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Thread: Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

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07-Oct-09, 14:26
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by Lara 2 star member
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oh no i've not only caught the cold bug, but also the procrastination bug! all i wanna do is sit on my butt with a big warm fuzzy blanket and watch my dvds and drink something warm and soothing.

but i have the corrections to do! and this tricky paragraph that i have to write that i have no clue about.

okay time to take drastic actions and get the drill sergeant involved! and also use the good ol card trick and to break down my goals into teeny tiny ones.

my goals:

1. find all relevant information regarding paragraph B
2. write a zero draft of paragraph B

Thread: Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

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07-Oct-09, 11:17
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Quote From walminskipeasucker:

Lara, don't buy Adobe Acrobat!!! You can download a free add-on from Microsoft Office Online that will let you save any word documents as a .pdf - at the click of a button. If you have any parts of your chapters that are not in Word format, you can use free software to turn them into .pdfs. Don't spend anything.

Thanks!! yah its way too expensive!! i downloaded the 30 day free trial. so now i definately gotta get a move on with getting it done hehe.

thanks you're right! will use free software instead :) thanks buddy!

Thread: Problem with referees

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06-Oct-09, 20:55
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Hi, guys!
I am going to apply for PhD, but I have a little problem with referees. I would like to know if it is obligatory one of the reference letters to be from my supervisor of master thesis? I ask this question, because I am not on good terms with him and it will be difficult to give me a recommendation letter. I am planning to ask two of my teachers at university, who are not completely familiar with my research experience. So, I would like to know what is your opinion?
10x in advance for your help.


Usually a reference is from someone that will give you a good reference! so if you're not on good terms with your masters supervisor. then i guess best not to ask him, although i have heard, someone cant give you a bad reference. a reference from teachers at uni should be fine. mostly they will be concerned with your education level and your knowledge and enthusiasm of the project, and less of the references. i dont even think they checked mine out! although i did put my masters supervisor on, but i was on good terms with them.

Thread: Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

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06-Oct-09, 18:41
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posted about 8 years ago
Well i'm officially back and joining you guys! :-)

My goals for today are: getting started on the minor amendments to my thesis, I will first tackle the 2 paragraphs i have to add to my thesis.

1. find all my final chapter word documents, and pray that they are compatible with 2007. or maybe edit the final PDF instead. maybe easier.might have to buy the full version of adobe.

2. zero draft of paragraph A
3. zero draft of paragraph B

4. first draft of paragraph A
5. first draft of paragraph B

6 final draft of paragraph A
7 final draft of paragraph A

8. final read and check through paragraph A and B
9. email internal examiner paragraph A and B tommorow.

Thread: Accountability Partners - Write your Dissertation in 15 Minutes a Day

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06-Oct-09, 15:57
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Quote From bulbs:

Just posted a congrats to you Lara on your viva page. It's really great to read how well Lara has done after all the hard work and effort. I can't ever imagine getting a thesis to first draft never mind getting to the viva stage. Like Emmie I would like to get into the habit of Lara's trick on writing done when things are done! How far on are you Emmie. I am coming to the end of my third year very little writing done but planning to write at least the methodology and findings chapters in the next 3-4 months.

aww I know i saw!! thank you so much Bulbs!! you're such a trooper! :)

aww so cute how you guys are using the DONE method!! awesome! :-)

believe me, no one doubted themselves MORE in the history of phds than ME in even getting a rough draft of their thesis. what got me through, was Joan Bolkers advive.

"everyday is more important than how much time you spend, or how many pages you produce or the quality"

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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06-Oct-09, 15:53
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Wow I am blown away by all of you!! I haven’t been online since last week, been resting and relaxing. Thank you so much for the warm messages, it really means so much to me. Each and every single message, I will cherish forever! Infact, i will print them out and keep it! Thank you! You all are so wonderful, warm hearted and generous.

A HUGE thank you to all of you, especially to:

Smilodon, missspacey, Danzig, eska, nhr115, emmie, liminalplace, bulbs, Natassia, Sheena, chrisrolinski, Sue2604, Ogriv, MH, walminskipeas, heifer, Keep_Calm, guitarman, Fig, bluejogger, Stephen, sarahk5275, JanineG and tsipat.

