Academic Mastery with Roam Research

Become an Intellectual Superstar

Learn more, connect deeper, and write better with the most advanced techniques for knowledge work

What You Will Learn:

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There are very few people I’ve ever gotten better writing feedback from than Maarten. His knowledge and experience with research and personal knowledge management is first class. He helped me to build my personal knowledge management system with Roam Research; I couldn’t imagine a better person to work with on anything writing/research related!

- Dr. Nick Wignall
“Maarten designed 7 specific lessons to improve my use of Roam. He shared his templates and showed me how to integrate Roam with other research tools like Zotero and Readwise. Each session delivered something very useful. If you want to improve your use of Roam, I cannot recommend Maarten enough.”

- Biju Kewalram
“I enjoyed Maarten’s extensive knowledge of Roam and our discussions on synthesizing knowledge more effectively and adapting existing Zettelkasten. Maarten was super-responsive to all my questions, adaptable, highly competent, and thoughtful. Highly recommended.”

- Dr. Mihaela Popescu
“Maarten is a rare person in the knowledge management and tools for thought space. He has a serious context of use, where he innovates practices and tools, AND shares insights about these innovations in accessible ways. See for yourself in his essays and newsletter. Then consider learning from him to achieve similar results!

- Dr. Joel Chan
“Maarten helped me to write a paper based on my research. He gave very useful tips for my note-taking process, which is a lot better now, and we worked on the article down to the last detail, which turned out wonderful. He can see key points quickly and can give feedback in a pleasant way!”

- Drs. Noëlle Sanders
“Maarten showed me how to change my workflow to get more out of what I was reading. Since the session I took amazing literature notes on several books and many papers/articles. This has helped me solidify my understanding of some key professional topics as well as generate new ideas for my personal writing.”

- Tom Kealy

What Do I Get From This Course?

Part 1. Becoming Skilled in Roam Research
Part 2. Effective Reading: Building Your Roam Database
Part 3. Studying: Getting Knowledge in Your Head
Part 4. Smart Notes: Organizing for Insight
Part 5. Zettelkasten: Deeper Connections and Better Information Synthesis
Part 6. Output: Turning Your Knowledge into Written Publications.
Appendix: Free Templates and Resources
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Your instructor

Maarten van Doorn

Using the method you'll learn in this course, Maarten wrote most of his PhD in 10 months, while still publishing multiple articles from it and winning the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award 2021. His guides on Roam, writing and studying hit #1 on Medium and have been viewed by over 350,000 people. He has coached many students to upgrade their knowledge work 1-on-1, and is now sharing these tested methods with everyone.

Next to writing his PhD thesis, he's also used Roam to write on Medium. His blog used to be read by over 100,000 people per month. The effective studying and information synthesis skills covered in the course have also been crucial for hosting his podcast, in which he interviews researches from many different areas. Outside of work he loves craft beer, 4X strategy games, cycling (he's Dutch, after all) and even more reading.
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Full Course with Live Lessons

Comprehensive 6-unit curriculum

Interactive live workshops (you have access to the recordings if you can't make it, enroll later or prefer self-pacing)

Radically upgrade your entire workflow from reading to note-taking, information synthesis and publishing

Student-only discussion forum

Multiple bonus videos with extra insights (and counting!)

Lifetime access to all future updates


Answers to your questions

I'm not in academia. Is this course still worth it for me?

Ai sir! The skills that you'll learn - remember what you read, think better, see more connections, create a database of interconnected notes which improves your writing and literature synthesis - are valuable for anyone who works with information. Whatever kind of work you do or hobbies you have, learning how to better augment your brain with technology is a massive asset.

Do I need to know how to use Roam to take this course?

No, not at all. You'll learn everything you need to know about using Roam. No prior skill level is assumed. If you're already using Roam you'll learn a lot about how to get more out of it, and if you've never used Roam you'll get up to speed very quickly.

What if I'm not happy with the course?

If you're not happy with the course for any reason, we have a 30-day money back guarantee.

What about future updates to the course? Should I take it now or wait?

If you purchase the course, you'll have lifetime access to all future updates. Related: if you enter the course after the first batch of live workshops are over, you won't miss anything important and have access to the recordings.

Why should I take this course instead of figuring everything out myself?

Effectively synthesizing information is hard and rare. Many knowledge workers and professors – let alone (doctoral) students – struggle to do it well. Which is why there’s lots of room for improvement. Using Roam and my method for note-taking information synthesis and writing output, I can help you to do fertile creative research and swiftly output writing in Roam Research. I'll teach you how to ace your BSc/MSc/PhD thesis or other research project, while spending less time on it. How to efficiently turn your thoughts and discoveries into convincing written pieces and build up a treasure of smart and interconnected notes – a Zettelkasten – along the way. And how toremember what you learn by turning reading into an active process by using Roam to build your second brain and leveraging the best techniques for effective reading. This is information I gathered from years of research and experience. And from spending hundreds of dollars on courses. It's not something you can just Google.

Also: Roam has a very steep learning curve. It doesn't provide much onboarding, leaving newer users in the dark about how to get the most out of it. This course is the most efficient way to go from novice to expert as quickly as possible. And with a well-researched curriculum, it cuts through all the noise from trying to piece together a Roam education and learning how to learn through YouTube and blog posts.

I already have tons of notes in another program like Evernote or Notion, should I take this course?

Yes. I spent years using Evernote and Notion, and Roam was the first note-taking tool that really felt like a force multiplier to me. The workflows we cover in the course are not possible in these apps, and they truly take your knowledge management game to the next level. I had 3000 Evernote notes when I made the switch, and it was well worth it.

Still have questions? Email me!