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Angry I have difficulty - June 11th 2012, 10:12 AM

I have great difficulty with research. And at the moment, we're doing a research project for my course.

I've told my teacher that I have difficulty with it and she just goes, 'oh I know what you mean' and she helped me find two websites to look on, but I went on them and it is just loads and loads and loads of writing and this is what gets me stressed and confused.

If I don't find something straight away, all I'll start to see is a jumble of letters and I'll get stressed, then angry, then upset and then depressed and just give up. This happens everytime I try to do research and it always has done whenever I spend too long on it.

I don't have dyslexia; my spelling is very good and so is my grammar, but I do have Asperges.

I just don't know what to do about the whole research thing. Taking a break doesn't help, I just go straight back to being stressed again as soon as I see the words and I don't see how asking my teacher is going to help - she can't do the research for me.

This all probably sounds very stupid to you, but I did just throw the school laptop onto the table because I couldn't find what I needed (luckily it didn't break). I can't even spend half an hour looking!!! I feel so stupid and pathetic because I can't do this research.

And because it's an A Level course, there's a lot of research required for this unit, and I swear I'm going to break something because of this damn research.

And that concludes my stupid, petty little problem.

Sorry for the anger in this, I'm angry at myself for not being able to do this.

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Re: I have difficulty - June 11th 2012, 02:23 PM

I've done a hell of a lot of research over the years, but I still have a huge problem with research via the net. It's not that I can't find what I'm looking for (and I could perhaps help you with that if I knew what you were studying) it's what you said about the words all jumbling. Often when I'm trying to look for specific information from an online source it just looks like a wall of text to me. Maybe this isn't enviromentally friendly but I find it a lot easier to print off a few pages if the website page/journal is in the general area of what I'm searching for then read a hard copy. Then I use a highlighter to go through the text. I often end up highlighting almost the whole thing, lol, so I guess I'm not really doing what was intended with a highlighter, i.e, to highlight important passages. But to me it helps me concentrate because I'm actively looking for the bits I need and I never accidently lose my place. If I find something really important and don't want to lose it in a wall of highlighting I just take a pen and underline it.

However, I still find it much easier to research via good old fashioned books, but this may be a problem for you if you don't have a good library at your school. Books are always much more reliable than the stuff you find on the net, they look better on paper (that is, in your bibliography), and there's not really a 'trick' to finding the best material. Now, I am much more comfortable finding journal articles online but when I started having to research things at school I didn't have a clue and almost everything I referenced was from a book. I had no idea how to find reliable things online. But books are so much easier to use. All you need to do is know how to use an online library catalogue and know how to read an index. I still do the 'highlighting' trick, online with a light pencil (just make sure to rub it out afterwards). Stickie notes are also helpful.

On top of that, I think you should talk to your teacher about it. That kind of her job. Don't just tell her you're having trouble, ask her directly if she can help you because you're not sure on how to go about researching the given topic on the net. There is a lot more to researching that helping just knowing how to find a source. Asking her for help on which websites to go to, what to search, how to know whether a journal is reliable etc etc is not her doing your research for you, because if she helps you out you will be able to do it yourself. Plus, she's not the one that's going to have to read through everything and find out which bits of information is relevent etc.

Hope this helped.

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