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Thread: Private Accommodation Advice

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28-Mar-17, 02:55
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posted about 4 months ago
Hello,
I'll be a new postgrad this autumn in U of Nottingham. I need some advice re: private accommodation. My partner and I are currently living in HK, which is crazy expensive, so we thought we'd pop over to Nottingham early in mid-July and look around to secure a flat and live there until the course commences. Is it possible to find a flat within two weeks in the UK, and are landlords okay with non-UK residents (no local credit score)? We're US citizens, so we have that score. And we'd be on a tourist visa for a bit until the Tier 4 visa kicks in. If anyone has any experience with this, much appreciate the advice! Thanks in advance!

(*sorry, I couldn't select the off topic category for some reason, so it's going in phd advice/support)

Thread: PhD Topic Help

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12-Jan-17, 05:16
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
We can't really help with topic choices. You need to develop this by talking to other people in your area (supervisor?) and reading the background literature.


Yes, exactly what ToL said. I think you may not be ready for a PhD yet, as it requires a proposal that highlights a 'gap' in current research, and how you will contribute. So, first step is to read up...a lot, so you know the context you will be working in. That will take some time. In the meantime, look up some potential supervisors in the institution that you want to study in, and see how your proposal can match their research interests. Good luck!

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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10-Jan-17, 01:32
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posted about 6 months ago
What is your specific note-taking method? After trying several ways, (highlighting, copy/paste quotes in doc), I've found out that the Cornell note-taking method works best, and I have Scrivener for compiling the notes and holding annotated PDFs, and an offline binder.

For me, I read the article once, highlight some bits, then write a 200-250 word summary w/keywords (not much jargon or direct quotes, just for me) to begin the notes. After that, I paraphrase and thematise the highlighted bits into Cornell notes (always referencing the page number and keeping direct quotes for some parts,) in Scrivener. Since Cornell notes is about paraphrasing in your own words, it somehow cements the knowledge in my brain a bit better than just copy & paste Organise with labels, and print the notes into a binder for offline reference. I'm a fast reader, and I sometimes skip over non-relevant sections, but it probably takes only about 1 hour/article, once you get into the groove. It's amazing for lit reviews, as it works well with constellating the knowledge rather than 'he said/she said'.

Learning Cornell + putting cash on Scrivener is quite a bit of an investment, but it is really helpful for notes and drafting.

Thread: The Proposal: Interested vs. pretty much hates it.

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11-Nov-16, 00:20
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posted about 8 months ago
Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

I just received two more positive responses from two more places, who are interested and offer very minor critique for the proposal, so that puts me at ease. I'm not going to apply for the institution of my MA supervisor, and I think this issue definitely made the decision.

It's not for a funded project, but I'm hoping for a faculty studentship/scholarship. Saving up the $ just in case, though!

(I'm in an Asian institution, and the Brits that I know are quite pessimistic about UK acceptance, which led to my concern with the proposal feedback issue...so it's nice to hear your advice!)

Thread: The Proposal: Interested vs. pretty much hates it.

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10-Nov-16, 07:08
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posted about 8 months ago
Hi everyone!

I'm new here and very excited to be part of this helpful community. My partner is finishing up his PhD, and it's finally time to delve into mine...

I hope you can help me out with an issue.
I've written a research proposal in poli sci. and have sent it off to four UK Russell Group universities. I got feedback within a week, saying they think the proposal is very interesting and they've all encouraged me to apply. None of the professors suggested any edits or changes.

However, I also sent it at the same time to my MA supervisor, who is an experienced professor, but in a different field (sociolinguistics, not poli. sci.) . He pretty much ripped into it, wants major changes and doesn't understand my research questions. Basically is floored that I would think it's acceptable.

I don't agree with my MA supervisor's direction and now I'm quite confused. I want to trust the potential supervisors.
It's not normal for them (potential supervisors) to say 'great' with no changes to a proposal and then not accept the application, is it?

Anyone with experience on this? Is it normal to get a positive reply from potential supervisors with no changes needed?

Thanks!
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