I was a terrible undergraduate student; mainly because I had no idea how to take notes. I just used to scribble down everything the lecturer said, writing until my hand cramped and my fingers spasmed, praying that whatever was important would end up on my page. When it came to use my notes I had to wade through pages of illegible notes and try to sort wheat from chaff. If only I had heard of the Cornell note-taking system. See https://theconversation.com/whats-the-best-most-effective-way-to-take-notes-41961
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This is written as advice for students - but I think a whole bunch of us could do with this advice!
There is a useful web publication with some great open access papers about writing which largely seems to be aimed at students. Is is called Writing Spaces: http://writingspaces.org/essays. The papers are very clearly written and aimed at improving writing practice.
The other piece of great advice I've been given comes from writer Anne Lamott. In her bookBird by Bird, she talks about the need to write a “shitty first draft” in order to get to a more polished draft.
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft." ~ Anne Lamott
"I used to think that once a caterpillar had grown big enough, it simply grew beautiful wings so it could enjoy the freedom of flying. A magical process. But did you know how gruesome this process is? A caterpillar digests itself, destroying all its tissues before turning into a butterfly. It’s a fascinating, but grisly process. To transform your shitty first draft, you go through a similar process. The key is not to fall into despair, and not to focus on what’s wrong with your draft. Instead, focus on the jewels buried in your words."