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!
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)
- 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:
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.
Teachers: Ms. Martin, Ms. Royle, Ms. Stuart.