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Thread: Final year support thread

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26-Mar-17, 07:44
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it's funny how the desperation to submit and be done with it all seems to increase exponentially towards the end lol. I think we are all feeling it right now. Good luck Z-hope the sups attach the right forms and you can submit and relax!

This week I looked at Chapter 7 and suddenly realised the bleeding obvious with regard to the organisation of my discussion. Thus, I completely reorganised my headings, created yet another word table to help the reader, and started the big job of moving stuff around in this chapter and rewriting the signposting. This requires some further fairly minor revision to data chapters and introduction but, now I can properly reorganise and rework 7. Very few copy edit mistakes in these chapters but quite a bit of clarification and simplification needed. The writer's phrase 'kill your darlings' keeps coming to mind. The plus side though is I don't think it is as confusing and the logic is more rigorous. Back to work work for the week now, with hopefully the rest of the rewriting for 7-and some minor stuff for final chapter 8 to be complete by next Sunday evening. Good luck and best wishes to everyone else on the final year thread.

I am counting down 16 weeks now. Around 3 of these will be full weeks of holiday and the remaining are weekends. Can't wait for it to be done.

Thread: Literature Review Struggles!

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20-Mar-17, 20:40
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Hi Jenny Penny, sorry I was writing something but on a quick reread of your question thought my response was to what I thought you said and not what you did actually ask-so I have deleted my first response. I am a big fan of conceptual mapping to help organise my thinking, and using ranking and rating to help me with maps, but not sure whether this will be helpful for the situation you are in.

Thread: Viva outcomes: major corrections, minor corrections, revise and resubmit

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19-Mar-17, 09:36
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Hi Strawberry Girl, I think that we are always are our own harshest critic and this may be influencing your reading of your thesis at the moment.

I checked my university's guidelines and while they state the various outcomes from A- F (A = Awarded=B + Minor revisions C= Substantial Revisions, etc), they don't actually stipulate these in the way I think you are hoping for-sorry.

Congratulations though on your submission-wonderful stuff!!

Thread: Final year support thread

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19-Mar-17, 09:22
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Wow, thanks for the feedback on the proof reading and copy editing Zutterfly. Definitely will rethink this pathway given your comments on the mistakes introduced...:even for my poxy word tables which need to fit on the page properly ( Good luck though with your days off and the final submission !!! so exciting for you!!)

I've just finished Chapter 6 revisions and now just have Chapter 7. Then for fine tuning items over Easter before giving a polished draft to both supervisors and hoping they will allow me to give notice to submit.

Thread: Final year support thread

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11-Mar-17, 21:39
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Chapter 5 revision and edits done. Every sample qualitative quote correctly attributed. Chapter 5 Frequency tables sorted, formatted and aligned and looking good.

Next week Chapter 6 revision and edits (With Chapter 7 looming ahead like a mountain summit) Still on track for notice of intention to submit in May and submission in the middle of the year-huzzah!

Hope everyone else is going really well. It's great reading about everyone submitting or completing...really helps with motivation! Well done to all of you who have!

Thread: Examiner Disagreement

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11-Mar-17, 03:52
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Congratulations Dr Faded! A terrific result. I'm really pleased for you-well done to you and best wishes. Many congratulations also to TimeforTea for results and Musicspectrum on submission!

Thread: Wanting to quit my PhD

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10-Mar-17, 21:16
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Hi Stormtrooper, definitely a really difficult situation to be in and I would echo RenaissanceBunnie's comment to perhaps seek out someone who is there to listen to you for a decent period of time more than 15 minutes on the run and help clarify your thinking and what it is you want. I also echo RB's comments reassuring you that you are not a 'failure' and that the confusion regarding direction and your output is common to many of us.

It reads to me that you are saying that if you go for this interview and get this job in two weeks, you will leave (or at least take a break) and try this new path. But if you don't get it, then you will still feel stuck and you need to establish some direction to take in the event that you go for interview, don't get the job, and, in two weeks time still feel as if you are in the same place and nothing has been resolved. (is that right?).

I don't think anyone can make this decision for you. However, it is unfair that your panel team of supervisors/advisers are so busy and not particularly helpful. The thing is, half the time they will be saying just what comes into their brains and out of their mouths...the experience they have, doesn't always mean that the advice they give is accurate, or is based on a thoughtful reflection of your specific situation or what you need at the time. If there are five of them all saying different things-wow-that would be hard.

If...if you had some cohesive direction from your panel, and were not being stretched all the time with regard to your work responsibilities, if this was the case, would you still want to be doing your PhD?

Do you want to leave it at the moment mainly because of the lack of or rather not lack of, but ineffective and confusing support from your panel or anxiety about failure? If you can establish your real feelings about completing the PhD- e.g.-if all was going okay or that you felt confident with at least one or two of your advisors, and that you felt that you could prioritise their directions, then that might help with your decision.

