How can Teaching help you in your Research Work and vice-versa?
Research and teaching are always contemplated to be the two irreconcilable forces. But in
actuality it is imperative that researchers teach frequently and teachers go for research work.
This is not only important from the commercial perspective but also necessary for the
furtherance and advancement in your desired field. Simultaneously, imparting education,
spreading the light of knowledge in itself is a great contribution towards the upliftment of the
society. One, usually spends a considerable amount of time on research, publication and
representation. Similarly, teaching is a commitment that requires substantial time for
preparing and delivering. Now, the question arises as how to maintain the right balance
between the two?
Instead of presuming that eminence in educating and research are non-overlapping events,
consider the likeness between both the endeavors.
• Representing your paperwork at conferences, seminars and answering questions to the
listeners require the same expertise as giving a lecture to students.
• Articulating an excellent course outline entails same skillset as formulating together a
literature review or granting proposal.
• Teaching and research helps you develop prescience into your domain, fine-tune your
soft skills, and improves your ability to choose and compile content in a significant way.
The first and foremost concern of teachers and professors is time management. It is simple
and you can easily strike a balance between teaching and research.
• Request your colleagues to deliver guest lectures, and offer to deliver the same for
them—it will help you practice public addressing about your paperwork to an amateur
• Create a library of videos, class activities, and presentations that you can rely on when
you become unexpectedly get occupied by other demands.
• Utilize your research work, knowledge, and paradigms in your lecture to demonstrate
your subject in a practical way rather than making it accepted without empirical evidence to
Collaborate with students to work with you
• Visualize your students as a flock of perspective research assistants and gain from
their new-fangled and unconventional ideas. They are zealous and bring different
innovativeness to your research work. You will definitely have to invest time and energy in
training them and making them acquainted to your work, but the returns are beneficial for
• Associate with interested students and faculties in your department to help you with
your extensive research work.
• Discuss your project work in the class. There is always the chance that questions
raised during the discussion will give new directions to your work.