You decide to focus on the correlation between electronic devices and sleep patterns.
If all of the current literature focuses on teens and adults, but you can’t find any research on children under the age of 10, this could be your chance to develop an entirely new study.
BONUS RESEARCH TIPSAs you read through the literature, take note of what types of experiments and studies have already been completed.
You don’t want to duplicate previous research (unless, of course, you feel the study was somehow completed incorrectly or it failed to analyze specific information).
Look for fresh angles on the topic to see where you might add to the current studies or create something completely new.
For instance, let’s say you’re studying sleep patterns.
Once you have nailed down a promising hypothesis, the rest of the process will flow a lot more easily.
It can quite difficult to isolate a testable hypothesis after all of the research and study.
The best way is to adopt a three-step hypothesis; this will help you to narrow things down, and is the most foolproof guide to how to write a hypothesis.
Step one is to think of a general hypothesis, including everything that you have observed and reviewed during the information gathering stage of any research design.