Research Reflection On: “Examining The Effects Of Students Balancing Studies With Personal Relationships”

The Reflection

As a student going through my third year of University, I had chosen a topic that directly correlates to my current situation. It is my personal opinion that there is a constant struggle for students to balance their studies with personal relationships. Beginning this research experience, I had been under the assumption that my opinion held a strong vote to the answer of the research proposition. For instance I began research on various blog sites, and academic research of student behaviours that suggested conducting research in an unbiased way. However, as a result of the first survey conducted it was evident that as the questions were multiple choice, there had not been any room for raw opinions. Therein lies the first mistake, This had been re-examined as I had defined the aim of the project which was to highlight the need for assistance in sticking to a routine.

Many of the sources I had gathered suggested that planning ahead, and following a routine is the key to accomplishing tasks to meet deadlines. However, I found difficulty in researching real experiences that would reveal all the struggles that come with being a student. As I tested the surveys, it was evident that students had a lot more to say then I thought initially, as the quality of the response gave me confidence for this research. The more I analysed the responses it became clear that even though students like to organise their schedules, and carry around a diary, they were still likely to work harder under pressure. I sat on this for a while, wondering why this is and of course it is because students eventually procrastinate, and cannot concentrate on one thing for too long. So how do we combat this? perhaps a planned calendar and a little motivation to accomplish tasks in increments.

The Call To Action

In terms of what I would do differently in a research task is perhaps to hold a group discussion in person, or conduct interviews as I am sure the results would be more in depth and purposeful to the argument. As per the results of this project I am reassured by my own research analysis although, I know I could investigate further into other methodologies of research. This will be my challenge in future, to keep pushing the boundaries of the research and utilise multiple sources.




Prod-User’s Pay The Price $$$???

Social funding

Now you may think that you have a great idea, and you put up a few posts in hopes of receiving engagement with an audience. But more often then not, you don’t see much of a result in the analytics of your socials. What’s the problem? is it your lack of shit-posting, your lazy work ethic? to high of an expectation? it could be all of these reasons. So, how do you tackle a bull so easily. You learn how to shit-post, or do you really… It has come to light that you now have the power to change how people see your social media handles, and this secret will blow your mind. It’s pay for followers, that’s it! and watch them come flowing in.

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The Problem?

As easy and effortless as this may seem, it has become evident that this is not as effective in retaining these followers, or I should say bot followers. The price a prod-user must pay for recognition, how sad that it has come to this. You can’t be original unless you pay for an illusion…what are your thoughts?



Frame Me… Like One Of Your Meme Aesthetics

You’ve Been Living A Stack Life

Stacks, what are they exactly, they are the levels of life experience that you take and apply improved responses too. But why do we do this? It’s because the nature of our human behavior is to keep doing better then the last person. It’s an evolution thing in my opinion. The stack of my life can be mapped out as such…

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Ted.M is me going through uni right now

A stack is a beautiful representation of what has happened, and what could be remixed, or meme-d from there. Could this possibly be the key ingredient to framing or personas?

Framed Persona

Want the latest scoop on how to sequence your reputation in such a way that others would be begging for your latest tips on aesthetic? well that’s easy, take it from the last person who tried it. Can’t figure out how to paint your winged eyeliner, here’s a hack for you my friend. If I was bothered I’d attempt my own parody of hacks, but I am not although, I hope you had a good read, yours truly Regreta.



Content Control? More Like Content Patrol

All Things Optimised

Operation Optimise: Plan? annihilate any source of competition and stop people from taking my ideas and making a better version of content. Why is it we have become a society who lays claim on the things we create, let me answer this question. Think about the way entertainment was had say in the 1800’s-1950′s, people were paying for tickets to see films in cinema that we currently have the means to do so online, and from the comfort of our own environment. So why would we have been less lenient back when there was no way for individuals to take your work and do something better with it, it’s because they didn’t have the technological advances in remediation of the content we share now.


