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I haven’t been online in a long time, at least not properly. There’s a lot that I want to say, just to type it out and have it here, but I don’t have time for that right now. What I need to do now is work something out, and explaining it to dear diary seems to be the method of choice.

There’s this project. It’s worth a lot and it’s due on Monday and I couldn’t lie for anything if I said it was anywhere near done.

The reason for this (besides procrastination) is that I’ve been stuck on the second hypothesis. The professor said it’s unsupported, the TAs have said it’s unsupported, and the other students have said it’s unsupported. I don’t see that. I see that it’s supported perfectly, just in a way that was unexpected. It seems to me that everyone’s looking at the meaning of the hypothesis, rather than the wording of it. What (I’m pretty sure) the professor meant when he came up with the hypothesis (I think, “Understanding the benefits of semantic processing will result in students relying more on deeper processing when studying) is completely unsupported. What the hypothesis said, (literally, “Understanding the benefits of semantic processing will result in changes in the student’s intended study strategies.”) of course it’s supported. Just look at the results, how could it not be? There were changes.

I don’t know though. I must be misunderstanding something because there’s no way I’m seeing something that a professor, several TAs, and 1400 other students are missing. I must be wrong, but I can’t explain why I am, and I can explain why I’m right.

That’s what it’s about, right? Even if I’m wrong, even if I do what everyone else is doing, I can’t explain why I’ll be doing it. At least if I’m wrong, I’ll have an understandable reason for being wrong.

I think I’m going to say the hypothesis was supported. The marking scheme says a lot. It says that I need proper APA style, that I need to be concise (having trouble with that), that I need good grammar and spelling and orderly idea development and proper paragraph structure. It doesn’t say that I need to be right.

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