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  • lucas446 8:39 am on December 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    How can I formulate my research objective? 

    Hey everyone. I am pursuing my PhD and stuck in the very beginning. I am finding it quite challenging to write research objectives. I very well know about what I am going to research and what are the problems of my research but the real struggle comes with the writing. How should I write various objectives of my research?

     
    • danny54460 1:43 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are quite right in the context of research objectives. It is sometimes difficult to write what you already know. I suggest you to provide accurate description of the specific actions you will take in order to reach this aim.

    • kelly2368 7:46 am on December 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You remind me of my own PhD days. From my experience I can tell you that it is not as difficult to formulate research objective as it looks. You can start with making a draft of your research objectives and then formulate sentences for each one of them.

    • addison2017 9:24 am on December 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Use action verbs such as to identify, establish, describe, assess, determine, estimate, develop, compare, analyse, collect.

    • Alisa Louis 9:28 am on December 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The objectives should cover different aspects of the problem and its contributing factors in a coherent way.

    • Molly 9:31 am on December 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can always consult your supervisors. Do not hesitate because writing the research objective is an important part of your thesis and should be well written.

  • minttyt 6:11 am on April 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Fake Survey! 

    I had to distribute 200 questionnaires to collect the data but I am lagging far behind. Can I fill the excel sheet of data myself? That would be like too easy and make my life simple. But I am afraid of the risks associated with this unethical way. Has anyone done something like this before and didn’t get caught?

     
    • sophiaw740 7:41 am on April 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I am no one to judge, but that is so not ethical. Anyway, people do that all the time, though I don’t know if they got caught or not.

    • dolliejgandy 11:20 am on May 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes you can do that, my friend faked it too. In fact he didn’t even fill out the questionnaires, just developed a fake excel sheet. There were 200 quantitative questionnaires to be distributed. He just filled out the excel sheet with the fake responses (in 1s and 2s…etc.). Then he gave the sheet to the statistician and got the analysis done. As simple as that. And the shocking thing is that nobody asked for his filled questionnaire. So, the thing about fake survey is that if someone runs a background check, you are gonna be in deep trouble and if no one gives a damn, then that’s freaking awesome!

    • minttyt 9:14 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think I can go with this idea but what if I am asked for the filled questionnaires?

    • dolliejgandy 11:58 am on May 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Then you’re gonna have to show them the dummy questionnaire, which is next to impossible as you’ll have to match your results to what you have to fill. But you can do that, or just fill your questionnaire before, and then run the analysis. That will be easy.

    • tappedward 11:48 am on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Tell your friends to fill up your questionnaire according to the results you want and just lay-back. Easy-peasy!

    • alexoliphaant 11:59 am on June 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Minty! I‘ll suggest you not to fake all the 200 questionnaire. Instead you can develop an online questionnaire and post it on Survey Monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/

      Through this website you will be able to create a genuine questionnaire and you will not require to fake your data.

    • tedg8 10:44 am on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pass on your questionnaires to your relatives, friends or friends’ friends. Ask them to fill it with different pens with different handwriting styles. That way it won’t look that fake. And yeah, the questionnaires may be fake but do run a real analysis!

    • sharonbaneey1 5:34 am on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Faking surveys is not uncommon now, reason being the-lack-of-time or financial constraints. If you type on Google, you’d find several options for faking a survey. I haven’t tried an online tool for that matter, but I have used “Fake Name Generator” (fakenamegenerator.com). See, this online tool generates fake names with fake addresses of people. So, you can take its help for filling the demographic profiles for your survey.

  • Dr S Loretti 4:42 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    5 mistakes PhD students make and ways to avoid them 

    When you initially start your PhD, you might have a certain mindset. Not all students make mistakes, but if you are doing one of the following, you’re probably going in the wrong direction.

    1. Starting with writing right away!
    Before you actually get down to writing your research, it is better that you perform some writing exercises. after all, writing a research is no cake walk! To start with, write a journal paper or blog away your thoughts.
    2. Seminars are boring?
    Don’t be too busy to attend seminars. There are experienced academicians and professionals out there whose advice comes in handy at most instances. Take time out to listen to these people.
    3. Not making your way to the library
    Now this is a terrible one!PhD demands you to read and explore. There is no better place than a library to start your research. Also, following blogs and forums will also do you good. Check out academic blogs where researchers share their experiences and insights.
    4.Not following procedures
    Believe it or not, procedures and policies are there to help you! complete all mandatory requirements and paperwork and leave nothing unattended.
    5. Keeping away from technology?
    If you think technology is not capable of lending you a hand in your PhD, you are seriously mistaken! Scholarly technology is more like a savior for PhD students. Use social bookmarking sites and software like evernote, mendeley, or a writing software like Scrivener. Social media is also a good research tool if you use it wisely.

    Write to us if you have any issues or wish to discuss your experiences!

     
    • kelley 5:47 pm on March 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i agree that technology is a helpful tool. Moreover it saves a lot of time which otherwise you would have to devote by just sitting and reading the printed material. Now you have an access to a number of sources. its easy to manage things well. software like SPSS are quite helpful in giving you a flawless data analysis for obtaining results. But you cannot totally depend on technology. your own efforts always count.

    • David 5:44 am on March 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i think blog writing is one of the best ways to improve your writing. Follow some good bloggers to get an inspiration for crisp writing. blogging is both formal an informal means of presenting your views to public. you can accumulate a number of ideas which can help you manage your content well.

  • Michael 7:09 am on October 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Why do we need to do a Research? 

