Friday, 12 February 2016

Stay ahead of the game by staying on top of things.

One of the easiest things in life must be the ability to put things off! Well, it certainly has been the case for me over the years. That moment when you decide, "I can do this later"..... I suppose we've all done it, some maybe more than others. It goes back to my blog last year, "Where do we find the time?" and time management. It is about prioritising things in order of importance and finding the balance between what we want and what we need.

As we are into our second half of the degree, things are slowly but surely beginning to get busier with a workload  which quickly builds up. Homework, presentations preparations, group work and communication, our own business plan and a live event are only some of the things we need to stay on top of and if we allow ourselves to put things off, we will be creating a massive workload which might be too hard to handle later down the line.

It is therefore essential, and I have made it my goal, to do whatever I can can to complete any task, or make as much progress on any given task, as soon as I can. Not only should it make the entire job easier, preventing me from having to race against a deadline, but it is easier to remember what was said in class. I know it might sound easier said that done, but even an hour set aside after a lecture, could make a huge difference. So far so good..... let's hope I can keep it up and stay on top of things.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Research Methods Presentation

It's hard to believe it was only around 15 months ago we were introduced to SPSS! Today we presented on our results we submitted and now I even know the difference between ANOVA tests and t-tests, homogeneity of variance and Shapiro-Wilk tests, degrees of freedom and scale of measurement as well as Sphericity and Greenhouse-Geisser tests. Who would have thought!

I've always enjoyed working with numbers, in particular statistics, so it's rather nice that this element of research is part of our course. At least it tests our brain somewhat and it's amazing how much one can learn when you put your mind to it! I remember how most of us pulled our noses up to to SPSS saying it doesn't apply to us, but I also remember one of our lectures saying, "get an understanding for it and it will become one of your best friends"! I can see the truth in it, and I actually can't wait to put it into practice next time I do a research project.

I enjoyed working with Jodie and we're both quite happy with how our presentation went. Of course there is room for improvement but I'm really happy with my own progress with regards to confidence in presenting without any notes - even used the laser on the clicker - as well as understanding which test to use with different types of data and interpreting the results, including what to do when assumptions are violated.

Onwards and upwards from here, so thank you Jodie and thank you Andy Field!