I'd like to dedicate my PhD to every underdog out there, every PhD student, that ever doubted themselves, or were told they couldn't get it done. This is for you guys especially!!!

I’m sorry i cant respond to each message individually, but I will do when I get free. As right now am abit pressed for time, as I have to start work on minor corrections (according to the examiner he says it should take no longer than a day, but i reckon will take me abit more than that, as there are about 61 typing errors and errors of sense, and i have to add 2 paragraphs to my introduction). I hope i dont run into any problems as I cant even remember how I did any of TOC or making a pdf, and now i'm using microsoft 2007! lol

Each message put a big smile on my face! And the much needed boost to get my head down and finish this thesis once and for all!

Also i will be sticking around this forum even after I finally submit and I'm done and dusted with my PhD. I know alot of people leave the forum once they are done. But if its okay, I would love to stick around as I would love to help out in any way i can for those students, who are just starting out, or writing their thesis, or preparing their viva. If anyone wants to contact me personally, feel free to pm me and if I can help in anyway I will be happy to do so. :-)

And when I am done with my thesis I will create a seperate thread, listing the viva questions I used to study from and other tips and pointers :-)

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 15:17
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Quote From BilboBaggins:


So pleased for you Lara. Well done!


awwwww thanks so much Bilbo!!!! :-)


haha i couldnt resist but just had a quick skim through the copy of my thesis and looked at some of the external corrections in pencil. not too bad, not too scary. I might start on the easy typos this week, whilst i wait for the official corrections list.

just cause i have this momentum and dont want to lose it. and my original document is an older version of word and i have a new version of word, so hope its all still compatible and i can still remember how to make PDFs and all that jazz!! i think i will start tommorow. as i am taking friday and the weekend off, for celebratory parties. and i got a party tonight aswell thrown by my aunt and uncle.

and i heard to make it easier for the examiner, you should make a list of what corrections you have done, on what page etc. so will start an excel document , documenting all of that. and might even highlight it in yellow for the copy that i send to my internal for him to check before i print it. obviously will -use the non yellow highlihgted bits for printing hehe

my sup actually said. i want a copy of your thesis. which i was suprised by lol.

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 15:11
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Quote From caz:




Woooo! Congrats Dr Lara!! That's brilliant news 8-)




Thanks Caz!! it feels so great to share my experience with you all :-) i'm gonna go and grab some lunch and then start emailing my sups ad all the people that have helped me with thank you emails. and also going to get some thank you cards and do all that stuff this week.

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Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 15:01
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Quote From stressed:

Massive massive congratulations!!!! I'm so so pleased for you Dr Lara! You are a real inspiration to those of us still on the journey, you pushed through, worked so very very hard and now you've done it!!!! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 8-)

awww bless, thank you Stressed!!!! :-) you're so sweet!!!! :-)

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 15:00
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Quote From rubyw:

Lara, congratulations!!!! Well done, that's brilliant news!!! (up):-)(up)

You've worked so hard over the past year and have really been up against it, what a great outcome after all that work!! So you can leave it behind you now- wooohhoooo!!! Do you feel a bit strange now you've got no viva to think about, because it's been dragging on for so long, longer than most people have to wait.

Have a great rest of the week, you deserve it!!!!(up):-)(up)

awww thank you so much Ruby!! i'm so happy to be part of your club now!! hehehehe

thank you so much !

i still can't believe it's happened. i still cannot believe i have actually passed my phd. little ol me!! who knew!!! i certainly did not!! For all those years, it was like a dark cloud over my head, i was never really in the present moment, as i always had my phd at the back of my mind, and everything was on hold. i will do X after my phd. it was the most uttered sentence that would come out of my mouth. it was always there, this burden of passing my phd. but now it's poof - gone in a day. and i feel strange and i literally have to keep reminding myself and replaying the moment they told me i passed, cause i'm worried that i have imagined the whole thing! lol

i'm too scared to look at my phd thesis copy the examiner has given me, as she said she's marked a few areas, but will have to wait for the official list of corrections from my internal. i think i will look at it after a few days. i just want to stay on cloud 9 until next week :-) and then next week, start working on the corrections.

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 14:54
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**************part 4 - my viva - the outcome *************
so basically it was a nice discussion, time really did fly by so quickly. said some nice and encouarging complimentary things about my thesis and my research.