Due to the ease of attaining information and data online it has become necessary to protect the rights to your content, because if you didn’t then perhaps nothing will have the ability to generate revenue and capture an audience as a result of constant remediation. This is why we must make point to solidify our intellectual property, and make a name for our precious creations to save individuality.



Real World Trans-media Stories

The difference between trans-media and Duplication

There is a great importance in distinguishing the key elements of a story being carried out on many channels. If you are expressing an idea on multiple channels whilst only placing importance on a topic that you are shaping as your main point of interest, this is a form of trans-media as the integral parts of the fiction are being recognised as the whole of the story being portrayed (check out this short clip on trans-media). To break this down it is necessary to express the difference of this compared to a duplication; which is the dispersion of the same media across multiple channels.

Real world trans-media: Telling a story across multiple channels (remediation to Japanese culture)


There is a sea of real world examples of trans-media, if you look at businesses across the globe there are duplicates created or off-brands that mimic the same brands in order to sell similar looking products which are really fictional to the original brand. we lose integrity here but an example of this is DAISO as a Japanese version of Kmart in Australia. It is also sometimes argued that Kmart is the better bargain…



An Impromptu Schedule Between Study Life and Social Life

Progress on research

Since initiating my research proposal about the effects of students balancing social lives with study, I’ve been able to recenter my motives. This effectively lead me to set a goal in which my blog will; bring awareness to the lack of importance placed on establishing a schedule, as well as the lack of motivation to stick to a routine. This blog will delve into highlighting the best methods in which students would be able to achieve a balanced lifestyle.

The research project is an open one to all students who have had similar experiences, in struggling to balance social lives with study time. I would like to further this research discussion by sharing blog posts and twitter posts for my readers to view and gain access to. Hopefully this will be shared and garner communication between other students of their experiences. This is an effective way to enlighten students whom are looking to embrace a more professional and punctual lifestyle, the benefits of this will pave the way for students to be prepared in their study life at University as well as within a professional work environment. To start off with my project had discussed the implications of poor time management effecting students meeting their deadlines. To combat this I have sourced some information that is useful in identifying the risk posed when you do not plan ahead. As stated in azcentral there cannot be a goal in mind if you do not take initiative to prepare the stages of your journey, as well as scheduling time to meet deadlines. Therefore the importance here is to first identify what your strengths and weaknesses are, as this will make it easier for you to plan ahead what you can get done and what you need more time for.

Organize and use your time effectively by thinking of it like a mason jar... start with the most important elements that matter the most and finally end with a sprinkling of the "time-wasting" stuff that's also good for the soul. You can fit so much more into your schedule and achieve your goals at the same time. Adapted from the fabulous "The Art of Manliness".



It is important to be able to mitigate risk, with this in mind it is a students prerogative to distinguish between their important tasks and the not so important. As a student myself in third year of University, I would highly recommend reading other peoples material and seeing what the high distinction achievers do to accomplish their tasks on time. What I have found and what I have been stressing is the fact that they have segmented tasks they know they will be given time to complete and this is the basis of planning ahead. The best way to embody a professional and punctual routine is to schedule tasks, have a planner and carry a diary around so that you are constantly looking at it. Or in this tech savvy age, why not use your phone reminders and set alarms so that you won’t avoid those tasks.



My Experience Live-Tweeting Sci-Fi

Ultimately the future tends to be painted with a sly, dystopian brush; science fiction films invite their audience to feel coldly uncomfortable about what’s to come – albeit with questionable accuracy! Science fiction media are marketed as futuristic, but effectively capture the present instead. 

There’s something hugely ironic about live-tweeting (i.e. in the present) science-fiction films that are predicting the future, which actually represent the present more than anything else, and then going back over these tweets to reflect on them as a past experience. Eight weeks into the semester, I have a vast collection of observations to share, after viewing and recording various science fiction films during BCM325: Future Cultures.

Live tweeting in this class (actually, live tweeting films anywhere in “Mam-you’re-in-the-cinema-your-phone-needs-to-be-turned-off” culture) is weird. As each film unravelled on the projector, twenty-something students were plugging their own experiences through various invocations onto Twitter; fingers tapping across a…

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