Welcome to this series of what to do next. Last month, I spoke to Mike about his preparations for school resumption. Schools have been on hold since March 2020. No thanks to the Coronavirus outbreak that had public places shut down including schools.
Mike is my young friend. He’s quite creative and artistic with paint and brushes. Mike was a bit confused about his project research. His topic has been approved by his supervisor but he’s stuck on what to do next. Just like Mike, lots of students get stuck after receiving approval to carry out a study on a particular topic.
Knowing what to do next helps relive the student of mental stress and keeps the project student organized. Here are five things I told Mike to do. You should try out these if your topic has just been approved by your project supervisor.
1. Break your topic into keywords
This is the first thing to do once your topic is approved by your supervisor. There is a high possibility that when you were requested to submit project topics to your supervisor, you did not review adequate literature to identify gaps. These gaps serve as project topics.
Students have a shortcut attitude. Mike is one of them.
The effect of this action is that you lack a proper understanding of the topic.
Therefore, break the topic into keywords or phrases.
I will show you an example. Mike’s topic was “the influence of management’s competence on the profitability of business organizations”. The keywords or key phrases in this topic are management’s competence, profitability, and business organization.
Breaking the topic into keywords or phrases can help direct your reading.
Mike did this. You should do this too. What next?
2. Hit the Library
Once you have successfully broken your topic into keywords or phrases, you should visit the library. The library provides you with sufficient pieces of literature on lots of topics, keywords, phrases and issues and events. The library is well organized to meet your academic needs. Leverage on this provision and improve your understanding. Additionally, you can use Google scholar as an online resource for further studies.
3. Peer to Peer Review
The school is a public place for academic works. Find out what your peers are doing and assess its benefit to your project. Some of your peers could have information on project writing which may be useful. Learn to associate with responsible peers. They could be colleagues under the same supervisor. Peer to peer review allows you to sample opinions which could be useful to your research.
4. Ask for Guideline
I reminded Mike to visit his department and ask for a project guideline.
For some institutions, it comes like a handbook. Other institutions have it on their website. Project guideline directs your writing.
This is because different institutions and fields present their study in different ways.
It is expedient that you ask for a project writing guideline from your department or supervisor after your topic has been approved.
5. Download Project materials on iproject.com.ng
You can download project guides on contemporary issues and topics on iproject.com.ng.
iproject grants students access to over 35,000+ project topics and materials.
The guides from iproject simplify the process of formulating a research problem. It allows you to review some literature that is relevant to your topic.
Additionally, project guides from iproject are very useful for data analysis.