Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lazy and demotivated!!

I have been suffering these symptoms for 2 days in a row..I gotta do sumtin!!  At last, I got up and prepare the typical Asian lunch (rice-of course  and black pepper beef stew) which costed me only half an hour to prepare since the 2 cute little pinkie bunnies were not around (They are at my MIL's house-yippee!!)..But I kinda missed them today..So, finally I thought..hmmmm..I gotta goggle ways how I can motivate myself and I kinda like what I found...to summarize, these r some ideas that u can try  when u r feeling a little depress, demotivated and lost:

- Think of happy thought before going to sleep

- First thing in the morning, look forward to one happy thing that u enjoy everyday (like starting ur day with your favourite "teh tarik")

- Plan ahead the things that u want to accomplish that very day..preferably, jot it down so that u can scroll down the list..it can be juz simple things to keep you rolling on

- Be thankful for all the simple things in life-such as the air you breath, the scenery as you drive to work, for living in a peaceful country, etc

These are the things that I found useful for me to motivate myself..so adios for now..gotta get up and finish my thesis..Tata!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Why Pinkie Rabbit??

U juz have to excuse me for writing so much in one day..well, I have been asked by my twin sister..why Pinkie Rabbit? Well, to start off..in the midst of my excitement to create my own blog, I realized that I dun have a name for my blog..n out of nowhere the image of Pinkie rabbit, the favourite character in one of my daughter's  (Aryssa) story book that she had begged me to read to her every single day popped out in my mind..That is how this blog find it's name..This is for those of u who may wonder the linkage of this blog name with me..Ms Pinkie Rabbit..Hope I did not violated any copyright laws with this name..Till then..bye...

Lessons learnt for researchers or researchers-to be out there..

If there is one mistake that I would like to amend, it was my procrastinating habit!! Yup..I like to procrastinate for only-god-knows why reasons..I would have accomplished more if only I can use my time wisely..n time flew by so fast..so fast that I am already in my final year of my Master degree..hmmm..there is only 9 month left before I have to submit my final thesis..Btw, I would love to share with u..yes u!!..the young eager minds of tomorrow on my mistakes on the past n make u 1 step wiser  (than me) before u make any move to further ur studies..So here goes..

1) Plan what kind of research u r REALLY interested in..chemistry?pharmacology? biotech? Why I highlighted the word in capital letters? Becoz u r going to coop up doing this thing for a couple of years.Thus, if u do not have an interest on the subject..it may bore u to death for the next couple of years..so choose wisely..
2) Now u have thought of the subject, think deeper on the subject..is it going to be lab-based or survey-based research..different people have different interests ..Next, think on what aspect of the subject that u would like to approach..For example..u would like to explore some kind of method that nobody has ever used (like my study), or to compare between 2 or more methods, etc..
3) Or if u did not hv any idea or topic on top of your head..approach ur most favourite supervisor..yes..correct ..ur most favourite supervisor..he/ she may have known u from ur undergraduates n u should feel comfortable around him/her. Supervisor is one of the most important aspect when u r conducting ur research..I have witnessed some unfortunate colleagues who cannot proceed with their work due to some "unforeseen incidents" involving their supervisors
4) Next, do some research on the topics BEFORE u register with any university to continue with ur research..I would suggest that u do ur very own literature review before u register..this include on what kind of method to use, the past studies that has been conducted on that particular subjects, the facilities available in the university, the instruments that u may use, etc..
5) Prepare ur mind, body and soul..u gotta prepare urself on what will befall u for the next couple of years..doing research is not always beds of roses..u have to be prepared on the heartache(yes, u may have one of this along ur journey), depression (this is a close friend of mine), misery, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and fatigue (mentally n physically). It would be the best if u have sumone who really cares n can kiss ur problem away at desperate time like these to actually pillow the impact of all these negative energy.)-like a husband or a cuddly little cat..purrrrrrrr..
6) When u r at ur best of health, do not procrastinate..do as much work as possible.as .in my course of study..I have fallen sick with pneumonia which cost me 1 month to recover..so plz be prepared for any possibilities/catastrophe..

Well, wow..think that is enuff for now..I do not want to bore u with all the details or even  worse scaring u from doing ur research..so I would like to sign off with this infamous saying from Commander Spock.."Live long and prosper" (Gosh, I'm totally into Mr Spock n I juz saw Star Trek yesterday n I can't get him out of my head..so plz bear with me)..hehehe..ngeeeeee...

Miss Pinkie Rabbit

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dissertation Proposal Recipe Revealed!!

 Well,since I am in my final year of my master study, I found this article really interesting..I found this article sumwhere in the internet n I hope u find this helpful for the newcomers in this education field..check it out!

Dissertation Proposal Writing Recipes
Dissertation proposal writing is considered to be the toughest part of the overall dissertation project and it is a piece of writing task that should be submitted prior to final dissertation papers. For writing a dissertation proposal you are required to craft everything from nothing. Dissertation proposalwriting consists of analysing the necessities of project, experiencing research process, making an overview of the past research material carried out within selected field, lengthy writing process, presenting your own point of view and recognising the issues. So dissertation proposal writing is time-consuming and laborious task that has to be achieved by the student to convert his dream into reality. It can be achieved if dissertation proposal writing is pursued through a proper plan. The best way for writing a dissertation proposal within your time limit is to work professionally and the best way to initiate the work is starting research process. You need to conduct both primary and secondary research. Primary research includes the view point of various writers and authors within your field and secondary research is also of same importance that includes authentic facts and figures and the techniques of your research process. Apart from this you need to carry out both quantitative as well as qualitative research. Create your research questionnaire and then work according to it. Your dissertation proposal writing must be initiated with an effective introduction. Here you are required to present the reasons for selecting the particular dissertation proposal topics and elaborate its ground history briefly. Sort out the troubles with the purpose of arranging exact questions; dissertation proposal writer ought to enlarge the essentials and the significance of complexities to execute research within the field. Try to consider both theoretical research and philosophical research. The best way is to suggest optimistic thoughts and stay away from the negative ones. List your research sources in bibliography in the alphabetical order. Make sure to proofread your dissertation proposal before submitting it to your teachers since proofreading will help you remove all the typing mistakes you made while writing. The main concern to write your dissertation proposal is management of sufficient time. Though dissertation proposal is not a lengthy project but execution of your research process is time consuming task and it is good to contact with your professor for acquiring dissertation proposal help. To format your dissertation proposal you can contact with your senior students for getting a dissertation proposal sample. It is good that if you get dissertation example or sample to outline your own papers in the exact format recommended by your professor or institute. You are supposed to proofread and edit, if necessary, your dissertation proposal before submission. The margins on the page should be of 1 inch with double spacing lines in the text and the headings and subheadings are supposed to be underlined. The best strategy is to use simple and effective words rather than complex terminologies so that the reader may easily understand your point of view. Word count of your dissertation proposal depends on the purpose of your proposal.