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

Hopefully some of you had effectively studied for the tests that are coming up. As this research is looking towards, utilizing these skills, how does it lead to building a fantastic future. (Beyond the getting into higher education and having a successful life, because this is no longer the only path for all of us now) 

Last post, I talked about a survey. I realized that spring break was around the corner and this was not the best time for it since I doubt people would be able to do the survey anyway. I will push it at a later date! 

I was planning to be analyzing the survey in this round, but changes happen!

  • What is success? 
    To establish this topic and understand it entirely, we need to first know that is is subjective. 

Anne Sweeney said it best: (1)

"Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live."


Dictionary definition about this word "success" is favorable or desired outcome. What this means is that it is desired. It is achieving something what you wanted. Which is the outcome. Goalcast is a large motivational base platform and hundreds of renowned speakers are on it and being referred to. An exercise to define what success is can be done in 3 sections (1)

  1. Determine all the outcomes or achievements you want with questions.
    What this means is implementing questions for your goals. They are the deep-type questions. Example: What impact do you want to make in the world?
  2. Reverse that question. This allows you to look at both sides of the coin and creates insight for you. 
  3. Imagine the ideal life. This forms the vision that you want to achieve. It is a focus and narrows down on the steps towards this "success" of yours. 

After looking at multiple sources, I found a common theme being displayed. I will use only a couple sources to support this; however, it is repeated a lot. Inc's article talks about how the strategy in growing (to be an entrepreneur). Where you surround yourself with people that you should and want to be with (2). This takes on the concept in school where if you want to succeed academically, sit next to the smart person. Doctor DePaulo Ph.D explains a research conducted which the results favored that success depends on friendship skills than romantic skills (3). What this goes to show is that how we act, associate and people we surround ourselves with matters that leads to a certain degree of success (2)(3). The objectives of these two, the outcomes, are different. The similar message between the two illustrates this if I was to make it into one sentence with the redefined definition above:

"People you have in your life can affect the objective you want to achieve." 

-Academic Success-

Alright. This is a topic that can be better understood by everyone. For example, we set our outcomes within the academic field. We measure success through our academic achievements. Within this, small private victories are made to contribute to an overall collective success (which could be a grade for a class or graduation). 

A psychology professor at California State university assembled his suggestions in achieving academic success. Dr. Stevens states that there are several factors that leads to academic achievement. University of Toronto and Harvard also had put together their points that can lead a student to an academic success. Down below is the mesh of those key components:

  • How you read, study, solve and learn information
  • Work Habits
  • Time management
    • Know where your time is used (5)
  • Concentration/Focus
  • Clear, strong goals
  • Self Control and motivation 
  • Take notes
  • Attend lectures (5)
  • Prepare for exams. 
  • Know how to write exams
    • Positive mindset, budget time, arrive early, have the supplies you need, read and write clearly (5)
  • Getting help from resources at your school/institution
  • Know your strengths (6)
  • Set priorities (with a priority pie graph) (6)
  • This is one is interesting: Prioritize Happiness (6) 
  • Be resilient, make the time to recover (6) -in other words, rest

(4) (5) (6) 

Lastly, I want to hit the audio aspect. Simon Sinek who is a speaker, author and consultant that talks about the science in success. I understand not everyone has 40 minutes to use to listen to someone talk. He goes in depth the chemicals that goes on in your body. (Oxycontin and dopamine for example). So I listened for you  

  • (Roughly at 5 mins) He talks about writing down goals. They have to be tangible. 
    "If you can't see your goals, it's going to be very hard to achieve them and be motivated" 
  • (Roughly at 11 mins) Sinek explains the key in standing together. It becomes easier to face dangers. This is a closer look at what it means to surround yourself with the right people in your life. Breaking down this information further, it looks at survival in human instincts. It is a form of safety. 
  • (Roughly 16 mins) Taking risks and trust between others is crucial. 
  • (Roughly 22 mins) Genuine human bonds and acts of human generosity creates forms of happiness - a point that is made by Harvard, prioritizing happiness
  • (Roughly 30 mins) A relationship takes time. It takes steps, Sinek describes the process for love. This is the same for achieving success to get to the result. 


