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Drafting an abstract
The first task is to write an abstract and share it with someone to get their feedback.
My current research focuses on three variables: Teamwork, language performance and language anxiety.
I am planning to write a journal article focusing on one variable to make it less complicated.
I will start writing the abstract tomorrow morning. Let’s see how it goes. Will update tomorrow.
My goal was to submit the first complete draft in six months. Below is the timetable I set for my self. You can download one from https://www.ithinkwell.com.au/
I am proud to say that I achieved my goal and submitted the first draft on the 26th of August to my supervisors.
I had given only one week to results (findings) chapter as I began writing during the data analysis stage. Hence, there were only cosmetics changes.
How I managed to submit within six months
I decided to go to university every single day (including weekends). First thing I would do is set my goals for the day. I had a goal to write a minimum of 500 words. Somedays I achieved somedays I didn’t. 1000 words turned into 10,000, and 10,000 words turned into 75,000 words. There were days where I was not motivated to write, but I pushed myself so that I could visit my family as soon as possible. After six months of hard work, I am finally flying home on the 5th of Sept.
For those who are struggling
Think of your end goal. It could be starting a new career, could be starting a new life with your partner or to visit your loved ones. These end goals do help.
“The days of engineering smallness and play it safe to avoid criticism are over” – Brene Brown
I have written this quote on the first page of my journal. It is to remind me that I need to to be brave enough to face my fears.
As a second language student, I have always feared that people will laugh or negatively evaluate me for making mistakes. However, I won’t let this fear stop me from writing publicly as Brene Brown stated “Courage over comfort”
This video might help for those in similar situation – Things You Can Do to Stop a Shame Spiral