Tip #5: Develop a plan for research. You should have at least a basic idea of your question and how you will study it. Try to keep your research as simple as possible. While you want to impress with your knowledge and overly complex research designs, simple is better. Why? Because if you propose a very complex research design and it doesn’t work out (which you won’t know until you try it), you may have to scrap the whole project and start over. (Bad outcome) So, from the beginning, construct a clean, simple, DOABLE research plan. This will minimize the chances of having to start over.