    A lot of daily activities we do, are either based on common sense or we do the just because we have to or just because we have been told so. But, sometimes common sense is not enough; we have to apply theories and look for facts hidden behind things and to get into that process we have to ‘research’. Because that might just work in one condition and can fail badly in the others or when combined with some other situations. Common sense approaches may overlook the impact of external factors which may contribute to what is observed. Even in the domain of healthcare, there are gaps in knowledge, theories about how something might work better and ideas for improvement.

     
    • Gilbert 4:14 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i completely agree, there is always scope for improvement. What is important is that we get out of our comfort zone and look for areas that need to be explored. Researchers at times tend to study areas that have already been investigated primarily for the sake of convenience. This tendency however will not add to the academic pool. We as researchers, must aim to contribute to the existing knowledge. Find areas where relationships are still vague and where variables still need definition. Only then do we fulfil the true purpose of a research.

  • Michael 7:09 am on September 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Some common mistakes in reporting style 

    1. Verbs
    2. Tenses and grammar
    3. No proofreading!
    4. Unnecessary background and highlights
    5. Spellings and typos
    6. Inaccurate quotes, phrases or words
    7. Over simplification. Sometimes use of jargons or technical words is necessary.
    8. Superficiality i.e., Re-writing something in a different way
    9. Anthromorphism. Being short of words or the exact terms and using loads of words to explain things.
    10. Other common mistakes and reporting of results
    11. Not understanding the significance of ‘significance’. Yes, it is really important to tell about the significance of doing a research in the particular topic because if you will fail to convey that to the evaluators they will probably have no interest in reading further.

     
  • Dr S Loretti 10:48 am on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Best Ways to Improve Your Research Proposal Writing 

    To get into your desired research program, you need to submit your research proposal at the university. It should be impressive enough to get the acceptance. It should be presented in a detailed manner so that it covers your motive, and showcase the need of the hour of this very research topic. In the following article, I have spoken a few great tips to improve the depth of your research proposal –

    Straight up your objectives – When writing your research proposal, you should place your vision and goals in this piece of write up. It will also help you maintain your focus after getting the approval from the university authorities.

    Stay Limited but Expressive – You must not dive into the areas, where you do not feel any interest. You should, instead, try proposing a subject or topic that is of your curiosity. And try to express and put all the significant facts and factors regarding the subject on your research proposal.

    Act like a Grammar Nazi – Being good at grammar is one of the keys to getting your research proposal approved. At time, research proposals are rejected just because inappropriate grammar and language were used in the proposal document. You should have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the language and grammar, so that you can convey your ideas and motives clearly and expressively.

    Research Planning – Your research proposal should throw some light on your research plan. You should show what your plans are for this research topic. You should clearly mention – how your research is going to influence the society, what issues are there, etc.

    Cross Checking – In writing terms, it is called proofreading and editing. Before submitting your research proposal, you must ensure whether or not it is in the proper format, and it has clearly explained purpose, goals and objectives.

     
  • Dr S Loretti 4:01 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    An effective research question 

    Dissertation must be thought of as an arguable question than simply a topic. The question, in conjunction with your research approach will define the structure for your study and the choice of data to be evaluated.

    An appropriate research question should:

    • Be of intellectual interest to the target readers.
    • Address a relevant problem
    • Be realistic in terms of operations and experiments to be conducted
    • Substantiate with original documents
    • Be clearly stated and simple to understand
    • Be unique and new to the scope of study

    Be interesting and captivating to the readers

     
  • Dr S Loretti 4:32 am on April 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Research Inscription 

    Coming up with a quality research work in the form of a dissertation is a tedious task, and in the course of inscription of the dissertations, researchers are encountered with several difficulties, which they have never thought of. This call for a discussion forum, where researchers across the world can put forward their problems in specific terms, and in course of the discussion, can get their solutions. If you are facing any problem regarding inscription of your dissertation and you need some expert assistance regarding theoretical foundation or research methodologies, you can browse through the pages of http://www.discussyourdissertation.com and put up your query in specific

     
  • Dr S Loretti 3:52 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Internet as a source of research 

    Internet is a great medium of information. Researchers are starting to find that most of the material they require can be gained from the Internet itself. That is why they use the Internet as the starting point for collecting all the information they need. They move on to other sources only when they have exhausted this option. This source even comes in useful when students wish to gauge if they can successfully work on a topic or not. Information on the Internet can even point the researchers to primary sources of data that they can collect later. 

     
  • Dr S Loretti 10:28 am on December 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Parts Of A real Sector Research Report 

    With the rising scope of real estate, the degree of research in the field is also growing. While writing a dissertation for real estate, this will be the structure to be followed:

    • Topic: Choose your topic wisely. Within housing dissertations, there are a lot of topics available like maintenance, real estate prices, investments, apt locations, need for affordable housing, constructions, choosing a trust-worthy builder, etc.

    • Proposal: Create a strong proposal. Your topic will be more appealing with a well-written and effective proposal.

    • Title: Your title page must have a strong statement that well-elaborates your topic

    • Introductory pages: The preface, acknowledgement and table of contents must be included in your dissertation

    • Research: Conduct a thorough research about your topic and incorporate all the tables and charts based on your study in your dissertation. You can use a lot of facts and figures to complement your study in a housing dissertation

    • Abstract: Write an exceptional abstract. The abstract will make your dissertation stand out from the others, and a good housing abstract will interest a lot of people, right from niche to mass audiences.

    • Analysis: Give a detailed analysis based on your study that includes statistical data and data collection methods and analysis.

    • Conclusions: This is the most important aspect of your dissertation. Write a clear and focused conclusion that communicates your study and research effectively.

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    • Keith M. Davis 11:00 am on January 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Should the proposal include the proposed findings?

    • Ann Dennis 8:33 am on January 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that is also to be added and is very important.

    • Elizabeth B. White 5:22 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am looking for some new topic for research in this area only.

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