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FAQs

1. What inspired the core concept of p3r.in training?

The entire concept is a culmination of Santosh’s long association with the scientific community and his next long stint in Content and Communication. He sensed the gap that there is no right and enough person power to ‘teach ‘research writing comprehensively. Also, with differing individual schedules of the scientific community, it is not possible to arrange synchronous, instructor led training. Although excellent books are available on the subject, the guides and teachers can never ensure if their students have read them. As a result they spend a lot of time in correcting the writings of their students. In Non-Metro areas of India (and probably all the developing countries) the researchers find it hard to get a good guidance for research writing. What was needed was a comprehensive offering which covered all aspects of research writing; with honest certification after completion; interactive, engaging and retentive way to learn; effective in learning but affordable in costs. But -with flexibility in offering for different types of learners within the scientific community. And the result is here.-Our three years of rigorous work on content, and engaging multimedia.

2. Is offline payment mode accepted?

Yes, the payment can be done by bank transfer or by demand draft. Click here for detailed instructions

3. What are the unique, singular and unparalleled learner benefits of p3r.in?

  •  It is world’s probably first ever and most extensive E-Learning course on research writing.
  • The pricing is the most competitive; but the coverage of various aspects of research writing is far more detailed.
  •  P3r.in singularly enables the learners to master Grammar, punctuation, style and attributes of scientific language -the foundations of research writing for the first time in an interactive, E-Learning environment.
  • It offers a facility of flexibly taking courses of your choice for senior members of the scientific community and industry -and the same facility for categories for whom initially the full training is kept mandatory, after once they complete the training.
  • Assessing the available time, the time validities of the selected path, are different for different learner categories.
  • The content is thorough, researched from various sources and uniform. We plan to update it by each 18 months
  • Unlike many others, it does not mix technical writing with scientific/research writing. The portal p3r.in is exclusively created for the scientific community worldwide.
  • The navigation, design, multimedia elements and user interface are extremely learner friendly.
  • It has Takeaway printable, downloadable summaries of each lesson which help in retention of vital points of that lesson.
  • At various points it has quizzes and ‘Check your understanding ‘type of exercises for better reinforcement of the content.

4. How will different learner categories in the scientific community worldwide benefit from p3r.in?

  • For students pursuing their post graduation: 

p3r.in entire training prepares their foundation for all stages of their careers. Right from keeping good lab notes/records, to Grammar, Punctuation, style of research language, Ethics to avoiding plagiarism and presenting visual content they will be ready to enter in the world of planning, proposing and presenting research.

  • For various Research fellows (JRFs/SRFs/RAs):

p3r.in offers a ready help for various real life situations-oral and poster presentations, writing thesis, methods of search and literature review. It is a just in time training for them. And as their careers advance, p3r.in still remains with them with the option of select courses learning facility offered by us.

  • For working scientists:

p3r.in offers a flexible learning option right from the beginning. They need not learn right from ‘making good lab notes. They have reached a certain point in their pursuit and may just need to brush up some of the techniques or may ascertain correctness of their writing.

Also some scientists in the developing countries who may need an update on  Grammar, punctuation, style and attributes of scientific language -the foundations of research writing, p3r.in offers a unique and flexible manner of selecting their own courseware.Considering their work/ time constraints, the validities for such a select learning are retained for a longer time.

  • For Scientific work force in Industry:

More or less the same points as above apply. Industry’s contribution to meaningful research is increasing with lot of pharma, biotech and newer ventures. Considering their long and busy working schedules, p3r.in offers this category longer validities after registration and an option to select their courseware right from the entry point which we are sure will benefit them for a relaxed learning.

  • For learners outside India: 

p3r.in emerges as the most cost effective alternative for the need of research writing. There are a number of reputed services who can undertake editing or professional work of your research writing, at a hugh cost-but here, to use a bit of an overused expression, we say that we show you “how to fish “ -rather than “offering the cooked fish” –which obviously costs more. Scientists in all the developing countries, with English as their second language, will particularly benefit from our content and costs. Just compare with any other alternative. Again the self paced, asynchronous learning eliminates the barriers of time zones-you may take it up within the stipulated period any time you wish to learn. It eliminates the need to travel long and attend costly workshops on research writing.

5. How is your course different than the free information available online?

This is important - “what do you offer that is not already on the net?” Theoretically, everything is on the net – so why do any course?

  •  Because it will be a big effort to read through 100s of websites to reach the exact desired point of your need.
  •  Each website presents information in a different way and this means that web searches do not substitute and comprise of effective learning programs.
  • Most web sites do not support organized learning outcomes.
  • The examples quoted may not make sense or relate to the subjects of our learners/ students. The simplistic approach of most grammar websites is scarcely useful when dealing with the high and complex content of scientific writing.
  • Mostly the free material on the web is not interactive; it is a ‘one way’ communication and often without specific learning objectives.

6. How retentive is this E-Learning? – meaning, can the learner remember what he/she has learnt after some time? And what purpose do the printable downloadable take-away summaries help?

Surely it is far more retentive than listening to a lecture, or attending a costly short course on a few topics once in a while. Reliable Studies have shown that in the scientific community which does not use web just as a social media but uses it as a referencing source, E-Learning succeeds more .(Refer the paper William west, B.R. Simon rosser, Salma Monani & Laura Gurak s’ research paper In our resource center).Also an instructor led training can not repeat itself often; but you may re-visit our training as many times as you want to get a certain concept clarified and imbibed in your minds. The idea of giving printable summaries is just for better learner retention. They offer you a gist of what you learnt in the lesson. You may retain and refer to them anytime you wish whensoever a situation warrants for them.

7. Is p3r.in more oriented towards life sciences?

No. However most of our team consists of people from a life sciences background, more examples may be from basics of life science. Walls across disciplines are any way collapsing- our Chief instructional designer is from RCS,UK-With a background in Physics and Engineering! P3r.in is about research writing-and most of the subjects dealt here –grammar, punctuation, ethics, plagiarism, attributes and style of scientific language, numerical expression, peer reviews are just not restricted to life sciences.

8. Please tell us more about the certification you offer.

After the learner completes his designated training, our LMS (Learning management system) informs us about the same. We then dispatch our certificate in print to the individual learner(s). We have avoided individual electronic single click certification for the obvious reasons of a possible misuse. We are sure you understand what we mean. For institutional contracts as well, our certifications will be in the name of individual learners from that institute/company.

9. What can be an institutional contract?

An institution/organization may have multiple categories of learners we have identified. Also it is a possibility that some institutions/dean-academic affairs may prescribe it as a mandatory Pre-Ph.D. work. In such cases the institution may collate all the categories of learners they have within their institution, and approach us for a long term contract with revised bulk pricing. The certifications and log in -ids, passwords will however, be in the individual names and not with a sectional or departmental name. For any such requirement please contact us.However we advise individual learners not to wait for such contracts to happen, but register independently and start learning if you wish so.

10. In case of a snag or incomplete registration what does the learner do?

Learners can simply mail us and tell us the problem. Within next 48 hours we will offer the right solution.

 

 

 

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