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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Completing a research project is a daunting task, but one that many college students undertake during their undergraduate career.

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Whether you’re a history major or a biology student, research is a valuable way to gain experience, add credentials to a resume, or simply explore your passions. Here are our top tips for staying calm and organized during your busy work schedule!

Understand Expectations

Before you start your research project, you need to know what will be expected of you during your project. Make sure you read through all documents thoroughly and all instructions from the beginning of the project till the end. Making an outline is a great way to understand the project in its entirety, and can help you make sure you don’t miss a thing. Skipping a step or failing to understand exactly what will be expected of you in the final paper are hard things to recover from, and especially in longer research projects, you cannot always go back and redo your mistakes. If there’s a manager for your research, schedule a meeting so you make sure you are on the same page. The last thing you’d want is to not be doing things the way the person running your research project would like.  

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A focused office environment with no distractions can be very important for accomplishing your research. 

Create a Focused Environment

If you have control over where you complete your research project, make sure it is in an environment that will be comfortable and productive for you. Trying to write a big paper or sort data while in your dorm room or shared space may not be the best for maximized productivity.

Try to find a quiet space, and use the space every time you work; by designating an area as your “research space”, your brain automatically knows that every time you enter that space, it is reserved for serious work only. Make sure your workspace is clean and free of clutter, with plenty of light (artificial and natural) and space to spread out. Some research may be conducted in a lab, but write ups will usually take place in your own space and on time outside of the lab. Also, if you have control over temperature settings of the space, make sure it is neither too warm or too cold, so no temperature can distract you from accomplishing your work. 

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Set Goals, but Make Them Realistic

Massive projects like a research project often have layers and components, from gathering preliminary data, to conducting the research, to writing up summaries and theses. With this massive task in front of you, the best thing you can do is break it down and decide how much needs to be accomplished by when in order to finish your research project by a specific date. 

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The papers can stack up with big research projects, so make sure you have a solid way to organize all your work. 

A pro tip; when planning out your personal due dates, build in a few extra days here and there. You never know when you’ll get sick or an emergency will come up and throw off your timing, so it’s good to have some days as a cushion. Also, add an extra two days at the end to review your project and see if there’s anything that needs to be changed or revised. This will help keep you more relaxed, especially as the finally due date looms. Also, make sure your goals are realistic; do not put too much pressure on yourself to complete any part of the project in a single day. It is better to overestimate how long each portion of the project will take you, rather than underestimate and run out of time. 

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Write a List and Take Short Breaks

Taking breaks throughout your research can be a good way to actually increase positivity. If you’re trying to concentrate on one thing for too long, you’ll actually lose focus and motivation to succeed. Write a list of everything you want to accomplish in a specified period of time, and schedule in breaks each time you complete part of a task. A major part of completing any research assignment is breaking it down to its components, and when you do this it is much easier to see where you should be adding your breaks.

Add a ten minute break to get a snack, or a fifteen minute break to walk a little around the building. Even a two minute break to dance or sing along to your favorite song can be what you need to refocus and check things off your list. 

Save, Save, and Save Again

This might seem like a cheeky tip, but with a massive workload that is inevitable for a large research project, your internet files and word documents will begin to pile up. Keep them organized with a file folder on your desktop for each part of the project (and physical files for the important physical papers you cannot lose) and continuously save your documents, in multiple places. Print out anything you complete virtually, and keep pictures of your physical documents. All this saving is not paranoid, it is done to prevent you from a disaster if you were to lose any crucial part of your research project. 

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Please, Get Some Sleep

When working on a big research project, it can be easy to let it consume you. After all, there are seemingly endless ways to perfect and complete it. However, these are the times that you most need to find a way to step back and get your much needed rest each night. Try lighting a candle, powering down your electronics an hour before bedtime, or winding down with your favorite book or television show. It is so important to remove yourself from the stresses of your project so that you can get necessary rest in order to deliver peak performance the next day. 

Only working on your project and staying up late every night worrying about it or remembering things you need to add or change creates a loop of stress and sleeplessness that will only continue to worsen with time. Despite how hard it can be to walk away, it is so important to get that quality rest so you can do your best on your project. 

Hit the Park or the Gym

Exercise is scientifically proven to reduce levels of the brain’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. When you are spending lots of time in a lab or hunched over books, it can be easy to let self-care fall to the wayside. However, taking breaks can actually increase productivity, which is why it is so important to take some time for yourself. Taking a simple twenty minute walk to step away from your work is a good break, as is finding a home workout video if you do not have time to head to the gym. Either way, pencil an exercise break into your research work, to help relieve inevitable stress and clear your head. 

On a really busy day where you really can’t step away from your research, even taking a second to do breathing exercises can be very beneficial for your health. Breathe in slowly and deeply, pushing out your diaphragm to activate your muscles, hold your breath for a couple seconds, and then exhale slowly. Repeat this five to ten times for maximum effectiveness, and then return to your work. You should feel more centered and relaxed, even without a workout!

Keep a Schedule, and WRITE IT DOWN

When you’re running from a thesis meeting to another research project, it can be hard to keep track of everything you need to complete. It is highly recommended that you keep a place in your room to keep track of everything you need with a calendar to keep dates organized. Something like this 4 Piece Organizer Kit is perfect. The whiteboard allows you to write quick notes for yourself, while the monthly calendar highlights big due dates for the month, and the weekly calendar allows you to dive into specifics. 

Finally, a cork board allows you to hang up important papers and notes for easy accessibility, and so you’ll always know where they are. Having an organization system such as this is perfect to hang in your room and keep track of the numerous dates, times, and components due for your research project. 

Research projects are massive undertakings. This guide is not to say that your process will be entirely smooth. Even if you follow these tips, there are bound to be many frustrating and stressful moments throughout the completion of your project. However, there are ways to save yourself from moments of absolute panic by keeping calm and organized. Taking plenty of breaks can help ease off the big moments of stress each day, along with exercising and getting plenty of sleep each night. Making checklists and breaking down the project is a great way to accomplish each task. One last tip is to celebrate your victories! Completing a research project is a massive undertaking, and you should be proud of yourself for each portion of the assignment you complete, no matter how big or small. This will boost your mood and encourage you to keep going, despite the fact that the end goal may be daunting. Keep organized, and good luck!