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During this semester I learned many things, and they are practical which is much helpful than theoretical. You can know everything in theory perfectly, however when you want to use it in practice you meet several of challenges.
There are some essential things that I gained during this semester; they are writing blogs, methodology, how to avoid plagiarism, some experience in writing literature review which was not so successful if to speak honestly my attempt wasn’t successful.
However, I will try to share some of my experience in full thesis writing.
Before starting to write your thesis, you should definitely need to find your problem statement, then you need to find as much as possible relevant literature to write a good literature review. You need to structure your central questions and sub-questions to answer your research question.
I have met many challenges like: out of order access to university online library when I wanted to look for some literature to include into my thesis, then reading all those piles of e-books to get necessary ideas that will help to answer my thesis question. The last one is to understand the difference between qualitative and quantitative methods, their tool, benefits and disadvantages. Also I faced many problems with data collection strategies, methods and their interpretation. Finding, doing transcribe to every interview, coding them was also not an easy thing. I can continue my long list about challenges I met and I will meet during my thesis writing but it is better to stop here and to give some advices to online learning students. To my mind, the first you need to love what you are doing, and it shouldn’t be like a punishment to you. If it is a punishment for you, you need to change your attitude toward the thing that is obligatory. Just pretend that they will pay you money for this work (in reality they do pay), next you should always remember that it wouldn’t last forever.
If I were the instructor of this course I would ask my students to divide into groups and to write them a real thesis using qualitative, quantitative and mixed method to get them more practice in submitting the main assignment of university.