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. 


  1. https://www.goalcast.com/2017/...w-to-define-success/
  2. https://www.inc.com/michael-gerber/draft-day.html
  3. https://www.psychologytoday.co...skills-romantic-ones (Dr. DePaulo)
  4. https://web.csulb.edu/~tstevens/academic.htm (Dr. Stevens)
  5. https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/a...eps-academic-success
  6. https://www.extension.harvard....using-your-strengths
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEARhhmAyIY (Simon Sinek)


Thanks! See you in ROUND 4 (Or new cycle)

My next topic will look into everyone's previous comment topics, wrap ups, detailed information that will be extended from round 1 2 or 3 that I feel requires more elaboration for the benefit of you readers and research! 


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!



Original Post

Hey Jim,

Great research again this week! I love how clear and concise your information always is, for it's very easy to follow along with. I especially enjoyed that you used information from someone's presentation/speech, too. I love that you use different mediums of information--very engaging. I enjoyed how practical your research was this week, and it was a little funny that a lot of this is echoed by teachers, tutors, and mentors on the daily. The only part of this research that confused me a little was when you said to "prioritize happiness". This is really intriguing, so I looked it up and found that a lot of people have been talking about it. I looked a little into it, but I think it would be neat to see what you think it means in the context of studying, schooling, and success.

Good luck with your future research, keep up the good work

Hi Jim 

Nice research round! Your post was detailed, organized and your previous rounds nicely built up to this topic of success. In other words, it was easy to understand due to how you highlighted your work and added a comprehensive video. You began with explaining your previous work and general information! Good job! I’m really intrigued by the potential survey that’s coming up, so I’ll be sure to keep out an eye for that. 

For the next round, I know that you have investigated the question "what is success" and that you’ll be researching success and finding information using scientific fact-based support. Even so, you may be interested in investigating what it means to be successful to different individuals. Evidently, people have various perspectives on what it is; thus, it’d be interesting to see their point of views. Another suggestion is on your post structure. You may want to put the two paragraphs, concerning your upcoming post, together. I suggest you not have them separated by the list of your sources and your sign-off. It was a bit confusing on what you were researching in the next round because I had just read a completely different paragraph moments ago! Even so, congratulations on another amazing post!! 


Websites to use and an audio you may be interested in listening 





Good luck,  


Hi Jim! 

Fascinating and very organized post to read. It is very enjoyable to read your content since you add such fun colours, pictures, and in this case, a video to help refer to your information. You added a lot of variety of content throughout your research, such as, steps and skills to acquire to build a successful life. 

In your next round, you stated you will be discussing what success is. People have different perceptions of many factors in their lives, let alone what success can be for them. Therefore, you should look into what makes success different for others? Are there any pertinent components? That would be interesting to find! 

Listed down below are two sources that could help you take a step further into this consideration: 



Good job Jim!

Hello Jim,
As always nice highlighting, and bolding it really does reinforce the ideas you are setting, as well as distinguish between the different sections. I like the fact that you used a video/presentation as one of your sources and included the video as well. The fact that you also made a description of what it says also helps quite a bit as it makes it smoother to go through then having to stop reading to watch a 40-minute video. I also really like your use of lists to give us things that we can do to better succeed. The one that I find most interesting though has to be the one you bolded in the list, “prioritize happiness,” because of the fact that in today’s society there seem to be so many people that don’t do that in the least and rather just put themselves through hell saying that afterward they’ll be happy, or that things will be better later, when quite frankly wouldn’t it be better to be happy now and to continue to be happy in the future? Why is it that at times we prioritize “success” over happiness? Even though when we succeed we aren't any happier than before, idk it just seems weird. Anyways, I can't wait to see you looking into success.

Maybe some of these websites might help you:

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