We are told to use the biggest words that that equate to minuscule ones. We are told to use them as much as possible. We may take these core beliefs into our thesis and projects. Data Minders, however, wants to promote an old message that is new to the local landscape. We want to offer you the KISS rule.
There are many versions of KISS:
Keep It Simple, Stupid
Keep It Simple, Silly
Keep It Short and Simple
Keep It Simple and Straightforward.
You may be pondering, “But I am at the university level, isn’t there an expectation of advanced thinking?” Our answer to you is, “Yes, there is that expectation.” But you do not have to express advanced thinking in a confounding way. You must be able to take the puzzling and present it clearly. So, we at Data Minders Student Service will like to encourage you to Keep It Stupidly Simple. Not that you will write your thesis at a lower educational level, but you will be mindful in the ways you express your thoughts, ideas and results.
Here are some avenues and tips for simplicity:
-KISS in your research objectives. In trying to determine what you plan to study you may get caught up in all the possibilities of your research. A theme of Tourism may extend from what government officials believe to what the public believes and the tourists think. You may then include that you want to explore the theories of choice in tourism, the theory of decision making in the public sector and the list goes on and on. You need to focus your research objectives, it is possible to analyse more than one group but make your aims consistent for each group, and every approach made with the intent to get the same area of responses from each group.
- KISS in your framework. Depending on the faculty of research, you may be required to use frameworks to guide your work. In some instances, there may be multiple frameworks you can choose. Resist the allure of going with all the frameworks and using them in the assessment of any analysis. Stick to one or two crucial models or approaches. Also, highlight why they will be your focus by mentioning their benefits and confirming by the works of others.
-KISS in your analysis. We at Data Minders Student Services always say; Figure out your model while creating your questionnaire and research questions. This makes sure everything you do from the start is aligned. Choose models that align with the level at which you are writing your thesis and the expectations of your faculty. Most importantly, do not complicate your analysis. Find the most straightforward but most acceptable models that answer your research questions. Organise your results by themes to keep your write up clean and ordered. In fact, make a data analysis plan to set your analysis in some orderliness even before you use SPSS or any other programme.
-Kiss in your writing. Use simple words. Use simple sentence structure (though still diversified). Use bullet points to avoid wordiness. Avoid subject jargons and long words.
Keep KISSING. In everything that you do try to keep it simple, from presentations to how you balance your life. Find the best and most clear ways of expressing what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done.
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