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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.

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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.

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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!

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Understand the structure of research

What are the basic components to include in your research project? Where to start? How to order them logically? Read this article and find the clear and simple answers?

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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?

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Review the literature

Reviewing literature may be the most time consuming, difficult step in your research. Many students feel themselves stuck in the middle of references, trying to read each single piece that is related to their topic. Is it really what reviewing the literature is?

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Write the purpose statement

Now that every move in your life should base on a purpose, your research should be no exception. How to write your purpose statement? How to adapt whether you are employing the qualitative or quantitative methodologies?

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Write research questions and hypotheses

Do we need research questions and hypotheses in our research? Does writing a research question exempt us from going further with hypotheses building? Are there different types of hypotheses? How to develop them?

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Write your research design

How to collect your data? How many participants to be involved in our study? How to choose them? How the information and data collected are to be analysed? What are the considerations to take into account when making these decisions?

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Analyze your quantitative data

There are 4 steps to follow in the process of analysing your quantitative data: 1. preparing your numeric data for analysis (data cleaning); 2. getting your scales reliable and valid; 3. conducting the analysis; and 4. interpreting the results.

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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?

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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?

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