Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Lessons from a blank page experience

When you set yourself to write something, a blank page can intimidate and trigger an unexpected personal crisis. However, what can we learn from experiencing the emptiness of blank pages, supposed to be filled with our thoughts, ideas, and knowledge? One day I spent almost an hour staring at a blank screen. My purpose was to write a […]

“I want to start writing with LaTeX. How can I do it?”

In a previous post I talked about giving the first steps in LaTeX. If you are part of those who wish they could learn LaTeX and find it difficult. This post could help you get started. When I started with LaTeX I had a reason: typography. The equations in LaTeX looked amazing and I started […]

Don’t know how to start and give your first steps in LaTeX? This is for you.

If you are advancing in your path in college, or giving your first steps as a young researcher, you probably end up needing to develop your scientific writing. And the best way to know whether you are on the right track with your scientific work or not is submitting it to the scientific community through […]

The challenge of building new experiences with nature

In the northern hemisphere, August is a month used to rest and recharge. The ways you do it vary from family to family, even from person to person. However, given the stress of everything we have to do while working, something most of us do during this is pay greater attention to our surroundings. What […]

How can you challenge distraction with concentration

A lot of the work we do in science depends on memory and creativity. Improving your memory and boosting your creativity are two important investments if you are a researcher. However, the interesting thing is that both are connected. Memory is where we store what we learn. It is the foundation of all learning, which […]

What can you do to when you need to change your life and don’t have time

We all complain about not having time to do certain things because of the time spent in doing other things. The reason could be a matter of priorities, but I think it is more a matter of the joining time and a reason. A friend of mine told me he had a little more of […]

How can a brain rule makes me walk every day

All our thoughts, ideas, memories depend of this organ we call brain. Then, it is reasonable to think we need to exercise the brain as much as we need to exercise our body if we want to keep our mental fitness. But if you think training the brain means thinking all the time – which we […]

How to develop the ability to solve problems and learn with it

We often have to solve problems and the approach depends on our knowledge about the subject. However, what if there is a method you can use to help you improve the ability to solve problems? I was thinking about this because I notice the difficulty some students have when trying to solve problems during an […]

How to act in front of a blank page publishing more and better

Writer’s block and procrastination are two of the greatest challenges we face in front of a blank page. Imagine that article you want to write to explain your work, a chapter in a thesis, a report for a project, the text of a new project, or even a blog post like this one. I’ve been […]

How can you overcome the fear of public speaking

Throughout the year we have conferences where researchers present their work. Maybe you find yourself in that position right now. Master students finish their thesis and the presentation is until the end of July, or in September. PhD Students may go through a similar process. Whatever the reason, there is always a fear of presenting […]