Hello B-Effectors! This may be the last round of research I will be posting in my high school! 
This post will: Look at some of your comments, additional research, summarizing the rounds and wrapping up! 

Click navigate to past posts: [1] [2] [3]

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

Since this is the last round for this inquiry, a conclusion can be drawn. The information from the past rounds will enable the ability to at least narrow down a scope of an answer for this question! My rounds broke up into two components. I looked at research and studying separately. In this post it will be mixed together to formulate the end result. 

Research. One of the ways to evaluate and look at research is using TAARP (1) 

  • Timeliness- refers to the date and if is up to date for your topic and research. 
  • Authority- the question of who wrote the information. For example: Is it a spectator that has focused on the topic for 20 years or someone who studied and looks into the topic for a living? Peer-Reviewed ones are the best authority-type research. 
  • Audience- what is the information geared towards to. Is the language and information sophisticated or too simplistic. Grammar and nitty-gritty details here is to consider.
  • Relevance- is it a topic that really talks about your topic 
  • Perspective- are there biases in this source? Is the authority being undermined by some other as you dig deeper? 

What we can extrapolate from this is that these layers is to makes sure accuracy and reliability is established. (2)(3) 
Moreover, what this requires is due diligence. Attentive care to details to ensure the best results will come forth. Research skills allow us to find the right information so we are informed, and being thorough with this process strengths a habit. 

Where I think a lot of blocks that contribute to building a "successful life" comes from this study portion. There is the academic reasoning behind it. Like Alison's recent post, there are correlations and studies that show academic standing does result in a high job prospects. (4) Many studies show this, but to mention a relevant one would be Stat-Canada's source. 

Addition to this, to increase academic success, these advice were given for students to maintain. (From professors and various universities) 

  • Work Habits
  • Time management
    • Know where your time is used (5)
  • Concentration/Focus
  • Have 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)
  • Prioritize Happiness (6) 
  • Be resilient, make the time to recover (6) 

 These aspects are interesting, especially the last two points. The video below carries these points within his path towards his success. 

A few of you were interested with the advice: 
"Prioritize Happiness" 

Joanna asked me what do I think it means within the context of my research. 
For me at a simple level is that, when we pursue our dreams or schooling, we can easily forget about happiness. It is important because happiness tends to be the overall result of success. 
The other part to this is that I think we end up prioritizing the wrong things at certain times. We may lean towards happiness too much and neglect important factors to focus on. Vice versa in reverse, where we do not let ourselves enjoy the moments. 

This is a 5 minute video. It is short, but I think it is captures the essence of what the path to success can be like. We may not need to obtain and achieve levels of being the richest in the world, but difficulties still reside on the path. The story of Jack Ma. The resilience and constant pursuit allowed him to reach where he is now. 

The failures he faced, like getting rejected multiple times, needed him to have a strong mindset. 

To summarize, from what I have researched and learned in the past several weeks, proper research and studying can actually be applicable towards our lives. They contribute through the forms of our habits and how our mindset is set. I believe it is applicable to anyone to some degree which can help an individual reach their goals. After consulting with a few people who have lived more life and wiser, a lot of it had boiled down to: 

Simply experiencing the life first hand. Nothing will happen if you stay inside all day doing nothing. 


  1. http://guides.lib.byu.edu/c.ph...216340&p=1428399
  2. https://psyarxiv.com/qtk7e
  3. https://journals.plos.org/plos...journal.pbio.2005468
  4. https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/ce...200-x2016024-eng.cfm
  5. https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/a...eps-academic-success
  6. https://www.extension.harvard....using-your-strengths


Thank you. 


Teachers: Ms. Martin, Ms. Royle, Ms. Stuart.

Original Post

Hi Jim, 

Nice research round! Your post was very detailed, and the attachments you added helped a lot with the comprehension of your topic. I liked how you drew a conclusion to your topic, and I found your description on TAARP to be an interesting read! 

I’m wondering whether you will be continuing this inquiry topic for another cycle. If you are, you could investigate the different perspectives of what success means. In other words, define: successful life. I’ve looked at your other posts, and I’ve seen that you described “what is success?”. However, there are different takes on what it means. Perhaps you would it intrigued in doing more research on it? 


Websites you can use: 





I can’t wait until your next post, 


 Hi Jim, 

 Nice research round. I think it's really interesting how you researched different methods and tips for researching, I definitely think I will use your advice going forward with post-secondary. Same with your point about effective ways to study and write exams. It's very interesting how those behaviours can influence a person's academic life. 

 I also think it's interesting how you pointed out that it's important to have a positive mindset going into exams - people often neglect that and simply focus on success, but don't realize how much their mindset impacts their academic performance. 

 If you are continuing with this topic in the next round, I think it would be interesting to look at other ways of being successful, like how to find success outside the academic world. 

 Good luck! 

Hey Jim,

This research round was a great conclusion to all of the work you did this cycle. I really appreciated the expansion upon "prioritizing happiness," thank you! I thought the way you described the concept was crystal clear and almost inspiring. I also really appreciated the inclusion of a video, nice. I don't know if you will continue research on this topic into your next cycle, so maybe instead you could look into some similar ideas such as happiness. I think it would be cool if you looked a little into the bond between success and happiness and how one relies on or influences the other. Moreover, you could see the different forms both come in. That is, my happiness might look very different from yours, and the same goes for success.

Here are a couple of sites you may be able to use if you pursue this idea:
https://journals.sagepub.com/d...1111/1529-1006.01431 (this one is about self-esteem and its impact on the two)
https://journals.sagepub.com/d...177/1069072707308140 (this one explores if happiness promotes success)

Good luck, I look forward to seeing where you go with your research in the future :-)

Hi Jim! 

Awesome fourth round of research. I enjoyed reading all your rounds and learning a little bit more each time about overall success, and how we are able to plan and build it. What really stuck out to me is "prioritizing happiness". It is true, sometimes we forget to treat ourselves and our mental health during moments of stress, which can decrease our overall focus on happiness. I really enjoyed the video you included, it was very informative on staying strong at moments where you're at your weakest. If a new cycle would come up, I suggest you incorporate some mental health research and how it can be connected to success. Perhaps, why do successful people struggle with mental illnesses? 

Here's some links that can help you: 



Good job!

Hi Jim!

Your research round is extremely well done, good job!  Although it makes complete sense, I found it interesting that prioritizing happiness is one key for a good performance.  I feel like many people, myself included, tend to try and finish their work before anything else, and before doing anything social or things that bring them pleasure because they are so determined to finish. It makes me wonder that if more time was available to do pleasurable things, if their success rate would be higher. If you decide to continue with this topic, maybe you could consider researching about happiness and success rate.

Great job!

hey Jim.

Nice and fantastic research this round.I think that this is the best of all other posts, this is because  everything that one needs to apply in life is what you have stated.this is because I had no idea of it and this is not only me but many of us do not know the best tips to use in their daily lives. As you have stated for us  many of us will have a concept of what to do from now henceforth .keep on researching more and more for our benefit and for others.keep it up a great and interesting post.

good luck in the next post. 

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