Research process

There are various aspects which make up the research process. If you are new to research, or have not studied for some time, this section will go over the basics of what research is, why research is undertaken and what the process involves.

Click on the image below for an interactive example of research lifecycle (opens in a new window).

Research Lifecycle

Research and study skills

Adopting appropriate and effective study skills from an early stage in your studies will pay dividends in the form of time saving, better grades and higher levels of confidence when approaching new challenges. To make effective use of your personal skills and compensate for weaknesses, it is important that you have a good understanding of your approach to learning. There are many ways to learn more about your learning skills set. These include:

  • listening to your friends
  • listening to your tutor/supervisor
  • considering the feedback you have been given for previous work

ACTIVITY – The Open University have produced a Learning Style Activity. The answers are collated and related to four general learning styles. Have a go at this activity… are you surprised by the results? Take time to reflect on the results and think about how you may want to change your learning style as a result.

The next section covers key information about reflecting on your research and any bias you may have.

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