Choose a supervisor (if applicable)
For many students, a supervisor will be an academic advisor, mentor or even a friend. For the others, all what he/she plans to do is showing up two or three times before thesis defense or research paper submission. It is good to know first the main purpose behind following this course or attaining that degree.
Choose a research domain/topic
Most of the time, professors require you to develop your own topic of interest. But the most difficult part is finding a starting point to get a good/manageable research topic that you can work on it.
This phase of your research journey is quite important; Keep in mind that a right choose of your research topic could be your passport to get a good mark.
Develop a research proposal
Have you already started preparing your research proposal? Do you have the idea about what components to include in your proposal? Where to start? Can you make any later changes to the elements of your proposal? It is time for you to read this article and find the answers!
State the research problem
Take this statement, ‘everybody wants to go to the heaven but nobody wants to die’. A research on how people can live forever makes little or no sense.
Are all problems researchable? How do you define a research problem? Which problems are worth researching? How can you write your statement of problem?
State the study delimitations and limitations
Important achievements in life are always surrounded by difficulties. As you progress in your research, you are expected to face lots of them? It is important to state them in your research? How to state them? Where? And are they the same as delimitations?
Write the research introduction
To many, introductions are the boring parts that tend to be neglected. To others, introductions are the envelop that reflects its inside. Do you know that your supervisors go with the latter? They usually have their impressions about your work after reading the introduction? So, how to write a good one?