PROJECT PLAN - CYCLE 6

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to start my second cycle of the year. This time, I'm going to be focusing on student life and how to manage all the aspects needed to live a balanced life. For those of you who haven't seen my previous post, my inquiry question is...

How can a student lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle?

I'm very eager to start my research as this is something that will directly affect me and hopefully many other students on this site. Personally, having to balance my academics, an active lifestyle, a healthy social life, my mental health and all my extracurriculars is beginning to prove itself as challenging. I know I'm not alone in this, so I hope my research will be as informative for my audience as I expect it will be for me. Like I mentioned in my previous post, each round of research will be split into two sections. The first will pertain to the average Canadian student while the second will pertain to the average Kenyan student. Ms. Stuart (@Alison Stuart (Teacher/Admin)) was the one who suggested this idea to me as I believe our experiences as Canadian students does differ from the Kenyan members on this site, so it will be fascinating to look into both perspectives. Additionally, upon looking online, the majority of research sites pertain to a more Western point of view; accordingly, I will be sending private messages to some of the Kenyan students to gather information - a primary source will be a very valuable research source. So, if anyone is interested in helping me out, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message! 

FYI - I will be focusing on high-school students for this inquiry. So, even if I don't explicitly clarify this each time, it is safe to assume I am talking about high-school students.

Now onto my rounds...

1. Academics

For my first round, I will be looking into the academic aspect of a student's life. Personally, school is a very big part of my life - it's where I spend most of my time during the week and it's also one of the biggest things on my mind; I'm sure this is the case for many students. So, I will start off by depicting the academic workload for the average Canadian high-schooler, how much time is spent on homework and explaining the grading system in B.C. for those who don't know how it works. Then, I will find the same information from the perspective of a Kenyan student. I will then compare this information with what is considered to be a "healthy" amount of time spent on homework. I will also look into tips and tricks to balance academics successfully in life. 

2. Physical Health

For this round, I will do some research on how much exercise the average Canadian & Kenyan student get and compare this to how much exercise the average high-schooler should get. I will also look into food (as this is another big factor that affects physical health). I will then provide some tips on how to include exercise and healthy eating in one's life. I know this is something difficult for some students because usually, we are not the ones who choose what we eat. However, I will also look into how to overcome this obstacle. 

3. Mental Health 

Mental health is very important for anyone - not just for students. There are many factors that can contribute to one's mental health and school can definitely be one of them. So, I will first look into some of the factors that can contribute to the decline of mental health and then the incline. In addition to this, I will also incorporate the impact of having a balanced social life (and how to maintain one). 

I plan on posting a survey soon to help me with my research, so keep an eye out for that!

Here are some sources that I plan on using for my research:

http://www.education.gouv.qc.c...chool/healthy-route/

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/o...hout-the-school-day/

https://www.livestrong.com/art...estyle-as-a-student/ 

http://www.phillytrib.com/the_...43-d033a2b675f1.html

https://www.savethestudent.org...h-at-university.html

http://www.pamf.org/teen/life/stress/lifebalance.html 

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to comment any feedback! 

Original Post

Hello Heeva,
This seems like a topic that would be very applicable to the day to day life of most people, and I’m quite interested as to what you find during your research and what conclusion you come to in the end. I’m mostly interested to see what numbers you come up to when it comes to hours of homework, students are usually given and how much would actually be a reasonable amount according to research or opinion. I’m quite curious though as to the difference between the life of students in Kenya and Canada, as from what I’ve heard the school systems seem to vary wildly in terms of how it works, and provincials exams. I hope your project goes well cause I look forward to reading your future posts on the topic.

Here are some websites that may help you with your research:
https://health.usnews.com/well...o-much-for-our-teens
https://www.edweek.org/ew/arti...ugh-depends-who.html
https://www.oxfordlearning.com...es-of-school-stress/
https://www.npr.org/sections/h...eens-and-parents-say

Hey Heeva! 

Your new inquiry topic is really interesting to me because it's something we as students can understand in our every day lives. We want to keep up with our grades, but also live and have fun as we are young. I also think it's super cool you're splitting each round into two sections; the life of an average student in Canada and the life of an average student in Kenya. This way, we're able to compare and contrast how us students cope with a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I'm very curious to see how it works out, and wishing you the best of luck! 

If you need any more sources, here are a few I found that could possibly help you for your rounds of research: 

https://www.gooduniversitiesgu...ng-tips-for-students 

http://www.statepress.com/arti...-healthier-lifestyle 

Good luck

Hi Heeva,

I really like your inquiry question as it is extremely pertinent to almost every one of us here on Butterfly Effect. It's great that you will touch on a variety of variables such as sports and academics which are all very common activities that high schoolers take part in. The fact that you're talking about mental health as well makes this research very distinctive! I would also talk about a balance in extracurriculars such as volunteering and clubs that could be tied with school or not. Finally, I would also suggest talking about teen employment and its effect on academics/social life/mental health balance, and since you're using Kenyan and Canadian students as a primary research tool, maybe making a quick survey in order to analyze how many hours of volunteering/work an average student has in both countries. Either way, you're off to a great start and I can't wait to see what you find out in your research!

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