I am interested in any ratio people have noticed either in college or work experience. What is the general ratio between reading and writing for example for a particular research report. For every three hours you read is there one hour of writing you are able to gleen from what you have read?

Views: 129

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Depends on what you do, the purpose for which you're writing, and how well you know what you're talking about.  As you learn more, it takes less research to get your bearings and make your point.

 

I'm an attorney.  I don't write many "research reports" anymore.  For the most part, I write more than I research.  For the occasional wild-goose-chase motion or brief, I'll have to research longer than I write -- but that doesn't happen all that often.  Writing is production.  Research is overhead.  I try to reduce the latter as much as I can.

 

I imagine a history writer, for instance, might answer differently.

 

JB

I work with lots of different types of data and I practically never write anything like a paper one does in school. I do have to do "research" sometimes like when I had to understand geodetics and how a datum and projections work together. My end product is information supplied to the correct individuals that is loaded into a program or all summed up in a spreadsheet.

RSS

Latest Activity

lindameans updated their profile
2 hours ago
Errol Alger posted a discussion

Locks, Clocks, and Liquor

We found two interesting items hidden in the hollow of the clock when we lifted it from the attic: a nearly spent bottle of my grandfather's whisky and a draw-string tobacco pouch which hung from one of the tines containing a note penciled in my grandmother's rhumatoid cursive which read, "Died March 4, 1951." Black and White Scotch was the drink my Father introduced to my maternal Grandfather upon our return to the United States from Great Britain in 1963. Once my Dad had a shot of this, there…See More
3 hours ago
eltonbrand posted a status
5 hours ago
Lionheart updated their profile
6 hours ago
Sir replied to David R.'s discussion Transgender Persons in the Military in the group The Great Debate
"Naturally I read this as "Velociraptors designed for certain heart conditions."  And they surely are effective at causing them. I'd hate to be one of the leftovers from that trial."
7 hours ago
Sir replied to David R.'s discussion Transgender Persons in the Military in the group The Great Debate
"You know, Milo, you could point out that you are a person of color and he's whiteheterosplaining you.  "
7 hours ago
Liam Strain replied to David R.'s discussion Transgender Persons in the Military in the group The Great Debate
"The DoD and the Rand Corporation have both done their own estimates. I do not know the methodology for how they decided who counted under each term. The Rand corp's numbers are about half what the DoD reported. Here is a link to their…"
7 hours ago
Sean O' replied to Vendetta's discussion Men & Exercise
"Looks like a great hike. Beautiful view."
7 hours ago

© 2017   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service