Final year support thread

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03-Mar-17, 14:20
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posted about 1 month ago
I agree with Pjlu - I think you may have to make a conscious effort to do things that will benefit you. I am also guilty of narrowing my focus to either doing the PhD or doing unproductive/unhealthy things like eating rubbish and idling online. It takes an effort to remember to do the stuff that will actually help. This period will be over soon, though, and after a period of readjustment, I'm sure we will all get back into better routines :-)
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06-Mar-17, 03:14
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by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 1 month ago
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.
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06-Mar-17, 06:10
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by Kikima
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posted about 1 month ago
Thank you Pjlu, and chickpea for your comments. I appreciate your input. It makes me feel good to know someone else in some other part of the world going through similar things, and yes I will listen to your advice.

I used to run, but since December I am sitting and trying just to finish this thing but finally this week I began to walk again for long distances to gain back my fitness. I think walking is going to make me feel better. I now have the first three chapters with my supervisor's comment's on it, and a few days to finish it. I began to dig into editing again. It feels like he put the same immense amount of comments, but for a reason this time I can do more of it less time, which makes me feel good. Only interesting thing I am making spelling mistakes in both my native language and in English since last week, which I never did to this extent before. I think it is tiredness. But well grammar checkers are for this, right? Well, I better go back to work because my final ever deadline (if I want to graduate this June) is Wednesday, and my supervisor is going to give the rest of it tomorrow, I better be done with the part I have today. Will let you know how that goes. I hope it will go well for you too.
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06-Mar-17, 08:19
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posted about 1 month ago
Quote From Pjlu:


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.


Blimey, Pjlu, that's some sample size! Good luck with that. I know what you mean about setting a timeline and then finding it doesn't work when real life comes along - can't remember the last time I actually looked at my completion timeline!
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06-Mar-17, 08:38
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posted about 1 month ago
Quote From Kikima:

I used to run, but since December I am sitting and trying just to finish this thing but finally this week I began to walk again for long distances to gain back my fitness. I think walking is going to make me feel better. I now have the first three chapters with my supervisor's comment's on it, and a few days to finish it. I began to dig into editing again. It feels like he put the same immense amount of comments, but for a reason this time I can do more of it less time, which makes me feel good. Only interesting thing I am making spelling mistakes in both my native language and in English since last week, which I never did to this extent before. I think it is tiredness. But well grammar checkers are for this, right? Well, I better go back to work because my final ever deadline (if I want to graduate this June) is Wednesday, and my supervisor is going to give the rest of it tomorrow, I better be done with the part I have today. Will let you know how that goes. I hope it will go well for you too.


Good luck with your edits, Kikima! I am making mistakes too, and English is my only language - I do think you get to the stage where you are so tired you stop noticing things.

I was hoping to graduate in summer too, but my university has made a bureaucratic decision which means I am likely to be delayed now. I don't want to say too much here about what exactly happened, but my thesis is nearly ready yet the university decision means I cannot now make the deadlines - very frustrating!
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06-Mar-17, 20:00
by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 1 month ago
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.
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07-Mar-17, 16:08
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posted about 1 month ago
Last day of writing today - tomorrow it's off to the printer's. Wish me luck! The edits seem to be taking forever...
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07-Mar-17, 21:23
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posted about 1 month ago
Good luck, PracticalMouse - nearly there!
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08-Mar-17, 05:53
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by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 1 month ago
Well done Practical Mouse-great effort. Wishing you all the very best as you enter the submission and examination stage!
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11-Mar-17, 21:39
by Pjlu 4 star member
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posted about 1 month ago
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!
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13-Mar-17, 09:42
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posted about 1 month ago
I submitted - on time! Thank you everyone for your kind comments, it really helped in those stressful last few days. Now to wait for the Viva....
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14-Mar-17, 10:43
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posted about 1 month ago
Congratulations on submitting, PracticalMouse! My thesis should be done in the next week or so, but uni is busy doing bureaucratic things so I haven't been given the go-ahead to submit, ho ho. At least it will be done though!
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14-Mar-17, 12:26
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posted about 1 month ago
Thank you Chickpea! Hope the bureaucracy gets sorted out soon - some bits and pieces are holding up my viva date as well. It's the best feeling to finish though!
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14-Mar-17, 13:24
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posted about 1 month ago
Yes, it will feel good to submit and have some time away from editing! Hope you are celebrating this stage!
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16-Mar-17, 14:59
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posted about 1 month ago
How is everything going guys?

Happy to say I am nearing the finish line. I have booked two days off of work to get the thesis sorted. I paid for a proof reader and I am currently going through their suggestions, but finding that a lot of their suggestions just make the writing seem more confusing, that they have missed quite a few errors, and they have not checked some things that I expected them to check :(

Kind of defeats the purpose of paying a proof reader when you are having to proof read their proof reading eh?

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