This week, I learned that are different ways in which one can conduct primary research. A really good way to start is to have a table divided into two columns with one being observations and the other for thoughts. While writing down observations of what you are studying, it is important for the notes to be detailed so when you look back at them, you will remember what was happening at the time of observation. It is also important to take notes based on all of the senses, not just sight. Recording details about the smell, taste, touch, feel, and noises heard during your observation are also critical to the research towards your question. Finally, I learned that for the podcast, it is important to think about the kind of audience you will have. This way, you will be able to keep that audience engaged by keeping in mind the vocabulary, events, and descriptions that would best keep their interest in the topic high.
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I had a lot of fun making observations for my research project. I felt that it was really enlightening to be sitting on the sidelines and watching how everyone interacted rather than being part of it. It certainly gave me a different perspective of what I was witnessing while I was recording my notes. Before I started, I wish I would have known the extent to which I wanted my notes to be in detail. When I first started, I was being really cautious and taking note of everything that happened. However, when I looked back at my notes, some of those events were negligible and could have been left out. Nevertheless, this experience will definitely help me plan out my process the next time I have to conduct primary research myself. Tips I would give to other people are to always keep your research question in mind. That way, you will be writing down notes that will be significant to answering your question, mapping out your answer instead of being all over the map. Know what you want to take note of, and to observe with all five of your senses, not just one.