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Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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21-Sep-16, 00:52
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posted about 5 months ago
I would just like to moan about supervisors who do not listen to you and clearly only hear what they want to hear. Got to me more than it should have really :(

Thread: Final year support thread

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20-Sep-16, 19:46
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How is everyone doing? What are your plans this week?

I am still on with careful editing and applying feedback...I have now completed 8 of 10 chapters :o I then have a lot of appendices to edit- over 200 pages of them. This seems like a lot of pages for appendices...do you guys feel that this is acceptable? It is a qualitative longitudinal study which is why there is just so much material!

Thread: Final year support thread

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19-Sep-16, 07:56
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Hi all, I thought I'd pop back. Posted a while ago, but found myself comparing myself unfavourably to you all. Why does everyone else seem sorted? Why can't I internalise my own successes? I'm still planning on handing in on the 7th Oct, and thought I might be able to touch base in these last weeks. Hope everyone's work going well. I'm waiting on comments on my draft, and the limbo has brought all the old demons to the surface. Ahh, well, last push!


Hi myoldmonkey, I will be handing my thesis in to my supervisor next month to see if it is ok to submit and I have many fears about this e.g. that they will come back to me with lots of amendments, or worse, tell me that it is not up to standard as a whole! They haven't seen some of my earlier chapters for 2 years and these have been re-written a number of times now- I am here thinking 'what happens if I have to write them all again?' So, I think the return of old demons is completely normal. That being said, I am excited to get it handed in to them just so I don't need to look at it for a little while.

When are your comments due back?

Thread: Managing Reading Articles

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16-Sep-16, 07:36
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Throughout the PhD, I organised articles into folders on my computer by theme and wrote a brief summary of each one I read (and I mean very brief- just three bullet points or so). I would then print these summaries and keep them in a physical folder.

When it came to write up, I would look through this folder to remind myself of any relevant articles to cite. It worked very well for me!

Thread: Final year support thread

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14-Sep-16, 11:42
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I have always heard that a PhD just needs to be finished not perfect which helps a bit with these final stages. I also seek comfort in the fact I will be getting a proof reader to give it a once over before I officially submit which prevents me agonising over little sentences.

I keep reminding myself that in a couple of months, a polished version is going to be with my supervisor and I can just forget about it for a bit.

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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14-Sep-16, 08:51
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Ahh Milagros when the PhD is in, definitely do that! I am fortunate in that I have some funds saved from doing lots of teaching work over my PhD to sustain myself for the next couple of months until it is in- the PhD alone is exhausting enough, so I can understand you being so tired.

Thread: Final year support thread

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12-Sep-16, 22:41
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My abstract rules were also 300 words on one page.. but I did 500 on one page and no one noticed ;)


Haha mine is just under 500 on one page but there are no guidelines on it. I have looked at completed theses and theirs were roughly 500 on one page too.

Thread: Final year support thread

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12-Sep-16, 17:23
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Thank you everyone- there is no set word count at my institution it seems, but it did fit one page and my supervisor seemed ok with that :)

IntoTheSpiral- Halloween is my deadline to hand my full draft in to my supervisor, and by full draft, I mean everything very polished as if I was submitting it for real! I have 4 remaining chapters to apply feedback to and edit, as well as polishing my appendices (which are hundreds of pages alone) so I am panicking also, even though I have more time! What are you working on specifically this week?

Thread: Final year support thread

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11-Sep-16, 13:44
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This may seem like a silly question, but for those of you who have written your thesis abstracts, how long are they?

My brain is really worn out and hence, I am struggling with this very straightforward task!

Thread: Final year support thread

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10-Sep-16, 12:42
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Yes, I was advised to use the STAR technique when completing the application form! Previously, I have only used it during interviews rather than on the application form.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for you :)

Thread: Final year support thread

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10-Sep-16, 11:06
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Thank you Hugh :) I just feel a bit guilty these days if I have a day that is not incredibly productive as the deadline is quickly approaching! I feel like I need to make every day count.

When was the interview? Even if it is a rejection, ask for feedback. I had some feedback recently on an application I did and it was super helpful. Whilst I had all the experience, they said I didn't make it clear enough and needed to be more specific with examples which was really helpful to know.

Thread: Final year support thread

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09-Sep-16, 11:21
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It is going well, hoping to finish applying feedback to chapter 5 of 9 today and proof read it tomorrow. I stupidly went for a 'quick drink' with a friend last night that turned into a fair few hours of drinking, so I feel quite tired today (my own fault though!)

How is everything going with you Hugh? Heard anything from the job interview?

Thread: Advice needed on way to go with my supervisor who has/had romantic interest in me!!!

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05-Sep-16, 09:02
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To echo what others have said here, you really need to speak with someone at your institution about this who can give you more specific advice. You say you have no evidence- are there not messages on social media/ email trails that provide some indication as to what has been going on? Even without this though, you still do need to speak to someone. It may be worth writing everything down that has been occurring over your studies with this supervisor before you do go and speak to someone so they can understand the extent of this.

Thread: Final year support thread

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02-Sep-16, 23:28
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Glad to hear that litphdgirl :) you are almost there!

Today I finished editing a chapter that took a lot of work to get it to a standard I was happy with. I am planning on working this weekend to try and get another chapter edited by the end of Monday (which should be more straightforward- it just needs a thorough read through and a couple of things adding/taking out).

I am desperately craving a duvet day though!

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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02-Sep-16, 11:02
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My sup started paying considerably less attention when they got some new first year students. I imagine I felt the same way a child does when a younger sibling is born, or the way a dog does when its owner gets a new adorable puppy.


Hahahah :-D love the analogy!


Thank you, thank you *takes bow* I'll be here all week! Haha joking aside, I hope your supervisor starts being more responsive now that it is coming to crunch time Hugh :)
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