"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it" - Greg Anderson
"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end" - Ursula K. Le Guin
"Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life" - Pythagoras
"Sometimes it's the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination" - Drake
"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step" - Lao Tzu
If you appreciate your journey as a postgraduate student, you will definitely agree that the above quotes are indeed meaningful, as the journey along the path is not always easy as it may look or expected. All the difficulties, hiccups and hurdles are the best 'guru' that mould you to be the way you are today. It has never been straight forward process when you talk about writing up your research. Most of the time I found that students tend to overlook the importance of being 'transparent' about their research and as a consequence, many things were not clearly mentioned to the reader/audience. Well, expertise comes with practice so please do not feel bad or unmotivated when you get comments from your SV :) it is part of the process and believe me that everybody has gone the same process as well! It is also vital to have a framework of the structure of your chapters. One of the best ways to ensure that you write what has to be written in your chapters respectively, is to jot down the keywords/headings first. You may then add in some main points underneath each heading and from there you start writing. Do not correct your grammar while writing - let it flow easily because it is hard to retrieve the ideas back once you stop! After pouring up your ideas, then only you revisit the sentence and check the spelling, or the structure of the sentence. It is also good to step back and put yourself in reader's shoes. Look at the coherence of your ideas, the flow and the most importantly the clarity of your intended explanation. The process may took a while, but once you get the rhythm, you will enjoy it. Remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. So does your skills in academic writing. So do not give up, cherish the journey instead!
Anyway, congratulations everybody who had presented their research progress this afternoon. I will be sharing the videos of your presentation via Trello, so please check it up.
Have a nice holiday and I'wll see you after Eid!
With this holy month's blessings, I hope everybody is developing their strengths and spirit to speed up their research progress and be more proactive! Insha-Allah I will be conducting another progress meeting on 21st June 2016. There will be presentations from all my master students who are taking Project Paper 1 and 2. See you there!
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