Currently, being a 2-year master student in Multilingual Education, I am conducting my thesis research. At first sight, researching might be seen as a tedious way which demands very hard work. However, this process can be enjoyable at the same time since you feel the improvement of your researching skills, and you can anticipate the possible contribution of your study to the field. In this blog post I would like to share some useful tips on writing an educational research, hoping that it will be helpful for MA1 students who are going to conduct one next year for the first time.
- It is crucial to choose a topic which you are truly interested in. You should be passionate about your theme; otherwise, probably, it will be really boring. Once you become clearly with the topic, start identifying the problem, developing your research purpose and questions. The important thing to remember: research topic, its problem, purpose and questions have to be in alignment with each other. Also, before starting to write your thesis, become familiar with its general structure. In other words, try to understand what you are anticipated to write in each chapter of the thesis. Usual structure of a Master’s thesis is as follows: Introduction, Problem Statement, Research purpose and Questions, Literature Review, Methodology, Findings, Discussion, and Conclusion.
- Remember about timeline. Do not procrastinate. If you leave everything till the last moment, of course, it will not be enjoyable, and you might worry about the quality of your study. My answer for the question “When should I start writing the thesis?” is “as earlier as possible”. By starting to write earlier you have more changes to produce a good “fresh” data rather than spending a lot of time on remembering details for presenting. Furthermore, if you start in advance you will have opportunity for improving the thesis till the submission time.
- Know your position in the research. Listen to the feedback from your supervisor, other instructors, and peer-reviewers. Learn to react both to a positive and negative comments adequately. Revise commented pieces of writing, and decide whether you should change something or leave the same, but you have to be able to justify the reason for your decision. You should become the main expert of your research by its submission.
These are only the basic tips. They may seem to be obvious, however, based on my own and peers’ experiences, I think they deserve to be published here. Hopefully, these tips will be useful for emerging researchers. Good luck!