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Effortless Academic Research System

Done right digital notes combined with the right strategy are a massive upgrade to your brain. You generate more novel ideas, don’t forget what you read months ago and have a clear organization in place to always know your next step.

This upcoming webinar will teach you the exact workflows I refined over years and use daily to organize a massive collection of 100.000+ words in notes without loosing track of what to do next. All built on free tools.

If you want to get an exclusive discount once the webinar date and exact topics are set, you can pre-enroll today (no payment required).

What is Effortless Note-Taking?

It is a system of connected notes and tools that generate research ideas on auto-pilot. With a few tweaks it organizes year-long research projects and allows you to access everything you ever read in seconds.

I found that popular systems like Zettelkasten, Linking your Thinking or Second Brain are just not made for researchers, combined and improved concepts from all of them into an “academic operating system” for the 21st century.

Every bit has been tested and refined over years of daily work in my own research. The result are ~5 PhD thesis worth of notes perfectly organized and catalogued. One of my supervisors routinely comments on me being the “best organized PhD student they ever head” and seasoned professors mentioned how “I got them into Obsidian”.

After learning some basics and sticking to them for a while the magic of a connected knowledge base of your research emerges by itself. Just like when you learn to add large numbers on paper this digital note system allows me to do things I could never do in my head alone.

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Find Everything You Ever Read

If you have been taking notes loosely as Word Documents, Paper, PDF Annotations or Emails you have probably experienced the frustration of just trying to find your notes. Effortless Note Taking is built on Obsidian, a single software to gather notes, references, lab diaries and tasks – all 100% free. The result is bigger than the sum of its parts:

► Globally search through ALL notes in milliseconds.
► Link notes together and jump topics quickly.
► Embed your PDFs, to see them instantly along the notes.
► Think visually by creating mind maps from your notes.
► Connect tools like Zotero or even integrate ChatGPT.

After trying out a numerous tools I found Obsidian to be mature enough and simple enough. You won’t miss any features, but you won’t be overwhelmed either.

Obsidians main features relevant for academics

Some Testimonials from previous webinars and courses

Antonio Magallanes Villamor
Head of the Internal Audit

International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Cairo, Egypt

Writing and doing academic research activities can all be frustrating exercises made complicated by the many note-taking applications and methodologies available over the internet. This scenario is a depiction of my condition. I have tried Obsidian and Zotero before and more new note-taking applications coupled with new approaches to conducting literature reviews, which I subscribed to. Overall, my situation did not differ from before other than I have accumulated so many notes that do not have cohesion. They are not providing insights and writing an article has so much administrative friction. In addition, I have so many learning tutorials I subscribed to but never referred to them.

Thankfully, I chance upon Ilya’s ELR 2.0 course. Feeling motivated by the insights I gained from this course, I immediately purchased his EAM course. These two courses are empowering. It gave me so many AHA moments and perspectives on how to better organize my research work from start to finish. His courses helped me repurpose my old notes in Obsidian and other note taking applications, and in better organizing my thoughts, notes, and reference materials in Obsidian and Zotero. He also helped me structure my literature review workflow in ways I have never thought before. I can now understand my work visually and can connect my relevant notes and thoughts within a single application. I am really pleased and extremely satisfied, which I would encourage any budding researchers or those who already have begun but are lost in the process to enroll in these two courses. They are worth your time and investment.

Kudos to Ilya!

PhD Student

This course has completely transformed how I approach my research process flow for my Ph.D. One of the reasons I took a break from classes last year was that the manual process was just so overwhelming, and it was difficult to juggle full-time work, school, and life. This course lays out an efficient process, including all the tools, step-by-step, in an easy-to-follow format. I purchased both courses, the manual and the literature review, and am so happy I did. Every time I see a new Twitter post with new tools or new features to the process, I get very excited to start experimenting again. I am beyond grateful that this exists with all the examples and templates and videos, and Discord! So many helpful resources!

Suzette Flantua, PhD

Project leader of PPF-Alpine

University of Bergen


Ilya´s workshops are an absolute MUST-DO! If you are a researcher having to plow through endless publications and you need a system to keep track of all your notes and thoughts…then Ilya´s work and tips are a complete game-changer!! We have adapted it as a team and are absolutely in love with it. Super highly recommended, it´s worth every cent and second.

Said Hernandez

I’ve purchased your AKM around May…It’s amazing what I’ve been able to do. I’ve written a paper in about 2 months. I’ve applied for a Ph.D. I’ve managed to organize the content of my classes, and it’s just so smooth! I just wanted to thank you!

Jose Achig

Hello everyone. This webinar was so amazing from the start to the end. Very practical and excellent tools for research. It was worth every minute. Thank you, Ilya!

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