The podcast was a project that I had a little bit of difficulty with. I had never written a podcast before so the format, writing style, and consideration of the audience had a slightly different feel than the previous two projects that we worked on. Nevertheless, I approached this podcast as best as I could. What worked well for me was actually sitting down and writing my story from my observations. I can incorporate this by including everything I saw, felt, smelled, tasted, and heard in future projects in order to paint a clearer picture of the scene for my audience. On the other hand, I struggled with note-taking for my podcast. It was my first time conducting research so when I looked back at my notes, they seemed scattered and jumbled. In the future, I plan to make my notes more focused by focusing on a specific aspect of what I am researching rather than every single aspect surrounding it. Through my experiences with the podcast project, I was able to enhance my skills in research and processes.
First, I advanced my skills in research through the podcast project. This project was the first time that I conducted my own kind of research so I faced some struggles with collecting data. While I was making notes on my observations of my surroundings, I wrote down every little thing that I saw, heard, felt, tasted, and smelled. However, while taking my notes, I did not focus them on answering my research question. I took notes on everything that happened, but that made me lose time sorting through all of my notes and seeing which ones were relevant to answering my research question. Thus, I learned that for adequate research, I need to take notes that were not only detailed, but also relevant to the research that I was conducting.
In addition, this project helped me strengthen my processes. By writing the script for my podcast, I had to consider a totally different way of writing than I normally would. Usually, I would set up a scene if I was telling the story and make it as descriptive as possible to make the readers feel engaged – as if they were there in that very moment themselves. However, with the podcast, I also had to write as if I was having a discussion with the audience. I had to pretend that they were sitting in front of me and I was reading to them what I experienced. I had to explain carefully so the audience would not be confused or have any questions at the end of my story.
From the podcast project, I improved my ability in research and processes – both of which I can apply to my future classes and career. For my classes, I can use what I learned for researching and apply it to any labs that I will need to conduct in the future. Also, I will need to consider the audience and the way in which I will be delivering the my observations while writing them down – whether or not I will be turning in a research paper or presenting my findings to an audience. These abilities can furthermore be applied in my future career as a sports medicine doctor. With my strengthened note-taking skills, I will be able to write down excellent observations that will help me determine a suitable recovery plan for my patient. Once I have the diagnosis and plan from my research, I would then have to use the processes I learned in order to properly convey my findings to my patient and how we will move forward towards his or her full recovery from injury.