and MLA, Mickky Pacheco, is being protected by the state

Activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues on  May 26  filed a petition before the Bombay High Court at Goa seeking the transfer of the search for the absconding convicted former Minister Mickky Pacheco to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The petitioner gave the sequence of events leading to Mr. Pacheco’s conviction by the High Court and the Supreme Court on March 30.

The former Goa Minister and MLA, Mickky Pacheco, surrendered before a court in Margao on  June 1 . He was absconding for nearly two months following his conviction in a case of assault on a government servant.

He was later formally arrested by Goa police and sent to Sada jail in Vasco in south Goa after medical check-up.Former minister and Nuvem MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco was taken to the Goa Medical College and Hospital two times  time since being imprisoned at Sada sub-jail .

Aires Rodrigues’  advocate  made a complaint with the IG prisons alleging that Pacheco was taken to Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital, Bambolim, without his prison uniform after he complained of a health problem on Friday evening, the officer said they have sought a report from the jail superintendent at Sada sub-jail in the matter.

Adhinath Bhaje was the duty officer at Sada sub-jail when Pacheco was taken to hospital.

Advocate Aires Rodrigues’ in his face book states

The convicted and now jailed Goa former Minister Mickky Pacheco in violation of the Goa Prison Rules is being given VIP treatment at the Sada Jail where he has on June 1st commenced undergoing the six month jail sentence for having in 2006 assaulted Electricity department Junior Engineer Kapil Natekar.

Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar after helping their friend Mickky Pacheco abscond for two long months, are now covertly pressurizing Sada jail authorities to go all out to help Mickky Pacheco as he is an MLA supporting the current BJP Government. 

The government is making a mockery of the judiciary by high-handedly giving Mickky Pacheco VIP treatment in jail. If Mickky Pacheco is not treated on par with other convicts it would be appropriate to move the High Court seeking that Mickky Pacheco be transferred to a jail in neighboring Karnataka or Maharashtra, so that he undergoes the jail sentence strictly in accordance with law without any political patronage. A detailed documented report of how the jail rules are being flagrantly breached to unlawfully benefit Mickky Pacheco would be submitted to the Court.

Mickky Pacheco has not been convicted for a petty crime but a very serious offence against the State of having as a Minister assaulted a public servant. His conviction was upheld by four Courts and the Supreme Court as well.

It is a matter of concern that watching this sordid Mickky Pacheco Saga the people of Goa will be losing their faith and trust in the justice delivery system if the rich and the politically well connected are allowed to be above the law. There cannot be two yardsticks for convicts. The law mandates that they all be treated alike.

Diego Pacheco Wants To Combat ASAP, After Current KO Win – Boxing News

By Francisco Salazar

Middleweight prospect and previous amateur standout Diego Pacheco thinks the very best is yet to come.

Pacheco knocked out Guillermo Maldonado in the opening round this previous Friday night at The Online forum in Inglewood, California. Pacheco overwhelmed Maldonado (1-1), dropping the Seattle resident twice, the last with a one-two combination to the head that dropped Maldonado to the canvas.

Referee Jerry Cantu right away stopped the bout at 1:46.

Pacheco, who resides in nearby South Central Los Angeles, combated be a vocal, partisan crowd that cheered his every relocation Friday night.

“(It was an) amazing experience combating prior to my hometown crowd in my U.S. launching,” Pacheco told BoxingScene after the fight. “It could not have been any much better. I tried to be client, however I saw immediately that I was harming him with every punch I was striking him with. I leapt on him and I got him out of there.”

Pacheco (3-0, 2 knockouts) aspires to return to the ring. That may not be a problem as Matchroom Boxing, which signed Pacheco to a marketing offer, has many dates on DAZN, which streamed Pacheco’s battle against Maldonado.

Pacheco combated his first 2 bouts in Tijuana, both at the age of 17, however is prepared to combat often in Southern California, throughout the United States, or abroad.

“I desire to return to combat as quickly as possible. I felt good. I just combated for about half-a-round. My body feels great and my hands feel excellent. I could go once again next weekend.”

Even at the age of 18, Pacheco has the maturity to analyze improvements he can make in the ring. Pacheco stands 6’4″, has a long reach, and he works behind a consistent jab.

Pacheco wishes to let his hands go regularly.

“I want to work on committing on tossing punches naturally in a battle. I let my hands enter the health club, but when I’m battling, it feels different. I wish to work on that. I would like to work on that more in sparring.”

Aside from being promoted by Matchroom, Pacheco is handled by David McWater and Tim VanNewhouse. Together, together with his trainers and household, Pacheco believes he has a bright future in the sport.

“Whatever fights they give me, my task is to be prepared and battle. I’m prepared for whatever my supervisor believes I’m ready for.”

“I’m incredible. Everyone at Matchroom, my management group, my coaches all support me. It could not be any much better.”

Francisco A. Salazar has actually composed for BoxingScene.com given that October of 2013 and has actually covered boxing in Southern California and abroad because 2000. Francisco likewise covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by e-mail at or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

Authoring a PhD Thesis: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Dissertation (my reading notes) – Raul Pacheco

One of the books I love the most is “” by Dr. Patrick J. Dunleavy. Dr. Dunleavy is a professor of political science at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in London, England, and someone whose research I deeply respect and admire. Moreover, I have frequently read and referred my own students to his website, Write For Research, and I’ve used his advice myself. So writing my reading notes of “Authoring a PhD” seemed not only like an imperative but also like something I had to do soon.

While I didn’t take as many photographs from the book, I really enjoyed reading it as Dunleavy offers a really solid, step-by-step guide to how to write and complete a doctoral dissertation. I had read his book a while ago, after I completed my PhD and I recommended it to several of my students, but I hadn’t had the time to type my reading notes, which I did this time.

I love “Authoring a PhD” by @PJDunleavy – the first chapter helps the PhD student understand what’s expected of them and what authoring is. pic.twitter.com/kO8H0M55Zr

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) May 13, 2018

As @PJDunleavy says, you need to envision the thesis as a whole because it is most fundamentally a contract – I’m a big fan of contracts pic.twitter.com/0hf4Q05OW4

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) May 13, 2018

The third chapter on the macro-structure is fantastic because it allows the student to think about explanatory models, structure of the thesis, where the literature review comes, and different strategies to resolve the central question (a gap in the literature, a puzzle)

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) May 13, 2018

I really enjoyed that Dunleavy offers 3 chapters on writing, particularly the attention points (data, charts, graphics). And while he only offers one chapter on finishing the dissertation, it’s so thorough and filled with good advice, I can appreciate the entire text as excellent

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) May 13, 2018

Overall, I really loved re-reading Dunleavy’s book, and Bolker’s. I do think no single book offers everything PhD students need, so they’ll need a combination of these, for sure.

Chapter 9 on publishing post-PhD is an excellent primer for what to do once you’ve survived the viva (or thesis defence). If I taught a workshop on thesis writing for doctoral students, I would pair Dunleavy with Bolker and add @WmGermano From Dissertation to Book afterwards.

— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) May 13, 2018