|Wisdom from Past Science EE Students:|
|Work consistently rather than only at deadlines|
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Don't be afraid in the face of difficulties. You'll have to face that uncertainty and find a way around the problems.
"should I change topic?" usually no.
Get researching on the topic early.
Plan your schedule around the assumption that things will go wrong.
You MUST choose something you're interested in.
Think about your research question - it's the most important thing. It can be too complicated so aim for something feasible.
I was initially nervous about the experiment because I didn't know how to test the ideas. You have to consider the experiment when thinking about a research question
I got started on the data collection early and wrote the bulk of it over the summer so I wasn't too stressed over it all. I had plenty of time to make fixes after the summer.
A lot has to be done early on - you'll need to know what to expect to find out if it's physically possible to measure. First set of data needs to be collected early.
Read through research paper even if it doesn't make sense. The more you read the more it starts to make sense. Research the research; you'll need a surface understanding of the basis of the paper you're reading.
The hardest part is getting going. Preparation is very important and takes a lot longer than you would think. It's frustrating. Seeing the whole picture at once from the beginning isn't realistic but it is necessary.
Brainstorm a wide list of ideas. At the beginning it can be really hard to know what a good idea is. Your supervisor will help you pick through your ideas.
What you learn from research may not exactly fit into your theory or backgroud, all your reading and research will help you focus your understanding of your topic
Persevere - you need a certain level of dedication to getting it done. It's nowhere near easy. It will frustrate you. Everything you try you will run into a roadblock. You don't need to push through every roadblock but you have to weave around them. It's a hard process but it is worth it.
Be in constant contact with your supervisor. Interactions with supervisor will help you understand where you need to go.
Getting started researching is tough. Especially when you're not sure about your scope. Look broadly at first. Use your research to help you narrow your scope.
Get started early collecting data - you'll be able to identify problems and you'll have time to make any necessary changes to your experiment or investigation.
get started early on the experiment, you'll need to go through a lot of revision to your design. Once you have a high quality experiment and data, the rest is pretty smooth sailing.
Knowing what I know now there are further adjustments to my experiment.
Getting your topic sorted is the biggest part of the essay. You need to have an interest in your topic because it's a big time investment
Find something you're passionate about but also concrete and established. Then you can tweak that to find a new angle. You don't need to do something undiscovered.
Get started on set-up and apparatus as soon as possible
Use EE day to collect data, not set up
Work consistently rather than only at deadlines
Make sure you have something to work on before the holidays start
Put a lot of thought into the topic you pick. If the theory is too difficult don't be afraid to back out and start a new one.
Don't worry if your experiement isn't unique
Choose a topic you like. If it's a bore you won't have motivation. Stick to it if possible (not in a stubborn way)
When choosing topic, even if you can't see where it's all going, keep going and perservere. There will always be uncertainty.
Find a solid topic early. It needs to have enough research and theory around it and it needs to be something you can design an experiment for.
Do as much as you can as early as possible.
Choosing a difficult topic was tough going through it but was also rewarding
Choose a topic that's a good balance between easy and too hard.
You can't really tell until you start the topic. So do some preliminary research before
Talk to teachers about your ideas
Narrow your idea down early to a clear RQ
Start collecting data early to get and idea of where you're going
Task becomes easier once you know where you're going
Get a good topic early. Spend the effort up front to find something cool and different. The right RQ will make the rest of the process easier and more fun
Get research done well and early.
You need to have a passion for your topic or you won't have the energy to do the necessary amount of work
Get started early - get lots of research done
Once you get your research topic set the rest set for you.
Have a second topic in mind
Find a topic that you enjoy. Makes it easier to put all the hard work in.
Consult with people who have done similar topics in previous years
Make sure you perform your experiment carefully
|LOTS of trials|
See resources outside the school.
Start with literature - even if you don't find the exact resource you need, you'll learn about the finer details of the subject you're studying.
Try to get things done early. Get research done on time. Get experiment ready.
Try to get your data/research all done before the end of yr11 term 4.
Collect data and do research together.
Put some time aside to make sure it gets done.
Do something you're interested it. It's hard to stay focused on something boring
It doesn't have to be awe-inspiring, just something in your everyday life that you're curious about
Start research early. It's a big bottleneck
Not stop researching. You keep finding new things.