Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

No way to escape exams: how-to find hope instead of despair

3-Thoughts to help you overcome exams successfully If you’re studying for exams, do you feel nervous before entering the room? Do you feel fear and anxiety about how are your going to perform? What makes you feel like that? What do you complaint the most when preparing for your exams? When I was a student, I […]

Why students dislike deductions

When teaching I’m not only concerned about the applications within a certain subject, but I try to motivate students in learning concepts. But should I deliver a certain concept on a platter or explain how we get there, deducing it? I prefer the later, but some students prefer the former. The challenge is more than […]

Writing meaningful Highlights in scientific papers

One novelty in scientific papers in the last decade was Elsevier’s introduction of highlights. Are authors paying sufficient attention to highlights writing?     Highlights are 3 to 5 short sentences containing core findings of the research described in the paper. Highlights are available only online with the purpose of driving a person’s attention toward reading the […]

So much done for your students and for what?

What is our “why” as a professor? Teach and Research, although not necessarily in this order. For 14 weeks I’ve shared with my students several tips to increase their productivity and thrive at any discipline. But after the results in the first evaluation of my discipline… I wondered what’s wrong … Academic productivity is like a […]

Simple ideas to make an impact

Have you ever felt, even for a moment, you would like to make a difference in the world with a simple idea? Creativity distinguishes us from animals, not rationality. And ideas emerge from our capacity to create. The best way to create is to practice your creativity.  The first place where simple ideas make an […]

3 Ways to make a learning experience rewarding

Learning is not easy. Remember the last time you tried to learn something. Was it easy? When it is, it’s one of the most rewarding experiences. But if it’s hard, you feel frustrated and wonder what’s stopping you from having success at learning – “Can I still do it like I used to?” – or – […]

Finding time to think

3-Lessons we can learn with the way the world is Every researcher knows the time taken to think how can we describe the physics of a certain event. But today, an email comes you really need to answer. A Skype message from a colleague or a student contains an important doubt. Someone knocks at you […]

Challenge when students say “I don’t care”

One complaint most of us, university professors, about our students is “they don’t care”. I’ve been thinking about that. Why student say this? Is learning new things no longer fascinating? Maybe this results from the dramatic increase of the information flux in our digital era. Students have all the information they need about a topic, […]

First thing to do to improve students learning

My greatest desire as a Professor is that my students enjoy learning. Some perform better than others, but to me the important part is that all of them enjoy learning. I see this in the best students with higher grades. But the majority is not like this. One day I asked a student an honest answer about […]

Free with technology, not technology-free

One of my favorite authors of all time is Michael Crichton. When I saw the movie Jurassic Park, I immediately wanted to read the book (good job Steven S.). I remembered that I needed to study for a biology exam in high-school about genetics (go figure!), but I wanted so much to read that book. […]