PS: The PhD is really tough at times, there will be challenges and it is really common to have a lot of confusion and despair at specific times and stages, stages that you just sort of have to wait out. However, you deserve to have confidence in some of your panel and you don't need to be being pulled in five different directions at once by a busy panel who are giving ad hoc support on the run. Is it possible to bring this up with one of your advisors so that they can help clarify your next step, and step in to help you manage some of the conflicting communications from the others?

Thread: Going forward???

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09-Mar-17, 20:05
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I really like Edwardianguy's comments about not limiting your options to an either/or. I know we often do this, myself included, and it just seems to be something to the do with the way we think, rather than being a major truth about reality. There can be more options out there but sometimes it is hard to see these.

It isn't uncommon for people to have several careers in a lifetime, especially nowadays. I guess the issue is that none of us have a crystal ball and can predict our futures. So yes, whatever you do has an element of risk. Hindsight is always a marvellous thing.

When I get stuck (often) on a life decision that has potentially will have a reasonable impact on my life, I look at my broader goals (not specifics) and then I look at what seems to be a positive option forward for the next few months. I then choose the best positive option for the next few months, but only as long as it is working towards my broader goals and fits in with my values. Then later on, when I look back, I can think, well it was a good decision at the time and it has taken me further and opened up some more doors (very possibly doors I had not realised existed until I took that step).

Best of luck MB. Did you manage to get your article btw? Hope so.

Thread: submitted today

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09-Mar-17, 19:39
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Congratulations Butterfly! That's awesome! Well done and, for my part, thank you as well for your contribution and participation. I hope you know it has been appreciated. Hoping you stay on the forum and also that you do something great to celebrate and to help you through this transition period.

Thread: Final year support thread

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08-Mar-17, 05:53
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Well done Practical Mouse-great effort. Wishing you all the very best as you enter the submission and examination stage!

Thread: Final year support thread

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06-Mar-17, 20:00
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Thanks Kikima and Chickpea. I have almost completed my Ch 5 revisions and anticipate one day next weekend will see an end to this chapter. I think the mistakes come from overload. Although they can be mortifying and frustrating. I had to check up on a date for work which I had overlooked and one of the secretaries implied I was getting more forgetful as getting older. I wanted to scream "I have just moved states, jobs, roles, houses, lives, am supporting someone I care about deeply through a horrible crisis from a distance, learned every new system, name, person's back story and routine and am currently trying to remember data and other stuff for my final edits-and I am just checking up on a date! You try it and see how you go!" Of course I didn't. I smiled...sorry guys, dummy spit. Over now. Thanks for your terrific support and Kikima, writing a PhD in another language is really impressive-wonderful stuff.

Thread: Final year support thread

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06-Mar-17, 03:14
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Urrgh! Work, health and family issues impacted on my beautiful timeline for editing in the last three weeks, and now I am home with a cold, trying to finish edits for Chapter 5, editing the last ten painstaking pages, which seem to be dragging on forever. The edits themselves are not huge but when I put this chapter together, I de-identified my students, but given the size of the sample did not give each one a pseudonym. As the qualitative material I used in this data set wasn't like the huge transcripts and quotes from my third data set of far fewer participants who do have pseudonyms, I thought I could just provide some samples to liven up the trends emerging in my results and to provide samples of categories and types of responses.

Currently going back through masses of data to ensure every last tiny illustrative quote embedded in the chapter sections between frequency tables and text discussion is attributed to the specific student from the entire sample of 178. Somewhat stupidly, I have done everything the old fashioned way-coloured texts, post its, crafted tables and simple excel frequency tables and data (chief supervisor is happy with this process) but I really wish now that I hadn't. I'm posting I think as a warning...or just because...needless to say my timeline for chapter edits is a week or two overdue. Sometimes you can push through and sometimes I think you just have to go with the flow.

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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04-Mar-17, 21:03
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Hi Ian, my university apparently only can access the citations page, the abstract, outline of table of contents and I can see the list of figures, tables, appendices. So it lets me into the first page and appendices but not the full article. For what it is worth, this was included at the bottom of the citation page but I think you have this already.

Change History: September 2015. F. T. Mahi added keywords; expanded text with additional review materials; added Figure; and updated the list of references.

Thread: Final year support thread

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03-Mar-17, 11:59
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Kikima I think you have to actually force yourself to take care of yourself sometimes. And grit your teeth through the bad moments but don't let these moments and the grim thoughts that haunt you during the editing phase prevent you from exercise, decent food, and a movie or something else you enjoy.

You have to actually plan it sometimes. I actually make myself write items on a list. Eg: At 4 pm I will stop and go for a walk/run/swim (whatever) then I will make sure I eat something with some form of nutritional value not just chocolate, nuts or cereal. You don't feel miraculously better but you will feel better over time slowly and you will finish! I tick all items off the list both writing tasks and things like vacuuming or shopping or calling family-it is probably insane behaviour really- but it does seem to work for me. Other people might have other ideas.

Thread: Can someone grab this paper for me?

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03-Mar-17, 11:42
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Sorry only able to download the original version I think-not the updated. (These authors I.A. Inman, P.S. Datta, H.L. Du, C. Kübel and P.D. Wood)
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