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The six steps to good research, note taking and presentation the Welly High way.

The six steps to good research, note taking and presentation the Welly High way.



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  • Research Skills A brief guide
  • WHY Research Skills?
    • Research is assessed in every subject in the Senior school (Years 11 -13) as part of the Internal component of NCEA.
    • Internal assessments are EASIER to pass. You are allowed to RESUBMIT incorrect work.
    • It is usually worth a large number of credits (9 Credits in Level 3 History).
    • However you are expected to have these skills when you arrive in Year 11.
    • These skills are NOT taught in the senior school.
  • The SIX Steps
    • Decide on a topic
    • Find information
    • Record information
    • Select the best information
    • Present the information
    • Evaluate the process
  • DECIDE what to research
    • What you are going to research or investigate?
      • What have you been instructed to investigate?
      • What interests you most?
      • What has a lot of information?
      • Where can you find the information?
      • What you would like to know?
    • If needed make up FOCUSSING Questions that will allow you to find as much as possible.
  • FIND the best information
    • Find the information using a variety of resources.
      • School Library and the Librarians.
      • Wellington Public Library (and its booking system)
      • National Library
      • Internet/Computers
        • INNZ
        • EPIC
        • Encyclopaedias – Britannica but not necessarily Wikipedia…
        • Search Engines incl. Google, Alta Vista
      • National Archives.
      • Multimedia – Video etc.
      • People – parents, teachers, officials or experts
  • RECORD the information
    • How do you keep records of the information you find?
      • Dot and Jot Notes summarising information NOT copying!
        • Summarising means putting the information into your own words …..
      • Photocopying, Scanning/OCR for later reading and notetaking.
      • Always ensure you record the Bibliography details (see the Library guide).
  • Recording Information Find information that may help you answer the question Copy the information in your own words Rewrite the information in a way that answers the question DO NOT SIMPLY COPY the Information
  • SELECT the best information
    • Assemble your information to help you answer each of your Focussing questions.
    • Choose information that best answers the questions you asked?
    • Problem Solving: What could I do better?
    • Choose the BEST material to answer them.
    • Use this as the basis for presenting your research.
  • PRESENT the information
    • What is the best way of presenting the information to ensure it answers the question well?
        • A graph or a table?
        • Paragraphs
        • Images
    • How will you present my research?
      • Is there an established or specified format?
      • Can You choose?
        • Essay?
        • Magazine Article?
        • Booklet?
        • Poster?
        • Power-point presentation?
        • Website?
  • EVALUATE the research
    • Critically evaluate the way you researched the topic.
      • Did you use your time wisely? (the most common problem)
      • Were there other sources you could have used?
      • Was this the best way of presenting the information?
      • Did you check with the teacher to ensure you were on track?
      • What helped or hindered your progress?
  • ENJOY yourself
    • Research is about the joy of discovery.