The Power of Reflection 


A few months ago, when I accomplished my appointment as an administrator in my department, I directly prepared myself to focus again on academic tasks. Occupied by my duties as an administrator for 4 years made me almost impossible to conduct the work that I really like: researching and writing. Therefore, when the opportunity came, I was very excited to start writing academic texts. To start, I tried reading and evaluating some of the writings I published ten years ago. Sometimes I was amazed by some parts of the texts that I thought quite hard to do at present. I was also frequently surprised to see various out of date ideas due to the rapid development in the topic area since the articles’ publication date. New findings along the ten-year period have really turned some valid ideas to be obsolete. I also realized that the older an article, the more limited number of references it used. It reminded me that the articles I published ten years ago were still relying on printed literature and the number of such references was limited. Thanks to the internet for making references very easy to access today.

That evaluation of some old articles provided me with three awareness. First, writing is essentially a skill. When it is not used for a long time, it will get weaker. When it is used continuously, it will get stronger. Second, research is the key to scientific. The more research is conducted, the more concepts are tested and formulated. Third, the ease of accessing references on the internet provides great help to advance the productivity and quality of publications.

This three awareness that I gained from the evaluation turns out to be very useful. They empowered me to complete eight articles, two research reports, five chapters of a module, and dozens of essays in five months. In addition, they also inspire me to share and encourage some of my colleagues and students in writing.

After reading an article about thinking, I finally realize … (to proceed reading, please click here). …

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