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Successful academic researcher

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Successful academic researcher
Mohamed Abushafa
New culture
Homesick
Different grammar
New vocabulary to learn
Financial pressures
Time management
Education system
Tests and exams system
English language learning
Academic English Language course
Formal English language writing
Academic writing skills
Referencing system
Research skills
Presentations and speech skills
Applying for your postgraduate course
writing your research proposal


What do you need to know about writing an acceptable research proposal?

What should be in your PhD proposal?
What is the research proposal?
What should be in your PhD proposal?
Make sure you have a clearly defined research question
Show how your research is original or important
Explain how it adds something extra to what has already been written about the topic
Think of ways you could persuade a potential supervisor that your work is worth doing and you are the right person to do it.
Most universities ask for proposals that vary in length, but around 2,000 to 3,000 words is generally a good guide.

2016
2017
2018
2015
First year
Reading more about the topic
Improving your research skills
Reviewing the latest on your topic and keeping updated
Attending all training sessions
Carrying out pilot study
Preparing transfer report
Second year
Data collation
Review and analysis your data
Annual exams preparation
Complete your plan for the project and thesis
Complete your data professionally
Third year "Final"
Complete all training and qualifying courses
Writing up you thesis
prepare for your viva
Final year
Pass your viva
Do all the corrections and suggestion
General time table plan
Good news!!
I am a PhD Student
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I am lost !!
The horizon is very wide
Digitalising your research project
Make sure you save all your work digitally.
Your work needs to be saved on three different memory devices. For example your Laptop, your computer at the university, and a memory stick.
It is very important to keep all records between you and your supervisor.
It will be a good idea if your supervisor agree to allow meeting to be recorded.
Organising your reading
Divide your research project into subtitles
There is always some update on your topic
The more you read the closer you are to achieving your aims
Keep a paper copy of the important articles, books, and journals.
Critical thinking is highly recommended when you are doing your unique study.
Take notes and put into categories, giving dates and page numbers for later reference.
Use highlighters for relevant information.
Read, read,
and read
Relationships
Timing always matters
Always be on time for your meetings and training sessions.
Do not stay longer with your supervisor when your time is over.
Keep to deadlines.
Check your emails daily.


Your resources
The library
The computer and software
The sponsor
Supervisors
The student union
Graduate office
Colleagues
Workshops
Conferences
Online database
Remember you have a life
Research Methodology
What is Research methodology?




A systemic approach to exploring new knowledge
Main research methods
Documentary and historical research
Surveys
Interviews
Case studies
Experiments
Action research
Family history,
Journals, wills,
birth, marriage and death certificates.
Documentary and historical research
"Gather data at a particular point in time with the intention of describing the nature of existing condition... or determining the relationships that exist between specific events," (Cohen, Manion & Morrion,2008)



Interviews
"A set of assumptions and understanding about the situation which are not normally associate with a casual conversation." (Denscombe, 1983)

Individual interview
Focus group interview
Telephone interview
Online interview.
Surveys
Census
Customer satisfaction
Population counts
Case studies
"A case study is a specific instance that is designed to illustrate a more general principle." (Nibet & Watt, 1984)
Medical report,
Research Methodology
What is Research methodology?




A systemic approach to exploring new knowledge
Main research methods
Documentary and historical research
Surveys
Interviews
Case studies
Experiments
Action research



"The systematic and objective location, evaluation and synthesis of evidence in order to establish facts and draw conclusion about past events" (Borg, 1963)



Family history, Journals, wills, birth, marriage and death certificates.
Documentary and historical research
"Gather data at a particular point in time with the intention of describing the nature of existing condition... or determining the relationships that exist between specific events," (Cohen, Manion & Morrion,2008)



Interviews
"A set of assumptions and understanding about the situation which are not normally associate with a casual conversation." (Denscombe, 1983)

Individual interview
Focus group interview
Telephone interview
Online interview.
Surveys
Census
Customer satisfaction
Population counts
Case studies
"A case study is a specific instance that is designed to illustrate a more general principle." (Nibet & Watt, 1984)
Medical report, Business study
Experiments

(Cohen, Manion And Morrison, 2008)
Scientific test, field work, laboratory
Control of condition which determine events in which research is interested, intervention and measurement'.
Business study
"The systematic and objective location, evaluation and synthesis of evidence in order to establish facts and draw conclusion about past events" (Borg, 1963)

"A process in which practitioners study problems scientifically so they can evaluate, improve and steer decision-making and practice." (Corey,1953)

"Designed to bridge the gap between research and practice." (Somekh, 1995)
Action Research
Professional development
Student coming late to classes
Students not doing well in exams.
Communication Effectively
Be confident
Be relaxed
Look at your audience
Act professionally
Involving your audience
Catch your audience's interest
Start with a very interesting fact
Remember you are an expert
Your audience wants to hear what you have to say
Structuring your presentation
Plan to tell your story
Structure the presentation
At the beginning let audience know what they are going to hear
Do what you say you are going to do
At the end summaries what you have just told them
Maintaining interest
Be enthusiastic about your topic
Do not use too many slides
Speak clearly and slowly
Keep to main point
Delivering a good presentation
Keep to time given
Use visual imagery where possible
Relate to existing knowledge
Be prepared for questions from audience

Question time
Thank you
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