The external examiner said something very positive and complimentary about something i had written about my theory or thoughts about X , which i cant remember now lol. and i was so flattered. They asked my opinion about how it would apply in another case, and what the future holds in this type of research. and if distinguished researcher (in my field) was sitting infront of me, what would i say to him, and how my research affects his well established model. some of the questions were challenging, and i enjoyed discussing them and coming up with the answer.

bottom line - you wont know what questions they will ask you. but if you know your thesis, you know the logic behind everything you did, and you know your background, and the history of it, and you have read the current literature, you will be fine! even after you submit your thesis, keep up to date with the reading!! up until your viva.
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they both closed their own copies of my thesis and asked me to give them abit of time and come back at 12.30, it was 12.10 at the time. so my viva was about 1 and half hours. and said my sup is probably anxious to see me.

i walked out, i was already on cloud 9 as i just had such an enjoyable viva and i really enjoyed the discussion. My sup was shocked to see me already out of my viva. his face was priceless. they asked me how it went, and i said, the examiners were really nice and i really enjoyed it. and they told me to come back at 12.30

so i went back up and i walked in , they both were standing, and said to me ... i cant remember the exact words but something like


" congratulations you have passed your Phd" and then something like, you are now Dr Lara (they actually said Dr *my real surname*).

shook my hand and gave me a polite hug. I was sooooooooooooo happy. and i was like OMG thank you so much!! I was like those contestants on game shows haha. it was the best moment of my entire life.


my sup said, well deserved, and gave me a hug too. by then i was just on cloud 9 and i couldnt believe it.

the internal then said, we just want you to do some minor corrections and officially you're given 3 months, but i would like you to get them done within 1 month, and so we can send the thesis off to senate house and wrap this up pretty quickly. and i will email your supervisor the list of corrections, as i dont have your email address, and you can then just send me the pdf file of the corrected version. he said he will email my sup the corrections by the end of the week. he seems very eager to get it wrapped up quickly. :-) i was by then happy to do anything! and i said, yes of course.


the external examiner then gave me back one copy of my thesis and said, i've made some notes on it and then she held the other copy and said "do you mind if i keep this ?" i was beyond flattered, and said, yes of course, thank you.

after that they left and my sup took them out to lunch and my other 2 sups took me out for a celebratory lunch which my 2nd sup paid for , bless her.

but before then, i called home and my mom was so happy and so was my dad. then i quickly text all my friends with just 1 line text said " i passsed my phd viva :-)"


then after lunch. i met up with collegue, and we talked about it all. then met some friends for dinner later on. and it was the happiest day of my life. it felt so surreal. and i kept saying. am i dreaming? and my 3rd sup was joking and said, yah imagine that, you have a dream that you did well on your viva only to wake up and realise your viva is tommorow, so he then pinched me to tell me, im not dreaming.

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 14:38
by Lara 2 star member
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Quote From kaymoy:


Lara, I am so so happy for you!!!! Congratulations. You really are an inspiration. Step by step your thesis came together and the great thing is that all those steps are here for everybody to see- your progress reports are something tangible that show all of us the accumulation of your work and that is a really motivating thing to be able to trace. Big massive hug to you. Now go out and enjoy yourself!



aww Kaymoy, you're so kind to say such lovely things!! thank you so much!!! aww this forum was so helpful! and being able to share my progress was really helpful! thanks again Kaymoy!! yep definately gonna take it easy today! and enjoy myself hehe :-)


Quote From pamplemousse:


Congratulations!!


I'm so proud of the way in which you have applied yourself to the whole process, even when things didn't seem to be going your way!


So Dr. Lara, enjoy!!!!


S




awww thank you so much pamplemousse!! so nice of you to say, i really appreciate it! wow I was so waiting for that day when someone would say Dr Lara hehehehehe thanks!!

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Quote From Alpacalover:


Congratulations Lara, I can't imagine what it feels like to have that weight lifted from you, but enjoy the floaty lightness of it all for as long as you can :p


enjoy your rest and celebrations,

KT



Thanks so much Alpa!! yah its like a huge burden has been lifted off. it still doesnt feel real! its very strange feeling, i keep having to remind myself that i have genuinely passed and i didnt just imagine it all. and i keep thinking am i really AWAKE? did this just happen. im almost scared to believe it , like it will be taken away from me or something haha. thanks i will definately enjoy the rest and celebrations this week and then start on the minor corrections next week :-)


Quote From phdbug:


Congrats again, and you mentioned me toooo!!!:-)(up)


aww thanks Phdbug!! definately had to mention you!! :-)

Quote From Leopardi:

Well done Lara. My viva seems light years away, but it is so encouraging to read about your experiences. Your words will continue to inspire many people here.


