Dear all, I'm glad to see that many of you have already started your URSS project. Well done! You may feel quite excited when you have your first taste of research, or you may feel rather confused. Whatever situations you may experience, I would like to provide 3 general research tips for you here. They are summarized after I read your URSS Action Plans, so many of you may find them familiar.
1) Be specific. It's very important that you know what you really want to achieve through your project. If your targets are too vague, you may easily get lost on the way. This may discourage your success of the project.
2) Measurable is crucial. Do you think your project is measurable enough? Besides the ultimate two goals, have you set any sub-goals for yourself? How would you evaluate your progresses? Try to answer these questions now.
3) Take a record. Keep a research diary so that you can always track your progresses and know where you're going next. You can also use your blog to record updates. It will benefit creating the final report.
In addition, I want to encourage those who haven't posted URSS Action Plan to do it as soon as possible. I'm really keen to read your whole idea about how to carry on your research and will offer you my comments.
I wish everyone enjoy your time with your project. Please don't hesitate to contact me or other staff in the URSS team if you have any problem. We're here to help you!