No one can deny that the part of literature review in thesis plays a key part. I have been experiencing this work on literature review and I comprehend that success of my whole work depends on the right analysis of appropriate resources.
In the beginning with the help of system of key words I found several works on my topic about the entrance examinations to university and I was trying to find the relevant approach to classify the articles. After our sessions on Research methods conducted by our brilliant professors last year, I realized how to systematize the articles. In addition, course on English for professional purposes facilitated the correct selection of credible sources. In the end I chose only 6-7 reliable articles applicable and related to my topic.
Moreover, as I work with CT (Complex Test) exam, the kind of entrance exam to university, and its challenges with the implementation, I decided to consider exams of the former Soviet Union countries. On Kazakhstani level I faced the challenge with the significant gap in literature. I had expected to meet this difficulty before as CT is the one of the newest exams (it was launched only in 2012). Nevertheless, I wanted to follow my desire and made a lot of effort and spend enough time to investigate this theme. With different colors of markers I analyzed the works and authors’ conclusions about the main factors that influence on successful/unsuccessful students’ exam performance and completed the table that was very useful as visually it shows in short the main ideas of each work. And finally, fortunately, I could distinguish some opinions of foreign researchers about CT exam and in the list of references I found some articles about the CT exam and it was luck! After that the next step was to choose the necessary parts and paraphrase. This part work was achievable from the acquired knowledge on the aforementioned courses where I learnt how to use connected resources, how to cite and paraphrase using APA style.
However, on the previous session of Thesis seminar, I decided to change a bit the content and include my work experience in organizing the additional courses for students who prepare for CT exam in private education centre in Astana. With the aid of my supervisor I added the work on role of private sector. As a result, now I am in process of, firstly, stating the correct research questions and, secondly, looking for resources about private sphere and how it affects the students’ achievement. My supervisor gave me some advice how to organize my thoughts and not to deviate from my topic.
To conclude with, I can say that the more I study my topic on CT exam the more aspiration I get and it is good, on the other hand I must understand that all my thesis is being built on the basis of proper structure of literature review.