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so i'm studying an access course with dimensions training solutions but i think all the 'study skills' units (the ungraded ones) are the same for everyone who does their access course through distance learning.

i have just got to unit 5 where i have to write a report on whether social media is an addiction. i don't even know where to start as we've been given 0 information on this and all research has to be done by us. it's hard for me to actually focus on this as i have no interest in it (i'm on the science access course, just let me learn about science god dammit!!) has anyone else had to do this and how did you go about doing the research? i'm meant to come up with a survey and everything and i just don't know where to start as it's not like i've been learning about social media
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so i'm studying an access course with dimensions training solutions but i think all the 'study skills' units (the ungraded ones) are the same for everyone who does their access course through distance learning.

i have just got to unit 5 where i have to write a report on whether social media is an addiction. i don't even know where to start as we've been given 0 information on this and all research has to be done by us. it's hard for me to actually focus on this as i have no interest in it (i'm on the science access course, just let me learn about science god dammit!!) has anyone else had to do this and how did you go about doing the research? i'm meant to come up with a survey and everything and i just don't know where to start as it's not like i've been learning about social media

This is why its in study skills. Its asking you to develop yours so you can carry out the task efficiently, juts like you will be asked in future.


Start with a plan and ideas.

What is it asking you to do?

What areas would that requie you to look at, issues to cover and questions to answer to provide a competent response to the question?

Thats he basis of your research.


Do he research through reading up on the subject. Articles, textbooks etc. There should be plenty of articles and you have to identify good ones that answers your above questions. Sort put the relevant ones and understand the information and arguments.

Make an essay/ report plan and order your thoughts. How do you wish to tell the reader what you have found and your opinion/ findings?

Write it, read it and then amend as needed.


Its the same skills if it was a scientific report, except more opinion. You still need to set out what you are going to do, investigate, organise information and write it up.


You have the internet. Access to loads of information on social media and addiction. They are asking you to find it and present it in a readable and meaningful format.
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Maybe consider looking at the neurological response to social media and addictions in general. Not my area of expertise at all, but I am reasonably sure there is plenty of info showing that social media(or gaming, porn etc) can elicit a dopamine response, as do many addictive drugs.

Perhaps also think about behavior? Addicts generally exhibit at least some common traits - is there something to think about here? Is there a similarity between someone craving social media validation and an alcoholic craving a drink? What would an addict do to get what they need? Lie? Cheat? Abuse others? Some people make a living out of lying on social media - they claim things that aren't true and lie their fan-base etc, others abuse an bully using social media. There are loads of comparisons out there.

I think the jury is out there stating that social media is addictive the same way that pretty much anything can be addictive. It depends on the individual I guess. Your job is to make the argument either for or against.

For the survey, maybe ask how many hours per week do you use social media? How many types of social media? If no one found out, would you lie for more likes/thumbs-up/subscribers etc?

Not to state the obvious, but if you are writing an essay, try to find at least a couple academic reports(there are loads - I just looked) to cite in your own report.

I am not a massive fan of social media and I would have been annoyed if I would have to write a report during my science access course, but it actually seems like an interesting topic and certainly there is plenty to write about.

Good luck!
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How did you go on with this. I’m currently doing the same. I’ve done my survey and just struggling with how to start things off 😂
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I'm doing this unit too. I'm half way through and so stuck. I feel like i'm just going round in circles.
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I feel like I'm drowning with this unit it's due in today but I can not find any books that I haven't got to pay for that are relevant. Any one know who I can cite and information I can access that does cost
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(Original post by Articultr)
so i'm studying an access course with dimensions training solutions but i think all the 'study skills' units (the ungraded ones) are the same for everyone who does their access course through distance learning.

i have just got to unit 5 where i have to write a report on whether social media is an addiction. i don't even know where to start as we've been given 0 information on this and all research has to be done by us. it's hard for me to actually focus on this as i have no interest in it (i'm on the science access course, just let me learn about science god dammit!!) has anyone else had to do this and how did you go about doing the research? i'm meant to come up with a survey and everything and i just don't know where to start as it's not like i've been learning about social media
How did you get on I'm studying with the same provider and can not find the information
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I’m stuck too 😩
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did you get any where with this? I don't even know where to start... ive created a survey and have just sent that to some people but other than that I'm stuck...
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How did you go on with this. I’m currently doing the same. I’ve done my survey and just struggling with how to start things off 😂
ive done my survey and collected results i just dont know where to start with the report. like i have the information i need for it but have no idea how to wirte a report.
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I'm doing this unit too. I'm half way through and so stuck. I feel like i'm just going round in circles.
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How did you get on I'm studying with the same provider and can not find the information


ive found all the information i need thers so much online i just dont know how to write a report..
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ive done my survey and collected results i just dont know where to start with the report. i have the information i need for it but have no idea how to wirte a report.
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This is why its in study skills. Its asking you to develop yours so you can carry out the task efficiently, juts like you will be asked in future.


Start with a plan and ideas.

What is it asking you to do?

What areas would that requie you to look at, issues to cover and questions to answer to provide a competent response to the question?

Thats he basis of your research.


Do he research through reading up on the subject. Articles, textbooks etc. There should be plenty of articles and you have to identify good ones that answers your above questions. Sort put the relevant ones and understand the information and arguments.

Make an essay/ report plan and order your thoughts. How do you wish to tell the reader what you have found and your opinion/ findings?

Write it, read it and then amend as needed.


Its the same skills if it was a scientific report, except more opinion. You still need to set out what you are going to do, investigate, organise information and write it up.


You have the internet. Access to loads of information on social media and addiction. They are asking you to find it and present it in a readable and meaningful format.


ive done all this, i made a plan that was my unit 4.. i have all this information ive done all my research. i am just struggling to put it in a report as ive never in my life worte out a report before and there are so many different examples online im not sure which one i should be doing
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Hi all so I finished my report and passed thank God. for the report findings just literally wright what you found so your survey suggests.... in mine I compared different age categories based on the information I found. So younger people where online more ect. I then compared my findings to what I found in journal's and stuff I found. remembering to quote and cite. hope this helps you all
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I have just finished and submitted this unit. I really hope i've passed. Did they tell you what mark you would have gotten if it was a graded unit or did they just say you'd passed?
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As we are all using the same course provider.... Have any of you submitted your ucas yet? I was just wondering how long it takes them to do the reference?
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Anyone could provide me any of the reports ? I would like to compare it with my one before I submit it..
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