Hey hey B-Effectors! 

What you will be reading in this post: what "success" is or may be, the researhc methods that are available to you. There will be fun videos and a survey introduction to you that will be released in a few days. 
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As always, thank you for reading. 
Round 2, Begin. 

Inquiry Question: How can we use effective research and studying to build a successful life?

In order to find out the best answer to this inquiry question, we need to first understand what "success" is. This leads to a sub-question, "What is success?" 

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I knew in hindsight that this was a very broad question. In advance, I looked at different sources and for man reasons, it is hard to say. It is completely subjective per person in our context. One big reason is quantitative. How do we measure success? Is it through wealth? The amount of times someone says thank you? The number of lives impacted/saved? 

Oxford Dictionaries defines the word as,

Success: noun: The accomplishment of an aim or purpose (1) 

From this definition, we can assess that "aim or purpose" depends on what an individual has chosen. For the reason that this is a broad question that requires more time looked at the topic later on. We will move on towards research and studying methods to enhance these skills in your life! 

First of all. Determining the topic/goal of research is critical to help with how you research and use proper steps to achieve it. 

We would use these methods listed here to approach our topics: (2)

  1. Observation / Participant Observation
  2. Surveys
  3. Interviews
  4. Focus Groups
  5. Experiments
  6. Secondary Data Analysis

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Things to keep in mind is that time should be considered. There is two distinct ways to collect data. One is a lengthier interview method while the other is survey short answer method. These both provide different demographic data. One provides more information, but requires more time and preparation. The other is the opposite, with less information gathered. (2) The balance between these two are key. It depends upon what can apply towards your research. 

Majority of the approaches/methods are divided into two categories: Qualitative and Quantitative methods. (2) (3) (5) (6)

Subsequently, within the Quantitative approach, there are 4 different designs. (3)

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  1. Descriptive Design basically is where you develop a hypothesis after collecting data. 
  2. Correlational Design looks at correlations in statistics and variables. 
  3. Quasi-Experimental Design will look at cause and effect of two or more variables. This is one of the more familiar type of designs you would see in science classes. Involves control groups and independent variable not touched. seeks to establish a cause-effect relationship between two or more variables. 
  4. Experimental Designs, this is the full experiment type design. The scientific method* would be used and find relationships between variables. Effort to control variables except one will be tried and done. Analysis will occur to find any results. 

*The scientific method should be a type of research method everyone is familiar with. Hypothesis, experiment, discuss, make adjustments and conclusions, repeat. (4)

Quantitative method is what the name implies. Statistics will be used to gather accurate data. (5)

  • The data is usually gathered using research tools
  • The results are based on larger sample sizes that represent a group at a larger scale
  • The research study is reliable, so it can be repeated/duplicated easily
  • Researcher has clear defined questions and answers/results
  • The study is well designed/looked at carefully
  • Data are in numbers and statistics- could be in graphs and tables
  • Data can be generalized and predict future results 

Through this method, this is where experiments and research are being measured and uses numbers, logic, and to the point perspective as a way to reach a result. 

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The best way to obtain accurate and thorough results, is to combine and mix the methods of the two categories. Applying qualitative and quantitative aspects together can improve your research and overall quality produced. (6) 

Understanding Question! Our research we do at Butterfly Effect is.... 

Qualitative! A lot of the research done is observation-based. A few project/rounds I have seen has quantitative, but majority would be using the overarching qualitative method. 


I will be releasing a survey for you all to take a look at and perhaps do! I may do the internalized survey and maybe a form-version survey with google survey so look out for those! 


  1. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/success
  2. https://guides.lib.vt.edu/rese...ethods/design-method 
  3. https://cirt.gcu.edu/research/...tresearch/approaches
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1635141/
  5. https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/red/rd/research-methods-and-methodologies/quantitative-methods
  6.  https://www.nap.edu/read/21726/chapter/7

Thanks! See you in ROUND 3

My next topic will look into what "success" is using a scientific fact-based support, review the survey given and analyze it, studying techniques and how can we change our habits. 


Teachers: Ms. Martin, Ms. Royle, Ms. Stuart.
S: stands for "Series" which is unique to a research question 

Got thoughts, ideas, opinions or something to say? Type away below and i'll be sure to see them (and typically reply to them in my next post!)   

I look forward to seeing you read this, as I am looking forward to read your research too!


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Hi Jim!

Great research round! I found your research very intriguing to read as well as informative.  I personally believe success isn't one specific thing.  I feel like a lot of people categorize it into one part, that success is getting good grades, getting a good career and making a lot of money. I think we have successes in our everyday lives, that everyone, myself included don't realize they've accomplished. For an example, finishing your homework everyday just seems typical and just a part of your everyday life. But technically it is a success. Maybe something you could consider looking into could be about the psychological impacts of the pressure of being successful has. Here's a website to help you out: 


Good luck! 

Hey Jim,

As Rhea mentioned above, I completely agree with your definition of success as it being subjective because everyone's version of success can vary based on their lifestyles and personal accomplishments. I found the studies that you sourced your information from very eye opening because as we explained success differs from each person, but somehow people are able to do research papers on the what success means to society. I'm glad you created a survey to hear the opinions from Butterfly Effect students on what success means to them because a research round based on these could be very interesting. You could compare and contrast the differences of success to created your own conclusion on what success means and how different studying techniques would be more beneficial to specific people. Here is a website for future rounds. 


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