Thank you Leppardi!! thats so nice to hear :-)

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 14:23
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******** part 3 - my viva ******************

The first question was by Dr H (external examiner)

"tell us abit about the background of your research, what led you to do your project"

luckily i had practiced this question as it was on my list of 63 viva questions (which I will be positing here later on for you all).

so i answered that. and then it was a really nice discussion about my thesis, about limitations, the external and internal asked my own opinion about what i thought about X Y Z, and they were genuinely interested in what i thought.

I was treated with respect and they really listened. I can't believe it , but i actually REALLY enjoyed my viva!! It was an amazing discussion.

There were some tough questions but managed to answer them, and the examiners help you out abit if you're struggling.

My sup said dont panic, if you dont know the exact answer, either say you dont know, and they will tell you, its okay! you wont be expected to know EVERYTHING.

Some of the questions I answered well and even I was suprised! lol It's true what they say, things you thought you didn't know , come spiralling out of your mouth, when triggered.

Each piece of information you read, even if you only read it for a 1 minute, gets stored in your brain, ready to be accessed. Trust yourself that you do know it. And take your time to answer a question.

And if you have forgotten the answer - admit it, like there was a question and I had just read the piece of information last night, but at that specific moment, it flew out of my head, and i admitted it. and it was fine - not a big deal.

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 14:07
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*************** Part 2 - the day of my viva *************

My viva was at 10.30am. I got to the building at 9.15am. I wanted plenty of time, to get a coffee and calm myself down. I found my 2nd sup and told her I was here, and she showed me where the room was, and said, "see its not so scary" everyone was being really supportive and wishing me good luck. I got a skinny hazelnut latte and sat down and listened to my ipod (specifically listened to this podcast of jillian Michaels (she's a personal trainer) radioshow, helped keep my mind off my viva and I find her such an inspiration). I was nervous, but kept breathing.

10.20am. I go up to the room, and its glass doors, and my two examiners smile at me and tell me they need 10 minutes, so I sit down outside and by then my 2 sups come up to wish me luck and support me.

10.30am They call me in. I had a huge rucksack with me, with my thesis, 1 folder containing a summary of my entire thesis (I summarised each page of my thesis, into a few key highlighted sentences) another folder contained summary viva questions for each chapter and another document of viva questions and answers, a couple of the examiners papers, some random papers, another folder contained 8 papers that cited my first paper, and a bunch of other random papers. I had no intention of opening these folders or even using them, I just had to have them with ME ! on a physical level!! It was like a comfort blanket haha. I just wanted them with me. lol

Both examiners are very nice and friendly, and welcome me in, and even before I have sat down, the external examiner reassures me and says something on the lines of, I want you to enjoy your viva, and something positive about my thesis which i cant remember, but basically giving me the impression that they liked my thesis, liked my research and that it will just be a discussion, and not to worry.


(I felt abit relaxed when she said that because before i must have looked white as a ghost, and i felt abit shaky (probably due to the coffee aswell! haha but i still wanted to do my best and still defended my thesis as if my life depended on it lol )

So I sat down, and started taking out all my folders, Dr H (exterminal examiner) looked at me with a kind look and suprised and jokingly said "oh you've come prepared" and I sheepishly said , uh yeh I just wanted them with me, I probably wont even look at them, and she nodded reassuringly and said "like a comfort security blanket" and i said yes exactly :-)


So I sat down (my supervisor kindly had laid out pieces of melon slices and fruit and croissants and a large bottle of water) I had my own bottle of water (very important, take a bottle of water, as you will need to drink in between answering questions! so drink when the examiner is asking you a question!).

Thread: I did it!!!! yipeeeeee (My Phd Viva story)

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29-Sep-09, 13:40
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Quote From Carman:

Congratulations Lara! What an inspiration you are!

awww what a lovely thing to say thank you so much Carman!! :-)
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