by William C. Del Rosario
Editor’s Note: This article was published in the second issue of The Bicol Scholar in SY 2006-2007
If fourth year students such as myself are asked, “What’s one of the biggest problems faced by senior students?” many would probably answer just one word: research. The methodology, paperwork, and not to mention the deadlines we struggle to meet can be frustrating. Because of this subject, some have shed some tears, spent sleepless nights finishing it, and caused a rift with group mates. And hey, it’s not even a major subject.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Doing your research doesn’t have to be this stressful and difficult. By following some pointers, you can manage your study with just a breeze. So, for those would-be seniors, here are some tips in handling your research.
Stick to your timetable.
During your third year, when you’re just starting you’re study, you’ll be asked to create a time table to determine the span of your study. Sadly, many fail to follow their timetables. By keeping track of your research calendar, you’ll avoid all the last-minute rush and problems that usually accompany cramming such as deadlines and printing mishaps.
Develop good communication with your group mates.
If you’re on your own, then you don’t have to worry about the occasional group squabbles. But, if you belong to one, it is best to be honest to your team mates if you feel that you are shouldering all the work or doing most of the spending and other problems. If you keep all this bottled up, then you’ll be the sorry one. One small conflict may end up to another and the next thing you know, you’re arguing with each other. This may jeopardize not only your research but your friendship as well. But, be sure not to get overboard in pointing out your group mate’s faults. If it’s not a big deal, let him/ her slide once in a while. After all, you’ll make mistakes along the way too.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Having trouble with your methodology phase? Then don’t hesitate to consult your teacher. If he knows the answer to your problem, then he’ll be willing to assist you. After all, who knows better to explain it than your teachers, right? They are always ready to extend help because they want you to succeed. Just don’t forget to thank them and better yet, give them a token for their assistance.
No matter how hopeless the case you’re in, keep in mind that there’s always an answer to every problem. Staying positive can help you think clearly, producing ways of getting yourself out of that mess. Things will not get any better by being pessimistic.
Don’t forget the Big Guy above.
We turn to a lot for help, forgetting that God’s aid is within reach. We can always count on Him, may it be for help, guidance, or support. But, we should never neglect to thank Him for everything He’s done for us. The success of your research should be mainly offered to Him.
No matter how many pointers there are to guide you in your study, the fate of your research still depends on you. If you are determined to succeed, then you probably will. Who knows? This may be the one that can bring you fame and honor to the country.