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Thread: Final year support thread

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19-Jul-16, 08:00
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I am taking ten days off in August but its because I am having minor surgery (for breathing issues) and I cannot leave the house for a good week. I will be a bit bruised and swollen. I will still be working from home when I feel up to it, but I am officially on annual leave so I can avoid meetings etc. I am not too worried about taking time off at this stage and I think if you feel you would benefit from a rest then do it :) even if it is just a long weekend.

I am honestly hoping that my sup will be a bit faster as I am coming to the end and I hope that is the case with you too Hugh!

What is everyone up to this week?

Thread: Final year support thread

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18-Jul-16, 14:31
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Hi Hugh, thanks for the sympathies haha I got it submitted and aiming to do another this week- initially I had 3 to do this week but I am so strapped for time I am having to be selective over the ones I am applying for while still writing the PhD.

Word counts, argghh- I am also 20k over, but I am editing from the start of the thesis chronologically and plan to cut stuff as I edit (hopefully!)

Submission- aiming for the draft to be submitted October at the very latest. Actual submission may be December as my sup has to read it all and they are always super busy, so that part is out of my hands really (frustrating!)

Thread: Final year support thread

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17-Jul-16, 11:42
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Hi all, what are your plans this week? Anything nice planned?


Late to the party, but I returned from a conference abroad the other day. I had a rest and now I am trying to sort another job application by the end of today, and I have a few more to apply for over the coming week.

As for the PhD, I will be returning to the editing on Monday. I am feeling a bit gloomy about it all recently as I am struggling to balance the time and effort of job applications with the editing of the thesis. When I am working on one, I am fretting over the other!

Thread: Final year support thread

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09-Jul-16, 06:12
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Quote From Zutterfly:


I use a single quotation for any quotes, and double quotation for quotes within a quote...e.g. if a participant says 'so my mum said "why are you applying there?" and I thought...' (completely made up quote). I hope that makes sense!


Perfect, thank you! I'm going to copy that! :)


Glad it helped :)

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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08-Jul-16, 18:53
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I would just like to moan about applying (and being rejected) for jobs. I would also like to add that it is not helpful when your sup wonders why you aren't going for jobs that are about a quarter of the hours of part time hours, and perceiving you as being unrealistic for wanting a job that covers the rent.

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Jul-16, 11:10
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We will have to keep updating each other when we are cutting word counts for motivation haha


Will do :) It is going to be a pain!

On another note, when do you use double quotation (") and single quotation (')? I'm so confused!


I use a single quotation for any quotes, and double quotation for quotes within a quote...e.g. if a participant says 'so my mum said "why are you applying there?" and I thought...' (completely made up quote). I hope that makes sense!

Thread: Final year support thread

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07-Jul-16, 18:50
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Zutterfly: that's true, better to include at first, and then take it out. I'll do that, thank you!

I think I'm going to have to cut about 10K too.


I think that worrying about cutting before the full draft is together will just be too distracting, so I think it is the best plan!

We will have to keep updating each other when we are cutting word counts for motivation haha

Thread: Final year support thread

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07-Jul-16, 16:54
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I also worry about repetition, but I really think it is best to have the whole thesis draft before attempting to identify and edit this. I imagine that it will be much easier to detect and address once you have a full thesis draft- or at least I hope...I have about 12k to cut from my thesis!

I did consider putting the coding framework in the appendices and I think I may do this. My appendices are already very long though. I was reassured by a friend who submitted at my institution last year that they can bind up to 500 pages in one file, so it may be worth checking with the printing services at your institution. Even at present with my overly long thesis and appendices, it doesn't hit 500 pages. I plan to deal with the appendices in one 'chunk' of time later and see if there are any that are worth leaving out.

Thread: Final year support thread

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04-Jul-16, 19:04
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Chickpea- you have the right idea! I would be having a week off after submitting my conclusion chapter, but I am off to another conference at the weekend and I am still preparing my paper. I plan to have a week off in early August as I really do feel like I need a break!

Hugh- Today I have been starting the editing process. I have been working on my introductory chapter that is only half finished. I have not accomplished very much today- I am writing about the policy background of my work and I find it depressing and mind numbing. So, this week I aim to have most of the policy section done, and have completed my conference paper.

Do not be worried about feedback. Right now I would love any feedback even if it is a bit negative. My sup has had one of my chapters for two months now...

Thread: Final year support thread

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04-Jul-16, 09:45
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So, what are everyone's plans/goals for this week?

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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04-Jul-16, 08:55
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I can't wait for that either!

I am frustrated too, probably because I am applying for jobs now and I feel like the PhD is holding me back in an odd way. It is just hanging over me whilst I am trying to move on, but at the same time it is required in order to move on. When I submit the draft I am totally having a duvet day!

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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02-Jul-16, 09:14
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Just found two new papers published in the area this year, now I have to go back and update the literature review chapter again! aaarggghhh


In a few weeks I will be editing my literature review and I am concerned about this too!

Thread: Final year support thread

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01-Jul-16, 10:26
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What field are you in TreeofLife?

I have seen people getting minor corrections when publishing on papers with multiple authors. It seems tricky being a sole author in the social sciences with little support from sups when publishing.

Thread: The Postgraduate Moans Thread

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01-Jul-16, 08:49
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Another moan, more related to trying to prepare for 'after' the PhD whilst still working on the PhD: Spending hours of your writing time on job applications then not even getting shortlisted when you have all the experience that they are asking for :(

Thread: Final year support thread

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30-Jun-16, 22:58
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Thank you Hugh, you have made me feel better about the journal outcome. One that I have been trying to publish for 2 years, yes 2, was based on my MA work. That one came back with majors twice- but I knew it was a weak paper as it was based on a rushed piece of research for my MA dissertation. That journal give me 3 months each time. The one I got a response from today gave me about 1 page of corrections (no where near as much as the other one) and gave me 6 months. That is another drawn out process too!

If this helps, my conclusion individually answered each research question drawing the overall themes in the findings together to do so. I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out but I am pleased with the result. I did repeat bits of key literature when doing this, but kept it to a minimum as I was focusing on *my* findings- I brought in the literature to show major contrasts really. I would recommend maybe printing your findings/discussion chapters and going through them whilst sat in front of your computer with a word document loaded, and just bullet point what you feel are the main contributions to knowledge are, but try to do it in as few points as possible (this will help you avoid just repeating the findings/discussion) then maybe build your writing around these bullet points?

I only really get the critical feedback on paper then I raise any points I am confused about to my sup face to face. They did once make some super critical points in person and I think I got visibly anxious as they haven't done it again- it's safer on paper haha
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