Thursday, June 3, 2010

Advice For Research Project

The best piece of advice I believe I can give to future students is to sit down, whether you are doing the project on your own or with a partner, and really take some time early on in the quarter to devise a good topic. If you do this, I think the whole project just goes so much smoother when you have a great idea right of the bat, because you know what you want to do early on. My partner and I had a little trouble thinking of a topic, so we kind of just thought of one of the top of our heads, when in reality we should have taken more time. It caused problems because a week or two after we chose the topic, we realized we weren't going to be able to work with it. Once we really sat down and thought about what we should do, we came up with a great idea and our project went without really any bumps in the road from there on. I would also recommend to future students that they get started on their data collection as early as possible. The last thing you want to do is have to collect your data with only a week until the project is due, because you will have so much work to do in a little span of time, which could cause mistakes with your calculations, therefore potentially misrepresenting your subjects. The key is to really plan each step of your project out, so you don't feel rushed or pressured to get it done, which will likely minimize your mistakes, and make your project that much better.

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