Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Deja Vu With Module 2

As I was starting to construct my research article for module 2, I couldn't help but feel as if I have done this before. Sitting in the reading room with my headphones in, trying not to procrastinate while I have this empty word document in front of me. It all just seemed too familiar. Although I had done the data summary for module 1, writing the research article for this module was definitely not easier. I had a better idea of what to expect and what to write, but the effort and time commitment had to be even greater. In the end, I probably got even less sleep trying to finish the research article than I did finishing my data summary for Mod 1.

The biggest advantage I felt that I had in module 2 was definitely the feedback from the 20.109 staff on my FNW assignments, as well as the feedback I got for my Mod 1 data summary. I had a much better idea of what I had to include on my research article because the teaching staff was able to answer all of my questions and give me advice on my intro and materials/methods sections. Specifically, the in-depth comments on my FNW assignments and Mod 1 data summary guided me in a better direction this time around. I felt like I was better able to concisely explain the overall project and the methods used by omitting unnecessary info and including things that I forgot to include in my Mod 1 data summary. I was also afraid that I would not know how to structure my results section because of the unexpected results we had in the module. However, we were given very clear and helpful suggestions to organize our data, and that made my life ALOT easier. Although I spent more time overall this time around, I was less stressed and more confident in my final paper (It did help that it was only a rough draft).

This might sound corny, but I really didn't find any thing to be unhelpful. I used so many different resources to help write my research article, and everything only helped. Sometimes when you look at so many different sources for help, you might get get conflicting advice which can make things very confusing. However, all of the sources provided by 20.109 were pretty consistent with their advice and made things a lot more clear for me. Overall, I think I learned a lot from writing the research article but I am so so so happy that we don't have to write another one for the semester. More sleep for me!

On to Module 3!

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