Final year support thread

posted
01-Feb-17, 19:44
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posted about 6 months ago
Good luck with your edits Zutterfly. I'm still working on individual chapters here! (Deadline April 28th, so aiming for full final draft at the end of this month.)
posted
04-Feb-17, 12:11
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posted about 6 months ago
Good luck Jo :) How are you feeling about the deadline?

I am determined to finish them today in between marking exam papers and providing feedback on students' work. Busy day afoot! May treat myself to a glass of wine later ;)
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05-Feb-17, 09:51
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by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 6 months ago
Well done Litphdgirl and also Zutterfly-great work indeed!

I've had my 6 week break from thesis while moving states, towns and jobs and while it was hectic, the total break from editing and reading was fantastic. Today I sat down and the editing that seemed to be a forever story for my 3rd chapter, was tidied up today, when I saw that I had actually managed to completely reorganise the presentation of data methods last November/December. I was so stressed and caught up in the edits that it just seemed like gobbledegook at the time.

As I am now a distance candidate for my final months, I sent off a completion plan this afternoon and I am hoping to power through each of the final 4 major chapters-one every fortnight (after work that is).I'm planning to be able to give intention to submit by the end of April and get it all done by mid year. A little later than my first and second plans outlined earlier but realistic I think given the part time nature of things and the job.

My main bugbear right now is the presentation and formatting of tables and inserting these in to the word doc without scrambling the data or having everything so small you can't read it-or at least I can't read it.

Good luck everyone and happy editing!
posted
14-Feb-17, 08:26
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posted about 6 months ago
That night when you are working on your references, only to find that half of your citations seem to have been completely made up!!!
posted
14-Feb-17, 08:37
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From GeographyJo:
That night when you are working on your references, only to find that half of your citations seem to have been completely made up!!!


Oh dear! I am finding that my citations are real enough but I have made up the year of publication and run with it all the way through the thesis!
posted
14-Feb-17, 22:17
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posted about 6 months ago
Is nobody here using endote (or similar?) It has made editing and reviewing my sources and citations a breeze! On my final 1000 words now - then just the conclusion. Only three weeks to go now...
posted
15-Feb-17, 08:17
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From PracticalMouse:
Is nobody here using endote (or similar?) It has made editing and reviewing my sources and citations a breeze! On my final 1000 words now - then just the conclusion. Only three weeks to go now...


No - I tried it at the start and found that I preferred fixing everything the old way!
posted
15-Feb-17, 11:54
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posted about 6 months ago
I used Mendeley - I would have hated having to have done everything manually. Mendeley is so useful.
posted
17-Feb-17, 06:26
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posted about 6 months ago
Quote From TreeofLife:
I used Mendeley - I would have hated having to have done everything manually. Mendeley is so useful.


I only recently discovered Mendeley at work- I wish I had known about it while writing my thesis, it's amazing!
posted
18-Feb-17, 11:31
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by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 6 months ago
My university provided Endnote, which was good at the start but the program brought in difficulties with my document, so like Chickpea, I ditched it and reformatted everything the old fashioned way. It was great at the beginning and helped to get it all started but the glitches in my word document from the program did my head in. I've just forced myself to be systematic with citation now. There is still the odd reference though that needs checking or correction and has a big yellow highlight on it. Second supervisor is meticulous about this so gets really antsy any time she reads anything and sees an extra space, an incorrect comma or something that is not APA 6.
posted
18-Feb-17, 21:00
by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 6 months ago
I've just finished working through supervisors recommendations for Chapter 4 and am moving onto Ch 5 today. CH 6 and 7 need a reasonable amount of revision, so my timeline is to have completed all suggested revisions prior to Easter and then spend Easter break doing appendices, complete glossary, acknowledgements and abstract. Table of contents being formatted as the headings in each chapter are formalised. Aim to have complete edited draft to both supervisors by April 21st. Provides them with a month to check and then hopefully they will sign me off on a notice of intention to submit on May 20th. Then it would be 8 weeks to submission. Timeline this long as it is all done after hours and part time.
posted
22-Feb-17, 07:29
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by Fraps
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posted about 6 months ago
Hi all,

Trying to find some support and advice here because I'm tired of annoying my parents an boyfriend with my endless complaints.
I'm currently in the last year of my PhD, and my supervisor and me agreed on a submission deadline at the end of june.
Still have an awfull lot to write, but I'm totally blocked by fear and panic since some weeks.
I just have the feeling there is way too much information I still have to process, and I have no idea how to start or organise these final chapters. Going to talk to my supervisor today, but I'm very afraid he will say I'm just lazy and mentally not able to do this (which is actually indeed the case). I was in the exact same situation when I was finishing my master thesis and I just can't believe that I put myself into this situation again. I'm just so afraid to crash. I have quite some things to look forward to: my first real time of and holiday after years in July, getting maried in March 2018, and possible funding for a postdoc from January 2018 on. But instead of finding motivation in those things, it feels like I'm drifting further and further away from my future life.. On the other hand, I can't concentrate on my PhD at all and I'm wasting very precious time...

Sorry for all these complaints, just really don't know what to do anymore.
posted
22-Feb-17, 21:35
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posted about 6 months ago
Don't fret Fraps, I was in exactly your position just a few short months ago - I had done a lot of research, but writing it all up seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. I am now 15 days from submission (12 days from printing final version) and am looking at just the conclusion and final 'polishing'. Just tackle it bit by bit - each little section will make a chapter eventually and you will soon get into the flow. Better to get something down and come back to it later.

Having said that, I am now getting 'writing fatigue' - any tips on how to combat that?
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26-Feb-17, 17:10
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by Kikima
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posted about 6 months ago
Hi everybody,

I am at the end of my fifth year and send in the second draft to my supervisor, but as I was expecting his comments, I found myself in an unexpectedly low mood. I am pursuing a music composition Ph.D., and it had two components. First was the composition and its performance, I completed the composition at the beginning of June and editing the score at the beginning of December, and the performance was on February 3rd. It was awesome and successful. The second is the paper, explaining the research and creation processes and the technical details of the composition, which is the main body of the dissertation and I am writing this document for almost 8-9 months now. I am very close, but after the performance, I feel like I am done the main thing. It is much harder to sit and edit and refine the final paper now, and I must be done with the defense and corrections by April 15. As I was waiting for my supervisors latest comments, I am more anxious than ever before, and I realised that I stopped doing many things I have done before such as taking a walk or taking care of myself and my family.

I feel like every time it takes longer to focus and get into the hard working mood. I am done with this project, but I am not done with it. You know what I mean, right?

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? How can I pull everything together for the final stages? Any boosters? Should I take more vitamin B? Begin to go to the gym again?

Cheers!
posted
03-Mar-17, 11:59
by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 5 months ago
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.

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